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Seagate newegg Seagate Backup Plus 5TB USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive STDT5000100
  (8)
  •  Includes easy-to-use bac...
  •  Features mobile backup u...
  •  Automatically save photo...
  • Dimensions: 6.22" x 4.88' x 1.73"
  • Model #: STDT5000100
  • Item #: N82E16822178501
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
  • $249.99
  • $9.99 Shipping

Seagate newegg Seagate Expansion 3TB USB 3.0 3.5" Desktop External Hard Drive STBV3000100
  (199)
  •  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
  • $119.99
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Seagate newegg Seagate Expansion 2TB USB 3.0 3.5" Desktop External Hard Drive STBV2000100
  (152)
  •  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
  • $94.99
  • Save: 5%
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Toshiba newegg TOSHIBA Canvio Desk 2TB USB 3.0 3.5" Desktop External Hard Drive HDWC120XK3J1 Black -Retail
  (19)
  •  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
  • $129.99
  • $89.99
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FANTOM DRIVES newegg Fantom Drives GreenDrive Pro 2TB USB 2.0 / eSATA 3.5" External Hard Drive GDP2000EU
  (170)
  •  Fully RoHS compliant no ...
  •  eSATA and USB 2.0 interf...
  •  Blazing fast 150MB/s eSA...
  • 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
  • $114.99
  • $12.85 Shipping

VERBATIM newegg Verbatim Freecom 1TB USB 3.0 2.5" External Hard Drive 97711
  • $134.99
  • $6.99 Shipping

VERBATIM newegg Verbatim Store 'n' Go 97395 Hard Drive
  • $99.99
  • $6.99 Shipping

VERBATIM newegg Verbatim Store n Save 2TB USB 3.0 3.5" Desktop Hard Drive 97580 Black
  (3)
  •  97580
  •  USB 3.0
  •  3.5"
  • Features: USB 3.0 connectivity increases transfer speed up to 10x faster than USB 2.0 100% compatible with USB 2.0 ports Includes Nero BackItUp & Burn Essentials Software Includes Verbatim's Green Button energy-saving software Features Verbatim's Formatter software, allowing users to easily format the drive to either FAT32 or NTFS (or FAT32 to HFS+ for Mac version), based on their own requirements. Enclosure design allows for horizontal or vertical orientation to minimize space requirement Ventillation slots allow for fanless, quiet operation
  • Model #: 97580
  • Item #: N82E16822215086CVF
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
  • $154.99
  • $8.13 Shipping

VERBATIM newegg Verbatim 1 TB External Hard Drive
  •  USB 3.0
  • $129.99
  • $7.34 Shipping

LaCie newegg LaCie Rugged Triple USB 3.0 500GB USB 3.0 / 2 x Firewire800 2.5" External Hard Drive 301982
  (4)
  •  301982
  •  USB 3.0 / 2 x Firewire80...
  •  2.5"
  • RPM: 5400 RPM
  • Dimensions: 5.7" x 3.5" x 1"
  • Weight: 0.57 lbs.
  • Features: Enhanced speed and connectivity AES 256-bit encryption protection Drop-resistant up to two meters
  • Model #: 301982
  • Item #: N82E16822154546CVF
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
  • $119.99
  • $6.99 Shipping

FANTOM DRIVES newegg Fantom Drives GreenDrive 2TB USB 2.0 / eSATA 3.5" External Hard Drive GD2000EU
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  •  Fully RoHS compliant no ...
  •  eSATA and USB 2.0 interf...
  •  Blazing fast 150MB/s eSA...
  • Dimensions: 7.75" x 4.5" x 1.375"
  • Weight: 2.4 lbs.
  • Features: GreenDrive eSATA / USB 2.0 External Hard Drives with Local & Cloud Backup Software offer an affordable and reliable storage solution for USB and eSATA enabled PC's and Macs. This product promotes ultimate data protection by including MicroNet Online Backup local software pre-installed on your device. Quality & Durability The GreenDrive family of external hard drives feature a sturdy aluminum casing for maximum durability, a fan-free design for virtually silent operation and can be stored horizontally or vertically to optimize your work space. Fantom GreenDrives offer reliable storage expansion from your limited built-in hard drive so you can store all of your valuable data and digital memories. Dual Layer Protection with Cloud Storage MicroNet Online Backup provides the most trusted ...
  • Model #: GD2000EU
  • Item #: N82E16822204093
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
  • $196.99
  • $155.99
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FANTOM DRIVES newegg Fantom Drives GreenDrive Quad 2TB USB 2.0 / FireWire 800 / FireWire 400 / eSATA Aluminum External Hard Drive GD2000Q32
  •  Quad Interface - FireWir...
  •  7200 rpm speed
  •  PC and Macintosh compati...
  • RPM: 7200 RPM
  • Cache: 32MB
  • Weight: 2.4lbs
  • Features: Quad Interface - FireWire 800, FireWire 400, eSATA, USB 2.0 7200 rpm speed PC and Macintosh compatible Blazing fast 300MB/S eSATA port Virtually silent fanless design Slim and compact - 1 3/8" wide Rugged, solid aluminum enclosure Easy installation On and Off switch
  • Model #: GD2000Q32
  • Item #: N82E16822510002
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
  • $179.99
  • $12.85 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 #: 9000342 DUP
  • Item #: N82E16822154662CVF
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
  • $145.99
  • $7.60 Shipping

VERBATIM newegg Verbatim Titan XS Portable 97394 Hard Drive
  •  97394
  •  USB 3.0
  • $130.99
  • $6.99 Shipping

Seagate newegg Seagate Expansion 1TB USB 3.0 3.5" Desktop External Hard Drive STBV1000100 Black
  •  STBV1000100
  •  USB 3.0
  •  3.5"
  • 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 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 #: STBV1000100
  • Item #: N82E16822178115CVF
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
  • $89.99
  • $6.99 Shipping

Toshiba newegg TOSHIBA Canvio Desk 5TB USB 3.0 3.5" Desktop External Hard Drive HDWC250XK3J1 Black
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  •  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
  • $229.99
  • $199.99
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FANTOM DRIVES newegg Fantom Drives GreenDrive3 3TB USB 3.0 3.5" External Hard Drive GD3000U3
  (2)
  •  Newest Generation USB 3....
  •  PC + Mac compatible
  •  Quiet fan-free design
  • Dimensions: 7.75" x 4.75" x 1.75"
  • Weight: 2.5 lbs.
  • Features: 2GB Free Cloud Backup for 6 Months, great for performance hungry applications. Quality & Durability High Performance Transfers Go Green with Fantom GreenDrives OS Support - Apple Mac OS X 10.5 or later - Microsoft Windows Vista, 7, Windows Server 2003, 2008
  • Package Contents: GreenDrive3 USB 3.0 Hard Drive USB 3.0 Cable Power Cord Drive Stand User Manual
  • Model #: GD3000U3
  • Item #: N82E16822204116
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
  • $164.99
  • $12.85 Shipping

Seagate newegg Seagate Backup Plus 5TB USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive STDT5000100
  (8)
  •  Includes easy-to-use bac...
  •  Features mobile backup u...
  •  Automatically save photo...
  • Dimensions: 6.22" x 4.88' x 1.73"
  • Model #: STDT5000100
  • Item #: N82E16822178501
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
  • $249.99
  • $9.99 Shipping

Buffalo Technology newegg BUFFALO DriveStation Axis Velocity 1TB USB 3.0 3.5" External Hard Drive HD-LX1.0TU3 Black
  •  HD-LX1.0TU3
  •  USB 3.0
  •  3.5"
  • Dimensions: 7.5" x 4.8" x 1.5"
  • Weight: 2.1 lbs.
  • Features: SuperSpeed USB 3.0 + 7200 RPM +TurboPC EX Hardware Disk Encryption Compatible with USB 2.0 Works with PC (NTFS and HFS+ support) and Mac Fanless Design Time Machine Compatibility
  • Model #: HD-LX1.0TU3
  • Item #: N82E16822165440CVF
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
  • $109.99
  • $7.99 Shipping

FANTOM DRIVES newegg Fantom Drives G-Force3 3TB USB 3.0 3.5" External Hard Drive GF3B3000U Black
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  •  USB 3.0
  •  3 Year Warranty
  • Dimensions: 7.75" x 4.5" x 1.375"
  • Weight: 2.4 lbs.
  • Features: USB 3.0 Interface options PC + Mac compatible Quiet fan-free design Easy Installation Stylish brushed black aluminum enclosure
  • Parts: 3 years limited
  • Model #: GF3B3000U
  • Item #: N82E16822204105
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
  • $152.99
  • $9.99 Shipping

LaCie newegg LaCie Rugged Triple USB 3.0 500GB USB 3.0 / 2 x Firewire800 2.5" External Hard Drive 301983
  (2)
  •  301983
  •  USB 3.0 / 2 x Firewire80...
  •  2.5"
  • RPM: 7200 RPM
  • Dimensions: 5.7" x 3.5" x 1"
  • Weight: 0.57 lbs.
  • Features: Enhanced speed and connectivity AES 256-bit encryption protection Drop-resistant up to two meters
  • Model #: 301983
  • Item #: N82E16822154547CVF
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
  • $129.99
  • $6.99 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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