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Best External Hard Drives 2018 – [Buyer’s Guide]Last Updated February 1, 2019
Best External Hard Drives of 2018
Come with me. On that note, I review the three best external hard drives of 2018 to help you get value for your money.
I must say I am quite a fan of external hard drives, so when the question “What are the best external hard drives available on the market?” came to my mind, I excitedly started gathering information together with personal experience to write this article in the hope that it may help you find the suitable external hard drives. If you’re reading this, it is very likely that you’re scouting for the best external hard drives.
Test Results and Ratings
Why did this external hard drives win the first place?
I am very happy with the purchase. It is definitely worth its money. The product is top-notch! I really enjoy the design. It is compact, comfortable and reliable. And it looks amazing! I also liked the delivery service that was fast and quick to react. It was delivered on the third day. The product is very strong. Its material is stable and doesn’t crack.
Why did this external hard drives come in second place?
The material is pretty strong and easy to wash if needed. The design quality is top notch and the color is nice. I recommend you to consider buying this model, it definitely worth its money. I really liked it. It is amazing in every aspect. It did even exceed my expectations for a bit, considering the affordable price.
Why did this external hard drives take third place?
This price is appropriate since the product is very well built. It is inconvenient to use due to the size. I am going to get something different next time. The material is incredibly nice to the touch. It has a great color, which will suit any wallpapers. I liked the design. We’ve been using it for 2 months and it still looks like brand new.
External Hard Drives Buyer’s Guide
WD My Passport Ultra
Seagate Backup Plus Ultra Slim will do the trick. Again, more excellent storage portable drives can be found on this list.
Now if you want to know more about storage, I invite you to read on. There are three main areas you should consider when making your list: performance, capacity and data safety. I’ll explain them briefly here. After you’re finished, for an even deeper dive into the world of storage.
Using an SSD like one of these will greatly improve your computer’s performance.
Storage performance refers to the speed at which data transfers within a device or from one device to another. Currently, the speed of a single consumer-grade internal drive is largely defined by the Serial ATA interface standard (aka SATA). This determines how fast internal drives connect to a host (such as a personal computer or a server) or to one another. There are three generations of SATA — the latest and most popular, SATA 3, caps at gigabits per second (about 770 megabytes per second). The earlier SATA (largely obsolete) and SATA (available in computers made a few years ago) standards cap data speeds at 1.5Gbps and 3Gbps, respectively.
Since 2015, there’s been a new standard called M.2, which is only available for SSDs. M.allows the storage device to connect to a computer via PCI express (the type of connection once used only to connect a video card to a motherboard) and is therefore much faster than SATA. Currently only high-end desktop motherboards support M.These tend to come with two slots. Some ultracompact laptops also have an M. slot instead of SATA. Just about the size of a stick of system memory, an M.SSD is much more compact than a regular SSD. It’s also much faster and can deliver the same amount of storage space. In the future, M.is expected to replace regular SATA drives completely.
Since internal drives are used in most other types of storage devices, including external drives and network storage, the SATA standard is the common denominator of storage performance. In other words, a single-volume storage device — one that has only one internal drive on the inside — can be as fast as 6Gbps at most. In multiple-volume setups, there are techniques that aggregate the speed of each individual drive into a faster combined data speed, but I’ll discuss that in more detail in the RAID section below.
Though they share the same SATA interface, the performance of internal drives can vary sharply. Generally, hard drives are much slower than SSDs, but SSDs are much more expensive than hard drives, gigabyte for gigabyte.
Though not all SSDs offer the same performance, the differences are minimal. To make it easier for you to choose, here’s our list of the best internal drives currently on the market.
External storage devices are basically one or more internal drives put together inside an enclosure and connected to a computer using a peripheral connection.
There are four main peripheral connection types: USB, Thunderbolt, FireWire and eSATA. Most, if not all, new external drives now use just USB 3.0 or Thunderbolt or both. There are good reasons why.
USB 3.0 offers a cap speed of 5Gbps and is backward-compatible with USB 2.0. Thunderbolt caps at 10Gbps (or 20Gbps with Thunderbolt 2.0), and you can daisy-chain up to six Thunderbolt drives together without degrading the bandwidth. Thunderbolt also makes RAID possible when you connect multiple single-volume drives of the same capacity. Note that more computers support USB 3.0 than Thunderbolt, especially among Windows computers. All existing computers support USB 2.0, which also works with USB 3.0 drives (though at USB 2.0 data speeds).
Generally, speed is not the most important factor for non-Thunderbolt external drives. That may seem counterintuitive, but the reason is that the USB 3.0 connectivity standard, which is the fastest among all non-Thunderbolt standards, is slower than the speed of SATA internal drives.
Note that there’s no difference in terms of performance between bus-powered (a data cable is also used to draw power) and non-bus-powered (a separate power adapter is required) external drives. Generally only single-volume external drives that are based on a laptop 2.5-inch internal drive can be bus-powered, and for now these drives offer 2TB of storage space at most. Non-bus-powered external storage devices mostly use 3.5-inch internal drives and can combine multiple internal drives, so they can offer more storage space.
Currently, Thunderbolt storage devices are more popular for Macs, and unlike other external drives, deliver very fast performance. They are significantly more expensive than USB 3.0 drives, with prices fluctuating a great deal depending on the number of internal drives you use. Here’s our list of the top Thunderbolt drives on the market.
Not the fastest drive
An external hard drive you can buy without breaking the bank, Buffalo’s MiniStation Extreme NFC could be your match made in heaven.
With compatibility for both Mac and Windows machines, the Buffalo MiniStation Extreme NFC is very flexible, and comes with a rugged case that’s dust and water resistant, along with a built-in USB 3.0 cable.
Not only is your data kept protected from knocks and drops with the rugged shell, but it’s also got 256-bit AES security features and NFC (Near Field Communication) features as well.
WD backup software is basic
The latest generation of the Western Digital My Passport range of external hard drives has landed, coming in sizes from 1TB to 4TB. It features cloud storage and 256-AES encryption, along with WD’s own backup software.
Best of all, it is a very good performer when it comes to data transfer speeds, beating many of its competitor. Unsurprisingly, it doesn’t reach the top speeds of solid state external drives, but for external hard drives based on traditional HDDs, this is the drive to get.
Need two USB 3.0 ports free
If you’re looking for the absolute largest capacity external hard drive, then the WD My Book Duo 16TB is the one to get, offering a huge 16TB of storage space over two hard drives.
If you don’t mind sacrificing some of the ample storage space you can set the drives up in a RAID array, so you have file backups of your files should one of the drives die.
This USB 3.0 drive has many of the features of a fully-fledged NAS device (including a high price), and if you have a router with a USB 3.0 port you could use this as a network attached storage device in its own right.
The device, which comes with two-year warranty, has 256-bit AES hardware encryption, and automatic backup software (WD SmartWare Pro).
Worth noting that the enclosure used is fully serviceable and that WD ships the drive already pre-formatted for Windows users (NTFS).
Free software is Mac-only
If you work with a lot of large files, such as videos, then the OWC ThunderBay Mini is an excellent external storage solution. It supports up to four 2.5-inch drives, and can be bought with SSDs already installed, or as an empty enclosure.
It comes with two Thunderbolt ports for extremely quick read and write speeds, so you can edit files on the OWC ThunderBay Mini’s hard drives as quickly and smoothly as if they were located on your internal hard drives. You can also daisy chain a number of OWC ThunderBay Minis together using Thunderbolt cables for even more storage.
USB-C support still in infancy
The Seagate 8TB Innovrange is worth a mention. It is a normal-size 3.5-inch desktop hard disk drive but doesn’t need an external power supply to run.
Instead, it needs to be powered via a USB Type-C connector without which it won’t work. It does pave the way for customers to move staggering amount of data around without being tethered.
Expensive due to Wi-Fi features
Though our feelings were lukewarm on the My Passport Wireless of yesteryear, the 201“Pro” variant of the HDD restores faith in the Western Digital name. The design, for instance, has been overhauled and no longer resembles the My Passport Ultra nor My Passport for Mac. Instead, there’s now a more premium feel to the My Passport Wireless Pro. It resembles an external DVD drive, but considering the onboard SD card slot (and a dedicated SD transfer button), don’t worry about getting it confused with anything else. For photographers, this is the Wireless Pro’s killer app.
For everyone else, there’s a massive 6,400mAh battery built into the device. This lets the drive be used completely free of wires over 2.4GHz or 5GHz channels. When it’s wired up, however, don’t expect cutting edge connection tech, as the My Passport Wireless Pro uses only USB Type-B to Type-A. Completely absent is the latest and greatest USB-C connection.
Where the My Passport Wireless Pro compromises on affordability, it’s able to benefit in just about every other area. Of course, not everyone needs a wireless hard drive or SD card support, but for those who do, it’s almost essential.
Typically, iStorage hard disks cater best to governments and multinational organizations around the world, for good reason too – they offer tight security like no other drives around.
If someone tries to tamper with your iStorage drive, you can configure it to self-desturct. What’s more, the data is encrypted by the 256-bit AES protocol, with multiple forms of protection in place to ensure the bad guys don’t get in no matter how persistent. When you consider all that extra security, the prices won’t scare you away either.
Sure, it’s still expensive, four times the price of an equivalent 2TB drive, and unlikely to be the most nimble performer. But, you’re paying for a product that’s virtually uncrackable. Bear in mind, though, you’ll get no help from the manufacturer if things go awry and you lose your password.
Gabe Carey and Matt Hanson also contributed to this article
Hard Drive Specifications and Performance
Now that you know what kind of drive to buy, it’s time to find the best one that fits your needs. Here’s what you need to consider:
Storage capacity. HDDs come in all sizes, capping out at 16TB per drive due to physical limitations. On the other hand, SSDs are much smaller and have reached as high as 60TB. Even so, consumer-level SSDs are rarely larger than 1TB as of this writing.
Transfer speeds. The performance of a consumer-level HDD is determined by many factors, but revolutions per minute (RPMs) is an important one. Higher RPMs means faster transferring of data to and from the drive.
You can ignore the drive’s SATA speed. For example, a modern drive might be listed as 3.0GB/s and 7200RPM. That first value is the SATA speed, which describes the theoretical maximum speed of a SATA connection. No HDD can transfer data at that kind of speed. However, a 7200RPM drive will always be faster than a 5400RPM drive.
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If data security is your primary concern, you might consider something like the Transcend 1TB StoreJet MHDD. It comes with military-grade shock resistance, an anti-shock rubber case, an internal suspension system that can survive drops, and built-in 256-bit AES encryption.
Transcend 500GB StoreJet MMilitary Drop Tested USB 2.0 ExternalHardDrive
Transcend 500GB StoreJet MMilitary Drop Tested USB 2.0 ExternalHardDrive
Military-grade shock resistance, USB 2.0 compliant and backwards compatible with USB 1.0
If speed is of utmost importance and you don’t have that much data to store, then an external SSD might actually be better than an HDD. These are rarer than external HDDs so pickings are slimmer, but good options do exist, such as the Samsung T500GB Portable SSD. Just note that you must use USB 3.to take advantage of its full transfer speed.
Internal Mac Hard Drives
The most important thing is that Mac hard drive upgrades are pretty much DIY projects. You have to tear your device apart just to reach the internal drive, carefully replace it, and then put everything back together. Even the easiest replacement can take at least an hour. This also voids your warranty and any AppleCare insurance you might have
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External Hard Drives for Mac
For external drives, you have several connection options, listed in order of increasing data transfer speeds: USB 2.0, USB 3.0, USB 3.1, Thunderbolt 2, and Thunderbolt (also known as USB Type-C). We recommend USB 3.0 as the absolute lowest you should go.
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Wrapping It All Up
Now you know all there is to know about buying a new hard drive. Once purchased, be sure to take care of your hard drive
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Why storage is so important
When you press that shutter release button, the camera does its thing and a fraction of a second later several million bytes of data needs a new home. It’s easy to regard that mass of data as simply an image file, but with modern digital photography it’s easy to generate thousands of image files consuming terabytes of storage space. Taking a picture or shooting a video is simple but what you do next requires a bit of thought – otherwise you’ll end up with a mass of randomly stored images and a big headache finding what you need in the future.
Ease of finding the photos you need
Once you’ve built up a sizeable archive of files, finding files you need can be a major problem. Fortunately, photo image files can be keyword tagged with appropriately meaningful words that can help you to find target images quickly and easily. You can use DAM (Digital Asset Management) software to build a robust database of tagged images, although even your computer’s operating system may be able to offer a rudimentary image tagging and searching facility. Storing your images in a logical structure of folders, perhaps arranged by date or subject, can also help, although I wouldn’t recommend this instead of tagging.
Hard disk drives
Hard disks are so named because there used to be a flexible or ‘floppy’ disk alternative. An electromagnetic read/write head ‘flies’ on a cushion of air, a tiny fraction of a millimetre above a magnetic disc (called a platter) that spins at up to 10,000 RPM. In principle the faster the platter spins the faster data can be written to it and read from it. The term ‘disk’ – with a ‘k’ – is historic and comes from the term ‘diskette’ or a small disc.
The most common hard drive spin speeds are 5400 and 7200RPM. Other performance factors include the drive’s cache memory and controller circuitry. Some 5400RPM drives can perform as well as, or even better than, some 7200RPM drives. Computer magazines regularly test batches of drives from different manufacturers and these tests can be a good guide to ultimate performance as well as value for money.
You may notice the term ‘green’ being used in the model name or description for a hard drive. This means that the drive has been designed to use less power and to operate at a lower temperature than the manufacturer’s standard drives. There may be a small penalty in performance, but not always. Sometimes ‘green’ drives are audibly quieter, too.
Hard disk drives are available in many capacities and several standard form factor sizes. Laptops generally use 2.inch drives, while desktop PCs traditionally use 3.inch drives (although some compact models use the smaller 2.inch drives). There are also super-small 1.inch drives sometimes used in netbooks. Until a few years ago one-inch drives incorporated into units the same size as a compact flash cards, called Microdrives, were in common use; solid state flash memory cards have now rendered Microdrives obsolete, but larger hard drives continue to improve steadily in performance and overall capacity.
The capacity of a hard drive depends on the density at which data can be written to the drive’s platter and how many platters are contained. In 3.inch sizes capacities commonly available are 500GB, or and terabytes (TB), respectively. A terabyte is a thousand gigabytes, or a million megabytes. 4TB 3.inch drives are now available and we may see even higher capacity drives in the near future.
2TB 2.inch drives are already available, although 250, 500 and 750GB 2.inch drives are the most commonly sold at present. Don’t assume that any 2.inch drive will fit inside your laptop as a replacement, because in order to accommodate extra platters the thickness or height of the drive could be greater than the space available. The most commonly used 2.inch drives are 9.5mm high, but some are as slim as 5mm and others as large as 15mm.
As manufacturers of hard disk drives and flash memory devices have pushed the envelope and reduced costs while steadily increasing capacities, the relevance of optical media has waned. Recordable CDs and DVDs are slow and often unreliable, as well as offering only limited capacity. With 3and 64GB memory cards now commonly available, even recordable Blu-Ray discs, which remain stubbornly expensive, are unattractive for photo storage. Optical media does remain a viable option for creating slide shows and, of course, edited video movies.
Firewire is a serial bus standard that works like a network and can operate as a chain of interconnected devices. Back when USB was just 1megabits per second Firewire was offering 400 megabit speeds, but Firewire never gained the ubiquity of USB. Later we had Firewire 800 (800 megabits/sec) but its adoption was once again far lower than USB 2.0.
SATA and eSATA
Most basic hard disk drives, or bare drives, and other devices like DVD or Blu-Ray drives, connect to their hosts using SATA (Serial ATA). SATA is a high performance data bus designed to work over relatively short cables, connecting fast storage devices like hard disk drives inside a computer’s case. eSATA is a version of SATA; this enables SATA devices to be connected externally while retaining the same level of performance as internal SATA drives. Using eSATA-connected drive docking stations is a convenient way of using multiple bare hard disk drives.
It can’t be stressed enough how important it is to backup your data; it’s so important that backup facilities are now built into computer operating systems. There’s also a burgeoning market for independent vendors of backup software, and the best of these will offer solutions that are easier to use than OS-based offerings. This is an important point because you will tend not to use a system that is difficult to use, no matter how effective it might be. You can backup a complete computer system operating system, applications programs and your data files, or just the data files; it’s your choice.
Social media networks
Billions of photos are shot every day – more than at any time in the history of photography, though the number of prints made from photos is lower now than it has been for many years. Instead of printing photos they are being shown on social media networks like Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and others, including photo-centric networks like Flickr, Image Bucket, etc. Simplifying the sharing of photos to your preferred networks can save a lot of time. Look out for photo-sharing options in desktop software and, especially, image apps for smartphones and tablets.
Unlike conventional hard drives where you plug in the external hard drive directly to your computer, with NAS drive, you can not do this. You must access files on the drive on the network. This means the NAS drive has to be plugged to a router via ethernet cable and then your computer connected to the same network either via cable or WiFi. Non-savvy users will miss the plug-and-play functionality they are used to with conventional external hard drives.
However, NAS drive comes with a lot of flexibility and convenience on how you can access your data. Because the data is accessed via the network, a NAS drive allows you access your files from multiple devices such as smartphone, laptop, tablet, smart tv at the same time.
Cloud syncing and Backup software
The cloud has changed the way we work and play. The photos you post on Facebook or Instagram all live somewhere in the cloud which gives you the convenience of accessing them from anywhere at anytime. But if you want to store more sensitive personal data where public clouds such as Facebook or Google are not an option, then you wish to sync your data on private cloud providers such as Dropbox or even your own server.
Some drives come with additional software that enable you sync your data directly to the cloud. Some high-end drives from Western Digital and Seagate for instance come with backup or syncing software.
This insures your personal data against theft or cases where your drive gets damaged. If might be super expensive to backup your data to the cloud especially for us users in Africa. So for me personally, this option is not priority when buying an external hard drive.
External hard drives can deliver large amounts of cheap extra storage – these days, you can add 1TB of space to your PC, Mac or laptop for just £50. That’s enough for over 750,000 MP3s or photos, or over 230 DVD-sized movies. Every computer out there, from mega-huge towers to slim Ultrabooks, can connect to at least one hard drive. If you’re lucky enough to have multiple input/output ports, you can hook up many more. Auxiliary storage allows you to back up your system files, in case your primary system goes kaput.
After you’ve slogged through the above criteria, you may have to look for other differentiators to find the drive you want. Colour and design are usually a concern: A drive you’re embarrassed to use won’t be used at all, defeating its purpose. Included software is a concern if you don’t already have a backup plan, as well. Indeed, if you want to automate backups to your external drive, you’d do well to consider a solution such as Seagate’s Backup Plus.
Warranty is also an important factor – hard drives can and will fail on you. If you’re intending to use your external drive extensively, it could be worth paying a bit more and looking for drives with a three or five year warranty. There’s a reason these drives are guaranteed for more than the bog-standard one year warranty.
Specify Your Needs
When deciding what’ll work best for your needs, consider the following: What will you be using it for; how much space do you really need; and how often will you be backing up your files? Also, do you want to be able to transport your external hard drive so that a lighter, encrypted one would be most convenient and best protected; or do you plan to keep it in one place, in which case you can afford a heavier but potentially cheaper device?
Answering these questions will help you gauge what the best storage device option will be for you right now.
The vast majority of portable hard drives are 2.5-inch mechanisms, but not all portable hard drives are the same size. Some models come housed in low-profile enclosures, while others are wrapped in shock-absorbing material within ruggedized cases. Such design decisions affect the drive’s overall weight, but they also influence how well the drive can survive misadventure. If you’re a frequent traveler who grudges every ounce that goes into your laptop bag, you’ll need to work out for yourself the right balance between data security and tolerable shoulder load.
Some manufacturers, including Seagate and Western Digital, offer accessory cases for their drives that can add shock protection. We especially like the Nomad hard-shell case for Western Digital’s Passport drives. The amply padded, 6.25-ounce polycarbonate case has an opening for a USB cable, so you don’t have to remove the drive to use it.
Also you can opt for a product that comes with layers of physical protection, such as the Silicon Power Rugged Portable External Hard Drive. These drives are generally great for people working in rough environments.
Make sure also that your external hard drive comes with hardware-based encryption, which is more dependable than software-based encryption. This is especially important if you want to purchase a portable mobile drive to carry around, but it’s also important if you’re storing highly sensitive information. Carrying your private files around makes them more prone to loss and theft, so go the extra step and make encryption a concern.
Toshiba Canvio Basics External Hard Disk
No introduction needs to Toshiba when it comes to IT products. They are well known to make rigid and durable products. Canvio Basics is portable hard disk from Toshiba which is small in size yet power packed with features like USB3.0for faster speed with backward compatibility for USB 2.0, made with durable material and built-in internal shock sensor and ramp-loading technology to safeguard data from accidental shocks, bumps.
USB 3.0 port for faster data transfer.
Plug & play operation makes it easy to operate for non techie people.
Warranty period may be less compared to other similar product in market. Check it before buying. *Reference : Seagate **Average file size using camera’s highest resolution JPEG mode. ***One gigabyte, or GB, equals one billion bytes when referring to hard drive capacity.
Things to consider before buying a external hard drives?
Without considering the why are you buying external hard drive, you might end yo buying a wrong product. Consider following things before buying external hard drive.
Storage Capacity: Determine how much storage you would need. Generally buying a hard disk of storage capacity double of what you need to a good decision as your storage requirement will increase very fast as time passes.
Size/Dimensions: Do you really need that expensive sleek sized hard drive even though you dont plan to move it often. Determine how frequently you would be carrying the external hard drive, if not more then you are good with that bulky less expensive hard drive as some time sleek drives costs more than bulky of same storage capacity.
Toughness: Check what protective measures are available in hard drive to withstand accidental drop, shocks. Without these measures, your data is at risk in case of any accidental shocks.
Connectivty/Data Transfer Rate: Most of external hard drive support USB 2.0, However USB 3.0 offers a faster data transfer rate and since you will buying a hard drive for back-up purpose which involves high amount of data transfer, external hard drive with USB 3.0 would be best bet.
Protect our hard disk from physical damage
Biggest cause of hard drive damage is physical damage by accidently dropping it, shocks etc. To protect external hard drive from such damages get a protective case which can withstand shock, accidental drop. Make sure it’s of good quality and has sufficient cushioning which could withstand the shock.
Avoid operating hard disk in excessive heat
Hard disk are meant to be operated in specific temperature range which is generally a normal day to day temperature however to protect it from heat damage, Do not take out hard disk in an environment where it’s very hot like operating it outside in summer when it’s very hot in India.
Avoid frequent unsafe on-off
Frequent unsafe on-off operations on hard disk might cause bad sectors on the disk. Always follow the recommended procedure of your hard disk manufacturer while shutting down the hard disk when it’s not in use.
Can we use HDD for keeping data archived for longer time?
Yes you can use HDD as data archival option as it’s cheap as compared to other data storage and can last very long if any accidental damages are avoided. However HDD’s have moving parts means it can fail if these parts top working due to any drop, shocks. To be on safe side if you want to store data for longer time and want make sure it stays there even if it’s raining, or in case of any accidental drop, shock consider buying a rugged HDD which are made with material and has coatings, protective cases which are military grade to with stand shocks, drops and some are also water proof, fire proof. These HDD are little expensive however you are frequently carrying valuable data and cannot afford to lose data by any means these rugged hard disk offered quite a lot protection with little extra price. If you are planning to use a hard disk for keep data for longer duration and do not want to invest in rugged expensive hard disks consider buying multiple hard disks of smaller size and keep multiple copies of same data at different location. E.g. instead of buying 1TB of hard disk buy two hard disks of size 51GB and create two copies of data and keep it on two different locations like one in home and one in office.
Power & Form Factor
While most of the external hard drive drives are powered using the USB cable, there are some that may need additional power source. In case of portable hard drives, they are powered by the USB cable. However, the desktop hard disks may need an external casing along with a power supply. The casing will have one power input port and one USB port for data transfer. While external hard drives are mostly portable, some have a thicker from factor, whereas some may be sleek and slim like a mobile phone. They are available in different sizes and shapes. The design and build quality should also be taken under consideration when buying one.
Toshiba Canvio Basics 2TB
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With ballooning game install sizes, storage space is at a premium this console generation. The 500GB or 1TB hard drive that comes as standard in the various PlayStation models may seem like plenty at first, but it fills up quickly. Even upgrading that hard drive is only a temporary fix – the console only supports drives up to 2TB, a limit plenty of players are likely to hit long before the PScomes out.
There’s good news though. PSsoftware upgrade 4.brought with it support for external hard drives, opening up the potential for limitless storage – you need never uninstall a game or delete a screenshot again.
The PSnow supports USB 3.0 hard drives up to 8TB, and if you somehow manage to fill that up you can always just buy another (the PSwon’t support both at once, but you can always swap between them).
It’s worth bearing in mind that any hard drive you use to install games has to be formatted for the PS4, meaning you won’t be able to use it to store any other files or backups – that’s why you might want to buy a new drive for the purpose, rather than re-use an existing one, unless you know you don’t need it for anything else.
To find out how to format an external hard drive for the PS4, check out our guide to managing your storage on the console. And if you’re looking to upgrade the internal hard drive, we have a guide for that too.
A quick word on the list below. All of the drives were testing multiple times on our PC test rig (not on a PS4), but all will be compatible with the console. We’ve also only included drives available in at least 500GB, because anything smaller would fill up too quickly to be of much use. If you want to see more options, check out our larger ranking of the best portable hard drives.
Who this is for
If you’re not backing up the important documents and photos on your computer, you should start. Take a few minutes to set up a system that will back up your files automatically to an external hard drive and the cloud. Your computer’s internal drive will stop working someday, and backing up solely to an external drive isn’t a bulletproof strategy to protect yourself from data loss.
You should consider replacing your backup drives between the third and sixth year of use. If your drive dies and you have a cloud backup, you won’t lose data, but restoring from the cloud will take a very long time (and probably blow through your monthly data cap). If you don’t, well, say bye to your stuff. According to statistics from cloud backup service Backblaze, hard drives are most likely to fail either within the first 1months of use or after three years.
Toshiba Canvio Basics
Let’s start with a product from one of the most recognizable names in the tech industry. The smudge-resistant Toshiba Canvio Basics 1TB hard drive is as simple as it gets. It’s a plug-and-play hard drive that doesn’t require any software installation beforehand. Just plug it in via USB 3.0 and start transferring the biggest of files.
Canvio Basics is USB-powered, so none of those extra cables that need to be plugged into an electrical outlet. Though it only comes with a 1-year standard warranty, the Canvio Basics is definitely one of the best budget PShard drives around.
HGST Touro S
HGST is under the Western Digital umbrella, which should tell you enough that their products are nothing short of high quality. The
HGST Touro S, which comes in either 1TB or 500GB, is another plug-and-play hard drive. It boasts an RPM of 7200, allowing it to move extra-large files 2percent faster than 5400RPM hard drives.
Like the Toshiba Canvio Basics, the Touro S doesn’t need an AC adapter – USB connection is all it needs to power up. It also comes in four different colors (we personally like the Ruby variant). The Touro S is a bit pricier than the Canvio Basics, though. But the good news is it comes with a 2-year warranty.
Western Digital Elements
The Elements comes with the Western Digital guaranteed quality, allowing you to rest well at night knowing that all your favorite PSgames are safely tucked digitally. It’s also available at 3TB. But if you want more than 2TB, there are other cheaper options. The difference between 3TB and 4TB isn’t really that much.
Western Digital My Passport
If you thought the HGST Touro S’s choice of four colors was too restrictive, then you’re going to love the Western Digital My Passport portable external PShard drive. Apart from the usual black, it comes in five other different colors: blue, white, orange, red, and yellow.
The My Passport’s performance and quality are what you would expect from
Most of us who own laptops, computers, tablets, and other gadgets either for personal or work reasons know that as time passes, we tend to accumulate files. These may be photos, videos, music, applications, software, or even simple documents.
Still, no matter what types of files we may have saved, we know that we will reach a point when we have to erase some of the files or find a new storage space for them.
This is the reason why external hard drives were made—to provide extra space for storage. If you are running out of storage, it is important to know the essentials in what you should be looking for in external hard drives.
This article will discuss the things that you need to know when buying your external drive.
There are various external hard drive storage sizes available, ranging from 250GB to as much as 5GB. You should determine how much storage space you need at the moment and if you plan to store more in the future.
If you plan to save huge files and use your external drive for backing up your files, opt for an external drive that has a 1GB storage capacity or more.
File Transfer Speed
Most external drives sold in the market nowadays use a USB3.0 cable and port for faster file transfer speed of 5Gbps. Most USB3.0 external drives have a backward compatibility feature such that you can use it with the slower USB2.0 port (480Mbps).
You should make sure that your laptop or computer is compatible with this type of USB connection otherwise it may not be able to read the external hard drive that you purchased.
First of all thanks for reading my article to the end! I hope you find my reviews listed here useful and that it allows you to make a proper comparison of what is best to fit your needs and budget. Don’t be afraid to try more than one product if your first pick doesn’t do the trick.
Most important, have fun and choose your External Hard Drives wisely! Good luck!
So, TOP3 of External Hard Drives
- №1 — WD 2TB Elements Portable External Hard Drive – USB 3.0 – WDBU6Y0020BBK-WESN
- №2 — 2.5″ 80GB Portable External Hard Drive USB3.0 with Durable Military-grade Shockproof
- №3 — Seagate Expansion 1TB Portable External Hard Drive USB 3.0