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Should You Buy a Western Digital External Hard Drive?

Updated 06 January 2020 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 award winning external hard drives. Their external hard drives start at $48 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 $104.

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. 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%
746 reviews
#2
United States
94%
94%
192 reviews
#3
France
93%
93%
15 reviews
#4
85%
85%
52 reviews
#5
82%
82%
15 reviews
#6
China
81%
81%
19 reviews
#7
74%
74%
0 reviews
#8
ioSafe
73%
73%
10 reviews
#9
70%
70%
0 reviews
#10
DataLocker
70%
70%
2 reviews
#11
Transcend
66%
66%
0 reviews
#12
Verbatim
65%
65%
0 reviews
#13
Japan
65%
65%
0 reviews
#14
Rocstor
63%
63%
1 review
#15
OWC
63%
63%
0 reviews
#16
Glyph
63%
63%
0 reviews
#17
Kanguru
53%
53%
0 reviews
#18
Rosewill
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
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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 20 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.

No. Of External Hard Drives
Average Price
$115
$0 $50 $100 $150 $200 $250 $300 $350 $400 $450 $699
Price Distribution of All External Hard Drives
No. Of External Hard Drives
Average Price
$104
$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
8
4 stars
18
3 stars
0
2 stars
0
1 star
0
Western Digital logo

User Reviews

5 stars
457
4 stars
120
3 stars
29
2 stars
13
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 100% of expert reviews and 88% of user reviews for Western Digital external hard drives are 4 stars or higher. This compares to 82% and 88% 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
Techradar logo
50%
2 reviews
80%
1 review
65%
2 reviews
PC Mag logo
70%
1 review
60%
1 review
80%
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
80%
1 review
60%
1 review
tbreak.ae logo
70%
1 review
80%
1 review
70%
1 review
pcauthority.com.au logo
80%
1 review
80%
1 review
razorman.net logo
95%
1 review
98%
1 review
Good Gear Guide.com.au logo
65%
1 review
100%
1 review
techadvisor.co.uk logo
70%
1 review
70%
1 review
techtudo.com.br logo
90%
1 review
93%
1 review
maclife.com logo
70%
1 review
70%
1 review
blogotech.eu logo
80%
1 review
80%
1 review
M3.idg.se logo
70%
1 review
80%
1 review
tweaktown.com logo
84%
1 review
84%
1 review
pcproffesionale.it
80%
1 review
Les Numeriques.com logo
80%
1 review
macworld.fr logo
70%
1 review
mobilegeeks.de logo
85%
1 review
Other Expert Sites
57%
29 reviews
54%
14 reviews
21%
4 reviews
45%
6 reviews
Average
74%
47 reviews
82%
26 reviews
70%
11 reviews
66%
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 13 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
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
tbreak.ae logo
1
storagereview.com logo
1
pokde.net logo
1
pcfoster.pl logo
1
nikktech.com logo
1
M3.idg.se logo
1
hothardware.com logo
1
hw-journal.de logo
1
allround-pc.com logo
1
HEXUS.net logo
1
Other Expert Sites
7
3
1
Total
13
13
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 73% were positive. Therefore the majority of Western Digital external hard drive owners and reviewers thought the product was reliable.

73% 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

very dependable
Bestbuy.com
reliable (so far
Bhphotovideo.com

NOT RELIABLE

Had to return mine as it wasn't reliable
amazon.co.uk
We spent hours trying to get the device to automatically backup a SD card to no reliable avail
Bhphotovideo.com
this model is probably not built to withstand that
Bestbuy.com

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

Western Digital My Passport - 4Tb

$91.00
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Western Digital My Passport - 4Tb
4TB
5,000 Mbit/s
DATA TRANSFER
170g

A great mid range choice, priced at $91 is the Western Digital My Passport - 4Tb, which has a Kagoo Score of 84.

Features We Love:
Big hard drive capacity (4TB)
Fast data transfer rate (5,000 Mbit/s)
Very light (170g)
USB powered
Password protection

A fully featured and low cost 170g external hard drive. It has a password protection, a data transfer rate of 5,000 Mbit/s and a hard drive capacity of 4TB and is USB powered.

85
Features
Fully-Featured
77
Popularity
Quite Popular
84
Value for Money
Very Good
84
Kagoo Score
Excellent
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The cheapest price that we could find for the My Passport - 4Tb in the US is $91.00 but in total we found only 2 prices for it.

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

Western Digital My Passport Ultra - 3Tb

$76.99
eBay
Western Digital My Passport Ultra - 3Tb
Buy Now
Western Digital My Passport Ultra - 3Tb
3TB
5,000 Mbit/s
DATA TRANSFER
230g

If you're looking for a high end Western Digital external hard drive then the Western Digital My Passport Ultra - 3Tb takes some beating. It has a Kagoo Score of 84, but is a bit more expensive at $76.99.

Features We Love:
Big hard drive capacity (3TB)
USB powered
Password protection

A fully featured and cheap 230g external hard drive. It has a password protection and a hard drive capacity of 3TB and is USB powered.

85
Features
Fully-Featured
78
Popularity
Quite Popular
84
Value for Money
Very Good
84
Kagoo Score
Excellent

The cheapest price that we could find for the My Passport Ultra - 3Tb in the US is $76.99 but in total we found only 2 prices for it.

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$89.99
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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 78 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 best rated 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. Multiple reviews mentioned that this external hard drive has a very fast read/write speed, it's really easy to use and easy to carry around.

94
Reviews
92 Reviews + 3 Awards
82
Features
Fully-Featured
69
Value for Money
Good
78
Kagoo Score
Very Good

Our review analysis indicates that Western Digital My Passport has very good expert reviews and excellent user reviews with 100% 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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