Top 10 Best External Hard Drives

Compare the specifications of our top 10 best external hard drives in our comparison table below.

For numbers 6-10, scroll across at the bottom of the table.

 

WD
My Passport Ultra

Toshiba
Canvio

Seagate
STBX Series

Silicon Power
A30 Military

WD
My Passport MAC

Seagate
STDR Series

Seagate
STBV Series

WD
Elements

Transcend
Military

WD
My Book
 
WD Passport UltraToshiba CanvioSeagate STBX SeriesSilicon Power A30WD My Passport MACSeagate STDR SeriesSeagate STBV SeriesWD ElementsTranscend MilitaryWD My Book










Avg. Usr Rating
4.5 Stars
4.3 Stars
4.4 Stars
4.7 Stars
4.5 Stars
4.4 Stars
4.1 Stars
4.6 Stars
4.3 Stars
4.2 Stars
Avg. Usr Rating
Operating System
  • Windows 8/7/Vista/XP
  • Mac OS X (requires reformatting)
  • Windows 8/7/Vista/XP
  • Mac OS X (requires reformatting)
  • Windows 8/7/Vista/XP
  • Mac OS X (requires reformatting)
  • Windows 8/7/Vista/XP
  • Mac OS X (requires reformatting)
  • Formatted HFS+ Journaled for Mac OS X
  • Windows 8/7/Vista/XP (requires reformatting)
  • Windows 8/7/Vista/XP
  • Mac OS X 10.6 or higher
  • Windows 8/7/Vista/XP
  • Mac OS X (requires reformatting)
  • Windows 8/7/Vista/XP
  • Mac OS X 10.6.5 (requires reformatting)
  • Windows 8/7/Vista/XP
  • Mac OS 10.5 or later
  • Linux Kernel 2.6.31 or later
  • Windows 8/7/Vista/XP
  • Mac OS X 10.6.5 (requires reformatting)
  • Operating System
    Available ColorsBlack / Blue / Red / TitaniumBlackBlackOrange on Black / WhiteBlack on SilverBlack / Silver / Red / BlueBlackBlackGreen on BlackBlackAvailable Colors
    Available Sizes500GB / 1TB / 2TB320GB / 500GB / 750GB / 1TB / 1.5TB / 2TB500GB / 750GB / 1TB / 2TB500GB / 1TB / 2TB500GB / 1TB / 2TB500GB / 1TB / 2TB / 4TB1TB / 2TB / 3TB / 4TB / 5TB500GB / 1TB / 1.5TB / 2TB500GB / 750GB / 1TB / 2TB2TB / 3TB / 4TB / 6TBAvailable Sizes
    ConnectivityUSB 2.0 / 3.0USB 2.0 / 3.0USB 2.0 / 3.0USB 2.0 / 3.0USB 2.0 / 3.0USB 2.0 / 3.0USB 2.0 / 3.0USB 2.0 / 3.0USB 2.0 / 3.0USB 2.0 / 3.0Connectivity
    Disk SpeedN/A5400 RPM5400 RPMN/A5200 RPM5400 RPM5900 RPM5400 RPM5400 RPM7200 RPMDisk Speed
    Transfer Rate5.0 GB/S480 MB/SN/A5.0 GB/SN/AN/A5.0 GB/SN/A5.0 GB/S5.0 GB/STransfer Rate
    Features
  • WD Security utility allows you to set password protection and hardware encryption
  • Register your drive, set drive timer, run diagnostics and more using WD Drive Utilities.
  • Shock tolerance & durable enclosure protects the drive inside
  • Built-in internal shock sensor and ramp-loading technology for extra protection
  • Built-in power management automatically ensures energy-efficient operation
  • Cable wrap-around design
  • Military-grade shockproof protection
  • Scratch resistant cover
  • 7 major back-up and security functions
  • WD Security utility allows you to set password protection and hardware encryption
  • Compatible with Apple® Time Machine®
  • Formatted HFS + journaled so it works with your Mac computer right out of the box
  • WD Drive Utilities
  • Seagate Mobile Backup App allows back up of photos or videos directly from your iOS and Android devices via your home's Wi-Fi or through cloud services
  • 2 automatic backup options - scheduled or continuous
  • Compatible with Apple Time Machine
  • Built-in power management automatically ensures energy-efficient operation
  • Compatible with Apple Time Machine
  • WD SmartWare Pro backup software trial
  • Military-grade shock resistance
  • Advanced 3-stage shock protection system
  • Durable anti-shock rubber outer case
  • LED power / data transfer activity indicator
  • Advanced internal hard drive suspension system
  • Quick Reconnect Button
  • One Touch Auto-Backup button
  • Use WD Security to set password protection and hardware encryption
  • Acronis® True Image WD Edition integrated software suite that ensures security of all information on your PC
  • WD SmartWare Pro automatic backup software protects your data using minimal PC resources
  • Local and cloud backup
  • Features
    Contents
  • WD My Passport Ultra
  • USB Cable
  • WD Smartware Pro Software
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Toshiba Canvio
  • USB Cable
  • Pre-loaded backup software
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Seagate STBX
  • USB Cable
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Silicon Power A30
  • USB Cable
  • SP Widget free download software
  • Quick Start Guide
  • WD My Passport MAC
  • USB Cable
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Seagate STDR
  • USB Cable
  • Seagate Mobile Apps
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Seagate STDR
  • USB Cable
  • Power Adapter
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Seagate STDR
  • USB Cable
  • Cloud Backup Software
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Transcend Military
  • USB Cable
  • Transcend Elite data management software
  • Quick Start Guide
  • WD My Book
  • WD SmartWare Pro Software
  • USB Cable
  • AC Adapter
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Contents
    Product Dimensions
  • 500GB: 4.33" x 3.2" x 0.5"
  • 1TB: 4.35" x 3.2" x 0.6"
  • 2TB: 4.35" x 3.2" x 0.82"
  • 4.7" x 3.1" x 0.65" 4.8" x 3.2" x 0.6"5.3" x 3.4" x 0.7"
  • 500GB / 1GB: 4.35" x 3.23" x 0.59"
  • 2TB: 4.35" x 3.23" x 0.82"
  • 500GB / 1TB: 4.5" x 3" x 0.4"
  • 2TB: 4.5" x 3" x 0.5"
  • 4TB: 4.6" x 3.25" x 0.88"
  • 7.1" x 4.6" x 1.5"
  • 500GB / 1GB: 4.37" x 3.22" x 0.59"
  • 1.5TB / 2TB: 4.37" x 3.24" x 0.82"
  • 5.1" x 3.24" x 0.80"6.71" x 5.48" x 1.93"Product Dimensions
    Warranty3 years1 year1 year3 years3 years2 years2 years1 year3 years2 yearsWarranty
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    Average User Rating – This is based on our own research in product testing and user feedback. Clicking on each product takes you to Amazon’s product page where you can read customer reviews on the product you’re interested in.

    Best Value / Top Rated / Top Specs / Best Choice – Products that we consider to excel in a certain area such as value for money, reputation or technology have been given one of our aforementioned labels of recognition.

    Operating System – Most models will work with both Windows and MAC systems, though it may require formatting for one or the other.

    Features – Many of the special features that an external hard drive has, will relate to security and back-up capabilities.

    Price – If you want to know the price of any of the models, just click on the Buy Now button or Check Price and you’ll be redirected to the product page on Amazon.com. The reason we don’t put prices is because they constantly change and there are so many sellers offering different prices.