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  •  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
  • $179.99
  • $144.99 
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Seagate Seagate Seagate Seagate Expansion 8TB USB 3.0 3.5" Desktop External Hard Drive STEB8000100 Black
  (3)
  •  8TB. 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 #: STEB8000100
  • Item #: N82E16822178951
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
  • $399.99
  • $309.99 
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Seagate Seagate Seagate Seagate Expansion 4TB USB 3.0 3.5" Desktop External Hard Drive STEB4000100 Black
  (28)
  •  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

Seagate Seagate Seagate Seagate Expansion 5TB USB 3.0 3.5" Desktop External Hard Drive STEB5000100 Black
  (73)
  •  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: 6.53" x 1.89" x 5.31"
  • Weight: 2.09 lbs.
  • Package Contents: External hard drive USB cable AC adapter Quick Install Guide
  • Electrical Outlet Plug Type: Hard Drive
  • Model #: WDBWLG0040HBK-NESN
  • Item #: N82E16822236807
  • 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)
  (42)
  •  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

  •  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

Seagate Seagate Seagate Seagate Backup Plus 5TB Desktop External Hard Drive with 200GB of Cloud Storage & Mobile Device Backup USB 3.0 - STDT5000100 (Black)
  (82)
  •  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 8TB My Book Desktop External Hard Drive - USB 3.0 - WDBFJK0080HBK-NESN
  (5)
  •  8TB, USB 3.0 (USB 2.0 co...
  •  WD Backup software
  •  Acronis True Image WD Ed...
  • Dimensions: 6.73" x 1.93" x 5.47"
  • Weight: 2.23 lbs.
  • Package Contents: External hard drive USB cable AC adapter WD Backup software Quick install guide
  • Model #: WDBFJK0080HBK-NESN
  • Item #: N82E16822235061
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
  • $399.99
  • $319.99 
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Western Digital Western Digital Western Digital WD Elements 3TB USB 3.0 Desktop External Desktop Storage WDBWLG0030HBK-NESN Black
  (5)
  •  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
  • Electrical Outlet Plug Type: Hard Drive
  • Model #: WDBWLG0030HBK-NESN
  • Item #: N82E16822236716
  • 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

  •  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
  • Electrical Outlet Plug Type: Hard Drive
  • Model #: WDBFJK0030HBK-NESN
  • Item #: N82E16822236627
  • 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)
  (4)
  •  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

Maxtor Maxtor Maxtor Maxtor 4TB D3 Station Desktop External Hard Drive - USB 3.0 STSHX-D401TDBM
  (4)
  •  4TB, SuperSpeed USB 3.0
  •  Sleek design
  •  Compact size and streaml...
  • Dimensions: 1.85" x 5.09" x 7.11"
  • Weight: 1.85 lbs.
  • Model #: STSHX-D401TDBM
  • Item #: N82E16822144561
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
  • $159.99
  • $139.99 
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Seagate Seagate Seagate Seagate Expansion 3TB USB 3.0 3.5" Desktop External Hard Drive STEB3000100 Black
  (11)
  •  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

Toshiba Toshiba Toshiba TOSHIBA Canvio Desk 3TB USB 3.0 3.5" Desktop External Hard Drive HDWC130XK3J1 Black
  (71)
  •  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 1.65" x 5.08"
  • Model #: HDWC130XK3J1
  • Item #: N82E16822149389
  • 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

Western Digital Western Digital Western Digital WD 12TB My Book Duo Desktop RAID External Hard Drive - USB 3.0 - WDBLWE0120JCH-NESN
  (6)
  •  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: 5.1lbs
  • Package Contents: External storage WD SmartWare Pro, WD Drive Utilities & WD Security software USB cable AC adapter Quick install guide
  • Model #: WDBLWE0120JCH-NESN
  • Item #: N82E16822236731
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

Western Digital Western Digital Western Digital Western Digital My Book Duo 4TB USB 3.0 Premium RAID Storage WDBLWE0040JCH-NESN
  (3)
  •  WDBLWE0040JCH-NESN
  •  USB 3.0
  • Dimensions: 6.50" x 3.09" x 3.90"
  • Weight: 4.60 lbs.
  • Model #: WDBLWE0040JCH-NESN
  • Item #: N82E16822236728CVF
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
  • $399.99
  • $349.99 
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Western Digital Western Digital Western Digital WD 16TB My Book Duo Desktop RAID External Hard Drive USB 3.0 - WDBLWE0160JCH-NESN
  (1)
  •  Dual-drive enclosure up ...
  •  Pre-formatted for Window...
  •  WD SmartWare backup soft...
  • Dimensions: 6.50" x 3.90" x 6.18"
  • Weight: 6.19 lbs.
  • Package Contents: External storage WD SmartWare Pro, WD Drive Utilities & WD Security software USB cable AC adapter Quick install guide
  • Model #: WDBLWE0160JCH-NESN
  • Item #: N82E16822235088
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
  • $849.99
  • $699.99 
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LaCie LaCie LaCie LACIE d2 4TB 7200 RPM 3.5" 2 x Thunderbolt 2 ports 1 x USB 3.0 port Mac Storage Model 9000493U
  •  Model 9000493U
  •  2 x Thunderbolt 2 ports ...
  •  3.5"
  • Type: Internal
  • Cache: 64MB
  • Package Contents: LaCie d2 Thunderbolt cable USB 3.0 cable (USB 2.0 compatible**) External power supply Quick Install Guide
  • Model #: 9000493U
  • Item #: N82E16822154738CVF
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
  • $494.99
  • $425.99 
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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 
  • $9.99 Shipping

Western Digital Western Digital Western Digital WD 8TB My Book Duo Desktop RAID External Hard Drive - USB 3.0 - WDBLWE0080JCH-NESN
  (7)
  •  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
  • Return Policy: View Return Policy

FANTOM DRIVES FANTOM DRIVES FANTOM DRIVES Fantom Drives G-Force3 Pro 3TB USB 3.0 Aluminum Desktop External Hard Drive GF3B3000UP Black
  (5)
  •  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

Seagate Seagate Seagate Seagate Expansion 3TB USB 3.0 3.5" Desktop External Hard Drive STBV3000100 Black
  (250)
  •  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.
  • Package Contents: 59965U
  • Parts: 1 Year
  • Model #: STBV3000100
  • Item #: 9SIA66K3105566
  • Return Policy: View Return Policy
  • $235.87 
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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
  (4)
  •  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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Seagate Seagate Seagate Seagate Backup Plus 2TB Desktop External Hard Drive with 200GB of Cloud Storage & Mobile Device Backup USB 3.0 - STDT2000100 (Black)
  (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
  • Electrical Outlet Plug Type: others
  • Model #: STDT2000100
  • Return Policy: View Return Policy

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

Seagate Seagate Seagate Seagate Expansion 2TB USB 3.0 3.5" Desktop External Hard Drive STEB2000100 Black
  (10)
  •  2TB. 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 #: STEB2000100
  • Return Policy: View Return Policy

DELL DELL DELL DELL 1RMMC 2TB External Backup HDD
  (2)
  •  USB 3.0
  •  2.5"
  • RPM: 5400 RPM
  • Dimensions: 3 in x 4.5 in x 0.5 in
  • Weight: 5.61 oz
  • Model #: 1RMMC
  • Return Policy: View Return Policy

ioSafe ioSafe ioSafe ioSafe SOLO G3 2TB USB 3.0 3.5" External Hard Drive with Fireproof / Waterproof, 1 year DATA Recovery SVC SK2TB
  (5)
  •  SK2TB
  •  USB 3.0
  •  3.5"
  • Dimensions: 11" x 7.1" x 5"
  • Package Contents: ioSafe Solo G3 USB External Hard Drive USB 3.0 Cable Power Supply Solo G3 Quick Start Guide
  • Model #: SK2TB
  • Item #: N82E16822501053CVF
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
  • $510.99
  • $436.99 
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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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