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  •  3TB. SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ...
  •  Easy and simple to use -...
  •  Drag and drop file savin...
  • Dimensions: 1.44" x 4.75" x 6.93"
  • Weight: 2.09 lbs.
  • Package Contents: Seagate Expansion drive 4-foot (120cm) USB 3.0 cable Power adapter Quick start guide 1-year limited warranty (AMER)
  • Electrical Outlet Plug Type: others
  • Model #: STEB3000100
  • Item #: N82E16822178740
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
  • $109.99
  • $99.00
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LaCie LaCie LaCie LaCie d2 Quadra USB 3.0 4TB USB 3.0 / 2 x Firewire800 / eSATA External Hard Drive LAC9000258U Silver
  (1)
  •  Universal connectivity a...
  •  Professional grade: 5Gb/...
  •  Save space: stackable an...
  • RPM: 7200 RPM
  • Cache: 32MB
  • Dimensions: 7.20" x 6.60" x 2.30"
  • Weight: 3.70 lbs.
  • Model #: LAC9000258U
  • Item #: 0BD-009Y-00011

  •  Ultra-fast transfer rate...
  •  Automatic backup softwar...
  •  Works great with Windows...
  • Dimensions: 6.70" x 1.90" x 5.50"
  • Weight: 1.96 lbs.
  • Package Contents: External hard drive WD SmartWare software (pre-loaded) USB cable AC adapter Quick Install Guide
  • Model #: WDBFJK0020HBK-NESN
  • Item #: N82E16822236628
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

Western Digital Western Digital Western Digital WD My Book  AV 1TB USB 2.0 / eSATA 3.5" DVR Expander WDBABT0010HBK-NESN Black
  (36)
  •  Holds up to 200,000 phot...
  •  USB 2.0 / eSATA
  •  2 years limited
  • Dimensions: 6.5" x 5.3" x 1.9"
  • Weight: 2.6 lbs.
  • Package Contents: DVR Expander (WDBABT0010HBK-NESN) External power supply USB 2.0 cable eSATA cable Adapter cable for Sony camcorders Quick Install Guide Feet for horizontal placement
  • Parts: 2 years limited
  • Model #: WDBABT0010HBK-NESN
  • Return Policy: View Return Policy

Western Digital Western Digital Western Digital WD 10TB My Book Pro Professional RAID Storage - Thunderbolt USB 3.0 - WDBDTB0100JSL-NESN
  (5)
  •  Thunderbolt 2 or USB 3.0...
  •  Two 20 Gb/s Thunderbolt ...
  •  Apple Time Machine compa...
  • Cache: N/A
  • Dimensions: 5.82" x 4.28" x 8.51"
  • Weight: 7.87 lbs.
  • Package Contents: Dual-drive Thunderbolt 2 RAID storage system Thunderbolt 2 cable (1-meter/39.4") USB 3.0 cable Power supply Quick install guide
  • Model #: WDBDTB0100JSL-NESN
  • Item #: N82E16822236977
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

Western Digital Western Digital Western Digital WD 6TB My Book Duo Desktop RAID External Hard Drive - USB 3.0 - WDBLWE0060JCH-NESN
  (4)
  •  Two USB 3.0 expansion po...
  •  Up to 290 MB/s file tran...
  •  Dual-drive enclosure
  • Dimensions: 6.5" x 3.9" x 6.2" (H x W x D)
  • Weight: 4.8lbs
  • Package Contents: External storage WD SmartWare Pro, WD Drive Utilities & WD Security software USB cable AC adapter Quick install guide
  • Model #: WDBLWE0060JCH-NESN
  • Item #: N82E16822236729
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

Seagate Seagate Seagate Seagate Expansion 2TB USB 3.0 3.5" Desktop External Hard Drive STEB2000100 Black
  (10)
  •  2TB. SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ...
  •  Easy and simple to use -...
  •  Drag and drop file savin...
  • Dimensions: 1.44" x 4.75" x 6.93"
  • Weight: 2.09 lbs.
  • Package Contents: Seagate Expansion drive 4-foot (120cm) USB 3.0 cable Power adapter Quick start guide
  • Electrical Outlet Plug Type: others
  • Model #: STEB2000100
  • Return Policy: View Return Policy

Seagate Seagate Seagate Seagate Backup Plus 3TB Desktop External Hard Drive with 200GB of Cloud Storage & Mobile Device Backup USB 3.0 - STDT3000100 (Black)
  (17)
  •  200GB of cloud storage f...
  •  Lyve app to back up dire...
  •  Share Mac and PC files
  • Dimensions: 1.63" x 4.65" x 7.06"
  • Weight: 1.89 lbs.
  • Package Contents: Seagate Backup Plus desktop drive 4-foot (1.2m) USB 3.0 cable Seagate Dashboard backup software Power adapter 200GB cloud storage with OneDrive for 2 years (Must activate by June 30, 2017. May not be available in all countries.) Quick start guide NTFS driver for Mac
  • Model #: STDT3000100
  • Item #: N82E16822178460
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

Western Digital Western Digital Western Digital WD 4TB My Book Duo Desktop RAID External Hard Drive - USB 3.0 - WDBLWE0040JCH-NESN
  (3)
  •  Two USB 3.0 expansion po...
  •  Up to 290 MB/s file tran...
  •  Dual-drive enclosure
  • Dimensions: 6.5" x 3.9" x 6.2" (H x W x D)
  • Weight: 4.6lbs
  • Package Contents: External storage WD SmartWare Pro, WD Drive Utilities & WD Security software USB cable AC adapter Quick install guide
  • Model #: WDBLWE0040JCH-NESN
  • Item #: N82E16822236728
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

Western Digital Western Digital Western Digital Western Digital My Book Essential 1.5TB Desktop External Hard Drive
  (7)
  •  WDBACW0015HBK-NESN
  •  USB 3.0
  •  3.5"
  • Dimensions: 6.5" x 5.3" x 1.9"
  • Weight: 2.6 lbs.
  • Package Contents: External hard drive WD SmartWare software USB cable Quick Install Guide
  • Model #: WDBACW0015HBK-NESN
  • Return Policy: View Return Policy
  • from $182.45
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Seagate Seagate Seagate Seagate Expansion 5TB USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive STBV5000100
  (79)
  •  Instantly add 5 TB of st...
  •  Simple plug-and-play con...
  •  Power supply and USB 3.0...
  • Dimensions: 1.5" x 4.6" x 7.1" (H x W x D)
  • Weight: 2.1lbs
  • Package Contents: 1 Year Limited
  • Parts: 1 Year Limited
  • Model #: STBV5000100
  • Return Policy: View Return Policy

ioSafe ioSafe ioSafe ioSafe SOLO G3 2TB USB 3.0 3.5" External Hard Drive with Fireproof / Waterproof, 1 year DATA Recovery SVC SK2TB
  (22)
  •  Fanless FloSafe Vent Des...
  •  Fireproof - Protects dat...
  •  Waterproof - Protects da...
  • Dimensions: 7.10" x 5.00" x 11.00"
  • Weight: 15.00 lbs.
  • Package Contents: ioSafe Solo G3 USB External Hard Drive USB 3.0 Cable Power Supply Solo G3 Quick Start Guide
  • Electrical Outlet Plug Type: Other Accessories
  • Model #: SK2TB
  • Item #: N82E16822501053
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

Western Digital Western Digital Western Digital Western Digital USB2.0 WD TV Live HD Media Player WDBAAN0000NBK-NESN
  (264)
  •  Full-HD 1080p resolution...
  •  Play a wide variety of f...
  •  Play network and interne...
  • Package Contents: HD Media Player Compact remote with batteries Composite AV cable Component AV cable AC adapter Quick Install Guide
  • Parts: 1 year limited
  • Labor: 1 year limited
  • Model #: WDBAAN0000NBK-NESN
  • Item #: 9SIA0AJ20D8022
  • Return Policy: View Return Policy
  • $482.45
  • Free Shipping

FANTOM DRIVES FANTOM DRIVES FANTOM DRIVES Fantom Drives G-Force 4TB USB 3.0 / eSATA Aluminum Desktop External Hard Drive GF3B4000EU Black
  (2)
  •  4TB, USB 3.0 & eSATA int...
  •  PC + MAC compatible
  •  Stylish brushed black al...
  • Cache: 32MB
  • Dimensions: 4.75" x 1.75" x 7.75"
  • Weight: 2.50 lbs.
  • Package Contents: Gforce3 External Hard Drive Drive Stand Power Supply USB 3.0 Cable User Manual
  • Model #: GF3B4000EU
  • Item #: N82E16822204128
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

ioSafe ioSafe ioSafe ioSafe SoloPRO 2TB USB 3.0 External Hard Drive with Fireproof / Waterproof, + 1 year DATA Recovery SVC SM2TB1YR Black
  (1)
  •  Fireproof, Waterproof an...
  •  Windows Server, Linux, M...
  •  USB3.0; Pro Data Recover...
  • Dimensions: 7.10" x 5.00" x 11.00"
  • Weight: 15.00 lbs.
  • Package Contents: ioSafe SoloPRO External Hard Drive USB Cable Power Supply Owners Manual and Warranty
  • Model #: SM2TB1YR
  • Item #: 1Z4-0051-00010

G-Technology G-Technology G-Technology G-Technology G-DRIVE USB 4TB USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive 0G03594 Silver
  •  0G03594
  •  USB 3.0
  • RPM: 7200 RPM
  • Dimensions: 1.26" x 5.00" x 7.70"
  • Weight: 2.40 lbs.
  • Package Contents: G-DRIVE USB External Hard Drive (1) USB 3.0 cable (compatible with USB 2.0) Quick Start Guide AC power adapter Warranty
  • Model #: 0G03594
  • Item #: 1E8-001A-00012

Western Digital Western Digital Western Digital WD 8TB My Book Pro Professional RAID Storage - Thunderbolt USB 3.0 - WDBDTB0080JSL-NESN
  •  Thunderbolt 2 or USB 3.0...
  •  Two 20 Gb/s Thunderbolt ...
  •  Apple Time Machine compa...
  • Cache: N/A
  • Dimensions: 5.82" x 4.28" x 8.51"
  • Weight: 7.87 lbs.
  • Package Contents: Dual-drive Thunderbolt 2 RAID storage system Thunderbolt 2 cable (1-meter/39.4") USB 3.0 cable Power supply Quick install guide
  • Model #: WDBDTB0080JSL-NESN
  • Item #: N82E16822236976
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

SAMSUNG SAMSUNG SAMSUNG SAMSUNG D3 Station 5TB USB 3.0 3.5" Desktop External Hard Drive STSHX-D501TDB Black
  (62)
  •  Super speed USB 3.0, Sle...
  •  Compact size and streaml...
  •  SafetyKey protection for...
  • Dimensions: 1.85" x 7.11" x 5.09"
  • Weight: 1.36 lbs.
  • Package Contents: D3 Station External Hard Drive USB cable Power adapter Quick Install Guide Software preloaded on the drive Electronic User Documentation (PDF)
  • Model #: STSHX-D501TDB
  • Item #: N82E16822152425
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
  • $169.99
  • Free Shipping

Hornettek HT-3402U3 Enterprise Quad Bay 20TB (20-Terabyte) USB 3.0 & eSATA JBOD External Hard Drive (Build-in 4x 5TB HDD)- Retail
  (1)
  •  USB 3.0
  •  3.5"
  •  JBOD
  • Cache: 64MB
  • RAID: JBOD
  • Parts: 1 Year Warranty from Reseller
  • Labor: 1 Year Warranty from Reseller
  • Model #: HT-3402U3-20TB
  • Item #: 9SIA5AD2ER5632
  • Return Policy: View Return Policy
  • $1,299.95
  • $899.95
  • Save: 31%
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LaCie LaCie LaCie LaCie 2big Thunderbolt 2 8TB USB 3.0 / 2 x Thunderbolt 2 Professional Dual-Disk Hardware RAID External Hard Drive LAC9000438U
  •  Shocking speeds up to 42...
  •  Dual Thunderbolt 2 ports...
  •  Innovative design with R...
  • RPM: 7200 RPM
  • Cache: 64MB
  • Dimensions: 5.10" x 4.30" x 8.10"
  • Weight: 6.60 lbs.
  • Model #: LAC9000438U
  • Item #: N82E16822154697
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

FANTOM DRIVES FANTOM DRIVES FANTOM DRIVES Fantom Drives Professional 3TB USB 3.0 / Firewire400 / Firewire800 / eSATA Aluminum Desktop External Hard Drive GFP3000Q3 Black
  •  3TB, USB 3.0 & eSATA int...
  •  PC+ MAC compatible
  •  Stylish brushed black al...
  • RPM: 7200 RPM
  • Dimensions: 4.75" x 1.75" x 7.75"
  • Weight: 2.5 lbs.
  • Package Contents: Fantom Drives Professional external hard drive FireWire 800 Cable FireWire 400 Cable eSATA cable USB 3.0 Cable Power Cord Drive Stand User Manual
  • Model #: GFP3000Q3
  • Item #: 0B1-00MP-00011
  • Return Policy: View Return Policy

Seagate Seagate Seagate Seagate Expansion 2TB USB 3.0 3.5" Desktop External Hard Drive STBV2000100
  (167)
  •  Drag and drop file savin...
  •  Fast data transfer with ...
  •  1 year manufacturer warr...
  • Dimensions: 8.17" x 4.96" x 1.57"
  • Weight: 2.25 lbs.
  • Model #: STBV2000100
  • Item #: N82E16822178116
  • Return Policy: View Return Policy

FANTOM DRIVES FANTOM DRIVES FANTOM DRIVES Fantom Drives G-Force 8TB USB 3.0 / eSATA Aluminum Desktop External Hard Drive GF3B8000EU Black
  •  8TB, USB 3.0 & eSATA int...
  •  PC + MAC compatible
  •  Stylish brushed black al...
  • Cache: 32MB
  • Dimensions: 4.75" x 1.75" x 7.75"
  • Weight: 2.50 lbs.
  • Package Contents: Gforce3 External Hard Drive Drive Stand Power Supply USB 3.0 Cable User Manual
  • Model #: GF3B8000EU
  • Item #: N82E16822204151
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

Buffalo Technology Buffalo Technology Buffalo Technology BUFFALO DriveStation Axis Velocity 6TB USB 3.0 External Hard Drive HD-LX6.0TU3 Black
  •  7200 RPM Hard Drive
  •  256-bit AES Hardware Enc...
  •  USB30, PC and MAC compat...
  • RPM: 7200 RPM
  • Dimensions: 1.52" x 4.83" x 7.44"
  • Weight: 2.09 lbs.
  • Electrical Outlet Plug Type: Other
  • Model #: HD-LX6.0TU3
  • Item #: 1E8-004N-00011

G-Technology G-Technology G-Technology G-Technology G-DRIVE 3TB USB 3.0 / Thunderbolt Desktop External Hard Drive 0G03124 Silver
  •  Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 ...
  •  Apple Time Machine compa...
  •  High-performance 7200 RP...
  • RPM: 7200 RPM
  • Dimensions: 1.89" x 5.12" x 9.25"
  • Weight: 2.98 lbs.
  • Package Contents: G-DRIVE with Thunderbolt external hard drive 1 x Thunderbolt cable 1 x USB 3.0 cable (compatible with USB 2.0) Quick Start Guide AC power adapter
  • Model #: 0G03124
  • Item #: 12K-018S-00006

Western Digital Western Digital Western Digital WD 8TB My Book Duo Desktop RAID External Hard Drive - USB 3.0 - WDBLWE0080JCH-NESN
  (7)
  •  Two USB 3.0 expansion po...
  •  Up to 290 MB/s file tran...
  •  Dual-drive enclosure
  • Dimensions: 6.5" x 3.9" x 6.2" (H x W x D)
  • Weight: 5.0lbs
  • Package Contents: External storage WD SmartWare Pro, WD Drive Utilities & WD Security software USB cable AC adapter Quick install guide
  • Model #: WDBLWE0080JCH-NESN
  • Return Policy: View Return Policy

G-Technology G-Technology G-Technology G-Technology G-Speed Studio XL 64TB RAID 8-Bay Thunderbolt 2 Storage Solution
  •  0G03769
  •  2 x Thunderbolt 2
  •  RAID System (0, 1, 5, 6,...
  • RPM: 7200 RPM
  • RAID: RAID System (0, 1, 5, 6, 10, 50, 60)
  • Dimensions: 14.20" x 7.40" x 9.90"
  • Weight: 18.50 lbs.
  • Model #: 0G03769
  • Item #: 1UW-000E-00013

Western Digital Western Digital Western Digital WD 12TB My Book Duo Desktop RAID External Hard Drive - USB 3.0 - WDBLWE0120JCH-NESN
  (5)
  •  Two USB 3.0 expansion po...
  •  Up to 290 MB/s file tran...
  •  Dual-drive enclosure
  • Dimensions: 6.5" x 3.9" x 6.2" (H x W x D)
  • Weight: 5.1lbs
  • Package Contents: External storage WD SmartWare Pro, WD Drive Utilities & WD Security software USB cable AC adapter Quick install guide
  • Model #: WDBLWE0120JCH-NESN
  • Item #: N82E16822236731
  • Return Policy: View Return Policy

Western Digital Western Digital Western Digital 2tb My Book Desktop Usb 3.0
  •  Cabinet Benches
  • from $109.62
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VERBATIM VERBATIM VERBATIM Verbatim 97192 2 TB External Hard Drive - Black
  (1)
  • from $242.04
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External Hard Drives

External hard drives function identically to internal hard drives. The distinction is that external hard drives attach in a different way to a PC or laptop, usually by USB, and are portable. With that in mind, if you need to keep large files or a large amount of files on hand even when you’re away from your main system, then an external hard drive could be your solution. An external hard disk is also a very convenient way to transfer files from one desktop system to another.

Reasons to Buy an External Hard Drive

The most popular use case for an external HDD is for backing up data. No matter how reliable an internal hard drive is, it can fail at any time. This is a reality for any component that is constantly in use. That’s why many users consistently back up important files on an external hard drive, which is used rarely. Additionally, external hard disks are not usually constantly attached to a system. This protects the backed up data from damage if the main system suffers an electrical overload, like from a power surge.

Storage expansion is also a popular reason for buying an external hard drive. Laptop users understand how difficult it can be to upgrade an internal HDD. Even PC users with a tower might want to save themselves the hassle of opening their computer case and adding or replacing their hard drive. In these situations, it makes sense to simply buy an external hard drive and be done with it. The best part is that if the user buys a new PC or laptop, he or she can simply attach the external hard drive to the new system and the data will be immediately available.

Finally, portability always has value. USB flash drives certainly have their place in the arsenal of any mobile warrior, but sometimes they just don’t have the capacity for everything a user needs to carry. There’s nothing like bringing 1TB of MP3s and videos to stay entertained on those long business trips.

What to Look for in an External Hard Drive

Since external hard disks function the same way as internal hard drives, the same aspects should be considered. Depending on your needs, the main specifications you should look at are capacity and speed. Capacity will dictate how much the drive can hold, and speed will tell you how fast the data can be accessed. For mechanical drives, you should look at the RPMs.

Whatever your external storage needs are, Newegg has the HDD for you from popular manufacturers, like Western Digital, Seagate, HGST, and Toshiba. Find the external hard drive you need today!

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