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External Hard Drives

Maintaining a duplicate copy of important files is imperative should your computer ever suffer from major issues. An external hard drive is a convenient and safe device that backs up data to a separate location. They are typically high-capacity, self-contained devices that make restoring your computer quick and easy.

Reasons to Use an External Hard Drive
An external hard drive expands the storage of a computer by giving users extra room to keep pictures and documents in a separate location. You can also clean up your computer by removing existing programs and files you no longer need but want to keep. Some hard drives store files for mobile devices or other smaller media. An external hard drive is also used to share large quantities of files including pictures and videos with family and friends.

It's best to keep copies of files and backups stored in a separate location. When downloading and loading files, viruses and malware can attack the hard drive and compromise the information. A hard drive used for backup should only be plugged into a computer during the backup or restore process. It should never be left on or connected to the computer to avoid exposure to existing viruses.

Understanding Your Options When Choosing an External Storage Device
The main difference between types of hard drives is the amount of storage space. External drives usually have a storage capacity ranging from 2GB to 12TB. Most standard desktops and laptops are equipped with up to a full TB of storage, so a backup drive should be large enough to maintain the information contained on the standard drive. Before purchasing an external hard drive, make sure it is compatible with the type of computer you have. Some drives work with either a MAC or a PC, although select models can operate with both MACs and PCs with the proper formatting.

Choose a model with fast transfer speeds if you need to read or write large amounts of data rapidly. To ensure the drive you choose is future-proofed and achieves the fasts speeds, opt for one with a USB 3.0 connection.

Can Two Computers Share the Same External Drive?
A single hard drive can store information from multiple computers. The exact number of devices depends on the hard drive and connection method. Some standard wired drives can accommodate one to four computers simultaneously while wireless models can often connect to ten computers or mobile devices simultaneously. If you want to use an external drive as a backup for multiple computers, you need to create partitions on the drive for each device.

What Is the Difference Between a Solid State Drive (SSD) and a Hard Disk Drive (HDD)?
A solid state drive is similar to a flash drive in that it contains no moving parts and files are stored in microchips. A hard disk drive has a moving arm with read and write heads that locate and distribute information stored on platters. The platters can rotate at speeds of up to 10,000 RPMs.

Is It Possible to Lock an External Hard Drive With a Password?
Some of the best external hard drives come with built-in personal drive locker software that prevents unauthorized access. For drives without the benefit of USB protection, a third-party software can be installed as a solution.
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WD® My Passport 4TB Portable External Hard Drive, Yellow (WDBYFT0040BYL-WESN)
Item : IM14V0466 / Model : WDBYFT0040BYL-WESN
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  • Portable external hard drive is perfect for smartphone
  • Dimensions: 0.85"H x 4.3"W x 3.2"D
  • Comes in yellow color
$141.79
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Seagate Expansion Desktop External Hard Drive
Item : SS3910158
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  • Please select item to view product details
  • Ready to use out of the box
  • Expansion desktop drive transfers data quickly with USB 3.0
As low as $99.99
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WD® My Passport Ultra Metal 1TB USB 3.0/2.0 Hard Drive, Silver
Item : IM1XC0396 / Model : WDBTYH0010BSL-NESN
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  • 1 TB hard drive storage capacity offers ample space for your photos, music, movies, games and more
  • USB 3.0/USB 2.0 interface enables simple connectivity
  • USB 3.0 offers up to 5 Gb/s data transfer rate, USB 2.0 offers up to 480 Mbps data transfer rate for speedy data transfer
$89.99
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LaCie Rugged RAID STFA4000400 4TB USB 3.0/Thunderbolt Portable External Hard Drive, Gray/Orange
Item : IM16D8774 / Model : STFA4000400
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  • Gray/orange 4TB portable external hard drive offers a game-changing blend of PC/MAC compatibility, capacity, speed, mobility and reliability
  • Interface/transfer rate: Thunderbolt (10 Gb/s), USB 3.0 (5 Gb/s), 240 Mbps maximum data transfer rate
  • Dimensions: 3.6"H x 1.3"W x 5.8"D
$379.00
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Seagate STDC500100 Wireless Hard Drive, 500GB
Item : 1590221 / Model : STDC500100
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  • Large wireless storage for smartphones, tablets, and computers
  • Stream content anywhere you go
  • Access media without an Internet connection
$99.99
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Rugged Mini 2TB Mobile Drive
Item : 2548624 / Model : LAC9000298
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  • Shock-, rain-, and pressure-resistant
  • Secure password protection
  • USB 3.0: up to 4x faster than USB 2.0
$139.99
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WD® My Passport WDBYNN0010BOR 1TB USB 3.0 Portable External Hard Drive, Orange
Item : IM14V0483 / Model : WDBYNN0010BOR-WESN
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  • Orange 1TB portable external hard drive is compatible with PC, Mac
  • Interfaces/ports: USB 3.0, Data transfer speed: 5 Gb/s
  • Dimensions: 0.6"H x 3.2"W x 4.3"D
$72.79
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WD® My Book WDBBGB0030HBK-NESN 3TB USB 3.0 External Hard Drive, Black/Gray
Item : IM14V0560 / Model : WDBBGB0030HBK-NESN
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  • Black/Gray 3TB external hard drive is compatible with PC, Mac and is perfect for transferring files while saving your memories and backing up
  • Interface/ports: USB 3.0
  • Dimensions: 6.7"H x 1.9"W x 5.5"D
$118.39
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Seagate Expansion STEA3000400 3TB Black Portable Hard Drive
Item : 2095131 / Model : STEA3000400
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  • 3TB black external hard drive is Windows-ready for out-of-the-box use
  • USB 2.0 and 3.0 for versatility and fast transfers
  • Dimensions: 0.43 inches x 3.27 inches x 4.41 inches
$129.99
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Buslink® Disk-On-The-Go DL-500-U3 500GB USB 3.0 Slim Portable External Hard Drive, Black
Item : IM1CK1431 / Model : DL-500-U3
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  • Black 500GB slim portable external hard drive is compatible with PC, Mac
  • Interface/Ports: USB 3.0, Data transfer rate: 5 Gb/s
  • Dimensions: 0.8"H x 3.15"W x 6"D
$56.19
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WD® My Passport WDBYFT0030BBK 3TB USB 3.0 Portable External Hard Drive, Black
Item : IM14V0467 / Model : WDBYFT0030BBK-WESN
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  • Black 3TB portable external hard drive is compatible with PC, Mac
  • Interfaces/ports: USB 3.0, Data transfer speed: 5 Gb/s
  • Dimensions: 0.8"H x 3.2"W x 4.3"D
$130.39
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LaCie STFR1000400 1TB USB 3.0 External Hard Drive, Orange
Item : IM17J9823 / Model : STFR1000400
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  • Orange 1TB external hard drive is compatible with Windows and Mac
  • Interface/ports: USB 3.0, data transfer rate: 130 MBps
  • Dimensions: 0.73"H x 3.38"W x 5.31"D
$129.99
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WD® My Passport WDBFKF0010BBK-WESN 1TB USB 3.0 External Hard Drive, Black
Item : IM14V0488 / Model : WDBFKF0010BBK-WESN
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  • Black 1TB external hard drive to store massive amounts of photos, videos and music
  • Interface/ports: USB 3.0
  • Dimensions: 0.85"H x 4.33"W x 3.21"D
$72.79
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Transcend StoreJet 25M3 1TB Portable USB 3.0/2.0 External Hard Drive, Black (TS1TSJ25M3)
Item : 72106 / Model : TS1TSJ25M3
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  • 1 TB of storage for large files and media
  • SuperSpeed USB 3.0 compliant and backwards compatible with USB 2.0 connection
  • Transfer speed of up to 5 GB per second
$73.39
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Western Digital Purple WD40PURX 4TB SATA Surveillance Internal Hard Drive
Item : IM1TY1652 / Model : WD40PURX
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  • 4TB Internal surveillance hard drive is suitable with MAC, PC and is ideal for home/SOHO/SMB
  • Interface/ports: SATA, Data transfer rate: 6 Gb/s (external), 150 Mbps (internal)
  • Dimensions: 1"H x 4"W x 5.8"D
$169.99
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LaCie Rugged ™ Triple 1TB USB 3.0 Hard Drive
Item : IM11R5175 / Model : LAC301984
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  • Orange/silver 1TB portable external hard drive is suitable for PC and MAC
  • Interface: one USB 3.0 (USB 2.0 compatible) two FireWire 800 (9-pin) (FireWire 400 compatible), Transfer rate: 5 Gb/s USB 3.0, 800 Mbps FireWire 800
  • Dimensions: 1"H x 3.5"W x 5.7"D
$129.99
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LaCie Rugged Mini 500GB 5 Gbps USB 3.0 External Hard Drive, Orange (LAC301556)
Item : IM11R5170 / Model : LAC301556
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  • 500GB external hard drive
  • Comes in orange color with rugged/iconic design
  • USB interface: USB 3.0
$80.89
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Apricorn Aegis Padlock DT FIPS 2TB USB 3.0 Hard Drive, Black
Item : IM1XQ6903 / Model : A25-3PL256-2000
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  • 2 TB hard drive storage capacity provides expansive file storage
  • USB 3.0 interface for uncompromising security and performance
  • USB 3.0 offers up to 5 Gb/s data transfer rate for speedy data transfer
$272.59
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WD® My Passport WDBP6A0020BBK-WESN 2TB USB 3.0 External Hard Drive, Black
Item : IM14V0487 / Model : WDBP6A0020BBK-WESN
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  • Black 2TB external hard drive to store massive amounts of photos, videos and music
  • Interface/ports: USB 3.0
  • Dimensions: 0.85"H x 4.33"W x 3.21"D
$107.19
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StarTech 2.5IN Serial ATA/150/300/600 USB 3.0 Drive Enclosure, Black
Item : IM1RZ0421 / Model : S2510BMU33
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  • Serial ATA/150/300/600/USB 3.0 interface offers flexible connectivity
  • Compatible with max drive height: 0.4 in, Windows® 8/8.1, 7, Server 2008, Vista OS
  • Comes in black color for new look
$26.69
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WD® My Book WDBBGB0080HBK-NESN 8TB USB 3.0 External Hard Drive, Black
Item : IM14V0557 / Model : WDBBGB0080HBK-NESN
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  • Black 8TB external hard drive to store massive amounts of photos, videos, music and documents
  • Interface/ports: USB 3.0
  • Dimensions: 6.7"H x 1.9"W x 5.5"D
$268.29
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WD® My Passport 4TB Portable External Hard Drive, Blue (WDBYFT0040BBL-WESN)
Item : IM14V0462 / Model : WDBYFT0040BBL-WESN
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  • Portable external hard drive is perfect for smartphone
  • Dimensions: 0.85"H x 4.3"W x 3.2"D
  • Comes in blue color
$141.79
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LaCie Porsche Design 1TB USB 3.0 Hard Drive
Item : IM11R5157 / Model : LAC302000
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  • Silver 1TB portable external hard drive is suitable for PC and MAC
  • Interface: USB 3.0 (USB 2.0 compatible), Transfer rate: 5 Gb/s USB 3.0, 480 Mbps USB 2.0
  • Dimensions: 0.7"H x 3"W x 5.1"D
$69.99
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Western Digital My WD Element 4TB USB 3.0 Desktop Portable External Hard Drive, Black (WDBWLG0040HBK-NESN)
Item : IM1XC1516 / Model : WDBWLG0040HBK-NESN
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  • 4TB USB external hard drive offers reliable data storage
  • Black drive with a durable enclosure designed for style and protection
  • USB 3.0 interface for connectivity
$162.89
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