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

The best external hard drives are the ones that plug into your computer and work without any fuss. They're easy to set up, don't require a lot of space on your desk and they can back up all your data and files in a pinch. Browse the top-ranked list of fastest external drives below along with associated reviews and opinions.

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  1. Crucial - X9 Pro 2TB External USB-C SSD - Space Gray - Front_Zoom
    Top comment

    "For PC and Mac, it’s not the fastest but it works as intended....Small but mighty external hard drive...Seems well built and like the small size of this external hard drive. Works great with my Mac MacBook."

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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 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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    "For PC and Mac, it’s not the fastest but it works as intended....Small but mighty external hard drive...Seems well built and like the small size of this external hard drive. Works great with my Mac MacBook."

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

    "Portable hard drive...Excellent portable external hard drive. Never had any problems with Western Digital drives....Fastest way to transfer data...This little external hard drive made transferring my old data to the new computer a breeze. "

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    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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    "Portable hard drive...Excellent portable external hard drive. Never had any problems with Western Digital drives....Fastest way to transfer data...This little external hard drive made transferring my old data to the new computer a breeze. "

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

    Model: CT2000X10PROSSD9
    SKU: 6551159
    Top comment

    "Powerful little drive!...This is the fastest and slimmest External drive I've owned with this much capacity. ...Light Weight SSD portable drive!!...Convenient and Portable to carry as pen drives. Lightning speed in transferring files."

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    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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    "Powerful little drive!...This is the fastest and slimmest External drive I've owned with this much capacity. ...Light Weight SSD portable drive!!...Convenient and Portable to carry as pen drives. Lightning speed in transferring files."

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    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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  4. Samsung - Geek Squad Certified Refurbished T7 Shield 4TB External USB 3.2 Gen 2 Rugged SSD IP65 Water Resistant - Black - Front_Zoom
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    "Samsung - T7 Shield 4TB External USB 3.2 Gen 2 SSD...Great Product Super Fast SSD Hard Drive Great Value...This might just be about the fastest shared access drive that I have experienced when connected directly into our home router. "

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    Samsung T7 Shield 4TB, Portable SSD, up to 1050 MB/S, USB 3.2 Gen2, Rugged, IP65 Water & Dust resistance for Photographers, Content Creators, and Gaming, External Solid State Drive, Black. High performance on-the-go, with rugged durability IP65 rating for water and dust resistance, with Dynamic Thermal Guard to control heat.

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    "Samsung - T7 Shield 4TB External USB 3.2 Gen 2 SSD...Great Product Super Fast SSD Hard Drive Great Value...This might just be about the fastest shared access drive that I have experienced when connected directly into our home router. "

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    Samsung T7 Shield 4TB, Portable SSD, up to 1050 MB/S, USB 3.2 Gen2, Rugged, IP65 Water & Dust resistance for Photographers, Content Creators, and Gaming, External Solid State Drive, Black. High performance on-the-go, with rugged durability IP65 rating for water and dust resistance, with Dynamic Thermal Guard to control heat.

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  5. WD - My Passport 1TB External USB Type-C Portable SSD - Space Gray - Front_Zoom
    Top comment

    "backup drive...Fast, reliable backup. Fastest backup I have ever seen....Great external solid state drive....Solid state is the way to go. This drive is so much more compact than the usual WD external drives I have gotten in the past. "

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    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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    "backup drive...Fast, reliable backup. Fastest backup I have ever seen....Great external solid state drive....Solid state is the way to go. This drive is so much more compact than the usual WD external drives I have gotten in the past. "

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    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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  6. Seagate - Game Drive for Xbox 8TB External USB 3.2 Gen 1 Desktop Hard Drive with Certified Xbox Green LED Lighting - Black - Front_Zoom
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    "8tb Xbox External Drive...I'll download it on my console with the fastest speed copy the game to the hard drive (faster than downloading) plug the external into the series s and move the game from the external to the series s takes about 5 minutes to port 75 gig games this way instead of 15 minutes each system or longer!"

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    Immerse yourself in the game with Game Drive Hub for Xbox. Build a premium Game Vault with 8TB of storage, while the bold design of the hub complements your whole Xbox gaming station. The built-in LED light bar illuminates your gaming center in Xbox green, while dual front-facing USB-C and USB-A ports keep all your essentials charged and ready to rock.
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    "8tb Xbox External Drive...I'll download it on my console with the fastest speed copy the game to the hard drive (faster than downloading) plug the external into the series s and move the game from the external to the series s takes about 5 minutes to port 75 gig games this way instead of 15 minutes each system or longer!"

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    Product Description

    Immerse yourself in the game with Game Drive Hub for Xbox. Build a premium Game Vault with 8TB of storage, while the bold design of the hub complements your whole Xbox gaming station. The built-in LED light bar illuminates your gaming center in Xbox green, while dual front-facing USB-C and USB-A ports keep all your essentials charged and ready to rock.
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  7. Samsung - Geek Squad Certified Refurbished T7 2TB External USB 3.2 Gen 2 Portable SSD with Hardware Encryption - Titan Gray - Front_Zoom
    Top comment

    "It works great on all my machines. It is not the fastest SSD I have but it is the MOST portable and convenient. ...Samsung External SSD Hard Drive...Small drive, large storage, very fast. I highly recommend it."

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    Get a secure storage solution for your files with this refurbished gray Samsung T7 2TB portable SSD. The shock-resistant aluminum casing reduces the risk of data loss when dropped, while read/write speeds of up to 1050/1000MB/sec. create high-performance storage. This Samsung T7 2TB portable SSD features AES 256-bit encryption for secure access.

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    Top comment

    "It works great on all my machines. It is not the fastest SSD I have but it is the MOST portable and convenient. ...Samsung External SSD Hard Drive...Small drive, large storage, very fast. I highly recommend it."

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    Get a secure storage solution for your files with this refurbished gray Samsung T7 2TB portable SSD. The shock-resistant aluminum casing reduces the risk of data loss when dropped, while read/write speeds of up to 1050/1000MB/sec. create high-performance storage. This Samsung T7 2TB portable SSD features AES 256-bit encryption for secure access.

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  8. Samsung - T7 2TB External USB 3.2 Gen 2 Portable SSD with Hardware Encryption - Metallic Red - Front_Zoom
    Top comment

    "External hard drive...Great external hard drive. Bought for my ps5 , very fast...Excellent Drive - use the right port!...If you plug this into an older USB-A port, you will get about 40 MB/s - it's not the drive, it's the port! Most USB-C ports are going to give you the fastest speeds. "

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    Product Description

    Store critical files, media library and projects with this Samsung T7 2TB portable solid state drive. The USB 3.2 interface allows lightning-fast data transfers, while the sturdy metal framework offers durability and impact resistance. Secure your data with the AES-256 bit encryption. This Samsung T7 2TB portable solid state drive has an advanced thermal solution for optimized temperature management.
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    "External hard drive...Great external hard drive. Bought for my ps5 , very fast...Excellent Drive - use the right port!...If you plug this into an older USB-A port, you will get about 40 MB/s - it's not the drive, it's the port! Most USB-C ports are going to give you the fastest speeds. "

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    Store critical files, media library and projects with this Samsung T7 2TB portable solid state drive. The USB 3.2 interface allows lightning-fast data transfers, while the sturdy metal framework offers durability and impact resistance. Secure your data with the AES-256 bit encryption. This Samsung T7 2TB portable solid state drive has an advanced thermal solution for optimized temperature management.
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  9. Samsung - T7 Shield 1TB, External USB 3.2 Gen 2 Rugged SSD IP65 Water Resistant - Black - Front_Zoom
    Top comment

    "Cannot believe the compact size- beats the old external hard drives! Terrific space saver! Works get! ...Good external SSD...So far, so good. Using this external drive for VMs with an Intel based MacBook Pro. "

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    Product Description

    Samsung T7 Shield 1TB, Portable SSD, up to 1050 MB/S, USB 3.2 Gen2, Rugged, IP65 Rated, for Photographers, Content Creators, and Gaming, External Solid State Drive, Black.
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    "Cannot believe the compact size- beats the old external hard drives! Terrific space saver! Works get! ...Good external SSD...So far, so good. Using this external drive for VMs with an Intel based MacBook Pro. "

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    Product Description

    Samsung T7 Shield 1TB, Portable SSD, up to 1050 MB/S, USB 3.2 Gen2, Rugged, IP65 Rated, for Photographers, Content Creators, and Gaming, External Solid State Drive, Black.
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  10. Samsung - T7 Shield 1TB External USB 3.2 Gen 2 Rugged SSD IP65 Water Resistant - Beige - Front_Zoom
    Top comment

    "I still have a T5 500gb from that still works but ran out of space. These drives are the fastest and very reliable....Computers I've owned in the past turned out to tend to have Samsung hard drives in them. When it came time to make certain of data backup with an external hard drive I therefore thought of Samsung. "

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    Samsung T7 Shield 1TB, Portable SSD, up to 1050 MB/S, USB 3.2 Gen2, Rugged, IP65 Rated, for Photographers, Content Creators, and Gaming, External Solid State Drive, Beige.
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    "I still have a T5 500gb from that still works but ran out of space. These drives are the fastest and very reliable....Computers I've owned in the past turned out to tend to have Samsung hard drives in them. When it came time to make certain of data backup with an external hard drive I therefore thought of Samsung. "

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    Product Description

    Samsung T7 Shield 1TB, Portable SSD, up to 1050 MB/S, USB 3.2 Gen2, Rugged, IP65 Rated, for Photographers, Content Creators, and Gaming, External Solid State Drive, Beige.
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