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  1. WD - Easystore 2TB External USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive - Black - Front_Zoom

    WD - Easystore 2TB External USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive - Black

    Storage Capacity:
    2000GB
    Model: WDBAJN0020BBK-WESN
    SKU: 6406513
    Your price for this item is $61.99
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    The previous price was $109.99
  2. Seagate - Expansion 18TB External USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive with Rescue Data Recovery Services - Black - Front_Zoom

    Seagate - Expansion 18TB External USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive with Rescue Data Recovery Services - Black

    Storage Capacity:
    18000GB
    Model: STKP18000400
    SKU: 6463054
    Your price for this item is $499.99
  3. WD - My Passport Ultra for Mac 2TB External USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive - Silver - Front_Zoom

    WD - My Passport Ultra for Mac 2TB External USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive - Silver

    Storage Capacity:
    2000GB
    Model: WDBKYJ0020BSL-WESN
    SKU: 6290662
    Your price for this item is $79.99
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    The previous price was $89.99
  4. WD - My Book 4TB External USB 3.0 Hard Drive - Black - Angle_Zoom

    WD - My Book 4TB External USB 3.0 Hard Drive - Black

    Storage Capacity:
    4000GB
    Model: WDBBGB0040HBK-NESN
    SKU: 5605524
    Your price for this item is $99.99
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    The previous price was $119.99
  5. LaCie - Rugged 2TB External USB-C, USB 3.1 Gen 1 Portable Hard Drive - Orange/Silver - Front_Zoom

    LaCie - Rugged 2TB External USB-C, USB 3.1 Gen 1 Portable Hard Drive - Orange/Silver

    Storage Capacity:
    2000GB
    Model: STFR2000800
    SKU: 6083500
    Your price for this item is $109.99
  6. WD - easystore 8TB External USB 3.0 Hard Drive - Black - Front_Zoom

    WD - easystore 8TB External USB 3.0 Hard Drive - Black

    Storage Capacity:
    8000GB
    Model: WDBAMA0080HBK-NESN
    SKU: 6425302
    Your price for this item is $159.99
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    The previous price was $209.99
  7. Seagate - Game Drive for PlayStation Consoles 2TB External USB 3.2 Gen 1 Portable Hard Drive Officially-Licensed - Black - Front_Zoom

    Seagate - Game Drive for PlayStation Consoles 2TB External USB 3.2 Gen 1 Portable Hard Drive Officially-Licensed - Black

    Storage Capacity:
    2000GB
    Model: STGD2000100
    SKU: 6309234
    Your price for this item is $92.49
  8. WD - My Passport Ultra 2TB External USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive - Silver - Front_Zoom

    WD - My Passport Ultra 2TB External USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive - Silver

    Storage Capacity:
    2000GB
    Model: WDBC3C0020BSL-WESN
    SKU: 6290664
    Your price for this item is $79.99
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    The previous price was $89.99
  9. WD - My Passport 2TB External USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive - Black - Front_Zoom

    WD - My Passport 2TB External USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive - Black

    Storage Capacity:
    2000GB
    Model: WDBYVG0020BBK-WESN
    SKU: 6356887
    Your price for this item is $67.99
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  11. WD - WD_BLACK P10 2TB External USB 3.2 Gen 1 Portable Hard Drive - Black - Angle_Zoom

    WD - WD_BLACK P10 2TB External USB 3.2 Gen 1 Portable Hard Drive - Black

    Storage Capacity:
    2000GB
    Model: WDBA2W0020BBK-WESN
    SKU: 6364269
    Your price for this item is $77.99
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    The previous price was $89.99
  12. SanDisk Professional - G-DRIVE ArmorATD 2TB External USB-C Portable Hard Drive - Space Gray - Front_Zoom

    SanDisk Professional - G-DRIVE ArmorATD 2TB External USB-C Portable Hard Drive - Space Gray

    Storage Capacity:
    2000GB
    Model: SDPH81G-002T-GBAND
    SKU: 6467106
    Your price for this item is $99.99
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    The previous price was $109.99
  13. WD - Game Drive for PS4 4TB External USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive - Black/Blue - Front_Zoom

    WD - Game Drive for PS4 4TB External USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive - Black/Blue

    Storage Capacity:
    4000GB
    Model: WDBM1M0040BBK-WESN
    SKU: 6295023
    Your price for this item is $104.99
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    The previous price was $129.99
  14. WD - My Cloud Home 4TB Personal Cloud - White - Front_Zoom

    WD - My Cloud Home 4TB Personal Cloud - White

    Model: WDBVXC0040HWT-NESN
    SKU: 5990204
    Your price for this item is $189.99
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    The previous price was $199.99
  15. Seagate - Game Drive for Xbox 2TB External USB 3.2 Gen 1 Portable Hard Drive Xbox Certified with Green LED Bar - Front_Zoom

    Seagate - Game Drive for Xbox 2TB External USB 3.2 Gen 1 Portable Hard Drive Xbox Certified with Green LED Bar

    Storage Capacity:
    2000GB
    Model: STKX2000400
    SKU: 6473669
    Your price for this item is $92.49
  16. Toshiba - Canvio Ready 2TB External USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive - Black - Front_Zoom

    Toshiba - Canvio Ready 2TB External USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive - Black

    Storage Capacity:
    2000GB
    Model: HDTP320XK3AA
    SKU: 6465221
    Your price for this item is $59.99
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    The previous price was $69.99
  17. WD - My Cloud Home Duo 8TB 2-Bay Personal Cloud - White - Front_Zoom

    WD - My Cloud Home Duo 8TB 2-Bay Personal Cloud - White

    Model: WDBMUT0080JWT-NESN
    SKU: 5990201
    Your price for this item is $379.99
  18. Seagate - One Touch 2TB External USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive with Rescue Data Recovery Services - Black - Front_Zoom

    Seagate - One Touch 2TB External USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive with Rescue Data Recovery Services - Black

    Storage Capacity:
    2000GB
    Model: STKB2000400
    SKU: 6439172
    Your price for this item is $82.49
  19. LaCie - Mobile Drive 2TB External USB 3.1 Gen 2 Portable Hard Drive - Space Gray - Front_Zoom

    LaCie - Mobile Drive 2TB External USB 3.1 Gen 2 Portable Hard Drive - Space Gray

    Storage Capacity:
    2000GB
    Model: STHG2000402
    SKU: 6416001
    Your price for this item is $99.99

Buying an external hard drive.

Benefits of external storage for your computer.

With a sharp increase in media and documents being digitized in our modern era, there arises a need to have more space to store all the data — and external hard drives are the solution. Working just like a traditional internal hard disk drive (HDD) but in an external format, it’s one of many essential computer accessories to have on hand whether you own a laptop or a desktop computer, so you can easily expand your storage capacity without touching the inner workings of your computer. These external storage drives also let you quickly create a file backup in case of emergency, or offload batches of files for simple transfer to another computer. People who use laptops love how they can work from anywhere, but they often pick up a portable hard drive that easily fits in their laptop bag and doesn’t require a power source. Desktop computers more commonly have greater storage space than laptops, but there may come a time when more space is needed, and it isn’t ready for an upgrade just yet. USB hard drives that plug into an open USB port via hard drive cables can be portable or kept on your desk, depending on their size. Some people like to use wireless external hard drives that plug into an electrical outlet, connect using Wi-Fi and serve as a personal cloud storage option, which can give you more capacity per dollar than a portable version. Hard drives in general are relatively inexpensive and can give you a lot of extra storage space for your money, depending on what extra amount of storage space you might need.

Choosing the best external hard drive for your needs.

Best Buy carries external hard drives for laptops and desktops in different amounts of terabytes (TB) for a variety of uses. Whether you have a small number of personal files that you want to add to a backup disk or a large amount of data that your laptop doesn’t have room for, you’re able to choose the amount of external hard drive terabytes for your specific situation, ranging from around 1TB to 12TB. If you frequently work with large files or multiple files at once — for instance, opening large albums of high-resolution photos, editing high-definition videos, or PC gaming — you might want to get at least an 8TB external hard drive that’s able to accommodate that volume. While it’s true that there are cloud file-sharing services for sending large files, there are instances where you need to deliver a hard copy as well, say, to a client for whom you recently finished a project. In this case, a 1TB external hard drive is probably plenty and is a low monetary investment on your part for a device that you aren’t going to keep. If you have physical collections of movies and music and are into minimizing the clutter in your home, you could look into buying either a 2TB external hard drive or 4TB external hard drive to transfer CDs and DVDs onto, depending on how many cases you’d like to clear out. You’ll also want to keep in mind what connectivity options your brand and model of computer includes. If you have a newer computer designed with a USB Type C port, you’ll need a compatible USB-C external hard drive. If you still need help deciding on the best external hard drive for you, just ask a Best Buy Blue Shirt or Geek Squad® Agent, and they’ll be happy to answer any questions.

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