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5 Best External Hard Drives in the US - January 2020

Updated 23 December 2019 by Matthew
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5 best external hard drives

Which Are the Best External Hard Drives?

Don't have time to read our analysis of the best external hard drives? No problem, let's cut to the chase, the best external hard drives are:

  • 1) Seagate STEA500400 - $55.99 Newegg US
  • 2) Western Digital My Passport Ultra - 1Tb - $54.99 MOBILESHARK
  • 3) Seagate Backup Plus Slim - 1TB - $49.99 Adorama
  • 4) LaCie Rugged Mini - 1TB - $59.99 Adorama
  • 5) Buffalo DriveStation Velocity - 2Tb - $109.69 eBay

What External Hard Drive to Buy in January 2020?

Let's take a look at the top 5 external hard drives currently for sale in the US, compared side by side:

Best Buy Great Price
Seagate STEA500400 Western Digital My Passport Ultra - 1Tb Seagate Backup Plus Slim - 1TB LaCie Rugged Mini - 1TB Buffalo DriveStation Velocity - 2Tb
Seagate STEA500400 Western Digital My Passport Ultra - 1Tb Seagate Backup Plus Slim - 1TB LaCie Rugged Mini - 1TB Buffalo DriveStation Velocity - 2Tb
$55.99 Buy Now
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$54.99 Buy Now
MOBILESHARK
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$49.99 Buy Now
Adorama
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$59.99 Buy Now
Adorama
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$109.69 Buy Now
eBay
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500GB
5 Mbit/s
DATA TRANSFER
RATE
170g
1TB
5,000 Mbit/s
DATA TRANSFER
160g
1TB
5,000 Mbit/s
DATA TRANSFER
140g
1TB
5 Mbit/s
DATA TRANSFER
RATE
5,400 RPM
HARD DRIVE
ROTATIONAL
240g
2TB
5,000 Mbit/s
DATA TRANSFER
7,200 RPM
HARD DRIVE
ROTATIONAL
1kg
75
Brand Rating
Very Good Brand
88
Features
Fully-Featured
90
Popularity
Widely Available
88
Value for Money
Very Good
88
Kagoo Score
Excellent
86
Brand Rating
Excellent Brand
88
Features
Fully-Featured
84
Popularity
Quite Popular
87
Value for Money
Very Good
87
Kagoo Score
Excellent
75
Brand Rating
Very Good Brand
86
Features
Fully-Featured
86
Popularity
Quite Popular
86
Value for Money
Very Good
85
Kagoo Score
Excellent
66
Brand Rating
Good Brand
88
Features
Fully-Featured
92
Popularity
Widely Available
88
Value for Money
Very Good
87
Kagoo Score
Excellent
74
Brand Rating
Very Good Brand
87
Features
Fully-Featured
85
Popularity
Quite Popular
87
Value for Money
Very Good
87
Kagoo Score
Excellent
The best rated external hard drive under $100. An affordable and fully featured 160g external hard drive. It has a password protection and a data transfer rate of 5,000 Mbit/s and is USB powered. An astonishingly light weight and fully featured USB powered external hard drive, with a reasonable price. A fully featured and low cost 240g external hard drive. It is USB powered and has a password protection. The best scoring external hard drive under $500.
3 Reasons For
USB Powered
Better Kagoo Score
One Month Newer
3 Reasons For
USB Powered
Password Protection
Better Brand
3 Reasons For
86% Lighter
USB Powered
$5 Cheaper
3 Reasons For
USB Powered
Password Protection
More Shops Are Selling it
6 Reasons Against
15% Heavier
75% Smaller Hard Drive Capacity
4,995 Mbit/s Slower Data Transfer Rate
$6 More Expensive
Not As Many Stockists
Worse Brand
7 Reasons Against
Heavier
1TB Smaller Hard Drive Capacity
Does Not Have a Wi-Fi
Worse Kagoo Score
More Expensive by $5
Fewer Sellers
Older by One Month
5 Reasons Against
Vastly Smaller Hard Drive Capacity
Worse Kagoo Score
Less Retailers
Over Three Years Older
Worse Brand
8 Reasons Against
A Lot Heavier
1TB Smaller Hard Drive Capacity
Vastly Slower Hard Drive Speed
Vastly Slower Data Transfer Rate
Worse Kagoo Score
More Expensive by $10
Older by Over One Year
Worse Brand
8 Reasons Against
Vastly Heavier
Not USB Powered
Does Not Have a Wi-Fi
Worse Kagoo Score
More Expensive by $60
Not As Many Stockists
Older by Over Four Years
Worse Brand
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Seagate STEA500400

$55.99
Newegg US

Seagate STEA500400

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Seagate STEA500400
500GB
5 Mbit/s
DATA TRANSFER
RATE
170g

The Seagate STEA500400 has a Kagoo Score of 88. With a price tag of $55.99 this external hard drive is good value for money. For further details check out our full review of the Seagate STEA500400 or read our article on whether you should buy a Seagate external hard drive.

Features We Love:
Very light (170g)
USB powered

The best rated external hard drive under $100.

88
Features
Fully-Featured
90
Popularity
Widely Available
88
Value for Money
Very Good
88
Kagoo Score
Excellent
Seagate Expansion 500GB Portable External Hard Drive USB 3.0 (STEA500400) | Review/Test
Seagate Expansion 500GB Portable External Hard Drive USB 3.0 (STEA500400) | Review/Test

3 Reasons For for Choosing the Seagate STEA500400

USB Powered

The Seagate STEA500400 is a USB powered external hard drive (as are the LaCie Rugged Mini - 1TB, the Seagate Backup Plus Slim - 1TB and the Western Digital My Passport Ultra - 1Tb), whereas the Buffalo DriveStation Velocity - 2Tb is not. More ...

Whether the hard drive is powered by USB or not.

Better Kagoo Score

The Seagate STEA500400 has received a Kagoo Score of 88, but the Buffalo DriveStation Velocity - 2Tb scored 87, the LaCie Rugged Mini - 1TB scored 87, the Seagate Backup Plus Slim - 1TB scored 85 and the Western Digital My Passport Ultra - 1Tb scored 87.

One Month Newer

The Seagate STEA500400 was released three years ago, but the Buffalo DriveStation Velocity - 2Tb was released seven years ago, the LaCie Rugged Mini - 1TB was released four years ago, the Seagate Backup Plus Slim - 1TB was released six years ago and the Western Digital My Passport Ultra - 1Tb was released three years ago

6 Reasons Against for Choosing the Seagate STEA500400

15% Heavier

The Seagate STEA500400 is a 170 external hard drive. That's 830g lighter than the Buffalo DriveStation Velocity - 2Tb (1kg), 70g lighter than the LaCie Rugged Mini - 1TB (240g), 30g heavier than the Seagate Backup Plus Slim - 1TB (140g) and 10g heavier than the Western Digital My Passport Ultra - 1Tb (160g). More ...

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

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

75% Smaller Hard Drive Capacity

The Seagate STEA500400 is a 500 external hard drive. That's 1.5TB smaller than the Buffalo DriveStation Velocity - 2Tb (2TB) and 500GB smaller than the LaCie Rugged Mini - 1TB, the Seagate Backup Plus Slim - 1TB and the Western Digital My Passport Ultra - 1Tb (1TB). More ...

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

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

4,995 Mbit/s Slower Data Transfer Rate

The Seagate STEA500400 has a data transfer rate of 5 (as does the LaCie Rugged Mini - 1TB), whereas the Buffalo DriveStation Velocity - 2Tb, the Seagate Backup Plus Slim - 1TB and the Western Digital My Passport Ultra - 1Tb are all 5,000 Mbit/s data transfer rate external hard drives (4,995 Mbit/s faster). More ...

'Data Transfer Rate' indicates how fast data can be transferred to/from the external hard drive.

Faster data transfer speeds means that you will be able to transfer larger files to/from the hard drive faster.

$6 More Expensive

The Seagate STEA500400 is more expensive than the Seagate Backup Plus Slim - 1TB by $6.

Not As Many Stockists

Only 7 retailers sells the Seagate STEA500400, however 9 sellers sell the LaCie Rugged Mini - 1TB. More ...

Smaller numbers of stores reduces the chances of this external hard drive remaining in stock and also reduces the price competition amongst retailers for the product.
Worse Brand

Seagate external hard drives have an average rating of only 94.6%, however LaCie has an average rating of 94.8% and Western Digital has an average rating of 95%.

The cheapest price that we could find for the STEA500400 in the US is $55.99 and in total we found 7 prices for it.

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Western Digital My Passport Ultra - 1Tb

$54.99
MOBILESHARK

Western Digital My Passport Ultra - 1Tb

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Western Digital My Passport Ultra - 1Tb
1TB
5,000 Mbit/s
DATA TRANSFER
160g

The Western Digital My Passport Ultra - 1Tb has a Kagoo Score of 87. With a price tag of $54.99 this external hard drive is good value for money. For further details check out our full review of the Western Digital My Passport Ultra - 1Tb or read our article on whether you should buy a Western Digital external hard drive.

Features We Love:
Fast data transfer rate (5,000 Mbit/s)
USB powered
Very light (160g)
Password protection

An affordable and fully featured 160g external hard drive. It has a password protection and a data transfer rate of 5,000 Mbit/s and is USB powered.

88
Features
Fully-Featured
84
Popularity
Quite Popular
87
Value for Money
Very Good
87
Kagoo Score
Excellent

3 Reasons For for Choosing the Western Digital My Passport Ultra - 1Tb

USB Powered

The Western Digital My Passport Ultra - 1Tb is USB powered, and so are the LaCie Rugged Mini - 1TB, the Seagate Backup Plus Slim - 1TB and the Seagate STEA500400, however the Buffalo DriveStation Velocity - 2Tb is not. More ...

Whether the hard drive is powered by USB or not.

Password Protection

The Western Digital My Passport Ultra - 1Tb has a password protection, and so does the LaCie Rugged Mini - 1TB, but the Buffalo DriveStation Velocity - 2Tb, the Seagate Backup Plus Slim - 1TB and the Seagate STEA500400 do not. More ...

'Password Protection' indicates whether the hard drive has password protection as a security measure against unauthorised entry.

Setting a password on your hard drive stops anyone plugging it in and reading the information stored on it - it's a good mid-level security feature.

Better Brand

Western Digital external hard drives have an average rating of 95%, but Buffalo only has an average rating of 82.2%, LaCie only has an average rating of 94.8% and Seagate only has an average rating of 94.6%.

7 Reasons Against for Choosing the Western Digital My Passport Ultra - 1Tb

Heavier

The Western Digital My Passport Ultra - 1Tb has a weight of 160, but the Buffalo DriveStation Velocity - 2Tb is a 1kg external hard drive (840g heavier), the LaCie Rugged Mini - 1TB is a 240g external hard drive (80g heavier), the Seagate Backup Plus Slim - 1TB is a 140g external hard drive (20g lighter) and the Seagate STEA500400 is a 170g external hard drive (10g heavier). More ...

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

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

1TB Smaller Hard Drive Capacity

The Western Digital My Passport Ultra - 1Tb has a hard drive capacity of 1 (as do the LaCie Rugged Mini - 1TB and the Seagate Backup Plus Slim - 1TB), whereas the Buffalo DriveStation Velocity - 2Tb is a 2TB external hard drive (1TB bigger) and the Seagate STEA500400 is a 500GB external hard drive (500GB smaller). More ...

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

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

Does Not Have a Wi-Fi

The Western Digital My Passport Ultra - 1Tb does not have a Wi-Fi (As does the the Buffalo DriveStation Velocity - 2Tb), but the LaCie Rugged Mini - 1TB, the Seagate Backup Plus Slim - 1TB and the Seagate STEA500400 do. More ...

'Wi-Fi' indicates whether the hard drive can connect to wireless networks or not.

A wi-fi connection on your hard drive means that you can connect directly to it to read/write data without an actual physical connection, meaning you can access your storage from anywhere.

Worse Kagoo Score

The Western Digital My Passport Ultra - 1Tb has received a Kagoo Score of 87, whereas the Seagate STEA500400 scored 88.

More Expensive by $5

The Western Digital My Passport Ultra - 1Tb is $5 more expensive than the Seagate Backup Plus Slim - 1TB.

Fewer Sellers

The Western Digital My Passport Ultra - 1Tb is only stocked by 4 sellers, but the LaCie Rugged Mini - 1TB is stocked by 9 retailers and the Seagate STEA500400 is stocked by 7 stores. More ...

The fewer the number of sellers that stock the product, the lower the competition amongst sellers to keep prices low.
Older by One Month

The Western Digital My Passport Ultra - 1Tb is one month older than the Seagate STEA500400.

The cheapest price that we could find for the My Passport Ultra - 1Tb in the US is $54.99 and in total we found 4 prices for it.

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Seagate Backup Plus Slim - 1TB

$49.99
Adorama

Seagate Backup Plus Slim - 1TB

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Seagate Backup Plus Slim - 1TB
1TB
5,000 Mbit/s
DATA TRANSFER
140g

The Seagate Backup Plus Slim - 1TB has a Kagoo Score of 85. With a price tag of $49.99 this external hard drive is good value for money. For further details check out our full review of the Seagate Backup Plus Slim - 1TB or read our article on whether you should buy a Seagate external hard drive.

Features We Love:
Fast data transfer rate (5,000 Mbit/s)
Lighter than average (140g)
USB powered

An astonishingly light weight and fully featured USB powered external hard drive, with a reasonable price.

86
Features
Fully-Featured
86
Popularity
Quite Popular
86
Value for Money
Very Good
85
Kagoo Score
Excellent
Seagate Backup Plus Slim 1tb External Hard Drive Unboxing & Small Review - Hindi
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3 Reasons For for Choosing the Seagate Backup Plus Slim - 1TB

86% Lighter

The Seagate Backup Plus Slim - 1TB is a 140 external hard drive. That's 860g lighter than the Buffalo DriveStation Velocity - 2Tb (1kg), 100g lighter than the LaCie Rugged Mini - 1TB (240g), 30g lighter than the Seagate STEA500400 (170g) and 20g lighter than the Western Digital My Passport Ultra - 1Tb (160g). More ...

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

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

USB Powered

The Seagate Backup Plus Slim - 1TB is a USB powered external hard drive (as are the LaCie Rugged Mini - 1TB, the Seagate STEA500400 and the Western Digital My Passport Ultra - 1Tb), but the Buffalo DriveStation Velocity - 2Tb is not. More ...

Whether the hard drive is powered by USB or not.

$5 Cheaper

The Seagate Backup Plus Slim - 1TB costs $59.70 less than the Buffalo DriveStation Velocity - 2Tb, costs $10 less than the LaCie Rugged Mini - 1TB, costs $6 less than the Seagate STEA500400 and costs $5 less than the Western Digital My Passport Ultra - 1Tb.

5 Reasons Against for Choosing the Seagate Backup Plus Slim - 1TB

Vastly Smaller Hard Drive Capacity

The Seagate Backup Plus Slim - 1TB is a 1 external hard drive, and so do the LaCie Rugged Mini - 1TB and the Western Digital My Passport Ultra - 1Tb. That's 1TB smaller than the Buffalo DriveStation Velocity - 2Tb (2TB) and 500GB bigger than the Seagate STEA500400 (500GB). More ...

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

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

Worse Kagoo Score

The Seagate Backup Plus Slim - 1TB has received a Kagoo Score of 85, however the Buffalo DriveStation Velocity - 2Tb scored 87, the LaCie Rugged Mini - 1TB scored 87, the Seagate STEA500400 scored 88 and the Western Digital My Passport Ultra - 1Tb scored 87.

Less Retailers

Only 4 stores sells the Seagate Backup Plus Slim - 1TB, whereas 9 stores sell the LaCie Rugged Mini - 1TB and 7 stores sell the Seagate STEA500400. More ...

Smaller numbers of stores reduces the price competition amongst retailers for this external hard drive and also reduces the chances of the product remaining in stock.
Over Three Years Older

The Seagate Backup Plus Slim - 1TB is older than the LaCie Rugged Mini - 1TB by two years, older than the Seagate STEA500400 by four years and older than the Western Digital My Passport Ultra - 1Tb by four years.

Worse Brand

Seagate external hard drives have an average rating of only 94.6%, whereas LaCie has an average rating of 94.8% and Western Digital has an average rating of 95%.

The cheapest price that we could find for the Backup Plus Slim - 1TB in the US is $49.99 and in total we found 4 prices for it.

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LaCie Rugged Mini - 1TB

$59.99
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LaCie Rugged Mini - 1TB

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LaCie Rugged Mini - 1TB
1TB
5 Mbit/s
DATA TRANSFER
RATE
5,400 RPM
HARD DRIVE
ROTATIONAL
240g

The LaCie Rugged Mini - 1TB has a Kagoo Score of 87. With a price tag of $59.99 this external hard drive is good value for money. For further details check out our full review of the LaCie Rugged Mini - 1TB or read our article on whether you should buy a LaCie external hard drive.

Features We Love:
USB powered
Password protection

A fully featured and low cost 240g external hard drive. It is USB powered and has a password protection.

88
Features
Fully-Featured
92
Popularity
Widely Available
88
Value for Money
Very Good
87
Kagoo Score
Excellent
Lacie Rugged Mini 1TB HD Unboxing
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3 Reasons For for Choosing the LaCie Rugged Mini - 1TB

USB Powered

The LaCie Rugged Mini - 1TB is USB powered, and so are the Seagate Backup Plus Slim - 1TB, the Seagate STEA500400 and the Western Digital My Passport Ultra - 1Tb, however the Buffalo DriveStation Velocity - 2Tb is not. More ...

Whether the hard drive is powered by USB or not.

Password Protection

The LaCie Rugged Mini - 1TB has a password protection, and so does the Western Digital My Passport Ultra - 1Tb, but the Buffalo DriveStation Velocity - 2Tb, the Seagate Backup Plus Slim - 1TB and the Seagate STEA500400 do not. More ...

'Password Protection' indicates whether the hard drive has password protection as a security measure against unauthorised entry.

Setting a password on your hard drive stops anyone plugging it in and reading the information stored on it - it's a good mid-level security feature.

More Shops Are Selling it

A greater number of shops increases the chances of the product remaining in stock and also increases the price competition amongst retailers for this external hard drive.

8 Reasons Against for Choosing the LaCie Rugged Mini - 1TB

A Lot Heavier

The LaCie Rugged Mini - 1TB has a weight of 240, but the Buffalo DriveStation Velocity - 2Tb is a 1kg external hard drive (760g heavier), the Seagate Backup Plus Slim - 1TB is a 140g external hard drive (100g lighter), the Seagate STEA500400 is a 170g external hard drive (70g lighter) and the Western Digital My Passport Ultra - 1Tb is a 160g external hard drive (80g lighter). More ...

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

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

1TB Smaller Hard Drive Capacity

The LaCie Rugged Mini - 1TB has a hard drive capacity of 1 (as do the Seagate Backup Plus Slim - 1TB and the Western Digital My Passport Ultra - 1Tb), whereas the Buffalo DriveStation Velocity - 2Tb is a 2TB external hard drive (1TB bigger) and the Seagate STEA500400 is a 500GB external hard drive (500GB smaller). More ...

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

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

Vastly Slower Hard Drive Speed

The LaCie Rugged Mini - 1TB has a hard drive speed of 5, however the Buffalo DriveStation Velocity - 2Tb is a 7,200 RPM hard drive rotational speed external hard drive (1,800 RPM faster). More ...

'Hard Drive Speed' is a measurement of the speed of the hard-drive, measured in revolutions per minute (RPM).

Higher RPMs means the hard drive is spinning faster, meaning data on the drive can be accessed with less delay and more efficiently.

Vastly Slower Data Transfer Rate

The LaCie Rugged Mini - 1TB is a 5 data transfer rate external hard drive, and so does the Seagate STEA500400. That's 4,995 Mbit/s slower than the Buffalo DriveStation Velocity - 2Tb, the Seagate Backup Plus Slim - 1TB and the Western Digital My Passport Ultra - 1Tb (5,000 Mbit/s). More ...

'Data Transfer Rate' indicates how fast data can be transferred to/from the external hard drive.

Faster data transfer speeds means that you will be able to transfer larger files to/from the hard drive faster.

Worse Kagoo Score

The LaCie Rugged Mini - 1TB has received a Kagoo Score of 87, whereas the Seagate STEA500400 scored 88.

More Expensive by $10

The LaCie Rugged Mini - 1TB is $10 more expensive than the Seagate Backup Plus Slim - 1TB, $4 more expensive than the Seagate STEA500400 and $5 more expensive than the Western Digital My Passport Ultra - 1Tb.

Older by Over One Year

The LaCie Rugged Mini - 1TB is 21 months older than the Seagate STEA500400 and 20 months older than the Western Digital My Passport Ultra - 1Tb.

Worse Brand

LaCie external hard drives have an average rating of only 94.8%, but Western Digital has an average rating of 95%.

The cheapest price that we could find for the Rugged Mini - 1TB in the US is $59.99 and in total we found 9 prices for it.

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Buffalo DriveStation Velocity - 2Tb

$109.69
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Buffalo DriveStation Velocity - 2Tb

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Buffalo DriveStation Velocity - 2Tb
2TB
5,000 Mbit/s
DATA TRANSFER
7,200 RPM
HARD DRIVE
ROTATIONAL
1kg

The Buffalo DriveStation Velocity - 2Tb has a Kagoo Score of 87. However with a price tag of $109.69 this external hard drive is a bit expensive. For further details check out our full review of the Buffalo DriveStation Velocity - 2Tb or read our article on whether you should buy a Buffalo external hard drive.

Features We Love:
Fast data transfer rate (5,000 Mbit/s)
Fast hard drive speed (7,200 RPM)
External power adapter

The best scoring external hard drive under $500.

87
Features
Fully-Featured
85
Popularity
Quite Popular
87
Value for Money
Very Good
87
Kagoo Score
Excellent

8 Reasons Against for Choosing the Buffalo DriveStation Velocity - 2Tb

Vastly Heavier

The Buffalo DriveStation Velocity - 2Tb has a weight of 1, however the LaCie Rugged Mini - 1TB is a 240g external hard drive (760g lighter), the Seagate Backup Plus Slim - 1TB is a 140g external hard drive (860g lighter), the Seagate STEA500400 is a 170g external hard drive (830g lighter) and the Western Digital My Passport Ultra - 1Tb is a 160g external hard drive (840g lighter). More ...

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

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

Not USB Powered

The Buffalo DriveStation Velocity - 2Tb is not USB powered, however the LaCie Rugged Mini - 1TB, the Seagate Backup Plus Slim - 1TB, the Seagate STEA500400 and the Western Digital My Passport Ultra - 1Tb are. More ...

Whether the hard drive is powered by USB or not.

Does Not Have a Wi-Fi

The Buffalo DriveStation Velocity - 2Tb does not have a Wi-Fi (As does the the Western Digital My Passport Ultra - 1Tb), however the LaCie Rugged Mini - 1TB, the Seagate Backup Plus Slim - 1TB and the Seagate STEA500400 do. More ...

'Wi-Fi' indicates whether the hard drive can connect to wireless networks or not.

A wi-fi connection on your hard drive means that you can connect directly to it to read/write data without an actual physical connection, meaning you can access your storage from anywhere.

Worse Kagoo Score

The Buffalo DriveStation Velocity - 2Tb has received a Kagoo Score of 87, but the Seagate STEA500400 scored 88.

More Expensive by $60

The Buffalo DriveStation Velocity - 2Tb is $50 more expensive than the LaCie Rugged Mini - 1TB, $60 more expensive than the Seagate Backup Plus Slim - 1TB, $54 more expensive than the Seagate STEA500400 and $55 more expensive than the Western Digital My Passport Ultra - 1Tb.

Not As Many Stockists

The Buffalo DriveStation Velocity - 2Tb is only stocked by 4 stores, however the LaCie Rugged Mini - 1TB is stocked by 9 retailers and the Seagate STEA500400 is stocked by 7 sellers. More ...

Fewer numbers of shops reduces the chances of the product remaining in stock and also reduces the price competition amongst retailers for this external hard drive.
Older by Over Four Years

The Buffalo DriveStation Velocity - 2Tb is two years older than the LaCie Rugged Mini - 1TB, five months older than the Seagate Backup Plus Slim - 1TB, four years older than the Seagate STEA500400 and four years older than the Western Digital My Passport Ultra - 1Tb.

Worse Brand

Buffalo external hard drives have an average rating of only 82.2%, however LaCie has an average rating of 94.8%, Seagate has an average rating of 94.6% and Western Digital has an average rating of 95%.

The cheapest price that we could find for the DriveStation Velocity - 2Tb in the US is $109.69 and in total we found 4 prices for it.

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