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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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Kanguru QSH2 1TB QS Mobile USB 3.0 External Hard Drive
Item : IM1YV7276 / Model : QSH2-1T
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  • 1TB external hard drive is suitable for use with PC & mac
  • USB 3.0 interface offers up to 100 Mbps read & 90 Mbps write transfer rate, USB 2.0 interface offers up to 30 Mbps read & 25 Mbps write transfer rate
  • Dimensions: 1/2"H x 3"W x 5"D
$130.39
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LaCie Porsche Design USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive, 4TB (STEW4000400)
Item : IM13A5705 / Model : STEW4000400
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  • Desktop external hard drive offers backing up your songs, photos and files from your computer and laptop
  • Dimensions: 1.5"H x 4.7"W x 7.5"D
  • Comes in black/silver color with solid aluminum casing construction
$149.99
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IBM® 40K1043 73GB SAS 3 Gbps Hot-Swap Internal Hard Drive, Black/Silver
Item : IM13T4505 / Model : 40K1043
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  • Black/silver 73GB internal hard drive is compatible with IBM eServer xSeries 206m server
  • Interface/ports: SAS 3 Gb/s
  • Spindle speed: 15000 RPM
$27.99
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lenovo™ ThinkServer 4XB0F28677 1TB SATA 6 Gbps Internal Hard Drive, Black/Silver
Item : IM1YE1330 / Model : 4XB0F28677
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  • Black/silver 1TB internal hard drive is compatible with R-series proprietary 3.5" hard drive and tray R-series proprietary 2.5" hard/solid-state drive
  • Interface/ports: SATA 6 Gb/s, Data transfer rate: 6144 MBps (external)
  • Dimensions: 0.79"H x 2.95"W x 5.12"D
$363.49
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LaCie 2BIG STEY6000100 6TB Thunderbolt 2/USB 3.0 External Hard Drive
Item : IM13A5708 / Model : STEY6000100
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  • 6TB external hard drive is compatible with Mac OS X, Windows
  • Interface/ports: 2 x Thunderbolt 2, USB 3.0, transfer rate: 20 Gbps (Thunderbolt 2), 5 Gbps (USB 3.0)
  • Dimensions: 5.1"H x 4.3"W x 8.5"D
$499.00
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Buslink USB 3.0/eSATA External Hard Drive, 1TB (U3-1000S)
Item : IM1PV4341 / Model : U3-1000S
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  • External hard drive
  • Dimensions: 1"H x 5.37"W x 8.25"D
  • Metal alloy case construction
$80.49
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Seagate BarraCuda ST3000DM008 3TB SATA 6 Gbps Internal Hard Drive, Silver
Item : IM14R2230 / Model : ST3000DM008
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  • Silver 3TB internal hard drive is compatible with desktop or all-in-one PCs, home servers, entry-level direct-attached storage devices (DAS)
  • Interface/ports: SATA 6 Gbps, transfer rate: 156 Mbps (read/write), sustained transfer rate: 210 Mbps
  • Dimensions: 1.02"H x 4"W x 5.78"D
$111.29
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DataLocker IronKey Basic H300 External Hard Drive, 2TB, USB 3.0, Portable, Black
Item : IM11V4733 / Model : MXKB1B002T5001-B
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  • Portable, black, 2TB capacity
  • USB 3.0 connectivity
  • Sold invidually
$293.99
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LaCie d2 LAC9000443 4TB USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive
Item : IM11R5192 / Model : LAC9000443
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  • 4TB External hard drive is compatible with PC and Mac
  • Interfaces: one USB 3.0 (5 Gb/s), 180 Mbps maximum read transfer rate
  • Dimensions: 2.4"H x 5.1"W x 7.5"D
$219.99
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Fantom Drives™ G-Force3 Robusk Mini 1TB USB 3.0 Portable External Hard Drive, Black (FRM1000)
Item : IM1ZM6213 / Model : FRM1000
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  • Brushed black 1TB portable external hard drive is suitable for PC and MAC
  • Interface: USB 3.0 (USB 2.0 compatible)
  • Dimensions: 0.78"H x 3.48"W x 5.39"D
$80.69
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Transcend® StoreJet 25 H3 1TB USB 3.0/SATA External Hard Drive, Purple
Item : IM1VR7511 / Model : TS1TSJ25H3P
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  • Purple 1TB external hard drive is compatible with PC, Mac
  • Interface/ports: USB 3.0/SATA, External data transfer: 640 MBps
  • Dimensions: 0.76"H x 5.27"W x 3.23"D
$74.49
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Micron® 1100 MTFDDAK512TBN-1AR12A 512GB SATA 6 Gbps TLC Internal Solid State Drive, Black
Item : IM14D4341 / Model : MTFDDAK512TBN-1AR12A
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  • Black 512GB internal solid state drive is suitable for client computing applications ranging from desktop gaming rigs to corporate road warrior tablet
  • Interface/ports: SATA 6 Gbps, Read speed: 530 Mbps, Write speed: 500 Mbps, 4KB random read: 92000 IOPS, 4KB random write: 83000 IOPS
  • Power: 70 mW (operating), 55 mW (idle), Voltage: 5 V
$181.69
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Apricorn Aegis Padlock Fortress 2TB USB 3.0 Hard Drive, Black
Item : IM1XQ6904 / Model : A25-3PL256-2000F
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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
$354.99
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Western Digital ® Blue ™ WD30EZRZ 3TB SATA 6 Gbps Internal Hard Drive
Item : IM11V0213 / Model : WD30EZRZ
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  • 3TB internal hard drive is perfect for PC, Mac OS, high-performance workstations and gaming systems
  • Interface/ports: SATA 6 Gbps, Transfer rate: 147 Mbps
  • Dimensions: 1.02"H x 4"W x 5.78"D
$114.19
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Seagate® LaCie Fuel USB 3.0 Wireless External Hard Drive, 2TB, Gray (STFL2000100)
Item : IM14K8790 / Model : STFL2000100
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  • Wireless external hard drive offers enough storage for your valuable data
  • Dimensions: 0.866"H x 4.535"W x 4.535"D
  • Color: Gray
$219.99
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WD® My Passport 1TB USB 3.0 External Hard Drives Assorted Colors
Item : SS5905623
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  • Available red, white and yellow colored 1TB external hard drive is compatible with PC
  • Interface/ports: USB 3.0
  • Dimensions: 0.64"H x 4.33"W x 3.21"D
As low as $67.39
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Fantom Professional 1TB 7200 RPM USB 3.0 External Hard Drive (Brushed Black)
Item : IM1RR3874 / Model : GFP1000Q3
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  • 1TB
  • USB 3.0
  • Platform supported: Mac, PC
$150.69
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Micronet® Fantom G-Force 2TB USB 3.0/2.0 External Hard Drive
Item : IM1QZ5977 / Model : GF2000QU3
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  • 2TB
  • USB 3.0/2.0
  • Universal power
$159.39
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LaCie d2 USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive, 4TB, Silver (STEX4000100)
Item : IM13A5707 / Model : STEX4000100
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  • Desktop hard drive is suitable for backing up numerous computer files or serving as a network drive
  • Dimensions: 5.11"H x 2.4"W x 8.54"D
  • Comes in silver color
$299.99
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Transcend® TS256MDOM40V-S 256MB IDE Flash Module
Item : IM1VR7589 / Model : TS256MDOM40V-S
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  • 256MB flash module
  • Interface/ports: IDE
  • Dimensions: 0.3"H x 1.1"W x 2.4"D
$25.99
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Verbatim ® Titan XS 1TB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive
Item : SS5680745
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  • 1TB USB portable drive offers reliable data storage.
  • Small, lightweight rubberized enclosure protects against rough and tumble use.
  • Interface: USB 3.0.
As low as $92.59
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Micron® 1100 MTFDDAK256TBN-1AR12A 256GB SATA 6 Gbps TLC Internal Solid State Drive, Black
Item : IM14D4339 / Model : MTFDDAK256TBN-1AR12A
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  • Black 256GB internal solid state drive is suitable for client computing applications ranging from desktop gaming rigs to corporate road warrior tablet
  • Interface/ports: SATA 6 Gbps, Read speed: 530 Mbps, Write speed: 500 Mbps, 4KB random read: 55000 IOPS, 4KB random write: 83000 IOPS
  • Power: 70 mW (operating), 55 mW (idle), Voltage: 5 V
$107.89
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Seagate Laptop HDD ST3000LM016 3TB SATA Internal Hard Drive
Item : IM13L3570 / Model : ST3000LM016
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  • 3TB Internal hard drive is compatible with Mac, PC
  • Interface: SATA/600 standard, Data transfer rate: 6 Gb/s
  • Dimensions: 0.6"H x 2.8"W x 4"D
$160.69
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Micron® 1100 MTFDDAV512TBN-1AR12A 512GB SATA 6 Gbps TLC Internal Solid State Drive, Black
Item : IM14D4349 / Model : MTFDDAV512TBN-1AR12A
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  • Black 512GB internal solid state drive is suitable for client computing applications ranging from desktop gaming rigs to corporate road warrior tablet
  • Interface/ports: SATA 6 Gbps, Read speed: 530 Mbps, Write speed: 500 Mbps, 4KB random read: 92000 IOPS, 4KB random write: 83000 IOPS
  • Power: 70 mW (operating), 55 mW (idle), Voltage: 3.3 V
$181.69
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