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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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WD® My Book WDBBGB0030HBK-NESN 3TB USB 3.0 External Hard Drive, Black/Gray
Item : IM14V0560 / Model : WDBBGB0030HBK-NESN
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  • Black/Gray 3TB external hard drive is compatible with PC, Mac and is perfect for transferring files while saving your memories and backing up
  • Interface/ports: USB 3.0
  • Dimensions: 6.7"H x 1.9"W x 5.5"D
$122.19
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Seagate 4TB Backup Plus Desktop Hard Drive
Item : 2431929 / Model : STFM4000100
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  • 4TB of storage
  • Works interchangeably between Windows and Mac computerswithout reformatting
  • Install the free Seagate Mobile Backup app on an iOS or Android mobile device, and back up all of the photos and videos from your device to your Seagate drive or to the cloud
$119.99
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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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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
$151.69
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WD® My Passport WDBYFT0020BWT-WESN 2TB USB 3.0 External Hard Drive, White
Item : IM14V0476 / Model : WDBYFT0020BWT-WESN
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  • White 2TB external hard drive
  • Interface: USB 3.0/USB 2.0 compatible
  • Dimensions: 4.33"H x 3.21"W x 0.85"D
$86.99
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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"
$119.99
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Seagate Backup Plus Ultra Slim 1TB USB 3.0 External Hard Drive, Gold
Item : IM13U8608 / Model : STEH1000101
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  • Gold colored backup plus ultra slim 1TB external hard drive is compatible with Windows, Install NTFS drive for use with Mac
  • Interface/ports: USB 3.0, data transfer rate: 120 Mbps
  • Dimensions: 4.47"H x 2.99"W x 0.38"D
$71.59
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WD My Passport for MAC
Item : SS4129550
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  • Secure portable storage
  • Optional 256-bit AES hardware encryption
  • Automatic local and cloud backup
As low as $79.99
Multiple options available
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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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
$59.99
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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
$84.89
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WD® My Passport WDBP6A0040BBK-WESN 4TB USB 3.0 External Hard Drive, Black/Gray
Item : IM14V0485 / Model : WDBP6A0040BBK-WESN
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  • Black/Gray 4TB external hard drive is compatible with Mac
  • Interface/ports: USB 3.0
  • Dimensions: 0.85"H x 4.33"W x 3.21"D
$146.29
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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 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
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WD My Passport Ultra 2TB
Item : SS4129545
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  • Optional 256-bit AES hardware encryption
  • Secure portable storage with up to 2TB capacity
  • Stylish design with a range of exciting colors
As low as $129.99
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Seagate FireCuda ST2000DX002 2TB SATA 6 Gbps Internal Hybrid Hard Drive, Silver
Item : IM14R2229 / Model : ST2000DX002
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  • Silver 2TB internal hard drive is compatible with desktop PCs, PC gaming, workstations, high-performance direct-attached storage (DAS) devices
  • Interface/ports: SATA 6 Gbps NCQ, sustained transfer rate: 210 Mbps
  • Dimensions: 1.02"H x 4"W x 5.78"D
$104.99
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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
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WD® My Passport WDBYFT0040BBK-WESN 4TB USB 3.0 External Hard Drive, Black
Item : IM14V0461 / Model : WDBYFT0040BBK-WESN
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  • Black 4TB external hard drive for transferring files, saving memories and backing up
  • Interface/ports: USB 3.0
  • Dimensions: 0.85"H x 4.33"W x 3.21"D
$146.29
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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
Multiple options available
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® Backup Plus 2TB USB 3.0 Network Hard Drive, Gray
Item : IM1YN6098 / Model : STCV2000100
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  • 2 TB hard drive storage capacity provides expansive file storage
  • USB 3.0 interface offers flexible connectivity
  • Offers 640 Mbps data transfer rate for speedy data transfer
$198.59
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LaCie 2TB 5Gbps Rugged Mini Portable USB 3.0 External Hard Drive, Orange (LAC9000298)
Item : IM11R5172 / Model : LAC9000298
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  • 2TB Portable external hard drive offers reliable data storage
  • Features orange rugged design for durability
  • USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 interfaces ensure good connectivity
$139.99
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LaCie Porsche Design 2TB USB 3.0 Hard Drive
Item : IM11R5158 / Model : LAC9000459
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  • Silver 2TB 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
$99.99
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Seagate 5TB Back Up Plus Portable Drive
Item : SS5905027
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  • Industry-leading capacity 5TB in a 2.5” form factor
  • Easy, customizable backup with Seagate Dashboard
  • Mobile Backup app for iOS/Android
As low as $149.99
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