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Best Buy customers often prefer the following products when searching for external hard drives for mac mini.

External hard drives are a great way to store your data. They're portable, they're fast, and they're cheap. They're also easy to use, thanks to the USB connection. Browse the top-ranked list of external hard drives for Mac Minis below along with associated reviews and opinions.

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

    "Seagate is one of the only vendors authorized to make the Expansion Card for the Series X|S -- so if RUNNING games from additional storage is what you are after, make sure you get that drive. Storage here is fine. :) For me, I wanted to drive to connect to my M1 Mac Mini. ...Good storage drive...Holds most games minus the series s exclusive games realized that the hard way with Jedi survivor but if you're upgrading from the one series to this id recommend it over the twice expensive storage expansion"

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    Take control of your gaming experience with Game Drive for Xbox. Featuring up to 2TB of storage, this drive's slim and slick design complements Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, or any generation of Xbox One. Perfect for building up your Game Vault and taking it on-the-go.
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    "Seagate is one of the only vendors authorized to make the Expansion Card for the Series X|S -- so if RUNNING games from additional storage is what you are after, make sure you get that drive. Storage here is fine. :) For me, I wanted to drive to connect to my M1 Mac Mini. ...Good storage drive...Holds most games minus the series s exclusive games realized that the hard way with Jedi survivor but if you're upgrading from the one series to this id recommend it over the twice expensive storage expansion"

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    Take control of your gaming experience with Game Drive for Xbox. Featuring up to 2TB of storage, this drive's slim and slick design complements Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, or any generation of Xbox One. Perfect for building up your Game Vault and taking it on-the-go.
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  2. LG - 8x External USB 2.0 Double-Layer DVD±RW/±R/-RAM/CD-RW Drive - Black - Front_Zoom
    Top comment

    "A must-have Mac accessory...Works on PCs and Macs. I bought this to use with my Mac since they don't come with CD/DVD players anymore. ...LG External Hard Drive...Use the device as back-up for my computer hard drive. Using it every day...no issues with performance!"

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    Burn discs fast and efficiently with this LG external disc drive. A max 8x DVD+R write speed means you spend less time transferring files and more time enjoying your media, while compatibility with both iOS and Windows lets you use this drive with multiple computers. This LG external disc drive comes with a mini USB cable and needs no other power source.
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    "A must-have Mac accessory...Works on PCs and Macs. I bought this to use with my Mac since they don't come with CD/DVD players anymore. ...LG External Hard Drive...Use the device as back-up for my computer hard drive. Using it every day...no issues with performance!"

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    Burn discs fast and efficiently with this LG external disc drive. A max 8x DVD+R write speed means you spend less time transferring files and more time enjoying your media, while compatibility with both iOS and Windows lets you use this drive with multiple computers. This LG external disc drive comes with a mini USB cable and needs no other power source.
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  3. Crucial - X9 Pro 4TB External USB-C SSD - Space Gray - Front_Zoom
    Top comment

    "The best high capacity (4TB) external CRUCIAL SSD. It can copy from iPad, iPhone, MAC Book Air, MAC Book Pro, MAC Mini and iMAC. ...I used this SSD to increase capacity on a Mac Mini! It’s been smooth so far (45 days). No hiccups!"

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    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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    "The best high capacity (4TB) external CRUCIAL SSD. It can copy from iPad, iPhone, MAC Book Air, MAC Book Pro, MAC Mini and iMAC. ...I used this SSD to increase capacity on a Mac Mini! It’s been smooth so far (45 days). No hiccups!"

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    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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  4. Crucial - X10 Pro 2TB USB-C External SSD - Black - Front_Zoom

    Model: CT2000X10PROSSD9
    SKU: 6551159
    Top comment

    "Doing so was simple and fast on my Mac. Next, I began transferring files from my other hard drives so I could have everything on one drive. ...works good, use it on my Mac mini. super simple. takes up no desk space."

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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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    "Doing so was simple and fast on my Mac. Next, I began transferring files from my other hard drives so I could have everything on one drive. ...works good, use it on my Mac mini. super simple. takes up no desk space."

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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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  5. WD - Easystore 1TB External USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive - Black - Front_Zoom
    Top comment

    "Mac mini...Have had no problems since connected to my mac mini. Oh, and the price was "right"!"

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    Product Description

    Carry and preserve important files wherever you go with this Western Digital easystore portable hard drive. The 1TB capacity offers ample storage space for your files, while the USB interface ensures compatibility with a wide range of devices. This Western Digital easystore external hard drive has a compact profile for increased portability, and the included WD Discovery software makes backing up data easy.
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    Top comment

    "Mac mini...Have had no problems since connected to my mac mini. Oh, and the price was "right"!"

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    Product Description

    Carry and preserve important files wherever you go with this Western Digital easystore portable hard drive. The 1TB capacity offers ample storage space for your files, while the USB interface ensures compatibility with a wide range of devices. This Western Digital easystore external hard drive has a compact profile for increased portability, and the included WD Discovery software makes backing up data easy.
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  6. Seagate - One Touch with Password 2TB External USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive with Rescue Data Recovery Services - Black - Front_Zoom
    Top comment

    "Excellent external drive...All my Seagate external drives are good quality and work well....Performance with Mac mini...I haveonly had it a short while so cannot comment on longterm reliability for storage. Using with a Mac mini."

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    Product Description

    Store and access photos and files on the go with One Touch HDD with password activated hardware encryption. Quick plug-and-play USB 3.0 connectivity with Windows, Mac, Chromebook lets you consolidate files with a single click or schedule automatic daily, weekly, or monthly backups. Plus—organize your photos with a Mylio Photos complementary subscription and enjoy automatic backups with a Dropbox Backup Plan free trial.
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    "Excellent external drive...All my Seagate external drives are good quality and work well....Performance with Mac mini...I haveonly had it a short while so cannot comment on longterm reliability for storage. Using with a Mac mini."

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    Product Description

    Store and access photos and files on the go with One Touch HDD with password activated hardware encryption. Quick plug-and-play USB 3.0 connectivity with Windows, Mac, Chromebook lets you consolidate files with a single click or schedule automatic daily, weekly, or monthly backups. Plus—organize your photos with a Mylio Photos complementary subscription and enjoy automatic backups with a Dropbox Backup Plan free trial.
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  7. ASUS - ZenDrive 8x External DVD±RW/CD-RW Drive - Black - Front_Zoom
    Top comment

    "I recommend it to anyone who needs an external DVD/CDROM drive....External CD/DVD drive...Great cd/dvd external drive, fast and easy to use."

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    Product Description

    Enjoy playing audio CDs and multimedia from DVDs, burning discs, installing software and much more with ASUS ZenDrive V1M, the all-new, high-style external DVD drive and writer. Crafted with sleek, self-storing USB-C cable design, ZenDrive V1M is the perfect complement to the latest-generation ultraslim laptops – in the office or on the go.
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    Top comment

    "I recommend it to anyone who needs an external DVD/CDROM drive....External CD/DVD drive...Great cd/dvd external drive, fast and easy to use."

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    Product Description

    Enjoy playing audio CDs and multimedia from DVDs, burning discs, installing software and much more with ASUS ZenDrive V1M, the all-new, high-style external DVD drive and writer. Crafted with sleek, self-storing USB-C cable design, ZenDrive V1M is the perfect complement to the latest-generation ultraslim laptops – in the office or on the go.
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  8. Seagate - Expansion 8TB External USB 3.0 Desktop Hard Drive with Rescue Data Recovery Services - Black - Front_Zoom
    Top comment

    "Great external hard drive....This is a great external hard drive! It's very easy to use and worth the money!...Great portable drive. Use it on a Mac for video work. Absolutely recommend."

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    Product Description

    Ideal for the home, office, or dorm, Seagate Expansion desktop drive offers enormous desktop storage for photos, movies, music and more. Backing up and transferring content is incredibly easy — just drag and drop! To get set up, connect the USB hard drive to Windows or Mac — no software required. For Apple Time Machine, simply reformat. Included is an 18-inch USB 3.0 cable and 18W power adapter. Plus, Seagate Expansion comes with Rescue Data Recovery Services for additional peace of mind.
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    "Great external hard drive....This is a great external hard drive! It's very easy to use and worth the money!...Great portable drive. Use it on a Mac for video work. Absolutely recommend."

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    Product Description

    Ideal for the home, office, or dorm, Seagate Expansion desktop drive offers enormous desktop storage for photos, movies, music and more. Backing up and transferring content is incredibly easy — just drag and drop! To get set up, connect the USB hard drive to Windows or Mac — no software required. For Apple Time Machine, simply reformat. Included is an 18-inch USB 3.0 cable and 18W power adapter. Plus, Seagate Expansion comes with Rescue Data Recovery Services for additional peace of mind.
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  9. WD - My Passport Ultra for Mac 4TB External USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive - Silver - Front_Zoom
    Top comment

    "Works great with Mac mini...Just plugged it in and specified Time Machine to us it to back up my Mac mini....Good external drive, but unable use w/TimeMachine....Works fine as an external drive with a Mac Mini, however I was unable to set it up to work with the ThunderBolt for TimeMachine."

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    Product Description

    Access and save data quickly on this Western Digital My Passport Ultra drive for Mac. The hard drive uses USB 3.0 technology and USB-D connectivity to maximize plug-in options. Keep your files safe with the included security software, offering encryption and password protection. Its modern metal design complements your Mac, and out of the box, it’s formatted for macOS and Time Machine compatibility.
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    "Works great with Mac mini...Just plugged it in and specified Time Machine to us it to back up my Mac mini....Good external drive, but unable use w/TimeMachine....Works fine as an external drive with a Mac Mini, however I was unable to set it up to work with the ThunderBolt for TimeMachine."

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    Product Description

    Access and save data quickly on this Western Digital My Passport Ultra drive for Mac. The hard drive uses USB 3.0 technology and USB-D connectivity to maximize plug-in options. Keep your files safe with the included security software, offering encryption and password protection. Its modern metal design complements your Mac, and out of the box, it’s formatted for macOS and Time Machine compatibility.
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  10. WD - My Passport 1TB External USB Type-C Portable SSD - Space Gray - Front_Zoom
    Top comment

    "Fast reliable and affordable solution for storage with my new Mac mini. Was impressed with how fast it was able to copy data....Great on M1 Mac Mini...Using on an M1 Mac Mini to hold a large database. Speeds are as advertised and works great. "

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    Product Description

    Secure and store important files safely in this Western Digital My Passport SSD. The fast data transfer rates of up to 1,050MB/s lets you move large amounts of content swiftly, while the 256-bit AES hardware encryption offers secure password protection. This Western Digital My Passport SSD features a maximum capacity of 1TB to store pictures, videos and documents, and the drop-resistant construction absorbs a maximum of 6.5-foot drops for durability.
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    "Fast reliable and affordable solution for storage with my new Mac mini. Was impressed with how fast it was able to copy data....Great on M1 Mac Mini...Using on an M1 Mac Mini to hold a large database. Speeds are as advertised and works great. "

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    Product Description

    Secure and store important files safely in this Western Digital My Passport SSD. The fast data transfer rates of up to 1,050MB/s lets you move large amounts of content swiftly, while the 256-bit AES hardware encryption offers secure password protection. This Western Digital My Passport SSD features a maximum capacity of 1TB to store pictures, videos and documents, and the drop-resistant construction absorbs a maximum of 6.5-foot drops for durability.
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