Anyone who uses a PC must have an external drive. This is not only a useful tool for data backup and storage, but also allows you to move files from your desktop or laptop to other devices.

The best external drive 2019

• WD My Passport 5TB: The best external backup drive

• Samsung T5 SSD: The best external performance drive

• Samsung Portable SSD X5: The best portable Thunderbolt 3 drive

• Many backup drives from Western Digital or Seagate are equipped with their own backup software. However, if you use an anonymous drive, you will need good backup software. Windows backup software will help you.

• The average person wants to buy a backup drive and leave, but for those who want to “roll themselves,” now look at a fairly inexpensive attachment that allows you to insert your own M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD SSD.

•The best external backup drive

WD My Passport 4TB

$ 88.00

Lots of storage space at a lower price than needed, attractive style, and good performance with the small files that govern this USB 3.0 portable hard drive. Unbelievable bargain.

Option to drive. The best portable external for 2019 is the Western Digital My Passport 5TB drive. The 4TB version is actually a lower check mark in cost per terabyte, but that extra room can be very valuable if needed to provide all your valuable files to this drive before gently placing it in the safe. After all, they are not allowed mass storage at no charge.

Runner up

Seagate Backup Plus Portable

$ 129.99

If capacity and portability are your main concerns, and Backup Plus Portable can load up to 5 TB in a standard 2.5-inch external USB package. It’s fast with large files, but on the slow side with small ones. Apart from that, this is a decent drive that gives you more space for your movies and games.

The second winner for this popular category is Seagate Backup Plus Portable. Like WD above, this is a USB 3.1 Gen 1 (5Gbps) drive. It peaks at 5TB in a single drive and can also be owned in 1TB, 2TB, and 4TB capacities. More there is a “fast” 4TB version which uses two hard drives in RAID for higher performance.

In testing the 4TB version, Seagate became a little faster with large file transfers (consider film) but worse with small file transfers (requires Office documents). Even so, he is still a decent runner-up

The best performance USB drive

Samsung T5 SSD

The T5 is easily the fastest non-RAID portable USB SSD. It makes full use of the Gen 2, 3.1 interface while maintaining a slim T3 profile. The winner for sure.

Not much bigger than a matchbook, the T5 comes in sizes from 500GB to 2TB. The best part is the speed. This drive has USB 3.1 Gen 2 (10Gbps) above USB Type C.

And no, unlike most USB “thumb drives” this baby doesn’t hit a wall when writing files. It can write 20GB of files in just 110 seconds. If it’s a single large file, it will be written in 58 seconds.

SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD (1TB)

$ 169.99

The convenient form factor of the Extreme Portable SSD beats a slight drive performance deficit compared to the Samsung T5. With fast USB 3.1 Gen 2 (10Gbps) capability, this is our favorite portable SSD.

Runner up

The new drive here is runner-up, which might be considered better than the Samsung T5: SanDisk Extreme Portable. You might still choose it over the Samsung T5 because it’s more comfortable with the rubber grip. It also comes with a good combo cable that adapts to rectangular USB Type A and also works with USB-C ports.

SanDisk Extreme Portable replaces the SanDisk Extreme 900 drive, but that doesn’t matter because Extreme 900 is expensive. With $ 700 for 1.92TB, it’s difficult to justify Extreme Portable $ 521 for 2TB.

The best portable Thunderbolt 3 drive

Samsung Portable SSD X5

$ 599.99

Portable Thunderbolt 3 hard disks have been long overdue, this recommends Samsung’s new Portable X5 SSD. Think of it as being very fast and a bit like putting a charred Samsung 970 Pro in an enclosure that fits in your pocket and doesn’t give much performance at all.

The only reason that universally does not recommend Portable SSD X5 is the relative scarcity of the Thunderbolt 3 port on a PC. You must drive a new Dell XPS 13 or HP Specter x360 13 to use Thunderbolt 3.

What you need to know before buying

USB IF

SuperSpeed ​​USB 10 Gbps is the official name for the USB 3.1 Gen 2 specification used in the fastest USB external hard drive today.

Capacity and price

External drives can pull you deep into specifications and features, but the two most important figures for most consumers are capacity and price. Many assume that the lowest cost drive gives you the highest value, but often it doesn’t. In fact, dollar for dollar, often the worst deal.

A 1TB drive might seem like a cheap deal, but actually this is the worst deal based on capacity.

If you look at the chart above, you can see the worst deal is $ 60 1TB HDD, while 4TB captures the biggest storage capacity for that money. In fact, the price of a 1TB hard drive actually increased slightly from earlier this year when it cost $ 58. The price of a 4TB drive also dropped slightly from this spring when it cost $ 29 per terabyte.

So yes, if you buy an external drive, you pay more for the lowest capacity. However, this does not mean you have to exit automatically for the 4TB drive. In the end, it’s still more expensive. If you really don’t need the 4TB drive storage capacity, use that extra money for something you really need.

The new drive here is runner-up, which might be considered better than the Samsung T5: SanDisk Extreme Portable. You might still choose it over the Samsung T5 because it’s more comfortable with the rubber grip. It also comes with a good combo cable that adapts to rectangular USB Type A and also works with USB-C ports.

SanDisk Extreme Portable replaces the SanDisk Extreme 900 drive, but that doesn’t matter because Extreme 900 is expensive. With $ 700 for 1.92TB, it’s difficult to justify Extreme Portable $ 521 for 2TB.

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