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Seagate Expansion 1TB USB 3.0 External Hard Drive, Black (STEA1000400)
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45.99
Item #1568155
Model #STEA1000400
  • Portable drive in black features 1TB storage capacity and PC and Mac compatibility
  • Uses USB 3.0 for ultra-fast data transfer and works with USB 2.0 ports on older machines
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WD My Passport 1TB USB 3.2 Gen 1 External Hard Drive, Black (WDBYVG0010BBK-WESN)WD My Passport 1TB USB 3.2 Gen 1 External Hard Drive, Black (WDBYVG0010BBK-WESN)
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59.99
Item #24421988
Model #WDBYVG0010BBK
  • Portable hard drive in black features 1TB storage capacity and PC compatibility
  • USB 3.2 Gen 1 ready, compatible with USB 2.0/3.0 ports
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Toshiba Canvio 1TB USB 3.0 External Hard Drive, Black (HDTP210XK3AA)Toshiba Canvio 1TB USB 3.0 External Hard Drive, Black (HDTP210XK3AA)
51.99
Item #24429388
Model #5361002
  • Portable drive in black features 1TB storage capacity and PC and Mac compatibility
  • Uses USB 3.0 for ultra-fast data transfer and works with USB 2.0 ports on older machines
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Seagate Backup Plus Ultra Touch 1TB USB 3.0/USB 2.0 External Hard Drive, White (STHH1000402)Seagate Backup Plus Ultra Touch 1TB USB 3.0/USB 2.0 External Hard Drive, White (STHH1000402)
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54.99
Item #24383771
Model #STHH1000402
  • 1TB Portable External Hard Drive
  • Woven, textile enclosure
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Seagate Backup Plus Slim 1TB USB 3.0/USB 2.0 External Hard Drive, Black (STHN1000400)Seagate Backup Plus Slim 1TB USB 3.0/USB 2.0 External Hard Drive, Black (STHN1000400)
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54.99
Item #24383780
Model #STHN1000400
  • Portable external hard drive for file backup
  • Compatible with USB 3.0/2.0
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G-Technology G-DRIVE Mobile 1TB USB 3.0 External Hard Drive, Silver (0G06071-1)G-Technology G-DRIVE Mobile 1TB USB 3.0 External Hard Drive, Silver (0G06071-1)
69.49
Item #IM12GK962
Model #0G06071-1
  • Portable drive features 1TB storage capacity and PC and Mac compatibility
  • Uses USB 3.0 for ultra-fast data transfer and works with USB 2.0 ports on older machines
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LaCie LAC301558 1 TB USB 3.0 Portable Rugged Mini Hard Drive OrangeLaCie LAC301558 1 TB USB 3.0 Portable Rugged Mini Hard Drive Orange
77.49
Item #2030326
Model #LAC301558
  • Portable orange mini drive holds 1 TB of data and is compatible with PC and Mac computers for compact storage while traveling
  • USB 3.0 connectivity and 5,400 rpm rotational speed provide fast file transfer
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Toshiba Canvio Advance HDTC910XL3AA 1TB USB 3.0 Portable External Hard Drive, BlueToshiba Canvio Advance HDTC910XL3AA 1TB USB 3.0 Portable External Hard Drive, Blue
57.99
Item #24399203
Model #5131308
  • 1TB Portable Hard Drive, Blue
  • USB 3.0
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Seagate Backup Plus Slim 1TB USB 3.0/USB 2.0 External Hard Drive, Red (STHN1000403)Seagate Backup Plus Slim 1TB USB 3.0/USB 2.0 External Hard Drive, Red (STHN1000403)
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54.99
Item #24383776
Model #STHN1000403
  • Portable external hard drive for file backup
  • Compatible with USB 3.0/2.0
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Seagate Backup Plus Slim 1TB USB 3.0/USB 2.0 External Hard Drive, Blue (STHN1000402)Seagate Backup Plus Slim 1TB USB 3.0/USB 2.0 External Hard Drive, Blue (STHN1000402)
12% off
54.99
Item #24383781
Model #STHN1000402
  • Portable external hard drive for file backup
  • Compatible with USB 3.0/2.0
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With 1TB external hard drives, you have greatly expanded storage capabilities as well as other features that keep data secure. While computers have varying hard drive sizes, they are still limited, and some users require additional space when file collections begin to grow in size. Another convenient facet of 1TB external hard drives is their compact size and portability. This allows for easy transport to new locations and connection to multiple computers as needed for sharing and distributing important files. Staples has a wide range of hard drives and data storage devices to meet all requirements. 

Choosing among different varieties of external drives
Consider your working environment and portability needs when choosing an external hard drive. Many are slim and sleek to minimize the space they take up on a desk. There are different housings to choose from, many made of brushed metal to provide durable protection for the data within. Others feature material, such as textured rubber or woven textile, that makes them easier to grip while in transit. Drives that spend a lot of time in transit or rugged environments may feature additional shock absorbent protection around their housing, keeping them safe in the event of a drop.

While they have equivalent storage capabilities, some external hard drives are physically larger and sit upright on desks. These make a useful option for connecting to laptops and possibly doubling your initial hard drive space. 

Keep your data secure on an external drive
While many external hard drives are quick and easy to install by simply plugging and playing, they may also contain data that requires a layer of protection. For these applications, choose a drive equipped with 128-bit or 256-bit encryption. This creates the requirement to enter a security key before users access the files, protecting them against unauthorized tampering or viewing. Backing up files is also easy with drives featuring compatibility with backup and retrieval software, such as Apple Time Machine.

How many files can a 1TB external hard drive hold?
The number of files a 1TB hard drive accommodates depends on the type or types of files you are storing. Text-only documents take up relatively little space, so a vast quantity would fit on one of these drives. Media files take up more space, meaning that a 1TB drive could hold roughly 250,000 music files or about 300,000 photos, depending on their file size. The large storage space available on 1TB external hard drives makes them a popular choice for storing video recordings or even entire movies.

What other applications do hard drives have?
Employing external hard drives at a business makes it easy to move files from one platform to another. This is useful when migrating to a new platform or server environment, and a file backup is essential to prevent the loss of crucial data. Moving from paper to digital is also made easy by connecting a document scanner and setting it to scan directly to the portable drive.

How fast can files transfer to and from the drive?
A great deal of 1TB external hard drives use USB 3.0, which supports transfer speeds of up to 120MB per second. This allows for the rapid saving of files when scanning and also quick file retrieval or transfer to the main computer's hard drive. Many drives are still backward compatible with USB 2.0 to make them compatible with other machines.