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

If you're looking for extra storage space for your computer, an external hard drive is a great option. These drives are portable, easy to set up, and can be used to store your entire computer's contents or just specific files. Browse the top-ranked list of formatting drives below along with associated reviews and opinions.

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  1. Seagate - 4TB External USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive with Rescue Data Recovery Services - Black - Front_Zoom
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    "Easy to use, just plug and play (and format drive)....Works as advertised with slight hiccups when downloading games, I have it hooked up to my PS5 and most PS5 titles games work, but some I still have to download on my PS5’s internal hard drive because this can’t format it correctly. Keep that in mind before purchase but otherwise good speeds and good price."

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    Seagate Portable drive is an easy-to-use solution for instantly adding storage to Windows or Mac—and taking those files on the go. Take advantage of fast data transfer speeds with USB 3.0 and consolidate files into a single location. Free up space on your computer with a simple drag and drop—file saving is that easy.
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    "Easy to use, just plug and play (and format drive)....Works as advertised with slight hiccups when downloading games, I have it hooked up to my PS5 and most PS5 titles games work, but some I still have to download on my PS5’s internal hard drive because this can’t format it correctly. Keep that in mind before purchase but otherwise good speeds and good price."

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    Seagate Portable drive is an easy-to-use solution for instantly adding storage to Windows or Mac—and taking those files on the go. Take advantage of fast data transfer speeds with USB 3.0 and consolidate files into a single location. Free up space on your computer with a simple drag and drop—file saving is that easy.
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  2. 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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    "I’m not very computer literate but this was easy enough to format get going. It greatly improved my storage capacity and gave me more free space on my internal hard drive which improved my systems performance. ...This is a great drive to have when you take the drive with you to a location where you want extra storage. like a business meeting. "

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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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    "I’m not very computer literate but this was easy enough to format get going. It greatly improved my storage capacity and gave me more free space on my internal hard drive which improved my systems performance. ...This is a great drive to have when you take the drive with you to a location where you want extra storage. like a business meeting. "

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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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  3. Seagate - Starfield Special Edition Game Drive Hub for Xbox 8TB External USB 3.2 Gen 1 Desktop Hard Drive - White - Front_Zoom
    Top comment

    "No issues.8 tb, well 7.4 cause the format of Xbox series x takes almost a tb to format it. ...I store all others games on this drive, leaving my internal drive and external game card free for those S/X games. "

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    Dive into the depths of space with the Starfield Special Edition Game Drive Hub. Officially licensed by Bethesda, this hub features a design that would make Constellation proud. Light up your gaming station with custom RGB LED lighting and keep your peripherals powered up with front-facing USB-C and USB-A ports. And an 8TB capacity keeps all your discoveries safe and ready for action.
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    "No issues.8 tb, well 7.4 cause the format of Xbox series x takes almost a tb to format it. ...I store all others games on this drive, leaving my internal drive and external game card free for those S/X games. "

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    Dive into the depths of space with the Starfield Special Edition Game Drive Hub. Officially licensed by Bethesda, this hub features a design that would make Constellation proud. Light up your gaming station with custom RGB LED lighting and keep your peripherals powered up with front-facing USB-C and USB-A ports. And an 8TB capacity keeps all your discoveries safe and ready for action.
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    See all Xbox Series X|S Game Drives
  4. Seagate - 5TB External USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive with Rescue Data Recovery Services - Black - Front_Zoom
    Top comment

    "Great drive for the price...Easy to format, worked well immediately for my Time Machine backup drive....Great space and easy to format. I Will be purchasing 2 more. Would highly recommend!"

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    Seagate Portable drive is an easy-to-use solution for instantly adding storage to Windows or Mac—and taking those files on the go. Take advantage of fast data transfer speeds with USB 3.0 and consolidate files into a single location. Free up space on your computer with a simple drag and drop—file saving is that easy.
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    Top comment

    "Great drive for the price...Easy to format, worked well immediately for my Time Machine backup drive....Great space and easy to format. I Will be purchasing 2 more. Would highly recommend!"

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    Seagate Portable drive is an easy-to-use solution for instantly adding storage to Windows or Mac—and taking those files on the go. Take advantage of fast data transfer speeds with USB 3.0 and consolidate files into a single location. Free up space on your computer with a simple drag and drop—file saving is that easy.
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  5. Seagate - 2TB External USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive with Rescue Data Recovery Services - Black - Front_Zoom
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    "reliable hard drive, good price...seagate makes reliable removable hard drives. i have purchased a number of them over the years....This drive is over priced compared to some of the similar drives on line. "

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    Product Description

    Seagate Portable drive is an easy-to-use solution for instantly adding storage to Windows or Mac—and taking those files on the go. Take advantage of fast data transfer speeds with USB 3.0 and consolidate files into a single location. Free up space on your computer with a simple drag and drop—file saving is that easy.
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    "reliable hard drive, good price...seagate makes reliable removable hard drives. i have purchased a number of them over the years....This drive is over priced compared to some of the similar drives on line. "

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    Seagate Portable drive is an easy-to-use solution for instantly adding storage to Windows or Mac—and taking those files on the go. Take advantage of fast data transfer speeds with USB 3.0 and consolidate files into a single location. Free up space on your computer with a simple drag and drop—file saving is that easy.
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    See all External Hard Drives
  6. Seagate - Starfield Special Edition Game Drive for Xbox 5TB External USB 3.2 Gen 1 Portable Hard Drive - White - Front_Zoom
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    "Plugged it into my Xbox, and it asked to format the disk then it started working immediately. ...Xbox Series X external hard drive...Seagate is the best way to go when it comes to external hard drives."

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    A vast universe awaits you with the Starfield Special Edition Game Drive. Officially licensed by Bethesda, this drive features a design that would make Constellation proud. Outfitted with customizable RGB LED lighting, you can bring the majesty of the stars right into your living room. Plus, up to 5TB of capacity means you’ll have enough space to take your conquests anywhere.
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    "Plugged it into my Xbox, and it asked to format the disk then it started working immediately. ...Xbox Series X external hard drive...Seagate is the best way to go when it comes to external hard drives."

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    Product Description

    A vast universe awaits you with the Starfield Special Edition Game Drive. Officially licensed by Bethesda, this drive features a design that would make Constellation proud. Outfitted with customizable RGB LED lighting, you can bring the majesty of the stars right into your living room. Plus, up to 5TB of capacity means you’ll have enough space to take your conquests anywhere.
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  7. Seagate - FireCuda Gaming 2TB External USB 3.2 Gen 1 Hard Drive with RGB LED Lighting - Black - Front_Zoom
    Top comment

    "All I had to do was plug it in, format for Xbox, and I was good to go. The build is plastic, but it doesn't feel cheap. ...Fast little drive!...Fast little drive. Software to control RGB effects on drive is loaded with bloatware."

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    Plug in and light up with the FireCuda Gaming Hard Drive. Created with up to 5TB of capacity and a sleek, bold design—this gaming hard drive can hold all your content and compliment the look of your battlestation. Bring an extra layer of atmosphere to gaming sessions with customizable RGB LED lighting and Razer Chroma™ RGB compatibility.
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    "All I had to do was plug it in, format for Xbox, and I was good to go. The build is plastic, but it doesn't feel cheap. ...Fast little drive!...Fast little drive. Software to control RGB effects on drive is loaded with bloatware."

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    Plug in and light up with the FireCuda Gaming Hard Drive. Created with up to 5TB of capacity and a sleek, bold design—this gaming hard drive can hold all your content and compliment the look of your battlestation. Bring an extra layer of atmosphere to gaming sessions with customizable RGB LED lighting and Razer Chroma™ RGB compatibility.
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  8. Crucial - X9 Pro 1TB External USB-C SSD - Space Gray - Front_Zoom
    Top comment

    "Easy set up makes saving information from hard drives a short task....Top USB 3.1 SSD drive...This 3D SSD drive is fast for read and writes and a major improvement over previous crucial drives. "

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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 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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    "Easy set up makes saving information from hard drives a short task....Top USB 3.1 SSD drive...This 3D SSD drive is fast for read and writes and a major improvement over previous crucial drives. "

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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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  9. Crucial - X9 Pro 4TB External USB-C SSD - Space Gray - Front_Zoom
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    "Only Drives I use...I use these drives to film in raw on my iPhone 15 pro max. Then I edit directly on the drive before I publish....Nice LITTLE drive...This is a nice little drive. The size is defenatlly the most notable feature. "

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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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    "Only Drives I use...I use these drives to film in raw on my iPhone 15 pro max. Then I edit directly on the drive before I publish....Nice LITTLE drive...This is a nice little drive. The size is defenatlly the most notable feature. "

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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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  10. Seagate - Game Drive for PlayStation Consoles 4TB External USB 3.2 Gen 1 Portable Hard Drive - Black - Front_Zoom
    Top comment

    "Works perfect on the PS5 no issues at all. Remember to format in exfat....It does work for PS5 just need to format it. Bought a second one for my brother when he got his PS5"

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    Embrace the expansive storage of Game Drive. Officially licensed for PlayStation consoles, this HDD works seamlessly with PS5 and PS4 consoles. Easily archive your PS5 games, plus store and play PS4 games directly from your HDD. And with up to 4TB of add-on storage, you can expand your Game Vault without having to sacrifice titles.
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    Top comment

    "Works perfect on the PS5 no issues at all. Remember to format in exfat....It does work for PS5 just need to format it. Bought a second one for my brother when he got his PS5"

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    Product Description

    Embrace the expansive storage of Game Drive. Officially licensed for PlayStation consoles, this HDD works seamlessly with PS5 and PS4 consoles. Easily archive your PS5 games, plus store and play PS4 games directly from your HDD. And with up to 4TB of add-on storage, you can expand your Game Vault without having to sacrifice titles.
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