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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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Seagate Backup Plus Ultra Slim STEH1000100 1TB Portable Hard Drive Platinum
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Seagate Backup Plus Hub Desktop Hard Drive 8TB
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  • 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
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Seagate Backup Plus Slim 1TB Portable USB 3.0 Hard Drives with Mobile Device Backup, Assorted Colors
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Seagate Backup Plus Slim 2TB Portable USB 3.0 External Hard Drive with Mobile Device Backup, Blue (STDR2000102)
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Seagate Backup Plus STDR4000901 4TB USB 3.0 Portable External Hard Drive, Blue
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Seagate STEA2000400 2TB USB 3.0 Expansion Portable External Hard Drive Black
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WD Elements 2TB Portable External Hard Drive
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  • Available in 500GB, 1TB and 2TB capacities
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Seagate Backup Plus Ultra Slim 2TB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive Platinum
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Seagate BarraCuda ST2000DM006 2TB SATA 6 Gbps Internal Hard Drive, Silver
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toshiba Canvio Basics USB 3.0 Portable External Hard Drive, 1TB (HDTB310XK3AA)
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WD® My Passport WDBYFT0030BBK 3TB USB 3.0 Portable External Hard Drive, Black
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  • Black 3TB portable external hard drive is compatible with PC, Mac
  • Interfaces/ports: USB 3.0, Data transfer speed: 5 Gb/s
  • Dimensions: 0.8"H x 3.2"W x 4.3"D
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Seagate Backup Plus 1TB Portable USB 3.0 External Hard Drive with Mobile Device Backup, Silver (for Mac)
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  • 42 percent thinner than other portable drives
  • Wirelessly back up mobile devices with Mobile Backup App
  • Mac-compatible drive works with Time Machine
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LaCie LAC9000448 2TB USB 3.0 Rugged Triple Portable External Hard Drive
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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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WD® My Book WDBBGB0060HBK 6TB USB 3.0 Portable External Hard Drive, Black
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  • 6TB portable external hard drive is compatible with PC, Mac
  • Interfaces/ports: USB 3.0, Data transfer speed: 5 Gb/s
  • Dimensions: 6.7"H x 1.9"W x 5.5"D
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Verbatim Store 'n' Save USB 3.0 Desktop Hard Drive, 2TB, Black
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  • USB 3.0 connectivity reads and saves files faster
  • Features Verbatim Formatter software, allowing users to easily format the drive to either FAT32 or NTFS
  • Horizontal or vertical orientation for storage
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Buslink® Disk-On-The-Go DL-500-U3 500GB USB 3.0 Slim Portable External Hard Drive, Black
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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
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