The Best Large External Hard Drives

by brlamc

Looking for the best large external hard drives for all those files? This article looks at drives 1TB and higher so you have plenty of room.

Why You Need a Backup Hard Drive

So your computer has crashed and your files are ruined. You do have a backup drive don't you? With the cost of drives you have no excuse not to have a large backup external drive for all your files. Many people download movies, MP3 files, and use large volumes of digital images which can take up space on our computers hard drive and slow it down. It's even worse if your computer dies and all these files are lost. With a large external drive you'll be able to save all these files and use them whenever you want. With today's external hard drives you can just plug it in and forget it as they backup your files automatically after you install the drive software.

Hard Drive Size

  • 320-500GB - These drives are perfect for average people who use mainly text files or light graphics in their work. These drives are enough to hold all your important files as well as some music, and a few movies.
  • 1TB - These massive drives are designed for those that require more room for tons of photographs, movies, and music files. The 1TB drive is recommended if you work with many files or just want a place to store all your songs. if you create music, or work with large graphics on your computer, you'll want a 1TB drive.
  • 2TB and Above - For those that just can't have enough room you can buy drives that are one TB and above. These drives are good for archive purposes if you have an extensive library of images such as those of a photographer or graphic design artist.


Western Digital My Passport Essential SE 1 TB USB 3.0 

Western Digital My Passport Essential SE 1 TB USB 3.0 This Western Digital 1TB drive is perfect for backing up all those files. The drive works with both 2.0 and 3.0 USB and you’ll receive up to 3x faster transfer rate when you use USB 3.0. Transfer a 2-hour movie with USB 3.0 in five minutes.  Your performance will vary however depending upon the speed and configuration of your computer system. Comes with WD SmartWare where you can control what you backup so you don’t need to install all the software if you don’t want it. The drive works in background to automatically backup your files saving you time. You can password protect the drive to ensure the safety of your important sensitive documents.

Western Digital My Passport for Mac 1 TB USB 2.0

Western Digital My Passport for Mac 1 TB USB 2.0 External Hard Drive This 1TB drive is sleek and compact for all your Macintosh files. The drive is compatible with Apple Time Machine and the drive has password protection and encryption features. The unit features a USB 2.0 interface so you can quickly access your files. Use the WD security utility to set your password and encryption. Use the drive utilities to run diagnostics, set drive timer, and to register the drive. Works with the Mac but can be reformatted for any Windows machine. The drive is perfect for backing up tons of files and keeping safe from loss.

Iomega Prestige 2 TB USB 3.0/USB 2.0

Iomega Prestige 2 TB USB 3.0/USB 2.0 Desktop Hard Drive This huge 2TB drive features fast file transfer and supports USB 3.0. The sturdy metal unit comes with a stand. The Iomega protection suite software is included with the drive and features encryption for your data. The drive comes with a 3 year limited warranty. Save all your photographs, movies, and music files on this massive drive.

Updated: 01/25/2012, brlamc
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Sam on 01/26/2012

My 500MB back up drive is nearly full- I really need one of those ;-)

brlamc on 01/25/2012

They can save you a lot of headaches.

lakeerieartists on 01/25/2012

I recently bought a backup drive for the exact reason you mentioned above. I was tired of computer crashes, and losing information.

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