How to Choose the Best External Hard Drive
Why do you need an External Hard Drive?
External Hard Drive’s are almost essential in today’s day and age with much business, socializing and pleasure taking place via your computer. This means that there are lots and lots of files that you will want to keep safe and store. There may be movies, photo’s, songs or confidential documents. Whatever the case you need a place to put them. A place that is convenient and external to your computer so if (when) your computer crashes, your data remains safe.
In terms of the size that the average person needs, we have found that one Terabyte (1TB) covers the majority of users needs. In this site we look at the best 1TB External Hard Drives under $130 so that you know you are getting the best value for money.
What should I look for in an External Hard Drive?
First and foremost you will want a device that is reliable. That is a key feature as an External Hard Drive is often used as a back up device. You will also want one that is lightweight and portable so that you can easily move it from computer to computer or store it in a safe place easily. You will want an External Hard Drive that is simple to use, preferably one that you can plug into your computer and it works straight away. And finally you will want one that looks good; who needs an ugly little box sitting in their computer room?
External 1TB Hard Drive comparison table
The best options
The best External Hard Drives in our opinion are the Seagate models. Not only are they more compact and better looking, they are reliable, loved by the majority of customers that use them and are simple to use for the average person.
At the end of the day it comes down to a matter of preference. You can see the reviews of the best options in the market here:
- Seagate Expansion 1TB external hard drive (our top pick)
- Seagate Backup Plus 1TB external hard drive (our second pick)
- Western Digital My Book Essential 1TB external hard drive (our worst pick)