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Western Digital newegg Western Digital WD 320GB Elements SE Mini Portable USB 3.0 External Hard Drive
  •  USB 3.0
  •  2.5"
  • Parts: Six Month Manufacturer Warranty
  • Labor: Six Month Manufacturer Warranty
  • Model #: WDBPCK3200ABK
  • Item #: 9SIA57Z1ZK7891
  • Return Policy: View Return Policy
  • $39.99
  • Free Shipping

60GB 60G HDD Internal Hard Drive Disk for Microsoft Xbox 360 S Slim Models
  • $64.59
  • $44.68
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Toshiba newegg TOSHIBA Canvio Wireless Adapter for External Hard HDWW100XKWF1 Black
  •  Wireless storage, Wirele...
  •  Uninterrupted Internet, ...
  •  Travel Friendly, Broad ...
  • Dimensions: 2.5"W x 1.9"H x 0.4"D
  • Weight: 0.85 oz.
  • Features: Wireless storage Upload media from a smartphone, tablet or laptop to a portable hard drive to free-up space Wireless streaming and sharing Stream and share media using multiple mobile devices at the same time Uninterrupted Internet The Internet Pass-Through Mode offers simultaneous access to the Canvio Wireless Adapter, an external hard drive and the web Travel Friendly Small and easy to carry. Perfect wireless companion for your portable USB external hard drive* Share with many Access your favorite content on up to eight devices at the same time. Broad compatibility Works with Macs (OS X 10.7/10.8/10.9) and Windows PCs (Windows 8.1/8/7) Free Android and iOS mobile apps available for download (Android 2.3-4.2; iOS 5.0-7.0) Works with external USB portable hard drives* ...
  • Model #: HDWW100XKWF1
  • Item #: N82E16822149526
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Western Digital newegg WD Elements 500GB USB 3.0/2.0 2.5" Portable Hard Drive WDBPCK5000ABK
  (4)
  •  WDBPCK5000ABK
  •  USB 3.0/2.0
  •  2.5"
  • Dimensions: 4.43" x 3.1" x 0.75"
  • Weight: 0.44 lbs.
  • Features: USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 compatibility. High-capacity in a small enclosure. Improve PC performance.
  • Model #: WDBPCK5000ABK
  • Item #: N82E16822236403
  • Return Policy: View Return Policy

Western Digital newegg WD My Passport 500GB USB 3.0 2.5" External Hard Drive WDBKXH5000ABL-NESN Blue
  (1)
  •  WDBKXH5000ABL-NESN
  •  USB 3.0
  •  2.5"
  • Dimensions: 4.4" x 3.2" x 0.6"
  • Weight: 0.3 lbs.
  • Features: Sleek compact design with plenty of storage Ultra-fast data transfers with USB 3.0 interface USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 compatibility Automatic backup software Password protection and hardware encryption WD Security - WD Security utility allows you to set password protection and hardware encryption for your drive to protect your files from unauthorized use or access. WD Drive Utilities - Register your drive, set drive security, run diagnostics and more using WD Drive Utilities. Ideal for - Transferring files in blazing fast speed with USB 3.0 - Connecting to USB 2.0 devices today and USB 3.0 devices when you're ready - Adding extra storage for your videos, music, photos, and files. - Backing up your files with automatic, continuous backup software - Securing your files from u...
  • Model #: WDBKXH5000ABL-NESN
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Western Digital newegg WD My Passport 500GB USB 3.0 2.5" External Hard Drive WDBKXH5000ASL-NESN Silver
  (1)
  •  WDBKXH5000ASL-NESN
  •  USB 3.0
  •  2.5"
  • Dimensions: 4.4" x 3.2" x 0.6"
  • Weight: 0.3 lbs.
  • Features: Sleek compact design with plenty of storage Ultra-fast data transfers with USB 3.0 interface USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 compatibility Automatic backup software Password protection and hardware encryption WD Security - WD Security utility allows you to set password protection and hardware encryption for your drive to protect your files from unauthorized use or access. WD Drive Utilities - Register your drive, set drive security, run diagnostics and more using WD Drive Utilities. Ideal for - Transferring files in blazing fast speed with USB 3.0 - Connecting to USB 2.0 devices today and USB 3.0 devices when you're ready - Adding extra storage for your videos, music, photos, and files. - Backing up your files with automatic, continuous backup software - Securing your files from u...
  • Model #: WDBKXH5000ASL-NESN
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Western Digital newegg WD Elements 500GB USB 2.0 3.5" Desktop External Hard Drive WDBAAU5000EBK-NESN
  •  WDBAAU5000EBK-NESN
  •  USB 2.0
  •  3.5"
  • Dimensions: 7.01" x 4.59" x 1.42"
  • Weight: 2.24 lbs.
  • Features: Compatibility: Available USB port Mac OS X Tiger or Leopard Windows Vista/XP
  • Package Contents: USB 2.0 external hard drive USB cable AC adapter Quick Install Guide
  • Model #: WDBAAU5000EBK-NESN
  • Item #: N82E16822136611
  • Return Policy: Recertified Limited Replacement Only Return Policy
  • $89.99
  • $49.99
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Western Digital newegg WD My Passport Essential 500GB USB 2.0 2.5" External Hard Drive WDME5000TN Midnight Black
  •  WDME5000TN
  •  USB 2.0
  •  2.5"
  • RPM: 5400 RPM
  • Dimensions: 5.0" x 3.1" x 0.6"
  • Weight: 0.4 lbs.
  • Features: Protect your precious data with a 500 GB hard drive Electronics device is light and easy to carry External hard drive fits smoothly in your hand or pocket
  • Model #: WDME5000TN
  • Item #: N82E16822236584
  • Return Policy: Recertified Limited Replacement Only Return Policy
  • $99.99
  • $49.99
  • Save: 50%
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Western Digital newegg WD My Passport Essential SE 750GB USB 2.0 2.5" External Hard Drive WDBABM7500ABK Black
  • $69.99
  • $49.99
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Western Digital newegg WD My Passport Essential SE 750GB USB 3.0/USB 2.0 2.5" Portable Hard Drive WDBACX7500ABK-NESN Black
  •  WDBACX7500ABK-NESN
  •  USB 3.0/USB 2.0
  •  2.5"
  • Dimensions: 4.3" x 3.3" x 0.7"
  • Weight: 0.45 lbs.
  • Features: Dual USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 compatibility Up to 3x faster transfer rates with USB 3.0 Automatic, continuous backup Password protection and hardware encryption Protecting your data with automatic, continuous backup Adding extra storage space for photos, videos and music Securing private or sensitive data with password protection and hardware encryption
  • Model #: WDBACX7500ABK-NESN
  • Item #: 9SIA57Z1N28702
  • Return Policy: View Return Policy
  • $52.99
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Western Digital newegg WD Elements SE 750GB USB 3.0 External Hard Drive WDBPCK7500ABK-NESN Black
  (1)
  •  WDBPCK7500ABK-NESN
  •  USB 3.0
  • Dimensions: 4.4" x 3.1" x 0.8"
  • Weight: 7.1 oz.
  • Features: The Elements SE Portable USB 3.0 Hard Drive from Western Digital offers maximum data transfer rates and universal connectivity with USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 devices. The compact and lightweight enclosure features a 750GB capacity for storing videos, music, photos and documents while on the go. Maximum Transfer Rates When connected to a USB 3.0 port, the Elements SE Portable delivers maximum performance for data transfers. Transfer a full-length HD movie in a fraction of the time it takes with USB 2.0. USB 3.0 can transfer files at a rate as high as 5GB/s while the USB 2.0 tops out at 480MB/s Improve PC Performance Computers slow down when their internal hard drives become full. Instead of delete files in order to free up space, transfer them over to the Elements SE Portable at high speeds fo...
  • Model #: WDBPCK7500ABK-NESN
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Western Digital newegg WD My Passport Essential SE 750GB USB 3.0/USB 2.0 2.5" Portable Hard Drive WDBACX7500ASL Silver
  •  WDBACX7500ASL
  •  USB 3.0/USB 2.0
  •  2.5"
  • Dimensions: 4.3" x 3.3" x 0.7"
  • Weight: 0.45 lbs.
  • Features: Dual USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 compatibility Up to 3x faster transfer rates with USB 3.0 Automatic, continuous backup Password protection and hardware encryption Protecting your data with automatic, continuous backup Adding extra storage space for photos, videos and music Securing private or sensitive data with password protection and hardware encryption
  • Model #: WDBACX7500ASL
  • Item #: N82E16822236472
  • Return Policy: Recertified Limited Replacement Only Return Policy
  • $99.99
  • $54.99
  • Save: 45%
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Western Digital newegg WD My Passport Essential SE 750GB USB 3.0 2.5" Portable Hard Drive WDBACX7500ABL Metallic Blue
  (1)
  •  WDBACX7500ABL
  •  USB 3.0
  •  2.5"
  • Dimensions: 4.3" x 3.3" x 0.7"
  • Weight: 0.45 lbs.
  • Features: Dual USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 compatibility Up to 3x faster transfer rates with USB 3.0 Adding extra storage space for photos, videos and music WD SmartWare software Automatic, continuous backup Hardware encryption, password protection
  • Model #: WDBACX7500ABL
  • Item #: N82E16822236471
  • Return Policy: Recertified Limited Replacement Only Return Policy
  • $99.99
  • $54.99
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Western Digital newegg WD  My Passport for Mac  750GB  USB 2.0  External Hard DriveWDBBXV7500ABK  Black
  • $69.99
  • $54.99
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Cirago newegg cirago 500GB USB 2.0 2.5" Portable Hard Drive CST5000
  •  CST5000
  •  USB 2.0
  •  2.5"
  • Dimensions: 3.0" x 4.7" x 0.35"
  • Features: Slim and compact solution for USB 2.0 Interface High Speed USB 2.0 Backwards compatible with 1.1 Plug and Play / Easy to use Share any data, image, MP3, MP4, video and more Supports PC (Windows 98SE/ME/2000/XP/Vista), MAC (MAC OS8.6 or above) and Linux Active LED Power Indicator Aluminum Case for light weight and durability
  • Parts: 1 year limited
  • Labor: 1 year limited
  • Model #: CST5000
  • Item #: N82E16822242019
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
  • from $55.99
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Buslink Corporation newegg Buslink Disk-On-The-Go DL-160-U2 160 GB 2.5' External Hard Drive
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  •  USB interface for easy p...
  •  Easy to carry anywhere w...
  •  Platform support: PC/Mac...
  • Dimensions: 6.0" x 3.2" x 0.8"
  • Weight: 0.44lb
  • Features: The new BUSlink USB 2.0 pocket size hard drive is smaller, lighter, faster, and provides a quick, easy solution for storage. At the size of 2.5" and weight only 1.5 lbs, the BUSlink Disk-On-The-Go Lite is so compact - it will fit in your pocket. Plug and play installation means you can be using the drive within minutes after taking it out of the box. It enhances the capabilities of your existing laptop or desktop, and it is perfect for businessmen, home users, mobile users, MP3 storage and gamers.
  • Package Contents: Disk-On-The-Go Pocket Drive Mini-B USB cable User manual
  • Model #: DL-160-U2
  • Item #: N82E16822158117
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  • from $56.24
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Protronix EBO Series 250GB Portable External USB 2.0 Hard Drive (Black)
  •  USB 2.0 (480Mb/s)
  • RPM: 5400 RPM
  • Cache: 8MB
  • Features: USB-Powered
  • Model #: 4138376589
  • Item #: 9SIA4UB2HF6364
  • Return Policy: View Return Policy
  • $58.86
  • $56.89
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Toshiba newegg TOSHIBA Canvio Connect 500GB USB 3.0 External Hard Drive HDTC705XW3A1 White
  •  Access & Share your cont...
  •  True portability for the...
  •  Complete backup solution...
  • RPM: 5400 RPM
  • Cache: 8MB
  • Average Seek Time: 12ms
  • Dimensions: 4.37" x 3.11" x 0.59"
  • Model #: HDTC705XW3A1
  • Item #: N82E16822149461
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Protronix E25S Slim 320GB Portable External USB 2.0 Hard Drive (Black)
  • $59.99
  • Free Shipping

Protronix E25S Slim 250GB Portable External USB 2.0 Hard Drive (Black)
  • $59.99
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G-Technology newegg 500GB G-drive Mobile Combo Slv [PC]
  •  GDROUA5001ASB
  • $59.99
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Western Digital newegg WD My Passport Essential SE 1TB USB 3.0/USB 2.0 2.5" Portable Hard Drive WDBACX0010BBK Black
  (1)
  •  WDBACX0010BBK
  •  USB 3.0/USB 2.0
  •  2.5"
  • Dimensions: 4.3" x 3.3" x 0.7"
  • Weight: 0.45 lbs.
  • Features: Dual USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 compatibility Up to 3x faster transfer rates with USB 3.0 Automatic, continuous backup Password protection and hardware encryption Protecting your data with automatic, continuous backup Adding extra storage space for photos, videos and music Securing private or sensitive data with password protection and hardware encryption
  • Parts: 60 days limited
  • Model #: WDBACX0010BBK
  • Item #: N82E16822236149
  • Return Policy: Recertified Limited Replacement Only Return Policy
  • $89.99
  • $59.99
  • Save: 33%
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Toshiba newegg TOSHIBA Canvio Connect 500GB USB 3.0 External Hard Drive HDTC705XK3A1 Black
  (1)
  •  Access & Share your cont...
  •  True portability for the...
  •  Complete backup solution...
  • RPM: 5400 RPM
  • Cache: 8MB
  • Average Seek Time: 12ms
  • Dimensions: 4.37" x 3.11" x 0.59"
  • Model #: HDTC705XK3A1
  • Return Policy: View Return Policy

Toshiba newegg TOSHIBA Canvio Connect 500GB USB 3.0 External Hard Drive HDTC705XL3A1 Blue
  •  Access & Share your cont...
  •  True portability for the...
  •  Complete backup solution...
  • RPM: 5400 RPM
  • Cache: 8MB
  • Average Seek Time: 12ms
  • Dimensions: 4.37" x 3.11" x 0.59"
  • Model #: HDTC705XL3A1
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Western Digital newegg WD My Passport Ultra WDBZFP0010BBK-NESN 1 TB External Hard Drive - USB 3.0
  •  WDBZFP0010BBK-NESN
  •  USB 3.0
  • Dimensions: 4.35" (H) x 3.23" (W) x 0.61" (D)
  • Weight: 0.34 lbs.
  • Features: hardware encryption secure your files from authorized accounts
  • Package Contents: Portable hard drive
  • Model #: WDBZFP0010BBK-NESN
  • Item #: 9SIA0AT2H04046
  • Return Policy: View Return Policy
  • $64.99
  • Free Shipping

Protronix E25S Slim 320GB 7200RPM Portable External USB 2.0 Hard Drive (Black)
  • $78.69
  • $65.66
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Transcend newegg Transcend StoreJet 25M3 1TB USB 3.0 2.5" External Hard Drive TS1TSJ25M3
  (2)
  •  Incredible SuperSpeed US...
  •  Military-grade shock res...
  •  Advanced 3-stage shock ...
  • Dimensions: 5.1" x 3.24" x 0.8"
  • Weight: 0.48 lbs.
  • Features: SuperSpeed USB 3.0 compliant and backwards compatible with USB 2.0 Connection bandwidth up to 5Gb/s Durable anti-shock rubber outer case Advanced internal hard drive suspension system Offers vast storage capacity Easy Plug and Play operation - no drivers required USB powered - no external adapter necessary Power saving sleep mode One Touch Auto-Backup button LED power / data transfer activity indicator Includes Transcend Elite backup and security software
  • Model #: TS1TSJ25M3
  • Return Policy: View Return Policy

Transcend newegg Transcend StoreJet 25H3P 1TB USB 3.0 2.5" External Hard Drive TS1TSJ25H3P
  •  USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 conn...
  •  Military-grade shock res...
  •  Advanced 3-stage shock ...
  • Dimensions: 131.8mm x 80.8mm x 19.0mm
  • Weight: 0.48lb
  • Features: SuperSpeed USB 3.0 compliant and backwards compatible with USB 2.0 Durable anti-shock silicone outer shell Advanced internal hard drive suspension system Connection bandwidth up to 5Gbits per second Extra-large storage capacity Sleek ultra portable design Easy Plug and Play operation - no drivers required USB powered - no external adapter necessary Power saving sleep mode One Touch Auto-Backup button Includes Transcend Elite backup and security software LED power / data transfer activity indicator
  • Package Contents: StoreJet 25H3 Quick Start Guide Warranty Card USB Cable
  • Model #: TS1TSJ25H3P
  • Item #: N82E16822157031
  • Return Policy: View 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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