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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
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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
  • $103.99
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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
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Seagate newegg Seagate Expansion 3TB USB 3.0 3.5" Desktop External Hard Drive STBV3000100 Black
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  •  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
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  •  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
  • $196.99
  • $171.99
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Western Digital newegg WD My Passport Ultra 1TB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive WDBZFP0010BBK-NESN Black
  (11)
  •  Automatic & cloud backup...
  •  Local and cloud backup
  •  Ultra-fast transfer rate...
  • Dimensions: 4.35"(H) x 3.23"(W) x 0.61"(D)
  • Weight: 0.34 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 #: WDBZFP0010BBK-NESN
  • Item #: N82E16822236576
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
  • $109.99
  • $88.99
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Western Digital newegg WD My Passport Ultra 1TB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive WDBZFP0010BRD-NESN Red
  (3)
  •  Ultra-fast transfer rate...
  •  Works great with Windows...
  •  USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 comp...
  • Dimensions: 4.35"(H) x 3.23"(W) x 0.61"(D)
  • Weight: 0.34 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 #: WDBZFP0010BRD-NESN
  • Item #: N82E16822236578
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
  • $119.99
  • $88.99
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Western Digital newegg WD My Passport Slim 1TB USB 3.0 External Hard Drive WDBGMT0010BAL-NESN
  •  Thin, metal enclosure wi...
  •  Ultra-fast USB 3.0 conne...
  •  WD SmartWare Pro automat...
  • Dimensions: 4.33"(D) x 3.14"(W) x 0.48"(H)
  • Weight: 0.3 lbs.
  • Features: Ultra-slim, metal design -Our thinnest drive yet, My Passport Slim is the ideal companion for your Ultrabook or other slim notebook. Thin enough to fit in your briefcase, pocket or purse, it's big enough to carry all your digital content. Local and cloud backup -Safeguard your memories with WD SmartWare Pro automatic backup software. Back up directly to this drive or back up to the cloud using Dropbox. Secure your drive -Use WD Security to set password protection and hardware encryption and protect your files from unauthorized use or access
  • Package Contents: Portable hard drive USB cable WD SmartWare Pro software Soft pouch Quick Install Guide
  • Model #: WDBGMT0010BAL-NESN
  • Item #: N82E16822236605
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
  • $129.99
  • $99.99
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Western Digital newegg WD My Passport Ultra 1TB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive WDBZFP0010BTT-NESN Titanium
  (5)
  •  Ultra-fast transfer rate...
  •  Works great with Windows...
  •  USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 comp...
  • Dimensions: 4.35"(H) x 3.23"(W) x 0.61"(D)
  • Weight: 0.34 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 #: WDBZFP0010BTT-NESN
  • Item #: N82E16822236579
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
  • $99.99
  • $87.99
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FANTOM DRIVES newegg Fantom Drives GreenDrive3 2TB USB 3.0 External Hard Drive GD2000U3A
  (3)
  •  GD2000U3A
  •  USB 3.0
  • Cache: 64MB
  • Dimensions: 7.75" x 4.75" x 1.75"
  • Weight: 2.40 lb
  • Features: Fantom GreenDrive3 USB 3.0 External Hard Drives offer an affordable and reliable storage solution for USB enabled PC's and Macs. 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. High Performance Transfers Fantom Drives GreenDrive3 USB 3.0 hard drive is backwards compatible with USB 2.0 and represents the pinnacle of host connectivity allowing transfer rates up to 10 times the rate of USB 2.0. The GreenDrive3 USB 3....
  • Model #: GD2000U3A
  • Item #: N82E16822510007
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
  • $119.99
  • $11.99 Shipping

Seagate newegg Seagate Expansion 4TB USB 3.0 3.5" Desktop External Hard Drive STBV4000100 Black
  (26)
  •  Drag and drop file savin...
  •  Fast data transfer with ...
  •  1 year manufacturer warr...
  • Dimensions: 7.07" x 4.65" x 1.48"
  • Features: The Seagate Expansion desktop drive provides extra storage for your ever-growing collection of files. Instantly add space for more files, consolidate all of your files to a single location, or free up space on your computer's internal drive to help improve performance. Setup is straightforward; simply plug in the included power supply and USB cable, and you are ready to go. It is automatically recognized by the Windows operating system, so there is no software to install and nothing to configure. Saving files is easy too-just drag-and-drop. Take advantage of the fast data transfer speeds with the USB 3.0 interface by connecting to a SuperSpeed USB 3.0 port. USB 3.0 is backwards compatible with USB 2.0 for additional system compatibility.
  • Package Contents: Seagate Expansion drive 4-foot (120cm) USB 3.0...
  • Model #: STBV4000100
  • Item #: N82E16822178354
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
  • $169.99
  • $7.99 Shipping

Western Digital newegg WD My Passport Slim 2TB USB 3.0 / USB 2.0 Portable Storage WDBPDZ0020BAL-NESN
  •  Sleek design with high c...
  •  Local and cloud backup
  •  Ultra-fast transfer rate...
  • Dimensions: 4.33"(H) x 3.14"(W) x 0.70"(D)
  • Weight: 0.48lb
  • Features: Sleek design with high capacity Local and cloud backup Ultra-fast transfer rates Universal connectivity Works great with Windows 8 USB-powered
  • Package Contents: Portable hard drive USB cable WD SmartWare Pro software Soft pouch Quick Install Guide
  • Model #: WDBPDZ0020BAL-NESN
  • Item #: N82E16822236663
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
  • $169.99
  • $11.99 Shipping

Transcend newegg Transcend StoreJet 25H3P 1TB USB 3.0 2.5" External Hard Drive TS1TSJ25H3P
  •  USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 conn...
  •  Military-grade shock res...
  •  Advanced 3-stage shock ...
  • Dimensions: 131.8mm x 80.8mm x 19.0mm
  • Weight: 0.48lb
  • Features: SuperSpeed USB 3.0 compliant and backwards compatible with USB 2.0 Durable anti-shock silicone outer shell Advanced internal hard drive suspension system Connection bandwidth up to 5Gbits per second Extra-large storage capacity Sleek ultra portable design Easy Plug and Play operation - no drivers required USB powered - no external adapter necessary Power saving sleep mode One Touch Auto-Backup button Includes Transcend Elite backup and security software LED power / data transfer activity indicator
  • Model #: TS1TSJ25H3P
  • Item #: N82E16822157031
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
  • $84.99
  • $12.99 Shipping

IBM newegg IBM 500 GB External Hard Drive
  • Weight: 6.10 oz
  • Parts: 1 Year Limited
  • Model #: 46C5368
  • Item #: N82E16822135061CVF
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
  • $217.99
  • $7.86 Shipping

LaCie newegg LaCie 2big Quadra 6TB USB 3.0 / 2 x FireWire 800 3.5" External Hard Drive 9000354
  •  9000354
  •  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 #: 9000354
  • Item #: N82E16822154648CVF
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
  • $595.99
  • $9.65 Shipping

FANTOM DRIVES newegg Fantom Drives GreenDrive 3TB USB 2.0 / eSATA 3.5" External Hard Drive GD3000EU
  (3)
  •  GD3000EU
  •  USB 2.0 / eSATA
  •  3.5"
  • Dimensions: 7.75" x 4.5" x 1.38"
  • 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 online backup software for PC...
  • Model #: GD3000EU
  • Item #: N82E16822510016
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
  • $208.99
  • $189.99
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Imation newegg Memorex SlimDrive 500 GB 2.5" External Hard Drive - Black
  •  USB 3.0
  •  2.5"
  • Package Contents: Package Contents: SlimDrive Hard Drive USB Cable
  • Parts: 2 Year
  • Model #: 99087
  • Item #: N82E16822132053CVF
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
  • $76.99
  • $7.34 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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