UPDATE: This review was updated in October, 2012 to reflect changes in pricing and availability.
If low cost is your primary concern, you’d be hard pressed to find a better drive for the money than Hitachi’s Touro Desk Pro. The sleek, all-black enclosure looks great on your desktop, but that’s where it will most likely stay since you’ll need to keep it plugged into the DC power supply.
It’s fast — read and write to the 7,200-rpm drive using USB 3.0 if you have it, or USB 2.0 if you don’t. Capacity and price breakdown is simple: 1TB for $90, 2TB for $130 and 4TB for $240. There are 3TB versions on shelves, but they are rare and more difficult to find.
And $130 for a 2TB drive is a good deal — that’s in the same neighborhood as what you’d lay out for a more portable drive with half the capacity.
Each drive comes with a 2-year warranty and some freemium cloud backup software. Also, the design is stackable, so if you double up, two drives will nestle together nicely.