Fast, light, with plenty of storage — this is a list of seven external hard drives that will ease the tedious process of backing up files.
Samsung T5 Portable SSD 1TB
This little thing is a portable solid-state drive (SSD) that uses USB 3.1 Gen 2 to deliver transfer speeds of up to 540MB/s, nearly five times faster than external hard drives (HDDs). The Samsung T5 is solid yet weighs around 51g and is 58mm thick. You can choose between 1TB or 2TB storage and one of four colors.
External hard drive WD My Book 4 TB
The WD My Book is a powerful and affordable external hard drive. It works best when paired with a desktop computer and can create full backups for both Windows and Apple systems. Hard disk capacity — 4 TB. Hardware encryption and security software protects your data. WD My Book also offers storage options up to 10TB.
SanDisk Extreme Portable 2TB
The SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD is great for backing up files on the go. Pocket-sized and resistant to dust, water and drops — ideal for travelers. SanDisk uses a USB 3.1 Type‑C connector with other cable adapters so you can connect to just about anything.
G‑Technology G‑Drive Mobile Pro 1TB
If you want to edit photos or videos and work with an external hard drive, G‑Technology G‑Drive Mobile Pro is made for you. The drive uses a Thunderbolt 3 connection for data transfer rates up to 2800MB/s. You can easily edit 8K footage and write thousands of lines of code directly from G‑Drive Mobile Pro. It also features drop protection up to three meters and high impact resistance.
LaCie Rugged Mini 5TB
This hard drive has been a trusted friend to writers for many years and still gets rave reviews. The Rugged Mini uses USB 3.0 for data transfer at about 130MB/s, so it’s not the fastest, but it’s affordable, durable, lightweight, and offers plenty of storage.
Seagate Expansion 14TB Hard Drive
This is a great hard drive option for desktop PCs. It provides users with 14TB of storage at an affordable price. The drive is ideal for authors who spend most of their time in Photoshop and video editing and need a hard drive where they can store their projects.
Samsung T7 Touch Portable SSD 1TB
The Samsung T7 Touch was honored with the Innovation Award at CES 2020, and for good reason. The portable SSD has a fingerprint scanner to unlock the device and an LED ring to indicate that a backup is in progress. It also uses USB 3.2 to provide read speeds up to 1050MB/s and write speeds up to 1000MB/s.