It looks like you are browsing from
Go to Close
TVs & Displays
Photography & Video
Cooking Appliances
White Goods
Household
Technology
Home Compare External Hard Drives

Compare the Best External Hard DrivesAugust 2020

Share on

87

What is the Kagoo Score? Our unique external hard drives rating which considers: 4,500 UK prices • 4,000 expert & user reviews • 980 product comparisons • 28 industry awards • Score breakdown
External Hard Drives Vouchers and Deals
The best deals and biggest price drops
Layer 1
Small Capacity Hard Drives
Hard drives with a capacity of less than 500Gb
Layer 1
Medium Capacity Hard Drives
Hard drives with a capacity of 500Gb-2Tb
High Capacity Hard Drives
Hard drives with a capacity of greater than 2Tb
#1
Best Selling Hard Drives
The most popular external hard drives on the market
Award Winning Hard Drives
External hard drives that have won industry awards
Latest External Hard Drives
The newest external hard drives on the market
Sort by
Compact View Detailed View
Scroll up to see results
Save Up To £159 on External Hard Drives View Today's Best Deals
Rank
Kagoo Score
Average Review Rating
Price
USB Powered
Weight
Hard Drive Capacity
Available Colours
Release Date
#1

90

 Compare  Shortlisted
Western Digital logo

Western Digital P10 Game Drive ‑ 5Tb

 

£125.70

Info
230g
Info
5TB
Info
Info
Jul 2019
#2

89

 Compare  Shortlisted
Western Digital logo

Western Digital My Passport ‑ 4Tb

 

£91.15

Info
250g
Info
4TB
Info
Info
Jul 2019
#3

89

 Compare  Shortlisted
Western Digital logo

Western Digital My Passport for Mac ‑ 5Tb

 

£142.43

Info
210g
Info
5TB
Info
Info
Jul 2019
#4

88

 Compare  Shortlisted
Western Digital logo

Western Digital My Passport for Mac ‑ 4Tb

 

£99.99

Info
250g
Info
4TB
Info
Info
Jan 2018
#5

87

 Compare  Shortlisted
Western Digital logo

Western Digital P10 Game Drive ‑ 4Tb

 

£99.99

Info
330g
Info
4TB
Info
Info
Jul 2019
#6

87

 Compare  Shortlisted

Western Digital Elements Portable ‑ 4Tb

 

£89.98

Info
230g
Info
4TB
Info
Info
Jun 2017
#7

87

 Compare  Shortlisted

Western Digital My Passport Ultra ‑ 2Tb

 

£78.06

Info
250g
Info
2TB
Info
Info
Sep 2018
#8

87

 Compare  Shortlisted

Western Digital D10 ‑ 8Tb

 

£172.99

Info
980g
Info
8TB
Info
Info
Jul 2019
#9

87

 Compare  Shortlisted

Western Digital My Passport ‑ 2TB

 

£65.99

Info
250g
Info
2TB
Info
Info
Jan 2018
#10

87

 Compare  Shortlisted

Western Digital My Passport for Mac ‑ 2Tb

 

£69.99

Info
170g
Info
2TB
Info
Info
Jan 2018
#11

87

 Compare  Shortlisted

Western Digital Elements Portable ‑ 2Tb

 

£58.79

Info
230g
Info
2TB
Info
Info
Nov 2017
#12

86

 Compare  Shortlisted

Seagate Backup Plus

113 Reviews

£42.48

Info
860g
Info
4TB
Info
Info
Sep 2015
#13

86

 Compare  Shortlisted

Western Digital My Passport ‑ 5Tb

 

£118.99

Info
210g
Info
5TB
Info
Info
Jul 2019
#14

86

 Compare  Shortlisted

Western Digital P10 Game Drive ‑ 2Tb

 

£69.99

Info
140g
Info
2TB
Info
Info
Dec 2018
#15

86

 Compare  Shortlisted

Western Digital My Book ‑ 6Tb

 

£144.99

Info
1.1kg
Info
6TB
Info
Info
Oct 2016
#16

85

 Compare  Shortlisted

Western Digital My Passport Ultra for Mac ‑ 4Tb

 

£108.40

Info
230g
Info
4TB
Info
Info
Dec 2018
#17

85

 Compare  Shortlisted

Western Digital My Book ‑ 4TB

 

£97.09

Info
1kg
Info
4TB
Info
Info
Oct 2016
#18

85

 Compare  Shortlisted

Western Digital Elements Portable ‑ 1Tb

 

£42.87

Info
130g
Info
1TB
Info
Info
Feb 2017
#19

85

 Compare  Shortlisted

Western Digital WDBBGB0060HBK‑EESN

792 Reviews

£186.52

Info
1.1kg
Info
6TB
Info
Info
Oct 2016

No matching products found.

 More Results

Today's Best External Hard Drive Deals

£98 Price Drop
8TB
5,000 Mbit/s
DATA TRANSFER
7,200 RPM
HARD DRIVE
ROTATIONAL
950g
£76 Price Drop
8TB
7,200 RPM
HARD DRIVE
ROTATIONAL
980g
£110 Price Drop
1TB
5,000 Mbit/s
DATA TRANSFER
5,400 RPM
HARD DRIVE
ROTATIONAL
230g
£87 Price Drop
8TB
5,000 Mbit/s
DATA TRANSFER
1.2kg
223MB/s
WRITE SPEED
£84 Price Drop
5TB
5,000 Mbit/s
DATA TRANSFER
331g
140MB/s
WRITE SPEED
£76 Price Drop
5TB
5,000 Mbit/s
DATA TRANSFER
5,400 RPM
HARD DRIVE
ROTATIONAL
325g
£159 Price Drop
2TB
5,000 Mbit/s
DATA TRANSFER
5,400 RPM
HARD DRIVE
ROTATIONAL
230g
£82 Price Drop
6TB
5,000 Mbit/s
DATA TRANSFER
1.2kg
223MB/s
WRITE SPEED
£71 Price Drop
4TB
5,000 Mbit/s
DATA TRANSFER
5,400 RPM
HARD DRIVE
ROTATIONAL
325g

What Are The Best External Hard Drive Brands?

We looked at the reviews for every external hard drive and used this to calculate the average overall rating of each brand. The top rated external hard drive brand is Western Digital with an average rating of 90%. Compare all award winning external hard drives.

Rank Brand Number of External Hard Drives Price Range Average Rating
#1
Western Digital External Hard Drives 102 £39 - £883
90%
1,434 reviews
#2
Seagate External Hard Drives 77 £39 - £211
84%
215 reviews
#3
Buffalo External Hard Drives 33 £45 - £371
75%
14 reviews
#4
Silicon Power External Hard Drives 39 £44 - £183
74%
52 reviews
#5
iStorage External Hard Drives 30 £118 - £501
72%
29 reviews
#6
LaCie External Hard Drives 69 £45 - £491
67%
15 reviews
#7
Freecom External Hard Drives 25 £51 - £163
56%
7 reviews
#8
A-DATA External Hard Drives 55 £43 - £147
55%
19 reviews
#9
Toshiba External Hard Drives 62 £30 - £166
#10
G-Technology External Hard Drives 41 £61 - £834
#11
Intenso External Hard Drives 26 £37 - £157
#12
BUSlink External Hard Drives 24
#13
Fantom Drives External Hard Drives 24

Trending External Hard Drive Comparisons

loading image
Toshiba
Canvio Basics - 2Tb
£59.47
£23 cheaper
680g lighter
Newer by one
month
VS
loading image
Western Digital
Elements Desktop - 2Tb
£82.53
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
loading image
Seagate
Backup Plus Portable - 4Tb
£84.98
£10 cheaper
3g lighter
VS
loading image
Western Digital
My Passport - 4Tb
£94.99
Better Kagoo
Score
Four years
newer
More popular
loading image
Toshiba
Canvio Basics - 1TB
£40.98
£9 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Newer by three
years
VS
loading image
Maxtor
M3 - 1TB
£49.99
A lot lighter
loading image
Transcend
StoreJet 25M3 - 1Tb
£52.90
£13 cheaper
65g lighter
VS
loading image
Western Digital
My Passport - 2TB
£65.99
Better Kagoo
Score
Newer by six
years
More popular
loading image
Western Digital
My Passport - 4Tb
£94.99
Better Kagoo
Score
Newer by two
years
More popular
VS
loading image
Seagate
Backup Plus Portable - 5Tb
£94.98
2% lighter
loading image
Toshiba
Canvio Basics - 1TB
£40.98
£10 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
More popular
VS
loading image
Seagate
Backup Plus Slim - 1TB
£50.81
Better brand
A lot lighter
Newer by six
months
loading image
Toshiba
Canvio Basics - 2Tb
£59.47
£11 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
VS
loading image
Maxtor
M3 - 2TB
£69.99
A lot lighter
loading image
Seagate
Expansion - 2Tb
£64.48
Better brand
VS
loading image
Toshiba
Canvio - 2Tb
£62.98
Better Kagoo
Score
Newer by three
years
More popular
loading image
Western Digital
My Passport - 4Tb
£94.99
Better Kagoo
Score
Four years
newer
Better brand
VS
loading image
Maxtor
M3 - 4TB
£93.41
14g lighter
loading image
Seagate
Expansion - 2Tb
£64.48
£6 cheaper
Better brand
VS
loading image
Maxtor
M3 - 2TB
£69.99
Better Kagoo
Score
Newer by seven
months
A bit lighter
loading image
Seagate
Expansion - 2Tb
£64.48
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
VS
loading image
Maxtor
M3 - 1TB
£49.99
£14 cheaper
Newer by seven
months
19g lighter
loading image
Western Digital
My Passport - 1Tb
£45.99
Better Kagoo
Score
More popular
Better brand
VS
loading image
Toshiba
Canvio Premium - 1Tb
£47.68
Four years
newer
6% lighter
loading image
Toshiba
Canvio Basics - 1TB
£40.98
£2 cheaper
More popular
Three years
newer
VS
loading image
Western Digital
My Passport Ultra - 500Gb
£43.44
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
A lot lighter
loading image
A-DATA
HD710 Pro - 1Tb
£48.97
£37 cheaper
More popular
Better brand
VS
loading image
Silicon Power
Armor A80 - 2Tb
£86.16
Better Kagoo
Score
Three months
newer
loading image
Seagate
Backup Plus Slim - 2Tb
£57.98
£36 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
VS
loading image
Toshiba
Canvio Advance - 3Tb
£93.65
Four years
newer
7% lighter
loading image
Transcend
StoreJet 25M3 - 1Tb
£52.90
£33 cheaper
More popular
A lot lighter
VS
loading image
Silicon Power
Armor A80 - 2Tb
£86.16
Better Kagoo
Score
Six years newer
Better brand
loading image
Toshiba
Canvio Basics - 750Gb
£36.48
£14 cheaper
Better brand
VS
loading image
Maxtor
M3 - 1TB
£49.99
Lighter
Four months
newer
loading image
Transcend
StoreJet 25M3 - 2Tb
£68.32
Newer by three
years
More popular
24g lighter
VS
loading image
LaCie
Rugged Mini - 1TB
£67.99
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
loading image
Transcend
StoreJet 25M3 - 1Tb
£52.90
Lighter
VS
loading image
Toshiba
Canvio Basics - 1TB
£40.98
£12 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Seven years
newer
loading image
Western Digital
My Passport - 4Tb
£94.99
Better Kagoo
Score
Newer by three
years
More popular
VS
loading image
LaCie
Rugged - 2Tb
£94.98
60% lighter
View All External Hard Drive Comparisons
You can create your own side by side comparisons by clicking "compare" in the main table above against the products you would like to compare. Then click the big "Compare" button at the bottom of the screen to compare your selected products.

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.

External Hard Drive Buying Guide

External hard drives are portable and used to backup files and data from your computer, so they’re safeguarded in case of accident or for retrieval at a later date. While Cloud-based backups are being used more and more for backups, external hard drives still have several important benefits compared to online backups:

  • Peace of mind: many people don’t 100% trust the Cloud yet, and having their data stored in some unknown, invisible server somewhere leaves them worried about the long-term safety of their data. External hard drives offer tangible, physical objects to safely backup your files, without having to rely on 3rd-party companies.
  • Backing up and restoring files is far faster, especially with newer models that use USB 3 for transferring data.
  • Data can be retrieved without needing a net connection, making them useful if travelling or if you find yourself somewhere without a solid net connection.
  • High-level security options - such as fingerprint scanners, palm vein scanners and number pads - offer vastly increased security and peace of mind when storing very important files. Moreover, there is the increased security of being able to physically lock away the hard drives away from prying eyes.
  • Finally, USB hard drives are still one of the best methods for quickly moving very large files between different computers. It is frequently easier (as long as the computers aren’t too far apart) to simply transfer the file to the drive, plug it in to the second computer, and transfer rather than having to deal with slower upload/download speeds from services such as Dropbox.

Capacity

The main important consideration when choosing an external hard drive is the capacity. This Is a measure of how much data the drive can hold, and is measured in gigabytes (Gb) or terrabytes (Tb) . A gigabyte is 1000 megabytes, and a terabyte is 1000 gigabytes. Our drives range from relatively small portable 120gig drives to enormous 5Tb drives, which can safely hold all the data from multiple machines at once. Generally speaking the higher the capacity the better, but it does depend on what you’re going to be backing up. If you only use your computer to store documents, low-res photos and the like, a 2-500 gig drive should be enough. On the other hand, large capacity drives are useful for storing RAW photos, video editing or Photoshop files.

Size & Portability

Hand in hand with the capacity of the drive is its size. Generally speaking, the larger the capacity of a drive, the bigger it is. Small-capacity drives are extremely portable, being no larger than a mobile phone, so can be transported very easily. On the other end of the scale, the very large capacity drives are not meant to be portable, and usually sit in or under your desk as a safe deposit for all your data. Portability and weight will only become a real issue when choosing the very high-capacity drives, but it is worth paying attention to if you plan on transporting the drive frequently.

Read/Write Speeds

Read & write speeds measure how quickly data can be written from & to the external hard drive. This is measures in bytes per second - the higher the speed, the faster large files (such as movies) will be transferred onto or from the drive. The read-write speeds are also affected by the USB version supported - USB 3.0 supported drives allow far higher transfer rates than USB 2 drives, so it is worth seeking out the newest drive you can for the fastest data transfer speeds.

Power

On the subject of USBs, external hard drives are powered by 2 main methods: via USB or externally power lead. Smaller drives will be powered via USB - this means that the same lead that transfers the data also powers the device. This means no battery, no extra leads, and they are far more portable. Larger drives may be so big and powerful that USB alone can’t provide enough power - in which case they may need an external power connection to properly function. This means that extra consideration has to be made for a spare power socket and the required leads - making them less use when on the go.

Extras

Finally, there are a wealth of extras that can be found in more advanced models of external hard drives. Some of these may only be useful in specific situations, and you will usually pay more for them, but the utility may well be worth the extra cost. Some examples of extra features include:

  • Integrated card reader: a built in card reader in the drive allows the device to also read/write to SD cards.
  • Fingerprint scanner: an optical fingerprint scanner drastically increases the security of your device, by meaning only specific fingerprints can unlock the device and access the files. For even greater security, a ‘palm vein’ scanner detects the blood pumping through the unique arrangement of veins in your hand, meaning that the scanner cannot be fooled by severed fingers - the owner has to be there in person and alive.
  • Ruggedized outer layer: for those who frequently take drives outdoors or in harsh conditions, a hefty rubber or metal basing protects the device from damage, keeping your files intact through even the worst conditions.

External Hard Drive Retailers, Prices and Features

External Hard Drive Prices

The price range of external hard disk drive is from £29 to £883 and in total we found prices for 398 external hard disk drive. A new external hard drive costs on average £148 and 80% of external hard disks are priced between £48 and £316. The most expensive external hard drive that we found is the Western Digital WD My Book Pro - 16Tb at £883, and the cheapest is the Toshiba Canvio Basics - 500Gb at only £30.

External Hard Drive Brands - Price Range

The highest average external hard drive price out of all brands is ioSafe external harddisk with an average price of £542. ioSafe external harddisk start at £335 and their most expensive external hard drive costs £850.

The second highest average external hard drive price out of all brands is Apricorn external harddisks with an average price of £493. Apricorn external harddisks range in price from £132 to £854.

The third highest average external hard drive price out of all brands is Glyph external hard disk drives with an average price of £342. Glyph external hard disk drives start at £117 and their most expensive external hard drive costs £566.

External Hard Drive Brands - Average Ratings

We have checked 150 expert reviews and 1,650 user reviews for external hard disks and used this data to evaluate the average rating for each brand of external hard drive. The top rated external hard drive brand is Western Digital with an average rating of 90%. The second best brand is Seagate with 84% and the third best brand is Buffalo with 75%.

Biggest External Hard Drive Retailers

The biggest external hard drive retailer by number of products currently for sale is Quzo. We found 308 current external hard drive offers from Quzo. The second biggest retailer is Amazon UK with 220 offers. That means Quzo is significantly bigger than Amazon UK when it comes to external hard disk. SmartTeck is the third biggest retailer with 175 current offers.

When Are Most New External Harddisks Released?

Most new external hard disk tend to be released between June and July. That means that most of the latest external hard drive technology was released in within the last 3 months, and now is good time to buy. Seven new external hard drive were released in July 2019 making it the biggest month that year for new external hard drive releases. In June 2018, 59 new external hard disks were released making it the biggest month that year for new external hard drive releases. The biggest month in 2017 for new external hard drive releases was April, with 28 new external hard disk drives released that month.

Weights

'Weight' denotes the weight of the external hard drive, measured in grams (g).

Comparing all external hard drives, the weights range from 41g to 11.4kg. The weights of most external hard drives range from 0g to 300g. The external hard drive with the heaviest weight is the ioSafe SoloPRO - 2Tb, which is a 6.8kg external hard drive and sells for £492.30. The Integral USB 3.0 Portable SSD External Hard Drive - 256GB, which currently retails for £108.99, has the lightest weight and is a 41g external hard drive.

A heavier hard drive will be bulkier, and more annoying to carry around.

USB Powered

Whether the hard drive is powered by USB or not.

The vast majority of the 800 new external hard drives currently listed on Kagoo are USB powered external hard disk drives. 666 out of 800 external hard drives are USB powered external hard disk drives.

Hard Drive Capacities

'Hard Drive Capacity' denotes how much data the hard drive can hold, measured in gigabytes (GB).

The hard drive capacities of external hard disk drives range from 1GB to 64TB. The hard drive capacities of most external hard disk drives range from 0GB to 1.5TB. The Western Digital My Book Duo - 20Tb, which is on sale for £602.46, has the biggest hard drive capacity and is a 20TB external hard drive. The Western Digital WD My Passport Wireless - 2TB, which currently retails for £160.32, has the smallest hard drive capacity and is a 1GB external hard drive.

A bigger hard drive capacity means that it can hold more files and data at once.

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for External Hard Drive?

The chart below helps you decide which retailer is normally cheapest for buying external hard disk drive. For each retailer it shows the total number of external hard disk drive where they currently have a market leading price. The chart below helps you decide which retailer is normally cheapest for buying external hard disks. For each retailer we took all of their prices and looked at what proportion of those prices where the cheapest on the market. The cheapest retailer that we found was Amazon UK. 108 of their external hard drive prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

Proportion of External Hard Drive for Which Each Retailer is Cheapest?

Assessing how cheap each retailer is for external hard disk drive by counting the number of cheapest prices for that retailer, makes the retailers that offer the greatest number of external hard drive prices more likely to offer the greatest number of cheapest prices. The chart below considers the proportion of each retailer's external hard drive prices that are the cheapest compared to other retailers. The cheapest retailer that we found using this approach was Amazon UK. 49.1% of their external hard drive prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.