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Seagate Seagate Seagate Seagate Backup Plus 8TB Desktop External Hard Drive with 200GB of Cloud Storage & Mobile Device Backup USB 3.0 - STDT8000100 (Black)
  (41)
  •  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: Hard Drive
  • Model #: STDT8000100
  • Item #: N82E16822178682
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

Western Digital Western Digital Western Digital WD 6TB My Book Desktop External Hard Drive - USB 3.0 - WDBFJK0060HBK-NESN
  (9)
  •  Ultra-fast USB 3.0 conne...
  •  WD SmartWare Pro automat...
  •  Acronis True Image WD Ed...
  • Dimensions: 6.72" x 1.93" x 5.48"
  • Weight: 2.33 lbs.
  • Electrical Outlet Plug Type: Hard Drive
  • Model #: WDBFJK0060HBK-NESN
  • Item #: N82E16822236732
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

Seagate Seagate Seagate Seagate Expansion 4TB USB 3.0 3.5" Desktop External Hard Drive STEB4000100 Black
  (28)
  •  4TB. 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 #: STEB4000100
  • Item #: N82E16822178741
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

Seagate Seagate Seagate Seagate Expansion 5TB USB 3.0 3.5" Desktop External Hard Drive STEB5000100 Black
  (73)
  •  5TB. 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
  • Model #: STEB5000100
  • Item #: N82E16822178742
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

  •  Ultra-fast transfer rate...
  •  Automatic backup softwar...
  •  Works great with Windows...
  • Dimensions: 6.73" x 1.93" x 5.47"
  • Weight: 2.27 lbs.
  • Package Contents: External hard drive USB cable AC adapter WD SmartWare Pro software Quick install guide
  • Model #: WDBFJK0040HBK-NESN
  • Item #: N82E16822236626
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

Western Digital Western Digital Western Digital WD 8TB My Book Desktop External Hard Drive - USB 3.0 - WDBFJK0080HBK-NESN
  (5)
  •  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

Seagate Seagate Seagate Seagate Expansion 8TB USB 3.0 3.5" Desktop External Hard Drive STEB8000100 Black
  (3)
  •  8TB. 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
  • Model #: STEB8000100
  • Item #: N82E16822178951
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
  • $289.99
  • $219.99 
  • Save: 24%
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Seagate Seagate Seagate Seagate Backup Plus 5TB Desktop External Hard Drive with 200GB of Cloud Storage & Mobile Device Backup USB 3.0 - STDT5000100 (Black)
  (82)
  •  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 #: STDT5000100
  • Item #: N82E16822178501
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

  •  Ultra-fast transfer rate...
  •  Automatic backup softwar...
  •  Works great with Windows...
  • Dimensions: 6.70" x 5.50" x 1.90"
  • Weight: 2.23 lbs.
  • Package Contents: Desktop hard drive USB cable AC adapter WD backup software Quick Install Guide
  • Electrical Outlet Plug Type: Hard Drive
  • Model #: WDBFJK0030HBK-NESN
  • Item #: N82E16822236627
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

Maxtor Maxtor Maxtor Maxtor 4TB D3 Station Desktop External Hard Drive - USB 3.0 STSHX-D401TDBM
  (3)
  •  4TB, SuperSpeed USB 3.0
  •  Sleek design
  •  Compact size and streaml...
  • Dimensions: 1.85" x 5.09" x 7.11"
  • Weight: 1.85 lbs.
  • Model #: STSHX-D401TDBM
  • Item #: N82E16822144561
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
  • $139.99
  • $109.99 
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FANTOM DRIVES FANTOM DRIVES FANTOM DRIVES Fantom Drives GreenDrive3 2TB USB 3.0/2.0 Aluminum Desktop External Hard Drive GD2000U3P Silver
  •  PC + MAC compatible
  •  2TB, USB 3.0, USB 2.0 co...
  •  Sturdy aluminum casing
  • RPM: 7200 RPM
  • Cache: 32MB
  • Weight: 2.40 lbs.
  • Package Contents: GreenDrive3 External Hard Drive, Drive Stand, Power Supply, USB 3.0 Cable, User Manual
  • Model #: GD2000U3P
  • Item #: N82E16822204147
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
  • $99.99
  • $86.99  $89.99
  • 1$89.99
  • 2-4$88.00
  • 5+$86.99
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Buffalo Technology Buffalo Technology Buffalo Technology BUFFALO DriveStation 4TB USB 3.0 External Desktop Hard Drive HD-LC4.0U3 Black
  (31)
  •  Use with Time Machine to...
  •  USB 3.0 support with USB...
  •  Unique design reduces no...
  • Dimensions: 4.72" x 1.53" x 7.36"
  • Weight: 2.03 lbs.
  • Package Contents: DriveStation USB 3.0 External Hard Drive Quick Setup Guide USB 3.0 Cable AC Adapter Warranty Statement
  • Model #: HD-LC4.0U3
  • Item #: N82E16822165571
  • Return Policy: View Return Policy

ioSafe ioSafe ioSafe ioSafe SOLO G3 3TB USB 3.0 3.5" External Hard Drive with Fireproof / Waterproof, 1 year DATA Recovery SVC SK3TB Black
  (17)
  •  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 #: SK3TB
  • Item #: N82E16822501054
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

  •  Ultra-fast USB 3.0 data ...
  •  Massive capacity
  •  Free trial of WD SmartWa...
  • Dimensions: 6.53" x 1.89" x 5.31"
  • Weight: 2.09 lbs.
  • Package Contents: External hard drive USB cable AC adapter Quick Install Guide
  • Electrical Outlet Plug Type: Hard Drive
  • Model #: WDBWLG0040HBK-NESN
  • Item #: N82E16822236807
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

Toshiba Toshiba Toshiba TOSHIBA Canvio Desk 3TB USB 3.0 3.5" Desktop External Hard Drive HDWC130XK3J1 Black
  (71)
  •  USB 3.0 port required fo...
  •  Available USB 3.0 or USB...
  •  Formatted NTFS for Windo...
  • RPM: 5700 RPM
  • Cache: 32MB
  • Average Seek Time: 14ms
  • Dimensions: 6.57" x 1.65" x 5.08"
  • Model #: HDWC130XK3J1
  • Item #: N82E16822149389
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

LaCie LaCie LaCie LaCie d2 Thunderbolt 2 3TB USB 3.0 / 2 x Thunderbolt 2 Desktop Professional Desktop Storage LAC9000492U
  •  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: 2.9 lbs.
  • Model #: LAC9000492U
  • Item #: N82E16822154737
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

FANTOM DRIVES FANTOM DRIVES FANTOM DRIVES Fantom Drives Gforce/3 4TB USB 3.0 Aluminum Desktop External Hard Drive GF3B4000U Black
  (6)
  •  PC + MAC compatible
  •  4TB, USB 3.0, USB 2.0 co...
  •  Stylish brushed black al...
  • Dimensions: 7.75" x 4.75" x 1.75"
  • Weight: 2.40 lbs.
  • 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 #: GF3B4000U
  • Item #: N82E16822510042
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

LaCie LaCie LaCie LaCie Porsche Design P'9230 5TB USB 3.0 3.5" Desktop External Hard Drive LAC9000480
  •  USB 3.0, 5TB
  •  Built for speed
  •  Solid aluminum casing
  • Dimensions: 7.5" x 4.5" x 1.5"
  • Weight: 2.31 lbs.
  • 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
  • Parts: 2 Year
  • Model #: LAC9000480
  • Item #: N82E16822154740
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

Western Digital Western Digital Western Digital WD Elements 3TB USB 3.0 Desktop External Desktop Storage WDBWLG0030HBK-NESN Black
  (5)
  •  Ultra-fast USB 3.0 data ...
  •  Massive capacity
  •  Free trial of WD SmartWa...
  • Dimensions: 6.50" x 1.90" x 5.30"
  • Weight: 2.0 lbs.
  • Package Contents: Desktop hard drive USB cable AC adapter Quick Install Guide
  • Electrical Outlet Plug Type: Hard Drive
  • Model #: WDBWLG0030HBK-NESN
  • Item #: N82E16822236716
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

Seagate Seagate Seagate Seagate Backup Plus 6TB Desktop External Hard Drive with 200GB of Cloud Storage & Mobile Device Backup USB 3.0 - STDT6000100 (Black)
  (4)
  •  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 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 #: STDT6000100
  • Item #: N82E16822178681
  • 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
  • Item #: N82E16822178739
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

LaCie LaCie LaCie LaCie Porsche Design P'9230 4TB USB 3.0 3.5" Desktop External Hard Drive LAC9000384
  (1)
  •  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.
  • 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
  • Parts: 2 Year
  • Model #: LAC9000384
  • Item #: N82E16822154665
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

FANTOM DRIVES FANTOM DRIVES FANTOM DRIVES Fantom Drives G-Force3 Pro 2TB USB 3.0 Aluminum Desktop External Hard Drive GF3B2000UP Black
  (12)
  •  2TB, USB 3.0, USB 2.0 co...
  •  PC + MAC compatible
  •  Stylish brushed black al...
  • RPM: 7200 RPM
  • Cache: 32MB
  • Dimensions: 9.00" x 3.80" x 10.80"
  • Weight: 2.4 lbs.
  • Model #: GF3B2000UP
  • Item #: N82E16822510022
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

Apricorn Apricorn Apricorn APRICORN Aegis Padlock DT 1TB USB 3.0 3.5" External Hard Drive 256-bit AES Encryption ADT-3PL256-1000
  •  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-3PL256-1000
  • Item #: N82E16822161137
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

FANTOM DRIVES FANTOM DRIVES FANTOM DRIVES Fantom Drives G-Force 2TB USB 3.0/eSATA Aluminum Desktop External Hard Drive GF3B2000EUA Black
  (4)
  •  2TB, USB 3.0 & eSATA int...
  •  PC + MAC compatible
  •  Stylish brushed black al...
  • Cache: 64MB
  • 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 #: GF3B2000EUA
  • Item #: N82E16822204126
  • Return Policy: View Return Policy

LaCie LaCie LaCie LaCie d2 Quadra USB 3.0 3TB USB 3.0 / 2 x Firewire800 / eSATA 3.5" External Hard Drive LAC301549U Silver
  (3)
  •  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 #: LAC301549U
  • Item #: N82E16822154545
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

FANTOM DRIVES FANTOM DRIVES FANTOM DRIVES Fantom Drives G-Force3 3TB USB 3.0 Aluminum Desktop External Hard Drive GF3B3000U Black
  (29)
  •  PC+ MAC compatible
  •  3TB, USB 3.0, USB 2.0 co...
  •  Stylish brushed black al...
  • Dimensions: 7.75" x 4.5" x 1.375"
  • Weight: 2.4 lbs.
  • Parts: 3 years limited
  • Labor: 3 years limited
  • Model #: GF3B3000U
  • Item #: N82E16822204105
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

  •  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

  •  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 Accessories
  • Model #: HD-LX2.0TU3
  • Item #: N82E16822165441
  • Return Policy: Standard 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

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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