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Best Buy customers often prefer the following products when searching for time machine backup external drives.

Time Machine is a great feature that automatically backs up your Mac's hard drive at set intervals. It's an excellent way to make sure you don't lose any data and to have back up data if you're ever forced to do a clean install. If you have an external hard drive connected to your Mac via USB, Time Machine will also back up any changes you make to files on that drive. Browse the top-ranked list of Time Machine backup external drives below along with associated reviews and opinions.

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  1. WD - My Cloud Expert EX2 Ultra 2-Bay 8TB External Network Attached Storage (NAS) - Charcoal - Front_Zoom
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    "Backing up 2 Macs nicely via Time Machine & LAN...Our new MyCloud EX2 Ultra backs up 2 Apple computers via Time Machine & LAN, 1 a recent iMac, the other a late 2013 MacBook Pro. ...Simple to use works good for my home office.Fast time machine backups."

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    Keep valuable data safe with this My Cloud EX2 Ultra external hard drive. Custom backup options through WD SmartWare Pro, 256 AES volume encryption, and multiple RAID options provide enhanced performance and protection. This 8TB My Cloud EX2 Ultra provides high transfer speeds, and its Plex Media Server keeps your data ready at all times.
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    "Backing up 2 Macs nicely via Time Machine & LAN...Our new MyCloud EX2 Ultra backs up 2 Apple computers via Time Machine & LAN, 1 a recent iMac, the other a late 2013 MacBook Pro. ...Simple to use works good for my home office.Fast time machine backups."

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    Keep valuable data safe with this My Cloud EX2 Ultra external hard drive. Custom backup options through WD SmartWare Pro, 256 AES volume encryption, and multiple RAID options provide enhanced performance and protection. This 8TB My Cloud EX2 Ultra provides high transfer speeds, and its Plex Media Server keeps your data ready at all times.
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  2. WD - My Passport Ultra for Mac 2TB External USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive - Silver - Front_Zoom
    Top comment

    "Nice portable backup drive....Reasonable price, works well so far. Using it as a Time Machine drive for a MacBook.Reformat to APFS if you have a newer Mac....Passport Drive for MAC...Good time machine backup for Macs, just a little slow."

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    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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    "Nice portable backup drive....Reasonable price, works well so far. Using it as a Time Machine drive for a MacBook.Reformat to APFS if you have a newer Mac....Passport Drive for MAC...Good time machine backup for Macs, just a little slow."

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    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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    See all Mac External Hard Drives & SSDs
  3. WD - My Passport for Mac 4TB External USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive - Blue - Front_Zoom
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    "GOOD PURCHASE FOR TIME MACHINE...Easy to use on imacs. Failure rate is low . Speed is fine for time machine ....Backup for Time Machine...Purchased as backup using Apple Time Machine. Set up was easy"

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    Store and access files on the go with this WD My Passport Portable Hard Drive for Mac. The backup software keeps you covered against accidental data loss, and password protection prevents unauthorized access to your content. The portable hard drive comes with USB-A and USB-C cables for flexible connectivity options.
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    "GOOD PURCHASE FOR TIME MACHINE...Easy to use on imacs. Failure rate is low . Speed is fine for time machine ....Backup for Time Machine...Purchased as backup using Apple Time Machine. Set up was easy"

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    Product Description

    Store and access files on the go with this WD My Passport Portable Hard Drive for Mac. The backup software keeps you covered against accidental data loss, and password protection prevents unauthorized access to your content. The portable hard drive comes with USB-A and USB-C cables for flexible connectivity options.
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    See all Mac External Hard Drives & SSDs
  4. WD - My Passport Ultra for Mac 4TB External USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive - Silver - Front_Zoom
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    "Great for “Time” Machine...The perfect size for a Time Machine! Space enough for multiple backups and weekly updates....Great for time machine backups on Mac...Works great for time machine backups, paired with a 2022 Mac Air it’s simple set up and quick transfer speeds"

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    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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    "Great for “Time” Machine...The perfect size for a Time Machine! Space enough for multiple backups and weekly updates....Great for time machine backups on Mac...Works great for time machine backups, paired with a 2022 Mac Air it’s simple set up and quick transfer speeds"

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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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    See all Mac External Hard Drives & SSDs
  5. WD - My Passport Ultra 2TB External USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive - Silver - Front_Zoom
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    "Great for Time Machine on Mac...I use this as my time machine backup on my personal MacBook Pro, and it works a treat. ...Don't purchase for Time Machine Backups...When set up for backups, Time Machine formatted it APFS. The drive works, but will not spin down and shut off when ejected. "

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    Move essential data across devices efficiently with this Western Digital My Passport Ultra External Portable Hard Drive. The drive uses USB 3.0 technology for quick read and write speeds, and the USB-C connector offers effortless plug-in options while boosting transfer rates. Abundant storage space for all types of media and applications. The backup software lets you automatically save works in progress at your preferred intervals. Password protection and 256-bit AES hardware-based encryption for added security.
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    "Great for Time Machine on Mac...I use this as my time machine backup on my personal MacBook Pro, and it works a treat. ...Don't purchase for Time Machine Backups...When set up for backups, Time Machine formatted it APFS. The drive works, but will not spin down and shut off when ejected. "

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    Product Description

    Move essential data across devices efficiently with this Western Digital My Passport Ultra External Portable Hard Drive. The drive uses USB 3.0 technology for quick read and write speeds, and the USB-C connector offers effortless plug-in options while boosting transfer rates. Abundant storage space for all types of media and applications. The backup software lets you automatically save works in progress at your preferred intervals. Password protection and 256-bit AES hardware-based encryption for added security.
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  6. LaCie - Rugged 5TB External USB-C, USB 3.1 Gen 1 Portable Hard Drive - Orange/Silver - Angle_Zoom
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    "Has been working as a Time Machine Backup Drive. Gradually been show, but not failed yet....Time Machine didn't like this no matter what I tried (doubling space on my drive, ensuring it was APFS formatted, etc). "

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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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    "Has been working as a Time Machine Backup Drive. Gradually been show, but not failed yet....Time Machine didn't like this no matter what I tried (doubling space on my drive, ensuring it was APFS formatted, etc). "

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    Product Description

    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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  7. WD - My Passport 5TB External USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive - Black - Front_Zoom
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    "Backup Drive...Great little drive. Works great with time machine on Mac....External...Good external drive for backup in iMac in time machine"

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    Store, share and transport files with the lightweight Western Digital My Passport Portable Hard Drive. The SuperSpeed USB port lets you transfer large files in seconds and 256-bit AES hardware encryption helps keep your files secure. The My Passport provides enough space to store thousands of files and documents. Auto backup capability allows you to select the time and frequency of file transfers.
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    "Backup Drive...Great little drive. Works great with time machine on Mac....External...Good external drive for backup in iMac in time machine"

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    Store, share and transport files with the lightweight Western Digital My Passport Portable Hard Drive. The SuperSpeed USB port lets you transfer large files in seconds and 256-bit AES hardware encryption helps keep your files secure. The My Passport provides enough space to store thousands of files and documents. Auto backup capability allows you to select the time and frequency of file transfers.
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  8. SanDisk - Extreme Portable 2TB External USB-C NVMe SSD - Black - Front_Zoom
    Top comment

    "Great for Time Machine backups...Super fast and works perfectly for my Time Machine backups...Perfect for Apple’s Time Machine. Make sure to format to APFS."

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    Keep records of memorable photos and videos with this SanDisk Extreme portable SSD. The 2TB storage capacity offers ample space for large files, while the read speeds of up to 1050MB/sec. offer speedy data access and transfer. This SanDisk Extreme portable SSD boasts USB Type-C and USB Type-A for quick setup and use with most devices and a pocket-size design for portability.Up to 3 meter drop protection, with IP65 water and dust resistant, and a five year limited warranty give you the peace of mind to take it with you on travels near and far.
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    "Great for Time Machine backups...Super fast and works perfectly for my Time Machine backups...Perfect for Apple’s Time Machine. Make sure to format to APFS."

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    Product Description

    Keep records of memorable photos and videos with this SanDisk Extreme portable SSD. The 2TB storage capacity offers ample space for large files, while the read speeds of up to 1050MB/sec. offer speedy data access and transfer. This SanDisk Extreme portable SSD boasts USB Type-C and USB Type-A for quick setup and use with most devices and a pocket-size design for portability.Up to 3 meter drop protection, with IP65 water and dust resistant, and a five year limited warranty give you the peace of mind to take it with you on travels near and far.
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  9. Samsung - T7 2TB External USB 3.2 Gen 2 Portable SSD with Hardware Encryption - Titan Gray - Front_Zoom
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    "Fast SSD drive...Works well on my m1 iMac as a Time Machine backup....time machine workhorse...It worked just like I had planned to use it as the storage for my MAC time machine backups"

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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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    "Fast SSD drive...Works well on my m1 iMac as a Time Machine backup....time machine workhorse...It worked just like I had planned to use it as the storage for my MAC time machine backups"

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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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  10. 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...Good for Mac timemachine backups...I use mine for maintaining Timemachine backups for my MacBook Pro. The drive is blazing fast compared to a traditional external HDD. "

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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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    "external Crucial SSD drive...Fantastic small external 4Tb ssd use for Time Machine on iMac 2023...Good for Mac timemachine backups...I use mine for maintaining Timemachine backups for my MacBook Pro. The drive is blazing fast compared to a traditional external HDD. "

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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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