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Best Buy customers often prefer the following products when searching for external drives for video editing.

If you're a video editor, you'll need a place to store all those gigabytes of footage, and an external hard drive is the most economical way to do it. But which one? There are many different types of drives out there, and they vary in capacity, speed, and price. Browse the top-ranked list of external drives for video editing below along with associated reviews and opinions.

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  1. Crucial - X10 Pro 4TB USB-C External SSD - Black - Front_Zoom

    Model: CT4000X10PROSSD9
    SKU: 6551162
    Top comment

    "Fast External Backups...I was using a 3.5 HDD as my external backup due to cost and long term reliability. ...Good drive!...Very happy with it as a work drive for video editing in Adobe Premiere. Had one issue though. "

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    Product Description

    Elevate your video editing experience with the Crucial X10 Pro SSD: the portable drive that packs a palm-sized punch. With sequential read and write speeds up to 2,100/2,000MB/s and 4TB of space, your X10 Pro can connect directly to your laptop or workstation via a convenient USB-C cable. Blaze through your multi-cam timeline and even edit, trim, and render directly from the drive. The Crucial X10 Pro works with Windows, Mac, Android devices, and more. Featuring Micron TLC NAND plus water and dust resistance (IP55), the Crucial X10 Pro is the perfect partner in the studio or in the field, giving you the raw performance, lasting durability, and generous capacity you need.
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    "Fast External Backups...I was using a 3.5 HDD as my external backup due to cost and long term reliability. ...Good drive!...Very happy with it as a work drive for video editing in Adobe Premiere. Had one issue though. "

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    Product Description

    Elevate your video editing experience with the Crucial X10 Pro SSD: the portable drive that packs a palm-sized punch. With sequential read and write speeds up to 2,100/2,000MB/s and 4TB of space, your X10 Pro can connect directly to your laptop or workstation via a convenient USB-C cable. Blaze through your multi-cam timeline and even edit, trim, and render directly from the drive. The Crucial X10 Pro works with Windows, Mac, Android devices, and more. Featuring Micron TLC NAND plus water and dust resistance (IP55), the Crucial X10 Pro is the perfect partner in the studio or in the field, giving you the raw performance, lasting durability, and generous capacity you need.
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  2. Crucial - X9 Pro 1TB External USB-C SSD - Space Gray - Front_Zoom
    Top comment

    "Great For Video Editors...These drives are working great for sourcing high data rate video files for editing....Really fast SSD. I use it for video editing and the render times are better than my macbooks internal drive"

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    Product Description

    Accelerate your workflow with the powerful performance of the Crucial X9 Pro Portable SSD. With read and write speeds up to 1,050MB/s and 1TB of capacity, the X9 Pro has space for thousands of photos, files, and videos along with the speed you need to organize, curate, edit and retouch your portfolio quickly, supporting whatever you do in Adobe Lightroom. The Crucial X9 Pro is plug-and-play ready with a USB-C connection, and works with Windows, Mac, Android, and more. Featuring Micron TLC NAND and water and dust resistance (IP55), the Crucial X9 Pro is designed for durability and style in the studio, in the field, or wherever you roam.
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    "Great For Video Editors...These drives are working great for sourcing high data rate video files for editing....Really fast SSD. I use it for video editing and the render times are better than my macbooks internal drive"

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    Product Description

    Accelerate your workflow with the powerful performance of the Crucial X9 Pro Portable SSD. With read and write speeds up to 1,050MB/s and 1TB of capacity, the X9 Pro has space for thousands of photos, files, and videos along with the speed you need to organize, curate, edit and retouch your portfolio quickly, supporting whatever you do in Adobe Lightroom. The Crucial X9 Pro is plug-and-play ready with a USB-C connection, and works with Windows, Mac, Android, and more. Featuring Micron TLC NAND and water and dust resistance (IP55), the Crucial X9 Pro is designed for durability and style in the studio, in the field, or wherever you roam.
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  3. Crucial - X10 Pro 1TB USB-C External SSD - Black - Front_Zoom

    Model: CT1000X10PROSSD9
    SKU: 6551161
    Top comment

    "If you’re looking for a jump drive to securely store your photos or videos,, This drive is super fast with right speed 2000 Mbs and read speed 2100 MBs and I love the simple design . ...I use it with my MBA M3 to transfer all of my videos and photos from my desktop. I love the small size. "

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    Product Description

    Elevate your video editing experience with the Crucial X10 Pro SSD: the portable drive that packs a palm-sized punch. With sequential read and write speeds up to 2,100/2,000MB/s and 1TB of space, your X10 Pro can connect directly to your laptop or workstation via a convenient USB-C cable. Blaze through your multi-cam timeline and even edit, trim, and render directly from the drive. The Crucial X10 Pro works with Windows, Mac, Android devices, and more. Featuring Micron TLC NAND plus water and dust resistance (IP55), the Crucial X10 Pro is the perfect partner in the studio or in the field, giving you the raw performance, lasting durability, and generous capacity you need.
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    Top comment

    "If you’re looking for a jump drive to securely store your photos or videos,, This drive is super fast with right speed 2000 Mbs and read speed 2100 MBs and I love the simple design . ...I use it with my MBA M3 to transfer all of my videos and photos from my desktop. I love the small size. "

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    Product Description

    Elevate your video editing experience with the Crucial X10 Pro SSD: the portable drive that packs a palm-sized punch. With sequential read and write speeds up to 2,100/2,000MB/s and 1TB of space, your X10 Pro can connect directly to your laptop or workstation via a convenient USB-C cable. Blaze through your multi-cam timeline and even edit, trim, and render directly from the drive. The Crucial X10 Pro works with Windows, Mac, Android devices, and more. Featuring Micron TLC NAND plus water and dust resistance (IP55), the Crucial X10 Pro is the perfect partner in the studio or in the field, giving you the raw performance, lasting durability, and generous capacity you need.
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  4. Crucial - X9 Pro 4TB External USB-C SSD - Space Gray - Front_Zoom
    Top comment

    "It is a “mighty” little external drive!...Very nice little external drive! But don’t let its diminutive size fool you. ...I bought this to use as active/working storage for photography and videography editing. Copying large files over from my SD card to this SSD is absolutely seamless, and there has not been a single disruption or slowdown during my editing process. "

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    Product Description

    Accelerate your workflow with the powerful performance of the Crucial X9 Pro Portable SSD. With read and write speeds up to 1,050MB/s and 4TB of capacity, the X9 Pro has space for thousands of photos, files, and videos along with the speed you need to organize, curate, edit and retouch your portfolio quickly, supporting whatever you do in Adobe Lightroom. The Crucial X9 Pro is plug-and-play ready with a USB-C connection, and works with Windows, Mac, Android, and more. Featuring Micron TLC NAND and water and dust resistance (IP55), the Crucial X9 Pro is designed for durability and style in the studio, in the field, or wherever you roam.
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    Top comment

    "It is a “mighty” little external drive!...Very nice little external drive! But don’t let its diminutive size fool you. ...I bought this to use as active/working storage for photography and videography editing. Copying large files over from my SD card to this SSD is absolutely seamless, and there has not been a single disruption or slowdown during my editing process. "

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    Product Description

    Accelerate your workflow with the powerful performance of the Crucial X9 Pro Portable SSD. With read and write speeds up to 1,050MB/s and 4TB of capacity, the X9 Pro has space for thousands of photos, files, and videos along with the speed you need to organize, curate, edit and retouch your portfolio quickly, supporting whatever you do in Adobe Lightroom. The Crucial X9 Pro is plug-and-play ready with a USB-C connection, and works with Windows, Mac, Android, and more. Featuring Micron TLC NAND and water and dust resistance (IP55), the Crucial X9 Pro is designed for durability and style in the studio, in the field, or wherever you roam.
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  5. Crucial - X10 Pro 2TB USB-C External SSD - Black - Front_Zoom

    Model: CT2000X10PROSSD9
    SKU: 6551159
    Top comment

    "Exceptional for the size of this product, I'm using it for, among other data, for video, which transfers very quickly and then will stream perfectly, directly from the external drive. ...Not sure if it was the video editing program, the laptop or the drive and I did not wait too long to see if it would catch up. "

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    Product Description

    Elevate your video editing experience with the Crucial X10 Pro SSD: the portable drive that packs a palm-sized punch. With sequential read and write speeds up to 2,100/2,000MB/s and 2TB of space, your X10 Pro can connect directly to your laptop or workstation via a convenient USB-C cable. Blaze through your multi-cam timeline and even edit, trim, and render directly from the drive. The Crucial X10 Pro works with Windows, Mac, Android devices, and more. Featuring Micron TLC NAND plus water and dust resistance (IP55), the Crucial X10 Pro is the perfect partner in the studio or in the field, giving you the raw performance, lasting durability, and generous capacity you need.
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    Top comment

    "Exceptional for the size of this product, I'm using it for, among other data, for video, which transfers very quickly and then will stream perfectly, directly from the external drive. ...Not sure if it was the video editing program, the laptop or the drive and I did not wait too long to see if it would catch up. "

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    Product Description

    Elevate your video editing experience with the Crucial X10 Pro SSD: the portable drive that packs a palm-sized punch. With sequential read and write speeds up to 2,100/2,000MB/s and 2TB of space, your X10 Pro can connect directly to your laptop or workstation via a convenient USB-C cable. Blaze through your multi-cam timeline and even edit, trim, and render directly from the drive. The Crucial X10 Pro works with Windows, Mac, Android devices, and more. Featuring Micron TLC NAND plus water and dust resistance (IP55), the Crucial X10 Pro is the perfect partner in the studio or in the field, giving you the raw performance, lasting durability, and generous capacity you need.
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  6. Crucial - X9 Pro 2TB External USB-C SSD - Space Gray - Front_Zoom
    Top comment

    "This is extremely fast. I also stored some videos on the X9 and used it as a primary source for video editing, and there weren’t any hiccups in that area either. ...I've been relying on the Crucial X9 Pro to handle my video editing file backups, and I must say it's been a worthy investment. "

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    Product Description

    Accelerate your workflow with the powerful performance of the Crucial X9 Pro Portable SSD. With read and write speeds up to 1,050MB/s and 2TB of capacity, the X9 Pro has space for thousands of photos, files, and videos along with the speed you need to organize, curate, edit and retouch your portfolio quickly, supporting whatever you do in Adobe Lightroom. The Crucial X9 Pro is plug-and-play ready with a USB-C connection, and works with Windows, Mac, Android, and more. Featuring Micron TLC NAND and water and dust resistance (IP55), the Crucial X9 Pro is designed for durability and style in the studio, in the field, or wherever you roam.
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    Top comment

    "This is extremely fast. I also stored some videos on the X9 and used it as a primary source for video editing, and there weren’t any hiccups in that area either. ...I've been relying on the Crucial X9 Pro to handle my video editing file backups, and I must say it's been a worthy investment. "

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    Product Description

    Accelerate your workflow with the powerful performance of the Crucial X9 Pro Portable SSD. With read and write speeds up to 1,050MB/s and 2TB of capacity, the X9 Pro has space for thousands of photos, files, and videos along with the speed you need to organize, curate, edit and retouch your portfolio quickly, supporting whatever you do in Adobe Lightroom. The Crucial X9 Pro is plug-and-play ready with a USB-C connection, and works with Windows, Mac, Android, and more. Featuring Micron TLC NAND and water and dust resistance (IP55), the Crucial X9 Pro is designed for durability and style in the studio, in the field, or wherever you roam.
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  7. Samsung - Geek Squad Certified Refurbished T7 Shield 2TB External USB 3.2 Gen 2 Rugged SSD IP65 Water Resistant - Black - Front_Zoom
    Top comment

    "The ruggedness of this SSD drives makes me confident to throw it in a bag. Not to say the typical drive isn't built well, but the additional texture /protection on this drive gives me piece of mind that it won't be crushed. ...Awesome portable drive! Super fast and rugged looking. . I use it exclusively for editing & transferring videos on an iPad Pro (with measly 256gb internal) and it is fast enough to edit the 4k video files directly from the drive itself. "

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    "The ruggedness of this SSD drives makes me confident to throw it in a bag. Not to say the typical drive isn't built well, but the additional texture /protection on this drive gives me piece of mind that it won't be crushed. ...Awesome portable drive! Super fast and rugged looking. . I use it exclusively for editing & transferring videos on an iPad Pro (with measly 256gb internal) and it is fast enough to edit the 4k video files directly from the drive itself. "

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

    "Good hard drive...I like that it's so portable, but I don't like how slow it is. Not great for video editing, but slow storage. If you have the patience of a sloth, this data drive is for you....Lacie 2TB External Drive as Backup Drive...I am using this drive for TimeMachine backups on a MacBook Air. It works quickly and quietly."

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    Product Description

    LaCie Mobile Drive is the nexus of portability and capacity. Encased in a sleek Neil Poulton design, each drive is constructed using post-consumer recycled materials. Works with PC, Mac, and iPad USB-C, just plug-in and go. One-click or automatic backup makes file storage extra smooth, plus up to 2TB of capacity makes plenty of room for photos, playlists, docs, and more.
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    "Good hard drive...I like that it's so portable, but I don't like how slow it is. Not great for video editing, but slow storage. If you have the patience of a sloth, this data drive is for you....Lacie 2TB External Drive as Backup Drive...I am using this drive for TimeMachine backups on a MacBook Air. It works quickly and quietly."

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    Product Description

    LaCie Mobile Drive is the nexus of portability and capacity. Encased in a sleek Neil Poulton design, each drive is constructed using post-consumer recycled materials. Works with PC, Mac, and iPad USB-C, just plug-in and go. One-click or automatic backup makes file storage extra smooth, plus up to 2TB of capacity makes plenty of room for photos, playlists, docs, and more.
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  9. WD - easystore 20TB External USB 3.0 Hard Drive - Black - Front_Zoom

    Model: WDBAMA0200HBK-NESN
    SKU: 6500985
    Top comment

    "This external Hd was a steal of a price … needed for lots of videos...Best external drive...Love the western digital drives! They age much better than other external drives!"

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    Product Description

    Back up important files securely with this black WD easystore desktop hard drive. The 20TB capacity provides ample space for archives and videos, while the USB 3.0 connectivity provides broad compatibility with most Windows and Mac devices. This WD easystore desktop hard drive features plug-and-play functionality for a quick, simple setup.
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    Top comment

    "This external Hd was a steal of a price … needed for lots of videos...Best external drive...Love the western digital drives! They age much better than other external drives!"

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    Product Description

    Back up important files securely with this black WD easystore desktop hard drive. The 20TB capacity provides ample space for archives and videos, while the USB 3.0 connectivity provides broad compatibility with most Windows and Mac devices. This WD easystore desktop hard drive features plug-and-play functionality for a quick, simple setup.
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  10. WD - D30 2TB Game Drive for PlayStation and Xbox External USB Type-C Portable SSD - Black - Front_Zoom
    Top comment

    "Great drive...I used this for video editing and so far I love it! It has the speed I need for editing 4K Raw footage in Davinci Resolve....I load straight from the sd card onto this external drive so the data never gets a saved on the external drive. "

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    Product Description

    Equip your PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X/S console with this Western Digital WD_BLACK D30 game drive SSD. Speeds of up to 900 MB/sec. improve load times, while the 2TB capacity provides ample room for your gaming collection. This Western Digital WD_BLACK D30 game drive SSD features a USB Type-C interface for ultra-fast file transfer.
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    Top comment

    "Great drive...I used this for video editing and so far I love it! It has the speed I need for editing 4K Raw footage in Davinci Resolve....I load straight from the sd card onto this external drive so the data never gets a saved on the external drive. "

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    Product Description

    Equip your PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X/S console with this Western Digital WD_BLACK D30 game drive SSD. Speeds of up to 900 MB/sec. improve load times, while the 2TB capacity provides ample room for your gaming collection. This Western Digital WD_BLACK D30 game drive SSD features a USB Type-C interface for ultra-fast file transfer.
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