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Japanese manufacturer Toshiba offers a variety of external storage and backup solutions that are Windows and Mac compatible. Their external hard drives run from the more basic to full-featured drives that ship with backup and security software. When shopping for one, consider how much storage space it has and the speed of its data transfer rates. Does it generate a fair amount of noise, or run relatively quiet? Drives that are going to be used for travel should be lighter weight, more durable, and USB-powered to cut down on cords. How easy is it to set up the drive? Mac users may find that they will need to take additional steps, such as reformatting the drive, to use it.

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