Best Selling Hard Drives

Compare the 10 Best Selling Hard DrivesJanuary 2018(Last Updated 12 January 2018)

Best selling external hard drive models according to Amazon sales data
Compare top brands including Western Digital, Seagate and LaCie
Every week we rank the best external hard drives based on features, reviews and price
We compare: 916 External Hard Drive Models 13,800 External Hard Drive Reviews 5,480 External Hard Drive Prices
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916 External Hard Drive Models
13,800 External Hard Drive Reviews
5,480 External Hard Drive Prices
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#1

77

Canvio Basics 1TB

Toshiba Canvio Basics 1TB

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£40.98

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Jan 2016
A very popular and affordable 1TB external hard drive, with good features
#2

81

Canvio Basics 2TB

Toshiba Canvio Basics 2TB

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£40.62

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Oct 2015
A best selling and bargain price 2TB external hard drive, with good features
#3

77

Canvio Basics 500GB

Toshiba Canvio Basics 500GB

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£29.99

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500GB
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230g
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Jan 2016
The cheapest small capacity hard drive on the market, but with only average features
#4

75

HDTB330EK3CA

Toshiba HDTB330EK3CA

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£85.98

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3TB
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230g
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Jan 2016
A cheap and best selling 3TB external hard drive, with good features
#5

87

My Passport

Western Digital My Passport

70 Reviews + 10 Awards
eteknix.com - Editor's Choicehwt.dk - Bronze Product of the Yearxfastest.com - Fastest MediaPC Advisor.co.uk - Best Buy
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£49.99

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Oct 2016
A best selling and low cost 1TB external hard drive, with an Editor's Choice award from three expert review websites and 7 further awards from other expert sites
#6

77

Canvio Connect II 1TB

Toshiba Canvio Connect II 1TB

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£44.50

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Feb 2016
A top-value and best selling 1TB external hard drive, with good features
#7

81

Canvio Alu 1TB

Toshiba Canvio Alu 1TB

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£52.31

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Mar 2016
An affordable and very popular 1TB external hard drive, with good features
#8

77

Canvio Connect II 500GB

Toshiba Canvio Connect II 500GB

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£34.49

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Feb 2016
A bargain price and very popular 500GB external hard drive, but with only middle of the road features
#9

69

WDBWLG0060HBK

Western Digital WDBWLG0060HBK

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£150.99

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Nov 2017
A new and best selling 6GB external hard drive, with good features but representing only middle of the road value for money
#10

76

G-Drive Thunderbolt

G‑Technology G‑Drive Thunderbolt

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£151.16

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Jan 2015
A best selling and fully featured 6TB external hard drive, with a good price
#11

82

StoreJet 25H3 4TB

Transcend StoreJet 25H3 4TB

16 Reviews + 7 Awards
goldfries.com - Recommended Hardwareinformaticavalse.com - Goldproclockers.com - Editor's Choicewavepc.pl - Recommended
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£117.69

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308g
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Aug 2016
A multi award winning and best selling 4TB external hard drive, with a Gold award from two expert review websites and 5 further awards from other expert sites
#12

79

G-DRIVE USB-C (4Tb)

G‑Technology G‑DRIVE USB‑C (4Tb)

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£104.88

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Apr 2017
A relatively new and very popular 4TB external hard drive, with a fair price and good features
#13

80

Portable 2TB

Seagate Portable 2TB

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£67.99

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Feb 2015
A best selling and affordable 2TB external hard drive, with good features
#14

86

HD650

A‑DATA HD650

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£39.50

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390g
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Jun 2017
An impressive value for money and very popular 2TB external hard drive, with good features and a recent release date
#15

77

WD My Book 6TB

Western Digital WD My Book 6TB

77 Reviews + 10 Awards
theregister.co.uk - Recommendedpcactual.com - Recommended01net.com - 5 StarDigital Versus - 5 Star
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£248.99

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May 2016
A very popular and multi award winning 6TB external hard drive, with an Editor's Choice award from one expert review website and 9 further awards from other expert sites
#16

80

Desktop 3Tb

Seagate Desktop 3Tb

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£73.49

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3TB
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800g
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Jul 2017
An affordable and very popular 3TB external hard drive, with a recent release date and good features
#17

77

Canvio Connect II 2TB

Toshiba Canvio Connect II 2TB

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£68.55

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Feb 2016
A low cost and very popular 2TB external hard drive, with good features
#18

83

Canvio Premium 3TB

Toshiba Canvio Premium 3TB

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£73.35

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Apr 2016
A very popular and phenomenally cheap 3TB external hard drive, with very good features
#19

90

Armor A60 (4Tb)

Silicon Power Armor A60 (4Tb)

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£55.90

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Dec 2016
The highest scoring high capacity hard drive on the market, with great features and multiple awards
#20

82

HV620 1TB

A‑DATA HV620 1TB

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£47.00

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Jan 2017
A phenomenally light weight and very popular 1TB external hard drive, with an extremely cheap price and good features

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

QHow is the capacity of hard drives measures?
AModern external hard drives are measured in gigabytes (Gb), which equates to approximately 1,000 megabytes (Mb). A single mp3 takes up about 3-4Mb, while a single picture takes 1-2Mb. Larger capacity drives are measured in terrbytes (Tb), where 1Tb = 1,000Gb.
QWhat security is available for external hard drives?
AMost hard drives lack any serious security options - however some have password protection to only allow authorised access. This can be a software password, or an actual physical keypad on the drive itself. Heavier degrees of security are available - including biometric fingerprint scanners, which will only unlock the data to someone with authorised fingerprints.
QHow are external hard drives powered?
AMost external hard drives are powered via USB, meaning they can be plugged directly into the computer and used from there. However some very large/powerful drives need too much power for USB alone, and will also require am external power supply to function properly.