External Hard Drives
The most important thing to worry about when choosing a new external HDD drive is safety and reliability. You have to be able to rely on the fact your documents are safely stored and they will stay there for as long as you need them to. There are other factors such as data transfer speeds (essential for moving large files in and out), build quality and connectivity. Ultimately, you need to be able to get your data in and out as fast as possible.
One of the biggest deciding factors when it comes to data transfer rates is the ports the drive uses, and whether it is a standard HDD or a solid-state drive (SSD). Most external hard drives use USB 2.0 connections, which are not fast enough for today’s large file sizes. You will want at least USB 3.0 but ideally, it would be best of your external drive has USB Type-C connection (providing that you have a system also with the same type of USB Type-C port.
Think and plan how much storage you are likely to need. You might think 500GB is large enough but if you store video files or movies those 500GB will look pretty petty very soon. You don’t want to buy an external HDD that is too small, and end up running out of space, but neither do you really want to pay over the odds for storage space you’ll never need or use. We would recommend at least 2TB (terabyte) as that will future proof your investment, they can be quite small in size and give you room to store high-res photos and videos for years to come. If you work with large files or professional high-resolution images then 4TB or more is what you should consider.
The best external HDD drives these days are reliable and rugged, so you can safely store your data without any worry. They will (should) also be light enough to carry in your bag, with large capacities so that you can keep your data safe when travelling. There’s a huge range of external hard drives out there, it is so easy to get overwhelmed.
Seagate Expansion 8TB External HDD USB 3.0
The Seagate Expansion desktop drive provides extra storage for your ever-growing collection of files. PC & Mac compatible. Instantly add space for more files, consolidate all of your files to a single location, or free up space on your computer’s internal drive to help improve performance. Setup is straightforward; simply plug in the included power supply and USB cable, and you are ready to go. Saving files is easy too-just drag-and-drop. Take advantage of the fast data transfer speeds with the USB 3.0 interface by connecting to a SuperSpeed USB 3.0 port. USB 3.0 is backwards compatible with USB 2.0 for additional system compatibility.
G-Technology 4TB G-DRIVE USB 3.0
The G-DRIVE ev RaW drive is designed to go with you everywhere. Fitting easily into your backpack, briefcase or purse, it’s lightweight and when coupled with the bumper, can withstand a 1.5m* drop. As part of the evolution series, it can either be used as a standalone device, inside the ev All Terrain Case**, or with storage solutions such as the G-DOCK ev with Thunderbolt, the G-SPEED Shuttle XL with ev Bay Adapters or the G-SPEED Shuttle XL with ev Bay Adapters for ultra-fast transfers and editing. This rugged drive is ideal for anyone requiring on-the-go access to their personal and/or professional files, photos, videos, music and more. | *1.5m drop on a carpeted concrete floor with rugged bumper; **2TB and 4TB capacity is not compatible with the ev All Terrain Case.
Samsung T5 External SSD 1TB
With the inclusion of USB3.1 Gen2 and UASP, the drive is able to saturate the internal SATA III controller for sequential data transfer rates. There are some weaknesses such as the write speeds, particularly when transferring small data sets, and slower access times when compared to internal SSDs but overall the T5 performed very well. The Samsung Portable SSD T5 elevates data transfer speeds to the next level and unleashes a new experience in external storage. With a compact and durable design and password protection, the T5 is truly easy to carry and stores data securely.
Seagate Backup Plus 4TB USB 3.0 HDD
The Portable model of Seagate’s Backup Plus line would serve users looking for an affordable way to easily consolidate their mobile, local, cloud, and social media data into a central location. Its Lyve app compatibility and Seagate Dashboard interface make for a clean and intuitive product.
WD 4TB My Passport USB 3.0 HDD
The 2TB My Passport includes a USB 3.0 interface, which offers compatibility with close to every computer on the market and good performance for most users. While not as fast as eSATA, it still provides good speeds for a 5400RPM notebook hard drive. With most users buying this drive to store photos in a second location or move large files between computers, the USB 3.0 connection is more than adequate. In our tests, we measured transfer speeds of 109MB/s read and 109MB/s write.