The 20+ best external hard drives in 2018

8Western Digital My Passport Wireless Pro - 4T - USB 3.0 and Wi-Fi

Even if we had mixed feelings in past versions of My Passport Wireless, the "pro" variant of the external HDD restores faith in the Western Digital name. The design, for example, has been revised and no longer looks like the My Passport Ultra or My Passport for Mac. Instead, there is now a more premium feel for the My Passport Wireless Pro. It resembles an external DVD drive, but considering the integrated SD card slot, do not worry about confusing it with anything else. For photographers, this will make the Wireless Pro stand out.

For all the others, there is a massive 6,400 mAh battery built into the device. This allows the disk to be used completely free of cables in 2.4GHz or 5GHz channels. However, when connected, do not expect cutting-edge connection technology, since the My Passport Wireless Pro only uses USB Type-B to Type-A. Completely absent is the latest and best USB-C connection.

When My Passport Wireless Pro is committed to affordability, you can benefit in almost any other area. Of course, not everyone needs a wireless hard drive or support for SD cards, but for those who do, it is almost essential.


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9LaCie Porsche Design Mobile Drive - 5TB - USB-C

You may have stumbled upon the LaCie Porsche Design mobile unit when viewing the USB-C accessories on the Apple website. There is a reason for that: the Porsche Design is shipped with USB Type C to Type A and USB Type C to Type C connectors, making it a worthy candidate regardless of your configuration.

It's expensive for an external hard drive, do not get us wrong, especially if you're in the market for the high-end 5TB option. On the other hand, it is a hard disk drive that theoretically could generate speeds of up to 5 Gbps, if it were not hindered by the limits of SMR technology (Shingled Magnetic Recording).

With five plates of 800 GB in format of 15 mm, the unit LaCie Porsche Design Mobile is an excellent rival for Seagate M3, although it is notably bigger in weight and dimensions.

Sure, it includes an additional convenience factor in the form of USB-C, but it should be noted that the Porsche Design Mobile is still limited to USB 3.0 speeds. In addition, even an aluminum finish can not prevent it from crashing into your MacBook Rose Gold. However, LaCie's offer is the best USB-C external hard drive that money can buy, at least for the time being.


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10iStorage diskAshur - 2TB - USB 3.0

Normally, iStorage hard drives are better suited to governments and multinational organizations around the world, for good reason too: they offer strict security like no other unit.

If someone tries to alter your iStorage unit, you can configure it to self-destruct. In addition, the data is encrypted by the 256-bit AES protocol, with multiple forms of protection implemented to ensure that criminals do not enter however persistent. When you consider all that extra security, the prices will not scare you either.

Of course, it is still expensive, four times the price of an equivalent unit of 2TB, and it is unlikely that it will be the most agile performer. But, you are paying for a product that is practically impossible to decipher. However, keep in mind that you will not get help from the manufacturer if things go wrong and you lose your password.


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11CalDigit Tuff - 2T - USB 3.1

Sometimes you break your external hard drives with a budget of $ 99 before paying the credit card with which you used to buy. The 2TB CalDigit Tuff is tough enough to survive the slings and arrows of business travel, even if you're a wildlife photographer or a foreman at a construction site. It is capable of receiving a blow, is resistant to water and dust, and is very affordable given the amount of storage you get. Put together all of this, and it's enough for the Tuffs to win our last Editors' Choice award for hard drives.

The Tuff is MIL-STD-810G tested and classified as IP57, which means it will survive when dropped in a dusty environment like a construction site. What is even more impressive is that the body has a water immersion capacity of 9.8 feet (3 meters) for 30 minutes.


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12LaCie 5big Thunderbolt 2 - 40T - Two Thunderbolt 2 Ports

LaCie 5big Thunderbolt 2 is a high-capacity hard drive made for those who need up to 40TB of storage on hand and accessible at any time. It is true that Amazon 5big attract a small group: scientists who need to analyze large amounts of data, professional photographers, cameramen working at 4K and higher resolutions, and anyone who needs the ability to connect units to a local petabyte storage . It is true that the USB-C or Thunderbolt 3 drive, but if you are constantly deleting files to make room on your 8TB drive, then the 5big might be right for you.

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13Western Digital My Book - 10T - USB 3.0

If you are addicted to downloading videos and you buy all the games that you can find online, it is likely that you need an economic and bulky storage to house everything. The 8TB version of Western Digital My Book can contain thousands of hours of video or millions of MP3 files or photos. It is compatible with previous versions of Mac and Windows computers, an advantage now that USB standards are changing. With a good combination of capacity, price and performance, it is a state-of-the-art application for external desktop hard drives.

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14Samsung Portable SSD T5 - 2T - USB 3.1 Gen2

Solid-state drives like the Samsung Portable SSD T5 2TB reduce the 2.5-inch form factor of its portable hard disk predecessors. Since SSDs do not need to house a turntable, they are much smaller and easier to slide into a small pocket.

While our large 2 terabyte test drive may be too expensive if you only want to back up your laptop files, its speed and capacity are suitable for good budget digital graphics and package professionals.


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