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  •  Instantly add 5 TB of st...
  •  Simple plug-and-play con...
  •  Power supply and USB 3.0...
  • Dimensions: 1.5" x 4.6" x 7.1" (H x W x D)
  • Weight: 2.1lbs
  • Package Contents: 1 Year Limited
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  • $219.99
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Seagate newegg Seagate Expansion 5TB USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive STBV5000100
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  •  Instantly add 5 TB of st...
  •  Simple plug-and-play con...
  •  Power supply and USB 3.0...
  • Dimensions: 1.5" x 4.6" x 7.1" (H x W x D)
  • Weight: 2.1lbs
  • Package Contents: 1 Year Limited
  • Parts: 1 Year Limited
  • Model #: STBV5000100
  • Item #: N82E16822178587
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  • $219.99
  • $169.99
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Western Digital newegg WD My Book 4TB USB 3.0/USB 2.0 3.5" External Hard Drive WDBFJK0040HBK-NESN
  (44)
  •  Ultra-fast transfer rate...
  •  Automatic backup softwar...
  •  Works great with Windows...
  • Dimensions: 6.7"(H) x 5.5"(D) x 1.9"(W)
  • Weight: 2.27 lbs.
  • Package Contents: External hard drive WD SmartWare software (pre-loaded) USB cable AC adapter Quick Install Guide
  • Model #: WDBFJK0040HBK-NESN
  • Item #: N82E16822236626
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

SAMSUNG newegg SAMSUNG D3 Station 3TB USB 3.0 3.5" Desktop External Hard Drive STSHX-D301TDB Black
  (66)
  •  SafetyKeyTM protection f...
  •  SuperSpeed USB 3.0 (MAX)...
  •  3-year limited global wa...
  • Dimensions: 7.11" x 5.09" x 1.85"
  • Weight: 813g
  • 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-D301TDB
  • Item #: N82E16822152408
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
  • $149.99
  • $119.99
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Buffalo Technology newegg BUFFALO DriveStation 3TB USB 3.0 External Desktop Hard Drive HD-LC3.0U3
  (13)
  •  Use with Time Machine to...
  •  USB 3.0 support with USB...
  •  Unique design reduces no...
  • Dimensions: 4.7" x 1.5" x 7.4"
  • Weight: 2.9
  • Package Contents: DriveStation HD-LCU3 Quick-Setup Guide AC Adapter Warranty Statement
  • Parts: 1 Year
  • Model #: HD-LC3.0U3
  • Item #: N82E16822165570
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

Western Digital newegg WD My Book 2TB USB 3.0/USB 2.0 3.5" External Hard Drive WDBFJK0020HBK-NESN
  (16)
  •  Ultra-fast transfer rate...
  •  Automatic backup softwar...
  •  Works great with Windows...
  • Dimensions: 6.7"(H) x 5.5"(D) x 1.9"(W)
  • 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 newegg Seagate Backup Plus 2TB USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive STDT2000100
  (10)
  •  200GB of cloud storage f...
  •  Lyve app to back up dire...
  •  Share Mac and PC files
  • 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 #: STDT2000100
  • Item #: N82E16822178459
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

Western Digital newegg My Book Duo 4TB dual-drive, USB3.0  high-speed premium RAID storage Model WDBLWE0040JCH-NESN
  (3)
  •  Two USB 3.0 expansion po...
  •  Up to 290 MB/s file tran...
  •  Dual-drive enclosure
  • Dimensions: 6.5" x 3.9" x 6.2" (H x W x D)
  • Weight: 4.6lbs
  • Package Contents: External storage WD SmartWare Pro, WD Drive Utilities & WD Security software USB cable AC adapter Quick install guide
  • Model #: WDBLWE0040JCH-NESN
  • Item #: N82E16822236728
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
  • $379.99
  • $339.99
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Western Digital newegg WD Elements 4TB USB 3.0 3.5" External Hard Drive WDBWLG0040HBK-NESN Black
  (30)
  •  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

Western Digital newegg WD My Book 3TB USB 3.0/USB 2.0 3.5" External Hard Drive WDBFJK0030HBK-NESN
  (21)
  •  Ultra-fast transfer rate...
  •  Automatic backup softwar...
  •  Works great with Windows...
  • Dimensions: 6.7"(H) x 5.5"(D) x 1.9"(W)
  • Weight: 2.23 lbs.
  • Package Contents: External hard drive WD SmartWare software (pre-loaded) USB cable AC adapter Quick Install Guide
  • Model #: WDBFJK0030HBK-NESN
  • Item #: N82E16822236627
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

Seagate newegg Seagate Backup Plus 3TB USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive STDT3000100
  (10)
  •  200GB of cloud storage f...
  •  Lyve app to back up dire...
  •  Share Mac and PC files
  • 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

Seagate newegg Seagate Backup Plus 4TB USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive STDT4000100
  (10)
  •  200GB of cloud storage f...
  •  Lyve app to back up dire...
  •  Share Mac and PC files
  • 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 #: STDT4000100
  • Item #: N82E16822178461
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

LaCie newegg LaCie d2 Quadra USB 3.0 3TB USB 3.0 / 2 x Firewire800 / eSATA 3.5" External Hard Drive 301549U
  (1)
  •  301549U
  •  USB 3.0 / 2 x Firewire80...
  •  3.5"
  • RPM: 7200 RPM
  • Cache: 32MB
  • Dimensions: 7.2" x 6.6" x 2.3"
  • Weight: 3.7 lbs.
  • Model #: 301549U
  • Item #: N82E16822154545CVF
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
  • $257.99
  • $239.99
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Buffalo Technology newegg BUFFALO DriveStation 4TB USB 3.0 External Desktop Hard Drive HD-LC4.0U3
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  •  Use with Time Machine to...
  •  USB 3.0 support with USB...
  •  Unique design reduces no...
  • Dimensions: 4.7" x 1.5" x 7.4"
  • Weight: 2.1 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

Buffalo Technology newegg BUFFALO DriveStation 2TB USB 3.0 External Desktop Hard Drive HD-LC2.0U3
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  •  Use with Time Machine to...
  •  USB 3.0 support with USB...
  •  Unique design reduces no...
  • Package Contents: DriveStation USB 3.0 External Hard Drive Quick Setup Guide USB 3.0 Cable AC Adapter Warranty Statement
  • Model #: HD-LC2.0U3
  • Item #: N82E16822165569
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

Western Digital newegg My Book Duo 6TB dual-drive, USB3.0  high-speed premium RAID storage Model WDBLWE0060JCH-NESN
  (4)
  •  Two USB 3.0 expansion po...
  •  Up to 290 MB/s file tran...
  •  Dual-drive enclosure
  • Dimensions: 6.5" x 3.9" x 6.2" (H x W x D)
  • Weight: 4.8lbs
  • Package Contents: External storage WD SmartWare Pro, WD Drive Utilities & WD Security software USB cable AC adapter Quick install guide
  • Model #: WDBLWE0060JCH-NESN
  • Item #: N82E16822236729
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
  • $449.99
  • $399.99
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Seagate newegg Seagate Backup Plus 8TB USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive STDT8000100 Black
  (12)
  •  200GB of cloud storage f...
  •  Lyve app to back up dire...
  •  Share Mac and PC files
  • 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 #: STDT8000100
  • Item #: N82E16822178682
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

Seagate newegg Seagate Backup Plus 5TB USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive STDT5000100
  (63)
  •  200GB of cloud storage f...
  •  Lyve app to back up dire...
  •  Share Mac and PC files
  • Dimensions: 6.22" x 4.88' x 1.73"
  • Model #: STDT5000100
  • Item #: N82E16822178501
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

Western Digital newegg My Book Duo 8TB dual-drive, USB3.0  high-speed premium RAID storage Model WDBLWE0080JCH-NESN
  (4)
  •  Two USB 3.0 expansion po...
  •  Up to 290 MB/s file tran...
  •  Dual-drive enclosure
  • Dimensions: 6.5" x 3.9" x 6.2" (H x W x D)
  • Weight: 5.0lbs
  • Package Contents: External storage WD SmartWare Pro, WD Drive Utilities & WD Security software USB cable AC adapter Quick install guide
  • Model #: WDBLWE0080JCH-NESN
  • Item #: N82E16822236730
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

Western Digital newegg WD Elements 5TB USB 3.0 3.5" External Hard Drive WDBWLG0050HBK-NESN Black
  (3)
  •  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 #: WDBWLG0050HBK-NESN
  • Item #: N82E16822236808
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
  • $279.99
  • $249.99
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LaCie newegg LaCie Porsche Design P'9220 500GB USB 3.0 2.5" External Hard Drive 301998 Silver
  (3)
  •  301998
  •  USB 3.0
  •  2.5"
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 77mm x 15mm
  • Weight: 240g
  • Package Contents: LaCie Porsche Design P'9220 USB 3.0 cable (USB 2.0-compatible) Quick Install Guide Complete Software Suite: LaCie Private-Public, Backup Assistant, Eco Mode, Wuala
  • Model #: 301998
  • Item #: N82E16822154539CVF
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
  • $86.99
  • $77.99
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SAMSUNG newegg SAMSUNG D3 Station 4TB USB 3.0 3.5" Desktop External Hard Drive STSHX-D401TDB Black
  (88)
  •  Sleek design
  •  Compact size and streaml...
  •  SafetyKey protection for...
  • Dimensions: 7.11" x 5.09" x 1.85"
  • Weight: 929g
  • 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
  • $199.99
  • $149.99
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Seagate newegg Seagate Backup Plus 6TB USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive STDT6000100 Black
  (3)
  •  200GB of cloud storage f...
  •  Lyve app to back up dire...
  •  Share Mac and PC files
  • 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 #: STDT6000100
  • Item #: N82E16822178681
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

SAMSUNG newegg SAMSUNG D3 Station 5TB USB 3.0 3.5" Desktop External Hard Drive STSHX-D501TDB Black
  (30)
  •  Super speed USB 3.0, Sle...
  •  Compact size and streaml...
  •  SafetyKey™ protection fo...
  • Dimensions: 7.11" x 5.09" x 1.85"
  • Weight: 772g
  • 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-D501TDB
  • Item #: N82E16822152425
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
  • $249.99
  • $144.99
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SAMSUNG newegg SAMSUNG D3 Station 2TB USB 3.0 3.5" Desktop External Hard Drive STSHX-D201TDB Black
  (54)
  •  SafetyKeyTM protection f...
  •  SuperSpeed USB 3.0 (MAX)...
  •  3-year limited global wa...
  • Dimensions: 7.11" x 5.09" x 1.85"
  • Weight: 743g
  • 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
  • $159.99
  • $99.99
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Toshiba newegg TOSHIBA Canvio Desk 4TB USB 3.0 3.5" Desktop External Hard Drive HDWC240XK3J1 Black
  (7)
  •  High capacity storage in...
  •  USB 3.0 + USB 2.0 compat...
  •  Fits your space and safe...
  • RPM: 7200 RPM
  • Cache: 32MB
  • Average Seek Time: 10.5ms
  • Dimensions: 6.57" x 1.65" x 5.08"
  • Model #: HDWC240XK3J1
  • Item #: N82E16822149521
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
  • $249.99
  • $179.99
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Toshiba newegg TOSHIBA Canvio Desk 5TB USB 3.0 3.5" Desktop External Hard Drive HDWC250XK3J1 Black
  (9)
  •  High capacity storage in...
  •  USB 3.0 + USB 2.0 compat...
  •  Fits your space and safe...
  • RPM: 7200 RPM
  • Cache: 32MB
  • Average Seek Time: 10.5ms
  • Dimensions: 167mm(H) x 129mm (L) x 42mm (W)
  • Model #: HDWC250XK3J1
  • Item #: N82E16822149522
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
  • $249.99
  • $219.99
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Western Digital newegg WD Elements 3TB USB 3.0 External Desktop Storage WDBWLG0030HBK-NESN Black
  (2)
  •  Ultra-fast USB 3.0 data ...
  •  Massive capacity
  •  Free trial of WD SmartWa...
  • Dimensions: 6.5"(H) x 5.3"(L) x 1.9"(W)
  • Weight: 2.0lbs
  • Package Contents: Desktop hard drive USB cable AC adapter Quick Install Guide
  • Model #: WDBWLG0030HBK-NESN
  • Item #: N82E16822236716
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
  • $159.99
  • $139.99
  • Save: 13%
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SAMSUNG newegg SAMSUNG D3 Station 6TB USB 3.0 3.5" Desktop External Hard Drive STSHX-D601TDB Black
  •  Super speed USB 3.0, Sle...
  •  Compact size and streaml...
  •  SafetyKey™ protection fo...
  • Dimensions: 7.11" x 5.09" x 1.85"
  • Weight: 772g
  • 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-D601TDB
  • Item #: N82E16822152424
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
  • $349.99
  • $319.99
  • Save: 9%
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LaCie newegg LaCie 2big Quadra 8TB USB 3.0 / 2 x FireWire 800 3.5" External Hard Drive 9000317
  •  9000317
  •  USB 3.0 / 2 x FireWire 8...
  •  3.5"
  • RPM: 7200 RPM
  • RAID: RAID System (0, 1)
  • Dimensions: 3.5" x 6.7" x 7.8"
  • Weight: 7.9 lbs.
  • Model #: 9000317
  • Item #: 0BD-009Y-00004CVF
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
  • $671.99
  • $6.99 Shipping

LaCie newegg LaCie d2 5TB USB 3.0 Professional Desktop Storage 9000444
  •  9000444
  •  USB 3.0
  • RPM: 7200 RPM
  • Cache: 64MB
  • Dimensions: 7.5" x 5.1" x 2.4" (H x W x D)
  • Package Contents: LaCie d2 USB 3.0 cable (USB 2.0 compatible*) External power supply Quick Install Guide
  • Model #: 9000444
  • Item #: 1E8-000H-00045CVF
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
  • $372.99
  • $8.39 Shipping

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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