Samsung T5Enclosed in a firm aliminium case, the Samsung T5 is a small, high-speed drive with improved features from the previous T3 model. This hard drive is integrated with Samsung's 3D V-NAND technology and has a 2TB storage capacity. However, there are a number of storage sizes and prices that are available. It does better than its predecessor when it comes to read and write and it is equipped with compatible encryption software. This device may be expensive but it certainly gives you value for your money.
Western Digital My PassportLook no further than the WD My Passport if you are in the market for a cheap hard drive that does not compromise on performance. This hard drive is available in different sizes between 1TB and 4TB and it will surely give you your money's worth. The 3.0 USB connectivity and an outstanding disk controller are the biggest selling points of this drive. In addition, it has transfer speeds of 174Mbps read and 168Mbps write. It is compatible with almost all the Operating Systems. However, you will need to reformat the device before moving content from an Apple device.
U32 ShadowUSBThere is evidently a rise of downloadable games meaning there is need for extra storage. The U32 Shadow USB hard drive is ideal for Xbox One users. It is a USB 3.0 connective device with plug-and-play compatibility with the Xbox One. Carry your game library to a friend's house, plug it into the console and access all your files in seconds. The storage capacity is 1TB, it can store over 500 hours of video, 250,000 songs and 650,000 photos. It comes with a warranty of three years. The design is stylish and black in color made of an aluminum body.
Buffalo MiniStation Extreme NFCMinistation Extreme is a good option if you are looking for an affordable yet reliable hard drive. It is designed to be compatible for both Windows and Mac. Buffalo Ministation's case is water resistant and dust resistant as well. It has a built-in USB 3.0 cable. The rugged shell keeps your data protected from drops and knocks. It features Near Field Communication (NFC) and a 256-bit AES security feature. You can unlock your drive by tapping the given NFC card onto the body of the hard drive and get to your files quickly and efficiently.
Western Digital Elements 2TBWestern Digital is a a known brand in the world of hard drives both for external and interal hard drives. As long as you take care of your hard drive, it will serve you well as Western Digital hard drives are durable and reliable yet still affordable. This 2TB hard drive will give you the best bang for your buck. 2TB of storage is good enough for most people. It connects through USB 3.0 and offers speeds of up to 5Gb/s. It is formatted for windows but can be easily reformatted for Mac users. It has a write speed of 5,400 rotations per minute.
Seagate Backup Plus Hub 6TB STEL6000100Seagate Backup Plus Hub is not a cheap hard drive but it gives you value for your money. Without decreasing the size of bits, it allows more physical bits of memory in the same space because it houses SMR which means, Shingled Magnetic Recording, drives. It is reliable, flexible and extremely fast. It is compatible with Mac and also Windows. To be able to use it interchangeably between the two without reformatting, just install the drivers for Mac. It is relatively cool when running and quiet despite lacking a fan.
G-Technology G-DriveMost people are satisfied with the standard write speed of 5,400 rotations per minute, however if you are in need of faster write and read speeds, the G-Technology G-Drive is your best bet. It boasts a write speed of 7,200 rotations per minute. It is ideal for someone planning to edit video or audio on a hard drive. It connects through a USB 3.0 allowing you to take advantage of these faster speeds. It is pre-formatted for Mac by default. If you need to use it on a Windows machine you will just reformat it. It was targeted for media professionals who more often than no choose Mac OS over windows.
Silicon Power 1TB Rugged Armor A60 Military-GradeWhenever you come across the term "military grade" on any electronic gadget, it would be best to make sure it is not a marketing ploy. Silicon Power's Armor A60 offers a very tough exterior. It has a design that is not only shockproof, but with also an IPX4 water-resistant protection. On top of that, it is drop-proof but to a height of 122 centimeters. It has its own USB 3.0 cable that is affixed to the drive itself, meaning you will never be without a transfer cable even when you travel. The casing has a silicon bumper around the sides and is both scratch and slip-proof.
Seagate Expansion 4TB4TB of storage is sufficient for most people. It has a USB 3.0 connection. It is bus-powered, this means that one cable is used for both power supply and transfers. It is also backward compatible with a USB 2.0 so you will still be good if your machine is a slightly older model. By default, the drive is formatted for Windows though if you need to use it on a Mac you can reformat it. It is more affordable than other competing brands with the same 4TB storage capacity. A downside is the reliability issues, you might have to always have two copies of your data in separate locations.
Seagate Backup Plus 4TBFor users in the Apple ecosystem, the Seagate Backup Plus is an ideal hard drive and is compatible with Apple Time Machine. All you need to do is on your laptop, download the Seagate Dashboard software and you will be able to drag and drop any music, photos, videos or other files. You also get social media backup and cloud connectivity. This is ideal for Youtubers who need to back up large files or photographers with several photos on Flickr. The design is as sleek as your Macbook. It is portable and silver in color. You do not require an external power supply, only a USB connection.