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  •  8TB, USB 3.0 (USB 2.0 co...
  •  WD Backup software
  •  Acronis True Image WD Ed...
  • Dimensions: 6.73" x 1.93" x 5.47"
  • Weight: 2.23 lbs.
  • Package Contents: External hard drive USB cable AC adapter WD Backup software Quick install guide
  • Model #: WDBFJK0080HBK-NESN
  • Item #: N82E16822235061
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
  • $299.99
  • $249.99 
  • Save: 17%
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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

DELL DELL DELL DELL 1RMMC 2TB External Backup HDD
  (1)
  •  USB 3.0
  •  2.5"
  • RPM: 5400 RPM
  • Dimensions: 3 in x 4.5 in x 0.5 in
  • Weight: 5.61 oz
  • Model #: 1RMMC
  • Item #: 0ZK-006G-00023
  • Return Policy: View 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

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

MICRONET MICRONET MICRONET Fantom Drives G-Force3 Pro 1TB USB 3.0 Aluminum External Hard Drive GF3B500UP GF3B1000UP
  •  USB 3.0 Interface
  •  7200 rpm rotational spee...
  •  PC + Mac compatible
  • RPM: 7200 RPM
  • Cache: 32MB
  • Package Contents: G-Force 3 External Disk Drive Drive Stand Power Supply USB 3.0 Cable User Manual
  • Electrical Outlet Plug Type: Hard Drive
  • Model #: GF3B1000UP
  • Return Policy: View Return Policy

Western Digital Western Digital Western Digital WD My Book 2TB Desktop USB 3.0 External Hard Drive Storage WDBACW0020HBK-NESN
  (68)
  •  Dual USB 3.0 and USB 2.0...
  •  WD SmartWare automatic b...
  •  Password protection with...
  • Dimensions: 6.5" x 5.3" x 1.9"
  • Weight: 2.6 lbs.
  • Parts: 2 years limited
  • Labor: 2 years limited
  • Model #: WDBACW0020HBK-NESN
  • Return Policy: View Return Policy

Western Digital Western Digital Western Digital WD My Book 1TB Desktop USB 3.0 External Hard Drive Storage WDBACW0010HBK-NESN
  (50)
  •  Dual USB 3.0 and USB 2.0...
  •  WD SmartWare automatic b...
  •  Password protection with...
  • Dimensions: 6.5" x 5.3" x 1.9"
  • Weight: 2.6 lbs.
  • Parts: 2 years limited
  • Labor: 2 years limited
  • Model #: WDBACW0010HBK-NESN
  • Return Policy: View Return Policy

Western Digital Western Digital Western Digital WD 12TB My Book Duo Desktop RAID External Hard Drive - USB 3.0 - WDBLWE0120JCH-NESN
  (6)
  •  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: 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 WD Elements 5TB USB 3.0 3.5" External Hard Drive WDBWLG0050HBK-NESN Black
  (6)
  •  Ultra-fast USB 3.0 data ...
  •  Massive capacity
  •  Free trial of WD SmartWa...
  • Dimensions: 6.5" x 1.9" x 5.3" (H x W x D)
  • Weight: 2.1 lbs.
  • Electrical Outlet Plug Type: Hard Drive
  • Model #: WDBWLG0050HBK-NESN
  • Item #: 9SIA0AJ3VU8432
  • Return Policy: View Return Policy
  • $296.25 
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FANTOM DRIVES FANTOM DRIVES FANTOM DRIVES Fantom Drives G-Force 3TB USB 3.0 / eSATA Aluminum Desktop External Hard Drive GF3B3000EU Black
  (4)
  •  3TB, 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 #: GF3B3000EU
  • Item #: N82E16822510051
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

G-Technology G-Technology G-Technology G-Technology G-DRIVE 4TB USB 3.0 / Thunderbolt Desktop External Hard Drive 0G03050 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 #: 0G03050
  • Item #: 12K-00TG-00005
  • Return Policy: View Return Policy

G-Technology G-Technology G-Technology G-Technology G-DRIVE 6TB USB 3.0 / Thunderbolt Desktop External Hard Drive 0G04023 Silver
  •  Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 ...
  •  Apple Time Machine compa...
  •  High-performance 7200 RP...
  • RPM: 7200 RPM
  • Cache: 64MB
  • Dimensions: 1.89" x 5.12" x 9.25"
  • Weight: 2.98 lbs.
  • Model #: 0G04023
  • Item #: 0ZK-00PX-00009
  • Return Policy: View Return Policy

FANTOM DRIVES FANTOM DRIVES FANTOM DRIVES Fantom Drives G-Force3 Pro 3TB USB 3.0 Aluminum Desktop External Hard Drive GF3B3000UP Black
  (4)
  •  3TB, USB 3.0, USB 2.0 co...
  •  PC + MAC compatible
  •  Stylish brushed black al...
  • RPM: 7200 RPM
  • Cache: 32MB
  • Dimensions: 7.75" x 4.75" x 1.75"
  • Weight: 2.40 lbs.
  • Model #: GF3B3000UP
  • Item #: N82E16822204121
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

Western Digital Western Digital Western Digital WD 16TB My Book Pro Professional RAID  Thunderbolt  2 USB 3.0  Desktop External Hard Drive - WDBDTB0160JSL-NESN
  •  16TB, Dual-drive enclosu...
  •  Thunderbolt 2 or USB 3.0...
  •  Performance-optimized ...
  • Dimensions: 5.82" x 4.28" x 8.51"
  • Weight: 7.72 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 #: WDBDTB0160JSL-NESN
  • Item #: N82E16822235071
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

SAMSUNG SAMSUNG SAMSUNG SAMSUNG D3 Station 3TB USB 3.0 3.5" Desktop External Hard Drive STSHX-D301TDB Black
  (69)
  •  STSHX-D301TDB
  •  USB 3.0
  •  3.5"
  • Dimensions: 1.85" x 5.09" x 7.11"
  • Weight: 1.79 lbs.
  • Package Contents: D3 Station External Hard Drive USB cable Power adapter Quick Install Guide Software preloaded on the drive Electronic User Documentation (PDF)
  • Electrical Outlet Plug Type: Hard Drive
  • Model #: STSHX-D301TDB
  • Item #: N82E16822152408
  • 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)
  (18)
  •  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
  • Electrical Outlet Plug Type: Portable
  • Model #: STDT3000100
  • Item #: N82E16822178460
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

Buffalo Technology Buffalo Technology Buffalo Technology BUFFALO DriveStation Axis Velocity 4TB USB 3.0 External Hard Drive HD-LX4.0TU3 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.
  • Model #: HD-LX4.0TU3
  • Item #: 1E8-004N-00012

LaCie LaCie LaCie LACIE d2 6TB 7200 RPM 3.5" Thunderbolt 2 x 2 External Hard Drive for Mac  Model 9000472U
  •  Professional speeds of u...
  •  USB 3.0 and dual Thunder...
  •  Aluminum unibody for red...
  • RPM: 7200 RPM
  • Cache: 64MB
  • Dimensions: 2.40" x 8.50" x 5.10"
  • Weight: 3.2 lbs.
  • Model #: LAC9000472U
  • Item #: N82E16822154739
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

Western Digital Western Digital Western Digital WD 6TB My Book Pro Professional RAID Storage - Thunderbolt USB 3.0 - WDBDTB0060JSL-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 #: WDBDTB0060JSL-NESN
  • Item #: N82E16822236975
  • Return Policy: Standard 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

Seagate Seagate Seagate Seagate Expansion 4TB USB 3.0 3.5" Desktop External Hard Drive STBV4000100
  (100)
  •  Drag and drop file savin...
  •  Fast data transfer with ...
  •  1 year manufacturer warr...
  • Dimensions: 7.07" x 4.65" x 1.48"
  • Package Contents: Seagate Expansion drive 4-foot (120cm) USB 3.0 cable Power adapter Quick start guide
  • Model #: STBV4000100
  • Return Policy: View Return Policy

LaCie LaCie LaCie Lacie 9000504U 5big Thunderbolt 2 30TB 7200RPM Hardware RAID
  •  Up to 1050MB/s speeds fo...
  •  Hardware RAID 5/6 with h...
  •  Dual Thunderbolt 2 ports...
  • RPM: 7200 RPM
  • Cache: 64MB
  • Dimensions: 8.60" x 6.80" x 7.70"
  • Weight: 16.8 lbs.
  • Model #: LAC9000504U
  • Item #: 0VN-002W-00005

Seagate Seagate Seagate Seagate Backup Plus 4TB Desktop External Hard Drive with 200GB of Cloud Storage & Mobile Device Backup USB 3.0 - STDT4000100 (Black)
  (13)
  •  200GB of cloud storage f...
  •  Lyve app to back up dire...
  •  Share Mac and PC files
  • Dimensions: 7.06" x 4.65" x 1.63"
  • 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
  • Return Policy: View Return Policy

Seagate Seagate Seagate Seagate Innov8 8TB Desktop External Hard Drive - USB-C Powered - STFG8000400
  •  8TB USB-C powered extern...
  •  Seagate Ignition Boost ...
  •  All-aluminum enclosure
  • Dimensions: 1.42" x 4.87" x 8.19"
  • Weight: 3.31 lbs.
  • Package Contents: Seagate lnnov8 USB-C cable Seagate Dashboard backup Quick start guide NTFS driver for Mac
  • Model #: STFG8000400
  • Item #: N82E16822178940
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

G-Technology G-Technology G-Technology G-Technology G-DRIVE USB 2TB USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive 0G03902 Silver
  •  0G03902
  •  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 x USB 3.0 cable (compatible with USB 2.0) Quick Start Guide AC power adapter
  • Model #: 0G03902
  • Item #: 1E8-001A-00013

Western Digital Western Digital Western Digital WD My Passport Ultra 1TB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive WDBZFP0010BBK-NESN Black
  (2)
  •  WDBZFP0010BBK-NESN
  •  USB 3.0
  • Dimensions: 4.35"(H) x 3.23"(W) x 0.61"(D)
  • Weight: 0.34 lbs.
  • Package Contents: Portable hard drive USB cable WD SmartWare Pro software Soft pouch Quick install guide
  • Model #: WDBZFP0010BBK-NESN
  • Item #: N82E16822236618
  • 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
  • Electrical Outlet Plug Type: Hard Drive
  • Model #: WDBACW0015HBK-NESN
  • Return Policy: View Return Policy

FANTOM DRIVES FANTOM DRIVES FANTOM DRIVES Fantom Gforce/3  2TB USB 3.0 Aluminum Desktop External Hard Drive GF3B2000U64 Black
  (1)
  •  PC+ MAC compatible
  •  2TB, USB 3.0, USB 2.0 co...
  •  Stylish brushed black al...
  • Cache: 64MB
  • Parts: 3 Year Limited
  • Model #: GF3B2000U64
  • Item #: N82E16822510019
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

Seagate Seagate Seagate Seagate Expansion 4TB USB 3.0 External Hard Drive Stbv4000300
  (1)
  •  Stbv4000300
  •  USB 3.0
  • Dimensions: 1.48" x 4.65" x 7.07"
  • Weight: 2.06 lbs.
  • Model #: Stbv4000300
  • Item #: N82E16822178776
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
  • $139.99
  • $119.99 
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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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