When deciding on hard drive capacity, it's important to think about how much you expect to store now and into the future.
500 GB is enough for backing up a single user's important documents, while a whole family looking to store films, music and photos will need at least 1 TB. If you're looking for a storage device to back up project files from creative software such as Photoshop, FL Studio and InDesign, anything over 1 TB is recommended as these types of files can be huge.
Do you need access to your storage away from home, or are you happy to leave it with your PC?
If you need to back up quickly on the go an external SSD offers the ideal combination of portability, performance, and capacity. External desktop hard drives are larger but can be left connected to a desktop PC to automatically back up vital documents.
How many devices do you want to cover?
From family homes to offices, everyone needs to backup data. Rather than the expense of everyone having their own hard drive, a NAS drive lets everyone wirelessly backup, share and access documents from a single hard drive. Everyone can have their own secure folders for complete privacy and security.
All the external hard drives we stock support USB 3.0, which gives you much faster data transfer speeds for fast saving and loading. USB 3.0 significantly reduces the waiting time when transferring large video, music and project files.
If speed is a priority, portable SSDs deliver the fastest data transfer speeds. You can even run software directly from them, making them the perfect choice for expanding the storage capacity of high-performance laptops and Windows tablets.
Some devices are designed specifically for Windows PCs or Macs, so check the compatibility of the drive before you decide. Any hard drive can be reformatted to work with almost any computer, but you may miss out on handy features including automatic backup and smart file management.
Most new PCs come with USB 3.0 ports, but some older ones won't, so look for a blue USB port on your laptop or desktop to make sure you can get the fastest speeds possible.
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