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Top 10 External Drives

External Hard Drive


External hard drive is a kind of storage devices designed for external use. It's actually connected outside of computer system (both Windows and Mac OS) through USB, FireWire or eSATA interfaces. It has main functions that are data security, backup system, mobility and option to remove this device and take all your data with you.

What we know today as the external hard drive is a product of the need of most individuals to have a more powerful, portable computing and backup device. It work in the same manner as those found within our desktop and laptop but their small, pocket-size nature enables them movable whenever necessary. External drives are primarily used to backup data and media files against risks of damage, loss, accidental deletion, or virus and malware attacks.

10 Best External Hard Drives 2014

WD My Passport Portable
#1 - WD My Passport Portable
320GB/500GB/750GB/1TB/1.5TB/2TB, USB 3.0/2.0, Windows-Ready
It's very reliable hard drive which runs quietly and remarkably cool. Light weight and easy to carry and fit into a laptop bag. It's perfect for someone who stores a lot of photos or videos.
Ratings : WD My Passport Portable Ratings
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WD My Passport for Mac Portable
#2 - WD My Passport for Mac Portable
500GB/1TB/2TB, USB 3.0/2.0, Password Protection & Encryption, Mac-Ready
It's small and light which makes it perfectly portable. It works on a Mac book Pro right out of the box with automatic installation on-screen that the user just has to follow. It fits perfectly in a laptop bag for easy backups on the go.
Ratings : WD My Passport for Mac Portable Ratings

WD My Book
#3 - WD My Book
1TB/1.5TB/2TB/3TB/4TB, USB 3.0/2.0, Password Protection, Windows-Ready
This is a relatively inexpensive unit that is durable and good looking. It comes with long cable, which some models do not. The drive itself has large capacity and the cost per gig is a really good deal.
Ratings : WD My Book Ratings

Seagate Backup Plus Desktop
#4 - Seagate Backup Plus Desktop
1TB/2TB/3TB/4TB, USB 3.0/2.0, Social Backup, PC & Mac Interchangeably
PC and MAC users that have a USB 3.0 port will love the speedy storage capability for storing music files, photos, movies and for doing backups. The software interface is very easy to use.
Ratings : Seagate Backup Plus Desktop Ratings

Seagate Wireless Plus
#5 - Seagate Wireless Plus
1TB, Own Wi-Fi Network, Stream 3 Devices at the Same Time, Internet Hub
It's very easy to use, so simple in fact that it will amaze you that you can use it practically right out of the box. The wireless factor is truly a huge plus and interface is very simple to use and is attractive.
Ratings : Seagate Wireless Plus Ratings

Seagate Backup Plus Portable Drive
#6 - Seagate Backup Plus Portable Drive
500GB/750GB/1TB, USB 3.0/2.0, Interchangeably PC & Mac, 2-Year Warranty
It runs quietly while in operation, does not overheat, and is backwards compatible with USB 3.0 as well as being compatible with MAC and Windows OS. It has a pleasing brushed metal appearance and matte finish.
Ratings : Seagate Backup Plus Portable Drive Ratings

Seagate Expansion Desktop (2012 Model)
#7 - Seagate Expansion Desktop (2012 Model)
1TB/2TB/3TB/4TB, USB 3.0/2.0, Automatically Recognized by Windows
This is the right product for users who are using PC platform and looking for desktop hard drive that has large storage space with automatically respond to Windows XP and later version with no driver installation required; in other words easy installation.
Ratings : Seagate Expansion Desktop (2012 Model) Ratings

Toshiba Canvio 3.0 Portable
#8 - Toshiba Canvio 3.0 Portable
1TB/2TB/3TB, USB 3.0/2.0, Automatically Recognized by Windows
A drive that looks good and well-traveled, is of small size and supports USB 3.0. It's easy to add storage to your computer using this device, its integrated cloud backup capabilities. Feel protected against accidents, drops and poor economic decisions.
Ratings : Toshiba Canvio 3.0 Portable Ratings

Seagate Expansion Portable (2012 Model)
#9 - Seagate Expansion Portable (2012 Model)
500GB/750GB/1TB, USB 3.0/2.0, Automatically Recognized by Windows
It has features that others in its class has such as quiet operation, and the ability to stay cool while performing. It is backwards compatible with USB 2.0, which can be important to some users.
Ratings : Seagate Expansion Portable (2012 Model) Ratings

WD Elements Desktop
#10 - WD Elements Desktop
3TB/2.5TB/2TB/1.5TB/1TB/500GB, USB 2.0, Windows-ready, 1 Year Warranty
It has a simple design with black color. It is made of durable plastic. Upper and lower surface are rough skin, side is glossy. This drive runs very quiet and just plug and play and preformatted for Windows system.
Ratings : WD Elements Desktop Ratings

What it can do?

Data Backup - This is a wonderful and relatively inexpensive device to store plenty of information including musics, photos, movies and other information. It isnít uncommon for people to own two external hard drives; one that has a backup of the original files, and the other that has a backup for the backup! Hard drives can crash, thereby leaving you vulnerable. But with an external drive you can restore your files anytime.

Security - When it switched off can become absolutely inaccessible to hackers. There are some models that have an inbuilt encryption and lock sensitive data. Thus, secret files can be kept away from prying eyes on the internet.

Portability - There are many electronic devices that allow you to use an external drive to store movies, music, or other data wherever and whenever you like. Rather than worry about large files that may have to be accessed from multiple locations, the user has to carry one small drive that can be used from multiple devices.

Save Space - Space can be a major issue, especially if you are a movie collector or have a bulk of photos and videos. It is a known fact that it can eat up your hard drive space and slow down your system. The external hard drive is the perfect solution as you can store all your movies, music and other media files on the device.

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