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External Hard Drives: Buying Guide

External hard drives are a great way of backing up your files, photographs, music and videos to keep them safe if the unthinkable should happen and your computer decides to wipe everything from its memory. Choosing an external hard drive can be a challenging task, and this article aims to guide you on how to compare external hard drives.

The first and most basic choice for you to make when choosing an external hard drive is the size of the device you are looking for.

For those of us wishing to store vast amounts of music, videos photographs and files the most sensible choice is to go for larger storage capacities. A
250 GB external hard drive can store up to 57,000 mp3 songs, 40,000 photographs or even 100,000 text files, although these values depend on file formats etc. Of course, if you have more data to store than that, a larger size may be necessary - 500gb external hard drives are available, and even 1 tb external hard drives, with the equivalent of 1000gb.

Unfortunately, even with falling prices of memory in recent years, such large external hard drives do come at a price. Expecting to fill a 1 tb external hard drive when you have only 250 GB of data is going to be an expensive way of backing your data up. As such, be aware of how much space you actually need.

Power options for external hard drives are also vital. Cheap external hard drives or those which are designed to be used in conjunction with desk top computers often rely on a separate power cable to connect them to the mains. However, if you plan to back up data on a laptop, having a power hungry external hard drive attached to it is sure to cause problems. Most decent (read: not the cheapest) 'laptop' external hard drives are powered by the USB which connects them to the laptop in the first place.

The ergonomics of your external hard drive also need to be considered - as mentioned, hard drives designed to be used in conjunction with desktop computers often rely on mains supplies, making them bulky and difficult to carry around if the need ever arose. Most external hard drives nowadays are light, small, portable and most vitally, tough - meaning you will not lose all of your data if you drop it by accident when running to get to an important meeting.

Choosing the right external hard drive to store your personal data can be difficult, but considering the factors highlighted in this article is sure to help you.

 
Western Digital My Cloud 3TB

Western Digital My Cloud 3TB

Western Digital External Hard Drives
NAS - 3000 GB - USB 3.0 - Ethernet

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2 reviews - 1 news - 4 photos
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Western Digital My Cloud 2TB

Western Digital My Cloud 2TB

Western Digital External Hard Drives
NAS - 2000 GB - USB 3.0 - Ethernet

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3 reviews - 2 news - 3 photos
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Western Digital My Cloud 4TB

Western Digital My Cloud 4TB

Western Digital External Hard Drives
NAS - 4000 GB - USB 3.0 - Ethernet

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2 reviews - 1 news
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LaCie CloudBox 1TB

LaCie CloudBox 1TB

LaCie External Hard Drives
NAS - 1000 GB - Ethernet

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39 user opinions - 2 photos
Easy to use and very reliable Ciao — 09-2011

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LaCie CloudBox 2TB

LaCie CloudBox 2TB

LaCie External Hard Drives
NAS - 2000 GB - Ethernet

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39 user opinions - 2 photos
Excellent Storage Solution Ciao — 12-2011

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LaCie CloudBox 3TB

LaCie CloudBox 3TB

LaCie External Hard Drives
NAS - 3000 GB - Ethernet

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39 user opinions - 2 photos
Excellent Storage Solution Ciao — 12-2011

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LaCie CloudBox 4TB

LaCie CloudBox 4TB

LaCie External Hard Drives
NAS - 4000 GB - Ethernet

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39 user opinions - 3 photos
Easy to use and very reliable Ciao — 09-2011

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Corsair Voyager Air 1TB

Corsair Voyager Air 1TB

Corsair External Hard Drives
2.5" - 1000 GB - USB 3.0 - Ethernet - WiFi

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6 reviews - 28 user opinions - 1 news - 3 videos - 22 photos
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Corsair Voyager Air 500GB

Corsair Voyager Air 500GB

Corsair External Hard Drives
2.5" - 500 GB - USB 3.0 - Ethernet - WiFi

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1 review - 21 user opinions - 1 news - 1 video - 8 photos
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Seagate Central 3TB

Seagate Central 3TB

Seagate External Hard Drives
NAS - 3000 GB - USB 2.0 - Ethernet

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3 reviews - 11 user opinions - 3 news - 17 photos
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Apple AirPort Time Capsule 2TB

Apple AirPort Time Capsule 2TB

Apple External Hard Drives
NAS - 2000 GB - USB 2.0 - Ethernet - WiFi

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1 review - 5 user opinions - 12 photos
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Straightforward set-and-forget backup for Apple users, but little appeal for anyone else

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Apple AirPort Time Capsule 3TB

Apple AirPort Time Capsule 3TB

Apple External Hard Drives
NAS - 3000 GB - USB 2.0 - Ethernet - WiFi

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2 reviews - 7 user opinions - 17 photos
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Seagate Central 4TB

Seagate Central 4TB

Seagate External Hard Drives
NAS - 4000 GB - USB 2.0 - Ethernet

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4 reviews - 11 user opinions - 16 photos
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Seagate Central 2TB

Seagate External Hard Drives
NAS - 2000 GB - USB 2.0 - Ethernet

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3 reviews - 11 user opinions - 17 photos
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Patriot Aero Wireless Mobile Drive 1TB

Patriot Aero Wireless Mobile Drive 1TB

Patriot External Hard Drives
2.5" - 1000 GB - USB 3.0 - WiFi

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1 review
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Western Digital My Passport USB 3.0 500GB

Western Digital My Passport USB 3.0 500GB

Western Digital External Hard Drives
2.5" - 500 GB - USB 3.0

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415 user opinions - 2 videos - 108 photos
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Iomega eGo Portable USB 3.0 1TB

Iomega eGo Portable USB 3.0 1TB

Iomega External Hard Drives
2.5" - 1000 GB - USB 3.0

1 video - 7 photos
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Western Digital My Passport Essential 1TB

Western Digital My Passport Essential 1TB

Western Digital External Hard Drives
2.5" - 1000 GB - USB 2.0

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29 user opinions - 2 news - 9 videos - 25 photos
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Western Digital My Passport Essential 250GB

Western Digital My Passport Essential 250GB

Western Digital External Hard Drives
2.5" - 250 GB - USB 2.0

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2 reviews - 54 user opinions - 8 news - 2 forums - 8 photos
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Buffalo MiniStation Lite 500GB

Buffalo MiniStation Lite 500GB

Buffalo External Hard Drives
2.5" - 500 GB - USB 2.0

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1 review - 2 user opinions - 1 news - 1 video - 3 photos
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