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  1. LaCie - Mobile 2TB External USB-C 3.2 Portable Hard Drive with Rescue Data Recovery Services - Moon Silver

    Model: STLP2000400
    SKU: 6539756
    Your price for this item is $84.99
    The previous price was $99.99
  2. WD - My Passport for Mac 2TB External USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive - Blue

    Storage Capacity:
    2000GB
    Model: WDBA2D0020BBL-WESN
    SKU: 6356884
    Your price for this item is $79.99
    The previous price was $89.99
  3. 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 $72.99
    The previous price was $79.99
  4. SanDisk - Extreme Portable 4TB External USB-C NVMe SSD - Black

    Storage Capacity:
    4000GB
    Model: SDSSDE61-4T00-G25
    SKU: 6472036
    Your price for this item is $249.99
    The previous price was $399.99
  5. SanDisk - Ultra Dual Drive Go 256GB USB Type-A/USB Type-C Flash Drive - Black

    Storage Capacity:
    256GB
    Model: SDDDC3-256G-A46
    SKU: 6421486
    Your price for this item is $29.99
    The previous price was $36.99
  6. LaCie - Rugged 5TB External USB-C, USB 3.1 Gen 1 Portable Hard Drive - Orange/Silver

    Storage Capacity:
    5000GB
    Model: STFR5000800
    SKU: 6299877
    Your price for this item is $179.99
  7. SanDisk - 256GB iXpand Phone Drive Luxe for iPhone Lightning and Type-C Devices - Black

    Storage Capacity:
    256GB
    Model: SDIX70N-256G-AN6NE
    SKU: 6459403
    Your price for this item is $66.99
    The previous price was $98.99
  8. SanDisk - Extreme Pro Portable 1TB External USB-C NVMe SSD - Black

    Storage Capacity:
    1000GB
    Model: SDSSDE81-1T00-G25
    SKU: 6427555
    Your price for this item is $112.99
    The previous price was $177.99
  9. Crucial - X9 Pro for Mac 2TB External USB-C SSD - Starlight

    Model: CT2000X9PROMACSSD9B
    SKU: 6562436
    Your price for this item is $169.99
    The previous price was $199.99
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  11. WD - My Passport Ultra for Mac 4TB External USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive - Silver

    Storage Capacity:
    4000GB
    Model: WDBPMV0040BSL-WESN
    SKU: 6290666
    Your price for this item is $134.99
  12. SanDisk Professional - PRO-G40 SSD 2TB External Thunderbolt 3 and USB-C NVMe Portable SSD - Black

    Storage Capacity:
    2000GB
    Model: SDPS31H-002T-GBCND
    SKU: 6530654
    Your price for this item is $248.99
    The previous price was $449.99
  13. LaCie - Rugged 1TB External USB-C, USB 3.1 Gen 1 Portable Hard Drive

    Model: STFR1000800
    SKU: 6299881
    Your price for this item is $84.99
  14. SanDisk Professional - G-DRIVE 22TB External USB-C 3.2 Gen2 Hard Drive - Black

    Storage Capacity:
    22000GB
    Model: SDPHF1A-022T-NBAAD
    SKU: 6530650
    Your price for this item is $599.99
    The previous price was $674.99
  15. Apple - Geek Squad Certified Refurbished AirPort® Time Capsule® 3TB Wireless Hard Drive & 802.11ac Wi-Fi Base Station - White

    Model: GSRF-ME182LL/A
    SKU: 4817800
    Your price for this item is $399.99
  16. New!Seagate - One Touch 2TB External USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive with Rescue Data Recovery Services - Black

    Your price for this item is $59.99
    The previous price was $89.99
  17. Apple - Geek Squad Certified Refurbished AirPort® Time Capsule® 2TB Wireless Hard Drive & 802.11ac Wi-Fi Base Station - White

    Model: GSRF-ME177LL/A
    SKU: 4818001
    Your price for this item is $299.99

Buying an Apple external hard drive.

Types of external disc drives for Macs.

An external hard drive offers convenience in a few important ways. It gives you a physical space to back up your files, making it a good way to protect your laptop’s information, especially any sensitive files that you do not want to back up online. You can also expand your Apple computer’s storage capacity with a handy Apple-compatible external drive. Plus, an external drive allows you to transfer large files to another computer with ease, even if you don’t have a Wi-Fi connection.

The main distinguishing features between types of external hard drive are the hardware of the drive (either a solid-state drive or a hard disk), the speed of the drive and the connector interface.

One of the most common interfaces is next-generation USB Type C technology. An external USB Type C drive can transfer at speeds 10 times faster than USB 2.0. For the very fastest speeds, however, and the ability to transfer audio and visual signals, you will want to look at an Apple external hard drive with Thunderbolt connector.

Finding the best external hard drive for Mac.

To find the best external hard drive for your Mac, you need to know how you will be using it. Will you be transferring large files that you don’t want to keep on your iPad or MacBook? Will you be playing audiovisual material off the drive? Will you be backing up files in the field, for instance, while filming with your DSLR or camcorder?

Most portable drives draw power from your computer. However, some larger ones need external power. For the latter, you will need access to an outlet. So, keep power sources in mind when choosing your drive. If you are working on the go, it can also be a good idea to carry a power pack to charge your electronics when batteries run low.

Once you have the best external solid-state drive or hard drive for you, take care of it by storing and transporting it properly. Fortunately, most drives fit easily in laptop backpacks. So, you can carry them without any additional hassle.

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