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  1. Seagate - Darth Vader SE FireCuda 2TB External USB 3.2 Gen 1 Hard Drive with Red LED Lighting - Front_Zoom

    Seagate - Darth Vader SE FireCuda 2TB External USB 3.2 Gen 1 Hard Drive with Red LED Lighting

    Model: STKL2000411
    SKU: 6524848
    Your price for this item is $109.99
  2. SanDisk Professional - G-DRIVE 18TB External USB-C 3.2 Gen2 Hard Drive - Front_Zoom

    SanDisk Professional - G-DRIVE 18TB External USB-C 3.2 Gen2 Hard Drive

    Model: SDPHF1A-018T-NBAAD
    SKU: 6517102
    Your price for this item is $504.99
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  3. Seagate - One Touch Hub 8TB External USB-C and USB 3.0 Desktop Hard Drive with Rescue Data Recovery Services - Front_Zoom

    Seagate - One Touch Hub 8TB External USB-C and USB 3.0 Desktop Hard Drive with Rescue Data Recovery Services

    Model: STLC8000400
    SKU: 6492545
    Your price for this item is $169.99
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  4. Seagate - Star Wars SE Beskar Ingot Drive FireCuda 2TB External USB 3.2 Gen 1 Hard Drive with RGB LED Lighting - Front_Zoom

    Seagate - Star Wars SE Beskar Ingot Drive FireCuda 2TB External USB 3.2 Gen 1 Hard Drive with RGB LED Lighting

    Model: STKL2000403
    SKU: 6495351
    Your price for this item is $89.99
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  5. WD - My Cloud Home Duo 2-Bay 12TB Personal Cloud - White - Front_Zoom

    WD - My Cloud Home Duo 2-Bay 12TB Personal Cloud - White

    Model: WDBMUT0120JWT-NESN
    SKU: 5990205
    Your price for this item is $429.99
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    The previous price was $549.99
  6. LaCie - Rugged Mini 1TB External USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive with Rescue Data Recovery Services - Orange/Silver - Front_Zoom

    LaCie - Rugged Mini 1TB External USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive with Rescue Data Recovery Services - Orange/Silver

    Storage Capacity:
    1000GB
    Model: LAC301558
    SKU: 3764784
    Your price for this item is $79.99
  7. SanDisk Professional - G-DRIVE 22TB External USB-C Hard Drive - Front_Zoom

    New!SanDisk Professional - G-DRIVE 22TB External USB-C Hard Drive

    Model: SDPHF1A-022T-NBAAD
    SKU: 6530650

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    Your price for this item is $629.99
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  9. Seagate - Backup Plus Slim 2TB External USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive - Light Blue - Front_Zoom

    Seagate - Backup Plus Slim 2TB External USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive - Light Blue

    Your price for this item is $82.49
  10. Seagate - Backup Plus 5TB External USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive - Red - Front_Zoom

    Seagate - Backup Plus 5TB External USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive - Red

    Your price for this item is $134.99
  11. SanDisk Professional - G-DRIVE 12TB External USB-C 3.2 Gen2 Hard Drive - Front_Zoom

    SanDisk Professional - G-DRIVE 12TB External USB-C 3.2 Gen2 Hard Drive

    Model: SDPHF1A-012T-NBAAD
    SKU: 6517092
    Your price for this item is $359.99
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    The previous price was $379.99
  12. Seagate - One Touch 5TB External USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive with Rescue Data Recovery Services - Front_Zoom

    Seagate - One Touch 5TB External USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive with Rescue Data Recovery Services

    Model: STKC5000400
    SKU: 6439180
    Your price for this item is $119.99
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  13. 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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  14. Seagate - One Touch 1TB External USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive with Rescue Data Recovery Services - Space Gray - Front_Zoom

    Seagate - One Touch 1TB External USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive with Rescue Data Recovery Services - Space Gray

    Storage Capacity:
    1000GB
    Model: STKB1000404
    SKU: 6451355
    Your price for this item is $54.99
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    The previous price was $62.49
  15. Seagate - Backup Plus 4TB External USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive - Black - Front_Zoom

    Seagate - Backup Plus 4TB External USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive - Black

    Model: STHP4000600
    SKU: 6529321

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    Your price for this item is $119.99
  16. Seagate - Boba Fett Drive SE FireCuda 2TB External USB 3.2 Gen 1 Hard Drive Officially-Licensed with Red LED Lighting - Front_Zoom

    Seagate - Boba Fett Drive SE FireCuda 2TB External USB 3.2 Gen 1 Hard Drive Officially-Licensed with Red LED Lighting

    Model: STKL2000406
    SKU: 6505760
    Your price for this item is $98.99
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  17. LaCie - Mobile Drive 4TB External USB 3.1 Gen 2 Portable Hard Drive - Silver Moon - Front_Zoom

    LaCie - Mobile Drive 4TB External USB 3.1 Gen 2 Portable Hard Drive - Silver Moon

    Model: STHG4000400
    SKU: 6335595
    Your price for this item is $119.99
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  18. 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

    Model: STHA4000800
    SKU: 6383496
    Your price for this item is $184.99
  19. iStorage - diskAshur PRO² 5TB External USB 3.2 Gen 1 Portable Secure Hard Drive with Hardware Encryption - Black - Front_Zoom

    iStorage - diskAshur PRO² 5TB External USB 3.2 Gen 1 Portable Secure Hard Drive with Hardware Encryption - Black

    Storage Capacity:
    5000GB
    Model: IS-DAP2-256-5000-C-X
    SKU: 6511547

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    Your price for this item is $418.99

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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