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Should You Buy a Western Digital External Hard Drive?

Updated 25 July 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 it's .

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 3,100 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 $142 for the My Book - 3Tb which has a hard drive capacity of 3TB and a weight of 960g and go up to $183 for the My Book - 4Tb which has a hard drive capacity of 4TB and a weight of 1kg. The average price of a new Western Digital external hard drive is $188.

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. 4 best external hard drive brand.

Our detailed analysis taking into account all of the above factors found that Western Digital is the 4th best external hard drive brand out there.

#1
France
95%
95%
15 reviews
#2
United States
90%
90%
192 reviews
#3
83%
83%
15 reviews
#4
United States
78%
78%
800 reviews
#5
78%
78%
0 reviews
#6
ioSafe
72%
72%
10 reviews
#7
DataLocker
72%
72%
2 reviews
#8
70%
70%
0 reviews
#9
Rocstor
66%
66%
1 review
#10
Verbatim
65%
65%
0 reviews
#11
OWC
64%
64%
0 reviews
#12
Glyph
63%
63%
0 reviews
#13
Transcend
63%
63%
0 reviews
#14
Sony
Japan
59%
59%
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

At an average purchase price of $188, Western Digital external hard drives tend to be more expensive than most other external hard drive brands. 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 88%.

The average review score for a Western Digital external hard drive is 88%.

There's a smaller selection of Western Digital external hard drives available compared to other external hard drive brands, with only 3 Western Digital external hard drives currently on the market in the United States.

No. Of External Hard Drives
Average Price
$152
$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
$188
$0 $50 $100 $150 $200 $250 $300 $350 $400 $450 $849
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
6
4 stars
12
3 stars
2
2 stars
0
1 star
0
Western Digital logo

User Reviews

5 stars
536
4 stars
123
3 stars
25
2 stars
14
1 star
34
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 90% of expert reviews and 90% of user reviews for Western Digital external hard drives are 4 stars or higher. This compares to 80% and 90% 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
computershopper.com logo
69%
1 review
60%
1 review
60%
1 review
hardwarezone.com.my logo
85%
1 review
80%
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
pcworld.com_techhive.com logo
60%
1 review
80%
1 review
tbreak.ae logo
70%
1 review
70%
1 review
techadvisor.co.uk logo
70%
1 review
70%
1 review
razorman.net logo
95%
1 review
98%
1 review
tweaktown.com logo
84%
1 review
84%
1 review
aphnetworks.com logo
70%
1 review
72%
1 review
blogotech.eu logo
80%
1 review
80%
1 review
technolabs.net logo
80%
1 review
PC Welt.de logo
74%
1 review
komputerswiat.pl logo
59%
1 review
kotimikro.fi logo
37%
1 review
Other Expert Sites
60%
33 reviews
43%
9 reviews
80%
1 review
19%
3 reviews
39%
4 reviews
Average
71%
47 reviews
74%
20 reviews
70%
11 reviews
61%
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 14 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
razorman.net logo
1
1
tweaktown.com logo
1
1
gadgetgear.nl logo
2
darktech-reviews.com logo
2
legitreviews.com logo
1
1
nikktech.com logo
1
pcfoster.pl logo
1
pcper.com logo
1
techlabs.ua logo
1
storagereview.com logo
1
technolabs.net logo
1
techreaction.net logo
1
techwarelabs.com logo
1
tecnogaming.com logo
1
mobimaniak.pl logo
1
hothardware.com logo
1
M3.idg.se logo
1
almodi.org logo
1
Other Expert Sites
7
3
1
Total
13
14
1
5
8

How Reliable Are Western Digital External Hard Drives?

We checked over 3,100 reviews to find comments about the reliability of Western Digital external hard drives. 20 of these reviews that mention reliability of which 81% were positive. Therefore the vast majority of Western Digital external hard drive owners and reviewers thought the product was reliable.

81% 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

we feel it could've been made a bit more durable
gadgetsnow.com
asked one of the workers which of the USB drives was reliable
Bestbuy.com
It seems well made
Bhphotovideo.com
assure purchasers they they are buying a reliable product
amazon.co.uk

NOT RELIABLE

Gone are the days of dropping or bumping a disk drive only to find that you have broken it's ridiculously delicate elements
Bestbuy.com
We spent hours trying to get the device to automatically backup a SD card to no reliable avail
Bhphotovideo.com
Had to return mine as it wasn't reliable
amazon.co.uk
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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?

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