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Should You Buy a Western Digital External Hard Drive?

Updated 23 November 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 3,300 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 popular external hard drives. Their external hard drives start at $38 for the My Passport - 1Tb which has a hard drive capacity of 1TB and a weight of 190g 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 $109.

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%
763 reviews
#2
France
95%
95%
15 reviews
#3
United States
94%
94%
192 reviews
#4
87%
87%
52 reviews
#5
82%
82%
15 reviews
#6
China
80%
80%
19 reviews
#7
74%
74%
0 reviews
#8
ioSafe
74%
74%
10 reviews
#9
71%
71%
0 reviews
#10
DataLocker
70%
70%
2 reviews
#11
Japan
68%
68%
0 reviews
#12
Transcend
67%
67%
0 reviews
#13
Verbatim
64%
64%
0 reviews
#14
Rocstor
64%
64%
1 review
#15
OWC
63%
63%
0 reviews
#16
Glyph
62%
62%
0 reviews
#17
Kanguru
53%
53%
0 reviews
#18
Maxtor
53%
53%
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 $109, Western Digital external hard drives also tend to be cheaper than most other external hard drive brands which makes them a popular choice with consumers.

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

Western Digital have better reviews than the typical external hard drive brand, with the average rating of a Western Digital external hard drive being 87%.

No. Of External Hard Drives
Average Price
$124
$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
$109
$0 $50 $100 $150 $200 $250 $300 $350 $400 $450 $799
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
11
3 stars
3
2 stars
0
1 star
0
Western Digital logo

User Reviews

5 stars
507
4 stars
112
3 stars
30
2 stars
11
1 star
35
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 86% of expert reviews and 89% of user reviews for Western Digital external hard drives are 4 stars or higher. This compares to 78% 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
maclife.com logo
70%
1 review
70%
1 review
Good Gear Guide.com.au logo
65%
1 review
100%
1 review
pcauthority.com.au logo
80%
1 review
80%
1 review
razorman.net logo
95%
1 review
98%
1 review
tbreak.ae logo
70%
1 review
70%
1 review
pcworld.com_techhive.com logo
60%
1 review
80%
1 review
tweaktown.com logo
84%
1 review
84%
1 review
blogotech.eu logo
80%
1 review
80%
1 review
technolabs.net logo
80%
1 review
theregister.co.uk logo
75%
1 review
Les Numeriques.com logo
80%
1 review
liveatpc.com logo
90%
1 review
M3.idg.se logo
70%
1 review
Other Expert Sites
58%
30 reviews
52%
12 reviews
21%
4 reviews
42%
5 reviews
Average
72%
47 reviews
80%
21 reviews
70%
11 reviews
66%
10 reviews
75%
8 reviews

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

After checking thousands of expert review websites we found 8 industry awards for Western Digital external hard drives. 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 won 8 awards for its external hard drives.

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
legitreviews.com logo
1
1
tweaktown.com logo
1
1
darktech-reviews.com logo
2
razorman.net logo
1
1
techwarelabs.com logo
1
techreaction.net logo
1
technolabs.net logo
1
techlabs.ua logo
1
storagereview.com logo
1
pcfoster.pl logo
1
nikktech.com logo
1
mobimaniak.pl logo
1
HEXUS.net logo
1
hw-journal.de logo
1
allround-pc.com logo
1
frazpc.pl logo
1
ferra.ru logo
1
f1cd.ru logo
1
Other Expert Sites
5
1
Total
13
8
1
5
8

How Reliable Are Western Digital External Hard Drives?

We checked over 3,300 reviews to find comments about the reliability of Western Digital external hard drives. 10 of these reviews that mention reliability of which 83% were positive. Therefore the vast majority of Western Digital external hard drive owners and reviewers thought the product was reliable.

83% 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

extremely reliable for Xbox one
Bestbuy.com
Built in battery can apparently
Bhphotovideo.com

NOT RELIABLE

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

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

Western Digital WD Elements Portable - 4Tb

$109.99
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Western Digital WD Elements Portable - 4Tb
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Western Digital WD Elements Portable - 4Tb
4TB
5,000 Mbit/s
DATA TRANSFER
230g

A great mid range choice, priced at $109.99 is the Western Digital WD Elements Portable - 4Tb, which has a Kagoo Score of 78.

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

A good value for money and fully featured 230g external hard drive. It is USB powered and has a hard drive capacity of 4TB.

82
Features
Fully-Featured
73
Value for Money
Good
78
Kagoo Score
Very Good
Western Digital WD 4TB Elements Portable External Hard Drive Unboxing
Western Digital WD 4TB Elements Portable External Hard Drive Unboxing

The cheapest price that we could find for the WD Elements Portable - 4Tb in the US is $109.99 but in total we found only 1 price 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 77 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

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

93
Reviews
76 Reviews + 3 Awards
81
Features
Fully-Featured
67
Value for Money
Good
77
Kagoo Score
Very Good

Owners report that Western Digital My Passport has very good expert reviews and very good user reviews with 94% of buyers recommending this external hard drive to others.

eteknix.com Editor's Choice
storagereview.com Editor's Choice
pcactual.com Recommended
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Western Digital My Passport Wireless Pro - Test
Western Digital My Passport Wireless Pro - Test
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Review: Western Digital My Passport Ultra 2TB
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Western Digital My Passport (2TB) (Yellow) Unboxing
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Western Digital My Passport Unboxing
Western Digital My Passport Ultra 1TB White Unboxing
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Unboxing 4TB WESTERN DIGITAL MY PASSPORT FOR MAC

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 Budget Choice Western Digital External Hard Drive?

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