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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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G-Technology 1TB G-DRIVE mobile USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C External Hard Drive (Space Gray)

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
$5995
Reg. $79.95
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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
$16999
Reg. $209.99
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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
$17999
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
$10999
Reg. $249.99
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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
$9999
Reg. $109.99
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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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Samsung 2TB T7 Portable SSD (Metallic 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
$17999
Reg. $209.99
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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
$14999
Reg. $159.99
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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
$9999
Reg. $109.99
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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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Samsung 2TB T7 Portable SSD (Indigo 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
$17999
Reg. $209.99
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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
$13499
Reg. $199.99
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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
$17699
Reg. $206.99
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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
$19999
Reg. $349.99
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WD 5TB My Passport Ultra USB 3.0 Type-C External Hard Drive for Mac (Silver)

B&H # WEBPMV0050BS MFR # WDBPMV0050BSL-WESN
Key Features
  • 5TB Storage Capacity
  • USB 3.0 Type-C Interface (USB 3.1 Gen 1)
  • Bus Powered
  • 256-Bit AES Encryption
$13999
Reg. $159.99
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SanDisk Professional 12TB G-DRIVE PRO External HDD (Thunderbolt 3 / USB 3.2 Gen1, Space Gray)

B&H # SAPH51J012TN MFR # SDPH51J-012T-NBAAD
Key Features
  • 12TB Storage Capacity
  • Thunderbolt 3 & USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-C
  • Read Speeds up to 230 MB/s
  • Write Speeds up to 230 MB/s
$54999
Reg. $629.99
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SanDisk Professional 5TB G-DRIVE ArmorATD USB 3.2 Gen 1 External Hard Drive

B&H # SAGDA5TB MFR # SDPH81G-005T-GBAND
Key Features
  • 5TB Storage Capacity
  • USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-C Interface
  • Up to 130 MB/s Data Transfer Speed
  • Bus Powered
$16999
Reg. $179.99
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Samsung 1TB T7 Portable SSD (Metallic 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
$9999
Reg. $109.99
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WD 14TB Elements Desktop USB 3.0 External Hard Drive

B&H # WEBWLG014HBK MFR # WDBWLG0140HBK-NESN
Key Features
  • 14TB Storage Capacity
  • Micro-USB 3.0 Interface (USB 3.1 Gen 1)
  • AC Powered
  • USB 2.0 Compatible
$24999
Reg. $379.99
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Plugable 2TB Thunderbolt 3 External SSD

B&H # PLTBT3NVME2T MFR # TBT3-NVME2TB
Key Features
  • 2TB Storage Capacity
  • Thunderbolt 3
  • Read Speeds up to 2400 MB/s
  • Portable Design & Included Pouch
$44900
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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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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
$27899
Reg. $449.99
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SanDisk 2TB Portable SSD

B&H # SAE302TB MFR # SDSSDE30-2T00-G25
Key Features
  • 2TB Storage Capacity
  • USB-C 3.2 Gen 2 Interface
  • Up to 520 MB/s Transfer Speed
  • Bus Powered
$13999
Reg. $269.99
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Samsung 2TB T7 Shield Portable SSD (Blue)

B&H # SAMUPE2T0RAM MFR # MU-PE2T0R/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
$17999
Reg. $209.99
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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
$9999
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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. $109.99
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Seagate 5TB Expansion Portable USB 3.0 External Hard Drive

B&H # SESTKM500040 MFR # STKM5000400
Key Features
  • 5TB Storage Capacity
  • Micro-USB 3.0 Interface
  • Bus Powered
  • Rescue Data Recovery Services
$10499
Reg. $124.99
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LaCie 10TB d2 Professional USB-C 3.2 Gen 2 External Hard Drive

B&H # LASTHA100008 MFR # STHA10000800
Key Features
  • 10TB Storage Capacity
  • 1 x USB-C 3.2 Gen 2 Port
  • 7200 rpm Disk Speed
  • Speeds of up to 260 MB/s
$30495
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SanDisk Professional 6TB G-DRIVE PRO External HDD (Thunderbolt 3 / USB 3.2 Gen1, Space Gray)

B&H # SAPH51J006TN MFR # SDPH51J-006T-NBAAD
Key Features
  • 6TB Storage Capacity
  • Thunderbolt 3 & USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-C
  • Read Speeds up to 250 MB/s
  • Write Speeds up to 240 MB/s
$34999
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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.