See here the list of Top 10 best external hard drives. Read the buying guide and other important factors before making a selection for you or any of your dear ones.

Bestseller No. 1
WD 2TB Elements Portable External Hard Drive - USB 3.0 - WDBU6Y0020BBK
  • USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 compatibility
  • Fast data transfers
  • Improve PC performance
SaleBestseller No. 2
Seagate Portable 2TB External Hard Drive Portable HDD - USB 3.0 for PC Laptop and Mac (STGX2000400)
  • Easily store and access 2TB of content on the go with the Seagate Portable Drive, a USB external hard drive
  • Designed to work with Windows or Mac computers, this external hard drive makes backup a snap just drag and drop
  • To get set up, connect the portable hard drive to a computer for automatic recognition no software required
SaleBestseller No. 3
Toshiba HDTB420XK3AA Canvio Basics 2TB Portable External Hard Drive USB 3.0, Black
  • Sleek profile design with a matte, smudge resistance finish
  • Plug & Play Easy to use with no software to install. Requires reformatting for Mac OS v10.12 /OS X v10.11 / v10.1
  • Quickly add more storage capacity to your PC and other compatible devices
SaleBestseller No. 4
WD 8TB Elements Desktop Hard Drive - USB 3.0 - WDBWLG0080HBK-NESN
  • Fast data transfers
  • High-capacity add-on storage
  • Plug-and-play ready for Windows PCs
Bestseller No. 5
WD 4TB Black My Passport Portable External Hard Drive - USB 3.0 - WDBYFT0040BBK-WESN
  • Auto backup with included WD Backup software
  • Password protection with hardware encryption
  • Trusted drive built with WD reliability
SaleBestseller No. 6
Seagate Backup Plus Slim 2TB External Hard Drive Portable HDD - Red USB 3.0 for PC Laptop and Mac, 1...
  • Store and access 2TB of photos and files on the go with Seagate Backup Plus Slim, an external hard drive for Mac and Windows
  • This portable external hard drive features a minimalist brushed metal enclosure, and is a stylish USB drive
  • Simply plug this external hard drive for Mac and Windows into a computer via the included USB 3.0 cable to back up files with a...
SaleBestseller No. 7
Toshiba Canvio Advance 4TB Portable External Hard Drive USB 3.0, Blue (HDTC940XL3CA)
  • Compact design with four vibrant color options to fit your lifestyle
  • Up to 4TB of storage capacity to store your growing files and content
  • Toshiba Storage Backup Software (downloadable) to easily back up your content and schedule your backup to run automatically
SaleBestseller No. 8
WD 4TB My Passport for Mac Portable External Hard Drive, USB-C/USB-A - WDBP6A0040BBK-WESE
  • Designed for Mac and Time Machine ready
  • Password protection with hardware encryption
  • Trusted drive built with WD reliability
Bestseller No. 9
Seagate Expansion Desktop 8TB External Hard Drive HDD - USB 3.0 for PC Laptop (STEB8000100)
  • Enjoy enormous desktop storage space for years to come for photos, movies, music, and more
  • Designed to work with Windows computers, this external USB drive makes backup easy with a simple drag and drop
  • Setup is easy! Just connect the external hard drive to your Windows computer for automatic recognition no software required
SaleBestseller No. 10
WD 10TB My Book Desktop External Hard Drive, USB 3.0 - WDBBGB0100HBK-NESN
  • Auto backup with included WD Backup software and Time Machine compatibility
  • Password protection with hardware encryption
  • Trusted storage built with WD reliability

1. The Toshiba Canvio Basics

First of all, we would like to introduce you to the Toshiba Canvio Basics external hard drive, which is already priced into the upper-middle class. This is an HDD hard drive that gives you a good storage capacity of 2 terabytes. According to the manufacturer, the device also has a fast read and write speed. Unfortunately, Toshiba does not give any details. This external hard drive features a built-in shock sensor and special ramp-load technology designed to further protect your data.

To connect to your computer, the Toshiba external hard drive has a single USB 3.0 port. The accompanying cable is already included in the delivery. The power supply of this hard disk is provided by an integrated lithium-ion battery. In addition, the hard drive is compatible with the operating systems Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 8 or higher. If you choose this external hard drive, the manufacturer will give you a two-year limited warranty.

As far as the design is concerned, the manufacturer chose the Toshiba Canvio Basics for a rather simple and simple presentation. The external hard drive is completely black and has a 2.5-inch form factor. The dimensions here are 11.9 x 7.9 x 2.1 centimetres and the weight amounts to 231 kilograms.

What types of external hard drives are there? Basically, we distinguish between HDD and SSD hard drives. While the HDDs are mechanical storage media, SSD hard drives use digital flash memory, which allows much faster transfer speeds. In what HDD and SSD hard drives still differ and what advantages and disadvantages they offer you, we tell you in our guide. You will find this again directly after our product comparison.

2. Intenso Memory Case external hard drive – available with USB 2.0 or USB 3.0 port

Next, we’d like to introduce you to the Intenso 6021580 Memory CASE external hard drive, which is priced in a similar range as the product first introduced. This HDD hard drive also offers you a storage capacity of 2 terabytes. The device has an average reading speed of 85 megabytes per second and a writing speed of 75 megabytes per second.

This external hard drive is equipped with an LED light, which always signals the operational readiness of the device.
This external hard drive is also equipped with a single USB 3.0 port. However, to save some money, you can also purchase this model with a USB 2.0 port. In addition, the device offers a very solid compatibility and works with Windows 7 or higher and with Mac OS 10 or higher. In addition, the manufacturer grants you a two-year warranty when purchasing this external hard drive.

Optically, the external hard drive from Intenso also makes a rather inconspicuous impression. Optionally, the device is available in black or white. The hard disk has a form factor of 2.5 inches, dimensions of 2 x 7.8 x 12.7 centimetres and a weight of 186 grams.

3. KESU-2518 Ultra Slim external hard drive – with a read and write speed of 5 gigabytes per second

It continues with a model from the budget middle class – the Kesu Ultra Slim external hard drive. This is an HDD hard drive with a storage capacity of 500 gigabytes. However, the device is also available with 120 Gigabyte, 160 Gigabyte, 250 Gigabyte, 320 Gigabyte, 750 Gigabyte or 1 Terabyte. Particularly striking here is the extremely fast read and write speeds of 5 gigabytes per second. This external hard drive is plug and play. So you can start the data transfer immediately without having to install special software.

To connect to your computer, this model is also equipped with a single USB 3.0 port, which according to the manufacturer is also upwards compatible. This device not only supports Mac and Windows PCs but also supports Linux, Android OS, Smart TVs, the PS4 and the Xbox One. In addition, you will receive a warranty of no less than 3 years when purchasing this external hard drive.

As far as the design is concerned, the Kesu hard drive, which is completely made of black, stands out due to its brushed surface. This model also has a form factor of 2.5 inches. The dimensions here are 12.1 x 8 x 1.1 centimetres and the weight amounts to a comparatively light 150 grams.

What advantages does an external hard drive offer me? Using an external hard drive gives you many advantages. With such a device you can not only relieve the hard disk of your computer but also take your data with you wherever you go. You will find out in our guide what advantages and disadvantages external hard drives offer you.

4. Toshiba Canvio Basics HDTB420EK3AA external hard drive – with SuperSpeed ​​USB 3.0 technology

Next, it will again go to a device from Toshiba – the Toshiba HDTB420EK3AA external hard drive. This is an HDD hard drive with a storage capacity of 2 terabytes. In addition, this model offers an extremely fast read and write speed of 5 gigabytes per second. This external hard drive has a special SuperSpeed ​​USB 3.0 technology. According to the manufacturer, you can transmit data volumes of up to 3 terabytes extremely fast.

As usual, your external computer will connect to your computer through a USB 3.0 port. The required transmission cable is already included. However, compatibility with this model is limited to Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10. In addition, the manufacturer grants you a two-year warranty on the purchase of this external hard drive. As far as the design is concerned, the Toshiba HDTB420EK3AA, which is completely in black, looks rather unobtrusive. This device also has the usual form factor of 2.5 inches. The dimensions here are 13.8 x 12.5 x 3.8 centimetres and the weight is exactly 150 grams.

How do I connect my external hard drive to a computer? Most external hard drives are equipped with a USB port. In addition, there are also special multimedia hard drives that are equipped with an HDMI port and allow you to play videos or music. With an external Wi-Fi hard drive, you even have the options to wirelessly transfer your data via the local Wi-Fi network. Find out more about the connection options of external hard drives in our guide.

5. Maxtor M3 portable external hard drive – with Secret Zone technology

Continue with the Maxtor M3 Portable external hard drive, which is priced in a similar area, as well as the last product presented. Again, this is an HDD hard drive with a storage capacity of 2 terabytes. In addition, this device offers a very fast read and write speed of 5 gigabytes per second. This external hard drive has a special Secret Zone technology that automatically encrypts your data. In addition, the device automatically makes backups of your stored data.

Like all other devices in our comparison, Maxtor’s external hard drive is connected to your computer via a USB 3.0 port. However, compatibility is limited according to the manufacturer on the Apple operating system Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks. Whether you can use the device with a Windows computer, the manufacturer does not mention.

Unfortunately, you will not receive a guarantee when purchasing this external hard drive. Visually, the Maxtor hard drive, with its grey-and-black check pattern, can stand out a bit from the other devices in our comparison, but also has a 2.5-inch form factor. The dimensions here are 11.8 x 8.2 x 2 centimetres and the weight is 181 grams.

6. Intenso Memory Drive external hard drive – with plug and play function

Next, we’d like to introduce you to the Intenso Memory Drive external hard drive, which is also priced into the upper-middle class. The HDD hard drive offers a generous storage capacity of 2 terabytes but is also available with only one terabyte. The reading speed is here at an average of 85 megabytes per second and the writing speed amounts to 75 megabytes per second. This external hard drive comes with a practical protective cover made of imitation leather. So you can easily use the device on the road, without the sensitive surface is scratched.

The data transfer is also accomplished with the external hard disk of Intenso via a USB 3.0 connection. In addition, this model is plug-and-play-capable. So you do not have to install any software to use the hard disk. According to the manufacturer, the device is compatible with the following operating systems: Windows XP, Vista, 7 and 8 and Mac OS X 10.7 Lion and Linux 2.4. Unfortunately, you will not receive a guarantee when purchasing this model.

Externally, Intenso’s all-black external hard drive stands out for its high-gloss piano finish. The device has a form factor of 2.5 inches, dimensions of 12.7 x 7.8 x 1.3 centimetres and a weight of 163 grams. What do I have to look for when buying an external hard drive? Before buying your new external hard drive you should consider a whole range of factors.

7. Transcend StoreJet M3 external hard drive – compatible with the Transcend Elite software

Let us now turn to the first rather expensive model in our comparison – the Transcend TS2TSJ25M3 StoreJet M3 external hard drive. This model offers you again a generous storage capacity of 2 terabytes as well as read and write speeds of 5 gigabytes per second. Using the optional Transcend Elite software, you can back up your stored data at the touch of a button with this external hard drive.

Even this rather expensive model is equipped with a USB 3.0 port to connect to your computer. In addition, the device has an LED status light, which always signals operational readiness and current data transfer. In addition, this external hard drive with its silicone housing is extremely robust and meets according to the manufacturer even the drop test standards of the US military.

The compatibility of the Transcend hard disk is also very well positioned. The device works with Windows 7, 8 and 10, Mac OS X 10.7 or higher and Linux kernel 2.6.31 or higher. In addition, the manufacturer grants you a three-year warranty when purchasing this external hard drive. Visually, the Transcend external hard drive, with its greyish-green colour scheme, can stand out a bit from the other devices in our comparison. This device also has a form factor of 2.5 inches. The dimensions here are 3 x 2.1 x 8.2 centimetres and the weight amounts to 218 grams.

8. Seagate Expansion Portable External Hard Drive – with 2 years warranty

It continues with the Seagate Expansion Portable external hard drive, which ranks back into the upper-middle-class price range. Like the last device introduced, this model offers you a storage capacity of 2 terabytes and a read and write speed of 5 gigabytes each. This external hard drive is plug and play. So you do not have to install special software and you can start the data transfer immediately.

For data transfer, Seagate’s external hard drive is equipped with a high-speed USB 3.0 port, which guarantees you very fast transfer speeds. However, compatibility is limited to Windows operating systems 7, 8 and 10. In addition, the manufacturer grants you a two-year warranty when purchasing this device.

Visually, the black Seagate Expansion Portable stands out for its special 3D diamond surface, which gives the device a very interesting look. It has a form factor of 2.5 inches, dimensions of 12.2 x 1.5 x 8.1 centimetres and an average weight of 181 grams. Are there alternatives to external hard drives? Depending on the amount of data to be stored, you can also access a USB stick. Cloud storage can accommodate huge amounts of data but typically costs a monthly fee.

What is an SSD hard drive?

External SSD hard drives are the most modern of their kind and by eliminating mechanical components much faster and more stable than is the case with conventional HDD hard drives. However, SSDs with the same storage capacity are usually a lot more expensive than their mechanical counterparts. SSD or “Solid-Stat-Drive” hard disks use digital flash memory, which you probably also know from USB sticks or SD cards. Here, memory cells can be scanned by electrical voltage or the current flow and the data stored there can be processed. This gives you very fast access to your media.