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Every week we analyse the technical specs, reviews and prices of every external hard drive on the market in the UK to determine our top 10 list. In total we compared over 847 external hard drives, 8,700 reviews and 5,430 prices. Last updated 13 October 2017.

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#1 LaCie Porsche Design

Porsche Design
tweaktown.com - Best Features AwardDigital Versus - 5 StarLes Numeriques.com - 5 StarHEXUS.net - Approved
The highest scoring high capacity hard drive around, with a recent release date and great features
88
Reviews
8 Awards
98
Value for Money
Excellent
82
Features
Fully-Featured
90
Age
5 Months Old
90
Overall Score
Excellent
Yes
6TB
Silver
USB Powered
Hard Drive Capacity
Colours
1kg
May 2017
Weight
Release Date
Ebuyer Business logo
Amazon UK £54.99
Maplin Electronics £74.99
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£51.09
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#2 Silicon Power Armor A60

Armor A60
ua.gecid.com - Easy to Usenikktech.com - Goldalmodi.org - Recommended BuyBjorn3d.com - Seal of Approval
The top rated external hard drive under £100, with a Gold award from two expert review websites and 8 further awards from other expert sites
87
Reviews
9 Awards
98
Value for Money
Excellent
80
Features
Fully-Featured
85
Age
10 Months Old
88
Overall Score
Excellent
Yes
4TB
Black
USB Powered
Hard Drive Capacity
Colours
255g
Dec 2016
Weight
Release Date
Idealo UK logo
Amazon UK £59.01
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£93.99

#3 LaCie Porsche Design

Porsche Design
pcactual.com - Recommendedtweaktown.com - Best Features AwardDigital Versus - 5 StarHEXUS.net - Approved
A recently released and very cheap 5TB external hard drive, very good for ALL the cat pictures
87
Reviews
8 Awards
93
Value for Money
Excellent
81
Features
Fully-Featured
89
Age
5 Months Old
87
Overall Score
Excellent
Yes
5TB
Silver
USB Powered
Hard Drive Capacity
Colours
315g
May 2017
Weight
Release Date
shop4world logo
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iStorage diskGenie 256-bit 1TB
£216.63
Was £705 (14 days ago)
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£121.97
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#4 LaCie Rugged USB‑C 2TB

Rugged USB-C 2TB
Digital Versus - 5 Star01net.com - 4 StarPC Welt.de - Test Winnermacworld.co.uk - Editor's Choice
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
98
Reviews
8 Awards
88
Value for Money
Excellent
74
Features
Good Features
81
Age
1 Year Old
86
Overall Score
Excellent
Yes
2TB
Orange
USB Powered
Hard Drive Capacity
Colours
100g
Sep 2016
Weight
Release Date
Idealo UK logo
PC World Business £122.49
Ebuyer £123.77
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£50.17

#5 Freecom Classic 3.0

Classic 3.0
A sensationally light weight and best selling 5TB external hard drive, good for ALL the cat pictures
97
Value for Money
Excellent
83
Features
Fully-Featured
88
Age
5 Months Old
81
Overall Score
Excellent
Yes
5TB
Black
USB Powered
Hard Drive Capacity
Colours
140g
May 2017
Weight
Release Date
Una Technology logo
365games.co.uk £56.49
Amazon UK £58.40
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£99.98

#6 Freecom mHDD 2TB

mHDD 2TB
hardwareheaven.com - Recommended
A staggeringly light weight and award winning 2TB external hard drive, good for a large amount of cat pictures
85
Reviews
1 Award
83
Value for Money
Excellent
76
Features
Good Features
77
Age
1 Year Old
81
Overall Score
Excellent
Yes
2TB
Silver
USB Powered
Hard Drive Capacity
Colours
150g
May 2016
Weight
Release Date
Officeworx logo
Amazon UK £107.45
Idealo UK £107.45
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£39.50

#7 A‑DATA HD650

HD650
techporn.ph - Extreme Valuetweaktown.com - Best Features Awardhd-tecnologia.com - Value for Moneyvoz.vn - Recommended
A bargain price and multi award winning 2TB external hard drive, good for a large amount of cat pictures
91
Reviews
5 Awards
97
Value for Money
Excellent
48
Features
Average Features
90
Age
4 Months Old
81
Overall Score
Excellent
Yes
2TB
Black
USB Powered
Hard Drive Capacity
Colours
390g
Jun 2017
Weight
Release Date
Ebuyer Business logo
Amazon UK £54.99
Misco £55.14
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£138.35
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#8 Seagate Backup Plus 6TB

Backup Plus 6TB
A top-value and multi award winning 6TB external hard drive, good for ALL the cat pictures
89
Reviews
2 Reviews
92
Value for Money
Excellent
71
Features
Good Features
60
Age
3 Years Old
80
Overall Score
Excellent
No
6TB
Black
USB Powered
Hard Drive Capacity
Colours
860g
Jan 2015
Weight
Release Date
Ebuyer logo
Maplin Electronics £159.99
Amazon UK £479.32
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£62.64

#9 Seagate Maxtor M3 2TB

Maxtor M3 2TB
A best selling and critically acclaimed 2TB external hard drive, good for a large amount of cat pictures
95
Reviews
19 Reviews
95
Value for Money
Excellent
51
Features
Average Features
73
Age
2 Years Old
79
Overall Score
Very Good
Yes
2TB
Black
USB Powered
Hard Drive Capacity
Colours
169g
Mar 2016
Weight
Release Date
Aria PC Technology logo
Amazon UK £63.50
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£55.49
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#10 Seagate Ultra Slim 1Tb

Ultra Slim 1Tb
eteknix.com - Innovationnikktech.com - GoldHEXUS.net - ApprovedPC Advisor.co.uk - Recommended
An extremely light weight and bargain price 1TB external hard drive, with an Editor's Choice award from one expert review website and 7 further awards from other expert sites
91
Reviews
8 Awards
97
Value for Money
Excellent
53
Features
Average Features
71
Age
2 Years Old
79
Overall Score
Very Good
Yes
1TB
Platinum
USB Powered
Hard Drive Capacity
Colours
135g
Jan 2016
Weight
Release Date
Idealo UK logo
Ebuyer £58.00
PC World Business £61.65
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External Hard Drive Brands

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 £20 - £380 84%
Western Digital logo Western Digital External Hard Drives 60 £39 - £761 80%
iStorage logo iStorage External Hard Drives 49 £118 - £821
LaCie logo LaCie External Hard Drives 46 £45 - £549 83%
Toshiba logo Toshiba External Hard Drives 37 £30 - £205 81%
A-DATA logo A-DATA External Hard Drives 28 £30 - £199 89%
Buffalo logo Buffalo External Hard Drives 24 £54 - £215 85%
G-Technology logo G-Technology External Hard Drives 22 £61 - £674 60%
Other brands Other External Hard Drive Brands 112 £34 - £699

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LaCie Rugged USB-C 4TB
£175.31
Was £222 (2 days ago)
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ADATA HD700 2Tb
£84.87
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LaCie Porsche Design Desktop Drive 4Tb
£110.18
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DataLocker H350 1Tb
£258.18
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Western Digital WD Elements Portable 3Tb
£150.00
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Seagate Backup Plus Slim Portable 2Tb
£53.30
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Transcend 2TB StoreJet 25M3 2TB
£78.99
Was £100 (2 days ago)
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A-DATA HM900 4TB
£139.25
Was £172 yesterday
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G-Technology G-DRIVE 10TB
£434.57
Was £504 yesterday
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Silicon Power Armor A65 2TB
£89.90
Was £108 yesterday
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Toshiba Canvio Premium 1TB
£49.50
Was £64 yesterday
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Digittrade HS256
£334.90
Was £384 yesterday
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LaCie Rugged 1Tb
£72.07
Was £123 (2 days ago)
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DataLocker H300 1TB
£206.46
Was £291 (2 days ago)
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Transcend 1TB StoreJet 25M3 1TB
£51.59
Was £65 (2 days ago)
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Western Digital My Book Duo 6TB
£266.00
Was £499 yesterday
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Choosing the Best External Hard Drive

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

External hard drives range in price from £19 to £834 and in total we found prices for 412 external hard drives. The average price of a new external hard drive is £153 and 80% of external hard drives are priced between £49 and £335. The most expensive external hard drive that we found is the Apricorn Aegis Padlock DT 10TB at £833, and the cheapest is the Seagate Ultra ATA/100 160GB at only £20.

External Hard Drive Brands - Price Range

IoSafe external hard drives start at £335 and the most expensive ioSafe external hard drive costs £692. The highest average external hard drive price out of all brands is ioSafe external hard drives with an average price of £481.

Apricorn external hard drives range in price from £110 to £833, and the average price of Apricorn external hard drives is £472 which is the second highest average price of all external hard drive brands.

Tandberg Data external hard drives range in price from £384 to £511, and the average price of Tandberg Data external hard drives is £447 which is the third highest average price of all external hard drive brands.

External Hard Drive Brands - Average Ratings

We have evaluated 1,028 expert reviews and 5,781 user reviews for external hard drives written online and used this data to evaluate the average rating for each brand of external hard drive. The top rated external hard drive brand is Seagate with an average rating of 91%. The second best brand is Maxtor with 90% and the third best brand is Silicon Power with 89%.

Biggest External Hard Drive Retailers

We found 429 current offers for external hard drives from Amazon UK making it the biggest external hard drive retailer. That is more than twice as big as the second biggest retailer, Ebuyer for whom we found 170 current offers for external hard drives. The third biggest retailer is Ebuyer Business with 145 current external hard drive 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 obvious pattern. The biggest month in 2016 for new external hard drive releases was February, with 36 new external hard drives released that month. 81 new external hard drives were released in September 2015 making it the biggest month that year for new external hard drive releases. In February 2014 91 new external hard drives were released making it the biggest month that year for new external hard drive releases.

How Fast Do External Hard Drive Prices Drop After Release?

On average external hard drives drop in price by 2% in the first 6 months after release. If you are prepared to wait then you could save an average of £3 on a typical £153 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).

Comparing all external hard drives, the hard drive capacities range from 1GB to 16TB. The hard drive capacities of the majority of external hard drives range from 890GB to 1.8TB. The Western DigitalMy Book Pro has the biggest hard drive capacity. This external hard drive is a 16TB external hard drive and is priced at £760.83. The Western DigitalMy Book Pro has the smallest hard drive capacity. This external hard drive 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 642 new external hard drives currently listed on Kagoo are USB powered external hard drives. 486 external hard drives out of 642 are USB powered external hard drives.

Colours

Amongst new external hard drives, the most common colour is Black. We found 395 external hard drives that are external hard drives that have a Black coloured. Silver is the second most frequently found colour amongst new external hard drives. We found 122 external hard drives that are external hard drives that have a Silver coloured.

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 ioSafeSoloPRO, which is a 6.8kg external hard drive and sells for £476.40. The external hard drive with the lightest weight is the ioSafeSoloPRO, which is a 41g external hard drive and currently retails for £121.86.

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

Biggest External Hard Drive Retailers

We found 429 current offers for external hard drives from Amazon UK making it the biggest external hard drive retailer. That is more than twice as big as the second biggest retailer, Ebuyer for whom we found 170 current offers for external hard drives. The third biggest retailer is Ebuyer Business with 145 current external hard drive offers.

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for External Hard Drives?

Amazon UK most frequently has the cheapest external hard drive prices (found to be cheapest for 232 external hard drives).

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

The cheapest shop by number of external hard drive for which they offer the cheapest price is Amazon UK with the cheapest price on 54.1% of its external hard drives.

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