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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
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  • $39.99
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Western Digital newegg WD My Passport 320GB USB 3.0 2.5" Portable Hard Drive WDBKXH3200ABK-NESN Black
  •  WDBKXH3200ABK-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 #: WDBKXH3200ABK-NESN
  • Item #: 9SIA57Z1N28667
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  • $42.99
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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 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: Standard Return Policy
  • $89.99
  • $49.99
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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 $52.99
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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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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 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

Western Digital newegg WD My Book Essential 1.5TB USB 2.0 3.5" External Hard Drive WDBAAF0015HBK
  •  WDBAAF0015HBK
  •  USB 2.0
  •  3.5"
  • Parts: 60 days limited
  • Labor: 60 days limited
  • Model #: WDBAAF0015HBK
  • Item #: N82E16822236130
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
  • $119.99
  • $59.99
  • Save: 50%
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Protronix E25S Slim 250GB Portable External USB 2.0 Hard Drive (Black)
  • $59.99
  • Free Shipping

Protronix E25S Slim 320GB Portable External USB 2.0 Hard Drive (Black)
  • $59.99
  • Free Shipping

G-Technology newegg 500GB G-drive Mobile Combo Slv [PC]
  •  GDROUA5001ASB
  • $59.99
  • Free Shipping

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
  • Item #: N82E16822149459
  • Return Policy: View Return Policy

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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Cirago newegg cirago 640GB USB 2.0 2.5" Portable External Hard Drive CST1640
  (1)
  •  CST1640
  •  USB 2.0
  •  2.5"
  • Features: Slim and compact solution for USB 2.0 Interface High Speed USB 2.0 Backwards compatible with 1.1 Higher Performance Transfers 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
  • Parts: 1 year limited
  • Labor: 1 year limited
  • Model #: CST1640
  • Item #: N82E16822242034
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
  • $87.99
  • $62.99
  • Save: 28%
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Western Digital newegg WD My Passport Essential SE 1 TB  USB 3.0 Portable External Hard Drive (Black)
  •  USB 3.0
  •  2.5"
  • Parts: Six Month Manufacturer Warranty
  • Labor: Six Month Manufacturer Warranty
  • Model #: WDBACX0010BBK-NESN
  • Item #: 9SIA57Z1N28684
  • Return Policy: View Return Policy
  • $62.99
  • Free Shipping

Western Digital newegg WD My Book Studio 1 TB FireWire 800 External Hard Drive
  • $64.99
  • Free Shipping

Western Digital newegg WD My Passport Ultra WDBZFP0010BBK-NESN 1 TB External Hard Drive - USB 3.0
  •  WDBZFP0010BBK-NESN
  •  USB 3.0
  •  Six Month Manufacturer W...
  • Dimensions: 4.35" (H) x 3.23" (W) x 0.61" (D)
  • Weight: 0.34 lbs.
  • Package Contents: Portable hard drive
  • Parts: Six Month Manufacturer Warranty
  • Model #: WDBZFP0010BBK-NESN
  • Return Policy: View Return Policy

Protronix E25S Slim 320GB 7200RPM Portable External USB 2.0 Hard Drive (Black)
  • $78.69
  • $65.66
  • Save: 17%
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Toshiba newegg TOSHIBA Canvio Connect 1TB USB 3.0 External Hard Drive HDTC710XR3A1 Red
  (3)
  •  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 #: HDTC710XR3A1
  • Return Policy: View Return Policy

FANTOM DRIVES newegg Fantom Drives Gforce/3 500GB USB 3.0 3.5" USB 3.0 External Hard Drive GF3B500U Black
  •  USB 3.0 Interface option...
  •  PC + Mac compatible
  •  Quiet fan-free design
  • Package Contents: G-Force 3 External Disk Drive, Drive Stand, Power Supply, USB 3.0 Cable, User Manual
  • Parts: 3 years limited
  • Labor: 3 years limited
  • Model #: GF3B500U
  • Item #: N82E16822204108
  • Return Policy: View Return Policy

MICRONET newegg Fantom Drives G-Force3 Pro 500GB USB 3.0 Aluminum External Hard Drive GF3B500UP
  •  USB 3.0 Interface
  •  7200 rpm rotational spee...
  •  PC + Mac compatible
  • RPM: 7200 RPM
  • Package Contents: G-Force 3 External Disk Drive Drive Stand Power Supply USB 3.0 Cable User Manual
  • Model #: GF3B500UP
  • Item #: N82E16822510040
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

Cirago newegg cirago 500GB USB 2.0 3.5" External Hard Drive CST4500
  (39)
  •  CST4500
  •  USB 2.0
  •  3.5"
  • Dimensions: 7.0" x 4.5" x 1.2"
  • Features: Compact and efficient 3.5" form factor Reliable storage solution for USB 2.0 interface Higher performance transfers (up to 480Mbps, USB 2.0) Plug and Play / Easy to use Share any data, image, music, video and more Supports PC (Windows 98SE/ME/2000/XP/Vista), MAC (MAC OS8.6 or above) and Linux Active LED power and access indicator Aluminum Case for efficient cooling Includes stand for upright positioning
  • Parts: 1 year limited
  • Labor: 1 year limited
  • Model #: CST4500
  • Return Policy: View Return Policy
  • from $71.99
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Toshiba newegg TOSHIBA Canvio Connect 1TB USB 3.0 External Hard Drive HDTC710XL3A1 Blue
  (3)
  •  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 #: HDTC710XL3A1
  • Item #: N82E16822149469
  • Return Policy: View Return Policy

Toshiba newegg TOSHIBA Canvio Connect 1TB USB 3.0 External Hard Drive HDTC710XK3A1 Black
  (4)
  •  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 #: HDTC710XK3A1
  • Item #: N82E16822149470
  • Return Policy: View Return Policy

Toshiba newegg TOSHIBA Canvio Connect 1TB USB 3.0 External Hard Drive HDTC710XW3A1 White
  (3)
  •  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 #: HDTC710XW3A1
  • Item #: N82E16822149471
  • Return Policy: View Return Policy

HGST newegg HGST TOURO S 500GB USB 3.0 High-Performance Ultra-Portable Drive 0S03698(HTOSPC5001BHB) Gray
  (1)
  •  Ultra-portable, stylish,...
  •  Faster USB 3.0 and fast ...
  •  Local and cloud backup, ...
  • RPM: 7200 RPM
  • Dimensions: 115mm(H) x 80mm(W) x 9.5mm(D)
  • Weight: 128g
  • Package Contents: Touro S ultra-portable hard drive Preloaded local and cloud backup software USB 3.0 cable (backward compatible with USB 2.0) Quick Start Guide
  • Model #: 0S03698
  • Item #: N82E16822145920
  • Return Policy: View Return Policy

HGST newegg HGST TOURO S 500GB USB 3.0 High-Performance Ultra-Portable Drive 0S03733(HTOSPC5001BDB) Silver
  (5)
  •  Ultra-portable, stylish,...
  •  Faster USB 3.0 and fast ...
  •  Local and cloud backup, ...
  • RPM: 7200 RPM
  • Dimensions: 115mm(H) x 80mm(W) x 9.5mm(D)
  • Weight: 128g
  • Package Contents: Touro S ultra-portable hard drive Preloaded local and cloud backup software USB 3.0 cable (backward compatible with USB 2.0) Quick Start Guide
  • Model #: 0S03733
  • Item #: N82E16822145922
  • 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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