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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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Seagate Expansion Desktop Drive Hard Drive 8TB
Item : 2446221 / Model : STEB8000100
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  • Easy and simple to use drag and drop file storage
  • Fast file transfers with SuperSpeed USB 3.0
  • Windows Formatted
$219.99
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Western Digital® Elements USB 3.0 Portable External Hard Drive, 3TB (WDBU6Y0030BBK-EESN)
Item : IM17V8722 / Model : WDBU6Y0030BBK-EESN
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  • Portable external hard drive offers backing up your songs, photos and files from your computer and laptop
  • Dimensions: 0.8"H x 3.2"W x 4.4"D
  • Comes in black color
$122.49
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WD® My Passport Ultra USB 3.0 External Hard Drive, 2TB, Classic Black (WDBBKD0020BBK-NESN)
Item : IM18D3002 / Model : WDBBKD0020BBK-NESN
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  • External hard drive offers enough storage for your valuable data
  • Dimensions: 4.33"H x 3.21"W x 0.83"D
  • Color: Classic black
$165.49
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Seagate Expansion Portable Hard Drive 4TB, Black
Item : 2095130 / Model : STEA4000400
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  • External hard drive in black with 4TB capacity and USB 3.0/2.0 compatibility. Suitable for backup and storage of large volumes of data.
  • USB 3.0 interface
  • Dimensions: 0.43" x 3.27" x 4.41"
$139.99
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WD® My Passport Ultra USB 3.0 External Hard Drive, 1TB, Classic Black (WDBGPU0010BBK-NESN)
Item : IM17U6340 / Model : WDBGPU0010BBK-NESN
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  • External hard drive offers enough storage for your valuable data
  • Dimensions: 4.33"H x 3.21"W x 0.62"D
  • Color: Classic black
$124.49
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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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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 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
$274.99
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LaCie LAC9000448 2TB USB 3.0 Rugged Triple Portable External Hard Drive
Item : IM11R5176 / Model : LAC9000448
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  • 2TB External hard drive is compatible with PC and Mac
  • Interfaces: SATA (host), two 9-pin FireWire 800 (800 Mbps), one USB 3.0 (5 Gb/s), up to 110 Mbps maximum data transfer rate
  • Dimensions: 1"H x 3.5"W x 5.7"D
$179.99
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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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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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Seagate BarraCuda ST2000DM006 2TB SATA 6 Gbps Internal Hard Drive, Silver
Item : IM14R2228 / Model : ST2000DM006
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  • Silver 2TB internal hard drive is compatible with desktop PCs 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
$84.79
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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
$29.29
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Seagate Backup Plus Fast 4TB Portable External Hard Drive with 200GB of Cloud Storage & Mobile Device Backup (STDA4000100)
Item : 1518940 / Model : STDA4000100
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  • 4TB of storage on a portable 2.5-inch drive
  • Fast file transfers up to 220MB/s with USB 3.0
  • Plug and play simplicity
$199.99
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MicroNet Fantom Gforce/3 2TB USB 3.0 /eSATA External Hard Drive
Item : IM1RH9836 / Model : GF3B2000EU
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  • 2TB
  • USB 3.0/eSATA
  • Universal power supply
$115.39
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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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Seagate® LaCie Rugged Thunderbolt™ STEV1000400 1TB USB 3.0 External Hard Drive, Orange
Item : IM13A5702 / Model : STEV1000400
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  • Orange 1TB external hard drive is perfect for on-the-Go content creators, secure mobile storage and large file sharing
  • Interface/ports: USB 3.0, Thunderbolt™
  • Dimensions: 0.98"H x 3.5"W x 5.5"D
$169.99
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WD® My Passport USB 3.0 Portable External Hard Drive, 3TB, Yellow (WDBYFT0030BYL-WESN)
Item : IM14V0472 / Model : WDBYFT0030BYL-WESN
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  • Portable hard drive is suitable for backing up numerous computer files or serving as a network drive
  • Dimensions: 0.85"H x 3.21"W x 4.33"D
  • Comes in yellow color
$118.99
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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
$75.39
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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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WD My Passport Ultra 1TB
Item : SS4129541
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  • Secure portable storage with up to 1TB capacity
  • Optional 256-bit AES hardware encryption
  • Automatic local and cloud backup
As low as $79.99
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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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WD® My Book WDBBGB0040HBK-NESN 4TB USB 3.0 Desktop Hard Drive, Black
Item : IM14V0559 / Model : WDBBGB0040HBK-NESN
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  • Black 4TB desktop hard drive
  • Interface: USB 3.0/USB 2.0 compatible
  • Dimensions: 6.7"H x 1.9"W x 5.5"D
$129.49
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Seagate Backup Plus Ultra Slim Portable Hard Drive 2TB, Platinum
Item : SS4673065
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  • The thinnest portable hard drive with a uniquely tough and textured metal design
  • Complements all your other mobile devices-available in contemporary color
  • Take advantage of Seagate's reliable, cutting-edge 2.5-inch, 7mm HDD technology
As low as $89.99
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