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Should You Buy a Western Digital External Hard Drive?

Matthew
Updated 05 September 2020
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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 its .

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 4,200 user and expert reviews and 20 awards from hundreds of different review sites.

Western Digital are recognised for their wide selection of mid-range and popular external hard drives. Their external hard drives start at £39 for the Elements Portable - 500Gb which has a hard drive capacity of 500GB and a weight of 130g and go up to £775 for the My Cloud EX2 Ultra - 16Tb which has a hard drive capacity of 16TB and a weight of 2.3kg. The average price of a new Western Digital external hard drive is £138.

Western Digital are recognised for their wide selection of mid-range and popular 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%
1,416 reviews
#2
United States
90%
90%
113 reviews
#3
France
87%
87%
15 reviews
#4
85%
85%
14 reviews
#5
84%
84%
29 reviews
#6
China
83%
83%
19 reviews
#7
82%
82%
52 reviews
#8
Japan
76%
76%
0 reviews
#9
74%
74%
0 reviews
#10
72%
72%
7 reviews
#11
ioSafe
71%
71%
10 reviews
#12
DataLocker
71%
71%
2 reviews
#13
Transcend
70%
70%
0 reviews
#14
Verbatim
68%
68%
0 reviews
#15
67%
67%
0 reviews
#16
Apricorn
66%
66%
1 review
#17
OWC
64%
64%
0 reviews
#18
Glyph
64%
64%
0 reviews
#19
I-O Data
63%
63%
0 reviews
#20
Apacer
61%
61%
0 reviews
#21
Maxtor
61%
61%
0 reviews
#22
61%
61%
0 reviews
#23
ADATA
57%
57%
0 reviews
#24
Elecom
57%
57%
0 reviews
#25
Digittrade
57%
57%
0 reviews
#26
Sony
Japan
57%
57%
0 reviews
#27
Lenovo
China
57%
57%
0 reviews
#28
MediaRange
54%
54%
0 reviews
#29
Samsung
South Korea
54%
54%
0 reviews
#30
Kanguru
53%
53%
0 reviews
#31
Hamlet
53%
53%
0 reviews
#32
TechniSat
52%
52%
0 reviews
#33
Integral
51%
51%
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 70 Western Digital external hard drives currently on the market in the UK. At an average purchase price of £138, Western Digital external hard drives also tend to be cheaper than most other external hard drive brands which makes them a popular choice with consumers.

The average review score for a Western Digital external hard drive is 90%.

Western Digital have better reviews than the typical external hard drive brand, with the average rating of a Western Digital external hard drive being 90%.

No. Of External Hard Drives
Average Price
£144
£0 £50 £100 £150 £200 £250 £300 £350 £400 £450 £749
Price Distribution of All External Hard Drives
No. Of External Hard Drives
Average Price
£138
£0 £50 £100 £150 £200 £250 £300 £350 £400 £450 £749
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
9
4 stars
11
3 stars
3
2 stars
0
1 star
0
Western Digital logo

User Reviews

5 stars
969
4 stars
260
3 stars
64
2 stars
19
1 star
51
Western Digital has a higher proportion of 4 and 5 star expert and user reviews for its external hard drives than most other brands.

Over 87% of expert reviews and 90% of user reviews for Western Digital external hard drives are 4 stars or higher. This compares to 83% and 89% respectively across all External Hard Drive brands.

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 Western Digital LaCie A-DATA Seagate Silicon Power
PC Mag logo
90%
1 review
60%
1 review
80%
2 reviews
80%
1 review
CNET.com logo
71%
4 reviews
computershopper.com logo
70%
2 reviews
60%
1 review
pcauthority.com.au logo
80%
1 review
80%
1 review
80%
1 review
01net.com logo
80%
1 review
80%
1 review
tweaktown.com logo
90%
1 review
84%
1 review
aphnetworks.com logo
70%
1 review
72%
1 review
Techradar logo
65%
2 reviews
razorman.net logo
95%
1 review
98%
1 review
pcpowerplay.com.au logo
90%
1 review
M3.idg.se logo
80%
1 review
maclife.com logo
70%
1 review
mobimaniak.pl logo
90%
1 review
mymac.com logo
90%
1 review
netzwelt.de logo
90%
1 review
PC Welt.de logo
74%
1 review
realhardwarereviews.com logo
78%
1 review
pctidningen.se logo
37%
1 review
pcworld.co.nz logo
80%
1 review
kotimikro.fi logo
37%
1 review
Other Expert Sites
71%
12 reviews
70%
2 reviews
26%
3 reviews
58%
6 reviews
32%
3 reviews
Average
82%
23 reviews
70%
11 reviews
55%
10 reviews
78%
10 reviews
75%
8 reviews

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

After checking thousands of expert review websites we found 8 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 received by 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 Western Digital LaCie A-DATA Seagate Silicon Power
01net.com logo
1
1
darktech-reviews.com logo
2
eteknix.com logo
1
1
tweaktown.com logo
1
1
razorman.net logo
1
1
allround-pc.com logo
1
1
PC Mag logo
1
wavepc.pl logo
1
technolabs.net logo
1
techlabs.ua logo
1
pcfoster.pl logo
1
mobimaniak.pl logo
1
nikktech.com logo
1
M3.idg.se logo
1
hothardware.com logo
1
HEXUS.net logo
1
hardwaresecrets.com logo
1
gadgetgear.nl logo
1
almodi.org logo
1
Total
8
1
5
3
8

How Reliable Are Western Digital External Hard Drives?

We checked over 4,200 reviews to find comments about the reliability of Western Digital external hard drives. over 60 of these reviews mention reliability of which 95% were positive. Therefore the vast majority of Western Digital external hard drive owners and reviewers thought the product was reliable.

95% 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

This is a fantastic reliable backup storage
Bestbuy.com
This seems like a bug in the software that needs to be fixed before the SD import feature can be considered reliable
Bhphotovideo.com

NOT RELIABLE

I could never reliably backup large iPhone videos to this drive over wifi
Bestbuy.com
We spent hours trying to get the device to automatically backup a SD card to no reliable avail
Bhphotovideo.com

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

Western Digital P10 Game Drive - 4Tb

£104.99
Currys
Western Digital P10 Game Drive - 4Tb
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4TB
5,000 Mbit/s
DATA TRANSFER
330g

A great mid range choice, priced at £104.99 is the Western Digital P10 Game Drive - 4Tb, which has a Kagoo Score of 88.

Features We Love:
Big hard drive capacity (4TB)
USB powered
Password protection

A recently released and fully featured 330g external hard drive, with a reasonable price. It has a password protection and a hard drive capacity of 4TB and is USB powered.

88
Features
Fully-Featured
83
Popularity
Widely Available
83
Value for Money
Very Good
91
Age
14 Months Old
88
Kagoo Score
Excellent

The cheapest price that we could find for the P10 Game Drive - 4Tb in the UK is £104.99 and in total we found 6 prices for it.

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What is the Best High End Western Digital External Hard Drive?

Western Digital D10 - 8Tb

£169.99
Currys
Western Digital D10 - 8Tb
Buy Now
Western Digital D10 - 8Tb
8TB
7,200 RPM
HARD DRIVE
ROTATIONAL
980g

If you're looking for a high end Western Digital external hard drive then the Western Digital D10 - 8Tb takes some beating. It has a Kagoo Score of 86, but is a bit more expensive at £169.99.

Features We Love:
Big hard drive capacity (8TB)
Fast hard drive speed (7,200 RPM)
Password protection

A new and fully featured 980g external hard drive, with a reasonable price and hard drive capacity.

87
Features
Fully-Featured
82
Popularity
Widely Available
76
Value for Money
Very Good
91
Age
14 Months Old
86
Kagoo Score
Excellent

The cheapest price that we could find for the D10 - 8Tb in the UK is £169.99 and in total we found 8 prices for it.

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

Western Digital My Passport - 4Tb

£89.99
Currys
Western Digital My Passport - 4Tb
Buy Now
Western Digital My Passport - 4Tb
4TB
5,000 Mbit/s
DATA TRANSFER
250g
60MB/s
WRITE SPEED
60MB/s
READ SPEED

At only £89.99 and with a Kagoo Score of 90 the Western Digital My Passport - 4Tb makes a great budget choice.

Features We Love:
Big hard drive capacity (4TB)
USB powered
Password protection

The highest scoring high capacity hard drive on the market, with a reasonable price. It has a password protection and a hard drive capacity of 4TB and is USB powered.

89
Features
Fully-Featured
89
Popularity
Widely Available
84
Value for Money
Very Good
92
Age
14 Months Old
90
Kagoo Score
Excellent

The cheapest price that we could find for the My Passport - 4Tb in the UK is £89.99 and in total we found 13 prices for it.

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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?