An external hard drive is a good way to take all your data and important information with you when you travel, because many of them are well protected from the environment. External hard drives also serve to back up large volumes of data, so if your main system hard drive is damaged or corrupted, you may download all of the data from the backup external drive.
These hard drives come in all sizes, up to 8 TB in volume. Also they have different core speeds, measured in RPMs, which show how quickly the core rotates. Some have cushioning and some lack it, while others are additionally waterproof.
The hard drives are made by many different brands, though not all are worth buying from. In this list we have assembled the 5 best external hard drives, choosing them for price to quality ratio and reliability.
This HDD allows you to carry 4 TB of disk space with you at all times. Being very compact this hard drive makes it easy to travel with it. The device has many good qualities, including USB 3.0 support.
Write speed from computers or notebooks equipped with USB 3.0 goes up to 130 MB per second.
The hard drive’s shell is made of a tough, rubbery material that is also waterproof, so you will not experience problems, even if rain or water drops get on the hard drive. The case also offers excellent cushioning and shock absorption.
The inner layer of the protective case also keeps it from getting crushed or squeezed, and thus the case offers overall full protection.
The device has a core speed of 5400RPM, which is medium for HDDs. The model ships with a month-long membership for Adobe Creative Cloud and a two-year warranty.
- Great capacity for a pretty affordable price
- Has passed multiple tests and truly does survive a drop from waist height onto a concrete floor
- The waterproofing is a good idea and really does work
- Write speeds do not always go as fast as 130 MB per second, and this depends on the files you are copying
This one has a capacity of 5 Tb, and connects to both Windows and Mac PCs through a USB 3.0 cable. The cable is shipped with it and has a length of 18 inches.
The hard drive has automatic recognition software that allows your computer to immediately see it and recognize it as a storage device.
The yearlong warranty included with the drive proves its high quality.
With a maximum speed of 120 MB/s this is a fairly quick hard drive, and this is true for both read and write speed. The speed enables you to use it with PS4 and Xbox models without a problem or lagging.
- Over 80 percent of the customer reviews are 5-star, which is incredibly good for a hard drive
- The device is very small and compact, weighing only half a pound
- Works seamlessly with Play Station and X-Box – the excellent write speed helps it here
- The case seems to be not as tough and durable as you would like it
This model can be used with either USB-C or USB 3.0. The model has a smooth plastic surface on one side with linear patterning on the other. This allows you to have a good grip on it and prevents accidental dropping.
The outer shell is made of metal, and this helps prevent crushing or puncturing damage. The HDD is pretty well protected from damage.
The model is interesting for having AES encryption with a 256-bit password. This is absolutely impossible to hack for any kind of intruder, even a government agency. The encryption is set through a program, shipped with the hard drive, so no other software is needed.
The device arrives formatted for use with Windows 10 and has a 3-year warranty that proves its high quality.
- Very good encryption – impossible to open for anyone except you
- Sturdy metal case protects the hard drive from bending or crushing damage
- With a speed of 5400 RPMs this hard drive can go at very fast read and write speeds
- The device comes with a very bad cable that disconnects by itself – buy a new one yourself
This hard drive can achieve speeds of up to 5 Gb per second. This is because its spindle rotates at 7200 RPMs, and this put it way ahead of other hard drives. It also has a seek time of under 12 ms. The cache buffer is 8 MB.
The hard drive works right off, requiring no software at all to use it. You just connect it and start using it.
The device can be used with a PC, and can also works with PS4 and other devices, requiring extra storage. The high drive speed makes it very effective in working with PS, and it actually improves the speed.
The device arrives with a year-long warranty.
- Very high connection speed – both the read and the write speeds are very high
- Immediately compatible with any operating system because of the universal formatting
- Reliable work – it will keep going for a really long time if you take care of it
- The case does not really protect it from any kind of damage, so be careful about dropping it
The hard drive works well with all operating systems – Mac, Linux and Windows. The device is interesting in that it is able to resist water. The degree of waterproofness is IP68, which means it can resist submersion in 2 meters of water for 60 minutes.
The device is also shockproof to a high degree. Its rating is MIL-STD-810G 516.6 by military standards. The device can be dropped from a height of 1.5 meters without causing it significant damage.
With a speed of 7200 RPMs this drive has an exceptional speed. The drive is available in a variety of colors.
The model arrives with a 3-year warranty.
- The drive is very robust and waterproof, and it is preferably the model to take with you if you are traveling
- The exceptional speed allows you to use this drive with your PS 4 or gaming computer
- The design is pretty good, and it is also available in many colors
- The cord that is shipped with it is loose and often comes undone from the computer’s port