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  •  5TB. SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ...
  •  Easy and simple to use -...
  •  Drag and drop file savin...
  • Dimensions: 1.44" x 4.75" x 6.93"
  • Weight: 2.09 lbs.
  • Package Contents: Seagate Expansion drive 4-foot (120cm) USB 3.0 cable Power adapter Quick start guide
  • Model #: STEB5000100
  • Item #: N82E16822178742
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
  • $249.99
  • $179.99
  • Save: 28%
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Seagate Seagate Seagate Seagate Expansion 5TB USB 3.0 3.5" Desktop External Hard Drive STEB5000100 Black
  (65)
  •  5TB. SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ...
  •  Easy and simple to use -...
  •  Drag and drop file savin...
  • Dimensions: 1.44" x 4.75" x 6.93"
  • Weight: 2.09 lbs.
  • Package Contents: Seagate Expansion drive 4-foot (120cm) USB 3.0 cable Power adapter Quick start guide
  • Model #: STEB5000100
  • Item #: N82E16822178742
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

  •  Ultra-fast USB 3.0 data ...
  •  Massive capacity
  •  Free trial of WD SmartWa...
  • Dimensions: 6.5" x 1.9" x 5.3" (H x W x D)
  • Weight: 2.1 lbs.
  • Model #: WDBWLG0040HBK-NESN
  • Item #: N82E16822236807
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

SAMSUNG SAMSUNG SAMSUNG SAMSUNG D3 Station 4TB USB 3.0 3.5" Desktop External Hard Drive STSHX-D401TDB Black
  (99)
  •  Sleek design
  •  Compact size and streaml...
  •  SafetyKey protection for...
  • Dimensions: 1.85" x 7.11" x 5.09"
  • Weight: 1.84 lbs.
  • Package Contents: D3 Station External Hard Drive USB cable Power adapter Quick Install Guide Software preloaded on the drive Electronic User Documentation (PDF)
  • Model #: STSHX-D401TDB
  • Item #: N82E16822152420
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

Seagate Seagate Seagate Seagate Backup Plus 5TB Desktop External Hard Drive with 200GB of Cloud Storage & Mobile Device Backup USB 3.0 - STDT5000100 (Black)
  (79)
  •  200GB of cloud storage f...
  •  Lyve app to back up dire...
  •  Share Mac and PC files
  • Dimensions: 1.63" x 4.65" x 7.06"
  • Weight: 1.89 lbs.
  • Package Contents: Seagate Backup Plus desktop drive 4-foot (1.2m) USB 3.0 cable Seagate Dashboard backup software Power adapter 200GB cloud storage with OneDrive for 2 years (Must activate by June 30, 2017. May not be available in all countries.) Quick start guide NTFS driver for Mac
  • Model #: STDT5000100
  • Item #: N82E16822178501
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

Western Digital Western Digital Western Digital WD Elements 3TB USB 3.0 External Desktop Storage WDBWLG0030HBK-NESN Black
  (4)
  •  Ultra-fast USB 3.0 data ...
  •  Massive capacity
  •  Free trial of WD SmartWa...
  • Dimensions: 6.50" x 1.90" x 5.30"
  • Weight: 2.0 lbs.
  • Package Contents: Desktop hard drive USB cable AC adapter Quick Install Guide
  • Model #: WDBWLG0030HBK-NESN
  • Item #: N82E16822236716
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

Seagate Seagate Seagate Seagate Expansion 4TB USB 3.0 3.5" Desktop External Hard Drive STEB4000100 Black
  (24)
  •  4TB. SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ...
  •  Easy and simple to use -...
  •  Drag and drop file savin...
  • Dimensions: 1.44" x 4.75" x 6.93"
  • Weight: 2.09 lbs.
  • Package Contents: Seagate Expansion drive 4-foot (120cm) USB 3.0 cable Power adapter Quick start guide
  • Electrical Outlet Plug Type: others
  • Model #: STEB4000100
  • Item #: N82E16822178741
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

  •  Ultra-fast transfer rate...
  •  Automatic backup softwar...
  •  Works great with Windows...
  • Dimensions: 6.70" x 1.90" x 5.50"
  • Weight: 1.96 lbs.
  • Package Contents: External hard drive WD SmartWare software (pre-loaded) USB cable AC adapter Quick Install Guide
  • Model #: WDBFJK0020HBK-NESN
  • Item #: N82E16822236628
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

Seagate Seagate Seagate Seagate Backup Plus 8TB Desktop External Hard Drive with 200GB of Cloud Storage & Mobile Device Backup USB 3.0 - STDT8000100 (Black)
  (38)
  •  200GB of cloud storage f...
  •  Lyve app to back up dire...
  •  Share Mac and PC files
  • Dimensions: 1.63" x 4.65" x 7.06"
  • Weight: 1.89 lbs.
  • Package Contents: Seagate Backup Plus desktop drive 4-foot (1.2m) USB 3.0 cable Seagate Dashboard backup software Power adapter 200GB cloud storage with OneDrive for 2 years (Must activate by June 30, 2017. May not be available in all countries.) Quick start guide NTFS driver for Mac
  • Electrical Outlet Plug Type: Hard Drive
  • Model #: STDT8000100
  • Item #: N82E16822178682
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

  •  Use with Time Machine to...
  •  USB 3.0 support with USB...
  •  Unique design reduces no...
  • Dimensions: 4.72" x 1.53" x 7.36"
  • Weight: 2.03 lbs.
  • Package Contents: DriveStation USB 3.0 External Hard Drive Quick Setup Guide USB 3.0 Cable AC Adapter Warranty Statement
  • Model #: HD-LC4.0U3
  • Item #: N82E16822165571
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

Seagate Seagate Seagate Seagate Expansion 3TB USB 3.0 3.5" Desktop External Hard Drive STEB3000100 Black
  (9)
  •  3TB. SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ...
  •  Easy and simple to use -...
  •  Drag and drop file savin...
  • Dimensions: 1.44" x 4.75" x 6.93"
  • Weight: 2.09 lbs.
  • Package Contents: Seagate Expansion drive 4-foot (120cm) USB 3.0 cable Power adapter Quick start guide 1-year limited warranty (AMER)
  • Electrical Outlet Plug Type: others
  • Model #: STEB3000100
  • Item #: N82E16822178740
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

  •  Ultra-fast transfer rate...
  •  Automatic backup softwar...
  •  Works great with Windows...
  • Dimensions: 6.73" x 1.93" x 5.47"
  • Weight: 2.27 lbs.
  • Package Contents: External hard drive USB cable AC adapter WD SmartWare Pro software Quick install guide
  • Model #: WDBFJK0040HBK-NESN
  • Item #: N82E16822236626
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

  •  Ultra-fast transfer rate...
  •  Automatic backup softwar...
  •  Works great with Windows...
  • Dimensions: 6.70" x 5.50" x 1.90"
  • Weight: 2.23 lbs.
  • Package Contents: Desktop hard drive USB cable AC adapter WD backup software Quick Install Guide
  • Model #: WDBFJK0030HBK-NESN
  • Item #: N82E16822236627
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

FANTOM DRIVES FANTOM DRIVES FANTOM DRIVES Fantom Drives 2TB USB 3.0 / eSATA Aluminum Desktop External Hard Drive GF3B2000EU Black
  (3)
  •  2TB, USB 3.0 & eSATA int...
  •  PC + MAC compatible
  •  Stylish brushed black al...
  • Cache: 32MB
  • Dimensions: 4.75" x 1.75" x 7.75"
  • Weight: 2.50 lbs.
  • Package Contents: Gforce3 External Hard Drive Drive Stand Power Supply USB 3.0 Cable User Manual
  • Model #: GF3B2000EU
  • Item #: N82E16822510050
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
  • $129.99
  • $9.99 Shipping

FANTOM DRIVES FANTOM DRIVES FANTOM DRIVES Fantom Drives G-Force3 Pro 2TB USB 3.0 Aluminum Desktop External Hard Drive GF3B2000UP Black
  (11)
  •  2TB, USB 3.0, USB 2.0 co...
  •  PC + MAC compatible
  •  Stylish brushed black al...
  • RPM: 7200 RPM
  • Cache: 32MB
  • Dimensions: 9.00" x 3.80" x 10.80"
  • Weight: 2.4 lbs.
  • Model #: GF3B2000UP
  • Item #: N82E16822510022
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
  • $139.99
  • $9.99 Shipping

FANTOM DRIVES FANTOM DRIVES FANTOM DRIVES Fantom Drives G-Force3 8TB USB 3.0 Aluminum Desktop External Hard Drive GF3B8000U Black
  (4)
  •  PC + MAC compatible
  •  8TB, USB 3.0, USB 2.0 co...
  •  Stylish brushed black al...
  • Dimensions: 4.75" x 1.75" x 7.75"
  • Weight: 2.40 lbs.
  • Package Contents: G-Force 3 External Disk Drive, Drive Stand, Power Supply, USB 3.0 Cable, User Manual
  • Model #: GF3B8000U
  • Item #: N82E16822204152
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
  • $439.99
  • $9.99 Shipping

Seagate Seagate Seagate Seagate Backup Plus 3TB Desktop External Hard Drive with 200GB of Cloud Storage & Mobile Device Backup USB 3.0 - STDT3000100 (Black)
  (17)
  •  200GB of cloud storage f...
  •  Lyve app to back up dire...
  •  Share Mac and PC files
  • Dimensions: 1.63" x 4.65" x 7.06"
  • Weight: 1.89 lbs.
  • Package Contents: Seagate Backup Plus desktop drive 4-foot (1.2m) USB 3.0 cable Seagate Dashboard backup software Power adapter 200GB cloud storage with OneDrive for 2 years (Must activate by June 30, 2017. May not be available in all countries.) Quick start guide NTFS driver for Mac
  • Model #: STDT3000100
  • Item #: N82E16822178460
  • Return Policy: View Return Policy

SAMSUNG SAMSUNG SAMSUNG SAMSUNG D3 Station 2TB USB 3.0 3.5" Desktop External Hard Drive STSHX-D201TDB Black
  (62)
  •  SafetyKey protection for...
  •  SuperSpeed USB 3.0 (MAX)...
  •  Sleek design
  • Dimensions: 1.85" x 5.09" x 7.11"
  • Weight: 1.64 lbs.
  • Package Contents: D3 Station External Hard Drive USB cable Power adapter Quick Install Guide Software preloaded on the drive Electronic User Documentation (PDF)
  • Model #: STSHX-D201TDB
  • Item #: N82E16822152409
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

Seagate Seagate Seagate Seagate Backup Plus 6TB Desktop External Hard Drive with 200GB of Cloud Storage & Mobile Device Backup USB 3.0 - STDT6000100 (Black)
  (3)
  •  200GB of cloud storage f...
  •  Lyve app to back up dire...
  •  Share Mac and PC files
  • Dimensions: 1.63" x 4.65" x 7.06"
  • 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 #: STDT6000100
  • Item #: N82E16822178681
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

ioSafe ioSafe ioSafe ioSafe SOLO G3 3TB USB 3.0 3.5" External Hard Drive with Fireproof / Waterproof, 1 year DATA Recovery SVC SK3TB Black
  (17)
  •  Fanless FloSafe Vent Des...
  •  Fireproof - Protects dat...
  •  Waterproof - Protects da...
  • Dimensions: 7.10" x 5.00" x 11.00"
  • Weight: 15.00 lbs.
  • Package Contents: ioSafe Solo G3 USB External Hard Drive USB 3.0 Cable Power Supply Solo G3 Quick Start Guide
  • Electrical Outlet Plug Type: Other Accessories
  • Model #: SK3TB
  • Item #: N82E16822501054
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

FANTOM DRIVES FANTOM DRIVES FANTOM DRIVES Fantom Drives GreenDrive3 2TB USB 3.0/2.0 Aluminum Desktop External Hard Drive GD2000U3P Silver
  •  PC + MAC compatible
  •  2TB, USB 3.0, USB 2.0 co...
  •  Sturdy aluminum casing
  • RPM: 7200 RPM
  • Cache: 32MB
  • Weight: 2.40 lbs.
  • Package Contents: GreenDrive3 External Hard Drive, Drive Stand, Power Supply, USB 3.0 Cable, User Manual
  • Model #: GD2000U3P
  • Item #: N82E16822204147
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
  • $139.99
  • $129.99
  • Save: 7%
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FANTOM DRIVES FANTOM DRIVES FANTOM DRIVES Fantom Drives G-Force 2TB USB 3.0/eSATA Aluminum Desktop External Hard Drive GF3B2000EUA Black
  (3)
  •  2TB, USB 3.0 & eSATA int...
  •  PC + MAC compatible
  •  Stylish brushed black al...
  • Cache: 64MB
  • Dimensions: 4.75" x 1.75" x 7.75"
  • Weight: 2.50 lbs.
  • Package Contents: Gforce3 External Hard Drive Drive Stand Power Supply USB 3.0 Cable User Manual
  • Model #: GF3B2000EUA
  • Item #: N82E16822204126
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
  • $159.99
  • $139.99
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FANTOM DRIVES FANTOM DRIVES FANTOM DRIVES Fantom Drives Gforce/3 4TB USB 3.0 Aluminum Desktop External Hard Drive GF3B4000U Black
  (5)
  •  PC + MAC compatible
  •  4TB, USB 3.0, USB 2.0 co...
  •  Stylish brushed black al...
  • Dimensions: 7.75" x 4.75" x 1.75"
  • Weight: 2.40 lbs.
  • Package Contents: G-Force 3 External Disk Drive, Drive Stand, Power Supply, USB 3.0 Cable, User Manual
  • Model #: GF3B4000U
  • Item #: N82E16822510042
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
  • $249.99
  • $209.99
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FANTOM DRIVES FANTOM DRIVES FANTOM DRIVES Fantom Drives G-Force 1TB USB 3.0 / eSATA Aluminum Desktop External Hard Drive GF3B1000EU Black
  (2)
  •  1TB, USB 3.0 & eSATA int...
  •  PC + MAC compatible
  •  Stylish brushed black al...
  • Cache: 32MB
  • Dimensions: 4.75" x 1.75" x 7.75"
  • Weight: 2.50 lbs.
  • Package Contents: Gforce3 External Hard Drive Drive Stand Power Supply USB 3.0 Cable User Manual
  • Model #: GF3B1000EU
  • Item #: N82E16822510049
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
  • $129.99
  • $119.99
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FANTOM DRIVES FANTOM DRIVES FANTOM DRIVES Fantom Drives G-Force3 3TB USB 3.0 Aluminum Desktop External Hard Drive GF3B3000U Black
  (29)
  •  PC+ MAC compatible
  •  3TB, USB 3.0, USB 2.0 co...
  •  Stylish brushed black al...
  • Dimensions: 7.75" x 4.5" x 1.375"
  • Weight: 2.4 lbs.
  • Parts: 3 years limited
  • Labor: 3 years limited
  • Model #: GF3B3000U
  • Item #: N82E16822204105
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
  • $152.99
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FANTOM DRIVES FANTOM DRIVES FANTOM DRIVES Fantom Drives G-Force3 Pro 3TB USB 3.0 Aluminum Desktop External Hard Drive GF3B3000UP Black
  (4)
  •  3TB, USB 3.0, USB 2.0 co...
  •  PC + MAC compatible
  •  Stylish brushed black al...
  • RPM: 7200 RPM
  • Cache: 32MB
  • Dimensions: 7.75" x 4.75" x 1.75"
  • Weight: 2.40 lbs.
  • Model #: GF3B3000UP
  • Item #: N82E16822204121
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

FANTOM DRIVES FANTOM DRIVES FANTOM DRIVES Fantom Drives G-Force 4TB USB 3.0 / eSATA Aluminum Desktop External Hard Drive GF3B4000EU Black
  (2)
  •  4TB, USB 3.0 & eSATA int...
  •  PC + MAC compatible
  •  Stylish brushed black al...
  • Cache: 32MB
  • Dimensions: 4.75" x 1.75" x 7.75"
  • Weight: 2.50 lbs.
  • Package Contents: Gforce3 External Hard Drive Drive Stand Power Supply USB 3.0 Cable User Manual
  • Model #: GF3B4000EU
  • Item #: N82E16822204128
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
  • $229.99
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FANTOM DRIVES FANTOM DRIVES FANTOM DRIVES Fantom Gforce/3  2TB USB 3.0 Aluminum Desktop External Hard Drive GF3B2000U64 Black
  (1)
  •  PC+ MAC compatible
  •  2TB, USB 3.0, USB 2.0 co...
  •  Stylish brushed black al...
  • Cache: 64MB
  • Parts: 3 Year Limited
  • Model #: GF3B2000U64
  • Item #: N82E16822510019
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
  • $124.99
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FANTOM DRIVES FANTOM DRIVES FANTOM DRIVES Fantom Drives G-Force3 1TB USB 3.0 Aluminum Desktop External Hard Drive GF3B1000U32 Black
  (3)
  •  PC+ MAC compatible
  •  1TB, USB 3.0, USB 2.0 co...
  •  Stylish brushed black al...
  • Cache: 32MB
  • Dimensions: 7.75" x 4.5" x 1.38"
  • Weight: 2.4 lbs.
  • Package Contents: G-Force3 External Hard Drive Drive Stand Power Supply USB 3.0 Cable User Manual
  • Model #: GF3B1000U32
  • Item #: N82E16822204103
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
  • $169.99
  • $119.99
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FANTOM DRIVES FANTOM DRIVES FANTOM DRIVES Fantom Drives Gforce/3 1TB USB 3.0 Aluminum Desktop External Hard Drive  GF3B1000U Black
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  •  PC+ MAC compatible
  •  1TB, USB 3.0, USB 2.0 co...
  •  Stylish brushed black al...
  • Weight: 2.4 lbs.
  • Package Contents: G-Force 3 External Disk Drive, Drive Stand, Power Supply, USB 3.0 Cable, User Manual
  • Parts: 3 years limited
  • Labor: 3 years limited
  • Model #: GF3B1000U
  • Item #: N82E16822204106
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
  • $102.99
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FANTOM DRIVES FANTOM DRIVES FANTOM DRIVES Fantom Drives Gforce/3 2TB USB 3.0 Aluminum Desktop External Hard Drive  GF3B2000U Black
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  •  PC+ MAC compatible
  •  2TB, USB 3.0, USB 2.0 co...
  •  Stylish brushed black al...
  • Weight: 2.4 lbs.
  • Package Contents: G-Force 3 External Disk Drive, Drive Stand, Power Supply, USB 3.0 Cable, User Manual
  • Parts: 3 years limited
  • Labor: 3 years limited
  • Model #: GF3B2000U
  • Item #: N82E16822204107
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  • $129.99
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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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