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  1. SanDisk - Extreme Portable 2TB External USB-C NVMe Solid State Drive - Front_Zoom

    SanDisk - Extreme Portable 2TB External USB-C NVMe Solid State Drive

    Storage Capacity:
    2000GB
    Model: SDSSDE61-2T00-G25
    SKU: 6427551
    Your price for this item is $234.99
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  2. WD - Easystore 1TB External USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive - Black - Front_Zoom

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

    Storage Capacity:
    1000GB
    Model: WDBAJN0010BBK-WESN
    SKU: 6406515
    Your price for this item is $47.99
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  3. LaCie - Rugged 5TB External USB-C, USB 3.1 Gen 1 Portable Hard Drive - Orange/Silver - Angle_Zoom

    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 $169.99
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  4. Seagate - Expansion 1TB External USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive with Rescue Data Recovery Services - Black - Front_Zoom

    Seagate - Expansion 1TB External USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive with Rescue Data Recovery Services - Black

    Storage Capacity:
    1000GB
    Model: STKM1000400
    SKU: 6461965
    Your price for this item is $49.99
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  5. WD - My Passport for Mac 2TB External USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive - Blue - Front_Zoom

    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 $74.99
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  6. WD - My Book 8TB External USB 3.0 Hard Drive - Black - Angle_Zoom

    WD - My Book 8TB External USB 3.0 Hard Drive - Black

    Storage Capacity:
    8000GB
    Model: WDBBGB0080HBK-NESN
    SKU: 5605510
    Your price for this item is $184.99
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  7. SanDisk Professional - G-DRIVE 2TB External USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C (NVMe) Portable SSD - Front_Zoom

    SanDisk Professional - G-DRIVE 2TB External USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C (NVMe) Portable SSD

    Storage Capacity:
    2000GB
    Model: SDPS11A-002T-GBANB
    SKU: 6467103
    Your price for this item is $259.99
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  8. 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 $89.99
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  9. SanDisk Professional - G-DRIVE 6TB External USB-C Hard Drive - Space Gray - Front_Zoom

    SanDisk Professional - G-DRIVE 6TB External USB-C Hard Drive - Space Gray

    Storage Capacity:
    6000GB
    Model: SDPH91G-006T-NBAAD
    SKU: 6469295
    Your price for this item is $209.99
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  11. WD - My Passport Ultra for Mac 4TB External USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive - Silver - Front_Zoom

    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 $124.99
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  12. SanDisk - Extreme Pro Portable 1TB External USB-C NVMe Solid State Drive - Front_Zoom

    SanDisk - Extreme Pro Portable 1TB External USB-C NVMe Solid State Drive

    Storage Capacity:
    1000GB
    Model: SDSSDE81-1T00-G25
    SKU: 6427555
    Your price for this item is $199.99
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  13. 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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  14. 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 $66.99
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  15. LaCie - d2 Professional 4TB External Thunderbolt 3 USB-C Hard Drive with Rescue Data Recovery Services - Front_Zoom

    LaCie - d2 Professional 4TB External Thunderbolt 3 USB-C Hard Drive with Rescue Data Recovery Services

    Storage Capacity:
    4000GB
    Model: STHA4000800
    SKU: 6383496

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    Your price for this item is $184.99
  16. Seagate - Backup Plus Ultra Touch 1TB External USB-C/USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive with Hardware Encryption - Black - Front_Zoom

    Seagate - Backup Plus Ultra Touch 1TB External USB-C/USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive with Hardware Encryption - Black

    Storage Capacity:
    1000GB
    Model: STHH1000400
    SKU: 6344166
    Your price for this item is $64.99
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  17. SanDisk Professional - G-DRIVE PRO 6TB External Thunderbolt 3 and USB-C Hard Drive - Space Gray - Front_Zoom

    SanDisk Professional - G-DRIVE PRO 6TB External Thunderbolt 3 and USB-C Hard Drive - Space Gray

    Storage Capacity:
    6000GB
    Model: SDPH51J-006T-NBAAD
    SKU: 6469520
    Your price for this item is $349.99
  18. LaCie - 1TB External USB-C, USB 3.2 Gen 2 Portable SSD with Rescue Data Recovery Services - Front_Zoom

    LaCie - 1TB External USB-C, USB 3.2 Gen 2 Portable SSD with Rescue Data Recovery Services

    Storage Capacity:
    1000GB
    Model: STKS1000400
    SKU: 6488045
    Your price for this item is $139.99
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  19. G-Technology - G-DRIVE Mobile R-Series 500GB External USB 3.1 Gen 2 Portable SSD - Black/Silver - Front_Zoom

    G-Technology - G-DRIVE Mobile R-Series 500GB External USB 3.1 Gen 2 Portable SSD - Black/Silver

    Storage Capacity:
    500GB
    Model: 0G06052
    SKU: 6253718
    Your price for this item is $70.99
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Buying external hard drives for Apple products.

Types of external hard drives for Mac.

Easily expand your storage capacity with a handy external drive for Mac that allows you to quickly create a file backup solution or offload batches of files for simple transfer to another computer. You’ll find desktop and portable external hard drives. Typically you’ll get more capacity for the price with desktop external hard drives for Mac, which you can store on computer desks. A portable drive draws power from your computer, so you won’t need a power outlet, plus these drives easily fit in laptop backpacks.

Connecting an external hard drive to an Apple computer.

One of the most common interfaces is next-generation USB 3.0 technology. When the drive and the Mac support USB 3.0, speeds can be 10 times faster than USB 2.0. Available through a USB Type-C connection, USB 3.1 enables data transfer speeds double USB 3.0. Developed by Intel in collaboration with Apple, Thunderbolt technology transmits data and display signals in both directions at the same time using the same cable. The original Thunderbolt port reaches transfer speeds up to 10 Gbps. Thunderbolt 2 enables transfer rates up to 20 Gbps. Thunderbolt 3, however, plugs into a USB-C connection type and supports transfer speeds 20 Gbps to 40 Gbps depending on the cable used.

What’s the best external drive for Mac for your data storage needs. 


To find your best external hard drive for Mac, you’ll want to decide how quickly you want to save and retrieve data. Consider how you’ll be saving and transferring files, such as photos, videos, files from tablets, files from PC laptops, or photos from top-rated cell phones. Drive speed is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm), based on how fast the drive can spin. Most portable hard drives run at 5400 rpm. This reduced power draw helps preserve the battery life of the Mac you plug the drive into. Desktop external hard drives usually run at 7200 rpm to offer all the speed they can. 

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