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Should You Buy a Western Digital External Hard Drive?

Updated 21 August 2019 by Matthew
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should you buy a Western Digital External Hard Drive?

Western Digital is one of the most popular external hard drive brands as well as being well known for it's .

If you are wondering how Western Digital external hard drives compare to other brands, our guide below collates all the key info in a single place. We've compared over 1,000 external hard drives by objectively and impartially analysing over 3,200 user and expert reviews and 40+ awards from hundreds of different review sites.

Western Digital are recognised for their wide selection of mid-range and award winning external hard drives. Their external hard drives start at £38 for the WD Elements Portable - 750Gb which has a hard drive capacity of 750GB and a weight of 130g and go up to £265 for the My Book Duo - 8Tb which has a hard drive capacity of 8TB and a weight of 2.2kg. The average price of a new Western Digital external hard drive is £121.

Western Digital are recognised for their wide selection of mid-range and award winning external hard drives.

Is Western Digital the Best External Hard Drive Brand?

So are Western Digital external hard drives any good? We give every external hard drive a Kagoo Score by analysing its specs, reviews and prices and comparing this to its competitors. By aggregating this data across all external hard drives we are able to impartially rank all the external hard drive brands.

Western Digital is ranked the No. 1 best external hard drive brand.

Our detailed analysis taking into account all of the above factors found that Western Digital is the actually best external hard drive brand out there.

#1
United States
95%
95%
767 reviews
#2
United States
93%
93%
192 reviews
#3
France
93%
93%
15 reviews
#4
92%
92%
15 reviews
#5
90%
90%
35 reviews
#6
China
89%
89%
19 reviews
#7
85%
85%
52 reviews
#8
Japan
81%
81%
0 reviews
#9
79%
79%
0 reviews
#10
78%
78%
7 reviews
#11
WD
77%
77%
792 reviews
#12
Transcend
74%
74%
0 reviews
#13
Verbatim
74%
74%
0 reviews
#14
72%
72%
0 reviews
#15
ioSafe
70%
70%
10 reviews
#16
Maxtor
68%
68%
0 reviews
#17
OWC
60%
60%
0 reviews
#18
DataLocker
60%
60%
2 reviews
#19
Digittrade
59%
59%
0 reviews
#20
Samsung
South Korea
59%
59%
0 reviews
#21
Glyph
57%
57%
0 reviews
#22
Apricorn
57%
57%
1 review
#23
2-Power
56%
56%
0 reviews
#24
Elecom
55%
55%
0 reviews
#25
Sony
Japan
55%
55%
0 reviews
#26
Lenovo
China
54%
54%
0 reviews
#27
Hamlet
54%
54%
0 reviews
#28
TechniSat
53%
53%
0 reviews
#29
ADATA
53%
53%
0 reviews
#30
Integral
52%
52%
0 reviews

Let's look at how Western Digital external hard drives compare to the other external hard drive brands across each of the key facets that make up the Kagoo Score.

Reviews Value for Money Features Popularity Selection
All external hard drive Brands
Western Digital External Hard Drives

There's a wide selection of Western Digital external hard drives available compared to other external hard drive brands, with over 40 Western Digital external hard drives currently on the market in the UK. Western Digital also have better reviews than the typical external hard drive brand, with the average rating of a Western Digital external hard drive being 87%.

The average review score for a Western Digital external hard drive is 87%.

Western Digital external hard drives tend to be cheaper than most other external hard drive brands however they are still a less popular choice with consumers.

No. Of External Hard Drives
Average Price
£138
£0 £50 £100 £150 £200 £250 £300 £350 £400 £450 £799
Price Distribution of All External Hard Drives
No. Of External Hard Drives
Average Price
£121
£0 £50 £100 £150 £200 £250 £300 £350 £400 £450 £799
Price Distribution of Western Digital External Hard Drives

What Do the Western Digital External Hard Drive Reviews Say?

We've added up all the reviews for every Western Digital external hard drive to work out the average distribution of reviews for Western Digital and then compared this to the other external hard drive brands.

Western Digital logo

Expert Reviews

5 stars
5
4 stars
14
3 stars
3
2 stars
0
1 star
0
Western Digital logo

User Reviews

5 stars
523
4 stars
132
3 stars
25
2 stars
10
1 star
35
Western Digital has a higher proportion of 4 and 5 star expert and user reviews for its external hard drives than most other external hard drive brands.

Over 86% of expert reviews and 90% of user reviews for Western Digital external hard drives are 4 stars or higher. This compares to 79% and 90% respectively across all External Hard Drive brands.

Looking at just the expert reviews, in the table below we compare the average review score given to Western Digital external hard drives by some of the most popular technology review sites against their reviews for other external hard drive brands. The best review score from each review source is highlighted in green.

Average Review Score Seagate Western Digital LaCie A-DATA Silicon Power
CNET.com logo
71%
2 reviews
80%
1 review
71%
4 reviews
Techradar logo
50%
2 reviews
65%
2 reviews
PC Mag logo
70%
1 review
60%
1 review
80%
2 reviews
computershopper.com logo
69%
1 review
60%
1 review
60%
1 review
01net.com logo
100%
1 review
80%
1 review
80%
1 review
hardwarezone.com.my logo
85%
1 review
80%
2 reviews
tweaktown.com logo
84%
1 review
84%
1 review
razorman.net logo
95%
1 review
98%
1 review
pcauthority.com.au logo
80%
1 review
80%
1 review
aphnetworks.com logo
70%
1 review
72%
1 review
tbreak.ae logo
70%
1 review
70%
1 review
techadvisor.co.uk logo
70%
1 review
70%
1 review
maclife.com logo
70%
1 review
70%
1 review
M3.idg.se logo
70%
1 review
80%
1 review
pcworld.com_techhive.com logo
60%
1 review
80%
1 review
pctidningen.se logo
37%
1 review
Laptopmag.com logo
50%
1 review
netzwelt.de logo
90%
1 review
mobimaniak.pl logo
90%
1 review
kotimikro.fi logo
37%
1 review
Other Expert Sites
60%
33 reviews
46%
10 reviews
26%
3 reviews
43%
5 reviews
Average
71%
47 reviews
75%
22 reviews
70%
11 reviews
55%
10 reviews
73%
8 reviews

How Many Industry Awards Have Western Digital External Hard Drives Received?

After checking thousands of expert review websites we found 13 industry awards for Western Digital external hard drives. This means that Western Digital has more awards for its external hard drives than any other brand. The table below compares the number of awards given to Western Digital to other popular external hard drive brands. The largest number of awards provided by each review source is highlighted in green.

Western Digital has more awards for its external hard drives than any other brand.

Compare all award winning external hard drives

Number of Awards Seagate Western Digital LaCie A-DATA Silicon Power
eteknix.com logo
1
1
1
1
01net.com logo
1
1
1
tweaktown.com logo
1
1
darktech-reviews.com logo
2
razorman.net logo
1
1
pcfoster.pl logo
1
pcper.com logo
1
pokde.net logo
1
storagereview.com logo
1
technolabs.net logo
1
techlabs.ua logo
1
mobimaniak.pl logo
1
techreaction.net logo
1
techwarelabs.com logo
1
tecnogaming.com logo
1
wavepc.pl logo
1
nikktech.com logo
1
legitreviews.com logo
1
M3.idg.se logo
1
almodi.org logo
1
Other Expert Sites
7
4
1
Total
13
13
1
5
8

How Reliable Are Western Digital External Hard Drives?

We checked over 3,200 reviews to find comments about the reliability of Western Digital external hard drives. 10 of these reviews that mention reliability of which 80% were positive. Therefore the vast majority of Western Digital external hard drive owners and reviewers thought the product was reliable.

80% of reviewers think Western Digital external hard drives are reliable.

So, most people think that Western Digital external hard drives are good quality. Now let's take a look at some of the reviews for Western Digital external hard drives that mention reliability:

RELIABLE

we feel it could've been made a bit more durable
gadgetsnow.com
Especially with a built in Plex server
Bestbuy.com
It seems well made
Bhphotovideo.com
assure purchasers they they are buying a reliable product
amazon.co.uk

NOT RELIABLE

Gone are the days of dropping or bumping a disk drive only to find that you have broken it's ridiculously delicate elements
Bestbuy.com
Had to return mine as it wasn't reliable
amazon.co.uk

What is the Best Mid-Range Western Digital External Hard Drive?

Western Digital My Passport X

£69.39
Ebuyer
Western Digital My Passport X
Buy Now
Western Digital My Passport X
2TB
5,000 Mbit/s
DATA TRANSFER
230g

A great mid range choice, priced at £69.39 is the Western Digital My Passport X, which has a Kagoo Score of 89.

Features We Love:
Very light (230g)
USB powered

The highest scoring external hard drive under £100, great for a large amount of cat pictures. Our review analysis indicates that this external hard drive has a big storage capacity, very fast read/write speed and it's really easy to setup.

95
Reviews
396 Reviews + 4 Awards
88
Features
Fully-Featured
94
Popularity
Lots of Positive Reviews
86
Value for Money
Very Good
79
Age
4 Years Old
89
Kagoo Score
Excellent

Purchasers report that Western Digital My Passport X has good expert reviews and excellent user reviews with 99% of buyers recommending this external hard drive to others. Western Digital My Passport X has received four awards including a "Recommended" award from Tecnogaming.com plus two other sites and a "Gold" award from Razorman.net.

hardwarebbq.com Recommended to Shortlist
wavepc.pl Recommended
tecnogaming.com Recommended
razorman.net Gold
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What is the Best High End Western Digital External Hard Drive?

Western Digital My Book (New) - 4TB

£140.00
Laptops Direct
Western Digital My Book (New) - 4TB
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Western Digital My Book (New) - 4TB
4TB
5,000 Mbit/s
DATA TRANSFER
1kg

If you're looking for a high end Western Digital external hard drive then the Western Digital My Book (New) - 4TB takes some beating. It has a Kagoo Score of 86, but is a bit more expensive at £140.

Features We Love:
Big hard drive capacity (4TB)
Password protection
External power adapter

A fully featured but 3 year old 1kg external hard drive, great for ALL the cat pictures.

86
Features
Fully-Featured
78
Popularity
Quite Popular
82
Value for Money
Very Good
85
Age
2 Years Old
86
Kagoo Score
Excellent
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The cheapest price that we could find for the My Book (New) - 4TB in the UK is £140.00 and in total we found 4 prices for it.

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What is the Best Budget Choice Western Digital External Hard Drive?

Western Digital My Passport

£44.88
Ebuyer
Western Digital My Passport
Buy Now
Western Digital My Passport
1TB
5,000 Mbit/s
DATA TRANSFER
170g

At only £44.88 and with a Kagoo Score of 90 the Western Digital My Passport makes a great budget choice.

Features We Love:
Fast data transfer rate (5,000 Mbit/s)
Very light (170g)
USB powered
Password protection

The highest scoring medium capacity hard drive on the market, with an Editor's Choice award from two expert review websites and a very good spec. It has a password protection and a data transfer rate of 5,000 Mbit/s and is USB powered. Purchasers report that it has a very big storage capacity, really fast read/write speed and it's very easy to use.

95
Reviews
138 Reviews + 2 Awards
86
Features
Fully-Featured
94
Popularity
Widely Available
86
Value for Money
Very Good
86
Age
2 Years Old
90
Kagoo Score
Excellent

Purchasers report that Western Digital My Passport has good expert reviews and marvellous user reviews with 97% of buyers recommending this external hard drive to others. Western Digital My Passport has received two awards including an "Editor's Choice" award from Eteknix.com plus one other site.

eteknix.com Editor's Choice
storagereview.com Editor's Choice
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In This Guide
Should You Buy a Western Digital External Hard Drive?
Is Western Digital the Best External Hard Drive Brand?
What Do the Western Digital External Hard Drive Reviews Say?
How Many Industry Awards Have Western Digital External Hard Drives Received?
How Reliable Are Western Digital External Hard Drives?
What is the Best Mid-Range Western Digital External Hard Drive?
What is the Best High End Western Digital External Hard Drive?
What is the Best Budget Choice Western Digital External Hard Drive?

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