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What Are the Best External Hard Drive Brands in the US - September 2021

Matthew
Updated 26 August 2021
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Which Are the Best External Hard Drive Brands?

We've checked the reviews, awards, popularity and specs of 110+ external hard drives and found that the best external hard drive brand is Western Digital. Western Digital external hard drives have received an average review score of 95% based on 1,509 reviews.

Western Digital is the No. 1 external hard drive brand

The 2nd best brand is Seagate with an average review score of 94% (169 reviews) and the 3rd best brand is Buffalo with an average review score of 87% (14 reviews).

#1
United States
95%
95%
1,509 reviews
#2
United States
94%
94%
169 reviews
#3
87%
87%
14 reviews
#4
France
73%
73%
0 reviews
#5
70%
70%
0 reviews
#6
66%
66%
3 reviews
#7
66%
66%
0 reviews
#8
Rocstor
65%
65%
1 review
#9
DataLocker
63%
63%
0 reviews
#10
Verbatim
62%
62%
0 reviews
#11
ioSafe
61%
61%
0 reviews
#12
Glyph
60%
60%
0 reviews
#13
Apricorn
54%
54%
1 review
#14
OWC
52%
52%
0 reviews

Which External Hard Drive Brands Do Experts Rate Highest?

Now let's consider only the external hard drive reviews given by expert review sites. The table below compares the average review score given to each of the top external hard drive brands by each of the expert review sites. The best review score from each review source is highlighted in green. We then average this table up to determine the overall best brand according to experts.

Expert reviews indicate the best TV brand is Western Digital.
Average Review Score Western Digital A-DATA Silicon Power Buffalo Rocstor
PC Mag logo
90%
1 review
80%
2 reviews
gadgetgear.nl logo
90%
2 reviews
aphnetworks.com logo
70%
1 review
72%
1 review
Techradar logo
65%
2 reviews
blogotech.eu logo
80%
1 review
80%
1 review
computershopper.com logo
70%
2 reviews
razorman.net logo
95%
1 review
98%
1 review
01net.com logo
80%
1 review
M3.idg.se logo
160%
1 review
pcauthority.com.au logo
80%
1 review
pcpowerplay.com.au logo
90%
1 review
stuff.tv/my/ logo
80%
1 review
pctidningen.se logo
37%
1 review
komputer.no logo
37%
1 review
technolabs.net logo
80%
1 review
techradar.com/au/ logo
80%
1 review
tweaktown.com logo
84%
1 review
kotimikro.fi logo
37%
1 review
komputer.dk logo
37%
1 review
indiatoday.in logo
75%
1 review
Other Expert Sites
40%
5 reviews
20%
1 review
45%
2 reviews
81%
1 review
Average
84%
18 reviews
53%
11 reviews
77%
7 reviews
81%
1 review

Which External Hard Drive Brands Have Recieved the Most Industry Awards?

Expert review sites issue industry awards to the very best external hard drives. Below we add up the total number of industry awards issued by each review site to each brand.

Western Digital external hard drives have received the most industry awards.
Number of Awards Western Digital A-DATA Silicon Power Buffalo Rocstor
darktech-reviews.com logo
2
eteknix.com logo
1
1
gadgetgear.nl logo
2
razorman.net logo
1
1
01net.com logo
1
PC Mag logo
1
tweaktown.com logo
1
techwarelabs.com logo
1
technolabs.net logo
1
techlabs.ua logo
1
pcper.com logo
1
pcfoster.pl logo
1
legitreviews.com logo
1
nikktech.com logo
1
M3.idg.se logo
1
allround-pc.com logo
1
in.pcmag.com logo
1
hw-journal.de logo
1
hothardware.com logo
1
hardwarebbq.com logo
1
Other Expert Sites
2
Total
10
7
8
1
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