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Seagate newegg Seagate Backup Plus 5TB USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive STDT5000100
  •  STDT5000100
  •  USB 3.0
  • Dimensions: 6.22" x 4.88' x 1.73"
  • Model #: STDT5000100
  • Item #: N82E16822178501
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
  • $269.99
  • $229.99
  • Save: 15%
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ADATA newegg ADATA 2TB USB 3.0 2.5" External Hard Drive AHV620-2TU3-CBK Black
  (6)
  •  SuperSpeed USB 3.0 inter...
  •  Stylish design and mirro...
  •  Bright cold-blue LED ind...
  • Dimensions: 4.5"(L) x 3.1(W) x 0.8"(H)
  • Weight: 0.364 lbs.
  • Features: Scratch-Prevention Design Bright cold-blue LED indicator Stylish, Sleek, Serious
  • Model #: AHV620-2TU3-CBK
  • Item #: N82E16822211125
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
  • $109.99
  • $99.99
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Seagate newegg Seagate Expansion 500GB USB 3.0 2.5" Portable Hard Drive STBX500100 Black
  (29)
  •  Drag and drop file savin...
  •  Fast data transfer with ...
  •  1 year manufacturer warr...
  • Dimensions: 4.81" x 3.19" x 0.61"
  • Weight: 0.37 lbs.
  • Features: Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP SP3 (32-bit and 64-bit) operating system or Mac OS X 10.6 or higher support SuperSpeed USB 3.0 port (required for USB 3.0 transfer speeds or backwards compatible with USB 2.0 ports at USB 2.0 transfer speeds)
  • Model #: STBX500100
  • Item #: N82E16822178113
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
  • $104.99
  • $10.49 Shipping

Seagate newegg Seagate Backup Plus 1TB 2.5" USB 3.0 Blue Portable Hard Drive
  (36)
  •  Use it interchangeably o...
  •  Easily upload photos and...
  •  Set automatic backups of...
  • Dimensions: 4.86" x 3.19" x 0.57"
  • Weight: 0.44 lbs.
  • Features: Protect your stuff with easy, flexible backups Automatically save photos from your social networks Share photos and videos to social networks with a click USB 3.0 plug-and-play. You can also easily upgrade to Thunderbolt technology or FireWire 800 with add-on adapters (sold separately). USB 3.0 is also backward compatible with USB 2.0. Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP SP3 (32-bit and 64-bit) operating system or Mac OS X 10.6 or higher
  • Package Contents: Seagate Backup Plus drive 18-inch USB 3.0 cable USB 3.0 interface adapter Quick start guide Seagate Dashboard pre-loaded on drive NTFS driver for Mac pre-loaded on drive
  • Model #: STBU1000102
  • Item #: N82E16822178106
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
  • $84.99
  • $7.99 Shipping

Seagate newegg Seagate Expansion 3TB USB 3.0 3.5" Desktop External Hard Drive STBV3000100 Black
  (182)
  •  Drag and drop file savin...
  •  Fast data transfer with ...
  •  1 year manufacturer warr...
  • Dimensions: 7.07" x 4.65" x 1.48"
  • Weight: 2.06 lbs.
  • Features: Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP SP3 (32-bit and 64-bit) operating system SuperSpeed USB 3.0 port (required for USB 3.0 transfer speeds or backwards compatible with USB 2.0 ports at USB 2.0 transfer speeds)
  • Model #: STBV3000100
  • Item #: N82E16822178117
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
  • $129.99
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Seagate newegg Seagate Expansion 2TB USB 3.0 3.5" Desktop External Hard Drive STBV2000100 Black
  (130)
  •  Drag and drop file savin...
  •  Fast data transfer with ...
  •  1 year manufacturer warr...
  • Dimensions: 8.17" x 4.96" x 1.57"
  • Weight: 2.25 lbs.
  • Features: Plug n' play - no software to install Simply drag-and-drop to save files USB 3.0, backwards compatible with USB 2.0 Built-in power management ensures energy efficient operation Works with Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP
  • Model #: STBV2000100
  • Item #: N82E16822178116
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
  • $99.99
  • $84.99
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Toshiba newegg TOSHIBA Canvio Desk 2TB USB 3.0 3.5" Desktop External Hard Drive HDWC120XK3J1 Black -Retail
  (18)
  •  USB 3.0 port required fo...
  •  Available USB 3.0 or USB...
  •  Formatted NTFS for Windo...
  • RPM: 5700 RPM
  • Cache: 32MB
  • Average Seek Time: 14ms
  • Dimensions: 6.57" x 5.08" x 1.65"
  • Model #: HDWC120XK3J1
  • Item #: N82E16822149388
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
  • $159.99
  • $114.99
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Western Digital newegg WD My Passport 1TB USB 3.0 2.5" Portable Hard Drive WDBBEP0010BBK-NESN Black
  (65)
  •  Automatic, continuous ba...
  •  USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 comp...
  •  No power adapter require...
  • Dimensions: 4.4" x 3.2" x 0.7"
  • Weight: 0.43 lbs.
  • Features: Sleek compact design with plenty of storage Ultra-fast data transfers with USB 3.0 interface USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 compatibility Automatic backup software Password protection and hardware encryption WD Security - WD Security utility allows you to set password protection and hardware encryption for your drive to protect your files from unauthorized use or access. WD Drive Utilities - Register your drive, set drive security, run diagnostics and more using WD Drive Utilities. Ideal for - Transferring files in blazing fast speed with USB 3.0 - Connecting to USB 2.0 devices today and USB 3.0 devices when you're ready - Adding extra storage for your videos, music, photos, and files. - Backing up your files with automatic, continuous backup software - Securing your files from ...
  • Model #: WDBBEP0010BBK-NESN
  • Item #: N82E16822236189
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
  • $99.99
  • $6.99 Shipping

FANTOM DRIVES newegg Fantom Drives GreenDrive Pro 2TB USB 2.0 / eSATA 3.5" External Hard Drive GDP2000EU
  (170)
  •  USB 2.0 / eSATA
  •  32MB Cache
  •  2 years manufacturer war...
  • Cache: 32MB
  • Dimensions: 7.75" x 4.5" x 1.38"
  • Weight: 2.4 lbs.
  • Features: Pre-formatted NTFS
  • Model #: GDP2000EU
  • Item #: N82E16822207017
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
  • $198.99
  • $173.99
  • Save: 13%
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Western Digital newegg WD My Passport Ultra 500GB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive WDBPGC5000ABK-NESN Black
  (6)
  •  Automatic & cloud backup...
  •  Local and cloud backup
  •  Ultra-fast transfer rate...
  • Dimensions: 4.33"(H) x 3.21"(W) x 0.5"(D)
  • Weight: 0.30 lbs.
  • Features: hardware encryption secure your files from unauthorized access Compatibility with Windows 8 File History makes backups easier than ever Free Windows 8 app quickly discovers your Ultra-fast data transfers Automatic backup helps protect your files Use your Dropbox account to back up your files to the cloud Password protection and media files Soft pouch protects your drive from scratches
  • Package Contents: Portable hard drive USB cable WD SmartWare Pro software Soft pouch Quick install guide
  • Model #: WDBPGC5000ABK-NESN
  • Item #: N82E16822236572
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
  • $99.99
  • $7.99 Shipping

Buffalo Technology newegg BUFFALO MiniStation 2TB USB 3.0 2.5" External Hard Drive HD-PCF2.0U3GB Black
  •  USB 3.0
  •  Buffalo Backup Utility
  •  Compact Design
  • Dimensions: 4.53" x 2.99" x 0.76"
  • Weight: 8.46 oz.
  • Features: MiniStation offers high speed USB 3.0 portable storage in a compact and lightweight chassis. With bus-powered USB 3.0 support and backward compatibility with USB 2.0, it works with nearly any PC or Mac and offers quick plug-and-play setup. MiniStation is easy to transport and it's USB powered so there are no additional cables to manage and no need for a separate power source; Simply plug it into any available USB port on your computer and instantly add capacity or store files to take on the road. Included with MiniStation is Buffalo's multipurpose Bualo Tools utility suite designed to enhance Windows PC performance and user experience, including TurboPC for faster transfers. Additionally, you can use MiniStation with Buffalo Backup Utility, free with purchase, or Time Machine to bac...
  • Model #: HD-PCF2.0U3GB
  • Item #: N82E16822165545
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
  • $199.99
  • $179.99
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Buffalo Technology newegg BUFFALO DriveStation 3TB USB 3.0 External Desktop Hard Drive HD-LC3.0U3
  (1)
  •  Use with Time Machine to...
  •  USB 3.0 support with USB...
  •  Unique design reduces no...
  • Features: USB 3.0 support with USB 2.0 backward compatibility Use with your PC or Mac computer for file storage and backup Stand upright or lay flat for easy placement and efficient use of space Unique design reduces noise for quiet operation Eco-friendly operation shuts the hard drive down when the connected computer is turned off Plug-and-play connectivity provides easy setup and use Boost PC performance and enhance your digital life with Buffalo Tools Back up your files on your Windows PC with Buffalo Backup Utility Use with Time Machine to back up your Mac computer
  • Package Contents: DriveStation USB 3.0 External Hard Drive Quick Setup Guide USB 3.0 Cable AC Adapter Warranty Statement
  • Model #: HD-LC3.0U3
  • Item #: N82E16822165570
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
  • $119.99
  • $12.06 Shipping

Buffalo Technology newegg BUFFALO DriveStation Combo 4 2TB USB 2.0 / IEEE 1394a / 1394b / eSATA 3.5" External Hard Drive HD-HS2.0TQ
  (5)
  •  HD-HS2.0TQ
  •  USB 2.0 / IEEE 1394a / 1...
  •  3.5"
  • RPM: 7200 RPM
  • Dimensions: 8.94" x 5" x 1.42"
  • Weight: 3.09 lbs.
  • Features: Supports multiple interface types USB 2.0/1.1, Firewire 400, Firewire 800 and eSATA Number of interfaces: 1 x eSATA 2 x FireWire 800 ports (9-pin) 1 x FireWire 400 port (6-pin) 1 x Hi-Speed USB 2.0 port (USB 1.1-compatible) Includes cables for USB 2.0 and FireWire (IEEE1394) FireWire 800 (9-to-9 pin) cable; FireWire 400 (6-to-6 pin) cable; USB 2.0 cable (USB 1.1 compatible) TurboUSB software – increases USB2.0 transfer speeds by up to 20% Easy Setup does not require any drivers Pre-formatted drive for immediate use SecureLockWare software prevents unauthorised access (Windows OS) Memeo AutoBackup software Supported OS: Windows 2000/XP/Vista and Mac OS X 10.3 or higher
  • Model #: HD-HS2.0TQ
  • Item #: N82E16822165258CVF
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
  • $287.49
  • $8.60 Shipping

Toshiba newegg TOSHIBA Canvio Slim II 1TB USB 3.0 Portable External Hard Drive for PCs HDTD210XK3E1 Black
  (6)
  •  Complete backup solution...
  •  Access and Share your co...
  •  True portability for the...
  • RPM: 5400 RPM
  • Cache: 8MB
  • Average Seek Time: 12ms
  • Dimensions: 4.21"(L) X 2.95"(W) X 0.49"(H)
  • Model #: HDTD210XK3E1
  • Item #: N82E16822149490
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
  • $119.99
  • $7.99 Shipping

Western Digital newegg WD My Passport Ultra 500GB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive WDBPGC5000ABL-NESN Blue
  (1)
  •  Automatic & cloud backup...
  •  Local and cloud backup
  •  Ultra-fast transfer rate...
  • Dimensions: 4.33"(H) x 3.21"(W) x 0.5"(D)
  • Weight: 0.30 lbs.
  • Features: hardware encryption secure your files from unauthorized access Compatibility with Windows 8 File History makes backups easier than ever Free Windows 8 app quickly discovers your Ultra-fast data transfers Automatic backup helps protect your files Use your Dropbox account to back up your files to the cloud Password protection and media files Soft pouch protects your drive from scratches
  • Package Contents: Portable hard drive USB cable WD SmartWare Pro software Soft pouch Quick install guide
  • Model #: WDBPGC5000ABL-NESN
  • Item #: N82E16822236573
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
  • $99.99
  • $6.99 Shipping

HGST newegg HGST Touro Desk 4TB USB 3.0 3.5" External Hard Drive HTOLDX3NB40001ABB(0S03396) Black
  (57)
  •  Solid add-on storage for...
  •  Stackable desktop design...
  •  Smooth, textured body fo...
  • Dimensions: 7.2" x 5.08" x 2.36"
  • Features: Solid add-on storage for all your digital ?les Stackable desktop design Smooth, textured body for solid good looks Fast USB 3.0 Interface AC Power Adapter 3.5 inch External Hard Disk Drive
  • Package Contents: Touro Desktop external hard drive USB 3.0 cable AC power adapter Quick Start Guide
  • Model #: HTOLDX3NB40001ABB(0S03396)
  • Item #: N82E16822145596
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
  • $199.99
  • $169.99
  • Save: 15%
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Seagate newegg Seagate Backup Plus 500GB 2.5" USB 3.0 Black Portable Hard Drive
  (72)
  •  Use it interchangeably o...
  •  Easily upload photos and...
  •  Set automatic backups of...
  • Dimensions: 4.86" x 3.19" x 0.57"
  • Weight: 0.44 lbs.
  • Features: Protect your stuff with easy, flexible backups Automatically save photos from your social networks Share photos and videos to social networks with a click USB 3.0 plug-and-play. You can also easily upgrade to Thunderbolt technology or FireWire 800 with add-on adapters (sold separately). USB 3.0 is also backward compatible with USB 2.0.
  • Package Contents: Seagate Backup Plus drive 18-inch USB 3.0 cable USB 3.0 interface adapter Quick start guide Seagate Dashboard pre-loaded on drive NTFS driver for Mac pre-loaded on drive
  • Model #: STBU500100
  • Item #: N82E16822178099
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
  • $109.99
  • $6.99 Shipping

Seagate newegg Seagate Backup Plus 3TB USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive STDT3000100
  •  Easy, flexible, built-in...
  •  Increase transfer speeds...
  • Dimensions: 7.06"(L) x 4.65"(W) x 1.63"(D)
  • Weight: 1.89 lbs.
  • Package Contents: Seagate Backup Plus drive Power adapter Seagate Dashboard pre-loaded on drive Quick start guide NTFS driver for Mac pre-loaded on drive 4-foot USB 3.0 cable
  • Model #: STDT3000100
  • Item #: N82E16822178460
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
  • $169.99
  • $11.99 Shipping

LaCie newegg LaCie Porsche Design P9223 120 GB External Solid State Drive
  •  P9223
  •  USB 3.0
  • Weight: 6.42 oz
  • Package Contents: Package Contents: Porsche Design P9223 Solid State Drive USB 3.0 Cable (USB 2.0 Compatible) Quick Install Guide
  • Parts: 2 Year
  • Model #: P9223
  • Item #: N82E16822154662CVF
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
  • $143.99
  • $7.60 Shipping

SAMSUNG newegg SAMSUNG P3 500GB USB 3.0 2.5" Portable External Hard Drive STSHX-MT050DF
  (12)
  •  SafetyKeyTM protection f...
  •  SuperSpeed USB 3.0 (MAX)...
  •  3-year limited global wa...
  • Dimensions: 4.37" x 3.23" x 0.58"
  • Weight: 140g
  • Features: The Samsung P3 Portable External Hard Drive delivers ample capacity in a graceful design. the thin, compact drive is so portable you can take it everywhere. The Smart Grey color is classic and appealing SafetyKeyTM protection for your data
  • Package Contents: P3 Portable External Hard Drive USB cable Quick Install Guide Software preloaded on the drive Electronic User Documentation (PDF)
  • Model #: STSHX-MT050DF
  • Item #: N82E16822152407
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
  • $89.99
  • $64.99
  • Save: 28%
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Toshiba newegg TOSHIBA Canvio Connect 500GB USB 3.0 External Hard Drive HDTC705XR3A1 Red
  •  Access & Share your cont...
  •  True portability for the...
  •  Complete backup solution...
  • RPM: 5400 RPM
  • Cache: 8MB
  • Average Seek Time: 12ms
  • Dimensions: 4.37" x 3.11" x 0.59"
  • Model #: HDTC705XR3A1
  • Item #: N82E16822149458
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
  • $79.99
  • $59.99
  • Save: 25%
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External Hard Drives

External hard drives are ideal for backing up your hard drive or storing additional media separately from your main hard drive. Photos, videos, and digital music have all become so popular in recent years that people need a place to put it all. CDs and DVDs do not have the capacity to hold PC backups and are not all that convenient. However, the prices of external hard drives have come down so much that they are perfect for backing up your important data.

The two most common interfaces for hooking up external drives to your computer are USB and FireWire with eSata now becoming popular also. USB has been around for years and are standard on just about all computers today while FireWire ports are newer and if you use a digital video camera with your computer you probably already have one. In terms of access speeds the latest eSata standard offers the fastest connection however that comes with a price. USB 2.0 and Firewire can cover most of your general needs without having to upgrade your system with a new eSata card. Any of the interfaces will do the job however be sure to purchase an external hard drive with the same type of port that your computer has.

Your backup drive should have a capacity at least as big as your computer's largest hard drive. That will leave you with plenty of room to back up your important files or mirror/clone your current drive. You can also buy an external hard drive case and mount an internal hard drive inside it. This method will give you a choice of brands and models, and if anything goes wrong with your internal hard drive, you can simply install the external one inside your computer to replace it.

Considerations for External Hard Drives

One drawback to using external hard drives for backups is that they are still relatively new for home computer use. They come with Windows drivers; should Windows fail, you will not be able to access your external drive through DOS. There are DOS drivers available but they can be difficult to find and most manufacturers do not provide support for them. This isn't a frequent occurrence, just something to keep in mind as you select your external hard drive.

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