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Western Digital newegg WD My Book 6TB USB 3.0 3.5'' Desktop External Hard Drive WDBFJK0060HBK-NESN
  •  Ultra-fast USB 3.0 conne...
  •  WD SmartWare Pro automat...
  •  Acronis True Image WD Ed...
  • Dimensions: 6.7" x 1.9" x 5.5" (H x W x D)
  • Weight: 2.33lbs
  • Features: Ultra-fast data transfers with USB 3.0 Optimized for the fastest possible data transfer rates WD SmartWare Pro automatic backup software protects your precious memories Acronis True Image WD Edition software offers system-level backup for complete protection Compatibility with Windows 8 File History makes backups easier than ever Free Windows 8 app quickly discovers your media files Password protection with hardware encryption keep your private stuff private
  • Model #: WDBFJK0060HBK-NESN
  • Item #: N82E16822236732
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  • $279.99
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FANTOM DRIVES newegg Fantom Drives G-Force3 3TB USB 3.0 3.5" External Hard Drive GF3B3000U Black
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  •  USB 3.0
  •  3 Year Warranty
  • Dimensions: 7.75" x 4.5" x 1.375"
  • Weight: 2.4 lbs.
  • Features: USB 3.0 Interface options PC + Mac compatible Quiet fan-free design Easy Installation Stylish brushed black aluminum enclosure
  • Parts: 3 years limited
  • Model #: GF3B3000U
  • Item #: N82E16822204105
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

Seagate newegg Seagate Backup Plus 3TB USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive STDT3000100
  (2)
  •  Includes easy-to-use bac...
  •  Features mobile backup u...
  •  Automatically save photo...
  • Dimensions: 7.06"(L) x 4.65"(W) x 1.63"(D)
  • Weight: 1.89 lbs.
  • Package Contents: Seagate Backup Plus drive Power adapter Seagate Dashboard pre-loaded on drive Quick start guide NTFS driver for Mac pre-loaded on drive 4-foot USB 3.0 cable
  • Model #: STDT3000100
  • Item #: N82E16822178460
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FANTOM DRIVES newegg Fantom Drives GreenDrive3 2TB USB 3.0 External Hard Drive GD2000U3A
  (3)
  •  Newest Generation USB 3....
  •  PC + Mac compatible
  •  Quiet fan-free design
  • Cache: 64MB
  • Dimensions: 7.75" x 4.75" x 1.75"
  • Weight: 2.40 lb
  • Features: Fantom GreenDrive3 USB 3.0 External Hard Drives offer an affordable and reliable storage solution for USB enabled PC's and Macs. Quality & Durability The GreenDrive family of external hard drives feature a sturdy aluminum casing for maximum durability, a fan-free design for virtually silent operation and can be stored horizontally or vertically to optimize your work space. Fantom GreenDrives offer reliable storage expansion from your limited built-in hard drive so you can store all of your valuable data and digital memories. High Performance Transfers Fantom Drives GreenDrive3 USB 3.0 hard drive is backwards compatible with USB 2.0 and represents the pinnacle of host connectivity allowing transfer rates up to 10 times the rate of USB 2.0. The GreenDrive3 USB 3....
  • Model #: GD2000U3A
  • Item #: N82E16822510007
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Buffalo Technology newegg BUFFALO DriveStation 3TB USB 3.0 External Desktop Hard Drive HD-LC3.0U3
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  •  Use with Time Machine to...
  •  USB 3.0 support with USB...
  •  Unique design reduces no...
  • Features: USB 3.0 support with USB 2.0 backward compatibility Use with your PC or Mac computer for file storage and backup Stand upright or lay flat for easy placement and efficient use of space Unique design reduces noise for quiet operation Eco-friendly operation shuts the hard drive down when the connected computer is turned off Plug-and-play connectivity provides easy setup and use Boost PC performance and enhance your digital life with Buffalo Tools Back up your files on your Windows PC with Buffalo Backup Utility Use with Time Machine to back up your Mac computer
  • Package Contents: DriveStation USB 3.0 External Hard Drive Quick Setup Guide USB 3.0 Cable AC Adapter Warranty Statement
  • Model #: HD-LC3.0U3
  • Item #: N82E16822165570
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

Buffalo Technology newegg BUFFALO DriveStation DDR 3 TB USB 3.0 Hard Drive with DDR3 MegaCache Accelerator  - HD-GD3.0U3
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  •  USB 3.0
  •  Fanless Design
  •  Easy Scheduled PC & MAC ...
  • Cache: 1GB DDR3 RAM CACHE
  • Dimensions: 8" x 5" x 1.8"
  • Weight: 2.2 lbs.
  • Features: Buffalo's DriveStation DDR is an easy to use, high performance USB 3.0 desktop hard drive that offers ultra fast transfer speeds, comparable to SSD. Combining the high capacity of an HDD with 1 GB of DRAM cache, DriveStation DDR provides SSD-like performance. With blazing fast transfer speeds up to 408 MB/s, it is up to 2.3x faster than USB 3.0 and 10x faster than USB 2.0. Perfect for any PC or Mac, it's backward compatible with USB 2.0, and its unique chassis design can stand upright or lay flat for placement just about anywhere. It ships complete with Buffalo Tools, a feature-rich software suite designed to enhance computer performance and the day-to-day digital life of Windows PC consumers; boost performance, conserve energy and battery consumpti...
  • Model #: HD-GD3.0U3
  • Item #: N82E16822165533
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  • $149.99
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SAMSUNG newegg SAMSUNG D3 Station 2TB USB 3.0 3.5" Desktop External Hard Drive STSHX-D201TDB Black
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  •  SafetyKeyTM protection f...
  •  SuperSpeed USB 3.0 (MAX)...
  •  3-year limited global wa...
  • Dimensions: 7.11" x 5.09" x 1.85"
  • Weight: 743g
  • Features: The Samsung D3 Station External Hard Drive for all of your music, videos and photos. The durable black design stands up to the rigors of daily use and looks great next to your computer. Sleek design Compact size and streamlined shape SafetyKey protection for your data
  • 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-D201TDB
  • Item #: N82E16822152409
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SAMSUNG newegg SAMSUNG D3 Station 3TB USB 3.0 3.5" Desktop External Hard Drive STSHX-D301TDB Black
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  •  SafetyKeyTM protection f...
  •  SuperSpeed USB 3.0 (MAX)...
  •  3-year limited global wa...
  • Dimensions: 7.11" x 5.09" x 1.85"
  • Weight: 813g
  • Features: The Samsung D3 Station External Hard Drive for all of your music, videos and photos. The durable black design stands up to the rigors of daily use and looks great next to your computer. Sleek design Compact size and streamlined shape SafetyKey protection for your data
  • 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-D301TDB
  • Item #: N82E16822152408
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

Buffalo Technology newegg BUFFALO DriveStation DDR 2 TB USB 3.0 Hard Drive with DDR3 MegaCache Accelerator - HD-GD2.0U3
  (7)
  •  USB 3.0
  •  Fanless Design
  •  Easy Scheduled PC & MAC ...
  • Cache: 1GB DDR3 RAM CACHE
  • Dimensions: 8" x 5" x 1.8"
  • Weight: 2.2 lbs.
  • Features: Buffalo's DriveStation DDR is an easy to use, high performance USB 3.0 desktop hard drive that offers ultra fast transfer speeds, comparable to SSD. Combining the high capacity of an HDD with 1 GB of DRAM cache, DriveStation DDR provides SSD-like performance. With blazing fast transfer speeds up to 408 MB/s, it is up to 2.3x faster than USB 3.0 and 10x faster than USB 2.0. Perfect for any PC or Mac, it's backward compatible with USB 2.0, and its unique chassis design can stand upright or lay flat for placement just about anywhere. It ships complete with Buffalo Tools, a feature-rich software suite designed to enhance computer performance and the day-to-day digital life of Windows PC consumers; boost performance, conserve energy and battery consumpti...
  • Model #: HD-GD2.0U3
  • Item #: N82E16822165532
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
  • $139.99
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Transcend newegg Transcend StoreJet 35T3 3TB USB 3.0 3.5" Desktop External Hard Drive TS3TSJ35T3
  •  USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 conn...
  •  Slim vertically-oriented...
  •  Fanless low-noise operat...
  • Dimensions: 6.79" x 6.00" x 1.76"
  • Weight: 2.3lbs
  • Features: SuperSpeed USB 3.0 compliant and backwards compatible with USB 2.0 One Touch auto-backup button Extra-large storage capacity for backing-up files Power-saving sleep mode 256-bit AES file & folder encryption Space-saving upright design - no stand needed Fanless low-noise operation LED power / data transfer activity indicator Easy Plug and Play installation - no drivers required Includes Transcend Elite backup and security software
  • Package Contents: StoreJet 35T3 Power Adapter Quick Start Guide USB Cable Warranty Card
  • Model #: TS3TSJ35T3
  • Item #: N82E16822157073
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
  • $139.99
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Seagate newegg Seagate Backup Plus 4TB USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive STDT4000100
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  •  Includes easy-to-use bac...
  •  Features mobile backup u...
  •  Automatically save photo...
  • Dimensions: 7.06"(L) x 4.65"(W) x 1.63"(D)
  • Weight: 1.89 lbs.
  • Package Contents: Seagate Backup Plus drive Power adapter Seagate Dashboard pre-loaded on drive Quick start guide NTFS driver for Mac pre-loaded on drive 4-foot USB 3.0 cable
  • Model #: STDT4000100
  • Item #: N82E16822178461
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

FANTOM DRIVES newegg Fantom Drives 3TB USB 3.0 / eSATA Professional Aluminum External Hard Drive GFP3000EU3
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  •  USB 3.0 & eSATA Interfac...
  •  PC + Mac compatible
  •  Quiet fan-free design
  • RPM: 7200 RPM
  • Dimensions: 4.75" x 1.75" x 7.75" (H x W x D)
  • Weight: 2.5lbs
  • Features: USB 3.0 & eSATA Interface options PC + Mac compatible Quiet fan-free design Easy Installation Stylish brushed black aluminum enclosure
  • Model #: GFP3000EU3
  • Item #: 0B1-00MP-00001

Western Digital newegg WD Elements 2TB USB 3.0 External Desktop Storage WDBWLG0020HBK-NESN
  •  Ultra-fast USB 3.0 data ...
  •  Massive capacity
  •  Free trial of WD SmartWa...
  • Dimensions: 6.5"(H) x 5.3"(L) x 1.9"(W)
  • Weight: 2.0lbs
  • Features: Ultra-fast data transfers with USB 3.0 High-capacity add-on storage Downloadable trial of WD SmartWare Pro backup software Plug-and-play ready for Windows PCs WD quality inside and out
  • Package Contents: Desktop hard drive USB cable AC adapter Quick Install Guide
  • Model #: WDBWLG0020HBK-NESN
  • Item #: N82E16822236715
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

FANTOM DRIVES newegg Fantom Drives 4TB USB 3.0/eSATA External Hard Drive GF3B4000EU
  (2)
  •  USB 3.0 & eSATA Interfac...
  •  PC + Mac compatible
  •  Quiet fan-free design
  • Dimensions: 7.75"L x 4.75"H x 1.75"W
  • Weight: 2.5 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
  • from $198.99
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ioSafe newegg ioSafe SOLO G3 3TB USB 3.0 3.5" External Hard Drive with Fireproof / Waterproof, 1 year DATA Recovery SVC SK3TB
  (11)
  •  Fanless FloSafe Vent Des...
  •  Fireproof - Protects dat...
  •  Waterproof - Protects da...
  • Dimensions: 11.0" x 7.1" x 5.0"
  • Features: Single disk, up to 3TB storage capacity available Fanless, near silent cooling Multi-platform compatibility: Windows and Mac USB 3.0, up to 5Gb/s Disaster & Security Specifications - Protects Data From Fire: DataCastTM Technology. 1550 degree F, 1/2 hr per ASTM E119 with no data loss. - Protects Data From Flood: HydroSafeTM Technology. Full immersion, 10 ft. 3 days with no data loss. - Tested per UL, FCC and CE Standards - Proven data protection and recovery. Tested to ASTM E119 standards for fire exposure. - Physical theft protection: Cable lock or floor Mount capable
  • Package Contents: ioSafe Solo G3 USB External Hard Drive USB 3.0 Cable Power Supply Solo G3 Quick Start Guide
  • Model #: SK3TB
  • Item #: N82E16822501054
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

WD My Book 3TB USB 3.0 Hard Drive with Security, Local and Cloud Backup (WDBFJK0030HBK-NESN)
  •  WDBFJK0030HBK-NESN
  • Cache: USB 3.0/USB 2.0
  • Dimensions: 6.7"(H) x 5.5"(D) x 1.9"(W)
  • Weight: 2.23 lbs.
  • Features: Up to 3x faster transfer ratesUniversal connectivityLocal and cloud backupSystem-level backupSecure your filesWD Drive Utilities softwareWorks great with Windows 8WD quality inside and out
  • Model #: WDBFJK0030HBK-NESN
  • Return Policy: View Return Policy

Western Digital newegg My Book Duo 4TB dual-drive, USB3.0  high-speed premium RAID storage Model WDBLWE0040JCH-NESN
  (2)
  •  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
  • Features: Optimized for the fastest possible data transfer rates Massive capacity for all your valuable data Hardware RAID optimizes speed and protection User-selectable RAID 0/1 or JBOD lets you select for more speed, data protection or two independent drives Local, cloud and system-level backup options to protect your data Keep your private stuff private with password protection and hardware encryption Expand storage and charge mobile devices with the two extra USB 3.0 ports Configure, manage and diagnose your drive with integrated drive utilities Works out of the box with your Windows OS. Can be reformatted to work with Mac Complete with ultra-reliable WD Red drives with optimal performance in small RAID environments User-serviceable so you can replace or up...
  • Model #: WDBLWE0040JCH-NESN
  • Item #: N82E16822236728
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
  • $279.99
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LaCie newegg LaCie Porsche Design P'9230 3TB USB 3.0 3.5" Desktop Hard Drive 302003
  (3)
  •  USB 3.0 | USB 2.0
  •  Built for speed
  •  Solid aluminum casing
  • Dimensions: 7.5" x 4.5" x 1.5"
  • Weight: 2.31 lbs.
  • Features: The Ultimate Blend of Design and Performance Porsche Design Form, LaCie Function Accelerate Your Backup with USB 3.0 Safe, Strong, and Aluminum User-friendly Software Suite Included System Requirements : - Computer with a USB 3.0 or USB 2.0 port - Latest version of Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 / Mac OS X 10.5, 10.6 - Check www.lacie.com/usb3mac for USB 3.0 Mac compatibility - Minimum free disk space: 600MB recommended
  • Package Contents: LaCie Porsche Design P'9230 USB 3.0 cable (USB 2.0-compatible) Quick Install Guide External power supply Complete Software Suite: LaCie Private-Public, Backup Assistant, Eco Mode, Wuala
  • Model #: 302003
  • Item #: N82E16822154578
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

LaCie newegg LaCie d2 Quadra 2TB USB 3.0 / 2 x Firewire800 / eSATA 3.5" External Hard Drive 301543U Silver
  (8)
  •  Universal connectivity a...
  •  Professional grade: 5Gb/...
  •  Save space: stackable an...
  • RPM: 7200 RPM
  • Cache: 32MB
  • Dimensions: 7.2" x 6.6" x 2.3"
  • Weight: 3.7 lbs.
  • Model #: 301543U
  • Item #: N82E16822154541
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

LaCie newegg LaCie 2big Quadra 4TB USB 3.0 / 2 x FireWire 800 3.5" External Hard Drive 9000316
  (1)
  •  USB 3.0 Speed: Up to 210...
  •  Quad-interface for PC/Ma...
  •  RAID and hot-swap for sp...
  • RPM: 7200 RPM
  • RAID: RAID System (0, 1)
  • Dimensions: 3.5" x 6.7" x 7.8"
  • Weight: 7.9 lbs.
  • Model #: 9000316
  • Item #: N82E16822154647
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

Apricorn newegg APRICORN Aegis Padlock DT 2TB USB 3.0 3.5" External Hard Drive 256-bit AES Encryption ADT-3PL256-2000
  (1)
  •  Superfast USB 3.0 Connec...
  •  Hardware Encrypted Drive...
  •  High quality aluminum, h...
  • RPM: 7200 RPM
  • Cache: 8MB
  • Average Seek Time: 12ms
  • Dimensions: 7.2" x 4.5" x 1.5"
  • Model #: ADT-3PL256-2000
  • Item #: N82E16822161138
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

External Hard Drives

Use this link for more information on External Hard Drives in our Learning Center

External hard drives are ideal for backing up your hard drive or storing additional media separately from your main hard drive. Photos, videos, and digital music have all become so popular in recent years that people need a place to put it all. CDs and DVDs do not have the capacity to hold PC backups and are not all that convenient. However, the prices of external hard drives have come down so much that they are perfect for backing up your important data.

The two most common interfaces for hooking up external drives to your computer are USB and FireWire with eSata now becoming popular also. USB has been around for years and are standard on just about all computers today while FireWire ports are newer and if you use a digital video camera with your computer you probably already have one. In terms of access speeds the latest eSata standard offers the fastest connection however that comes with a price. USB 2.0 and Firewire can cover most of your general needs without having to upgrade your system with a new eSata card. Any of the interfaces will do the job however be sure to purchase an external hard drive with the same type of port that your computer has.

Your backup drive should have a capacity at least as big as your computer's largest hard drive. That will leave you with plenty of room to back up your important files or mirror/clone your current drive. You can also buy an external hard drive case and mount an internal hard drive inside it. This method will give you a choice of brands and models, and if anything goes wrong with your internal hard drive, you can simply install the external one inside your computer to replace it.

Considerations for External Hard Drives

One drawback to using external hard drives for backups is that they are still relatively new for home computer use. They come with Windows drivers; should Windows fail, you will not be able to access your external drive through DOS. There are DOS drivers available but they can be difficult to find and most manufacturers do not provide support for them. This isn't a frequent occurrence, just something to keep in mind as you select your external hard drive.

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