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Should You Buy a Western Digital External Hard Drive?

Matthew
Updated 03 March 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 over 3,000 user and expert reviews and 30+ 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 $109 for the My Passport Ultra - 2Tb which has a hard drive capacity of 2TB and a weight of 230g 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 $215.

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. 2 best external hard drive brand.

Our detailed analysis taking into account all of the above factors found that Western Digital is the 2nd best external hard drive brand out there.

#1
France
95%
95%
15 reviews
#2
United States
95%
95%
767 reviews
#3
United States
94%
94%
192 reviews
#4
84%
84%
15 reviews
#5
China
84%
84%
19 reviews
#6
82%
82%
52 reviews
#7
76%
76%
0 reviews
#8
ioSafe
74%
74%
10 reviews
#9
72%
72%
0 reviews
#10
DataLocker
71%
71%
2 reviews
#11
Japan
69%
69%
0 reviews
#12
Verbatim
67%
67%
0 reviews
#13
Rocstor
65%
65%
1 review
#14
OWC
65%
65%
0 reviews
#15
Glyph
64%
64%
0 reviews
#16
Transcend
63%
63%
0 reviews
#17
Rosewill
55%
55%
0 reviews
#18
54%
54%
0 reviews
#19
Kanguru
54%
54%
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

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%.

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

There's a smaller selection of Western Digital external hard drives available compared to other external hard drive brands, with only 6 Western Digital external hard drives currently on the market in the US. Western Digital external hard drives also tend to be more expensive than most other external hard drive brands making them a less popular choice with consumers.

No. Of External Hard Drives
Average Price
$169
$0 $50 $100 $150 $200 $250 $300 $350 $400 $450 $799
Price Distribution of All External Hard Drives
No. Of External Hard Drives
Average Price
$215
$0 $50 $100 $150 $200 $250 $300 $350 $400 $450 $749
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
17
3 stars
4
2 stars
0
1 star
0
Western Digital logo

User Reviews

5 stars
498
4 stars
121
3 stars
32
2 stars
14
1 star
32
Western Digital has a higher proportion of 4 and 5 star expert and user reviews for its external hard drives than most other 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 80% and 89% 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 Seagate Western Digital LaCie A-DATA Silicon Power
CNET.com logo
71%
2 reviews
71%
4 reviews
01net.com logo
100%
1 review
80%
1 review
80%
1 review
80%
1 review
PC Mag logo
70%
1 review
60%
1 review
80%
2 reviews
Techradar logo
50%
2 reviews
65%
2 reviews
tbreak.ae logo
70%
1 review
70%
1 review
computershopper.com logo
69%
1 review
60%
1 review
computerbild.de logo
74%
2 reviews
pcworld.com_techhive.com logo
60%
1 review
80%
1 review
pcauthority.com.au logo
80%
1 review
80%
1 review
hardwarezone.com.my logo
85%
1 review
80%
1 review
blogotech.eu logo
80%
1 review
80%
1 review
tweaktown.com logo
84%
1 review
84%
1 review
maclife.com logo
70%
1 review
70%
1 review
M3.idg.se logo
70%
1 review
80%
1 review
aphnetworks.com logo
70%
1 review
72%
1 review
techadvisor.co.uk logo
70%
1 review
70%
1 review
pcmweb.nl logo
50%
1 review
PC Welt.de logo
74%
1 review
pcpowerplay.com.au logo
90%
1 review
pcproffesionale.it
80%
1 review
Other Expert Sites
59%
31 reviews
61%
18 reviews
21%
4 reviews
44%
5 reviews
Average
71%
47 reviews
76%
28 reviews
70%
11 reviews
66%
10 reviews
71%
8 reviews

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

After checking thousands of expert review websites we found 10 industry awards for Western Digital external hard drives. The table below compares the number of awards received by 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 10 awards for its external hard drives.

Compare all award winning external hard drives

Number of Awards Seagate Western Digital LaCie A-DATA Silicon Power
01net.com logo
1
1
1
1
eteknix.com logo
1
1
1
1
tweaktown.com logo
1
1
darktech-reviews.com logo
2
M3.idg.se logo
1
wavepc.pl logo
1
techwarelabs.com logo
1
techreaction.net logo
1
technolabs.net logo
1
techlabs.ua logo
1
storagereview.com logo
1
razorman.net logo
1
pcfoster.pl logo
1
nikktech.com logo
1
mobimaniak.pl logo
1
hw-journal.de logo
1
legitreviews.com logo
1
allround-pc.com logo
1
HEXUS.net logo
1
hardwarebbq.com logo
1
Other Expert Sites
7
1
1
Total
13
10
1
5
8

How Reliable Are Western Digital External Hard Drives?

We checked over 3,000 reviews to find comments about the reliability of Western Digital external hard drives. 10 of these reviews mention reliability of which 82% were positive. Therefore the vast majority of Western Digital external hard drive owners and reviewers thought the product was reliable.

82% 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 seems reliable
Bestbuy.com
Excellent Build Quality
johnlewis.com
This seems like a bug in the software that needs to be fixed before the SD import feature can be considered reliable
Bhphotovideo.com
assure purchasers they they are buying a reliable product
amazon.co.uk

NOT RELIABLE

Haven't had it that long so I'm not sure about reliability
Bestbuy.com
We spent hours trying to get the device to automatically backup a SD card to no reliable avail
Bhphotovideo.com

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

Western Digital My Book - 4Tb

$182.91
Overstock
Western Digital My Book - 4Tb
Buy Now
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 84, but is a bit more expensive at $182.91.

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
85
Value for Money
Very Good
84
Kagoo Score
Excellent
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The cheapest price that we could find for the My Book - 4Tb in the US is $182.91 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 80 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, with a fair price. It has a password protection and a data transfer rate of 5,000 Mbit/s and is USB powered. Multiple reviews mentioned that it has a big storage capacity, really fast read/write speed and it's very easy to use.

95
Reviews
121 Reviews + 3 Awards
84
Features
Fully-Featured
73
Value for Money
Good
80
Kagoo Score
Excellent

Multiple reviews mentioned that Western Digital My Passport has very good expert reviews and brilliant user reviews with 97% of buyers recommending this external hard drive to others.

eteknix.com Editor's Choice
storagereview.com Editor's Choice
alphr.com Recommended
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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 High End Western Digital External Hard Drive?
What is the Best Budget Choice Western Digital External Hard Drive?

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