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Best Buy customers often prefer the following products when searching for rugged external hard drive.

If you're looking for a way to back up your computer or store a large amount of data, an external hard drive is the way to go. They're easy to use, affordable, and can be found in a variety of sizes and shapes. Browse the top-ranked list of rugged external hard drives below along with associated reviews and opinions.

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  1. ASUS - ZenDrive 8x Max. DVD Write Speed External USB 2.0 DVD±RW/CD-RW Drive - Black - Front_Zoom
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    "Excellent External DVD Drive...Excellent external DVD drive. It is quiet, durable, and portable....This External hard drive is functional and lightweight."

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    Archive your files on disc with this ASUS ZenDrive external DVD writer. M-DISC support offers safe, durable archive-quality storage for videos and photos, while Nero BackItUp delivers comprehensive media and data backup. This ASUS ZenDrive external DVD writer boasts high-level disc encryption with encoded file name functionality and password control for enhanced security.
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    "Excellent External DVD Drive...Excellent external DVD drive. It is quiet, durable, and portable....This External hard drive is functional and lightweight."

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    Archive your files on disc with this ASUS ZenDrive external DVD writer. M-DISC support offers safe, durable archive-quality storage for videos and photos, while Nero BackItUp delivers comprehensive media and data backup. This ASUS ZenDrive external DVD writer boasts high-level disc encryption with encoded file name functionality and password control for enhanced security.
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  2. LaCie - Rugged 5TB External USB-C, USB 3.1 Gen 1 Portable Hard Drive - Orange/Silver - Angle_Zoom
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    "Great external hard drive. Very durable and great price....Durable External Hard Drive...This external hard drive has worked extremely well for me as a hobbyist landscape photographer. "

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    Create quick backups while doing fieldwork with this 5TB LaCie Rugged hard drive. It USB-C port offers versatile compatibility, and it's resistant to damage from drops, crushing and rain for durable outdoor use. This LaCie Rugged hard drive comes with two years of Seagate Rescue service for reliable data recovery assistance in case of file damage.
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    "Great external hard drive. Very durable and great price....Durable External Hard Drive...This external hard drive has worked extremely well for me as a hobbyist landscape photographer. "

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    Create quick backups while doing fieldwork with this 5TB LaCie Rugged hard drive. It USB-C port offers versatile compatibility, and it's resistant to damage from drops, crushing and rain for durable outdoor use. This LaCie Rugged hard drive comes with two years of Seagate Rescue service for reliable data recovery assistance in case of file damage.
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  3. SanDisk - Extreme Pro Portable 1TB External USB-C NVMe SSD - Black - Front_Zoom
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    "SanDisk Pro Portable 1TB External Solid State Driv...A very nice, small and portable solid state drive! Not sure if it's any faster than my portable western digital hard drives?...a good little hard drive...awesome little hard drive. fast and rugged. will buy more"

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    Back up important files with this SanDisk Extreme PRO portable SSD. The 1TB capacity provides plenty of space for large multimedia files, while speeds of up to 2000 Mbps. deliver high-performance storage. This SanDisk Extreme PRO portable SSD features a durable silicone shell that offers drop protection and water resistance.
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    "SanDisk Pro Portable 1TB External Solid State Driv...A very nice, small and portable solid state drive! Not sure if it's any faster than my portable western digital hard drives?...a good little hard drive...awesome little hard drive. fast and rugged. will buy more"

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    Back up important files with this SanDisk Extreme PRO portable SSD. The 1TB capacity provides plenty of space for large multimedia files, while speeds of up to 2000 Mbps. deliver high-performance storage. This SanDisk Extreme PRO portable SSD features a durable silicone shell that offers drop protection and water resistance.
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  4. Samsung - T7 2TB External USB 3.2 Gen 2 Portable SSD with Hardware Encryption - Titan Gray - Front_Zoom
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    "Awesome external hard drive...Blows all of my other external drives out of the water!...Needed a small external hard drive and this one meets the need very well. "

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    Secure and protect your data with this gray Samsung T7 2TB portable SSD. Large files transfer rapidly with USB 3.2 Gen 2 technology, and the durable thermal construction defends against impact and overheating. This Samsung T7 2TB portable SSD includes software and two cable types to simplify firmware updates and file management across multiple select platforms.
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    "Awesome external hard drive...Blows all of my other external drives out of the water!...Needed a small external hard drive and this one meets the need very well. "

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    Secure and protect your data with this gray Samsung T7 2TB portable SSD. Large files transfer rapidly with USB 3.2 Gen 2 technology, and the durable thermal construction defends against impact and overheating. This Samsung T7 2TB portable SSD includes software and two cable types to simplify firmware updates and file management across multiple select platforms.
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  5. Seagate - 5TB External USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive with Rescue Data Recovery Services - Black - Front_Zoom
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    "Seagate - 5TB External USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive...durable hardware, extreme amount of space, HDD at its best. easy to use....Great portable hard drive for the price. Fast shipping."

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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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    "Seagate - 5TB External USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive...durable hardware, extreme amount of space, HDD at its best. easy to use....Great portable hard drive for the price. Fast shipping."

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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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  6. Seagate - FireCuda Gaming 2TB External USB 3.2 Gen 1 Hard Drive with RGB LED Lighting - Black - Front_Zoom
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    "She loved it and the lighting on the hard drive it even feel more durable than her last external hard drive....Great Little External...An amazing external drive. Durable, fast, and secure."

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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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    "She loved it and the lighting on the hard drive it even feel more durable than her last external hard drive....Great Little External...An amazing external drive. Durable, fast, and secure."

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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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  7. Crucial - X9 Pro 1TB External USB-C SSD - Space Gray - Front_Zoom
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    "Small and durable...Upgraded to it from a traditional external hard drive....External SSD Harf Drive...I love this hard drive. 1 TB fits easily in the palm of my hand."

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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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    "Small and durable...Upgraded to it from a traditional external hard drive....External SSD Harf Drive...I love this hard drive. 1 TB fits easily in the palm of my hand."

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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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  8. Crucial - X9 Pro 4TB External USB-C SSD - Space Gray - Front_Zoom
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    "external Crucial SSD drive...Fantastic small external 4Tb ssd use for Time Machine on iMac 2023...It is a “mighty” little external drive!...Very nice little external drive! But don’t let its diminutive size fool you. "

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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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    "external Crucial SSD drive...Fantastic small external 4Tb ssd use for Time Machine on iMac 2023...It is a “mighty” little external drive!...Very nice little external drive! But don’t let its diminutive size fool you. "

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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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  9. Crucial - X9 Pro 2TB External USB-C SSD - Space Gray - Front_Zoom
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    "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....Speedy, Rugged, and Portable SSD...I’ve been using an old external mechanical hard drive for the past few years that is starting to make that dreading clicking noise. "

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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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    "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....Speedy, Rugged, and Portable SSD...I’ve been using an old external mechanical hard drive for the past few years that is starting to make that dreading clicking noise. "

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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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  10. WD - Easystore 1TB External USB 3.2 Gen 1 Portable Hard Drive - Black - Front_Zoom
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    "A great external hard drive. Western Digital is a reliable brand. ...Portable hard drive...Excellent portable external hard drive. Never had any problems with Western Digital drives."

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    Help safeguard your cherished memories effortlessly with the easystore portable hard drive. Designed for your on-the-go lifestyle, this compact device offers seamless plug-and-play connectivity. Preserve your photos, videos, and important files with ease, thanks to the included backup software. Your memories deserve exceptional protection, and easystore® helps ensure that every precious moment is seamlessly stored, so you can relive them whenever, wherever.
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    "A great external hard drive. Western Digital is a reliable brand. ...Portable hard drive...Excellent portable external hard drive. Never had any problems with Western Digital drives."

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    Help safeguard your cherished memories effortlessly with the easystore portable hard drive. Designed for your on-the-go lifestyle, this compact device offers seamless plug-and-play connectivity. Preserve your photos, videos, and important files with ease, thanks to the included backup software. Your memories deserve exceptional protection, and easystore® helps ensure that every precious moment is seamlessly stored, so you can relive them whenever, wherever.
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