Physical backups still have their place even in the day and age of affordable cloud storage backup services. There’s a good reason why cyber security experts preach the merits of backup redundancy. Having multiple backups stored at different physical locations is the only way how you can effectively protect your data against the latest malware, including ransomware. Our selection of top 5 best external hard drives in 2017 is here to help you better manage and protect your valuable data.
Best SSD External Hard Drives
|Samsung||Samsung T3 Portable SSD||196|
|Silicon Power||Silicon Power 1TB Rugged Armor A60||58.99|
Samsung T3 500GB
This portable SSD from Samsung has been the best-selling external drive for a while, and we don’t expect it to fall from its top place anytime soon. The model we recommend offers 500GB storage space, but you can also get the T3 external SSD with 250GB, 1TB, and 2TB of storage space.
The Samsung T3 supports read/write speeds of up to 450MB/s and comes with built-in AES 256-bit hardware encryption. The same encryption standard is used by the National Security Agency (NSA) for top secret information so you can be sure that your data are safe. Not only is the disk protected against malicious attackers, but it’s also safe from your clumsy hands because it can survive up to 1500G of force, which is the equivalent of a 6.5-foot drop.
Being roughly the same as a business card, the T3 is great for laptop users who want to pack as light as they possibly can. You don’t even need to bring an extra cable—the T3 external SSD connects through the same USB 3.1 Type-C port as your smartphone does.
Seagate Expansion 1TB
Much like the Samsung T3 external SSD, the Seagate Expansion offers large storage capacity that is ready to be used right out of the box. The SSD works with any USB 3.0 or USB 2.0 data transfer cables, and it requires absolutely no drivers or additional software.
You can either get it with 1TB storage capacity or choose a more expensive model with 2TB, 3TB, or 4TB storage capacity. For just around $5 extra, you can also purchase the AmazonBasics External Hard Drive Case, which has an internal mesh pouch for cables.
Silicon Power Armor A60 1TB
Silicon Power isn’t nearly as popular as Samsung or Seagate, but their external hard drives offer enough attractive features at attractive prices to convince customers to go with the underdog. The Armor A60 has passed the U.S. military drop-test MIL-STD-810, which is a United States Military Standard that emphasizes tailoring an equipment’s environmental design and test limits to the conditions that it will experience throughout its service life. As such, the disk can survive drops from over 100cm, and even splashing water from any direction won’t affect its functionality.
Besides being extremely rugged and durable, the disk comes with an innovative silicone slot designed to store the cable around the case and a special surface texture that protects the hard drive from fingerprints and scratches. When connected through the latest USB 3.0 interface, the Armor A60 transfers data approximately 10-times faster than external hard drives connected through the USB 2.0 interface.
WD Elements 3TB
With its massive 3TB storage capacity, the WD Elements is a safe bet for anyone who demands maximum reliability and excellent performance. The disk is USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 compatible, and comes with a free trial of WD SmartWare Pro, automatic backup software that offers an easy way to back up and protect your important files.
Western Digital has been manufacturing storage devices since the 70s, and this American company is now one of the largest computer hard disk drive manufacturers in the world. Their hard drives are known for their excellent reliability and problem-free nature.
MyDigitalSSD SuperSpeed 120GB
Your mobile devices also deserve an external hard drive for backup and data storage. The SuperSpeed 120GB features an ultra-fast SSD with UASP support and USB 3.1 connectivity. The disk can reach data transfer speeds of up to 465MB/s read and 445MB/s write, which makes it possible to use it as a portable gaming library. Besides mobile devices, you can, of course, plug the disk into any PC or laptop with a USB Type-C or USB 3.1 Gen 1 port.