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 DrivesFebruary 2019

Share on

87

What is the Kagoo Score? Our unique external hard drives rating which considers: 6,700 UK prices • 5,300 expert & user reviews • 1,000 product comparisons • 140 industry awards • Score breakdown
Compact View Detailed View
Sort by
Scroll up to see results
Save Up To £190 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
loading image

Seagate Backup Plus Portable ‑ 5Tb

£104.11

Info
247g
Info
5TB
Info
Info
Jul 2017
USB
Powered
More
Features
#2

90

 Compare  Shortlisted
loading image

Buffalo HD‑PNF1.0U3‑B

£49.49

Info
170g
Info
1TB
Info
Info
May 2018
USB
Powered
Password
Protecti-
on
More
Features
#3

90

 Compare  Shortlisted
loading image

LaCie Porsche Design Mobile ‑ 2Tb

£59.98

Info
193g
Info
2TB
Info
Info
Jun 2018
USB
Powered
More
Features
#4

88

 Compare  Shortlisted
loading image

Western Digital My Passport ‑ 4Tb

£89.97

Info
170g
Info
4TB
Info
Info
Mar 2017
USB
Powered
Password
Protecti-
on
More
Features
#5

88

 Compare  Shortlisted
loading image

Western Digital My Passport ‑ 2TB

£69.99

Info
250g
Info
2TB
Info
Info
Jan 2018
USB
Powered
Password
Protecti-
on
More
Features
#6

87

 Compare  Shortlisted
loading image

Western Digital My Passport

193 Reviews
loading image
loading image

£44.28

Info
170g
Info
1TB
Info
Info
Jan 2017
USB
Powered
Password
Protecti-
on
More
Features
#7

87

 Compare  Shortlisted
loading image

Western Digital My Book ‑ 6Tb

£99.98

Info
1.1kg
Info
6TB
Info
Info
Oct 2016
Cable
Lock
Slot
Password
Protecti-
on
More
Features
#8

88

 Compare  Shortlisted
loading image

Western Digital WD Elements Portable ‑ 2Tb

£57.50

Info
230g
Info
2TB
Info
Info
Nov 2017
USB
Powered
More
Features
#9

87

 Compare  Shortlisted
loading image

Western Digital My Passport Ultra ‑ 4Tb

£98.92

Info
153g
Info
4TB
Info
Info
May 2017
USB
Powered
Password
Protecti-
on
More
Features
Voucher
#10

88

 Compare  Shortlisted
loading image

G‑Technology G‑DRIVE ev RaW ‑ 4Tb

£159.00

Info
240g
Info
4TB
Info
Info
Oct 2017
USB
Powered
More
Features
#11

86

 Compare  Shortlisted
loading image

Western Digital WD Elements Portable ‑ 4Tb

£85.00

Info
230g
Info
4TB
Info
Info
Jun 2017
USB
Powered
More
Features
#12

88

 Compare  Shortlisted
loading image

G‑Technology G‑DRIVE Mobile USB‑C ‑ 1Tb

£78.99

Info
167g
Info
1TB
Info
Info
Apr 2016
USB
Powered
More
Features
#13

88

 Compare  Shortlisted
loading image

Silicon Power Armor A80 ‑ 2Tb

£88.26

Info
270g
Info
2TB
Info
Info
Dec 2017
USB
Powered
More
Features
#14

87

 Compare  Shortlisted
loading image

Western Digital My Book ‑ 3Tb

£82.06

Info
960g
Info
3TB
Info
Info
Oct 2016
USB
Powered
Cable
Lock
Slot
Password
Protecti-
on
More
Features
Voucher
#15

86

 Compare  Shortlisted
loading image

Seagate Backup Plus Slim Portable ‑ 2Tb

£61.80

Info
140g
Info
2TB
Info
Info
Jan 2017
USB
Powered
More
Features
Voucher
#16

87

 Compare  Shortlisted
loading image

LaCie Porsche Design ‑ 2Tb

£75.45

Info
193g
Info
2TB
Info
Info
Jan 2017
USB
Powered
Password
Protecti-
on
More
Features
Voucher
#17

86

 Compare  Shortlisted
loading image

Seagate Backup Plus Portable ‑ 2Tb

£61.81

Info
140g
Info
2TB
Info
Info
Feb 2015
USB
Powered
More
Features
#18

87

 Compare  Shortlisted
loading image

Buffalo DriveStation Velocity ‑ 2Tb

£69.14

Info
1kg
Info
2TB
Info
Info
May 2013
Cable
Lock
Slot
More
Features
Voucher
#19

87

 Compare  Shortlisted
loading image

Seagate Game Drive ‑ 2TB

£65.14

Info
170g
Info
2TB
Info
Info
Jul 2015
USB
Powered
More
Features
#20

87

 Compare  Shortlisted
loading image

Western Digital WDBM1M0040BBK‑WESN

£87.62

Info
230g
Info
4TB
Info
Info
Sep 2018
USB
Powered
More
Features

No matching products found.

 More

Today's Best External Hard Drive Deals

Amazon External Hard Drive Deals

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 G-Technology with an average rating of 88%. Compare all award winning external hard drives.

Rank Brand Number of External Hard Drives Price Range Average Rating
#1
loading image
G-Technology External Hard Drives 41 £50 - £5,518
88%
336 reviews
#2
loading image
Silicon Power External Hard Drives 39 £47 - £153
88%
237 reviews
#3
loading image
Western Digital External Hard Drives 100 £39 - £467
88%
1,410 reviews
#4
loading image
Buffalo External Hard Drives 37 £43 - £145
83%
44 reviews
#5
loading image
Seagate External Hard Drives 114 £39 - £298
82%
525 reviews
#6
loading image
Freecom External Hard Drives 22 £37 - £245
80%
32 reviews
#7
loading image
iStorage External Hard Drives 30 £118 - £685
78%
54 reviews
#8
loading image
LaCie External Hard Drives 72 £59 - £1,511
76%
79 reviews
#9
loading image
A-DATA External Hard Drives 53 £43 - £174
56%
15 reviews
#10
loading image
Intenso External Hard Drives 25 £37 - £117
16%
3 reviews
#11
loading image
Toshiba External Hard Drives 61 £30 - £166
#12
loading image
BUSlink External Hard Drives 24
#13
loading image
Fantom Drives External Hard Drives 24

Trending External Hard Drive Comparisons

loading image
Toshiba
Canvio Basics - 2Tb
£45.00
£20 cheaper
4g lighter
VS
loading image
Western Digital
WD Elements - 2TB
£65.48
Better Kagoo
Score
loading image
Toshiba
Canvio Basics - 1TB
£36.55
£5 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Newer by three
years
VS
loading image
Maxtor
M3 - 1TB
£41.10
A lot lighter
loading image
Toshiba
Canvio Basics - 2Tb
£45.00
£8 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
VS
loading image
Maxtor
M3 - 2TB
£52.74
A lot lighter
loading image
Western Digital
My Passport - 4Tb
£89.97
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
Lighter
VS
loading image
Seagate
Backup Plus Portable - 4Tb
£94.36
Newer by four
months
loading image
Seagate
Backup Plus Slim - 1TB
£50.42
£18 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
76g lighter
VS
loading image
Transcend
StoreJet 25M3 - 2Tb
£68.04
Three years
newer
More popular
loading image
Maxtor
M3 - 2TB
£52.74
£10 cheaper
A bit lighter
VS
loading image
Seagate
Expansion - 2TB
£62.49
Better Kagoo
Score
loading image
Maxtor
M3 - 4TB
£87.54
£7 cheaper
5% lighter
VS
loading image
Seagate
Backup Plus Portable - 4Tb
£94.36
Better Kagoo
Score
22 months newer
loading image
Seagate
Backup Plus Hub - 4TB
£85.96
Newer by 22
months
Better Kagoo
Score
VS
loading image
Western Digital
WD Elements Desktop - 4TB
£82.10
Better brand
Lighter
loading image
Maxtor
M3 - 1TB
£41.10
£21 cheaper
19g lighter
VS
loading image
Seagate
Expansion - 2TB
£62.49
Better Kagoo
Score
loading image
Toshiba
Canvio Basics - 1TB
£36.55
£14 cheaper
Newer by four
years
More popular
VS
loading image
Seagate
Backup Plus Slim - 1TB
£50.42
Better Kagoo
Score
40% lighter
loading image
Seagate
Backup Plus Slim Portable - 2Tb
£61.80
£14 cheaper
Lighter
One month newer
VS
loading image
LaCie
Porsche Design - 2Tb
£75.45
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
loading image
Western Digital
WD Elements - 2TB
£65.48
Better brand
VS
loading image
Seagate
Expansion - 2TB
£62.49
Better Kagoo
Score
64g lighter
loading image
ADATA
HD720 - 1Tb
£56.96
Lighter
VS
loading image
A-DATA
HD710 Pro - 1Tb
£51.99
£5 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Newer by 20
months
loading image
Western Digital
My Passport - 4Tb
£89.97
£16 cheaper
Significantly
lighter
Better Kagoo
Score
VS
loading image
LaCie
Porsche Design - 4TB
£105.97
Four months
newer
loading image
Toshiba
Canvio Basics - 1TB
£36.55
£13 cheaper
Two months
newer
VS
loading image
Seagate
Maxtor M3 - 1Tb
£49.99
Better Kagoo
Score
Lighter
loading image
Seagate
Maxtor M3 - 2TB
£64.97
Lighter
Five months
newer
VS
loading image
Western Digital
WD Elements - 2TB
£65.48
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
loading image
Western Digital
My Passport Ultra Metal - 1Tb
£62.00
Better Kagoo
Score
2% lighter
VS
loading image
Toshiba
Canvio Premium - 1Tb
£54.32
£8 cheaper
Three years
newer
loading image
Toshiba
Canvio Ready - 2TB
£65.00
Better Kagoo
Score
VS
loading image
Maxtor
M3 - 2TB
£52.74
£12 cheaper
63.9g lighter
Newer by two
months
loading image
Seagate
Expansion Portable 1TB
£44.98
Better Kagoo
Score
66g lighter
VS
loading image
Maxtor
Maxtor M3
£35.98
£9 cheaper
Newer by one
year
loading image
Toshiba
Canvio Ready - 2TB
£65.00
More popular
VS
loading image
Seagate
Expansion - 2TB
£62.49
Better Kagoo
Score
Lighter
Two months
newer

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.
loading image

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.

loading image

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 £5,518 and in total we found prices for 413 external hard disk drive. The average price of a new external hard drive is £180 and 80% of external hard disk drives are priced between £48 and £311. The most expensive external hard drive that we found is the G-Technology G-Speed Shuttle XL - 64Tb at £5,518, and the cheapest is the Toshiba Canvio Basics - 500Gb at only £30.

External Hard Drive Brands - Price Range

The average price of G-Technology external hard disk drive is £677 which is the highest average price of all external hard drive brands. G-Technology external hard disk drive start at £50 and their most expensive external hard drive costs £5,518.

The average price of DataLocker external hard disks is £532 which is the second highest average price of all external hard drive brands. DataLocker external hard disks range in price from £257 to £700.

The average price of ioSafe external harddisks is £506 which is the third highest average price of all external hard drive brands. ioSafe external harddisks range in price from £335 to £769.

External Hard Drive Brands - Average Ratings

We have analysed 781 expert reviews and 2,923 user reviews for external harddisks and used this information to determine the average rating for each brand of external hard drive. The top rated external hard drive brand is G-Technology with an average rating of 88%. The second best brand is Silicon Power with 88% and the third best brand is Western Digital with 88%.

Biggest External Hard Drive Retailers

We found 290 current offers for external harddisks from Amazon UK making it the biggest external hard drive retailer. That is much bigger than the second biggest retailer, Ebuyer for whom we found 191 current offers for external harddisks. The third biggest retailer is Ebuyer Business with 174 current external hard drive offers.

When Are Most New External Hard Disk Drives Released?

Most new external harddisks tend to be released between June and July. If you wait until June 2019 then you might be able to get better features on your external hard drive. Alternatively you might be able to buy one of the current external hard disk drive cheaper in June once the latest models have been released. In June 2018, 59 new external hard disk drive were released making it the biggest month that year for new external hard drive releases. 36 new external hard disks were released in July 2017 making it the biggest month that year for new external hard drive releases. October was the biggest month in 2016 for new external hard disks, with 43 new external hard disks released that month.

How Fast Do External Hard Drive Prices Drop After Release?

On average external hard drives drop in price by 1% in the first 6 months after release. On a typical new external hard drive costing £179, by waiting 6 months before buying you could save on average £2.

Weights

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

Across the range of external hard disk, the weights range from 41g to 11.4kg. The weights of the majority of external harddisks range from 0g to 300g. The G-Technology G-Speed Shuttle XL - 48Tb, which is priced at £4,150.00, has the heaviest weight and is an 11.4kg external hard drive. The Integral USB 3.0 Portable SSD External Hard Drive - 256GB, which is available at £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.

Of the 836 new external hard drives currently listed on Kagoo, the vast majority are USB powered external hard disks. 80% of external hard drives are USB powered external hard disks.

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 range from 1GB to 64TB. The hard drive capacities of most external hard disk drives range from 0GB to 1.5TB. The external hard drive with the biggest hard drive capacity is the G-Technology G-Speed Shuttle XL - 64Tb, which is a 64TB external hard drive and can be purchased for £5,518.00. The Western Digital WD My Passport Wireless - 1TB, which sells for £131.24, 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 Disks?

The chart below helps you decide which retailer is normally cheapest for buying external hard drive. For each retailer it shows the total number of external hard 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. 181 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 drives 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. 62.4% of their external hard drive prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

×