It looks like you are browsing from
Go to Close
TVs & Displays
Photography & Video
Cooking Appliances
White Goods
Household
Technology
Home Compare External Hard Drives

Compare the Best External Hard DrivesMarch 2019

Share on

87

What is the Kagoo Score? Our unique external hard drives rating which considers: 540 US prices • 5,400 expert & user reviews • 1,000 product comparisons • 140 industry awards • Score breakdown
Sort by
Compact View Detailed View
Scroll up to see results
Save Up To $95 on External Hard Drives View Today's Best Deals
Rank
Kagoo Score
Average Review Rating
Price
USB Powered
Weight
Hard Drive Capacity
Available Colours
Release Date
#2
 Compare  Shortlisted
G-Technology logo

G‑Technology G‑DRIVE Thunderbolt 3 ‑ 8Tb

98 Reviews

$459.95

Info
1.2kg
Info
8TB
Info
Info
Apr 2017
More
Features
#3
 Compare  Shortlisted
OWC logo

OWC Mercury Elite Pro ‑ 1TB

17 Reviews
extremetech.com - Approved

$129.75

Info
300g
Info
1TB
Info
Info
Jun 2015
More
Features
#4
 Compare  Shortlisted
Seagate logo

Seagate DJI Fly Drive

69 Reviews
tweaktown.com - Best Features Award

$109.99

Info
217g
Info
2TB
Info
Info
Jun 2017
More
Features
#6

78

 Compare  Shortlisted
G-Technology logo

G‑Technology G‑DRIVE Mobile USB‑C ‑ 1Tb

$79.95

Info
167g
Info
1TB
Info
Info
Apr 2016
More
Features
#8

76

 Compare  Shortlisted
G-Technology logo

G‑Technology G‑DRIVE ev RaW ‑ 1TB

$79.95

Info
240g
Info
1TB
Info
Info
Dec 2015
More
Features
#9

77

 Compare  Shortlisted
loading image

G‑Technology G‑DRIVE ev ATC

$124.95

Info
381g
Info
1TB
Info
Info
Mar 2015
More
Features
#10

76

 Compare  Shortlisted
loading image

G‑Technology G‑Drive Ev Raw ‑ 2Tb

$108.00

Info
240g
Info
2TB
Info
Info
Apr 2018
More
Features
#11

76

 Compare  Shortlisted
loading image

LaCie Rugged Mini ‑ 2TB

$79.99

Info
240g
Info
2TB
Info
Info
Mar 2014
More
Features
#13

76

 Compare  Shortlisted
loading image

Seagate Backup Plus Portable ‑ 2Tb

$79.99

Info
140g
Info
2TB
Info
Info
Feb 2015
More
Features
#15

74

 Compare  Shortlisted
loading image

LaCie Rugged Triple ‑ 2TB

$124.79

Info
260g
Info
2TB
Info
Info
Sep 2015
More
Features
#16

74

 Compare  Shortlisted
loading image

G‑Technology G‑DRIVE mobile USB ‑ 2Tb

$79.95

Info
249g
Info
2TB
Info
Info
Oct 2016
More
Features
#17

74

 Compare  Shortlisted
loading image

Western Digital My Passport ‑ 2TB

$72.49

Info
250g
Info
2TB
Info
Info
Jan 2018
More
Features
#18

74

 Compare  Shortlisted
loading image

G‑Technology G‑Drive Thunderbolt

$164.95

Info
1.4kg
Info
6TB
Info
Info
Jan 2015
More
Features
#20

74

 Compare  Shortlisted
loading image

G‑Technology G‑DRIVE Mobile USB‑C ‑ 2Tb

$89.95

Info
140g
Info
2TB
Info
Info
Jun 2018
More
Features

74

 Compare  Shortlisted
loading image

Seagate STEA500400

$65.42

Info
170g
Info
500GB
Info
Info
Jun 2017
More
Features

74

 Compare  Shortlisted
loading image

Seagate Expansion Portable 1TB

$65.51

Info
170g
Info
1TB
Info
Info
Feb 2015
More
Features

74

 Compare  Shortlisted
loading image

Seagate Backup Plus Backup Plus Slim Portable ‑ 2Tb

$79.99

Info
140g
Info
2TB
Info
Info
Jan 2017
More
Features

74

 Compare  Shortlisted
loading image

Seagate Expansion ‑ 2TB

$69.99

Info
170g
Info
2TB
Info
Info
Sep 2015
More
Features

74

 Compare  Shortlisted
loading image

G‑Technology G‑DRIVE ‑ 4Tb

$129.99

Info
1.3kg
Info
4TB
Info
Info
Sep 2017
More
Features

74

 Compare  Shortlisted
loading image

Buffalo DriveStation Velocity ‑ 2Tb

$109.99

Info
1kg
Info
2TB
Info
Info
May 2013
More
Features

No matching products found.

 More

Today's Best External Hard Drive Deals

$59 Price Drop
4TB
4,800 Mbit/s
Data
5,400 RPM
Hard
175g
More
Features
$1k Price Drop
32TB
11.4kg
More
Features
$29 Price Drop
2TB
5,000 Mbit/s
Data
250g
More
Features
$50 Price Drop
10TB
240 Mbit/s
Data
7,200 RPM
Hard
1.4kg
More
Features
View All External Hard Drive Deals & Coupons

Amazon External Hard Drive Deals

What Are The Best External Hard Drive Brands?

We looked at the reviews for every external hard drive and used this to calculate the average overall rating of each brand. The top rated external hard drive brand is G-Technology with an average rating of 88%. Compare all award winning external hard drives.

Rank Brand Number of External Hard Drives Price Range Average Rating
#1
loading image
G-Technology External Hard Drives 41 $58 - $4,400
88%
336 reviews
#2
loading image
Western Digital External Hard Drives 100 $58 - $183
88%
1,417 reviews
#3
loading image
Silicon Power External Hard Drives 39
88%
237 reviews
#4
loading image
Buffalo External Hard Drives 37 $110 - $213
83%
44 reviews
#5
loading image
Seagate External Hard Drives 114 $58 - $350
82%
492 reviews
#6
loading image
Freecom External Hard Drives 22
80%
32 reviews
#7
loading image
iStorage External Hard Drives 30
78%
54 reviews
#8
loading image
LaCie External Hard Drives 72 $65 - $699
76%
79 reviews
#9
loading image
A-DATA External Hard Drives 54
56%
15 reviews
#10
loading image
Intenso External Hard Drives 25
16%
3 reviews
#11
loading image
Toshiba External Hard Drives 61
#12
loading image
BUSlink External Hard Drives 24
#13
loading image
Fantom Drives External Hard Drives 24 $75 - $201

Trending External Hard Drive Comparisons

loading image
Seagate
Backup Plus Slim - 1TB
$59.99
$85 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
76g lighter
VS
loading image
Transcend
StoreJet 25M3 - 2Tb
$144.99
Three years
newer
More popular
loading image
Seagate
Backup Plus Slim Portable - 2Tb
$79.99
$80 cheaper
Better brand
Lighter
VS
loading image
LaCie
Porsche Design - 2Tb
$159.99
Better Kagoo
Score
loading image
LaCie
Porsche Design - 2Tb
$159.99
Better Kagoo
Score
Newer by 10
months
VS
loading image
G-Technology
G-DRIVE Mobile USB-C - 1Tb
$79.95
$80 cheaper
Better brand
More popular
loading image
Transcend
StoreJet 25M3 - 2Tb
$144.99
Newer by three
years
24g lighter
VS
loading image
LaCie
Rugged Mini - 1TB
$59.99
$85 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
loading image
Transcend
StoreJet 25M3 - 2Tb
$144.99
14 months newer
VS
loading image
Western Digital
My Passport
$77.49
$68 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Three more
awards
loading image
Transcend
StoreJet 25M3 - 2Tb
$144.99
Three years
newer
VS
loading image
Seagate
Expansion - 2TB
$69.99
$75 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
22% lighter
loading image
Transcend
StoreJet 25M3 - 2Tb
$144.99
Three years
newer
VS
loading image
Seagate
2TB Backup Plus Slim
$99.71
$45 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
57g lighter
loading image
G-Technology
G-DRIVE - 6TB
$249.95
$30 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
VS
loading image
LaCie
d2 - 4Tb
$279.99
Two years newer
USB powered
loading image
LaCie
d2 - 6Tb
$499.99
Three months
newer
VS
loading image
G-Technology
G-DRIVE Thunderbolt 3 - 6Tb
$359.95
$140 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
loading image
LaCie
Rugged Triple - 1Tb
$99.95
$45 cheaper
54% lighter
Better Kagoo
Score
VS
loading image
Transcend
StoreJet 25M3 - 2Tb
$144.99
Newer by 22
months
loading image
LaCie
Rugged - 1Tb
$99.95
Lighter
Two months
newer
VS
loading image
G-Technology
G-DRIVE Mobile USB-C - 1Tb
$79.95
$20 cheaper
Better brand
More popular
loading image
Western Digital
My Passport - 2TB
$72.49
$7 cheaper
Better brand
14 months newer
VS
loading image
G-Technology
G-DRIVE mobile USB - 2Tb
$79.95
Better Kagoo
Score
1% lighter
loading image
Seagate
Expansion Portable 1TB
$65.51
Better brand
Better Kagoo
Score
A lot lighter
VS
loading image
LaCie
Porsche Design - 1TB
$67.19
16 months newer
loading image
Western Digital
My Passport - 2TB
$72.49
$8 cheaper
Better brand
Three years
newer
VS
loading image
Seagate
Backup Plus Portable - 2Tb
$79.99
Better Kagoo
Score
44% lighter
loading image
Transcend
StoreJet 25M3 - 2Tb
$144.99
Three years
newer
VS
loading image
Seagate
Expansion Portable 1TB
$65.51
$79 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
22% lighter
loading image
LaCie
Rugged - 1Tb
$99.95
$10 cheaper
117g lighter
VS
loading image
Seagate
DJI Fly Drive
$109.99
Better Kagoo
Score
One more award
Better brand
loading image
Transcend
StoreJet 25M3 - 2Tb
$144.99
$15 cheaper
Newer by 14
months
VS
loading image
LaCie
Porsche Design - 2Tb
$159.99
Better Kagoo
Score
Lighter
loading image
Seagate
Backup Plus Portable - 2Tb
$79.99
18% lighter
VS
loading image
Western Digital
My Passport
$77.49
Better Kagoo
Score
23 months newer
Four more
awards
loading image
Seagate
Backup Plus Portable - 2Tb
$79.99
$41 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
10g lighter
VS
loading image
Verbatim
Store n Go - 2Tb
$120.99
More popular
All External Hard Drive Comparisons

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

QHow is the capacity of hard drives measures?
AModern external hard drives are measured in gigabytes (Gb), which equates to approximately 1,000 megabytes (Mb). A single mp3 takes up about 3-4Mb, while a single picture takes 1-2Mb. Larger capacity drives are measured in terrbytes (Tb), where 1Tb = 1,000Gb.
QWhat security is available for external hard drives?
AMost hard drives lack any serious security options - however some have password protection to only allow authorised access. This can be a software password, or an actual physical keypad on the drive itself. Heavier degrees of security are available - including biometric fingerprint scanners, which will only unlock the data to someone with authorised fingerprints.
QHow are external hard drives powered?
AMost external hard drives are powered via USB, meaning they can be plugged directly into the computer and used from there. However some very large/powerful drives need too much power for USB alone, and will also require am external power supply to function properly.

External Hard Drive Buying Guide

External hard drives are portable and used to backup files and data from your computer, so they’re safeguarded in case of accident or for retrieval at a later date. While Cloud-based backups are being used more and more for backups, external hard drives still have several important benefits compared to online backups:

  • Peace of mind: many people don’t 100% trust the Cloud yet, and having their data stored in some unknown, invisible server somewhere leaves them worried about the long-term safety of their data. External hard drives offer tangible, physical objects to safely backup your files, without having to rely on 3rd-party companies.
  • Backing up and restoring files is far faster, especially with newer models that use USB 3 for transferring data.
  • Data can be retrieved without needing a net connection, making them useful if travelling or if you find yourself somewhere without a solid net connection.
  • High-level security options - such as fingerprint scanners, palm vein scanners and number pads - offer vastly increased security and peace of mind when storing very important files. Moreover, there is the increased security of being able to physically lock away the hard drives away from prying eyes.
  • Finally, USB hard drives are still one of the best methods for quickly moving very large files between different computers. It is frequently easier (as long as the computers aren’t too far apart) to simply transfer the file to the drive, plug it in to the second computer, and transfer rather than having to deal with slower upload/download speeds from services such as Dropbox.
loading image

Capacity

The main important consideration when choosing an external hard drive is the capacity. This Is a measure of how much data the drive can hold, and is measured in gigabytes (Gb) or terrabytes (Tb) . A gigabyte is 1000 megabytes, and a terabyte is 1000 gigabytes. Our drives range from relatively small portable 120gig drives to enormous 5Tb drives, which can safely hold all the data from multiple machines at once. Generally speaking the higher the capacity the better, but it does depend on what you’re going to be backing up. If you only use your computer to store documents, low-res photos and the like, a 2-500 gig drive should be enough. On the other hand, large capacity drives are useful for storing RAW photos, video editing or Photoshop files.

Size & Portability

Hand in hand with the capacity of the drive is its size. Generally speaking, the larger the capacity of a drive, the bigger it is. Small-capacity drives are extremely portable, being no larger than a mobile phone, so can be transported very easily. On the other end of the scale, the very large capacity drives are not meant to be portable, and usually sit in or under your desk as a safe deposit for all your data. Portability and weight will only become a real issue when choosing the very high-capacity drives, but it is worth paying attention to if you plan on transporting the drive frequently.

Read/Write Speeds

Read & write speeds measure how quickly data can be written from & to the external hard drive. This is measures in bytes per second - the higher the speed, the faster large files (such as movies) will be transferred onto or from the drive. The read-write speeds are also affected by the USB version supported - USB 3.0 supported drives allow far higher transfer rates than USB 2 drives, so it is worth seeking out the newest drive you can for the fastest data transfer speeds.

Power

On the subject of USBs, external hard drives are powered by 2 main methods: via USB or externally power lead. Smaller drives will be powered via USB - this means that the same lead that transfers the data also powers the device. This means no battery, no extra leads, and they are far more portable. Larger drives may be so big and powerful that USB alone can’t provide enough power - in which case they may need an external power connection to properly function. This means that extra consideration has to be made for a spare power socket and the required leads - making them less use when on the go.

loading image

Extras

Finally, there are a wealth of extras that can be found in more advanced models of external hard drives. Some of these may only be useful in specific situations, and you will usually pay more for them, but the utility may well be worth the extra cost. Some examples of extra features include:

  • Integrated card reader: a built in card reader in the drive allows the device to also read/write to SD cards.
  • Fingerprint scanner: an optical fingerprint scanner drastically increases the security of your device, by meaning only specific fingerprints can unlock the device and access the files. For even greater security, a ‘palm vein’ scanner detects the blood pumping through the unique arrangement of veins in your hand, meaning that the scanner cannot be fooled by severed fingers - the owner has to be there in person and alive.
  • Ruggedized outer layer: for those who frequently take drives outdoors or in harsh conditions, a hefty rubber or metal basing protects the device from damage, keeping your files intact through even the worst conditions.

External Hard Drive Retailers, Prices and Features

External Hard Drive Prices

External hard drive range in price from $49 to $4,400 and in total we found prices for 143 external hard drive. A new external hard drive costs on average $270 and 80% of external hard disk drives are priced between $75 and $479. The G-Technology G-Speed Shuttle XL - 48Tb is the most expensive external hard drive that we found at $4,400, and the Seagate Backup Plus Portable Slim - 1TB is the cheapest at only $50.

External Hard Drive Brands - Price Range

G-Technology external hard drives start at $58 and their most expensive external hard drive costs $4,400. The average price of G-Technology external hard drives is $570 which is the highest average price of all external hard drive brands.

The average price of ioSafe external hard disk is $558 which is the second highest average price of all external hard drive brands. ioSafe external hard disk start at $413 and their most expensive external hard drive costs $702.

DataLocker external hard drive range in price from $394 to $562, and the average price of DataLocker external hard drive is $478 which is the third highest average price of all external hard drive brands.

External Hard Drive Brands - Average Ratings

We have checked 740 expert reviews and 2,938 user reviews for external harddisk and used this data to determine the average rating for each brand of external hard drive. The top rated external hard drive brand is G-Technology with an average rating of 88%. The second best brand is Western Digital with 88% and the third best brand is Silicon Power with 88%.

Biggest External Hard Drive Retailers

We found 155 current offers for external hard disk drive from Adorama making it the biggest external hard drive retailer. That is over 3 times bigger than the second biggest retailer, Overstock for whom we found 51 current offers for external hard disk drive. The third biggest retailer is Target with 22 current external hard drive offers.

When Are Most New External Hard Disk Drives Released?

June to July is the most common period for new external harddisk to be released in. For the latest external hard drive technology you may want to consider waiting until June 2019. It's also worth keeping in mind that the price of the current external hard disk tend to drop off when the next models are released. In 2018 most new external hard drives were released in June, with 59 new external hard drives released that month. The biggest month in 2017 for new external hard drive releases was July, with 36 new external hard drive released that month. October was the biggest month in 2016 for new external hard disk, with 42 new external hard disk released that month.

How Fast Do External Hard Drive Prices Drop After Release?

On average external harddisks drop in price by 1% in the first 6 months after release. If you are prepared to wait then you could save an average of $4 on a typical $269 new external hard drive by waiting 6 months before buying.

Weights

'Weight' denotes the weight of the external hard drive, measured in grams (g).

Across the range of external hard disk drives, the weights range from 41g to 11.4kg. The weights of most external hard disk drives range from 0g to 300g. The G-Technology G-Speed Shuttle XL - 24Tb, which currently retails for $2,199.95, has the heaviest weight and is an 11.4kg external hard drive. The external hard drive with the lightest weight is the LaCie Rugged USB-C - 1Tb, which is a 100g external hard drive and currently retails for $89.99.

A heavier hard drive will be bulkier, and more annoying to carry around.

USB Powered

Whether the hard drive is powered by USB or not.

The vast majority of the 840 new external hard drive currently listed on Kagoo are USB powered external hard disk. 672 out of 840 are USB powered external hard disk.

Hard Drive Capacities

'Hard Drive Capacity' denotes how much data the hard drive can hold, measured in gigabytes (GB).

The hard drive capacities of external harddisk range from 1GB to 64TB. The hard drive capacities of most external hard disk drives range from 0GB to 1.5TB. The external hard drive with the biggest hard drive capacity is the G-Technology G-Speed Shuttle XL - 48Tb, which is a 48TB external hard drive and is priced at $4,399.95. The Seagate STEA500400, which sells for $58.49, has the smallest hard drive capacity and is a 500GB external hard drive.

A bigger hard drive capacity means that it can hold more files and data at once.

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for External Hard Disk?

The chart below helps you decide which retailer is normally cheapest for buying external hard disk drives. For each retailer it shows the total number of external hard disk drives where they currently have a market leading price. The chart below helps you decide which retailer is normally cheapest for buying external harddisk. For each retailer we took all of their prices and looked at what proportion of those prices where the cheapest on the market. The cheapest retailer that we found was Adorama. 93 of their external hard drive prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

Proportion of External Hard Drive for Which Each Retailer is Cheapest?

Assessing how cheap each retailer is for external hard disk by counting the number of cheapest prices for that retailer, makes the retailers that offer the greatest number of external hard drive prices more likely to offer the greatest number of cheapest prices. The chart below considers the proportion of each retailer's external hard drive prices that are the cheapest compared to other retailers. The cheapest retailer that we found using this approach was Adorama. 60% of their external hard drive prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

×