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Compare the 10 Best External Hard DrivesDecember 2017(Last Updated 15 December 2017)

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The best external hard drives on the market, good for archiving important data
Compare top brands including Seagate, Western Digital and LaCie
Every week we rank the best external hard drives based on features, reviews and price
We compare: 894 External Hard Drive Models 13,800 External Hard Drive Reviews 5,110 External Hard Drive Prices
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{Seagate Backup Plus External Hard Drive - 6 TB
£149.98
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#1

90

1TB StoreJet 25M3 1TB

Transcend 1TB StoreJet 25M3 1TB

39 Reviews + 13 Awards
muycomputer.com - 4.5 Startoptenreviews.com - BronzeM3.idg.se - RecommendedPC Advisor.co.uk - Best Buy
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£49.69

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Jan 2017
The highest scoring medium capacity hard drive on the market, with good features
#2

89

Rugged USB-C 2TB

LaCie Rugged USB‑C 2TB

28 Reviews + 8 Awards
tweaktown.com - Best Value AwardDigital Versus - 5 StarLes Numeriques.com - 5 StarPC Welt.de - Test Winner
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£119.02

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Nov 2016
A cheap and multi award winning 2TB external hard drive, with an Editor's Choice award from one expert review website and 7 further awards from other expert sites
#3

89

Ultra Slim 2Tb

Seagate Ultra Slim 2Tb

60 Reviews + 8 Awards
gamespy.com - Editor's Choicehardwareheaven.com - RecommendedHEXUS.net - ApprovedPC Advisor.co.uk - Recommended
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£78.45

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2TB
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135g
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Jul 2017
Very good for a large amount of cat pictures, this is the best scoring external hard drive under £100
#4

87

HD650

A‑DATA HD650

23 Reviews + 5 Awards
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£45.58

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4TB
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Black
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390g
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Jul 2017
The highest scoring high capacity hard drive available, with good features
#5

86

Classic 3.0

Freecom Classic 3.0

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£43.80

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5TB
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Black
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140g
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May 2017
A phenomenally light weight and great value for money 5TB external hard drive, good for ALL the cat pictures
#6

86

HDTW120EBMCA

Toshiba HDTW120EBMCA

19 Reviews + 2 Awards
megaobzor.com/ - Recommended01net.com - 4 Star
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£69.99

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230g
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Apr 2016
An award winning and low cost 2TB external hard drive, good for a large amount of cat pictures
#7

85

mHDD 2TB

Freecom mHDD 2TB

4 Reviews + 1 Award
hardwareheaven.com - Recommended
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£99.61

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2TB
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May 2016
An astonishingly light weight and award winning 2TB external hard drive, good for a large amount of cat pictures
#8

85

Porsche Design (6Tb)

LaCie Porsche Design (6Tb)

466 Reviews + 8 Awards
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£64.96

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6TB
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870g
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May 2017
A fairly new and low cost 6TB external hard drive, with very good features
#9

84

Porsche Design (6Tb)

LaCie Porsche Design (6Tb)

466 Reviews + 8 Awards
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£44.99

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May 2017
A relatively new and very good value for money 6TB external hard drive, good for ALL the cat pictures
#10

84

HD650

A‑DATA HD650

23 Reviews + 5 Awards
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£39.50

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390g
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Jun 2017
A very popular and affordable 2TB external hard drive, good for a large amount of cat pictures
#11

84

My Passport 3TB

Western Digital My Passport 3TB

197 Reviews + 20 Awards
almodi.org - Recommended Buymuycomputer.com - Recommendedxfastest.com - Fastest MediaExpert Reviews - Best Buy
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£105.09

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250g
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Sep 2016
A multi award winning and cheap 3TB external hard drive, with a platinum award from one expert review website and 3 further awards from other expert sites
#12

84

Maxtor M3

Maxtor Maxtor M3

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£36.97

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3TB
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236g
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Mar 2016
The cheapest high capacity hard drive available, with good features
#13

83

Porsche Design (4TB)

LaCie Porsche Design (4TB)

1 Review
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£69.95

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Jul 2017
An affordable and new 4TB external hard drive, good for ALL the cat pictures
#14

82

My Passport Ultra 1.5TB

Western Digital My Passport Ultra 1.5TB

137 Reviews + 7 Awards
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£85.00

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May 2015
A multi award winning and excellent value for money 1.5TB external hard drive, with good features
#15

82

Porsche Design (5Tb)

LaCie Porsche Design (5Tb)

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£75.79

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Dec 2016
An affordable and fairly new 5TB external hard drive, with very good features
#16

82

Canvio Connect II 3TB

Toshiba Canvio Connect II 3TB

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£91.68

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Apr 2015
A very popular and cheap 3TB external hard drive, good for ALL the cat pictures
#17

82

Armor A60 (4Tb)

Silicon Power Armor A60 (4Tb)

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£53.95

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Dec 2016
A very popular and cheap 4TB external hard drive, good for ALL the cat pictures
#18

82

MyPassport Ultra

Western Digital MyPassport Ultra

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£43.44

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Jun 2016
A remarkably light weight and affordable 4TB external hard drive, with great features
#19

81

DriveStation HD-LCU3 4TB

Buffalo DriveStation HD‑LCU3 4TB

32 Reviews + 16 Awards
Digital Versus - 5 StarTrusted Reviews - RecommendedExpert Reviews - UltimatePC Advisor.co.uk - Recommended
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£115.83

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Jun 2016
A multi award winning and good value for money 4TB external hard drive, with a Gold award from one expert review website and 15 further awards from other expert sites
#20

81

WDBWWM5000AWT-EESN 500GB

Western Digital WDBWWM5000AWT‑EESN 500GB

673 Reviews + 4 Awards
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£44.52

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500GB
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150g
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May 2015
A top-value but 3 year old 500GB external hard drive, with good features and a stunningly light 150g weight

80

Porsche Design (3TB)

LaCie Porsche Design (3TB)

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£96.94

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Sep 2016
A good value for money and multi award winning 3TB external hard drive, with good features

80

Expansion Desktop 2TB

Seagate Expansion Desktop 2TB

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£64.99

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Jun 2015
A low cost and award winning 2TB external hard drive, good for a large amount of cat pictures

80

Rugged RAID 4TB

LaCie Rugged RAID 4TB

20 Reviews + 1 Award
01net.com - 4 Star
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£219.95

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Jun 2016
A fully featured and award winning 4TB external hard drive, good for ALL the cat pictures

78

StoreJet 25MC 1TB

Transcend StoreJet 25MC 1TB

5 Reviews + 4 Awards
back2gaming.com - RecommendedDigitaltrends.com - Recommended Productpokde.net - Silver Award
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£54.09

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1TB
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216g
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Aug 2016
A bargain price and multi award winning 1TB external hard drive, good for a large amount of cat pictures

78

Canvio Basics 750GB

Toshiba Canvio Basics 750GB

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£36.48

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750GB
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230g
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May 2015
A critically acclaimed and staggeringly cheap 750GB external hard drive, with good features

78

My Book 3TB

Western Digital My Book 3TB

3 Reviews
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£89.50

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960g
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Sep 2016
A very popular and good value for money 3TB external hard drive, good for ALL the cat pictures

77

My Passport 2TB

Western Digital My Passport 2TB

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£63.95

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Oct 2016
A bargain price and fairly new 2TB external hard drive, good for a large amount of cat pictures

77

StoreJet 25C3

Transcend StoreJet 25C3

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£50.49

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1TB
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Dec 2016
A relatively new and great value for money 1TB external hard drive, with good features and one of the lightest weights on the market

77

MiniStation Extreme USB 3.0 2TB

Buffalo MiniStation Extreme USB 3.0 2TB

36 Reviews + 8 Awards
tweaktown.com - Best Features Awardinsidehardware.it - Goldapcmag.com - Highly Recommendedhardwareheaven.com - Recommended
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£104.50

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277g
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Apr 2015
A multi award winning and good value for money 2TB external hard drive, with an Editor's Choice award from one expert review website and 7 further awards from other expert sites

77

Canvio Premium 3TB

Toshiba Canvio Premium 3TB

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£83.52

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Apr 2016
A very cheap and good spec 3TB external hard drive

77

2TB StoreJet 25M3 2TB

Transcend 2TB StoreJet 25M3 2TB

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£65.46

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Jan 2017
A top-value and fairly new 2TB external hard drive, with good features

77

Porsche Design (2Tb)

LaCie Porsche Design (2Tb)

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£75.36

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Jul 2016
A fairly new and low cost 2TB external hard drive, with good features

77

HV620 1TB

A‑DATA HV620 1TB

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£44.93

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Jan 2017
A bargain price and relatively new 1TB external hard drive, with good features and an spectacularly light 152g weight

76

Rugged USB-C 1TB

LaCie Rugged USB‑C 1TB

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£67.95

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Nov 2016
A fairly new and impressive value for money 1TB external hard drive, with good features and a breathtakingly light 100g weight

76

WD Elements Portable 1Tb

Western Digital WD Elements Portable 1Tb

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£49.21

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Feb 2017
A best selling and excellent value for money 1TB external hard drive, with good features and an astoundingly light 130g weight

76

StoreJet 25H3 4TB

Transcend StoreJet 25H3 4TB

16 Reviews + 7 Awards
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£123.79

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308g
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Aug 2016
A multi award winning and cheap 4TB external hard drive, with good features

76

My Passport

Western Digital My Passport

60 Reviews + 8 Awards
01net.com - 4 Starthepcenthusiast.com - Highly Recommendedstoragereview.com - Editor's Choicemacworld.co.uk - Editor's Choice
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£44.95

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Oct 2016
A very popular and top-value 1TB external hard drive, with good features

76

AC235 500GB

Apacer AC235 500GB

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£66.24

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Sep 2016
An impressive value for money and relatively new 500GB external hard drive, with good features and one of the lightest weights on the market

76

My Passport Ultra (4TB)

Western Digital My Passport Ultra (4TB)

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£120.00

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Jun 2016
An extremely light weight and fully featured 4TB external hard drive, with a good price

76

MiniStation HDD 1TB

Buffalo MiniStation HDD 1TB

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£52.97

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Oct 2016
A relatively new and affordable 1TB external hard drive, with good features

76

Armor A65

Silicon Power Armor A65

185 Reviews + 6 Awards
techno-labs.com - Durable Producteteknix.com - Innovationtechnolabs.net - Durable Product01net.com - 4 Star
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£61.99

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Mar 2015
A very popular and low cost 1TB external hard drive, but with only middle of the road features

76

WD Elements Portable 750Gb

Western Digital WD Elements Portable 750Gb

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£40.94

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750GB
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Feb 2017
A sensationally light weight and top-value 750GB external hard drive, with good features

75

MiniStation HDD 2TB

Buffalo MiniStation HDD 2TB

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£77.96

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Oct 2016
A relatively new and bargain price 2TB external hard drive, with good features

75

Canvio Premium 2TB

Toshiba Canvio Premium 2TB

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£62.26

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Apr 2016
A very popular and very cheap 2TB external hard drive, with good features

75

Canvio 4Tb

Toshiba Canvio 4Tb

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£86.99

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May 2016
A good spec and good value for money 4TB external hard drive

75

3TB Canvio Connect II

Toshiba 3TB Canvio Connect II

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£96.71

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3TB
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Mar 2015
A good value for money and fully featured 3TB external hard drive

75

Memory Drive

Intenso Memory Drive

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£34.49

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Jul 2017
The cheapest medium capacity hard drive available, but with only average features

75

WD My Book 6TB

Western Digital WD My Book 6TB

77 Reviews + 10 Awards
pcactual.com - Recommended01net.com - 5 StarDigital Versus - 5 Starxfastest.com - Editor's Choice
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£248.99

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May 2016
A multi award winning but a little out of date 6TB external hard drive, with an Editor's Choice award from one expert review website and 9 further awards from other expert sites

75

STEA1500400 1.5TB

Seagate STEA1500400 1.5TB

16 Reviews
au-ja.de - Very Goodgamezoom.net - Gold Award
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£61.67

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Mar 2016
A top-rated and affordable 1.5TB external hard drive, but with only middle of the road features

75

Canvio Premium 1TB

Toshiba Canvio Premium 1TB

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£40.24

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Apr 2016
A staggeringly cheap but 2 year old 1TB external hard drive, with good features

75

HD-PNFU3

Buffalo HD‑PNFU3

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£128.77

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Oct 2016
A good value for money and fairly new 3TB external hard drive, with good features

75

MiniStation Slim 1TB

Buffalo MiniStation Slim 1TB

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£58.51

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Aug 2016
A fairly new and top-value 1TB external hard drive, with good features and an astonishingly light 140g weight

75

Porsche Design Mobile (4TB)

LaCie Porsche Design Mobile (4TB)

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£129.95

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Dec 2016
A good spec and relatively new 4TB external hard drive, with a good price

74

Portable 4TB

Seagate Portable 4TB

612 Reviews + 21 Awards
i4u.com - Editor's ChoicePC Mag - Editor's Choice01net.com - 5 StarExpert Reviews - Best Buy
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£95.99

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Jan 2016
A multi award winning and good value for money 4TB external hard drive, with an Editor's Choice award from one expert review website and an additional award from another expert site

74

Canvio Basics 2TB

Toshiba Canvio Basics 2TB

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£40.62

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Oct 2015
An affordable and best selling 2TB external hard drive, with good features

74

Backup Plus Desktop 3TB

Seagate Backup Plus Desktop 3TB

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£83.90

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Jul 2016
A relatively new and good value for money 3TB external hard drive, but with only middle of the road features

74

M3 2TB

Maxtor M3 2TB

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£64.99

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Sep 2015
A top-value and good spec 2TB external hard drive

74

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 fairly new and good value for money 4TB external hard drive, with good features

74

My Passport 4TB

Western Digital My Passport 4TB

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£118.97

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Mar 2017
A fairly new and fully featured 4TB external hard drive, with a good price

74

Ultra Slim 1Tb

Seagate Ultra Slim 1Tb

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£56.74

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An astonishingly light weight and very good value for money 1TB external hard drive, with a recent release date but only middle of the road features

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Find out how external hard drive brands compare. The average rating for each brand is based on the rating of all of their external hard drives. Click on a link to compare all external hard drives made by your favourite brand.

Logo Brand Number of External Hard Drives Price Range Average Rating
Seagate logo Seagate External Hard Drives 71 £39 - £330 81%
Western Digital logo Western Digital External Hard Drives 69 £8 - £736 84%
LaCie logo LaCie External Hard Drives 48 £45 - £684 85%
iStorage logo iStorage External Hard Drives 41 £118 - £757
Toshiba logo Toshiba External Hard Drives 39 £30 - £178 80%
A-DATA logo A-DATA External Hard Drives 26 £40 - £200 89%
Buffalo logo Buffalo External Hard Drives 23 £53 - £211 85%
G-Technology logo G-Technology External Hard Drives 21 £78 - £640 64%
Other brands Other External Hard Drive Brands 89 £34 - £833

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drive capacity
VS
ADATA HD650 (1Tb)
ADATA
HD650 (1Tb)
£94.50
Lighter
Transcend StoreJet 25M3
Transcend
StoreJet 25M3
£61.33
£9 cheaper
Bigger hard
drive capacity
Lighter
VS
LaCie Rugged Mini 1TB
LaCie
Rugged Mini 1TB
£70.53
Better brand
Western Digital My Passport 4TB
Western Digital
My Passport 4TB
£120.32
46% lighter
VS
Seagate Backup Plus Portable 4Tb
Seagate
Backup Plus Portable 4Tb
£99.99
£20 cheaper
Better brand
Maxtor M3 2TB
Maxtor
M3 2TB
£64.99
Better brand
A bit lighter
VS
Seagate Expansion 2TB
Seagate
Expansion 2TB
£44.99
£20 cheaper
More popular
Western Digital WD Elements Desktop 3tb
Western Digital
WD Elements Desktop 3tb
£81.50
£44 cheaper
5% lighter
VS
Seagate Expansion 4TB USB 3.0
Seagate
Expansion 4TB USB 3.0
£125.55
Better brand
1TB bigger hard
drive capacity
USB powered
Seagate Expansion Portable 500GB
Seagate
Expansion Portable 500GB
£38.68
36% lighter
VS
Toshiba Canvio Basics 1TB
Toshiba
Canvio Basics 1TB
£40.98
More popular
Better brand
Bigger hard
drive capacity
Transcend StoreJet 25M3
Transcend
StoreJet 25M3
£61.33
11% lighter
VS
Silicon Power Armor A60 (4Tb)
Silicon Power
Armor A60 (4Tb)
£53.95
£7 cheaper
Better brand
Bigger hard
drive capacity
Toshiba Canvio Basics 2TB
Toshiba
Canvio Basics 2TB
£40.62
£30 cheaper
Lighter
VS
Western Digital WD Elements 2TB
Western Digital
WD Elements 2TB
£70.41
Better brand
ADATA HD650 (1Tb)
ADATA
HD650 (1Tb)
£94.50
A lot lighter
VS
Silicon Power Armor A60 (4Tb)
Silicon Power
Armor A60 (4Tb)
£53.95
£41 cheaper
More popular
Bigger hard
drive capacity
Toshiba Canvio Basics 2.5 3TB
Toshiba
Canvio Basics 2.5" 3TB
£123.04
Better brand
4x lighter
USB powered
VS
Seagate Expansion Desktop 4TB
Seagate
Expansion Desktop 4TB
£91.72
£31 cheaper
Bigger hard
drive capacity
Transcend StoreJet 25M3
Transcend
StoreJet 25M3
£61.33
50% bigger hard
drive capacity
VS
Seagate 1TB Backup Plus Slim
Seagate
1TB Backup Plus Slim
£44.03
£17 cheaper
Better brand
Lighter

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.
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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.

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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 drives is from £29 to £834 and in total we found prices for 415 external hard drives. The average price of a new external hard drive is £153 and 80% of external hard drives are priced between £48 and £330. The cheapest external hard drive that we found is the Toshiba Canvio Basics 500GB at only £30, and the most expensive is the Apricorn Aegis Padlock DT 10TB at £833.

External Hard Drive Brands - Price Range

Apricorn external hard drives start at £833 and the most expensive Apricorn external hard drive costs £833. The average price of Apricorn external hard drives is £833 which is the highest average price of all external hard drive brands.

Tandberg Data external hard drives start at £497 and the most expensive Tandberg Data external hard drive costs £497. The second highest average external hard drive price out of all brands is Tandberg Data external hard drives with an average price of £497.

The third highest average external hard drive price out of all brands is ioSafe external hard drives with an average price of £454. ioSafe external hard drives range in price from £330 to £672.

External Hard Drive Brands - Average Ratings

We have analysed 936 expert reviews and 8,724 user reviews for external hard drives written online and used this data to determine the average rating for each brand of external hard drive. Samsung is the top rated external hard drive brand with an average rating of 88%. Western Digital is the second best brand with 88% and LaCie is the third best brand with 87%.

Biggest External Hard Drive Retailers

The biggest external hard drive retailer by number of products currently for sale is Amazon UK. We found 358 current external hard drive offers from Amazon UK. The second biggest external hard drive retailer is Idealo UK with 249 offers. That means Amazon UK is significantly bigger than Idealo UK when it comes to external hard drives. Ebuyer is the third biggest retailer with 187 current offers.

When Are Most New External Hard Drives Released?

We looked at the release dates for new external hard drives over the last 3 years, but couldn't see any evident trend. In June 2016 37 new external hard drives were released making it the biggest month that year for new external hard drive releases. The biggest month in 2015 for new external hard drive releases was September, with 82 new external hard drives released that month. In 2014 most new external hard drives were released in February, with 93 new external hard drives released that month.

How Fast Do External Hard Drive Prices Drop After Release?

In the first 6 months after release, external hard drives drop in price by 4% on average. If you are prepared to wait then you could save an average of £6 on a typical £154 new external hard drive by waiting 6 months before buying.

Hard Drive Capacities

This denotes how much data the hard drive can hold, measured in gigabytes (GB).

The hard drive capacities of external hard drives range from 1GB to 16TB. The hard drive capacities of most external hard drives range from 890GB to 1.8TB. The Western DigitalMy Book Pro (16Tb), which sells for £722.44, has the biggest hard drive capacity and is a 16TB external hard drive. The external hard drive with the smallest hard drive capacity is the Western DigitalMy Book Pro (16Tb), which is a 1GB external hard drive and can be purchased for £131.24.

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

USB Powered

This indicates whether the hard drive is powered by USB or not.

The vast majority of the 655 new external hard drives currently listed on Kagoo are USB powered external hard drives. 500 out of 655 are USB powered external hard drives.

Colours

We found 410 external hard drives that are external hard drives that have a Black coloured, which makes Black the most common colour amongst new external hard drives. We found 136 external hard drives that are external hard drives that have a Silver coloured, making Silver the second most common colour amongst new external hard drives.

Weights

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

The weights of external hard drives range from 41g to 6.8kg. The weights of the majority of external hard drives range from 41g to 340g. The external hard drive with the heaviest weight is the ioSafe3TB Solo G3 Fireproof External Hard Drive, which is a 6.8kg external hard drive and sells for £421.00. The external hard drive with the lightest weight is the ioSafe3TB Solo G3 Fireproof External Hard Drive, which is a 41g external hard drive and can be purchased for £119.85.

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

Biggest External Hard Drive Retailers

The biggest external hard drive retailer by number of products currently for sale is Amazon UK. We found 358 current external hard drive offers from Amazon UK. The second biggest external hard drive retailer is Idealo UK with 249 offers. That means Amazon UK is significantly bigger than Idealo UK when it comes to external hard drives. Ebuyer is the third biggest retailer with 187 current offers.

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for External Hard Drives?

With the cheapest price on 181 external hard drives, Idealo UK is most frequently the cheapest external hard drive retailer.

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

The cheapest retailer by number of external hard drive for which they offer the cheapest price is Idealo UK with the cheapest price on 72.7% of its external hard drives.