Can you recommend me a good external hard-disk?

Anish T A October 24, 2012

I am planning to buy a 1 TB, USB 3.0 external hard-disk.

I am not able to figure out which one to buy. All of them have same features and there is no major differences. I searched on the net and found that Seagate and WD are the leading manufacturers, but personally I have no experience.

I will be using it mostly for storing movies, music and software setups.

Can anyone please help?

  1. Joshua
    December 21, 2012 at 11:05 am

    Western Digital is best.. and u can go for passport essential model!! Apart from that their service is good..

  2. Vishal Srivastava
    December 13, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    Buffalo and Seagate are good...

  3. Hunbuhbhuygb Ygygbgybygb
    December 11, 2012 at 6:42 am

    Seagate for the win.western digital also can but i prefer seagate

  4. Giggity Goebbels
    December 8, 2012 at 7:53 am

    I always use seagate.they are quite good.

  5. Abba Jee
    November 27, 2012 at 7:45 pm

    I personally own My Passport®
    Ultra-Portable Hard Drive 1 TB, USB 3.0 external hard-disk for last 1.3 years never had a bad experience, I would recommend it,

  6. Alex Meyer
    November 16, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    I would recommend a

    Hope this helps.

  7. Rakesh Mishra
    November 16, 2012 at 11:45 am

    go for western digital

  8. Christopher Webb
    November 15, 2012 at 8:50 am

    Yeah I got a WD 1T portable external recently. It works really awesome. I'm very happy with the choice.

  9. Rakesh Mishra
    November 13, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    u can use seggegate company bcoz it is best and provides better service as compare to other companies

  10. Tebawiha Lelhchhun
    November 13, 2012 at 8:24 am

    Transcend and Seagate

  11. Aswin Kumar K P
    November 12, 2012 at 6:12 am

    I'm using Seagate 1TB hard disk...I find it best....

  12. nikhil agarwal
    November 3, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    Thanx for asking this question. I also had doubt about which one to buy from the two, but now what I have read here and reviews I will probably go with WD

  13. Anonymous
    November 2, 2012 at 12:26 am

    Western Digital for sure I haven't had any problems with it yet.

  14. Ben
    November 1, 2012 at 11:27 pm

    Toshiba Canvio 1.0 TB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive

    Transfers your large media files at blazing fast speeds with USB 3.0.
    Protects your drive (Internal Shock Sensor and Ramp Loading Technology).
    Provides file, folder, and full system backup and recovery with pre-loaded backup software.
    Secures your backup with a password (Data Encryption, up to 256-bit).

  15. Jonathan
    November 1, 2012 at 10:58 pm

    I'd recommend the 500GB Seagate Satellite. Great for movies, music, and documents which all can be streamed wirelessly to your smartphone or tablet. There's even a banner ad for it here on the site.

    *disclaimer - I work for Seagate. =)

  16. Douglas Mutay
    November 1, 2012 at 11:21 am

    Western Digital is the best

  17. reid vanvoris
    October 30, 2012 at 11:49 pm maximus 1TB RAID-1 multi-I/O

  18. Jesse Manalansan
    October 30, 2012 at 11:14 pm

    Same here. Go for Western Digital or Seagate. :)

  19. Patrick Jackson
    October 29, 2012 at 10:59 am

    Best one is Seagate, especially the GoFlex one!

  20. Reý Aetar
    October 26, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    check the following
    Connectivity (some comes with two wires for old computers)
    speed (number of spin cycles per second)
    size (smaller the better)
    Manufacturer support ( more the better)

  21. Grr
    October 26, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    I would recommend WD, as I have 2 WD Ext drives (not USB powered).
    They work perfectly.

    Oldest drive is 4 years

  22. mohit kumar
    October 26, 2012 at 5:35 am

    Don't go for WD or Seagate. Buy Toshiba. It has longer shelf life than WD and Seagate.

    • Giggity Goebbels
      December 10, 2012 at 5:49 am

      Toshiba hard drive blows!i have one and its not very good

      • Hunbuhbhuygb Ygygbgybygb
        December 14, 2012 at 1:15 am

        Thats true toshiba hard drives are lemons

  23. Anonymous
    October 26, 2012 at 1:06 am

    I have used both Seagate and Western Digital 1TB USB drives. In my experience, the Western Digital drives have worked longer without problems or errors.

  24. Achraf Almouloudi
    October 26, 2012 at 12:51 am

    Get Seagate or Wd they are of high quality .

  25. Gravity Dead
    October 25, 2012 at 5:43 pm

    well I would recommend "Transcend StoreJet 25H3P" it's 1TB and main feature of it is shock proof (atleast this is what the company claims)

    and backup n etc etc features are too available

    but there is one negative point that it needs two USB ports to work at its full speed
    I mean t work on 1 USB port too but not at its full speed

    and if this "two-USB-port" is a real deal breaker for ya (cause its not for me, at least I will have a peace of mind that it safe to some extent if I drop it by mistake)
    then I would recommend "WD My Passport"

    Decide yourself !

  26. ha14
    October 25, 2012 at 5:21 pm

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  27. Dave Rimmer
    October 25, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    Seagate, W.D, Hitachi etc are all good names a great drives. In the end go for the cheapest. I have a 250GB USB 2 Seagate now for about 4 Years now with had Music, Apps and Pictures on it. I have just got myself a USB 3 Hitachi Touro 1TB which had great reviews I then took everything of my Seagate and put on my Hitachi. The thing I like about the Hitachi drive is that it supports drag and drop or copy & paste, it has no backup sofware on it unlike the Seagate which I deleted to stop it backing up everytime you connected the drive.

  28. Vishal Mishra
    October 25, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    segate is the best option

    • Vishal Mishra
      October 25, 2012 at 3:35 pm


  29. Alex Perkins
    October 25, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    I would say go for WD in my opinion.

  30. Aniket Singh
    October 25, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    LIST of some best external hard drive:-
    1-LaCie Rugged USB 3.0
    2-Transcend StoreJet 25M3
    3-Seagate Backup Plus
    4-Seagate Slim Portable Drive
    u can go for any 1

  31. Nikhil Gupta
    October 25, 2012 at 10:48 am

    seagate and wd ....
    personally speak wd because they are masters of making hard disks....

  32. Rody Roon
    October 25, 2012 at 7:46 am


    You can go for following External Hard Disk

    Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Desk (4TB)
    Seagate GoFlex Turbo (750GB)
    LaCie Little Big Disk Thunderbolt (240GB SSD)

  33. aurosanjay a
    October 25, 2012 at 2:38 am

    seagate gives good external HDD.

  34. alton pettigrew
    October 25, 2012 at 12:42 am

    Personally based on my own experience (I'm a computer tech) I won't be buying or recommending any more Seagates.

  35. Yiz Borol
    October 24, 2012 at 11:35 pm

    It's really up to you, when it comes to quality every 1 in a million is a lemon, just the reality. so you might get screwed but probably not. really look for the cheapest price use woot and amazon to shop around, try for 7500RPM but 5000RPM is also okay.

  36. LaDonna Garner
    October 24, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    In the past, I chose Seagate but I'm currently happy with a 2T Fantom GreenDrive. It's eco-friendly and easy to setup. I've purchased several from & as they run deals all of the time. Good luck shopping!

  37. Ray Randall
    October 24, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    Stay away from anything with the word "book" in it, mybook, passbook, etc.
    I have always had a good experience with Western Digital Drives

  38. Saajan Sood
    October 24, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    i Personally Recommend Seagate and WD. Both provides best quality with 3 years warranty. go for the one with price you find suitable.

  39. Aditya Roy
    October 24, 2012 at 5:24 pm
  40. Sachin Kanchan
    October 24, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    like dino said; go with the one with longer warranty...

    But most of the worthy providers give you 3 yrs of 1 problem solved...

    I myself use a ~ ~ ~ Western Digital Passport Essential 1 TB USB 3.0 cost me around $105...
    HERE is the 2 TB version-

    But that was m choice.
    You can go for ~ ~ ~ Seagate Expansion Portable or Backup Plus Portable...
    or you may want to browse the CNET's review page for some enlightenment on this subject...

    Also HERE is the list for 1.0 (to 2.0) TB USB 3.0 external HDD ~ ~ ~

    • Sachin Kanchan
      October 24, 2012 at 5:24 pm

      sorry ,

      but i didn't answer your basic question---

      you may go either for 'WD' or "Seagate"....both are great...

      but the new Seagate Backup Plus is a good choice in terms of speed and performance or the WD My Passport Portable is good too....

      many prefer WD for its better customer service...but any one will do; choose any one which you feel like; you won't regret... :-)

  41. Yudono Ra
    October 24, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    yupe Western Digital is known for their quality and performance, i would also recomended Bufallo Ministation (it support both USB 3.0 and Thunder Bolt) and with anti shock :)

    ps: Buffallo is a Japanese product, quite well known
    i've used it almost 4 month, and quite satisfied with it

  42. Anonymous
    October 24, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    Better of going for an nas like my book live once set up you can access from any pc via built in software or ftp client got mine hooked up to xbox 360 for movies wireless connection as well

  43. Megan-Harley Hayden
    October 24, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    I had a 1TB Seagate external hard-disk and now have a 2 TB WD and in my opinion the WD seems much more sturdy than my old Seagate. If you're looking for something that can take a bit more wear and tear I would definitely recommend a WD.

    As has been said, speed wise they are both pretty much identical and it would be a good idea to look for the longer warranty.

    Hope this helps !

  44. Scott Pickett
    October 24, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    Any drive that fully supports USB 3.0 is going to be similar in function. From a practical stand point though let me throw some weight behind Western Digital. In my consulting business we have used a bunch of external drives over the years and I have had every brand die over time, but we consistently have fewer issues with WD. Just remember to plug it into a surge protector because the circuit boards built into these drives are pretty easy to damage.

    Note that most brands now will ship these drives with some software on the drive for backups. They work okay but I generally remove them. Also note that if you are moving all your files onto this drive you are creating a single point of failure where if you lost the drive you would be losing all the data so have copies in a second location or consider a storage system with more than one drive. There are a bunch of 2 drive options where the drives can be set to mirror each other so you aren't left with nothing if a single drive dies. You can get more fancy with a Network Attached Storage (NAS) but if you just want USB3.0 you might want to consider something from Buffalo Tech (The WD version is USB2.0 only)

  45. Dino Pearsons
    October 24, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    Seagate and WD are pretty much similar when it comes to quality, although you'll find people telling you differently.

    Honestly, I'd go for the manufacturer that offers a longer warranty.

    Speed-wise, they're the same, quality-wise as well. So choose the one which offers better support (and that of course depends on your location).

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