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5 Best External Hard Drives Under $300 in the US - September 2020

Matthew
Updated 10 September 2020
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5 best external hard drives under $300

What External Hard Drive Under $300 to Buy in September 2020?

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Seagate Backup Plus Western Digital My Passport - 2TB Western Digital My Book - 4TB Seagate Backup Plus - 5Tb Buffalo DriveStation Velocity - 2Tb
Seagate Backup Plus Western Digital My Passport - 2TB Western Digital My Book - 4TB Seagate Backup Plus - 5Tb Buffalo DriveStation Velocity - 2Tb
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4TB
5,000 Mbit/s
DATA TRANSFER
860g
2TB
5,000 Mbit/s
DATA TRANSFER
250g
400MB/s
READ SPEED
4TB
5,000 Mbit/s
DATA TRANSFER
5,400 RPM
HARD DRIVE
ROTATIONAL
1kg
5TB
860g
2TB
5,000 Mbit/s
DATA TRANSFER
7,200 RPM
HARD DRIVE
ROTATIONAL
1kg
82
Brand Rating
Excellent Brand
85
Features
Fully-Featured
84
Popularity
Quite Popular
86
Value for Money
Very Good
85
Kagoo Score
Excellent
90
Brand Rating
Excellent Brand
84
Features
Fully-Featured
83
Value for Money
Very Good
82
Kagoo Score
Excellent
90
Brand Rating
Excellent Brand
83
Features
Fully-Featured
81
Value for Money
Very Good
81
Kagoo Score
Excellent
82
Brand Rating
Excellent Brand
80
Features
Fully-Featured
73
Kagoo Score
Very Good
74
Brand Rating
Very Good Brand
84
Features
Fully-Featured
83
Popularity
Quite Popular
84
Value for Money
Very Good
84
Kagoo Score
Excellent
The highest rated external hard drive under $500. It is USB powered and has a hard drive capacity of 4TB. Purchasers report that this external hard drive has a very fast read/write speed, it's really well designed and superb in terms of connectivity. A bargain price and fully featured 250g external hard drive. It has a password protection and a read speed of 400MB/s and is USB powered. A fully featured and cheap 1kg external hard drive. It has a password protection and a hard drive capacity of 4TB and is USB powered. A fully featured but 5 year old 860g external hard drive. It is USB powered and has a hard drive capacity of 5TB. A fully featured and good value for money 1kg external hard drive. It is USB powered and has a hard drive speed of 7,200 RPM.
1 Reason For
Better Kagoo Score
6 Reasons For
76% Lighter
Password Protection
$5 Cheaper
More Shops Are Selling It
15 Months Newer
Better Brand
3 Reasons For
Password Protection
More Shops Are Selling It
Better Brand
6 Reasons Against
A Lot Heavier
1TB Smaller Hard Drive Capacity
More Expensive by $5
Fewer Sellers
Older by Over Two Years
Worse Brand
3 Reasons Against
Vastly Smaller Hard Drive Capacity
Does Not Support RAID Support
Worse Kagoo Score
6 Reasons Against
Vastly Heavier
Smaller Hard Drive Capacity
1,800 RPM Slower Hard Drive Speed
Worse Kagoo Score
$88 More Expensive
Over One Year Older
6 Reasons Against
42% Heavier
Worse Kagoo Score
$56 More Expensive
Not As Many Stockists
Over Two Years Older
Worse Brand
7 Reasons Against
Vastly Heavier
Smaller Hard Drive Capacity
Worse Kagoo Score
More Expensive by $26
Not As Many Stockists
Older by Over Four Years
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Seagate Backup Plus

$99.99
Adorama

Seagate Backup Plus

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Seagate Backup Plus
4TB
5,000 Mbit/s
DATA TRANSFER
860g

The Seagate Backup Plus has a Kagoo Score of 85. With a price tag of $99.99 this external hard drive is good value for money. For further details check out our full review of the Seagate Backup Plus or read our article on whether you should buy a Seagate external hard drive.

Features We Love:
Big hard drive capacity (4TB)
USB powered
External power adapter

The highest rated external hard drive under $500. It is USB powered and has a hard drive capacity of 4TB. Purchasers report that this external hard drive has a very fast read/write speed, it's really well designed and superb in terms of connectivity.

85
Features
Fully-Featured
84
Popularity
Quite Popular
86
Value for Money
Very Good
85
Kagoo Score
Excellent

1 Reason For for Choosing the Seagate Backup Plus

Better Kagoo Score

The Seagate Backup Plus has received a Kagoo Score of 85, whereas the Buffalo DriveStation Velocity - 2Tb scored 84, the Seagate Backup Plus - 5Tb scored only 73, the Western Digital My Book - 4TB scored 81 and the Western Digital My Passport - 2TB scored 82.

6 Reasons Against for Choosing the Seagate Backup Plus

A Lot Heavier

The Seagate Backup Plus has a weight of 860g (as does the Seagate Backup Plus - 5Tb), but the Buffalo DriveStation Velocity - 2Tb is a 1kg external hard drive (140g heavier), the Western Digital My Book - 4TB is a 1kg external hard drive (170g heavier) and the Western Digital My Passport - 2TB is a 250g external hard drive (610g 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 Seagate Backup Plus has a hard drive capacity of 4GB (as does the Western Digital My Book - 4TB), whereas the Buffalo DriveStation Velocity - 2Tb and the Western Digital My Passport - 2TB are both 2TB external hard drives (2TB smaller) and the Seagate Backup Plus - 5Tb is a 5TB external hard drive (1TB bigger). 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.

More Expensive by $5

The Seagate Backup Plus is $5 more expensive than the Western Digital My Passport - 2TB.

Fewer Sellers

The Seagate Backup Plus is only stocked by 2 sellers, but the Western Digital My Book - 4TB is stocked by 3 stores and the Western Digital My Passport - 2TB is stocked by 3 sellers. More ...

The fewer the number of shops that stock the product, the lower the competition amongst shops to keep prices low.
Older by Over Two Years

The Seagate Backup Plus is one year older than the Western Digital My Book - 4TB and two years older than the Western Digital My Passport - 2TB. The Seagate Backup Plus is the same age as the Seagate Backup Plus - 5Tb.

Worse Brand

Seagate external hard drives have an average rating of only 94.9%, but Western Digital has an average rating of 95%.

The cheapest price that we could find for the Backup Plus in the US is $99.99 but in total we found only 2 prices for it.

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Western Digital My Passport - 2TB

$94.99
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Western Digital My Passport - 2TB

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Western Digital My Passport - 2TB
2TB
5,000 Mbit/s
DATA TRANSFER
250g
400MB/s
READ SPEED

The Western Digital My Passport - 2TB has a Kagoo Score of 82. With a price tag of $94.99 this external hard drive is good value for money. For further details check out our full review of the Western Digital My Passport - 2TB or read our article on whether you should buy a Western Digital external hard drive.

Features We Love:
USB powered
Password protection
Very fast read speed (400MB/s)

A bargain price and fully featured 250g external hard drive. It has a password protection and a read speed of 400MB/s and is USB powered.

84
Features
Fully-Featured
83
Value for Money
Very Good
82
Kagoo Score
Excellent

6 Reasons For for Choosing the Western Digital My Passport - 2TB

76% Lighter

The Western Digital My Passport - 2TB is a 250g external hard drive. That's 750g lighter than the Buffalo DriveStation Velocity - 2Tb (1kg), 610g lighter than the Seagate Backup Plus and the Seagate Backup Plus - 5Tb (860g) and 780g lighter than the Western Digital My Book - 4TB (1kg). 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.

Password Protection

The Western Digital My Passport - 2TB has a password protection (as does the Western Digital My Book - 4TB), whereas the Buffalo DriveStation Velocity - 2Tb, the Seagate Backup Plus and the Seagate Backup Plus - 5Tb do not have this feature. 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.

$5 Cheaper

The Western Digital My Passport - 2TB costs $25.90 less than the Buffalo DriveStation Velocity - 2Tb, costs $5 less than the Seagate Backup Plus, costs $55.83 less than the Seagate Backup Plus - 5Tb and costs $87.92 less than the Western Digital My Book - 4TB.

More Shops Are Selling It

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

15 Months Newer

The Western Digital My Passport - 2TB was released five years later than the Buffalo DriveStation Velocity - 2Tb, released two years later than the Seagate Backup Plus, released two years later than the Seagate Backup Plus - 5Tb and released 15 months later than the Western Digital My Book - 4TB

Better Brand

Western Digital external hard drives have an average rating of 95%, whereas Buffalo only has an average rating of 86.7% and Seagate only has an average rating of 94.9%.

3 Reasons Against for Choosing the Western Digital My Passport - 2TB

Vastly Smaller Hard Drive Capacity

The Western Digital My Passport - 2TB is a 2GB external hard drive, and so does the Buffalo DriveStation Velocity - 2Tb. That's 2TB smaller than the Seagate Backup Plus and the Western Digital My Book - 4TB (4TB) and 3TB smaller than the Seagate Backup Plus - 5Tb (5TB). 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 Support RAID Support

The Western Digital My Passport - 2TB does not support RAID support, whereas the Buffalo DriveStation Velocity - 2Tb, the Seagate Backup Plus, the Seagate Backup Plus - 5Tb and the Western Digital My Book - 4TB do. More ...

RAID (Redundant Array of Independent Disks) is a system to allow multiple hard drives to link together as a single unit, pooling their capacity to create a single large drive.

A RAID array is helpful for storing very large amounts of data and to allow for additional protection for the data stored on it - if one of the drives fails, the data on the other drives will remain safe.

Worse Kagoo Score

The Western Digital My Passport - 2TB has received a Kagoo Score of 82, however the Buffalo DriveStation Velocity - 2Tb scored 84 and the Seagate Backup Plus scored 85.

The cheapest price that we could find for the My Passport - 2TB in the US is $94.99 and in total we found 3 prices for it.

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Western Digital My Book - 4TB

$182.91
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Western Digital My Book - 4TB

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Western Digital My Book - 4TB
4TB
5,000 Mbit/s
DATA TRANSFER
5,400 RPM
HARD DRIVE
ROTATIONAL
1kg

The Western Digital My Book - 4TB has a Kagoo Score of 81. However with a price tag of $182.91 this external hard drive is a bit expensive. For further details check out our full review of the Western Digital My Book - 4TB or read our article on whether you should buy a Western Digital external hard drive.

Features We Love:
Big hard drive capacity (4TB)
USB powered
Password protection
External power adapter
AC adapter included

A fully featured and cheap 1kg external hard drive. It has a password protection and a hard drive capacity of 4TB and is USB powered.

83
Features
Fully-Featured
81
Value for Money
Very Good
81
Kagoo Score
Excellent

3 Reasons For for Choosing the Western Digital My Book - 4TB

Password Protection

The Western Digital My Book - 4TB has a password protection (as does the Western Digital My Passport - 2TB), however the Buffalo DriveStation Velocity - 2Tb, the Seagate Backup Plus and the Seagate Backup Plus - 5Tb do not have this feature. 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 retailers increases the price competition amongst retailers for this external hard drive and also increases the chances of the product remaining in stock.

Better Brand

Western Digital external hard drives have an average rating of 95%, however Buffalo only has an average rating of 86.7% and Seagate only has an average rating of 94.9%.

6 Reasons Against for Choosing the Western Digital My Book - 4TB

Vastly Heavier

The Western Digital My Book - 4TB is a 1g external hard drive. That's 30g heavier than the Buffalo DriveStation Velocity - 2Tb (1kg), 170g heavier than the Seagate Backup Plus and the Seagate Backup Plus - 5Tb (860g) and 780g heavier than the Western Digital My Passport - 2TB (250g). 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.

Smaller Hard Drive Capacity

The Western Digital My Book - 4TB is a 4GB external hard drive, and so does the Seagate Backup Plus. That's 2TB bigger than the Buffalo DriveStation Velocity - 2Tb and the Western Digital My Passport - 2TB (2TB) and 1TB smaller than the Seagate Backup Plus - 5Tb (5TB). 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.

1,800 RPM Slower Hard Drive Speed

The Western Digital My Book - 4TB is a 5 RPM hard drive rotational speed external hard drive. That's 1,800 RPM slower than the Buffalo DriveStation Velocity - 2Tb (7,200 RPM). 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.

Worse Kagoo Score

The Western Digital My Book - 4TB has received a Kagoo Score of 81, but the Buffalo DriveStation Velocity - 2Tb scored 84, the Seagate Backup Plus scored 85 and the Western Digital My Passport - 2TB scored 82.

$88 More Expensive

The Western Digital My Book - 4TB is more expensive than the Buffalo DriveStation Velocity - 2Tb by $62, more expensive than the Seagate Backup Plus by $83, more expensive than the Seagate Backup Plus - 5Tb by $32 and more expensive than the Western Digital My Passport - 2TB by $88.

Over One Year Older

The Western Digital My Book - 4TB is older than the Western Digital My Passport - 2TB by 15 months.

The cheapest price that we could find for the My Book - 4TB in the US is $182.91 and in total we found 3 prices for it.

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Seagate Backup Plus - 5Tb

$150.82
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Seagate Backup Plus - 5Tb

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Seagate Backup Plus - 5Tb
5TB
860g

The Seagate Backup Plus - 5Tb has a Kagoo Score of 73. With a price tag of $150.82 this external hard drive is fair value for money. For further details check out our full review of the Seagate Backup Plus - 5Tb or read our article on whether you should buy a Seagate external hard drive.

Features We Love:
Big hard drive capacity (5TB)
USB powered
External power adapter

A fully featured but 5 year old 860g external hard drive. It is USB powered and has a hard drive capacity of 5TB.

80
Features
Fully-Featured
73
Kagoo Score
Very Good

6 Reasons Against for Choosing the Seagate Backup Plus - 5Tb

42% Heavier

The Seagate Backup Plus - 5Tb is an 860g external hard drive, and so does the Seagate Backup Plus. That's 140g lighter than the Buffalo DriveStation Velocity - 2Tb (1kg), 170g lighter than the Western Digital My Book - 4TB (1kg) and 610g heavier than the Western Digital My Passport - 2TB (250g). 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.

Worse Kagoo Score

The Seagate Backup Plus - 5Tb has only received a Kagoo Score of 73, but the Buffalo DriveStation Velocity - 2Tb scored 84, the Seagate Backup Plus scored 85, the Western Digital My Book - 4TB scored 81 and the Western Digital My Passport - 2TB scored 82.

$56 More Expensive

The Seagate Backup Plus - 5Tb is more expensive than the Buffalo DriveStation Velocity - 2Tb by $30, more expensive than the Seagate Backup Plus by $51 and more expensive than the Western Digital My Passport - 2TB by $56.

Not As Many Stockists

Only 1 store sell the Seagate Backup Plus - 5Tb, however 2 retailers sell the Buffalo DriveStation Velocity - 2Tb, 2 sellers sell the Seagate Backup Plus, 3 shops sell the Western Digital My Book - 4TB and 3 stores sell the Western Digital My Passport - 2TB. 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.
Over Two Years Older

The Seagate Backup Plus - 5Tb is older than the Western Digital My Book - 4TB by one year and older than the Western Digital My Passport - 2TB by two years. The Seagate Backup Plus - 5Tb is the same age as the Seagate Backup Plus.

Worse Brand

Seagate external hard drives have an average rating of only 94.9%, however Western Digital has an average rating of 95%.

The cheapest price that we could find for the Backup Plus - 5Tb in the US is $150.82 but in total we found only 1 price for it.

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Buffalo DriveStation Velocity - 2Tb

$120.89
Overstock

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 84. With a price tag of $120.89 this external hard drive is good value for money. 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 hard drive speed (7,200 RPM)
USB powered
External power adapter

A fully featured and good value for money 1kg external hard drive. It is USB powered and has a hard drive speed of 7,200 RPM.

84
Features
Fully-Featured
83
Popularity
Quite Popular
84
Value for Money
Very Good
84
Kagoo Score
Excellent

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

Vastly Heavier

The Buffalo DriveStation Velocity - 2Tb has a weight of 1g, however the Seagate Backup Plus and the Seagate Backup Plus - 5Tb are both 860g external hard drives (140g lighter), the Western Digital My Book - 4TB is a 1kg external hard drive (30g heavier) and the Western Digital My Passport - 2TB is a 250g external hard drive (750g 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.

Smaller Hard Drive Capacity

The Buffalo DriveStation Velocity - 2Tb has a hard drive capacity of 2GB (as does the Western Digital My Passport - 2TB), but the Seagate Backup Plus and the Western Digital My Book - 4TB are both 4TB external hard drives (2TB bigger) and the Seagate Backup Plus - 5Tb is a 5TB external hard drive (3TB bigger). 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 Buffalo DriveStation Velocity - 2Tb has received a Kagoo Score of 84, but the Seagate Backup Plus scored 85.

More Expensive by $26

The Buffalo DriveStation Velocity - 2Tb is $21 more expensive than the Seagate Backup Plus and $26 more expensive than the Western Digital My Passport - 2TB.

Not As Many Stockists

The Buffalo DriveStation Velocity - 2Tb is only stocked by 2 sellers, however the Western Digital My Book - 4TB is stocked by 3 shops and the Western Digital My Passport - 2TB is stocked by 3 retailers. More ...

Fewer numbers of sellers 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 Seagate Backup Plus, two years older than the Seagate Backup Plus - 5Tb, three years older than the Western Digital My Book - 4TB and five years older than the Western Digital My Passport - 2TB.

Worse Brand

Buffalo external hard drives have an average rating of only 86.7%, however Seagate has an average rating of 94.9% 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 $120.89 but in total we found only 2 prices for it.

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5 Best External Hard Drives Under $300 in the US - September 2020
Seagate Backup Plus
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Western Digital My Passport - 2TB
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Western Digital My Book - 4TB
Reasons For
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Seagate Backup Plus - 5Tb
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