This is one of 3 articles dedicated to storage drives:

1. Best External Hard Drives, SSDs and USB Flash Drives (this article)
2. Best Internal SSDs
3. Best Internal 2.5″ and 3.5″ Hard Drives

If you have the time to do research… but who does in this busy world?

I know that not everyone has the time to read detailed external drives reviews.

I write this guide to help you save money and time by recommending the best external drives.

What are my recommendations based on?

For hard drives: Basically the least expensive reliable external hard drive
For USB flash drives and SSDs: Reliability, price and performance

Know the difference:

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On the laptop: USB Type-C on the left, Type-A on the right

USB Type-A versus USB Type-C

Type A and Type C describes the plug’s shape.

Type-A:
The familiar rectangular shaped USB connector.

Type-C
Smaller and reversible: you can insert it either way.

USB Type-C is expected over time to replace USB Type-A as the universal port, seeing as it’s smaller, more capable and reversible.

Be aware of which USB connector your external drive comes with:
Some external hard drives have a USB Type-A connector while others come with a USB Type-C connector. We listed this information with our recommendations, for your convenience.

USB Type-C drive: Backward compatible with Type-A ports, with the right cable:
External drives that have USB Type-C connectors are compatible with computers that only have USB Type-A ports, as long as you use a USB Type-C to USB Type-A cable.

Most but not all external drives that have USB Type-C connectors include such a cable, but if it doesn’t come with a USB Type-C to USB Type-A cable, I recommend getting this one from Amazon or this one from B&H for people outside the USA.

USB Type-C port: Backward compatible with Type-A drives, with an adapter
If your computer only comes with USB Type-C ports and you want to buy an external drive with a USB Type-A connector, you’ll need a USB Type-A to USB Type-C adapter, such as this one from Amazon or this one from B&H (Worldwide shipping).

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This is an Worldwide Guide!

Do you live in the USA?

Use Amazon, B&H and Newegg for your purchase.

Do you live outside of the USA?

No problem. B&H offers worldwide shipping.

My recommendations are based on the prices found at Amazon, B&H and Newegg on April 18th 2017.
Prices fluctuate every day, so I recommend that you click on the links and double-check the prices yourself to see if there’s a better deal available.

Portable external hard drives:

1-2TB:

WD Elements:

The WD Elements is a reliable and portable drive that’s the least expensive 1-2TB external drive at the moment.

This drive has a USB Type-A connector and comes with a 3 year warranty.

Get the WD Elements:

1TB from Amazon, B&H ($53.50) or Newegg ($54.99)
2TB from Amazon, B&H ($74.99) or Newegg ($76.45)

Alternative

Transcend Military Drop Tested  USB 3.0:

Once again a nice alternative if you want a shock proof drive that you know you will carry around often. It comes with a 3 year warranty and offers similar features as my recommendation above such as a backup software. That same software lets you use a button on the drive for a “One-Touch backup” which can be a convenient feature for easy backups.

1TB from Amazon or B&H ($59.99)
2TB: Amazon or B&H ($101.99)

3-4TB

WD My Passport Portable Hard Drive:

Simply put, the WD My Passport is the most inexpensive and best portable 3-4TB hard drive for your money. It’s simple to use and comes with WD backup software that lets you do automatic backups of your data.

It also have hardware encryption and password protection for extra security.

This drive has a USB Type-A connector and comes with a 3 year warranty.

This drive is also available in 6 different colors, which is a nice touch and gives you a choice of color that suits your tastes.

Get the WD My Passport:

3TB from : Amazon, B&H ($109.99) or Newegg ($101.99)
4TB from : Amazon, B&H ($1119.99) or Newegg ($119.00)

Rugged alternative

Silicon Power 4TB Rugged Armor:

If you are looking for an alternative that offers a better physical protection of your drive. The Silicon Power is a great choice.

This drive is Military-grade schockproof and has a IPX4 water protection, which means it is protected from water splashes.

It also comes with a rugged rubber casing for extra protection.

This model has USB Type-A connector and you get a 3 year warranty.

Get the Silicon Power Rugged Armor:

4TB: Click here to see the price on Amazon 

Worldwide Rugged alternative

LaCie 4TB Rugged Mini Portable Hard Drive:

If you live outside the U.S and are looking for a rugged portable 4TB portable drive, this model is the way to go.lacie-rugged

On top of being rain resistant, this drive can fall up from a height of 47.5″ without being damaged, according to LaCie.

It also comes with an automatic backup software and password protection for extra security.

This drive has USB Type-A connector and a 2 year warranty.

Get LaCie Rugged Mini Portable:

4 TB : $199.99 from B&H (Worldwide shipping)

5TB

Seagate 5TB Backup Plus Portable External Hard Drive:

The Seagate 5TB Backup Plus is a newly available portable external drive, the first with a 5TB storage capacity.. The only downside is that it doesn’t come with any backup software or encryption feature.

It’s also available in 4 different colors, which is a nice pro.

Via the Seagate Dashboard software, you are provided with tools for local, mobile, cloud and social media backup. Run a one-click backup or schedule an automatic backup plan to protect your files in your Backup Plus portable drive at your convenience.

You can install the free Seagate Mobile Backup app on an iOS or Android mobile device to back up all of the pictures and videos from the device to your external drive or the cloud. The Backup Plus portable drive includes 200GB of cloud storage with OneDrive for 2 years.

This model has a USB Type-A connector.

Get the Seagate Backup Plus Portable External Hard Drive:

5TB from Amazon, B&H ($159.99) or Newegg ($149.99)

USB Type-C Portable Drives:

Transcend 1 TB StoreJet:

This drive is the most inexpensive 1TB USB Type-C drive that you can get.

It is military drop tested which means it is shock and collision resistant.

With this drive, you get a 3 year warranty which is a nice perk.

This model has a USB Type-C connector.

Get the Transcend StoreJet

1TB from Amazon or B&H ($69.95)

LaCie Porsche Portable drive:

This drive is a nice portable alernative if you are looking for a external portable hard drive that can easily be switched in between Windows and Mac thanks to its USB 3.1 (Type-C) port.

This model has a USB Type-C connector, includes a USB Type-C to Type-C cable as well as a USB type-C to USB Type-A cable so that you can connect this drive to more common Type-A USB ports.

This model has a sturdy aluminum build, a minimalist design and comes with a 3 year warranty.

Get the LaCIe Porsche Portable drive

1TB from Amazon, B&H ($98.51) or Newegg ($109.95)
2TB from Amazon or B&H ($139.99)
4TB from Amazon, B&H ($199.94) or Newegg ($199.99)

CalDigit 2TB Tuff

As far as rugged portable drives go, the CalDigit Tuff offers some of the best physical protection for an external drive.

On top of the rugged protection, it is military certified shockproof which means it has been dropped several times without being damaged.

It is also water immersion resistant in up to 1 meter of water for 30 minutes and dust proof so water, dust and sand can’t damage your data.

It has a USB Type-C connector but it also has a USB Type-C to Type-A cable to connect to a type A USB port.

This drive has a 1 year warranty.

Get the CalDigit Tuff

2TB from Amazon or B&H ($179.99)

Desktop external hard drives:

Desktop external drives offer higher maximum capacity than portable hard drives but are physically bigger and get their power from an external electrical outlet, which makes them less convenient to move around.

5TB

Seagate Expansion 5TB :

The Seagate 5TB Expansion hard drive is simply the least expensive, reliable and easy to use 5TB external drive there is at the moment. If you don’t need to carry your drive around too much, this is a less expensive option than the 5TB Portable drive as you get the same storage capacity for less money.

It has a nice design but sadly only one choice of color so it can be a con for people who like to have a variety of colors to chose from.

This drive has a USB Type-A connector and comes with a 2 year warranty which is a plus.

Get the Seagate Expansion Desktop Hard Drive :

5TB from Amazon, B&H ($119.99) or Newegg ($119.99)

6TB

Seagate 6TB Backup Plus USB 3.0 with USB Hub:

This is the best and most inexpensive 6TB desktop drive you can get for your money, it also comes with a USB 3.0 Hub on the front of the drive that let’s you connect and recharge other devices.

It includes a free 200GB of online storage with One Drive for two years and has the Seagate dashboard that lets you manage your backups easily.You can also download Seagate’s free mobile app and do a backup of your photos and videos from your device which can be nice to have in case you lose or break your phone or tablet.

This drive has a USB Type-A connector and comes with a 2 year warranty which is a pretty decent.

Get the Seagate 6TB Backup Plus

6TB from Amazon, B&H ($179.99) and Newegg ($159.99)

8TB

Seagate Expansion Desktop:

This drive is the most inexpensive and reliable in the 8TB Desktop drives and offers a USB Hub on the front of the drive that let’s you connect and recharge other devices.

It includes a free 200GB of online storage with One Drive for two years and has the Seagate dashboard that lets you manage your backups easily.

You can also download Seagate’s free mobile app and do a backup of your photos and videos from your device which can be nice to have in case you lose or break your phone or tablet.

This drive has a USB Type-A connector and comes with a 2 year warranty which is a plus.

Get the Seagate Backup Plus Hub 8TB:

8TB from Amazon, B&H ($189.00) and Newegg ($189.00)

Alternative

Seagate Backup Plus with USB Hub:

For a bit more money compared to my recommendation above, this drive is a nice alternative as it offers a USB 3.0 Hub on the front of the drive that let’s you connect and recharge other devices.

It includes a free 200GB of online storage with One Drive for two years and has the Seagate dashboard that lets you manage your backups easily.You can also download Seagate’s free mobile app and do a backup of your photos and videos from your device which can be nice to have in case you lose or break your phone or tablet.

This drive has a USB Type-A connector and comes with a 2 year warranty which is a pretty decent.

Get the Seagate Backup Plus Hub 8TB:

8TB from Amazon and Newegg ($199.99)

12TB-16TB

WD My Book Duo:

This drive is a dual drive RAID backup drive. This means that you can set up your drives either to be independent drives (JBOD), boost performance (RAID 0) or you can have them both store the same data via drive mirroring for extra data security (RAID 1).

These drives run at 7200 RPM, which is faster than all the other desktop hard drives recommendations above.

The WD My Book Duo also comes with a possibility of data encryption for extra security and also has an integrated backup software for easy backup options and cloud storage backups such as Dropbox.

This drive has a USB Type-A connector and comes with a 2 year warranty which is a plus.

Get the WD My Book Duo

12TB from Amazon, B&H ($399.00) and Newegg ($399.00)
16TB from Amazon, B&H ($499.00) and Newegg ($499.99)

24-60TB, 2x Thunderbolt 3, 1x USB 3.1 Type-C

LaCie 6big

The LaCie 6big is a six drive RAID backup array. This is a Enterprise class drive, this means it supports 0/1/5/6/10/50 RAID through a hardware RAID controller.

It comes with 4 different storage option that range from 24TB to 60TB of total storage.

It has two thunderbolt connectors that can reach read and write speeds of up to 1400 MB/s and a USB 3.1 Type-C controller that has a reading and writing speed of up to 400 MB/s.

It also has an aluminum enclosing which means it dissipates heat better than plastic.

This model comes with a 5 year warranty which is pretty good.

Get the LaCie 6big

24TB from Amazon, B&H ($2999.00) and Newegg ($2834.99)
36TB from Amazon, B&H ($3999.00) and Newegg ($3999.99)
48TB from Amazon, B&H ($4999.00) and Newegg ($4999.99)
60TB from Amazon, B&H ($6999.00) and Newegg ($6999.00)

USB Type-C External Desktop Drives:

LaCie Porsche Desktop Drive:

This drive is a nice portable alternative if you are looking for a external desktop hard drive that can easily be switched in between Windows and Mac thanks to its USB 3.1 (Type-C) port.

It has a USB Type-C connector and it also comes with a USB type-C to USB A cable so that you can connect this drive in regular USB ports.

This model has a sturdy aluminum build, a minimalist design and comes with a 3 year warranty.

Get the LaCIe Porsche Desktop drive

5TB from Amazon or B&H ($179.94)
8TB from Amazon or B&H ($299.99)

Wireless Hard Drives:

WD My Passport Wireless:

The WD My Passport wireless is one of the most inexpensive wireless hard drive you can get.

On top of having WiFi and being able to stream HD content on up to eight simultaneous devices, this drive has a USB 3.0 port for direct transfer which is also used to charge the device.

The battery on this model can last up to 10 hours so you can carry it throughout the day without having to worry about  running out of power. It can also be used as a charging station to recharge a phone or tablet if needed.

The My Passport has a SD card slot which means you can transfer data from your SD card on the go to your drive. Very useful for photographers and recording video during a trip on which you don’t want to carry a computer with you.

This drive has a USB Type-A connector and comes with a 2 year warranty which good.

It is also important to note that at the moment, the 3TB option of this drive is the same price as the 2TB option, hence why I don’t recommend the 2TB model.

Get the WD My Passport Wireless

1TB from Amazon, B&H ($129.99) and Newegg ($142.99)
3TB from Amazon, B&H ($179.90) and Newegg ($199.99)
4TB from Amazon, B&H ($229.99) and Newegg ($219.99)

USB Flash Drives:

Modern USB 3.0 flash drives are the most portable external drives and generally offer a better performance than regular hard drives, but lower performance than Solid State Drives. Unlike hard drives, they are shock proof, so it’s fine if you drop it. They are great to have one handy at all times as you never know when you are going to need one. The USB flash drives that we recommend can be attached on a string, chain, key rings, etc. which can be convenient.

Inexpensive 3.0 USB Keys:

SanDisk CZ43:

Simply put, these flash drives offer better performance than other USB 3.0 flash drives around this same price range, with read speed of up to 150MB/s.

They are also some of smallest flash drives, that let’s you fit them pretty much anywhere and they come with a cap to make sure it stays protected wherever it is.

This key also comes with a software that encrypts your data with the 128-bit AES encryption algorithm for extra protection of all your files.

It also comes in a bunch different storage capacities up to 128GB and has a 5 year warranty which is better than most drives offer.

Want a USB Key that offers better performance and/or more storage capacity? See my recommendations below.

Get the SanDisk CZ43:

16GB from Amazon and B&H ($8.95)
32GB from Amazon and B&H ($11.95)
64GB from Amazon and B&H ($18.95)
128GB from Amazon and B&H ($32.95)

USB Type-C Flash Drives:

SanDisk Ultra USB Type-C:

This flash drive offers a better performance at a better price than most other USB Type-C flash drive of its category.

Thanks to the USB Type-C connector on this model, you can connect your flash drive on computers and other devices with USB Type-C ports.

This flash drive has a retractable head which means you can carry it anywhere (On a keychain, backpack or in your pockets) without fear of breaking it.

On top of that, you get a 5 year warranty which is better than the average.

Get the SanDisk Ultra USB Type-C:

16GB: Click here to see the price on Amazon
32GB from Amazon and B&H ($14.74)
64GB from Amazon and B&H ($24.95)
128GB from Amazon and B&H ($36.62)

High performance USB Flash Drive:

PNY Pro Elite:

As far as USB flash drives go, this model is one of the best performance wise, with read speeds of up to 400MB/s, which is close to what some low performance SSDs can put out although when it comes to writing speed it isy slower (250MB/s) but it still bests most, if not all, USB flash drives out there, as well as any hard drive.

Available in storage sizes from 128GB up to 512GB.

It has a nice looking finish with a retractable end cap-less design that let’s you carry it around without worrying about breaking it.

This USB flash drive comes with a 1 year warranty.

Get the PNY Pro Elite:

128GB from Amazon, B&H ($79.99) and Newegg ($79.99)
256GB from Amazon and B&H ($119.95)
512GB from Amazon and B&H ($199.99)

External SSDs:

SSDs are larger and heavier than USB keys but are still way smaller in size and lighter than portable hard drives. Performance wise, they are the fastest for reading and writing data and the ones that carry the highest performance can be used for the most demanding tasks such as photo and video editing. We recommend 3 performance tiers, one very small model and different storage capacities.

Entry-level:

Entry-level SSD drives are the most inexpensive portable SSD drives on the market. I recommend them for regular use and storage where having the higher performance speed of a SSD helps, but these drives can fall behind when it comes to writing heavy files at a high consistent speed, so if you’re doing heavy photo editing or real time editing of something like 4K video, look at our mid-range or preferably high-performance external SSDs recommendations instead.

Transcend ESD400:

The Transcend ESD400 is one of the most inexpensive external SSDs. It is also very portable and lightweight as it is about the size of a business card which makes it easy to carry even in your pockets and the build is also shock resistant.

As a plus, this drive also comes with a travel pouch.

This drives comes with a 3 year warranty which is great. It also offers some of the best prices in the 128, 256, 512GB and even 1TB storage capacity for external SSDs.

Need 1 or 2TB of storage capacity? See my 1-2TB recommendations below.

This drive has a USB Type-A connector.

Get the Transcend ESD400:

128GB from Amazon, B&H ($74.99) and Newegg ($73.46)
256GB from Amazon and B&H ($129.99)
1TB  from Amazon, B&H ($499.99)

512GB alternative:

As far as 512GB alternatives go, the price difference in between a low performance drive on B&H and a mid-range performance 480GB is too small (About 10$) to recommend the low performance alternative. I would recommend that you get the Sandisk Extreme 500 480GB recommended below instead.

1TB-4TB:

VectoTech Rapid Portable Solid State Drive:

If you are looking for 1 or 2TB of storage capacity for a relatively low price for a portable SSD, this model is the right choice.

This drive offers a good read and write speed for an entry-level external SSDs and has a lightweight and steady build. It is also shock and vibration resistant for a better durability and comes with a warranty of 2 years which is pretty good.

Sadly this model is only offered at Amazon therefore cannot be shipped worldwide and as far as other models go, for the price, you are better off with a mid-range performance drive in the 1TB or 2TB which are about the same price.

This drive has a USB Type-A connector.

Get the VectoTech Solid State Drive:

1TB: Click here to see the price at Amazon
2TB: Click here to see the price at Amazon
4TB: Click here to see the price at Amazon

Mid-Range performance:

Sandisk Extreme 500 480GB:

The Sandisk Extreme 500 offers a good performance when it comes to backing up high resolutions images , videos and heavy files but has less performance when providing sustained sequential writing of heavier 4K videos. This is a good chose for photographers and graphic designers who want to do quick backups of their files or even work directly on the drive. It also has an encryption software for an improved security of your files.

This drives also is equipped to be shock resistant, vibration resistant, is built for durability with a rugged bumper and comes with a metal clip which is a plus for people who want to make sure it doesn’t move around too much in a bag.

It comes with a 3 year warranty which is definitely a plus.

This drive has a USB Type-C connector.

Get the Sandisk Extreme 500 :

480GB from Amazon and B&H ($161.98)

Want a drive that offers similar performance but has more storage capacity? See my recommendation below.

Samsung T3:

When it comes to the Samsung T3, it offers a similar performance in terms of reading and writing and is recommended for similar tasks. When it comes to storage capacity the T3 is the winner as it is available in sizes that are up to 2TB!

It has a shock resistant metal case and is built to be durable as well as being equipped with a AES 256-bit encryption algorithm for an improved protection of your data.

This drives also comes with a 3 year warranty which is great.

If you are looking for a drive that offers a higher performance than these drives see the SSD recommendations below.

This drive has a USB Type-C connector.

Get the Samsung T3:

1TB from Amazon, B&H ($381.99) and Newegg ($381.99)
2TB from Amazon, B&H ($759.00) and Newegg ($758.99)

Highest performance:

Sandisk Extreme 900:

The Sandisk Extreme 900 delivers significantly higher performance than entry-level performance external SSD drives.

It is recommended to work on and store high resolution images and 4K videos or anything that is heavy. It is shock resistant, vibration resistant and has a solid build for improved durability.

This drive also comes with an encryption software for an improved security of your files.

It also comes with a 3 year warranty which is definitely a plus.

This drive has a USB Type-C connector.

Get the Sandisk Extreme 900:

480GB from Amazon, B&H ($293.99) and Newegg ($320.33)
960GB from Amazon, B&H ($475.00) and Newegg ($499.99)
1.92TB from Amazon and B&H ($783.99)

Most portable:

MyDigitalSSD OTG:

The MyDigitalSSD OTG  is a reliable and very portable drive that comes in different storage sizes. It offers a good data transfer speed of 465MB/s.

One of its major perks is that it is very compact, it’s dimensions are 1.9 x 3.4 x 0.4″.

It also has a USB 3.1 Type-A connector but it comes with both USB Type-C and regular USB cables so that you can use whichever you need.

This drive comes with a 3 year warranty which is great.

This drive has a USB Type-A connector.

If you are looking for another ultra portable SSD that’s around the same dimensions, that has a 1TB storage size option and ships worldwide, check out my next recommendation!

Get the MyDigitalSSD OTG:

128GB from Amazon and Newegg ($64.99)
256GB from Amazon and Newegg ($109.99)
512GB from Amazon and Newegg ($189.99)

Most portable 1TB Worldwide Alternative:

Glyph Technologies Atom:glyphatomportableweb

This drive is a great option if you are looking for a very portable SSD that ships worldwide and that has a 1TB storage size option. It offers a good data transfer speed of 480MB/s.

It is also very compact just like the MyDigitalSSD OTG, it’s dimensions are 1.9 x 4.8 x 0.6″.

It also has a USB 3.1 Type-C connector but it comes with both USB Type-C and regular USB cables so that you can use whichever you need.

This drive is also available in four different colors : black, gold, silver and gray.

Note that this drive is preformated for Mac, which means that if you want to use it with Windows you need to reformat it first.

This drive comes with a 3 year warranty.

This drive has a USB Type-C connector.

Get the Glyph Technologies atom:

275GB : $159.95 at B&H (Worldwide Shipping)
525GB : $229.00 at B&H (Worldwide Shipping)
1TB : $439.95 at B&H (Worldwide Shipping)

Encrypted drives:

Encrypted drives are drives that offer extra security features for extra protection of your data. These features include pin number padlocks, advanced data encryption and brute force self destruct.

Flash drives:

Integral Crypto Drive

The corsaid Flash Padlock 3 is the most inexpensive encrypted storage drive with extra security that you can get at the moment.

On top of having 256 bit hardware AES encryption, you get a padlock from which you can chose from 4 to 10 numbers for a personnal identification number.

You also have a built-in hack detection tools which locks your device for 5 minutes after 5 unsucessful hack attempts.

Last but not least, this device is also built with shock proof rubber so for extra physical protection.

If you are looking for a USB flash drive that offers an even better security, check out my recommendation below!

Get the Integral Crypto Drive:

4GB from Amazon and Newegg ($18.65)
8GB from Amazon and Newegg ($23.85)
16GB from Amazon and Newegg ($32.49)
32GB : Click here to see the price on Amazon

Apricorn Aegis Secure Key USB 3.0

This is the same USB flash drive as the one I recommend above, only, it has a USB 3.0 instead of a USB 2.0 port. This means you get a much faster transfer speed.

With this model, it is also possible to get higher storage capacities : up to 480GB!

Also, instead of being able to register a padlock code with up to 15 digits, you can register up to 16 digits in your code, which means an even better security.

If you are looking for encrypted drives that offer a larger storage capacity, check out my other recommendations below.

Get the Apricorn Aegis Secure Key USB 3.0:

8GB from AmazonB&H ($91.00) and Newegg ($98.56)
16GB from AmazonB&H ($109.99) and Newegg ($121.96)
30GB from AmazonB&H ($135.99) and Newegg ($134.99)
60GB from AmazonB&H ($189.00) and Newegg ($181.56)
120GB from AmazonB&H(191.95) and Newegg ($190.50)
240GB from Amazon and B&H($269.95)
480GB from Amazon and B&H ($360.00)

Hard Drives:

Apricorn Aegis Padlock 3.5″ Drive

This drive is ideal if you are looking for a desktop drive that is encrypted, offers extra security and has large capacity options.

This model has a keypad that lets you register up to four different pins for four different user.

It also has a brute force self destruct feature which in case of several failed pin entries, locks the drive and makes it destroy the encryption key so that the data is rendered useless.

On top of that, the drive has a sturdy aluminum enclosure and a water resistant keyboard.

If you are looking for a more portable hard drive option, check out my other recommendation below!

This drive comes with a USB Type-A cable.

Get the Apricorn Aegis Padlock:

2TB from AmazonB&H ($209.00) and Newegg ($209.77)
3TB from AmazonB&H ($246.42) and Newegg ($250.83)
4TB from AmazonB&H ($339.64) and Newegg ($339.64)
6TB from AmazonB&H ($659.00) and Newegg ($631.56)
8TB from AmazonB&H($679.00) and Newegg ($611.11)

Apricorn Aegis Padlock Fortress 2.5″ Drive

Compared to my recommendation above, this drive is only 2.5″ which means it is much more portable. It is also USB powered which means that it doesn’t need to be plugged in another power source other than the USB port to work.

It has a keypad to register a secure pin for extra protection of your data.

It also has a 256-bit AES-XTS, FIPS validated Hardware Encryption, which means it has been tested by certified security labs to comply with American and European security standards.

You also get a brute force self-destruct option, which means that after a determined number of failed attempts to unlock the drive, your encryption key destroys itself and the data becomes impossible to access.

This drive is also water and dust resistant for a better physical protection.

This drive has a USB Type-A connector.

Get the Apricorn Aegis Padlock Fortress:

500GB from Amazon and  B&H ($199.00)
1TB from Amazon and  B&H ($249.00)
2TB from Amazon and B&H ($275.84)

SSDs:

Apricorn Aegis Padlock SSD

In terms of security, this model is very similar to my recommendation above as you get a keypad to enter a protection pin for your drive, a FIPS validated hardware encryption and a brute force protection.

Its major difference comes from the SSD which offers a considerable upgrade in speed: you get data transfer rates of up to 300 MB/s.

This drive has a USB Type-A connector and comes with a 3 year warranty.

Get the Aegis Padlock SSD:

120GB from Amazon and B&H ($229.00) 
240GB from Amazon and B&H ($299.00)
480GB from Amazon and B&H ($429.00)
1TB from Amazon and B&H ($679.00) 

Memory Card Back-up drives

Sanho HyperDrive ColorSpace UDMA 3

The Sanho Hyperdrive ColorSpace is a great choice if you need a external storage drive that you can use to transfer the content of your SD or CF card, without the need to carry a computer, as it has its own interface from which you can manage and initiate data transfers.

What is great about this drive is that you can chose from several pre-existing storage sizes from 500GB to 2TB or you can buy the device without a drive and add one yourself. This device supports regular 2.5″ hard drives and 2.5″ SSDs.

This device also has wireless transfer with supported devices and comes with a 1 year warranty.

This device has a USB type-A connector.

Note that if you use SD cards, the WD My Passport Wireless recommended earlier in the article is a wireless hard drive with a SD slot, but no interface.

Get the Sanho HyperDrive ColorSpace UDMA 3

Case only fom Amazon and B&H ($249.99)
500GB fom Amazon and B&H ($498.95)
750GB: $598.95 from B&H (Worldwide Shipping)
1TB fom Amazon and B&H ($648.95)

2TB: $698.95 from B&H (Worldwide Shipping)

Conclusion

I hope that you’ve enjoyed this edition of the Best External Drives article.

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