The 5 best external hard drives: features and prices

The 5 best external hard drives: features and prices

The 5 best external hard drives

Five models of portable and compact memories to store and transport files and documents in comfort and safety

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What are the best external hard drives for safely and comfortably transporting important and personal files and documents? We have chosen five external SSD models to focus on in 2021 with links to the best online offers.

SanDisk Extreme Pro

(Photo: Sandisk) SanDisk Extreme Pro second generation a compact, resistant and fast external SSD that is in the 1-2-4 terabyte denominations offering the connection with second generation usb 3.2 protocol for speeds up to 2000 mb / s in writing with aes 256 bit protection. Its peculiarity is that it does not fear adverse weather conditions such as dangerous humidity, falls from a maximum of two meters, but also water and dust thanks to the aluminum body which also uses a LED indicator; it can be easily attached with a carabiner or other hook thanks to the upper ring. It is compatible with Windows and Mac, the only drawback is a slightly short serial cable. The basic 1 tb model is at 233.99 euros (also on offer on Amazon) the higher 4 terabyte model is at 419 euros, here are the offers on Amazon.

Western Digital My Book

(Photo: Western Digital) Massive and capacious, Western Digital's My Book proposal climbs up to the considerable storage space of 28 terabytes starting from a minimum of 4 terabytes. It goes without saying that the more you go up in memory, the bigger and heavier the device becomes, but it is still a transportable unit. Compatible with the Apple Machine system for Mac, it can take advantage of the proprietary Wd Backup software to save all files such as photos, videos and documents thanks to the hardware 256-bit AES encryption. The 4 tb model starts at 129 euros, here the offers on Amazon up to around 900 euros for the 28 terabyte model, also on offer here on Amazon.

LaCie Rugged RAID Pro

(Photo: LaCie) The LaCie Rugged Raid Pro Rugged External Hard Drive isn't the cheapest, but it justifies a high price tag with its drop, dust and water resistance as well as three years of included data recovery service and a month of Adobe Creative Cloud All Apps (for access to apps for example for photo and video editing). It writes at 250 megabytes per second, is compatible with Thunderbolt 3 and usb type-c and usb 3.0 and allows you to configure a 0/1 raid. The 4 terabyte model costs 325 euros, here on offer on Amazon.

Seagate Game Drive

(Photo: Seagate) Seagate's Game Drive line offers specially designed external hard drives to be connected to the Xbox and Playstation consoles, as can also be seen by the brands well exposed on the body. Compact, light and ready to use from the moment of purchase, they offer storage from 2 to 4 terabytes, write speeds of up to 120 mb / s and also some special editions.

Toshiba Canvio Basic

(Photo: Toshiba) Finally, for those looking for an inexpensive, basic and flexible portable ssd there is the Toshiba Canvio Basic range with prices well below 100 euros with about 57 euros for the 2 terabyte (also on offer on Amazon ) and 82 euros for the 4 terabyte one (here the offers on Amazon) with the connection via usb 3.0 and a writing speed of 120 mb / s.

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