Lately I've had pretty rotten luck with electronic data storage, and certain recent events have me looking again at a near-future purchase of a storage device separate from my computer. Originally, I'd been looking at something like this. The main concerns I have are that I have a lot of stuff (much of which is irreplaceable school and work related, to speak nothing of personal research and family pictures I managed to keep after my parents' main storage device died) and I need an amount of assured durability/reliability. I'm not especially worried about encryption stuff, only because I'm pretty certain that's a software thing that I can download after the fact.
My laptop's lasted me for years and has functioned great... except for a very recent hard drive kaboom that prompted my recent concern. My computer's done well enough that I haven't really kept up with all of the advances in electronic storage, so I'm hoping some folks here have a good idea of where to begin looking.