5 Hot Digital Data Storage Devices
USB keys and external hard drives are a dime a dozen. If you’re looking for a little extra style or more power, we’ve got five hot data storage devices so you can express your personality and take your data on the go.
1. Super NES Hard Drives (320, 500, 740 GB and 1 TB)
Super NES hard drives were made for the geek and gamer in you. Made from Toshiba hard drives, these nifty storage devices are handcrafted by 8BitMemory on Etsy.com. If you don’t like the selection of games available on their online store, 8BitMemory can make a hard drive out of your favourite retro game.
Available at the 8BitMemory shop on Etsy
(320GB – $99.99; 500GB – $129.99; 750GB – $159.99; 1TB – $189.99 )
2. OOOMS Wooden USB Stick (1, 2 and 4 GB)
For a more rustic approach to data storage, try these stylish flash drives by OOOMS, a Dutch design team whose clients include Adidas, Hugo Boss and the Museum of Modern Art. The Wooden USB stick is a beautiful piece of art from nature – the wood was individually selected by OOOMS and professionally crafted; each one is unique. For extra personalization, OOOMS also offers engraving for bulk orders
Available on the OOOMS website
(1Gb – €39; 2Gb – €45; 4Gb – €49)
3. MIMOBOT Designer USB Flash Drives (2-16 GB)
The MIMOBOT designer USB flash drives are far and above the cutest computer accessories we’ve ever seen. Made by Mimoco, a Boston-based design house, these flash drives combine the whimsy of designer toys with high-tech functionality. Mimoco has collaborated with some famous franchises such as Star Wars and Hello Kitty, as well as many well-known street artists and toy designers.
Available on the MIMOBOT website
4. Western Digital My Book 3.0 (1 TB)
The reliable Western Digital My Book 3.0 drive is a fast-working drive that connects to your desktop computer with a USB cord. It can hold up to 1 terrabyte of data – that’s the equivalent of over 100 full-length movies. Best of all, My Book 3.0 is a stealth operator: you can count on it to be cool to the touch and quiet.
Available at Best Buy
5. Ironkey Basic S200 USB 2.0 Flash Drive (1, 2, 4, 8 and 16 GB)
Looking to protect highly confidential information? Or perhaps you’re a secret agent on the run. Then you’ll need the Ironkey S200. In fact, these aluminum-cased USB drives are designed for the needs of military and government-level networks. Ironkey manufactures the ultimate data-storage devices: they’re ruggedized, tamper-resistant and waterproof. For a truly James Bond-esque touch, the IronKey can be shutdown remotely if the key is lost or stolen. This flash drive will now self-destruct.
Available on NCIX
Approximately $80 for 1GB model