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Seagate DJI Fly Drive

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$109.99

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217g
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2TB
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Jun 2017
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Seagate STEA500400

$60.49

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170g
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500GB
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Jun 2017
#4

77

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Seagate Backup Plus Slim ‑ 2Tb

$64.99

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140g
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2TB
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Jan 2017
#5

76

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Seagate Backup Plus Portable ‑ 2Tb

$79.99

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140g
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2TB
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Feb 2015
#6

76

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Buffalo DriveStation Velocity ‑ 2Tb

$109.99

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1kg
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2TB
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May 2013
#7

76

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Buffalo DriveStation ‑ 2Tb

$129.99

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921g
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2TB
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Dec 2013
#8

76

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LaCie Rugged ‑ 1Tb

$99.95

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100g
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1TB
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Jun 2016
#9

75

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Seagate Backup Plus Desktop ‑ 10Tb

$241.97

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1.1kg
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10TB
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Dec 2017
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76

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LaCie Porsche Design ‑ 5Tb

$159.99

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1kg
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5TB
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Jul 2017
#12

74

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Western Digital My Passport ‑ 2TB

$61.97

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250g
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2TB
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Jan 2018
#13

75

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Western Digital WDBJRT0020BBK‑WESN

$105.49

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130g
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2TB
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Oct 2017
#16

73

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Seagate Expansion USB 3.0 Portable External Hard Drive ‑ 1TB

$54.99

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170g
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1TB
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Sep 2015
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73

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Seagate Expansion Portable 1TB

$65.51

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170g
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1TB
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Feb 2015
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73

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Seagate Expansion ‑ 2TB

$69.99

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170g
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2TB
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Sep 2015
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73

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Seagate Backup Plus Desktop ‑ 3Tb

$79.99

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800g
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3TB
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Jul 2017
#20

73

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Seagate Backup Plus Desktop Hub ‑ 4TB

$89.99

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1.1kg
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4TB
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Aug 2016
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Seagate Expansion Desktop USB 3.0 External Hard Drive ‑ 4TB

$89.99

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940g
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4TB
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Nov 2015

73

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Seagate Expansion USB 3.0 ‑ 4TB

$89.99

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950g
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4TB
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Dec 2015

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LaCie Rugged USB‑C ‑ 1Tb

$84.99

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100g
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1TB
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Nov 2016

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Seagate Expansion 3TB

$89.99

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1kg
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3TB
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Sep 2011

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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 Western Digital with an average rating of 89%. Compare all award winning external hard drives.

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Western Digital External Hard Drives 101 $50 - $183
89%
812 reviews
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Silicon Power External Hard Drives 39
82%
52 reviews
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iStorage External Hard Drives 30
79%
35 reviews
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Buffalo External Hard Drives 37 $110 - $213
78%
15 reviews
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Seagate External Hard Drives 114 $50 - $270
76%
192 reviews
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LaCie External Hard Drives 72 $75 - $699
72%
63 reviews
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A-DATA External Hard Drives 54
59%
19 reviews
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Freecom External Hard Drives 22
55%
7 reviews
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Toshiba External Hard Drives 61
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G-Technology External Hard Drives 41 $58 - $5,200
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Intenso External Hard Drives 25
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BUSlink External Hard Drives 24
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Fantom Drives External Hard Drives 24 $75 - $201

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$49.99
$95 cheaper
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$144.99
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$144.99
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$69.99
$75 cheaper
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$64.99
$80 cheaper
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$144.99
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$61.97
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$79.95
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$144.99
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$61.97
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$79.99
Better Kagoo
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44% lighter
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$164.95
$65 cheaper
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$229.99
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$65.51
Better brand
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$67.19
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$144.99
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$74.99
$70 cheaper
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$99.95
$10 cheaper
117g lighter
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$109.99
Better Kagoo
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One more award
Better brand
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$144.99
$15 cheaper
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Porsche Design - 2Tb
$159.99
Better Kagoo
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Lighter
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$64.99
$95 cheaper
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$159.99
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$561.99
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$459.95
$102 cheaper
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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.
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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.

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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 harddisk range in price from $49 to $5,200 and in total we found prices for 141 external harddisk. The average price of a new external hard drive is $307 and the 80% of external hard drives are priced between $79 and $500. The G-Technology G-Speed Shuttle XL - 64Tb is the most expensive external hard drive that we found at $5,200, and the Western Digital WDBEPK0010BBKWESN is the cheapest at only $50.

External Hard Drive Brands - Price Range

The highest average external hard drive price out of all brands is G-Technology external hard drives with an average price of $749. G-Technology external hard drives start at $58 and their most expensive external hard drive costs $5,200.

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

DataLocker external harddisks start at $394 and their most expensive external hard drive costs $562. The third highest average external hard drive price out of all brands is DataLocker external harddisks with an average price of $478.

External Hard Drive Brands - Average Ratings

We have analysed 283 expert reviews and 1,719 user reviews for external hard drive and used this information to determine the average rating for each brand of external hard drive. The top rated external hard drive brand is Western Digital with an average rating of 89%. The second best brand is Silicon Power with 82% and the third best brand is iStorage with 79%.

Biggest External Hard Drive Retailers

We found 153 current offers for external harddisks from Adorama making it the biggest external hard drive retailer. That is more than twice as big as the second biggest retailer, Overstock for whom we found 51 current offers for external harddisks. The third biggest retailer is Target with 22 current external hard drive offers.

When Are Most New External Hard Disk Drive Released?

The most common period for new external hard disks to be released in is between June and July. If you want the latest external hard drive technology you may want to think about waiting until June 2019. Also the price of the current external hard drives may drop off just before the latest models are released in June. 59 new external harddisk were released in June 2018 making it the biggest month that year for new external hard drive releases. In July 2017, 36 new external hard drives were released making it the biggest month that year for new external hard drive releases. In 2016 most new external hard drives were released in October, with 42 new external hard drives released that month.

How Fast Do External Hard Drive Prices Drop After Release?

On average, in the first 6 months after release, external hard drives drop in price by 1%. That means a saving of $4 on a typical $305 new external hard drive if you wait 6 months before buying.

Weights

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

Across the range of external harddisk, the weights range from 41g to 11.4kg. The weights of the majority of external hard disk drive range from 0g to 300g. The external hard drive with the heaviest weight is the G-Technology G-Speed Shuttle XL - 24Tb, which is an 11.4kg external hard drive and is available at $2,199.95. The external hard drive with the lightest weight is the LaCie Rugged USB-C - 1Tb, which is a 100g external hard drive and is priced at $84.99.

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.

Of the 841 new external hard drive currently listed on Kagoo, the vast majority are USB powered external hard drives. 673 external hard drive out of 841 are USB powered external hard drives.

Hard Drive Capacities

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

Comparing all external hard disk drive, the hard drive capacities range from 1GB to 64TB. The hard drive capacities of most external harddisk range from 0GB to 1.5TB. The G-Technology G-Speed Shuttle XL - 64Tb, which is on sale for $5,199.95, has the biggest hard drive capacity and is a 64TB external hard drive. The G-Technology G-DRIVE ev RaW - 500GB, which is available at $179.95, 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 Disks?

The chart below helps you decide which retailer is normally cheapest for buying external hard disk. For each retailer it shows the total number of external hard disk where they currently have a market leading price. The chart below helps you decide which retailer is normally cheapest for buying external hard disk drives. 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. 88 of their external hard drive prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

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

Assessing how cheap each retailer is for external hard disks 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. 57.5% of their external hard drive prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

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