Today we will introduce you the top 10 external hard disk drives for 2017. These are best selling hard disks from top most manufacturers all around world. After reading this, you will have a very clear understanding of different features of different hard disk. Then it will be lot easier for you to choose external hard disk drive that best suits you. We hope you will enjoy reading this. Also consider this Top 10 External Hard Disk Drives list is prepared according to our reviews. Sometimes you might find different Top 10 External Hard Disk Drives lists from different websites.

 

1. Western Digital My Passport Pro.

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One of the best external hard disk drives in the world. And this will provide RAID 1 technology with built in two hard disk drives. User can select whether or not to use raid. If you are using RAID 1, then the capacity is divided in half so that one half (one physical hard disk drive) stores your data and the other half (other physical hard disk drive) maintains a duplicate copy. So you don’t need to worry, if one hard disk drive fails, because your data is safe on the other hard disk drive, until you replace the failed hard disk drive. Designed in a portable manner. Comes in both 2TB and 4TB. As My Passport Pro comes with a larger capacities, these hard disks are best suit for HD videos, photo shoots and other creative files. With the stylish all-aluminum design, it has great eye-pleasing look. Fast connectivity to transfer, edit, compile and stream graphics-intensive files with Thunderbolt interface.

Key Features of  Western Digital My Passport Pro.

  • Storage Capacities and Data Transferring Speeds.
    • 2TB (up to 10Gb/s | up to 1.25 GB/s).
    • 4TB (up to 10Gb/s | up to 1.25 GB/s).
  • Thunderbolt Connectivity.
  • RAID 1 for protection of data.
  • Storage Capacities and Dimensions.
    • 2TB (143.4 mm x 88.5 mm x 28.7 mm).
    • 4TB (143.4 mm x 88.5 mm x 44.2 mm).
  • Storage Capacities and Weights.
    • 2TB (0.46 kg | 1.01 lbs).
    • 4TB (0.72 kg | 1.59 lbs).

Purchase Western Digital My Passport Pro 2TB for US $ 248.98

Purchase Western Digital My Passport Pro 4TB for US $ 385.00

 

2. Western Digital My Passport Ultra.

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This is the number two of our Top 10 External Hard Disk Drives list and this is one of the most popular external hard disks from Western Digital. Comes in with capacities of 1TB, 2TB, 3TB and 4 TB but with its sleek design, it is very compact and portable. You can easily carry it in your pocket. This portable hard disk is equipped with a scalable  backup software. Using that software, you can schedule to automatically back up all the files on your system or only specific folders and files. My Passport Ultra drive reliably stores your photos, videos, and music with password activated powerful 256-bit AES hardware encryption. To engage in the encryption, there is an application comes with the hard disk drive. For the faster connectivity, this hard disk supports USB 3.0 connectivity to your system. Also this portable hard disk drive is designed with the durability, shock tolerance and long-term reliability in mind.

Key Features of Western Digital My Passport Ultra.

  • Storage Capacities and Colors Available.
    • 1TB, 2TB and 3TB (Image showing the colors available for Western Digital My Passport Ultra 1TB, 2TB and 3TB).
    • 4TB (Image showing the colors available for Western Digital My Passport Ultra 4TB).
  • USB 3.0 Connectivity | USB 2.0 Compatible.
  • Hardware encryption using 256-bit AES.
  • Comes with WD Backup, WD Security and WD Drive Utilities Software.
  • Storage Capacities and Dimensions.
    • 1TB (110 mm x 81.5 mm x 15.8 mm).
    • 2TB, 3TB and 4TB (110 mm x 81.5 mm x 20.9 mm).
  • Storage Capacities and Weights.
    • 1TB (0.15 kg | 0.32 lbs).
    • 2TB, 3TB and 4TB (0.23 kg | 0.50 lbs).

Purchase Western Digital My Passport Ultra 1TB for US $ 49

Purchase Western Digital My Passport Ultra 2TB for US $ 94

Purchase Western Digital My Passport Ultra 3TB for US $ 117

Purchase Western Digital My Passport Ultra 4TB for US $ 137

 

3. Samsung Portable SSD T3.

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This is the number three in our Top 10 External Hard Disk Drives list. Samsung, a well known brand name all around the world and they are amongst the best for developing many electronic goods. Now they have released their Samsung Portable SSD T3, which is a 2TB hard disk drive which fall into the group Solid State Drive (SSD). Solid State Drive (SSD) which is also known as SSD is a new technology where there is no rotating platters in the hard disk drive. They work according to a technology which is similar to USB Flash Drive technology. Best thing is these Solid State Drives are superfast compared to the normal hard disk drives. Therefore this could be the fastest hard disk drive in this list but not be best. According to our list, this is the third best external hard disk drive we are talking about today.

As this hard disk is a SSD and also it supports USB 3.1 connectivity, it is capable of transferring files at a 450 MB/s (3.6 Gb/s) of a blazing-fast speed. Also this hard dis drive is tiny and  roughly the size of a business card. You will definitely be amazed by the small size of it. Even though it very good rugged use as it does not have any moving parts to damage and it has a strong exterior metal body that can withstand up to 1500G of force. With size, weight and durability of it, it is designed perfectly for the portability. This Samsung hard disk also supports 256-bit AES hardware encryption just like the previous Western Digital My Passport Ultra hard disk. Therefore Samsung Portable SSD T3 is very hard to crack both logically and physically. The hard disk is compatible across multiple operating systems, so you can conveniently connect it to Microsoft Windows®, Apple Mac® OS, and Android devices. USB 3.1 Type-C Connection Port and USB Type-C to Type A Adapter is included with this product. Additional adapters may be required connect to some devices but you have to purchase them separately.

Key Features of Samsung Portable SSD T3.

  • Storage Capacities and Data Transferring Speeds.
    • 2TB (up to 3.5 Gb/s | up to 450 MB/s).
  • USB 3.1 Connectivity.
  • Hardware encryption using 256-bit AES.
  • Drop resistant up to 1.98m (6.5ft).
  • Shock resistant.
  • Storage Capacities and Dimensions.
    • 2TB (73.9 mm x 57.9 mm x 10.4 mm).
  • Storage Capacities and Weights.
    • 2TB (51.03 g | 1.80 oz).

Purchase Samsung Portable SSD T3 2TB for US $ 729

Purchase Samsung Portable SSD T3 Older Editions Starting from US $ 109

 

4. Transcend StoreJet 25M3.

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The StoreJet 25M3 combines the shock resistant qualities of Transcend’s rugged StoreJet M series with the Superspeed 5Gb/s interface bandwidth of USB 3.0, allowing the users to perform ultra-fast file transfers and the highest level of anti-shock protection. This external hard disk which is the number four in our Top 10 External Hard Disk Drives list, is covered with an anti-shock rubber outer case. Also equipped with an advanced internal hard drive suspension system. Therefore this hard disk is good for pretty rugged use. You can carry it here and there without any worry.

One of the really cool features of this hard disk drive is, the quick Reconnect Button. This allows you to reconnect safely removed USB hard drive without unplugging and and plugging it again. Also you can secure the stuff you store in this hard disk drive using 256-bit AES encryption. To engage in the encryption, you need to use Transcend Elite data management software which comes with the hard disk drive. This hard disk comes in two colors which are iron grey and baby blue.

Key Features of Transcend StoreJet 25M3.

  • Storage Capacities and Colors Available.
    • 500GB (Image showing the colors available for Transcend StoreJet 25M3 500GB).
    • 1TB and 2TB (Image showing the colors available for Transcend StoreJet 25M3 1TB and 2TB).
  • USB 3.0 Connectivity | USB 2.0 Compatible.
  • Encryption using 256-bit AES.
  • Military-grade shock resistance.
  • Advanced 3-stage shock protection system.
  • Durable anti-shock rubber outer case.
  • Advanced internal hard drive suspension system.
  • Quick Reconnect Button.
  • One Touch Auto-Backup button.
  • Exclusive Transcend Elite data management software.
  • Storage Capacities and Dimensions.
    • 500GB, 1TB and 2TB (129.5 mm x 82.4 mm x 20.4 mm).
  • Storage Capacities and Weights.
    • 500GB and 1TB (216 g | 0.48 lbs).
    • 2TB (230 g | 0.51 lbs).

Purchase Transcend StoreJet 25M3 500GB for US $ 65

Purchase Transcend StoreJet 25M3 1TB for US $ 54

Purchase Transcend StoreJet 25M3 2TB for US $ 89

 

5. Western Digital My Passport X.

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Number five in our Top 10 External Hard Disk Drives, is once again from the well know hard disk manufacturer, Western Digital. This is a great hard disk drive to expand your Console or PC gaming experience. My Passport X is performance-tweaked to meet the desires of serious gamers. It’s built to deliver a great gaming performance for Xbox One, Xbox 360 or PC gamers. With the compact design of it, you to take your gaming lifestyle with you. USB 3.0 connectivity lets you access and save files in a blazing-fast speed of a 5Gb/s maximum.

When you are connecting this hard disk drive to your Xbox One or Xbox 360, it takes just minutes to set up. Plug it in, follow the easy on-screen instructions so you’ll be locked and loaded in minutes. Connecting My Passport X to your Xbox One or Xbox 360 is like equipping your gaming avatar with super-lifting strength and speed because, with the speed of USB 3.0 gives a lightning-quick gaming experience. You can even plug it into your friend’s Xbox One or Xbox 360 video game system and it’s game on. But you must be logged into your Xbox Live online account. If game was purchased and loaded from disc, original discs may be required to verify ownership. Even though it has a sleek design, it has very high capacities of 2TB and 3TB. Western Digital has built this drive for durability, shock tolerance and long-term reliability. Therefore you will have your peace of mind when you are storing your reliable data on this hard disk drive.

There is one important thing to remember. That is My Passport X 2TB hard disk drive works with XBox 360, Xbox One and Xbox One S. But the My Passport X 3TB works with Xbox One and Xbox One S only and it does not work with XBox 360.

Key Features of Western Digital My Passport X.

  • Storage Capacities and Data Transferring Speeds.
    • 2TB and 3TB (up to 5Gb/s | up to 640 MB/s).
  • USB 3.0 Connectivity | USB 2.0 Compatible.
  • Storage Capacities and Dimensions.
    • 2TB and 3TB (135 mm x 48 mm x 18.6 mm).
  • Storage Capacities and Weights.
    • 2TB and 3TB (230 g | 0.50 lbs).

Purchase Western Digital My Passport X 2TB for US $ 100

Purchase Western Digital My Passport X 3TB for US $ 146

 

6. Toshiba Canvio Connect II.

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Number six in our Top 10 External Hard Disk Drives list is, Toshiba Canvio Connect II. Toshiba is also a well known brand name for manufacturing storage devices. This hard disk drive provides storage capacities up to 3TB. This amazing full-featured powerhouse will keep all your digital treasures in one place. But it is designed to be very compact. You can also secure your stuff by encrypting them with a user-defined password. You can use up to 256-bit encryption for that. This hard disk drive supports USB 3.0 connectivity allowing you to transfer data at a 5Gb/s maximum.

This hard disk drive comes with a full-system backup and recovery software. With the Mobile feature on the Canvio Connect II, you can access and share even if you leave the hard disk drive at home. As long as it is connected to your computer, you can get to your photos, music, movies and even massive files from any PC, smartphone or tablet over the Internet. These features are very easy to set up and even more easier to use. Canvio Connect II portable hard drive is designed from the ground up with your needs in mind, then tested again and again for reliability. This hard disk is also equipped with an internal shock sensor and Ramp Loading technology to help keep it safe while on the go. Toshiba Canvio Connect II hard disk drives are pre-formatted in NTFS for Microsoft Windows®. Also it comes with a NTFS driver for Apple Mac® allowing you to store and access files from Apple Mac® without reformatting.

Key Features of Toshiba Canvio Connect II.

  • Storage Capacities and Data Transferring Speeds.
    • 500GB, 1TB, 2TB and 3TB (up to 5Gb/s | up to 640 MB/s).
  • Storage Capacities and Available Colors.
    • 500GB (Image showing the colors available for Toshiba Canvio Connect II 500GB).
    • 1TB (Image showing the colors available for Toshiba Canvio Connect II 1TB).
    • 2TB (Image showing the colors available for Toshiba Canvio Connect II 2TB).
    • 3TB (Image showing the colors available for Toshiba Canvio Connect II 3TB).
  • USB 3.0 Connectivity | USB 2.0 Compatible.
  • Encryption using 256-bits
  • Modern, iconic casing with high gloss finish.
  • Ability to store your files in a centralized place next to your Windows® PC or Mac®.
  • Complete backup solution for protecting your digital memories.
  • Ability to access and share content from any device anywhere via the internet.
  • Ability to back up content from your mobile devices.
  • Storage Capacities and Dimensions.
    • 500GB and 1TB (109 mm x 78 mm x 14 mm).
    • 2TB and 3TB (109 mm x 78 mm x 19.5 mm).
  • Storage Capacities and Weights.
    • 500GB and 1TB (165 g | 0.36 lbs).
    • 2TB and 3TB (230 g | 0.50 lbs).

Purchase Toshiba Canvio Connect II 500GB for US $ 49

Purchase Toshiba Canvio Connect II 1TB for US $ 54

Purchase Toshiba Canvio Connect II 2TB for US $ 79

Purchase Toshiba Canvio Connect II 3TB for US $ 95

 

7. Western Digital My Book Duo.

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Number seven in our Top 10 External Hard Disk Drives list is more of a storage solution rather than a portable hard disk drive. This provides you lots of features that will amaze you. But this is bit expensive storage solution which is suitable for home users. We haven’t chosen this as number one in our Top 10 External Hard Disk Drives list because every home user doesn’t need that much reliability and also this isn’t going to be affordable for most of normal users. But if you can afford this,  it will offer you a massive capacity with fast transfer speeds, password activated hardware encryption, multiple RAID and backup options. This solution provides the USB 3.0 connectivity to your computer. This is a dual drive solution similar to number one in our list. This is equipped with two Western Digital Red™ HDDs to provide you a massive capacity with ultra-fast transferring speeds. Western Digital Red™ hard disk drives are designed and tested for optimal reliability and always-on performance in small RAID environments.  You can choose the capacity best suits your needs, up to 16TB. With this solution you will receive an Automatic Backup Software to set your own schedule for updates and backups.

By default, Western Digital My Book Duo is configured for RAID 0 for maximum performance and capacity. But you have the option to select whether to use RAID 0 or RAID 1. If you are using RAID 1, then the storage capacity will be reduced by half. But it will give you ultimate data protection by duplicating everything in one Western Digital Red™ hard disk drive. Password activated 256-bit AES hardware encryption will prevent unauthorized access to your confidential data. With the two additional USB 3.0 ports on the back, you can connect multiple devices simultaneously. Or else you can add another external drive for increased storage or charge multiple phones, tablets, or other USB devices at the same time. If you want to upgrade the storage size, you can just simply replace the hard disk drives without requiring any tools. My Book Duo is ready to use right out of the box for Microsoft Windows® operating system users. But if you are using an Apple Mac® OS X operating system, then you have to re-format it. One weak point of this product is, you need to plug power cord separately for this.

Key Features of Western Digital My Book Duo.

  • Storage Capacities and Data Transferring Speeds.
    • 4TB, 6TB, 8TB, 12TB and 16TB (up to 2.2Gb/s | up to 290MB/s).
  • USB 3.0 Connectivity | USB 2.0 Compatible.
  • Supports RAID 0 and RAID 1.
  • Hardware encryption using 256-bit AES.
  • Ultra-reliable with Western Digital Red™ drives.
  • User serviceable enclosure.
  • Storage Capacities and Dimensions.
    • 4TB, 6TB, 8TB, 12TB and 16TB (165 mm x 157 mm x 99 mm).
  • Storage Capacities and Weights.
    • 4TB (2.09 kg | 4.6 lbs).
    • 6TB (2.18 kg | 4.8 lbs).
    • 8TB (2.24 kg | 5.0 lbs).
    • 12TB (2.31 kg | 5.1 lbs).
    • 16TB (2.81 kg | 6.2 lbs).

Purchase Western Digital My Book Duo 4TB for US $ 249

Purchase Western Digital My Book Duo 6TB for US $ 279

Purchase Western Digital My Book Duo 8TB for US $ 319

Purchase Western Digital My Book Duo 12TB for US $ 399

Purchase Western Digital My Book Duo 16TB for US $ 499

 

8. LaCie Rugged Mini.

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Number eight in our Top 10 External Hard Disk Drives list is LaCie Rugged Mini. LaCie is a well known manufacturer for making unique products. Most of the time they are giving a value to products using the creativity. LaCie Rugged Mini is pretty good hard disk for rugged use. Capacities are available up to 4TB. With the USB 3.0 connectivity you can transfer data to and from LaCie Rugged Mini, at maximum of 130 MB/s. This hard disk has a outer cover to reduce the impact on the hard disk from drops, pressure and rain. It will be a great buddy for you, if you want to take your data while you are going on adventures.

Key Features of LaCie Rugged Mini.

  • Storage Capacities and Data Transferring Speeds.
    • 500GB, 1TB, 2TB and 4 TB (up to 1Gb/s | up to 130MB/s).
  • USB 3.0 Connectivity | USB 2.0 Compatible.
  • Drop resistance 1.2m (4ft).
  • Crush  Resistance up 1000 kg (1 Ton).
  • Resistant to the rain.

Purchase LaCie Rugged Mini 500GB for US $ 69

Purchase LaCie Rugged Mini 1TB for US $ 99

Purchase LaCie Rugged Mini 2TB for US $ 139

Purchase LaCie Rugged Mini 4TB for US $ 199

 

9. Seagate Backup Plus Slim.

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We chose this hard disk drive as number nine in our Top 10 External Hard Disk Drives list. Seagate is well known manufacturer for manufacturing hard disk drives. Maximum capacity up to 2TB is available. It also features a sleek and protective metal finish available in classic black, silver, red or blue. USB 3.0 connectivity gives you faster transferring rates up to 120MB/s. This hard disk drive works with both Microsoft Windows® and Apple Mac®, but you need to download the Apple Mac® OS driver, when you are using it on Apple Mac®.

Key Features of Seagate Backup Plus Slim.

  • Storage Capacities and Data Transferring Speeds.
    • 500GB, 1TB and 2TB (up to 960Mb/s | up to 120MB/s).
  • USB 3.0 Connectivity | USB 2.0 Compatible.
  • Storage Capacities and Dimensions.
    • 500GB, 1TB and 2TB (113.5 mm x 76 mm x 12.1 mm).
  • Storage Capacities and Weights.
    • 500GB and 1TB (150 g | 0.33 lbs).
    • 2TB (159 g | 0.35 lbs).

Purchase Seagate Backup Plus Slim 500GB for US $ 57

Purchase Seagate Backup Plus Slim 1TB for US $ 53

Purchase Seagate Backup Plus Slim 2TB for US $ 71

 

10. Seagate Expansion Portable Hard Drive.

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Tenth and  the last hard disk in our Top 10 External Hard Disk Drives list is Seagate Expansion Portable Hard Drive. We  have many reasons to include it it our Top 10 External Hard Disk Drives list. This hard disk drive comes with the capacities of 500GB, 1TB, 2TB and 3TB. Faster connectivity with USB 3.0. It doesn’t need any power supply to it because, it is powered by USB. You can just plug and play this hard drive and there are no additional steps to set it up.

Key Features of Seagate Expansion Portable Hard Drive.

  • Storage Capacities Available.
    • 500GB, 1TB, 2TB and 3 TB.
  • USB 3.0 Connectivity | USB 2.0 Compatible.
  • Storage Capacities and Dimensions.
    • 500GB, 1TB, 2TB and 3 TB (117 mm x 80 mm x 14.8 mm).
  • Storage Capacities and Weights.
    • 500GB, 1TB, 2TB and 3 TB (170 g | 0.37 lbs).

Purchase Seagate Expansion Portable Hard Drive 500GB for US $ 68

Purchase Seagate Expansion Portable Hard Drive 1TB for US $ 54

Purchase Seagate Expansion Portable Hard Drive 2TB for US $ 79

Purchase Seagate Expansion Portable Hard Drive 3TB for US $ 121

 

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