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Staples offers a large selection of external hard drives at guaranteed low prices, including portable hard drives and desktop hard drives, from Western Digital, Seagate, Toshiba, G-Tech, Lacie, ioSafe and more. To help you determine which product to purchase, below is brief overview of the overall benefits and some distinctive features for consideration to ensure you select the best external hard drive for your needs.

Benefits
  • Expanded Storage Capacity: External hard drives provide a convenient and easy way to instantly add large amounts of storage capacity to store your data. As we continue to capture, store and share digital media such as music, photos and videos, data storage capacity requirements continue to grow. When reaching your existing data storage capacity limits, you can simply add an additional external hard drive or upgrade to a higher capacity, making external hard drives ideal for ongoing storage needs. Single drive capacities continue to grow. Staples now offers capacities up to 4TB on single drive external desktop hard drives and up to 2TB on single drive external portable hard drives.
  • Data Protection & Backup: Our data often represents irreplaceable and priceless ideas, information and life’s precious moments we want to hold on to forever. Every physical hard drive is susceptible to potential hardware failure, in addition to software based threats posed by viruses and operating system crashes. External hard drives provide an ideal solution for protecting and backing up your data, as they provide a secondary physical hard drive on which to store copies of your data. Many external hard drives also provide software that allows a user to establish password protected encryption in addition to allowing configurable fully automated backups of your system and files.
  • Portability & Mobility: Sometimes you need to take your data with you to share your latest business presentation or enjoy videos of the latest family vacation. External hard drives offer much larger capacities than USB flash drives, so you don’t have to worry about transferring or copying the data you want to take with you. Though all external hard drives can be considered portable, portable external hard drives provide the most convenience as they are offered a more compact physical size and do not require the use of a separate power adapter for operation.
Features
  • Capacity: Storage capacity is probably the most important consideration when purchasing hard drives. It is recommended that you purchase the highest capacity external hard drive that you can afford to ensure you have adequate space for your needs not only today, but also in the future. At a minimum, you should ensure you external hard drive storage capacity is greater than the total capacity of your current computer. This will allow you to effectively backup your entire system to your external hard drive. If you plan on backing up multiple computers, you will also need to factor in space requirements for those devices into your required total storage capacity needs for your external hard drive as well. As a final consideration, you should determine whether or not you intend to use your external hard drive to store data you wish to access on a regular basis. Many backup applications save data in a format that does not allow access to individual files
  • External Interface: The interface of the external hard drive you need will depend on how you intended to use your device, the data transfer speeds that you desire and compatibility with your computing device. The most common interfaces available in the market today are USB, FireWire and the newly emerging Thunderbolt interface. USB 3.0 is the latest generation of the USB standard and is backward compatible with USB 2.0 and USB 1.0 interfaces. USB ports are widely available on both PC and Mac based computing hardware. USB 3.0 supports data transfer rates up to 5 Gb/s, while USB 2.0 support rates up to 480 Mb/s. FireWire 800 is the lastest generation of the FireWire standard and is backward compatible with FireWire 400. FireWire ports are typically found on Mac based computers. You can also daisy chain devices, extending cables from one peripheral to the next. FireWire 800 supports data transfer rates up to 800 Mb/s, while FireWire 400 supports up to 400 Mb/s. Thunderbolt represents the latest generation data transfer interface for external peripherals on the market. Thunderbolt parts are widely available on the latest generation Mac laptops and desktops. PC manufacturers have also begun to adopt the thunderbolt standard, and ports are now widely available on most of the latest generation PC desktops and laptops. Thunderbolt is capable of support data transfer rates up to 10 Gb/s, and like FireWire supports daisy chaining multiple external peripherals. Most users will want to choose between USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt interfaces, depending on compatibility with your computer.
  • Form Factor: External hard drives are offered in several different form factors, portable, desktop and RAID arrays. Portable external hard drives come in the most compact physical size and are ideal for laptop based users or users who plan to frequently use data on the go. They also provide a unique feature of being powered over the same cable that supports data transfer, so no additional power adapter is required. Desktop external hard drives are often larger in terms of physical size, though they provide much larger storage capacities than their portable counterparts. Since they require the use of power adapter in addition to the data transfer cable, desktop external hard drives are ideal for large capacity needs where mobility is not as important. Finally, external hard drives are offered in RAID arrays, which mean they provide additional bays for supporting multiple hard drives. RAID arrays can be configured to span storage capacities across multiple physical drives or can be configured to mirror data across multiple physical drives providing an ideal solution for backups in the event of a drive failure.
  • Software: Basic entry level drives such as WD Elements, Seagate Expansion or Toshiba Basics do not offer any included software that provide features such as automated backup and password based security encryption. This is important to many users, so you should consider purchasing an external hard drive that includes automatic backup software. Provided software is typically very intuitive and helps to simplify the process of backing up or protecting sensitive data.
  • Wireless Access: There are a few external hard drives available on the market today that provide wireless of WiFi access to your data stored on the drive. These devices are also compatible with mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones, and they offer feature rich applications for accessing, transfer or streaming data over one or multiple devices.
The best external hard drives on the market today include the WD My Passport, WD My Book and Seagate Backup Plus. Whichever external hard drive you decide to purchase, you can shop with confidence knowing Staples offers a price match guarantee and offers only the best brands available. And if you're looking for a hard drive that fits in the palm of your hand and doesn't require an external power source, enjoy a fun and portable USB Flash Drive.

Staples offers a large selection of internal hard drives, including hard disk drives (HDD) from Western Digital, Seagate and more. To help you determine which HDD to purchase, below is brief overview of the overall benefits of internal hard drives and some distinctive features for consideration to ensure you select the best internal hard drive for

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    WD My Passport Ultra 1TB Portable Hard Drive
    Item 86377
    Model WDBZFP0010BBK

    WD My Passport Ultra 1TB Portable Hard Drive

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    WD My Passport Ultra 1TB Portable Hard Drive
    4.5stars
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    • 1TB
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    WD My Book 4TB Desktop USB 3.0 External Hard Drive (Black)
    Item 265655
    Model WDBFJK0040HBK

    WD My Book 4TB Desktop USB 3.0 External Hard Drive (Black)

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    WD My Book 4TB Desktop USB 3.0 External Hard Drive (Black)
    4.5stars
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    • Capacity: 4TB
    • Dual USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 compatibility
    • Up to 3x faster transfer rates with USB 3.0
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    WD My Book 3TB Desktop USB 3.0 External Hard Drive (Black)
    Item 265654
    Model WDBFJK0030HBK

    WD My Book 3TB Desktop USB 3.0 External Hard Drive (Black)

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    WD My Book 3TB Desktop USB 3.0 External Hard Drive (Black)
    4.5stars
    (52  reviews)
    • Capacity: 3TB
    • Dual USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 compatibility
    • Up to 3x faster transfer rates with USB 3.0
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    WD My Book 2TB Desktop USB 3.0 External Hard Drive (Black)
    Item 265653
    Model WDBFJK0020HBK

    WD My Book 2TB Desktop USB 3.0 External Hard Drive (Black)

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    WD My Book 2TB Desktop USB 3.0 External Hard Drive (Black)
    4.5stars
    (44  reviews)
    • Capacity: 2 TB
    • Dual USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 compatibility
    • Up to 3x faster transfer rates with USB 3.0
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    WD My Passport for Mac 1TB Portable Hard Drive
    Item 984730
    Model WDBLUZ0010BSL

    WD My Passport for Mac 1TB Portable Hard Drive

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    WD My Passport for Mac 1TB Portable Hard Drive
    4.5stars
    (104  reviews)
    • 1TB
    • Ultra-fast transfer rates with USB 3.0 interface
    • Compatible with Apple Time Machine
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    WD My Passport Ultra 2TB Portable Hard Drive, Black
    Item 265652
    Model WDBMWV0020BBK

    WD My Passport Ultra 2TB Portable Hard Drive, Black

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    WD My Passport Ultra 2TB Portable Hard Drive, Black
    4.5stars
    (51  reviews)
    • Local and cloud backup
    • USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 compatibility
    • Works great with Windows® 8
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    WD My Passport Ultra 1TB Portable Hard Drive (Red)
    Item 279057
    Model WDBZFP0010BRD

    WD My Passport Ultra 1TB Portable Hard Drive (Red)

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    WD My Passport Ultra 1TB Portable Hard Drive (Red)
    5.0stars
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    • Interface: USB 3.0 and USB 2.0
    • Formatted NTFS for Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8 operating systems
    • Requires reformatting for Mac OS X
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    WD My Passport Ultra 1TB Portable Hard Drive (Blue)
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    Model WDBZFP0010BBL

    WD My Passport Ultra 1TB Portable Hard Drive (Blue)

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    WD My Passport Ultra 1TB Portable Hard Drive (Blue)
    4.0stars
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    • Blue
    • Interface: USB 3.0 and USB 2.0
    • Formatted NTFS for Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8 operating systems
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    WD My Passport Ultra 500GB Portable Hard Drive
    Item 86376
    Model WDBPGC5000ABK

    WD My Passport Ultra 500GB Portable Hard Drive

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    WD My Passport Ultra 500GB Portable Hard Drive
    4.0stars
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    • 500GB
    • USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 compatibility
    • Local and cloud backup
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    WD My Passport Ultra 2TB Portable Hard Drive (Blue)
    Item 279058
    Model WDBMWV0020BBL

    WD My Passport Ultra 2TB Portable Hard Drive (Blue)

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    WD My Passport Ultra 2TB Portable Hard Drive (Blue)
    4.0stars
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    • Interface: USB 3.0 and USB 2.0
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    WD My Passport Ultra 2TB Portable Hard Drive (Red)
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    Model WDBMWV0020BRD

    WD My Passport Ultra 2TB Portable Hard Drive (Red)

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    • Interface: USB 3.0 and USB 2.0
    • Formatted NTFS for Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8 operating systems
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    WD My Passport for Mac 2TB USB 3.0 Silver
    Item 984729
    Model WDBZYL0020BSL

    WD My Passport for Mac 2TB USB 3.0 Silver

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    WD My Passport for Mac 2TB USB 3.0 Silver
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    • 2 TB
    • USB 3.0
    • Portable / PC & MAC compatible (MAC Formatted)
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    WD 1TB My Passport Slim Portable Hard Drive (Silver),
    Item 265656
    Model WDBGMT0010BAL

    WD 1TB My Passport Slim Portable Hard Drive (Silver),

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    WD 1TB My Passport Slim Portable Hard Drive (Silver),
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    • 1TB
    • Ultra-fast USB 3.0 interface
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    WD My Passport Ultra 500GB Portable Hard Drive (Blue)
    Item 279052
    Model WDBPGC5000ABL

    WD My Passport Ultra 500GB Portable Hard Drive (Blue)

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    WD My Passport Ultra 500GB Portable Hard Drive (Blue)
    4.5stars
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    • Interface: USB 3.0 and USB 2.0
    • Formatted NTFS for Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8 operating systems
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    My Passport Ultra, Titanium, 2TB
    Item 279053
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    My Passport Ultra, Titanium, 2TB

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    My Passport Ultra, Titanium, 2TB
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    • 2TB
    • Connecting and powering through your USB 3.0 or USB 2.0 interface
    • Ultra-compact design with plenty of storage
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    WD Elements™ USB 3.0 1TB Portable Hard Drive
    Item 63373
    Model WDBUZG0010BBK

    WD Elements™ USB 3.0 1TB Portable Hard Drive

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    WD Elements™ USB 3.0 1TB Portable Hard Drive
    5.0stars
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    • 1TB / USB 3.0
    • PC & MAC Compatible (Can be reformatted for Mac® OS X®)
    • Free trial of WD SmartWare™ Pro auto and cloud backup software
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    WD My Passport Ultra 500GB Portable Hard Drive (Red)
    Item 279059
    Model WDBPGC5000ARD

    WD My Passport Ultra 500GB Portable Hard Drive (Red)

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    WD My Passport Ultra 500GB Portable Hard Drive (Red)
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    • Interface: USB 3.0 and USB 2.0
    • Formatted NTFS for Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8 operating systems
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    WD 2TB My Passport Slim Portable Hard Drive (Silver)
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    Model WDBPDZ0020BAL

    WD 2TB My Passport Slim Portable Hard Drive (Silver)

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    WD 2TB My Passport Slim Portable Hard Drive (Silver)
    4.5stars
    (46  reviews)
    • Ultra-fast USB 3.0 interface
    • Choose scheduled backup to back up your files on the schedule that fits your needs
    • Choose automatic, continuous backup to make a second copy of your files as they are added or changed and saved
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    WD® Caviar Green™ 1TB 3.5in. SATA/600 Desktop Internal Hard Drive
    Item IM1LK5489
    Model WD10EZRX

    WD® Caviar Green™ 1TB 3.5" SATA/600 Desktop Internal Hard Drive

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    WD® Caviar Green™ 1TB 3.5" SATA/600 Desktop Internal Hard Drive
    0.0stars
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    • Drive capacity: 1TB
    • Drive interface: SATA/600
    • Maximum external data transfer rate: 600 MBps (4.7 Gb/s)
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    WD My Passport Pro 4TB Portable Hard Drive, Black
    Item 591782
    Model WDBRNB0040DBK

    WD My Passport Pro 4TB Portable Hard Drive, Black

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    WD My Passport Pro 4TB Portable Hard Drive, Black
    0.0stars
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    • 4TB
    • Integrated Thunderbolt cable
    • Formatted HFS+J for Mac OS® X Mavericks and Mountain Lion
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    WD Elements™ USB 3.0 500GB Portable Hard Drive
    Item 63372
    Model WDBUZG5000ABK

    WD Elements™ USB 3.0 500GB Portable Hard Drive

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    WD Elements™ USB 3.0 500GB Portable Hard Drive
    0.0stars
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    • 500GB / USB 3.0
    • PC & MAC Compatible (Can be reformatted for Mac® OS X®)
    • Free trial of WD SmartWare™ Pro auto and cloud backup software
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    WD My Passport Pro 2TB Portable Hard Drive, Black
    Item 591784
    Model WDBRMP0020DBK

    WD My Passport Pro 2TB Portable Hard Drive, Black

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    WD My Passport Pro 2TB Portable Hard Drive, Black
    0.0stars
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    • 2TB
    • Integrated Thunderbolt cable
    • Formatted HFS+J for Mac OS® X Mavericks and Mountain Lion
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    WD My Passport Air™ 1TB Portable Hard Drive
    Item 461477
    Model WDBWDG0010BAL

    WD My Passport Air™ 1TB Portable Hard Drive

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    WD My Passport Air™ 1TB Portable Hard Drive
    0.0stars
    (0  reviews)
    • USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 compatible
    • The perfect complement for your MacBook Air
    • Compatible with Apple Time Machine
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    WD My Passport 1.5TB Portable USB 3.0 External Hard Drive (Black)
    Item 896183
    Model WDBY8L0015BBK

    WD My Passport 1.5TB Portable USB 3.0 External Hard Drive (Black)

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    WD My Passport 1.5TB Portable USB 3.0 External Hard Drive (Black)
    4.5stars
    (46  reviews)
    • 1.5TB
    • Ultra-fast transfer rates - When connected to a USB 3.0 port My Passport lets you access and save files in blazing speed. Reduce transfer time by up to 3 times when compared to USB 2.0 transfer rates
    • USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 compatibility – With this single drive you get compatibility with your USB 2.0 devices today and the ultra-fast speed of USB 3.0 when you’re ready to step up to the next generation
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