Everybody loves a bargain, and getting value for money for the best external hard drives on the market isn’t necessarily difficult to do, regardless of how much you’re looking to spend. My experience is that retailers (particularly online ones) run frequent discounts on all types of models across all price ranges. Researching the best deals around can be time consuming, so check back to the site over time as I’ll keep it updated with the latest deals.
Things are changing all the time as manufacturers bring out new models using improved technology, but as a rule of thumb, you’re probably getting a great deal if you’re paying less than £65 for a 500GB drive, less than £80 for a 750GB drive or £90 for a 1TB drive (taking into account other factors such as data transfer speeds, portability, brand name, etc). As I say, these are just a guide at time of writing, and standard prices for drives will invariably continue to fall in line with component costs, emergence of new technologies, release of new models, etc.
Another thing to look out for when buying an external hard drive is what you get in addition to the drive you buy – many manufacturers offer free pre-installed back-up software, as well as cables, carrying cases, etc. Most importantly of all, keep an eye on what manufacturers warranty is offered for the drives you’re researching – most offer 2 or 3 years, with some going up to 5 years.
With all this in mind, I share with you below my views on some of the best value for money external hard drives your hard earned cash can get you at the time of writing, across 3 categories of budget – low cost, mid range and top end.
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Buffalo Ministation 500GB USB 2.0 Portable Hard Disk Drive
The Buffalo Ministation is the successor to the highly successful Juststore Slimline model and is truly one of the simplest external hard drives available on the market today. It’s about the size of a wallet and weighs only 165g, making it incredibly portable. It is a USB powered, plug’n’play device that will allow you to take your music, films, photos and documents with you, and sports a file transfer rate of up to 480Mbps, meaning you’ll be able to back up and access you files in no time.
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Western Digital My Book Studio 2TB External Hard Drive
The Western Digital My Book Studio 2TB external hard drive is one of the best rated desktop external hard drives on the market that has been designed and developed for use with Macs specifically in mind… it is pre-formatted out of the box for use with Mac OS, hooks up to Time Machine without any bother and has a FireWire 800 connection for rapid data transfer. Not only that but it looks the part too, particularly this model with the “streamlined aluminium enclosure”, and won’t look out of place happily sitting on your desktop without taking up much space.
All in all an excellent drive for Mac users…
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iStorage DiskGenie Pin Code Encrypted Hard Drive 640GB
The iStorage DiskGenie encrypted hard drive range (also now known as the DiskG range – thanks for that iStorage branding team!) is a series of portable external hard drives designed with security as a key feature – this is delivered through PIN code access (using a personalised access code that you choose on installation of between 6 and 16 characters). You can get pretty much any size of drive up to 1TB, including the 640GB device reviewed here. The drive’s security credentials are further confirmed by it being the only portable hard drive to have been awarded the government CESG CCTM accreditation. All in all, this is the drive for you if you need that extra level of security for any files you have stored on it.
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Best rugged external hard drives
It’s not unusual to hear horror stories where people have dropped their external hard drive only to find that it simply won’t work again when they come to use it. Not so with rugged external hard drives – surviving a mere drop or knock is child’s play to these hard men of the data storage. They laugh in the face of fire, take on all types of weather, even hold their breath under water for hours on end, and still fire up no questions asked.
So, if you think you need that extra level of protection, whether it’s because you live or work in an extreme environment, like to take your data with you bungee jumping and scuba diving or just find yourself dropping your drive every 5 minutes, these are for you…
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Freecom 56057 1TB Tough Drive USB 3.0 External Hard Drive
The Freecom 56057 1TB Tough Drive is a rugged portable external hard drive built to survive the pressures of everyday life on the go. This drive sports a hard working internal anti-shock frame and a unique soft silicon cover for added protection, making it tough enough to survive the inevitable drops and bashes when you take your external hard drive out and about. This version of the Freecom Tough Drive can hold up to 1TB of data, putting 76 hours of standard video, up to 250,000 songs and/or about 200,000 photos in the palm of your hand where ever you are. Plus there are some cool features like the integrated USB cable and internal cooling system that means a fan is not required… all in all a great, robust, high performing portable external hard drive.
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