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SanDisk 4TB Extreme Portable SSD V2

SanDisk 4TB Extreme Portable SSD V2

B&H # SAE614TB MFR # SDSSDE61-4T00-G25
Key Features
  • 4TB Total Storage Capacity
  • USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C
  • Up to 1050 MB/s Read Speed
  • Up to 1000 MB/s Write Speed
$39999
Reg. $799.99
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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
$17999
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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
$20999
Reg. $229.99
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SanDisk 2TB Extreme Portable SSD V2

B&H # SAE612TB MFR # SDSSDE61-2T00-G25
Key Features
  • 2TB Total Storage Capacity
  • USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C
  • Up to 1050 MB/s Read Speed
  • Up to 1000 MB/s Write Speed
$19999
Reg. $449.99
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SanDisk 1TB Extreme Portable SSD V2

B&H # SAE611TB MFR # SDSSDE61-1T00-G25
Key Features
  • 1TB Total Storage Capacity
  • USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C
  • Up to 1050 MB/s Read Speed
  • Up to 1000 MB/s Write Speed
$12999
Reg. $249.99
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SanDisk 4TB Extreme PRO Portable SSD V2

B&H # SAE814TB MFR # SDSSDE81-4T00-G25
Key Features
  • 4TB Total Storage Capacity
  • USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 Type-C
  • Up to 2000 MB/s Read & Write Speeds
  • Bus Powered
$47999
Reg. $999.99
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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
$10999
Reg. $119.99
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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
$10999
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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
$6199
Reg. $99.99
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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
$15999
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SanDisk 2TB Extreme PRO Portable SSD V2

B&H # SAE812TB MFR # SDSSDE81-2T00-G25
Key Features
  • 2TB Total Storage Capacity
  • USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 Type-C
  • Up to 2000 MB/s Read & Write Speeds
  • Bus Powered
$27999
Reg. $499.99
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Seagate 4TB One Touch USB 3.2 Gen 1 External Hard Drive (Space Gray)

B&H # SESTKC4000SG MFR # STKC4000404
Key Features
  • 4TB Storage Capacity
  • USB 3.2 Gen 1 (USB 3.0) Interface
  • Bus Powered
  • Formatted exFAT for Windows & Mac
$8499
Reg. $114.99
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LaCie 5TB USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-C Mobile Drive

B&H # LASTLP500040 MFR # STLP5000400
Key Features
  • 5TB Storage Capacity
  • USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-C Interface
  • USB Type-C Cable Included
  • Sleek, Portable Design by Neil Poulton
$16499
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WD 5TB Elements Portable USB 3.0 External Hard Drive

B&H # WEBU6Y0050BB MFR # WDBU6Y0050BBK-WESN
Key Features
  • 5TB Storage Capacity
  • Micro-USB 3.0 Interface
  • Includes Micro-USB to USB Type-A Cable
  • Preformatted for Windows
$10999
Reg. $139.99
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G-Technology 1TB G-DRIVE mobile USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C External Hard Drive (Space Gray)

B&H # GT0G10265 MFR # 0G10265-1
Key Features
  • 1TB Storage Capacity
  • USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C Interface
  • Up to 140 MB/s Data Transfer Speed
  • Bus Powered
$7249
Reg. $79.95
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SanDisk Professional 6TB G-DRIVE Enterprise-Class USB 3.2 Gen 1 External Hard Drive

B&H # SAGD6TB MFR # SDPH91G-006T-NBAAD
Key Features
  • 6TB Storage Capacity
  • USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-C Interface
  • Up to 250 MB/s Data Transfer Speed
  • AC Powered
$19999
Reg. $209.99
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Crucial 2TB X6 Portable SSD

B&H # CRCT2000X6SS MFR # CT2000X6SSD9
Key Features
  • 2TB Total Storage Capacity
  • USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C Connector
  • Up to 800 MB/s Sequential Read Speed
  • Drop, Shock, Vibration & Temp Resistant
$15299
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
$20999
Reg. $229.99
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Samsung 2TB T7 Shield Portable SSD (Black)

B&H # SAMUPE2T0SAM MFR # MU-PE2T0S/AM
Key Features
  • 2TB Storage Capacity
  • USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C Port (10 Gb/s)
  • PCIe NVMe Technology
  • Read Speeds up to 1050 MB/s
$19999
Reg. $249.99
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SanDisk Professional 2TB G-DRIVE SSD USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C Portable SSD

B&H # SAGDSSD2TB MFR # SDPS11A-002T-GBANB
Key Features
  • 2TB Storage Capacity
  • USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C Interface
  • Up to 1050 MB/s Read Speeds
  • Bus Powered
$23999
Reg. $349.99
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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
$11799
Reg. $149.99
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LaCie 1TB Rugged USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C External Hard Drive

B&H # LASTFR100080 MFR # STFR1000800
Key Features
  • 1TB Storage Capacity
  • USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C Interface
  • Up to 130 MB/s Data Transfer Speed
  • Bus Powered
$8499
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Samsung 2TB T7 Portable SSD (Red)

B&H # SMMUPC2T0RAM MFR # MU-PC2T0R/AM
Key Features
  • 2TB Capacity
  • USB 3.2 Gen 2 Interface
  • PCIe NVMe Technology
  • Read Speeds up to 1050 MB/s
$20999
Reg. $229.99
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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. $199.99
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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
$10999
Reg. $119.99
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Seagate 1TB Expansion Portable USB 3.0 External Hard Drive

B&H # SESTKM100040 MFR # STKM1000400
Key Features
  • 1TB Storage Capacity
  • Micro-USB 3.0 Interface
  • Bus Powered
  • Rescue Data Recovery Services
$4999
Reg. $57.49
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Seagate 2TB Expansion Portable USB 3.0 External Hard Drive

B&H # SESTKM200040 MFR # STKM2000400
Key Features
  • 2TB Storage Capacity
  • Micro-USB 3.0 Interface
  • Bus Powered
  • Rescue Data Recovery Services
$6299
Reg. $72.49
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Samsung 1TB T7 Shield Portable SSD (Black)

B&H # SAMUPE1T0SAM MFR # MU-PE1T0S/AM
Key Features
  • 1TB Storage Capacity
  • USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C Port (10 Gb/s)
  • PCIe NVMe Technology
  • Read Speeds up to 1050 MB/s
$9999
Reg. $129.99
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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
$4999
Reg. $59.99
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WD 16TB Elements Desktop USB 3.0 External Hard Drive

B&H # WEBWLG0160HB MFR # WDBWLG0160HBK-NESN
Key Features
  • 16TB Storage Capacity
  • Micro-USB 3.0 Interface (USB 3.1 Gen 1)
  • AC Powered
  • USB 2.0 Compatible
$29599
Reg. $449.99
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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.