Best external hard drive

Which is the best external hard drive? We all dread the thought of losing precious data/images/work, so what is the best way to protect it? Choose the best external hard drive, be it SSD, HDD or even cloud storage?


Silicon Power 2 TB External Portable Hard Drive Rugged Armor A60 Shockproof Water-Resistant 2.5-Inch USB 3.0 , Military Grade MIL-STD-810G & IPX4, for PC/Mac/Xbox One/Xbox 360/PS4/PS4 Pro/PS4 Black

  • Shockproof – Drop protection meets US Military (MIL-STD-810G) Standards
  • Water-Resistant – IPX4 Splash Resistant from all angles for at least 5 minutes
  • Cable Management Design – Brilliant wrap -around USB 3.0 cable storage design
  • Works with PCs and Macs – Share data and files between different platforms
  • Best Warranty – 3 years manufacturer warranty

Transcend 4TB USB 3.1 Gen 1 USB Type-C StoreJet 25M3C Rugged External Hard Drive TS4TSJ25M3C

  • USB 3.1 Gen 1 interface
  • Three-stage shock protection system
  • One-touch auto backup button
  • Offers Transcend Elite data management software and RecoveRx data recovery software
  • Includes a USB Type-C and USB Type-C to Type-A cable

Seagate Backup Plus Portable, 4 TB, External Hard Drive HDD, Black, USB 3.0 for PC Laptop and Mac, 1 yr MylioCreate, 2 month Adobe Creative Cloud Photography, 2 yr Rescue Services (STHP5000400)

  • Portable external hard drive for file backup
  • Compatible with USB 3.0/2.0
  • Works with Windows® and Mac® without needing to reformat
  • Offers customised backup and file mirroring
  • Powered by USB connection
  • Includes 2-months Adobe CC Photography1 membership

WD 4TB My Passport USB 3.0 Gen 1 Slim Portable External Hard Drive (2019, Black) + Compact Hard Drive Case (Black) (4TB, Black)

  • My Passport wireless Pro provides portable storage to allow easy offload, edit and streaming of photos or high-definition videos when you are on the go.
  • 4TB storage
  • USB 3.0 Type-C interface
  • Bus-powered
  • No external power required
  • 256-Bit AES Hardware Encryption

ADATA HD710 Pro 1TB USB 3.1 IP68 Waterproof/Shockproof/Dustproof Ruggedized External Hard Drive, Black (AHD710P-1TU31-CBK)

  • Choice from 1TB to 5TB
  • USB 3.1 Interface that works with PC, Mac, Linux
  • IP68 Waterproof, tested for 60 minutes in 2 meter of water
  • IP68 Military-Grade Shockproof MIL-STD-810G 516.6
  • IP6X Dustproof
  • 3 Year Warranty

So to recap

  1. Silicon Power 2 TB External Portable Hard Drive Rugged Armor A60 Shockproof Water-Resistant 2.5-Inch USB 3.0 , Military Grade MIL-STD-810G & IPX4, for PC/Mac/Xbox One/Xbox 360/PS4/PS4 Pro/PS4 Black
    All-round protection in a tough durable enclosure. Water resistant and military-grade shockproof. Outstanding read/write speeds. Great for people on the move. Operating temperature 5℃-55℃.
  2. Transcend 4TB USB 3.1 Gen 1 USB Type-C StoreJet 25M3C Rugged External Hard Drive TS4TSJ25M3C
    Rugged external hard drive combining supreme shock-resistant qualities with the USB 3.1 Gen 1 interface. Ultra-fast file transfers. One-touch backup button. Type-c and Type-c to Type-A cable included.
  3. Seagate Backup Plus Portable, 4 TB, External Hard Drive HDD, Black, USB 3.0 for PC Laptop and Mac, 1 yr MylioCreate, 4 month Adobe Creative Cloud Photography, 2 yr Rescue Services (STHP5000400)
    A fantastic 4TB of space on this Backup Plus portable drive. One-click back-up on demand. You can schedule back-ups on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis.
  4. WD 4TB My Passport USB 3.0 Gen 1 Slim Portable External Hard Drive (2019, Black) + Compact Hard Drive Case (Black) (4TB, Black)
    My Passport wireless Pro provides portable storage to allow easy offload, edit and streaming of photos or high-definition videos when you are on the go. 4TB storage. USB 3.0 Type-C interface. Bus-powered. No external power required. 256-Bit AES Hardware Encryption.
  5. ADATA HD710 Pro 1TB USB 3.1 IP68 Waterproof/Shockproof/Dustproof Ruggedized External Hard Drive, Black (AHD710P-1TU31-CBK)
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Summary

SSDs are generally faster than HDDs, but they are also pricer. HDDs are cheaper to buy but won’t be quite as fast. You could also consider cloud storage which allows you to login and access your data from anywhere in the world.

Things to consider:

  • Size of storage space
  • Portability
  • Wireless/NFC options
  • Memory cards or USB flash drives

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