What are the best external desktop hard drives?

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    #1WD 4TB Black My Passport Portable External Hard Drive

    WD 4TB Black My Passport Portable External Hard Drive

    WD 4TB Black My Passport Portable External Hard Drive is designed to fit in the palm of the user's hand. It has USB 3.0 port, WD Backup software for auto backup, and password protection to encrypt it.

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    William Peters
    Written on April 10, 2018
    "the hard drive on external desk top is very awesome. it is very easy to use and time consuming .i liked the product"
  2. 21

    #2Toshiba HDTB410XK3AA

    Toshiba HDTB410XK3AA
    The Toshiba Canvio Basics External Hard Drive comes with 1TB portable storage and a port that's compatible with USB 3.0. It does not require any software to work, and there's no external AC power cord needed.
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    Roger Robertson
    Written on April 3, 2018
    "Canvio Basics pretty much does all that I ask it to do. It's not gonna be amazing quality for that price, but what it does it does well enough to warrant the purchase."
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    #3WD 4TB My Book Desktop External Hard Drive

    WD 4TB My Book Desktop External Hard Drive

    WD My Book Desktop External Hard Drive has 4TB storage capacity and has USB 3.0. It includes auto backup for files with its WD Backup software. It also features hardware encryption with a password.

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    Thomas Price
    Written on April 6, 2018
    "There is not too much to say about the external drive. It has a bunch of space and the transfer speed is fast. In most cases a review this size would be too short, but here it is just right."
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    #4G-Technology 0G03040

    G-Technology 0G03040

    G-Technology 0G03040 is a 1TB portable hard drive that uses USB 3.0 connectivity for faster transferring of files. It is compatible with Mac and it can be reformatted for Windows system. 

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    Alexander Henderson
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "This is a nice hard disk, and it also works with mac. Storage and speed is also good."
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    #5Western Digitial WDBU6Y0020BBK-EESN

    Western Digitial WDBU6Y0020BBK-EESN

    Western Digitial WDBU6Y0020BBK-EESN is a 2TB portable hard drive that has USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 compatibility up to 5 GB/s data transfer speed. It is suitable for Windows and can be reformatted for Mac system. 

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    Zachary Taylor
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "Seems like a good enough drive from the outside but the elements brand is their budget drive and because it's a mechanical I suspect it will go bad within 4 years"
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    #6G-Technology 0G03594

    G-Technology 0G03594

    G-Technology 0G03594 is a 4TB portable hard drive suitable for Mac operating system that uses USB 3.0 for faster data transfers. This hard drive can be reformatted for Windows. 

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    William Ortiz
    Written on April 5, 2018
    "I was trying to find a portable harddrive for my work and was having a hard time picking one out. My friend told me about the G-Technology 0G03594 and that's the one that I picked. It is a huge hard drive with 4terabytes and it works with my apple computer. I really like the look of it and it also has USB 3.0 so it is really fast!"
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    #7Western Digital WDBU6Y0040BBK-WESN

    Western Digital WDBU6Y0040BBK-WESN

    Western Digital WDBU6Y0040BBK-WESN is a 4TB portable hard drive that uses USB 3.0 connectivity for faster transferring of files. It is compatible with PC and Mac. 

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    Catherine Ruiz
    Written on April 5, 2018
    "I've been looking for something to help me back up my files and photos on my desktop computer and came across this external hard drive. I was impressed with the amount of storage it offered and it's size - it's awfully compact to hold 4TB of data! The price can't be beat and it's very easy to use. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a painless, easy way to keep their files and photos safe in the future!"
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    #8Western Digital WDBTLG0010BGY-WESN

    Western Digital WDBTLG0010BGY-WESN

    Western Digital WDBTLG0010BGY-WESN is a portable external hard drive with 1TB storage that has USB 3.0 port and compatible with USB 2.0. It includes WD Discovery software for storage and social media import. 

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    Anthony Morales
    Written on April 10, 2018
    "This is a great external drive for anyone looking for a relatively inexpensive and compact option. The brand is one of the best on the market, and the price is good for what you get. The user reviews are also very positive, and I have used others in this line of products in the past and been very satisfied."
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    #9Seagate STEL8000100

    Seagate STEL8000100

    Seagate Backup Plus Hub 8TB External Hard Drive Storage features two integrated 3.0 USB ports to connect and recharge your USB devices. This also includes Seagate Dashboard software where you can easily schedule back up of your files. 

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    Kathleen Wells
    Written on April 9, 2018
    "I know one can get a "lemon" sometimes, but how Seagate's customer service dealt with the matter left me discouraged. Seagate states they provide a 2 year warranty, but let me share with you my experience in dealing with the dead drive covered by support/warranty ... The product was purchased about 90 days ago, but was not used for several weeks; and thereafter, usage was light (for example, Time Machine backups for a couple laptops). Then after about 2 months of use it died last week. I attempted to locate another adapter to confirm that the adaptor was not the issue, but was unable to locate the unique one that comes with this unit (Seagate power supply: 12V 3A / barrel outside 5.5mm inside 2.5mm center positive). Therefore, I contacted customer service regarding the matter and they asked me to purchase one to test their drive. Yes, they wouldn't send me a replacement adaptor to test their product, but rather wanted me to purchase one. So with that support interaction, I elected to return the unit under their product warranty coverage. That is when I was informed that they only warranty the product and DO NOT cover sending the product back to them to replace. And BTW, their warranty replacement unit will be a refurbished unit, not a new one ... another surprise in warranty coverage. Today I mailed the drive to Seagate, and my wallet is another $20+ dollars lighter ... YIKES. Therefore, due to the experience of the unit's life (60 days with light usage) and Seagate's support/warranty, I have to rate this product a ZERO!"
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    #10Western Digital WDBYFT0020BWT-WESN

    Western Digital WDBYFT0020BWT-WESN

    Western Digital WDBYFT0020BWT-WESN is a 2TB portable hard drive that uses USB 3.0 for faster file transfers and compatible with USB 2.0 for Windows system. 

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    Elizabeth Silva
    Written on April 8, 2018
    "Customizable and portable, this lightweight hard drive has a ton of space for anything you'd need. The file transfers are lightning fast too."

Summary

Best What are the best external desktop hard drives
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1WD 4TB Black My Passport Portable External Hard DriveElectronics 26 Paid
2Toshiba HDTB410XK3AAElectronics 21 Paid
3WD 4TB My Book Desktop External Hard DriveElectronics 20 Paid
4G-Technology 0G03040Electronics 11 Paid
5Western Digitial WDBU6Y0020BBK-EESNElectronics 9 Paid
6G-Technology 0G03594Electronics 6 Paid
7Western Digital WDBU6Y0040BBK-WESNElectronics 5 Paid
8Western Digital WDBTLG0010BGY-WESNElectronics 4 Paid
9Seagate STEL8000100Electronics 3 Paid
10Western Digital WDBYFT0020BWT-WESNElectronics 1 Paid
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