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Backing up, sharing or storing photos, videos, personal files and other data is simple with a 3TB external hard drive. These products offer plenty of storage capacity and quick access to data, and most are compatible with Microsoft Windows and Apple OSX operating systems. External hard drives from manufacturers such as Toshiba, Western Digital, Rocstor and more are all available in a range of colors and finishes. Users with multiple drives can also color-code their data storage and identify drive contents at a glance.

Data Management, Simplified

You can access many 3TB external hard drives using standard operating system file browsers or commands. However, many products come with software that simplifies challenging tasks, such as creating large backups or transferring application and system data to a new internal drive. They can even provide an extra layer of security by encrypting backup archives and wiping unneeded data. Most backup applications include scheduling options that automate this critical task, preserving data in the event of a drive failure. They also have intuitive user interfaces that give guidance when performing complex operations. Some software supports nonstop data recording, which lets users roll back data changes to any point in time.

Connect Quickly and Easily

Many external hard drives feature USB 3.0 data connections. USB 3.0 offers plug-and-play drive installation and also delivers power to connected devices, eliminating the need for power adapters. It's also backward-compatible with older USB ports, ensuring device compatibility. USB is not the only connection option available. Some portable drives have built-in card readers that let users back up photos from cameras or cell phones without using a computer. Drives with FireWire, eSATA and Thunderbolt ports provide additional data transfer options designed to meet the specialized needs of power users. All these connections also handle high-speed data transfers of up to 5 gigabits per second, depending on the device and connection type.

Some devices have built-in Wi-Fi adapters or Ethernet ports that grant network access to shared files. Many of these products also have apps for Android and iOS devices so you can access movies, music and more from a tablet or cell phone. Select products also work with media devices such as smart televisions or Blu-ray players, letting you stream video to any room in your home. Many network-enabled devices offer seamless backup capabilities to cloud services such as Dropbox or Google Drive.

Safe Data Storage

External hard drives store significant amounts of data and also offer options to secure the information they contain. Many support hardware AES data encryption, which protects stored data from snooping, and some have additional password security features that lock the entire drive. Built-in hardware protection features such as shock-absorbing mounts and protective shells also keep drives safe from impact damage or rough handling.

External hard drives offer portable and secure data storage for almost any computer. They often come with software to assist with data management tasks, and many include multiple connectivity options. Find a 3TB external hard drive that matches your data storage needs at Staples.
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WD My Passport Ultra WDBFKT0030BGD-WESN 3 TB External Hard Drive (WDBFKT0030BGD-WESN)
Item: IM19U6285 / Model : WDBFKT0030BGD-WESN
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  • Store as many documents, pictures and videos as you need with 3 TB capacity
  • 256-bit encryption protects your PC from hackers and thieves by encoding all your data
  • For super-fast data transfer, the drive takes advantage of USB 3.0 connectivity
131.49 $131.49
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WD My Book 3TB External Hard Drive
Item: IM14V0560 / Model : WDBBGB0030HBK-NESN
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  • Auto backup with included WD Backup software and Time Machine ready
  • Password protection with hardware encryption
  • Reimagined design
99.99 $99.99
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WD® My Passport Wireless Pro WDBSMT0030BBK-NESN 3TB USB 3.0 External Hard Drive, Black
Item: IM11V9946 / Model : WDBSMT0030BBK-NESN
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  • Black 3TB external hard drive is compatible with Android, Apple iOS, Mac, PC
  • Interface/ports: Wi-Fi, SD card slot, USB 3.0
  • Dimensions: 0.9"H x 5"W x 5"D
229.99 $229.99
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Western Digital® My Passport WDBP6A0030BBK-WESE 3TB USB 3.1 External Hard Drive, Black
Item: IM12PF911 / Model : WDBP6A0030BBK-WESE
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  • Black 3TB external hard for Mac
  • Interface/ports: USB 3.1 type C (host)
  • Dimensions: 0.9"H x 3.2"W x 4.3"D
147.59 $147.59
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Seagate Expansion Desktop External Hard Drive
Item: SS3910158
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  • Ready to use out of the box
  • Expansion desktop drive transfers data quickly with USB 3.0
As low as 99.99 $99.99
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Buffalo DriveStation™ Velocity HD-LX3.0TU3 Desktop Hard Drive, 3 TB
Item: IM1LC6255 / Model : HD-LX3.0TU3
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  • 3 TB / SATA 3.0 (5 Gb/s)
  • 7200 rpm / 3 1/2"
  • 256-bit Hardware-encryption, 256-bit AES encryption, quiet fanless design
115.89 $115.89
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WD My Passport Ultra WDBFKT0030BGY-WESN 3 TB External Hard Drive (WDBFKT0030BGY-WESN)
Item: IM19U6284 / Model : WDBFKT0030BGY-WESN
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  • Store as many documents, pictures and videos as you need with 3 TB capacity
  • 256-bit encryption protects your PC from hackers and thieves by encoding all your data
  • For super-fast data transfer, the drive takes advantage of USB 3.0 connectivity
174.29 $174.29
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WD My Passport 3TB USB 3.0 External Hard Drive, Black (WDBYFT0030BBK-WESN)
Item: IM14V0467 / Model : WDBYFT0030BBK-WESN
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  • Portable drive in black features 3TB 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
  • Dimensions: 0.85"H x 3.21"W x 4.33"D
109.99 $109.99
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WD® My Passport WDBYFT0030BBL-WESN 3TB USB 3.0 External Hard Drive, Blue
Item: 2423230 / Model : WDBYFT0030BBL
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  • Built-in 256-bit AES hardware encryption helps keep your content private and safe. Easily add a return-if-found message as the password prompt in case your My Passport drive ever gets lost. Even great minds like yours can accidentally leave things behind.
  • Ready to use out of the box, you can start transferring files, saving memories and backing up right away.
  • Contains portable hard drive, USB 3.0 cable, WD Backup, WD security and WD Drive Utilities software and quick install guide
119.99 $119.99
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