The 20+ best external hard drives in 2018

There is a wide variety of external hard drives, so we have created this list of the best external hard drives so you can find the one that best suits your needs.

1Buffalo MiniStation Extreme NFC (Wireless Security) - 2T - USB 3.0

With an external hard drive you can buy without ruining yourself, the Buffalo MiniStation Extreme NFC could be your perfect match.

With compatibility for Mac and Windows machines, Buffalo MiniStation Extreme NFC is very flexible and comes with a dust and water resistant housing, along with a built-in USB 3.0 cable.

Not only are your data protected against bumps and drops with the robust frame, but they also have 256-bit AES security features and NFC (Near Field Communication) features as well.

Basically, it allows you to unlock the unit to access your files quickly and easily by touching the NFC card supplied in the body of the unit.


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2Western Digital My Passport 4TB (High Speed) - 4T - USB 3.0

The latest generation of the Western Digital My Passport external hard drive range has arrived, coming in sizes from 1TB to 4TB. It has 256-AES cloud storage and encryption, along with WD's own backup software.

Best of all, it performs very well in terms of data transfer speeds, beating many of its competitors. As expected, it does not reach the maximum speeds of external solid-state drives, but for external hard drives based on traditional hard drives, this is very good.


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3Adata SD700 External SSD - 1T - USB 3.0

The Adata SD700 will adapt to those looking for a sturdy storage device that can provide ample capacity without costing too much. It works superbly well and is still the only SSD we have seen with IP68 rating.

Thanks to the solid state drive that resides on this external hard drive, it is much faster than external hard drives that use traditional hard drives, so you are getting great transfer speeds and robust protection.

It also comes in capacities of up to 1TB, so you do not have to worry about losing storage space just because it uses an SSD: this disc really works with all the right notes.


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4WD My Book Duo 20TB (Lots of space) - USB 3.0 x 2

If you are looking for the highest capacity external hard drive, the WD My Book Duo 20TB is the only one that can be obtained, as it offers 20TB of storage space.

If you do not mind sacrificing part of the large storage space, you can configure the drives in a RAID array, so you have backup copies of your files if one of the drives dies.

This USB 3.0 drive has many of the features of a full-fledged NAS device (including a high price), and if you have a router with a USB 3.0 port you can use this as a storage device connected to the network in its own right.

The device, which comes with a two-year warranty, has 256-bit AES hardware encryption and automatic backup software (WD SmartWare Pro).

It is worth noting that the enclosure used is completely repairable and that WD sends the already preformatted disk for Windows users (NTFS).


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5Buffalo MiniStation Thunderbolt - 2T - Thunderbolt, USB 3.0

If you have a device with a Thunderbolt port, this is an excellent option because it provides twice the speed of standard USB 3.0 drives. It is also not expensive compared to other Thunderbolt units.

The price remains low due to its use as a traditional hard drive, instead of an SSD, which limits the potential speeds. It also comes with a USB 3.0 port for people who do not have access to Thunderbolt.


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6seagate innov8 (capacity and portability) - 8T - USB 3.0 and USB Type-C

The Seagate 8 TB Innov8 range is worth mentioning. It's a normal-sized 3.5-inch desktop hard drive, but it does not need an external power supply to function.

Instead, it needs to be powered through a type C USB connector without which it will not work. It paves the way for customers to move an amazing amount of data without being tied.

What distinguishes Innov8 from the competition is design. All metal with fins to keep the unit fresh and a minimalist approach to the construction of the unit.

If what you want is absolute performance along with ease of use, then, for a user of a small business or for someone who works in the creative industry, Innov8 is a no-brainer.

Others are likely to settle for much cheaper but less elegant options, such as the WD My Book mentioned above.


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7Seagate Backup Plus Desktop Drive (Best efficiency) - 8TB - USB 3.0

If you want to combine speed and capacity, then Seagate Backup Plus Desktop Drive 5TB is definitely worth considering. It comes in a range of sizes up to 8TB and also beats the competition when it comes to read and write speeds.

In addition to this storage and speed, you get a decent amount of peace of mind thanks to failure rates lower than the average of Seagate, especially on hard drives with higher capacity.

You also get a backup software, and the disc is compatible with both Windows and Macs, although it is formatted for Windows immediately, unless you buy a specific hard drive for Mac, although these are more expensive.


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