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Using the Internet, list and define at least five different types of storage devices from the most reliable to the least reliable. Include in your search cost and availability of the storage devices. Include names of vendors for these storage devices.

There are three main types of consumer-grade computer storage: internal, external, and network attached. Internal storage is generally a hard drive or solid-state drive (SSD) that hosts computer's operating systems and programs. External storage comes mostly in the form of external drives that connect to a computer via a peripheral port, such as USB or Thunderbolt. Finally, network attached storage (NAS) solutions are those that connect to a switch or a router to provide storage space and services to the entire network.

There are many storage devices that compete in the marketing industry. Users choose a certain storage device for a reason based on its cost, capacity, durability and availability. Based in an internet research, five top devices representing the best among their respective categories include:

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Best portable backup drive
Seagate Backup Plus (1TB, blue)

Seagate Backup Plus carries the flexibility of the GoFlex portable drive while adding performance and style to portable storage. The new drive makes an excellent buy. Price: $98.95 - $116.01 

The good: The Seagate Backup Plus is fast, flexible, and good-looking. The drive's included backup software works well and is easy to use.

The bad: The Seagate Backup Plus caps at just 1TB, and its price could be lower.

The bottom line: Seagate Backup Plus carries the flexibility of the GoFlex portable drive while adding performance and style to portable storage. The new drive makes an excellent buy.

Where to buy:
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Server Supply.com Inc
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Newegg.com
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eBay
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B&H Photo-Video
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2. Best bus-powered Thunderbolt drive
Buffalo MiniStation Thunderbolt HD-PATU3 (1TB)

Versatile, good-looking, and fast enough for most applications, the Buffalo MiniStation Thunderbolt HD-PATU3 makes an excellent buy for those looking for a portable Thunderbolt storage device. Price: $187.67 - $269.99 

The good: The bus-powered and affordable Buffalo MiniStation Thunderbolt HD-PATU3 drive offers fast performance via both Thunderbolt and USB and includes both a USB and a Thunderbolt cable. The bad: The Buffalo MiniStation comes with just one Thunderbolt port. The bottom line: Versatile, good-looking, and fast enough for most applications, the Buffalo MiniStation Thunderbolt HD-PATU3 makes an excellent buy for those looking for a portable Thunderbolt storage device. -------------------------------------------------

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Where to buy:
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OfficeMax
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Newegg.com
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Other World Computing
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Amazon.com
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