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Extend your computer’s internal storage capacity by adding an external hard drive. External hard disk drives (HDDs) are standalone storage devices suitable for backing up internal hard drives to prevent against data loss caused by system crashes. Browse the large inventory of data storage devices at Staples® to find a wide selection of external HDDs from leading computer storage brands.

Choose Between Portable and Desktop External Hard Drives
Portable external storage drives are compact, mobile storage units with 2.5-inch HDDs. They connect to computers via USB cables and also use this connection for power and data transfers. These USB-powered, plug-and-play storage devices make transferring files between computers easier. Choose one with a rugged, shock-resistant casing that protects the mobile drive ensures it survives accidental drops.

Desktop external HDDs are desk-bound storage units available in higher storage capacities. Compared to portable units, these storage devices mostly use 3.5-inch HDDs, have higher energy consumption, and draw power from included AC adapters. Some external drives have multiple hard disk drives and have built-in fans that help prevent overheating and drive failure.

Consider Speed When Shopping for External Hard Drives
The speed of an external HDD depends on the rotational speed of its hard disk and the type of interface it uses. The two rotational speeds available for consumer HDDs are 5400 revolutions per minute (rpm) and, the faster 7200 rpm. Most external drives connect to computers via USB interfaces. For fast file transfers, pick a unit with a USB 3.0 or 3.1 port. USB 3.1 is twice as fast as USB 3.0 and 20  times faster than USB 2.0. Some models have Thunderbolt™ interfaces. While only a handful of computers support Thunderbolt, the interface competes favorably with USB. If you’re looking for Thunderbolt external drives, pick a model with Thunderbolt 3 support. This port is much faster than USB 3.1 and uses the increasingly popular and reversible USB-C interface.

What External Hard Drive Capacity Should You Choose?
The smallest portable hard drives offer 250 GB to 500 GB of capacity. Choose one of these if you only wish to carry essential files. External storage drives with 1 TB capacity are ideal for backing up laptop hard drives. Ideally, the external drive to get is one with at least twice the capacity of the internal HDD that requires regular backup. Opt for hard drives with 2 TB or higher capacities to store large multimedia files. Such high-capacity external drives are perfect for gaming PCs and media servers.

What Are the Benefits of External Hard Drives with SSDs?
Solid-state drives (SSDs) use flash memory, rather than spinning magnetic platter, for data storage. Unlike HDDs, they have no moving parts. This difference makes SSDs more reliable and more durable. They also run silently, generate less heat, and consume less power. However, the major benefit of external SSDs is their superior read and write speeds. They’re five to seven times faster than external HDDs.

What Are Wireless External Hard Drives?
These are external HDDs with built-in Wi-Fi® and rechargeable batteries. A wireless drive creates its own Wi-Fi® network and doesn’t require USB cables to connect to PCs. Get one to stream movies and music to multiple computers and mobile devices on the go.

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Seagate Backup Plus Slim 1TB Portable USB 3.0 Hard Drives with Mobile Device Backup, Assorted Colors
Item: SS2295356
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  • Metal design delivers the thinnest 1TB portable drive - Up to 42% thinner
  • Easily back up your computer and content from mobile devices with free Mobile Backup App
  • Automatic Backup software
As low as 59.99 $59.99
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Seagate Backup Plus Hub 4TB USB 3.0 External Hard Drive, Black (STEL4000100)
Item: 2431928 / Model : STEL4000100
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  • Desktop drive in black features 4TB 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: 4.65"H x 1.61"W x 7.8"D
89.99 $89.99 109.99 $109.99
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Seagate Backup Plus Hub 8TB USB 3.0 External Hard Drive, Black (STEL8000100)
Item: 2431915 / Model : STEL8000100
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  • Desktop drive in black features 8TB 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: 4.65"H x 1.61"W x 7.8"D
149.99 $149.99 179.99 $179.99
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Seagate Backup Plus Ultra Slim 2TB USB 3.0 External Hard Drive, Platinum (STEH2000100)
Item: 2095128 / Model : STEH2000100
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  • Portable drive in platinum features 2TB 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: 0.38"H x 2.99"W x 4.47"D
79.99 $79.99 89.99 $89.99
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Seagate Backup Plus Ultra Slim 1TB USB 3.0 External Hard Drive, Platinum (STEH1000100)
Item: 2095129 / Model : STEH1000100
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  • Portable drive in platinum 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
  • Dimensions: 0.38"H x 2.99"W x 4.47"D
59.99 $59.99 69.99 $69.99
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Seagate Backup Plus Slim for Mac 1TB USB 3.0 External Hard Drive, Silver/Black (STDS1000100)
Item: 238869 / Model : STDS1000100
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  • Portable drive in silver and black features 1TB storage capacity and Mac compatibility
  • Uses USB 3.0 for ultra-fast data transfer and works with USB 2.0 ports on older machines
  • Dimensions: 0.48"H x 2.99"W x 4.47"D
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Seagate Expansion 4TB USB 3.0 External Hard Drive, Black (STEA4000400)
Item: 2095130 / Model : STEA4000400
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  • Portable drive in black features 4TB 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: 0.82"H x 3.15"W x 4.61"D
109.99 $109.99
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Startech USB 3.0 SATA S2510BPU337 Hard Drive Enclosure
Item: 2509298 / Model : S2510BPU337
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  • Compatibility: Mac, PC
  • Material: Plastic
  • Color: Black
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Seagate Backup Plus Hub 6TB USB 3.0 External Hard Drive, Black (STEL6000100)
Item: 2431927 / Model : STEL6000100
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  • Desktop drive in black features 6TB 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: 4.65"H x 1.61"W x 7.8"D
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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
159.99 $159.99
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Seagate Lacie 2TB Rugged Secure All-Terrain Encrypted Storage (STFR2000403)
Item: 24324568 / Model : STFR2000403
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  • AES-256 hardware encryption for advanced data protection
  • Futureproof compatible with USB-C interface
  • Drop resistance 4-ft, Crush resistance 1-ton car, Water resistance-Rain All-Terrain Use
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WD My Passport Ultra WDBFKT0020BGD-WESN 2 TB External Hard Drive (WDBFKT0020BGD-WESN)
Item: IM19U6287 / Model : WDBFKT0020BGD-WESN
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  • Store as many documents, pictures and videos as you need with 2 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
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Seagate 6TB Expansion USB 3.0 External Desktop Hard Drive (STEB6000403)
Item: 24359761 / Model : STEB6000403
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  • Saving files is easy just drag and drop
  • Fast data transfer speeds with the USB 3.0 Interface
  • System requirements Windows 7 or higher
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WD® My Passport WDBYFT0040BBL-WESN 4TB Portable External Hard Drive, Blue
Item: 2423234 / Model : WDBYFT0040BBL
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  • Portable external hard drive is perfect for smartphone
  • WD builds drives to demanding requirements for durability, shock tolerance and long-term reliability.
  • Ready to use out of the box, you can start transferring files, saving memories and backing up right away.
129.99 $129.99
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WD Elements 1TB USB 3.0 External Hard Drive, Black (WDBUZG0010BBK-WESN)
Item: IM17V3753 / Model : WDBUZG0010BBK-WESN
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  • 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
  • Dimensions: 0.59"H x 3.23"W x 4.35"D
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Seagate 10TB Backup Plus Desktop Drive with Integrated USB Hub (STEL10000400X)
Item: 24319520 / Model : STEL10000400
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  • 10 TB Storage optimizes external storage with simple file backup for your computers and mobile devices
  • Two front-facing intelligent USB3.0 ports amplify the functionality of your drive by allowing you to charge and conect two external devices.
  • High Speed USB 3.0 and 2.0 connectivity offers plug and play functionality.
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WD My Book 8TB USB 3.0 External Hard Drive, Black (WDBBGB0080HBK-NESN)
Item: IM14V0557 / Model : WDBBGB0080HBK-NESN
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  • Desktop drive in black features 8TB 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: 6.7"H x 1.9"W x 5.5"D
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Seagate Backup Plus Slim 2TB Portable Hard Drives with Mobile Device Backup
Item: SS2295357
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  • Metal design delivers the thinnest 2TB portable drive - Up to 42% thinner
  • Easily back up your computer and content from mobile devices with free Mobile Backup App
  • Automatic Backup software
As low as 79.99 $79.99
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WD® My Passport 4TB Portable External Hard Drive, Blue (WDBYFT0040BBL-WESN)
Item: IM14V0462 / Model : WDBYFT0040BBL-WESN
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  • Portable external hard drive is perfect for smartphone
  • Dimensions: 0.85"H x 4.3"W x 3.2"D
  • Comes in blue color
141.89 $141.89
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WD® My Passport 4TB Portable External Hard Drive, Yellow (WDBYFT0040BYL-WESN)
Item: IM14V0466 / Model : WDBYFT0040BYL-WESN
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  • Portable external hard drive is perfect for smartphone
  • Dimensions: 0.85"H x 4.3"W x 3.2"D
  • Comes in yellow color
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WD My Passport for Mac Portable WDBFKF0010BBK-WESE 1 TB External Hard Drive, Portable
Item: IM12PF909 / Model : WDBFKF0010BBK-WESE
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  • Store as many documents, pictures and videos as you need with 1 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
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WD My Passport 4TB USB 3.0 External Hard Drive, Red (WDBYFT0040BRD-WESN)
Item: IM14V0463 / Model : WDBYFT0040BRD-WESN
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  • Red portable drive with 4TB storage capacity and compatibility with PCs for easy data swaps
  • 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
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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
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Seagate Expansion Portable External Hard Drive
Item: SS3910164
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  • Simple to use--just plug it in
  • Portable drive for use anywhere
As low as 51.99 $51.99
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