The 20+ best external hard drives in 2018

15CalDigit AV Pro 2 - 3T - USB 3.0 Type-A

With a minimum of 3 TB of storage, the CalDigit AV Pro 2 is enough to meet the storage needs of almost anyone. This external hard drive costs 8 cents per gigabyte for the 3 TB model we tested, quite low, although certainly not the lowest we've seen.

I just bought a new laptop equipped with Thunderbolt 3? AV Pro 2 supports it. Do you have a messy desk? You will appreciate the built-in USB hub. In fact, there are really only two categories of users for whom AV Pro 2 is not a good choice: advanced users with tons of games or 4K video sequences that need more than a few terabytes of space, and those who do not mind paying more for the much higher speeds of a solid state drive (SSD).


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16Toshiba Canvio Basics 1TB Portable Hard Drive - 3T- USB 3.0

Slightly larger than a deck of cards, Toshiba's easy-to-use Canvio Basics portable hard drive makes it easy to take all your files with you on the go. It comes in models of 500 GB, 1 TB, 2 TB and 3 TB and works just by connecting it to your PC through its USB 3.0 port. (For use with a Mac, you will have to reformat the drive in a format compatible with OS X. Do not worry, it's pretty easy to do).

It offers much faster transfer speeds than those using USB 2.0 technology. but it is still compatible with previous versions. It reaches speeds of rotation of up to 5400 RPM and has an internal shock sensor and ramp charging technology to keep your files safe. It is portable, safe, but also reliable and easy to use.


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17Silicon Power Black 5TB Rugged Portable External Hard Drive Armor A60 - USB 3.0

No matter how hard you try, Silicon Power's Armor A60 external hard drive is hard to dismantle. Not only is it waterproof (IPX4) and fall proof (up to 122 centimeters), it is scratch-proof, non-slip and shockproof, thanks to a textured shell with silicone material on the sides and edges.

Its impressive read / write speeds are complemented by the use of USB 3.0 technology to offer incredibly fast transfer times. Compatible with Mac and PC, comes with SP Widget, a software that simplifies data backup and restoration, 256-bit AES encryption and cloud storage for efficient data management. Versions up to 5TB are available and covered by a three-year warranty that promises full service and technical support.


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18Seagate Expansion 4TB Portable - 4T - USB 3.0

As a business owner, you probably want a hard drive that has a large capacity and copy files quickly, not to mention one that is not very costly. The portable Seagate expansion hard drive meets all those requirements and more. It comes in 1TB, 2TB, 3TB and 4TB models, and ready to use, it is formatted to work with Windows computers. If you use Macs, do not worry; you can reformat it in just a few seconds. In fact, buying a pre-formatted drive for Windows can be a much cheaper way to get storage for your Mac than buying a unit designated for Mac, which is usually more expensive.

With measures of 4.8 x 3.2 x .6 inches and a weight of 6.4 ounces, it is small and light enough to throw your bag on the way to a business meeting. It hosts a disk that rotates at only 5,400 rotations per minute, unlike some faster 7,200 rpm models, but still offers respectable performance: around 120 MB / s for writing and 130 MB / s for reading. On the positive side, the slower speed also means that it consumes less energy.


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19U32 Shadow - 4TB - USB 3.1 port - for video games

With the rise of downloadable games, the need arises for additional storage. Xbox One users have found a friend on the ShadowUSB U32 Hard Drive, a USB 3.0 connectivity device that has plug-and-play compatibility with Xbox One. Simply connect the storage to a USB port on your console and you will have access to all your files in a matter of seconds, or take your library of games to a friend's house. The hard drive has a capacity of 4TB, enough to store more than 650,000 photos, 250,000 songs and more than 500 hours of video. The small black device is elegant and even comes with a three year warranty.

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20AirPort Time Capsule - 3T

Apple's AirPort Time Capsule is tailored to work with OS X and automatically backs up all your files to a 3TB storage unit. Powered by 802.11ac Wi-Fi technology, the AirPort automatically detects your connected MacBook, iPhone, Apple TV, iPad and iPod devices to save your files in real time.

An impressive array of beam forming antennas has a long range and ensures that all your files are brought to the backup. You can also connect any device via USB, which gives you the flexibility to store files from older devices. In typical Apple fashion, AirPort has a minimalist and modern design, which matches any home or offic


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