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Should You Buy a Western Digital External Hard Drive?

Matthew
Updated 20 September 2020
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should you buy a Western Digital External Hard Drive?

Western Digital is one of the most popular external hard drive brands as well as being well known for its .

If you are thinking about buying a Western Digital external hard drive then our handy guide provides you with all the key info at a glance. Our objective, impartial comparison of external hard drive brands is compiled by analysing 860+ user and expert reviews and 2 awards from hundreds of different review sites on over 1,000 external hard drives.

Western Digital are recognised for their wide selection of mid-range and popular external hard drives. Their external hard drives start at $76 for the My Passport - 1Tb which has a hard drive capacity of 1TB and a weight of 170g and go up to $349 for the My Book Duo - 16Tb which has a hard drive capacity of 16TB and a weight of 2.3kg. The average price of a new Western Digital external hard drive is $156.

Western Digital are recognised for their wide selection of mid-range and popular external hard drives.

Is Western Digital the Best External Hard Drive Brand?

So are Western Digital external hard drives any good? We give every external hard drive a Kagoo Score by analysing its specs, reviews and prices and comparing this to its competitors. By aggregating this data across all external hard drives we are able to impartially rank all the external hard drive brands.

Western Digital is ranked the No. 1 best external hard drive brand.

Our detailed analysis taking into account all of the above factors found that Western Digital is the actually best external hard drive brand out there.

#1
United States
95%
95%
792 reviews
#2
87%
87%
14 reviews
#3
ioSafe
75%
75%
10 reviews
#4
DataLocker
74%
74%
2 reviews
#5
United States
73%
73%
0 reviews
#6
France
73%
73%
0 reviews
#7
71%
71%
0 reviews
#8
64%
64%
0 reviews
#9
Rocstor
61%
61%
0 reviews
#10
Verbatim
61%
61%
0 reviews
#11
Transcend
60%
60%
0 reviews
#12
Apricorn
53%
53%
1 review
#13
Glyph
50%
50%
0 reviews
#14
OWC
50%
50%
0 reviews

Let's look at how Western Digital external hard drives compare to the other external hard drive brands across each of the key facets that make up the Kagoo Score.

Reviews Value for Money Features Popularity Selection
All external hard drive Brands
Western Digital External Hard Drives

There's a wide selection of Western Digital external hard drives available compared to other external hard drive brands, with 20 Western Digital external hard drives currently on the market in the US. At an average purchase price of $156, Western Digital external hard drives also tend to be more expensive than most other external hard drive brands.

The average review score for a Western Digital external hard drive is 91%.

Western Digital have better reviews than the typical external hard drive brand, with the average rating of a Western Digital external hard drive being 91%.

No. Of External Hard Drives
Average Price
$104
$0 $50 $100 $150 $200 $250 $300 $350 $400 $450 $749
Price Distribution of All External Hard Drives
No. Of External Hard Drives
Average Price
$156
$0 $50 $100 $150 $200 $250 $300 $350 $400 $450 $899
Price Distribution of Western Digital External Hard Drives

What Do the Western Digital External Hard Drive Reviews Say?

We've added up all the reviews for every Western Digital external hard drive to work out the average distribution of reviews for Western Digital and then compared this to the other external hard drive brands.

Western Digital logo

Expert Reviews

5 stars
1
4 stars
1
3 stars
0
2 stars
0
1 star
0
Western Digital logo

User Reviews

5 stars
542
4 stars
173
3 stars
34
2 stars
10
1 star
25

Over 100% of expert reviews and 91% of user reviews for Western Digital external hard drives are 4 stars or higher. This compares to 100% and 91% respectively across all External Hard Drive brands.

In the table below we compare the average review score given to Western Digital external hard drives by some of the most popular technology review sites against their reviews for other external hard drive brands. The best review score from each review source is highlighted in green.

Average Review Score Western Digital Buffalo A-DATA Silicon Power
blogotech.eu logo
80%
1 review
computershopper.com logo
80%
1 review
gadgetynews.com logo
81%
1 review
PC Mag logo
90%
1 review
realhardwarereviews.com logo
78%
1 review
darktech-reviews.com logo
HEXUS.net logo
Average
85%
2 reviews
81%
1 review
40%
1 review
39%
1 review

How Many Industry Awards Have Western Digital External Hard Drives Received?

After checking thousands of expert review websites we couldn't find any industry awards for Western Digital external hard drives. The table below shows the number of awards received by the most popular external hard drive brands. The largest number of awards provided by each review source is highlighted in green.

Compare all award winning external hard drives

Number of Awards Western Digital Buffalo A-DATA Silicon Power
darktech-reviews.com logo
1
HEXUS.net logo
1
Total
1
1

How Reliable Are Western Digital External Hard Drives?

We checked 860+ reviews to find comments about the reliability of Western Digital external hard drives. over 50 of these reviews mention reliability of which 98% were positive. Therefore the vast majority of Western Digital external hard drive owners and reviewers thought the product was reliable.

98% of reviewers think Western Digital external hard drives are reliable.

So, most people think that Western Digital external hard drives are good quality. Now let's take a look at some of the reviews for Western Digital external hard drives that mention reliability:

RELIABLE

it does what I need reliably
Bestbuy.com
I think WD drives are the most reliable
amazon.co.uk
reliably backing up what ever you throw at this drive
Bhphotovideo.com

NOT RELIABLE

My house was broken into
Bhphotovideo.com

What is the Best Budget Choice Western Digital External Hard Drive?

Western Digital My Passport - 2TB

$94.99
e-Global Central US
Western Digital My Passport - 2TB
Buy Now
Western Digital My Passport - 2TB
2TB
5,000 Mbit/s
DATA TRANSFER
250g
400MB/s
READ SPEED

At only $94.99 and with a Kagoo Score of 83 the Western Digital My Passport - 2TB makes a great budget choice.

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

The best scoring external hard drive under $100. It has a password protection and a read speed of 400MB/s and is USB powered.

84
Features
Fully-Featured
85
Value for Money
Very Good
83
Kagoo Score
Excellent

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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In This Guide
Should You Buy a Western Digital External Hard Drive?
Is Western Digital the Best External Hard Drive Brand?
What Do the Western Digital External Hard Drive Reviews Say?
How Many Industry Awards Have Western Digital External Hard Drives Received?
How Reliable Are Western Digital External Hard Drives?
What is the Best Budget Choice Western Digital External Hard Drive?

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