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What is the Kagoo Score? Our unique external hard drives rating which considers: 5,200 UK prices • 4,900 expert & user reviews • 1,000 product comparisons • 140 industry awards • Score breakdown
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Toshiba Canvio ‑ 3Tb

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£81.98

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210g
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3TB
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Feb 2018
The highest scoring high capacity hard drive on the market, with a great spec.
#2

89

Toshiba Canvio ‑ 2Tb

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£56.18

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149g
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2TB
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Feb 2018
A bargain price and best selling USB powered external hard drive, with a great spec and an amazingly light 149g weight.
#3

88

Toshiba Canvio Premium ‑ 2Tb

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£69.99

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295g
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2TB
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Feb 2018
An impressive value for money and very popular 295g external hard drive, with a good spec.
#4

88

Toshiba HDTB410EK3AA

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£42.98

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149g
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1TB
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Feb 2018
A best selling and breathtakingly light weight USB powered external hard drive, good for a large amount of cat pictures.
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88

Toshiba Canvio Advance ‑ 2Tb

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£62.76

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149g
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2TB
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Feb 2018
An extremely cheap and remarkably light weight USB powered external hard drive, good for a large amount of cat pictures.
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88

Toshiba Canvio Basics ‑ 2Tb

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£51.00

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230g
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2TB
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Oct 2015
A top-value and very popular 230g external hard drive, with a great spec.
#7

88

Toshiba Canvio Advance ‑ 3Tb

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£99.99

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149g
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3TB
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Feb 2018
A top-value and relatively new USB powered external hard drive, with a very good spec and a stunningly light 149g weight.
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88

Toshiba Canvio Advance ‑ 1Tb

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£50.75

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149g
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1TB
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Feb 2018
The top rated external hard drive under £50, good for a large amount of cat pictures.
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87

Toshiba Canvio ‑ 1Tb

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£38.98

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149g
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1TB
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Feb 2018
A stunningly light weight and affordable USB powered external hard drive, good for a large amount of cat pictures.
#10

87

LaCie Porsche Design ‑ 4TB

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£86.98

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1.1kg
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4TB
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Jul 2017
A very cheap and relatively new 1.1kg external hard drive, good for ALL the cat pictures.
#11

87

Toshiba Canvio Basics ‑ 1TB

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£40.98

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230g
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1TB
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Oct 2015
A bargain price and best selling 230g external hard drive, with a good spec.
#12

87

Toshiba Canvio Ready ‑ 2TB

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£53.98

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232.9g
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2TB
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Aug 2015
A very popular and bargain price 232.9g external hard drive, with a great spec.
#13

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LaCie Porsche Design Mobile ‑ 2Tb

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£70.49

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193g
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2TB
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Jun 2018
A recently released and top-value 193g external hard drive, good for a large amount of cat pictures.
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Western Digital My Passport ‑ 4Tb

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£98.36

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250g
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4TB
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Oct 2016
A fully featured and cheap 250g external hard drive, good for ALL the cat pictures.
#15

86

Toshiba Canvio Basics USB 3.0 ‑ 3Tb

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£71.98

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230g
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3TB
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Mar 2015
A fully featured and top-value 230g external hard drive, good for ALL the cat pictures.
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86

Seagate Backup Plus Portable ‑ 5Tb

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£109.73

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247g
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5TB
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Oct 2016
Good for ALL the cat pictures, this is The highest rated external hard drive under £500.
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86

Western Digital My Passport X

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£85.14

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230g
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2TB
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Apr 2015
A multi award winning and affordable 230g external hard drive, with a Gold award from two expert review websites and 3 further awards from other expert sites. It has very a fast read/write speed, a big storage capacity and it's really easy to setup.
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86

Seagate Backup Plus Portable ‑ 2Tb

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£67.99

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140g
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2TB
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Feb 2015
An affordable and fully featured USB powered external hard drive.
#20

86

Western Digital My Passport

15 Reviews
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£50.99

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170g
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1TB
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Oct 2016
A phenomenally cheap and award winning 170g external hard drive, with an Editor's Choice award from two expert review websites. This external hard drive is easy to carry around.

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Seagate Desktop ‑ 3Tb

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£74.47

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800g
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3TB
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Jul 2017
A best selling and spectacularly good value for money 800g external hard drive, good for ALL the cat pictures.

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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 78%. Compare all award winning external hard drives.

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Western Digital External Hard Drives 97 £39 - £574
78%
1,194 reviews
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Seagate External Hard Drives 112 £29 - £993
69%
525 reviews
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G-Technology External Hard Drives 42 £63 - £4,495
66%
337 reviews
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Buffalo External Hard Drives 37 £43 - £158
50%
46 reviews
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LaCie External Hard Drives 73 £56 - £1,511
49%
79 reviews
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A-DATA External Hard Drives 50 £43 - £132
48%
72 reviews
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iStorage External Hard Drives 29 £118 - £710
47%
54 reviews
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Freecom External Hard Drives 22 £51 - £305
46%
32 reviews
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Silicon Power External Hard Drives 37 £49 - £105
16%
3 reviews
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Intenso External Hard Drives 25 £37 - £103
9%
3 reviews
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Toshiba External Hard Drives 61 £29 - £222
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BUSlink External Hard Drives 24
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Fantom Drives External Hard Drives 23 £46 - £96

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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

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

External hard drives range in price from £22 to £4,495 and in total we found prices for 378 external hard drives. On average, a new external hard drive costs £180 and 80% of external hard drives are priced between £47 and £317. The most expensive external hard drive that we found is the G-Technology G-Speed Shuttle XL - 64Tb at £4,495, and the cheapest is the Seagate Expansion Desktop - 2TB at only £23.

External Hard Drive Brands - Price Range

G-Technology external hard drives range in price from £63 to £4,495, and the highest average external hard drive price out of all brands is G-Technology external hard drives with an average price of £648.

Emtec external hard drives start at £541 and their most expensive external hard drive costs £541. The average price of Emtec external hard drives is £541 which is the second highest average price of all external hard drive brands.

The average price of ioSafe external hard drives is £378 which is the third highest average price of all external hard drive brands. ioSafe external hard drives start at £335 and their most expensive external hard drive costs £421.

External Hard Drive Brands - Average Ratings

We have analysed 755 expert reviews and 2,560 user reviews for external hard drives and used this information to calculate 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 78%. The second best brand is Seagate with 69% and the third best brand is G-Technology with 66%.

Biggest External Hard Drive Retailers

The biggest external hard drive retailer by number of products currently for sale is Amazon UK. We found 243 current external hard drive offers from Amazon UK. The second biggest retailer is Ebuyer with 186 offers. That means Amazon UK is significantly bigger than Ebuyer when it comes to external hard drives. Ebuyer Business is the third biggest retailer with 171 current offers.

When Are Most New External Hard Drives Released?

We couldn't see any obvious trend in the release dates for new external hard drives over the last 3 years. The biggest month last year for new external hard drive releases was April, with 32 new external hard drives released that month. In 2016 most new external hard drives were released in October, with 37 new external hard drives released that month. In September 2015 72 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 1% in the first 6 months after release. That means a saving of £2 on a typical £180 new external hard drive if you wait 6 months before buying.

Weights

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

Across the range of 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 G-Technology G-Speed Shuttle XL - 32Tb, which is an 11.4kg external hard drive and currently retails for £2,549.00. The external hard drive with the lightest weight is the Integral USB 3.0 Portable SSD External Hard Drive - 256GB, which is a 41g external hard drive and is priced at £108.99.

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 815 new external hard drives currently listed on Kagoo are USB powered external hard drives. 651 out of 815 are USB powered external hard 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 drives range from 1GB to 64TB. The hard drive capacities of the majority of external hard drives range from 0GB to 1.5TB. The G-Technology G-Speed Shuttle XL - 64Tb, which sells for £4,495.00, has the biggest hard drive capacity and is a 64TB external hard drive. The external hard drive with the smallest hard drive capacity is the Western Digital WD My Passport Wireless - 2TB, which is a 1GB external hard drive and is priced at £160.32.

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

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for External Hard Drives?

The chart below helps you decide which retailer is normally cheapest for buying external hard drives. For each retailer it shows the total number of external hard drives where they currently have a market leading price. The chart below helps you decide which retailer is normally cheapest for buying external hard drives. 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. 121 of their external hard drive prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

Proportion of External Hard Drives 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. 49.8% of their external hard drive prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

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