The best external hard drives ssd

The best external hard drives ssd

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The 7 best external hard drives of 2020: find out how to protect all your files!

In this article we will discover the 7 best external hard drives of this year, that is 2020.

What is the best external hard drive right now?

From our point of view, the best hard drive or hard drive currently on the market is without a doubt the Samsung T5. Its features impressed us from the first moment, as well as being fast and reliable like few others.

In the Samsung T5 you will find the perfect drive to ensure that external storage offers a potential performance boost that is nothing short of amazing.

How to choose between the different hard drives that are right for you

There are several types of external hard drives to consider. They usually vary in functionality, connectivity, and portability. Functionally, you’ll find hard disk drives (HDDs) and solid state drives (SSDs). HDDs are generally cheaper, but have slower transfer speeds and mechanical parts that can fail over time. SSDs, on the other hand, have no moving parts and are exponentially faster, but they obviously come with a higher price tag.

Connections are also crucial; USB 2 drives are older and slower, while newer USB C or Thunderbolt drives offer much faster transfers. And now let’s examine the Hard Drives in our opinion, as the best currently on the market.

 

1. Samsung T5 Portable SSD – See price or buy

There is no denying the best

Type: SSD | Capacity: 250GB, 500GB, 1TB, 2TB | Interface: USB 3.1 Gen2

PRO

  • Small
  • Rapid
  • Reliable

VERSUS

  • No flaws, it’s perfect!

The Samsung T5 series is perfect, it is fast and reliable enough that you can store entire files or other on it. Don’t be fooled by its size, it can hold a lot of storage space.

Samsung claims that, compared to a standard HDD, the T5 can transfer data up to five times faster. Highly recommended, you will not be disappointed with this purchase.

 

2. Seagate Fast external hard drive – See price or buy

Small, quick and convenient

Type: SSD | Capacity: 250GB, 500GB, 1TB, 2TB | Interface: USB 3.0

PRO

  • Small
  • Cheap

VERSUS

  • Nothing

Connectivity is handled via USB C, which means data is retrieved as quickly as possible, although a standard USB cable is also included so you can reuse it on other computers.

Seagate starts from a base of 250GB up to 2TB. It is also very small and quite impact resistant. Highly recommended!

 

3. SanDisk Extreme Portable external hard drive – See price or buy

Rough and tough

Type: SSD | Capacity: 250GB, 500GB, 1TB, 2TB | Interface: USB 3.1 Gen2

PRO

  • One of the best brands
  • Very resistant

VERSUS

  • We expected more storage space

SanDisk Extreme Portable has high data transfer speeds that you would expect from an SSD, plus it is extremely resistant to dust and water.

If you are looking for reliability and tenacity, SanDisk Extreme is undoubtedly the best choice.

 

4. LaCie Rugged Mini – See price or buy

As famous for its color as it is for its durability

Type: SSD | Capacity: 1TB, 2TB, 4TB | Interface: USB 3.0

PRO

  • Robust in name and in fact
  • Difficult to lose

VERSUS

  • Slow transfer rate

These iconic orange units are used by photographers, musicians and so on for good reason.

Unfortunately they only offer a data transfer speed of 5,400 rpm, which makes it very slow, but on the other hand its impact resistance and small size make it truly perfect and difficult to destroy.

 

5. WD Elements external hard drive – See price or buy

Very convenient

Type: HDD | Capacity: 1TB, 1.5TB, 2TB, 3TB, 4TB, 5TB | Interface: USB 3.0

PRO

  • Cheap
  • Lots of options

VERSUS

  • Not ideal for streaming data

Western Digital (now more commonly known as WD) has a wide range of data transfer options and more. The WD Elements range is well established and features drives of all sizes to suit each customer’s needs.

The WD Elements is up to 5TB in size, enough to store approximately 1.25 million songs. Data transfer is handled by USB 3.0, which lags behind modern USB C options, but as a backup disk we believe it is more than enough.

 

6. WD My Cloud Home – See price or buy

When size matters more than speed

Type: SSD | Capacity: 2TB, 3TB, 4TB, 6TB, 8TB | Interface: USB 3.0

PRO

  • Cloud security
  • Backup of protected data

VERSUS

  • It requires an internet connection in order to function

The WD My Cloud Home was designed with home use in mind.

It is available in a range of sizes ranging up to a maximum of 8TB.

 

7. TerraMaster D5-300C hard drive – See price or buy

The best for protection and safety

Type: HDD / SSD | Capacity: up to 50TB | Interface: USB 3.1

PRO

  • Exceptional in terms of safety

VERSUS

  • The price does not include discs

The TerraMaster D5 series offers RAID 2 + 3 storage capabilities for storing up to 50TB of files. RAID systems essentially offer very high performance, security and capacity.

TerraMaster is not sold with its actual units, so you must purchase them separately. The good news is that it was created to store huge amounts of data. In terms of safety it is truly unmatched.

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