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Should You Buy a Western Digital External Hard Drive?

Updated 12 October 2019 by Matthew
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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 over 3,200 user and expert reviews and 40+ 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 award winning external hard drives. Their external hard drives start at $13 for the My Passport Wireless Pro which has a hard drive capacity of 1TB and a weight of 450g and go up to $501 for the My Passport which has a hard drive capacity of 1TB and a weight of 170g. The average price of a new Western Digital external hard drive is $99.

Western Digital are recognised for their wide selection of mid-range and award winning 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. 3 best external hard drive brand.

Our detailed analysis taking into account all of the above factors found that Western Digital is the 3rd best external hard drive brand out there.

#1
France
95%
95%
15 reviews
#2
United States
95%
95%
192 reviews
#3
United States
95%
95%
773 reviews
#4
83%
83%
52 reviews
#5
83%
83%
15 reviews
#6
China
81%
81%
19 reviews
#7
75%
75%
0 reviews
#8
ioSafe
72%
72%
10 reviews
#9
71%
71%
0 reviews
#10
Japan
70%
70%
0 reviews
#11
Transcend
67%
67%
0 reviews
#12
Verbatim
66%
66%
0 reviews
#13
DataLocker
66%
66%
2 reviews
#14
Rocstor
65%
65%
1 review
#15
OWC
65%
65%
0 reviews
#16
Glyph
62%
62%
0 reviews
#17
Rosewill
56%
56%
0 reviews
#18
Kanguru
56%
56%
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
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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 10 Western Digital external hard drives currently on the market in the US. Western Digital also have better reviews than the typical external hard drive brand, with the average rating of a Western Digital external hard drive being 87%.

The average review score for a Western Digital external hard drive is 87%.

Western Digital external hard drives tend to be cheaper than most other external hard drive brands however they are still a less popular choice with consumers.

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Average Price
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$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
$99
$0 $50 $100 $150 $200 $250 $300 $350 $400 $450 $649
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
8
4 stars
15
3 stars
3
2 stars
0
1 star
0
Western Digital logo

User Reviews

5 stars
506
4 stars
117
3 stars
28
2 stars
16
1 star
30
Western Digital has a higher proportion of 4 and 5 star expert and user reviews for its external hard drives than most other external hard drive brands.

Over 88% of expert reviews and 89% of user reviews for Western Digital external hard drives are 4 stars or higher. This compares to 79% and 89% respectively across all External Hard Drive brands.

Looking at just the expert reviews, 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 Seagate Western Digital LaCie A-DATA Silicon Power
CNET.com logo
71%
2 reviews
71%
4 reviews
PC Mag logo
70%
1 review
60%
1 review
80%
2 reviews
Techradar logo
50%
2 reviews
65%
2 reviews
01net.com logo
100%
1 review
80%
1 review
80%
1 review
hardwarezone.com.my logo
85%
1 review
80%
2 reviews
computershopper.com logo
69%
1 review
60%
1 review
60%
1 review
techadvisor.co.uk logo
70%
1 review
70%
1 review
M3.idg.se logo
70%
1 review
80%
1 review
maclife.com logo
70%
1 review
70%
1 review
gadgetgear.nl logo
90%
2 reviews
pcauthority.com.au logo
80%
1 review
80%
1 review
pcworld.com_techhive.com logo
60%
1 review
80%
1 review
tbreak.ae logo
70%
1 review
70%
1 review
razorman.net logo
95%
1 review
98%
1 review
chinese.vr-zone.com
80%
1 review
80%
1 review
aphnetworks.com logo
70%
1 review
72%
1 review
tweaktown.com logo
84%
1 review
84%
1 review
technolabs.net logo
80%
1 review
pcmweb.nl logo
50%
1 review
Laptopmag.com logo
60%
1 review
Other Expert Sites
59%
31 reviews
54%
14 reviews
29%
5 reviews
39%
4 reviews
Average
71%
47 reviews
75%
26 reviews
70%
11 reviews
64%
10 reviews
74%
8 reviews

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

After checking thousands of expert review websites we found 15 industry awards for Western Digital external hard drives. This means that Western Digital has more awards for its external hard drives than any other brand. The table below compares the number of awards given to Western Digital to other popular external hard drive brands. The largest number of awards provided by each review source is highlighted in green.

Western Digital has more awards for its external hard drives than any other brand.

Compare all award winning external hard drives

Number of Awards Seagate Western Digital LaCie A-DATA Silicon Power
eteknix.com logo
1
1
1
1
01net.com logo
1
1
1
tweaktown.com logo
1
1
chip.com.my logo
2
darktech-reviews.com logo
2
gadgetgear.nl logo
2
razorman.net logo
1
1
wavepc.pl logo
1
tecnogaming.com logo
1
techwarelabs.com logo
1
techreaction.net logo
1
nikktech.com logo
1
technolabs.net logo
1
techlabs.ua logo
1
storagereview.com logo
1
pokde.net logo
1
pcper.com logo
1
pcfoster.pl logo
1
legitreviews.com logo
1
mobimaniak.pl logo
1
Other Expert Sites
7
3
2
Total
13
15
1
5
8

How Reliable Are Western Digital External Hard Drives?

We checked over 3,200 reviews to find comments about the reliability of Western Digital external hard drives. 10 of these reviews that mention reliability of which 88% were positive. Therefore the vast majority of Western Digital external hard drive owners and reviewers thought the product was reliable.

88% 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

are super durable
geardiary.com
reliable device to backup my large raw photos while on trips
Bestbuy.com
assure purchasers they they are buying a reliable product
amazon.co.uk
It seems well made
Bhphotovideo.com

NOT RELIABLE

Had to return mine as it wasn't reliable
amazon.co.uk
Haven't had it that long so I'm not sure about reliability
Bestbuy.com

What is the Best Mid-Range Western Digital External Hard Drive?

Western Digital My Passport - 2TB

$59.99
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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

A great mid range choice, priced at $59.99 is the Western Digital My Passport - 2TB, which has a Kagoo Score of 87.

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

A low cost and fully featured 250g external hard drive. It has a password protection and a data transfer rate of 5,000 Mbit/s and is USB powered.

86
Features
Fully-Featured
88
Popularity
Widely Available
86
Value for Money
Very Good
87
Kagoo Score
Excellent
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The cheapest price that we could find for the My Passport - 2TB in the US is $59.99 and in total we found 5 prices for it.

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What is the Best High End Western Digital External Hard Drive?

Western Digital My Book - 4Tb

$99.99
secondarymarket
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

If you're looking for a high end Western Digital external hard drive then the Western Digital My Book - 4Tb takes some beating. It has a Kagoo Score of 86, but is a bit more expensive at $99.99.

Features We Love:
Big hard drive capacity (4TB)
Fast data transfer rate (5,000 Mbit/s)
Password protection
External power adapter
AC adapter included

A good value for money and fully featured 1kg external hard drive.

86
Features
Fully-Featured
79
Popularity
Quite Popular
87
Value for Money
Very Good
86
Kagoo Score
Excellent

The cheapest price that we could find for the My Book - 4Tb in the US is $99.99 but in total we found only 2 prices for it.

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

Western Digital My Passport

$500.67
Overstock
Western Digital My Passport
Buy Now
Western Digital My Passport
1TB
5,000 Mbit/s
DATA TRANSFER
170g

At only $500.67 and with a Kagoo Score of 82 the Western Digital My Passport makes a great budget choice.

Features We Love:
Fast data transfer rate (5,000 Mbit/s)
Very light (170g)
USB powered
Password protection

Multiple reviews mentioned that this external hard drive has a very fast read/write speed, big storage capacity and it's really easy to carry around. It's The top scoring external hard drive under $1,000, with a fair price. It has a password protection and a data transfer rate of 5,000 Mbit/s and is USB powered.

94
Reviews
131 Reviews + 4 Awards
84
Features
Fully-Featured
83
Value for Money
Very Good
82
Kagoo Score
Excellent

Our review analysis indicates that Western Digital My Passport has good expert reviews and exceptional user reviews with 97% of buyers recommending this external hard drive to others.

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The cheapest price that we could find for the My Passport in the US is $500.67 but in total we found only 1 price 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 Mid-Range Western Digital External Hard Drive?
What is the Best High End Western Digital External Hard Drive?
What is the Best Budget Choice Western Digital External Hard Drive?

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