Top 10 External Hard Drives
When it comes to external hard drives, it all boils down to two things – cost, and size. What exactly are you paying for? — disk space. In layman terms, computer data storage. The more space an external hard drive offers, the more expensive it will be. And if you have many files, videos, photos and music stored on your computer – saving them on an external will free up your computer’s hard drive, resulting in faster performance. In the long run, more money for more memory might be the better investment.
Our Top External Hard Drives
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Best Portable External Hard Drive
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Best 2TB External Hard Drive
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Best 1TB External Hard Drive
This WD Elements external is all about simplicity. Its plug-and-play storage comes software free and it runs on USB 2.0 interface. Designed to save power, this external turns on and off with your computer, and enters idle mode when not in use. Start saving your photos, music, videos, and files with this simple add-on storage external today. It is also compatible with Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Mac OS X Tiger or Leopard.
The Seagate Backup Plus is designed to work on Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, and is also compatible with Mac OS X – making for smooth integration when backing up from anywhere. It also features a Seagate Dashboard that makes for simple sharing, and file saving associated with online social networks like Facebook and YouTube. With 1 terabyte of free space and its USB 3.0 port, this external gives users plenty of file space while performing on the fastest connection. Users can also chose to use an adapter system to change the driver’s interface from USB 3.0 to USB 2.0, or Thunderbolt and Firewire 800. Its 18-inch cable makes for flexible positioning and it comes with a warranty.
This portable add-on storage external is powered by USB 3.0, making it fast, and easy to use with no installation software needed. Fitting in the palm of your hand, this compact designed external also features a built-in internal shock sensor to help save your data after accidental drops. It also has drag-and-drop convenience and is backed by a three-year limited warranty. Its compatible with Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7. Save your work files, school papers, and digital entertainment in a breeze with the comfort of reliability.
Stream your media and files off-the-grid with the Seagate Wireless external. It even comes with a free app for iOS and Android, making it easy to view and use content wherever one may be. With 1 terabyte of storage, you can easily store up to hundreds of movies, thousands of songs, files and photos. Don’t worry about this external eating up your data plan, because it creates its own WiFi connection or can connect to an existing one. Its compatible with Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Mac OS X 10.6 or higher.
Nearly the size of a smartphone device, this external is powered by USB 3.0 interface for the fastest connection possible. Users can also setup password protection and hardware encryption to protect data from unwanted users. And though designed to work right out of the box with Mac, it can also be reformatted for Windows. It is also compatible with Mac OS X Leopard, Snow Leopard, Lion and Mountain Lion.
Capable of holding 4 terabytes of storage, this external is designed with WD SmartWare automatic backup software. It works quietly while saving all your precious files without overpowering your PC; and it instantly backs up when you add or change a file. To protect your files, use WD Security to setup password protection and hardware encryption for extra privacy. With its dual USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 compatibility, you can set your preferred speed of performance. Its compatible with Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 or 8, and can be reformatted for Mac OS X.
Integrate your external hard drive with social media networks including Flickr, Facebook and YouTube with the Seagate Backup Plus. You can automatically download copies of photos and movies from these networks and save them to your drive, or share them on other networking sites. And because it features an adapter that quickly can change the drive’s interface between USB 2.0 and USB 3.0, you can set the drive’s performance speed based on your needs. And with up to 4 terabytes of storage space, you can save all of your important data and memories for years to come.
This versatile external functions as plug-and-play, or users can utilize the easy-to-use backup software, Backup Plus. And with its adapter system, you can take advantage of the newest, fastest connection via a USB 3.0 port, or USB 2.0 and Firewire 800. You can also automatically download copies of photos and movies from social networking sites and share files using the Seagate Dashboard. This Seagate is compatible with Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, and Mac OS X.
This Seagate Expansion hard drive instantly adds up to 4 terabytes of storage space to your computer while powered by the extremely fast transfer speed of USB 3.0. This drive is automatically recognized by Windows with its plug-and-play feature, meaning no installation is required. The 4TB hard drive can store up to 4,000 hours of digital videos, 1,000 two-hour DVD movies, 1,280,000 digital photos, or 66,640 hours of digital music. And with its built-in power management, it automatically ensures energy-efficient operation. Compatible operating systems include Windows 7 and 8, Windows Vista and Windows XP SP3.
Choose from 320 gigabytes up to 2 terabytes of storage, and between five casing colors with this WD Passport external hard drive. For ease of use, this compact designed external automatically backups up files from your computer, and offers password protection and hardware encryption to keep out unauthorized users. Powered by USB 3.0 means super fast transfer rates but it is also compatible with USB 2.0 devices. With its WD Drive Utilities, you can register your external, set drive timer, run diagnostics and more with no hassle. Formatted for Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7, it can also be reformatted for Max OS X Leopard or Snow Leopard.
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