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Should You Buy a Western Digital External Hard Drive?

Matthew
Updated 06 February 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 3,300 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 £34 for the WD Elements Portable - 500Gb which has a hard drive capacity of 500GB and a weight of 130g and go up to £504 for the My Book Duo - 20Tb which has a hard drive capacity of 20TB and a weight of 2.3kg. The average price of a new Western Digital external hard drive is £102.

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%
743 reviews
#2
United States
94%
94%
192 reviews
#3
France
94%
94%
15 reviews
#4
93%
93%
15 reviews
#5
91%
91%
29 reviews
#6
China
90%
90%
19 reviews
#7
82%
82%
52 reviews
#8
Japan
81%
81%
0 reviews
#9
80%
80%
0 reviews
#10
WD
78%
78%
792 reviews
#11
77%
77%
7 reviews
#12
ioSafe
74%
74%
10 reviews
#13
Verbatim
73%
73%
0 reviews
#14
Transcend
72%
72%
0 reviews
#15
Maxtor
71%
71%
0 reviews
#16
70%
70%
0 reviews
#17
OWC
61%
61%
0 reviews
#18
DataLocker
61%
61%
2 reviews
#19
Samsung
South Korea
61%
61%
0 reviews
#20
Digittrade
60%
60%
0 reviews
#21
Sony
Japan
60%
60%
0 reviews
#22
Glyph
58%
58%
0 reviews
#23
Apricorn
57%
57%
1 review
#24
ADATA
54%
54%
0 reviews
#25
Integral
53%
53%
0 reviews
#26
2-Power
53%
53%
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 86%.

The average review score for a Western Digital external hard drive is 86%.

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
£134
£0 £50 £100 £150 £200 £250 £300 £350 £400 £450 £899
Price Distribution of All External Hard Drives
No. Of External Hard Drives
Average Price
£102
£0 £50 £100 £150 £200 £250 £300 £350 £400 £450 £899
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
6
4 stars
18
3 stars
2
2 stars
0
1 star
0
Western Digital logo

User Reviews

5 stars
473
4 stars
124
3 stars
23
2 stars
14
1 star
37
Western Digital has a higher proportion of 4 and 5 star expert reviews for its external hard drives than most other brands. However the proportion of 4 and 5 star user reviews are actually lower.

Over 92% of expert reviews and 89% of user reviews for Western Digital external hard drives are 4 stars or higher. This compares to 81% 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 Seagate Western Digital LaCie A-DATA Silicon Power
Techradar logo
50%
2 reviews
80%
2 reviews
65%
2 reviews
CNET.com logo
71%
2 reviews
71%
4 reviews
PC Mag logo
70%
1 review
60%
1 review
80%
2 reviews
01net.com logo
100%
1 review
80%
1 review
80%
1 review
hardwarezone.com.my logo
85%
1 review
80%
2 reviews
pcauthority.com.au logo
80%
1 review
80%
1 review
tbreak.ae logo
70%
1 review
70%
1 review
techadvisor.co.uk logo
70%
1 review
70%
1 review
computershopper.com logo
69%
1 review
60%
1 review
pcworld.com_techhive.com logo
60%
1 review
80%
1 review
Good Gear Guide.com.au logo
65%
1 review
100%
1 review
blogotech.eu logo
80%
1 review
80%
1 review
tweaktown.com logo
84%
1 review
84%
1 review
maclife.com logo
70%
1 review
70%
1 review
aphnetworks.com logo
70%
1 review
72%
1 review
M3.idg.se logo
70%
1 review
80%
1 review
nasilemaktech.com logo
84%
1 review
mobimaniak.pl logo
90%
1 review
mobilegeeks.de logo
85%
1 review
macworld.fr logo
70%
1 review
Other Expert Sites
59%
31 reviews
47%
13 reviews
21%
4 reviews
48%
6 reviews
Average
71%
47 reviews
80%
26 reviews
70%
11 reviews
66%
10 reviews
67%
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 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 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
legitreviews.com logo
1
1
mobimaniak.pl logo
1
nikktech.com logo
1
pcfoster.pl logo
1
pokde.net logo
1
razorman.net logo
1
techlabs.ua logo
1
storagereview.com logo
1
technolabs.net logo
1
techreaction.net logo
1
techwarelabs.com logo
1
wavepc.pl logo
1
M3.idg.se logo
1
HEXUS.net logo
1
hw-journal.de logo
1
allround-pc.com 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 3,300 reviews to find comments about the reliability of Western Digital external hard drives. 10 of these reviews mention reliability of which 73% were positive. Therefore the majority of Western Digital external hard drive owners and reviewers thought the product was reliable.

73% 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
very dependable
Bestbuy.com
assure purchasers they they are buying a reliable product
amazon.co.uk
It seems well made
Bhphotovideo.com

NOT RELIABLE

Haven't had it that long so I'm not sure about reliability
Bestbuy.com
Had to return mine as it wasn't reliable
amazon.co.uk
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 WD Elements Portable - 4Tb

£87.36
Ebuyer
Western Digital WD Elements Portable - 4Tb
Buy Now
Western Digital WD Elements Portable - 4Tb
4TB
5,000 Mbit/s
DATA TRANSFER
230g

A great mid range choice, priced at £87.36 is the Western Digital WD Elements Portable - 4Tb, which has a Kagoo Score of 90.

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

The highest scoring high capacity hard drive available, with a fair price. It is USB powered and has a hard drive capacity of 4TB.

91
Features
Fully-Featured
92
Popularity
Amazon Bestseller
85
Value for Money
Very Good
86
Age
2 Years Old
90
Kagoo Score
Excellent
Western Digital WD 4TB Elements Portable External Hard Drive Unboxing
Western Digital WD 4TB Elements Portable External Hard Drive Unboxing

The cheapest price that we could find for the WD Elements Portable - 4Tb in the UK is £87.36 and in total we found 4 prices for it.

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

Western Digital My Book - 6Tb

£219.59
Ebuyer
Western Digital My Book - 6Tb
Buy Now
Western Digital My Book - 6Tb
6TB
5,000 Mbit/s
DATA TRANSFER
5,400 RPM
HARD DRIVE
ROTATIONAL
1.1kg

If you're looking for a high end Western Digital external hard drive then the Western Digital My Book - 6Tb takes some beating. It has a Kagoo Score of 82, but is a bit more expensive at £219.59.

Features We Love:
Big hard drive capacity (6TB)
Fast data transfer rate (5,000 Mbit/s)
Password protection
External power adapter
AC adapter included

A fully featured but 3 year old 1.1kg external hard drive, with a fair price.

89
Features
Fully-Featured
74
Popularity
Quite Popular
70
Value for Money
Good
79
Age
3 Years Old
82
Kagoo Score
Excellent

The cheapest price that we could find for the My Book - 6Tb in the UK is £219.59 but in total we found only 2 prices for it.

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

Western Digital My Passport

£40.99
Amazon UK
Western Digital My Passport
Buy Now
Western Digital My Passport
1TB
5,000 Mbit/s
DATA TRANSFER
170g

At only £40.99 and with a Kagoo Score of 89 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

Great for a large amount of cat pictures, this is The top rated external hard drive under £50. 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 really fast read/write speed, it's very easy to use and an excellent size.

95
Reviews
75 Reviews + 2 Awards
85
Features
Fully-Featured
96
Popularity
Amazon Bestseller
85
Value for Money
Very Good
84
Age
3 Years Old
89
Kagoo Score
Excellent

Purchasers report that Western Digital My Passport has very good expert reviews and terrific user reviews with 98% 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
Western Digital (WD) My Passport Wireless Review
Western Digital (WD) My Passport Wireless Review
Western Digital (WD) My Passport Ultra Review
Western Digital (WD) My Passport Ultra Review
Western Digital My Passport Hard Drive Review
Western Digital My Passport Hard Drive Review
Western Digital My Passport Ultra unboxing!
Western Digital My Passport Ultra unboxing!
Western Digital My Passport Ultra 500GB USB 3.0 [Unboxing]
Western Digital My Passport Ultra 500GB USB 3.0 [Unboxing]
Western Digital My Passport for Mac Review
Western Digital My Passport for Mac Review
4TB Western Digital My Passport Pro Unboxing
4TB Western Digital My Passport Pro Unboxing
Western Digital My Passport Ultra (2015) Unboxing
Western Digital My Passport Ultra (2015) Unboxing
Red Western Digital My Passport 1 TB Unboxing {Full 1080p HD}
Red Western Digital My Passport 1 TB Unboxing {Full 1080p HD}
Western Digital My Passport SSD Review and Teardown
Western Digital My Passport SSD Review and Teardown
Western Digital My Passport for Mac Unboxing
Western Digital My Passport for Mac Unboxing
Product Unboxing: Western Digital MY PASSPORT external portable hard drive red 4tb USB 3.0 2017
Product Unboxing: Western Digital MY PASSPORT external portable hard drive red 4tb USB 3.0 2017
Western Digital My Passport Unboxing
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The cheapest price that we could find for the My Passport in the UK is £40.99 and in total we found 9 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?

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