The need for storage space is never ending. Since the era of the first generation hard drives which had to be transported via trucks, the hard disk drive technology has improved by leaps and bounds. Storage devices have now become smaller, lighter, faster and more powerful. With the USB interface gaining wide acceptance, external hard drive that are plug and play have become very common. We take you through a list of 7 best external hard drive that you can think of owning as a backup device.
1. WD 1TB My Passport Ultra-Portable External Hard Drive (WDBGPU0010BBK-NESN)
Western Digital is a market leader in both external and internal storage devices. The My Passport series consists of Ultra-Portable External Hard drives that come with capacities ranging from 500 GB to 3TB. This product has a capacity of 1 TB that is sufficient for regular computer users. This secure portable storage connects to your computer via a USB 3.0 port to ensure faster data transfer, and is formatted in NTFS. So computers running Windows 8, 7, Vista or XP will recognize it right out of the box. Mac users will have to reformat the drive to work with the Mac OS X operating system.
Western Digital offers you both cloud and local storage with 256-bit AES hardware encryption which is optional. WD has their WD SmartWare software to help you schedule the backup, like when to perform the backup and which all files have to be backed up. The SmartWare software can also be used for third party external USB hard drives to protect your important files. If you upgrade to SmartWare Pro Software you can also backup your data to cloud using the Dropbox account.
2. WD 2TB Black My Passport Ultra-Portable External Hard Drive (WDBBKD0020BBK-NESN)
Millions of people around the world use the My Passport series of Ultra-portable hard drives manufactured by Western Digital as their preferred portable storage device. The capacity of this Ultra-Portable is 2TB. This External Hard Drive offers you backup options with 256 bit encryption. WD Backup lets you schedule your backup day, time and the frequency. According to that your Ultra-Portable External Hard Drive finds your new files and adds them to your already backed up data (incremental data backup). Using the WD Backup software you can even restore a single file or folder to where you saved it originally. Western Digital offers both local and cloud backup with their My Passport External Hard Drive. To use the cloud storage you need to have a Dropbox account.
WD provides enhanced security for My Passport Ultra and My Passport Ultra Mac by making it password protected. When you set a password for your Hard Drive the hardware 256 bit AES encryption is enabled. You have an Auto-Unlock option so that the Western Digital security will automatically unlock when you connect your My Passport Ultra to a known computer.
The External Hard Drive comes in 4 different colors (Brilliant White, Classic Black, Wild Berry and Noble Blue). With the WD Drive Utilities you can set drive timer, register your drive, run diagnostics, set up drive security and optimize functionality.
3. Seagate Expansion 1TB Portable External Hard Drive (STEA1000400)
One of the major players that shaped the hard disk drive technology for ages –Seagate had launched various capacities of portable external hard drives under the series Seagate Expansion. This product has a storage capacity of 1 TB which you can use to back up your personal files and multimedia content.
The Seagate Expansion Portable hard drive is quite easy to use. To instantly add storage to your computer and take files on the go, all you have to do is Drag and drop file saving, right out of the box. The device is USB powered and makes use of the USB 3.0 connectivity to offer faster data transfer rates. Installation is quite simple – just plug in the USB cable. The plug and play feature will make Windows to immediately recognize and install this device. The 1 TB storage capacity is good to hold Up to 1,000 hours of video, Up to 16,660 hours of music, almost 250 (two-hour) DVD films, and about 320,000 pictures. The box consists of one 1 TB Expansive portable hard drive, one USB 3.0 cable and a Quick Start Guide.
4. Seagate Expansion 5TB Desktop External Hard Drive (STEB5000100)
Seagate External Hard Drive is a plug and play storage device having a whopping capacity of 5TB. The file transfer is accomplished with USB 3.0 which is backward Compatible with USB 2.0. You can just drag and drop the files directly to the Hard Drive. The External Hard drive is compatible with Windows and Mac Operating System. By default the file system is compatible with Windows. If you want to use the Hard Drive in Mac you will have to format the drive before storing the data. Make sure that you take a backup of the data before you format.
The box contains Seagate Expansion External Hard Drive, Power Adapter, USB 3.0 cable and quick start guide. This portable hard drive provides you that extra storage for your growing file collection and also frees up the space in your computer’s internal drive. The Hard Drive has a weight of 950 grams and a length of 176 mm.
5. Transcend StoreJet 1 TB External Hard Drive (TS1TSJ25M3)
The StoreJet 25M3 is a premium product offered by Transcend. The hard drive comes with a storage capacity of 1 TB. Besides this to enhance the speed of data transfer Transcend has adopted the SuperSpeed USB 3.0 and has a transfer rate of up to 5Gbps. The One Touch auto-backup button enables you to instantly backup and synchronize hassle free. This is achieved with the help of the Transcend Elite software. You can perform incremental backups and compression (256 bit AES encryption) using the Transcend Elite software to make the hard drive to act as a digital lock. You are provided with a Quick Reconnect button to re-establish connection with the USB device without unplugging and reinserting. The StoreJet 25M3 is compatible with Windows XP/Vista/7/8, Linux and Mac OS X.
The StoreJet 25M3 has the Military-grade shock resistance based on US military drop-test standard (MIL-STD-810G 516.6). This durable, compact and reliable Hard Drive is protected by three layer shock resistant system. The outer layer is made of silicone material (Slip resistant), further accentuated by a hard casing and an internal suspension damper. The device is also tested for stability against extreme temperature, vibration and pressure. This storage device weighing 216 grams has the dimensions 129.5 x 20.4 x 82.4 mm.
6. Toshiba Canvio Basics 1TB Portable Hard Drive (HDTB310XK3AA)
The Canvio Basics Portable Hard Drive manufactured by Toshiba has a capacity of 1 TB. Company claims that the Hard Drive can provide a maximum transfer rate of 5GBs. This is achieved by transferring the files quickly using the SuperSpeed USB 3.0 (Compatible with 2.0). The drive is compatible with Windows as well as Mac. By default the file system in the Portable Hard Drive will be NTFS for Windows and you can re-format the drive to HFS+ for Mac compatibility. The device is plug and play which means that there is no need to install any software to access the Hard Drive. The minimum system requirements for the drive to work are a processor with the speed of 750 MHz or faster, 256 MB RAM, 10 MB hard disk space and one free USB port (3.0 or 2.0).
This Hard drives comes with a speed of 5400 RPM (Revolutions Per Minute) and an average seek time (the travel time taken by the disk head to the location where the data is being read/written) of 12 milliseconds. The cache buffer in the Toshiba Canvio Basics Portable Hard drive is 8 MB. The device comes in three different colors (White, Black and Silver). For the safety of the device Toshiba has included an Internal Shock Sensor and Ramp-Loading Technology to prevent the damage from accidental drops. Along with these technologies Toshiba’s reputation to produce reliable and durable products gives you total peace of mind.
7. Seagate Backup Plus Slim 2TB Portable External Hard Drive (STDR2000100)
The Seagate Backup Plus Slim is the part of the Backup Plus family. There are four categories in the Backup Plus family and they are Ultra slim, Slim, Portable and Fast. The Slim also comes with the features like Seagate Dashboard, Lyve and OneDrive like its other family members. As in the name this external hard drive is slim and sleek with metal body. The Seagate Backup Plus Slim works well with Mac OS X 10.7 or higher and Windows 7 or higher.
The capacity of the Portable Hard drive mentioned here is 1TB, but it also comes with the capacities 500 GB and 1TB. The data transfer rate is 120 MB/s and this is possible by using the USB 3.0. This is compatible with PC or Mac (NTFS driver for Mac is available to download). The Backup Plus Slim Portable Hard drive weighs just 159 grams and measures 12.1 x 113.5 x 76 mm. The metal finish lets you carry around the Hard drive in your purse, pocket, or backpack. The hard drive comes in 5 colors.
The Seagate comes with cloud storage (200 GB for 2 years) with OneDrive allowing the consumers to access and backup data both locally and in the cloud. You can do this either from a computer or from your smartphone. Through the Seagate Dashboard you can run a backup from computer, phone, cloud and social network so that your data will be safe. You can also install the Seagate Mobile Backup App to backup the data from your phone to cloud or external drive. Seagate also supports Lyve to backup and access your photos on the go. This External Hard drive provides you all the options to backup your data safely.