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SanDisk 2TB Extreme Portable USB 3.1 Type-C External SSD

SanDisk 2TB Extreme Portable USB 3.1 Type-C External SSD

B&H # SAE6002TBG25 MFR # SDSSDE60-2T00-G25

Key Features

  • 2TB Storage Capacity
  • USB 3.1 Type-C Interface
  • Up to 550 MB/s Read Speeds
  • Bus Powered
$29999
Reg. $549.99
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LaCie 5TB Rugged USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C External Hard Drive

LaCie 5TB Rugged USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C External Hard Drive

B&H # LASTFR500080 MFR # STFR5000800

Key Features

  • 5TB Storage Capacity
  • USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C Interface
  • Up to 130 MB/s Data Transfer Speed
  • Bus Powered
$17499
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Expected availability: 7-14 business days

WD 12TB Elements Desktop USB 3.0 External Hard Drive

B&H # WEBWLG0120HB MFR # WDBWLG0120HBK-NESN

Key Features

  • 12TB Storage Capacity
  • Micro-USB 3.0 Interface (USB 3.1 Gen 1)
  • AC Powered
  • USB 2.0 Compatible
$21999
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G-Technology 4TB G-DRIVE USB G1 USB 3.0 Hard Drive

B&H # GT0G03594 MFR # 0G03594-1

Key Features

  • 4TB Capacity
  • USB 3.0 Type-B Port (USB 3.1 Gen 1)
  • Up to 165 MB/s Data Transfer Speed
  • AC Powered
$11995
Reg. $139.95
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LaCie 2TB Rugged Mini USB 3.0 External Hard Drive

B&H # LARMD2 MFR # LAC9000298

Key Features

  • 2TB Storage Capacity
  • USB 3.0/3.1 Gen 1 Interface
  • Up to 130 MB/s Data Transfer Speed
  • Bus Powered
$9749
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LaCie 5TB Rugged Mini USB 3.0 External Hard Drive

B&H # LASTJJ500040 MFR # STJJ5000400

Key Features

  • 5TB Storage Capacity
  • USB 3.0/3.1 Gen 1 Interface
  • Up to 130 MB/s Data Transfer Speed
  • Bus Powered
$16499
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Expected availability: 2-4 weeks

LaCie 4TB Rugged USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C External Hard Drive

B&H # LASTFR400080 MFR # STFR4000800

Key Features

  • 4TB Storage Capacity
  • USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C Interface
  • Up to 130 MB/s Data Transfer Speed
  • Bus Powered
$15499
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SanDisk 1TB Extreme Portable USB 3.1 Type-C External SSD

B&H # SAE6001TBG25 MFR # SDSSDE60-1T00-G25

Key Features

  • 1TB Storage Capacity
  • USB 3.1 Type-C Interface
  • Up to 550 MB/s Read Speeds
  • Bus Powered
$15999
Reg. $179.99
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G-Technology 2TB G-DRIVE USB 3.0 mobile Hard Drive

B&H # GT0G06076 MFR # 0G06076

Key Features

  • 2TB Storage Capacity
  • Micro-USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Interface
  • Up to 130 MB/s Data Transfer Speed
  • Bus Powered
$6999
Reg. $84.99
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Samsung 2TB T7 Portable SSD (Titan Gray)

B&H # SMMUPC2T0TAM MFR # MU-PC2T0T/AM

Key Features

  • 2TB Capacity
  • USB 3.2 Gen 2 Interface
  • PCIe NVMe Technology
  • Read Speeds up to 1050 MB/s
$29999
Reg. $369.99
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Expected availability: 7-10 business days

Seagate 2TB Expansion Portable USB 3.0 External Hard Drive

B&H # SESTEA200040 MFR # STEA2000400

Key Features

  • 2TB Storage Capacity
  • USB 3.0 Connectivity
  • Bus Powered
  • Plug-and-Play Compatible
$6900
Reg. $79.00
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WD 2TB Elements Portable USB 3.0 External Hard Drive

B&H # WEBU6Y0020BW MFR # WDBU6Y0020BBK-WESN

Key Features

  • 2TB Storage Capacity
  • Micro-USB 3.0 Interface
  • Includes Micro-USB to USB Type-A Cable
  • Preformatted for Windows
$6299
Reg. $64.99
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LaCie 2TB Rugged USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C External Hard Drive

B&H # LASTFR200080 MFR # STFR2000800

Key Features

  • 2TB Storage Capacity
  • USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C Interface
  • Up to 130 MB/s Data Transfer Speed
  • Bus Powered
$10249
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LaCie 4TB Rugged Mini USB 3.0 External Hard Drive

B&H # LARMD4 MFR # LAC9000633

Key Features

  • 4TB Storage Capacity
  • USB 3.0/3.1 Gen 1 Interface
  • Up to 130 MB/s Data Transfer Speed
  • Bus Powered
$12999
Reg. $144.99
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Offer ends Aug 14 at 7:45 PM EDT
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G-Technology 6TB G-DRIVE USB G1 USB 3.0 Hard Drive

B&H # GT0G03674 MFR # 0G03674-1

Key Features

  • 6TB Capacity
  • USB 3.0 Type-B Port (USB 3.1 Gen 1)
  • Up to 226 MB/s Data Transfer Speed
  • AC Powered
$19995
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WD 1TB Elements Portable USB 3.0 External Hard Drive

B&H # WEBUZG0010BW MFR # WDBUZG0010BBK-WESN

Key Features

  • 1TB Storage Capacity
  • Micro-USB 3.0 Interface
  • Includes Micro-USB to USB Type-A Cable
  • Preformatted for Windows
$4799
Reg. $49.99
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Offer ends Aug 15 at 11:59 PM EDT
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Expected availability: 3-7 business days

Samsung 1TB T7 Portable SSD (Blue)

B&H # SMMUPC1T0HAM MFR # MU-PC1T0H/AM

Key Features

  • 1TB Capacity
  • USB 3.2 Gen 2 Interface
  • PCIe NVMe Technology
  • Read Speeds up to 1050 MB/s
$16999
Reg. $199.99
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WD 5TB My Passport USB 3.2 Gen 1 External Hard Drive (2019, Black)

B&H # WEBPKJ0050BB MFR # WDBPKJ0050BBK-WESN

Key Features

  • 5TB Capacity
  • USB 3.2 Gen 1
  • 256-Bit AES Hardware Encryption
  • Bus-Powered, No External Power Required
$11999
Reg. $149.99
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Samsung 1TB T7 Portable SSD (Red)

B&H # SMMUPC1T0RAM MFR # MU-PC1T0R/AM

Key Features

  • 1TB Capacity
  • USB 3.2 Gen 2 Interface
  • PCIe NVMe Technology
  • Read Speeds up to 1050 MB/s
$16999
Reg. $199.99
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SanDisk 1TB Extreme Pro Portable SSD

B&H # SAE801T00A25 MFR # SDSSDE80-1T00-A25

Key Features

  • 1TB Storage Capacity
  • USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C Interface
  • Read Speed of up to 1050 MB/s
  • Ruggedized Design & Aluminum Body
$18999
Reg. $318.99
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SanDisk 2TB Extreme Pro Portable SSD

B&H # SAE802T00G25 MFR # SDSSDE80-2T00-G25

Key Features

  • 2TB Storage Capacity
  • USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C Interface
  • Read Speed of up to 1050 MB/s
  • Ruggedized Design & Aluminum Body
$34999
Reg. $529.99
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Seagate 4TB Backup Plus USB 3.0 External Hard Drive (Gold)

B&H # SESTHP4000G MFR # STHP4000404

Key Features

  • 4TB Storage Capacity
  • USB 3.0/3.1 Gen 1 Interface
  • USB 2.0 Compatible
  • Bus Powered
$9499
Reg. $114.99
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Offer ends Aug 15 at 11:59 PM EDT
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WD 8TB Elements Desktop USB 3.0 External Hard Drive

B&H # WEBWLG0080HB MFR # WDBWLG0080HBK-NESN

Key Features

  • 8TB Storage Capacity
  • Micro-USB 3.0 Interface (USB 3.1 Gen 1)
  • AC Powered
  • USB 2.0 Compatible
$14499
Reg. $174.99
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Offer ends Aug 15 at 11:59 PM EDT
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Samsung 500GB T7 Portable SSD (Titan Gray)

B&H # SAMUPC500TAM MFR # MU-PC500T/AM

Key Features

  • 500GB Capacity
  • USB 3.2 Gen 2 Interface
  • PCIe NVMe Technology
  • Read Speeds up to 1050 MB/s
$7999
Reg. $109.99
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SanDisk 500GB Extreme Portable USB 3.1 Type-C External SSD

B&H # SAE600500G25 MFR # SDSSDE60-500G-G25

Key Features

  • 500GB Storage Capacity
  • USB 3.1 Type-C Interface
  • Up to 550 MB/s Read Speeds
  • Bus Powered
$8799
Reg. $128.99
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Seagate 2TB Backup Plus Slim USB 3.0 External Hard Drive (Black)

B&H # SESTHN2000B MFR # STHN2000400

Key Features

  • 2TB Storage Capacity
  • USB 3.0 Interface
  • Bus Powered
  • Plug-and-Play
$6249
Reg. $82.49
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Offer ends Aug 15 at 11:59 PM EDT
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G-Technology 10TB G-DRIVE USB G1 USB 3.0 Hard Drive

B&H # GT0G05016 MFR # 0G05016-1

Key Features

  • 10TB Capacity
  • USB 3.0 Type-B Port (USB 3.1 Gen 1)
  • Up to 245 MB/s Data Transfer Speed
  • AC Powered
$26995
Reg. $319.95
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Samsung 1TB T7 Portable SSD (Titan Gray)

B&H # SMMUPC1T0TAM MFR # MU-PC1T0T/AM

Key Features

  • 1TB Capacity
  • USB 3.2 Gen 2 Interface
  • PCIe NVMe Technology
  • Read Speeds up to 1050 MB/s
$16999
Reg. $199.99
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Samsung 2TB T7 Portable SSD (Blue)

B&H # SMMUPC2T0HAM MFR # MU-PC2T0H/AM

Key Features

  • 2TB Capacity
  • USB 3.2 Gen 2 Interface
  • PCIe NVMe Technology
  • Read Speeds up to 1050 MB/s
$29999
Reg. $369.99
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Seagate 5TB Expansion Portable USB 3.0 External Hard Drive

B&H # SESTEA500042 MFR # STEA5000402

Key Features

  • 5TB Storage Capacity
  • USB 3.0 Connectivity
  • Bus Powered
  • Plug-and-Play Compatible
$10499
Reg. $124.99
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External Hard Drives

An external hard disk drive is a standalone storage device that provides additional space for your data. You can use it to backup important files from your computer's internal hard drive and to transfer files between computers. It has a larger storage capacity than other external storage devices, like USB drives and memory cards.


Portable vs. Desktop External Hard Drives

A portable external storage drive is smaller and lighter than a desktop model. It's a compact unit that houses a 2.5-inch hard drive in a protective enclosure. Desktop external hard disks have bigger housings, and usually use larger 3.5-inch hard drives. You can turn the internal hard disk in your old laptop (2.5-inch) or desktop PC (3.5-inch) into an external storage unit with the right hard drive enclosure.

Another difference between desktop and portable external hard drives is their power sources. Portable units are bus-powered. This means that they draw power with the same USB cable used for transferring data. Desktop units have separate AC adapters and draw more power. Hard drive arrays are another class of external storage devices. These have two or more drive bays for 2.5-inch or 3.5-inch hard disks. They serve as network-attached servers and support RAID levels that help them prioritize data redundancy, transfer speed, and storage capacity.


What's the Difference Between SSD and HDD?

A USB external hard drive can store files on a solid-state drive or a hard disk drive. While HDDs record data on spinning platters, SSDs use flash memory chips. With no moving parts, SSDs are faster and more durable. They’re also quieter and use less power. However, HDDs are more affordable and available in higher capacities.

Some brands offer SSDs in multiple form factors. For example, you can find 2.5-inch (direct replacement for laptop HDDs), M.2, and PCIe solid state drives in the HP hard drive line. Note that you need a 2.5-inch SSD and a 2.5-inch drive enclosure to build a SATA external hard drive. SATA, or Serial ATA, is a high-speed bus interface for connecting storage devices like HDDs and SSDs to computer motherboards. An external SATA (eSATA) drive enclosure connects a SATA HDD or SSD to a computer via USB.


Consider Speed When Selecting External Storage Drives

The overall data transfer speed of an external storage device depends on the speed of the drive used and the speed of the connection between the drive and your computer. Connection interface options for external drives include USB 2.0, 3.0, and 3.1, as well as eSATA and Thunderbolt. USB 3.0 external hard drives are 10 times faster than models with USB 2.0.

Most brands offer hard disks in two drive speeds: 5400 and 7200 rpm. Each type has its merits. For example, if you’re looking for a portable Toshiba hard drive, pick one with a 5400 rpm HDD. It has a lower power draw and is quick enough for everyday use. Pick a model with a 7200 rpm HDD if you regularly transfer large files and need a desktop external drive.


Keep important files safe by regularly backing them up onto an external hard disk. Find the right one, including fast SSD options, in the extensive selection of external storage devices at B&H Photo and Video.

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