External hard drives give you a secure way to store music, documents, photos, and video. Many people prefer external hard drives to cloud storage. An external hard drive feels more secure to some, plus there are no monthly subscription costs. They are also a great way to back up your most important files in the event of damage or theft of your primary computer. You can find external hard drives in a variety of sizes, from 500GB to several terabytes. If you need extra storage, here are five deals on top-rated drives.
1. Toshiba Canvio Portable Hard Drive
Toshiba’s Canvio line of portable external hard drives is a perennial best-seller, with the 1TB version being the best selling external hard drive on Amazon as of this writing. The drive has built-in shock sensors to protect your device in the event of a drop, along with a one-year limited warranty for added peace of mind. The transfer rate of this drive is up to 480 MB/s, with an average seek time of 12 ms.
This external hard drive is available in 500GB, 750GB, 1TB, 1.5TB, and 2GB sizes, starting as low as $47.42 when you shop online. The lowest prices we’ve seen are for the 500GB, 750GB, and 1TB models, so if you’re looking to save money, those are the models to seek out.
2. Silicon Power’s Waterproof & Rugged External Hard Drives
Silicon Power makes a number of hard drives that are designed to handle serious impacts, or even getting splashed with water. Pictured above is the Silicon Power Rugged Armor A30 external hard drive, which meets US Military (MIL-STD-810G) for protecting against drops/impacts. You can drop this hard drive from a height of three meters, and it will be just fine. It also comes with a three-year warranty, which is better than many other external hard drives out there. This hard drive will work with both PC and Mac. If you are accident-prone, you might also want to check out their water-resistant and waterproof external hard drives, which are available in a variety of sizes.
Price: $62.99 (48 percent off the 1TB model)
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3. WD My Passport Ultra Portable External USB 3.0 Hard Drive
This external hard drive is great for backing up your device. It can even be set up to automatically back up your files, or back up the files in Dropbox. You can also password protect this drive to protect your sensitive information from prying eyes. This external hard drive comes in 500GB, 1TB, and 2TB sizes. They also come in a range of colors, including red, blue, black, and titanium grey. Do note that this drive requires reformatting for Mac OS X, but works great for Windows machines right out of the box.
Price: $54.99-97, depending on size selected
4. Seagate Expansion External Hard Drive
Searching for a hard drive that offers huge storage potential? This external hard drive starts at 1TB, and is available in sizes up to 5TB. There have been some mixed reviews of this drive. It’s worth noting that the bulk of the bad reviews of this hard drive on Amazon are referring to the 3TB version, so that might be a size to skip if you want to avoid issues with quality. The best deals on Amazon are for the 4GB and 5GB models, which are between 40 and 45 percent off retail.
Price: $79.99 and up, depending on size selected
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5. Samsung M3 Portable 1TB 2.5-Inch External Hard Drive (STSHX-M101TCB)
This 1TB hard drive from Samsung is a decent all-around option for people who want a basic, cheap hard drive. It’s small, portable, and lightweight. If you own a lot of other Samsung devices, you’ll probably gravitate towards this hard drive’s attractive design and brand reputation. The deep discount is also a nice reason to consider this drive.
Price: $70.23 (41 percent off)
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