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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 6TB USB 3.0 Desktop Hard Drive (STEL6000100)
Item: 2431927 / Model : STEL6000100
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  • External hard drive and charging hub, black in color with a 6TB storage capacity, compatible with PC and Mac devices
  • USB 3.0 interface for a fast transfer rate
  • Dimensions: 4.7" x 1.6"
139.99 $139.99
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Seagate Backup Plus 8 TB USB 3.0 Hub Desktop Hard Drive, Black (STEL8000100)
Item: 2431915 / Model : STEL8000100
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  • Desktop hard drive is black in color and features 8TB of storage and interchangeable compatibility with Windows and Mac for convenient backups
  • USB 3.0 interface with two ports offer quick transfers
  • Dimensions: 4.7" x 1.6"
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Seagate STEH1000100 1TB USB 3.0 Portable Backup Plus Ultra Slim Hard Drive Platinum (STEH1000100)
Item: 2095129 / Model : STEH1000100
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  • Portable external hard drive in a metallic platinum color, capable of holding 1TB of data, and is compatible with Windows and Mac
  • USB 3.0 port, with a data transfer rate of 120 mbps for speedy updates
  • Dimensions: 4.47" x 2.99" x 0.38"
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Seagate STEA4000400 4 TB USB 3.0 Portable Expansion External Hard Drive Black
Item: 2095130 / Model : STEA4000400
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  • External black 4TB hard drive for Windows PCs for easy data storage and backups
  • Uses USB 3.0 for ultra-fast data transfer and works with USB 2.0 ports on older machines
  • Measures 4.41" x 3.27" x 0.43" and weighs 0.37#
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Seagate STEL4000100 4 TB USB 3.0 Desktop Backup Plus Hub Hard Drive (STEL4000100)
Item: 2431928 / Model : STEL4000100
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  • Black backup hub designed for desktop use has a hard drive with 4TB of storage capacity for keeping numerous important files safe; compatible with Windows and Mac computers and Android and iOS smartphones
  • Includes two front USB 3.0 ports that make it easy to connect additional USB digital devices to the drive for file transfers and recharging
  • Dimensions: 4.7" x 1.6"
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WD® My Passport USB 3.0 2.5" External Hard Drive, 4TB, Red (WDBYFT0040BRD-WESN)
Item: IM14V0463 / Model : WDBYFT0040BRD-WESN
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  • External hard drive offers enough storage for your valuable data
  • Dimensions: 0.85"H x 4.33"W x 3.21"D
  • Color: Red
129.49 $129.49
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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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Seagate Expansion Portable External Hard Drive
Item: SS3910164
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  • Please select item from drop down menu on the right to view product details
  • Simple to use--just plug it in
  • Portable drive for use anywhere
As low as 49.99 $49.99
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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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1TB WD Elements USB 3.0 high-capacity portable hard drive for Windows
Item: IM17V3753 / Model : WDBUZG0010BBK-WESN
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  • Fast USB 3.0 data transfers
  • Massive capacity
  • Free trial of WD SmartWare Pro
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LaCie LAC9000448 2TB USB 3.0 Rugged Triple Portable External Hard Drive
Item: IM11R5176 / Model : LAC9000448
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  • 2TB External hard drive is compatible with PC and Mac
  • Interfaces: SATA (host), two 9-pin FireWire 800 (800 Mbps), one USB 3.0 (5 Gb/s), up to 110 Mbps maximum data transfer rate
  • Dimensions: 1"H x 3.5"W x 5.7"D
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LaCie STFR1000800 1 TB 2.5" External Hard Drive, Desktop (STFR1000800)
Item: IM18W3884 / Model : STFR1000800
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  • Store as many documents, pictures and videos as you need with 1 TB capacity
  • The USB Type C interface provides smooth data transfer and outstanding performance
  • The LaCie Rugged® USB-C portable drive marries rugged durability with cutting-edge USB-C.
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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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WD My Passport for Mac WDBP6A0040BBK-WESE 4 TB External Solid State Drive, Portable
Item: IM12PF912 / Model : WDBP6A0040BBK-WESE
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  • With 4 TB capacity you have ample space for storing millions of images, hundreds of hours of video or for music lovers, up to a million songs
  • 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 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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Samsung T5 1TB USB 3.1 Gen2 External Solid State Drive, Black
Item: IM11AP544 / Model : MU-PA1T0B/AM
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  • Black 1TB external solid state drive is compatible with PC and Mac
  • Interface/ports: USB 3.1 Gen 2
  • Dimensions: 0.4"H x 2.3"W x 2.9"D
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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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LaCie Rugged STFR4000800 4 TB 2.5" External Hard Drive (STFR4000800)
Item: IM18W3886 / Model : STFR4000800
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  • With 4 TB capacity you have ample space for storing millions of images, hundreds of hours of video or for music lovers, up to a million songs
  • The USB Type C interface provides smooth data transfer and outstanding performance
  • Drop resistance: 4-ft (1.2m) Crush resistance: 1-ton car Water resistance: rain
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WD® My Book WDBBGB0080HBK-NESN 8TB USB 3.0 External Hard Drive, Black
Item: IM14V0557 / Model : WDBBGB0080HBK-NESN
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  • Black 8TB external hard drive to store massive amounts of photos, videos, music and documents
  • Interface/ports: USB 3.0
  • Dimensions: 6.7"H x 1.9"W x 5.5"D
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toshiba Canvio Basics USB 3.0 Portable External Hard Drive, 1TB (HDTB310XK3AA)
Item: IM18B7398 / Model : HDTB310XK3AA
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  • Portable external hard drive offers backing up your songs, photos and files from your computer and laptop
  • Dimensions: 0.6"H x 3.1"W x 4.7"D
  • Comes in black color
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Western Digital ® WD20EZRZ 2TB SATA 6Gbps Internal Hard Drive, Blue
Item: IM11V0214 / Model : WD20EZRZ
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  • 2TB internal hard drive is perfect for desktop and all-in-One PCs, notebooks and external enclosures
  • Interface/ports: SATA 6 Gbps, Transfer rate: 147 Mbps
  • Dimensions: 1.02"H x 4"W x 5.78"D
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Seagate STEB6000403 6TB Expansion USB 3.0 External Desktop Hard Drive
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 WDBYNN0010BOR 1TB USB 3.0 Portable External Hard Drive, Orange
Item: IM14V0483 / Model : WDBYNN0010BOR-WESN
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  • Orange 1TB portable external hard drive is compatible with PC, Mac
  • Interfaces/ports: USB 3.0, Data transfer speed: 5 Gb/s
  • Dimensions: 0.6"H x 3.2"W x 4.3"D
73.49 $73.49
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