Best External Hard Drive Brands: Review 2017

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Why Brand Name Is Important?

Before buying any electronics product we have to check its brand. Why the brand is important? Suppose you bought a smart phone of an unpopular brand. It has 2GB ram and a latest version of android in it.

After two weeks you doped it down and its screen is broke. You go to the shop and ask for replacement. Their warranty doesn’t cover external damages and you need to replace the screen with your cash.

But here comes the pilot twist. There is no service center in your locality. If the product is from a well reputed brand, you will have the best service.

Popularity of the brand is not the end. You know that Dell is a laptop brand. If they released a beauty product. Will you buy that?

Top 5 External Hard Drive Brands in The World

Top 1: WD (Western Digital) – The best (9.5/10)

Western Digital is one of the largest storage device manufactures in the world. WD My Passport is the best-selling portable hard disk in 2014.

WD is the most popular brand in storage devices since 40 years. It is attractive for its size and features. Maximum transfer rate is 5GB per second.

I use WD My Passport Ultra as a portable external hard drive for my personal use and I am 100% satisfied with its features and design.

I used to carry it in my pocket and the only problem which I found in that is plastic case. The transfer rate is very high. One day my friend accidentally dropped it down from the 1st floor, all my personal backup data was in it and my heart stopped for a while.

Fortunately nothing happened to the drive. The case opened in to two pieces and I was able to fit it back easily and it worked perfectly as before. From my experience and from this review, I suggest to buy western digital hard drives.

  • WD Top Products: My Passport Slim, My Passport Ultra, WD Elements
  • Key Feature: (10/10): USB 3, high-speed data transfer, Password protection, one click backup.
  • Design: (9.5/10): Ultra slim 18mm, Small in size 4.33 x 3.14 inch, available in multiple color. The coolest thing with this hard drive is that its design. It is very slim and light weight making it easier to carry. It is just the size of your wallet and you can carry it in your pocket.
  • Performance and User Reviews: (9/10) 100% satisfied customers all over the world
  • Help and Support: (9/10): 3-year warranty, and 24/7 email support, live chat, FAQ and Forums.
  • Best prize for 1TB :(10/10): WD is the best available hard drive for the prize with cool design and features.

Top 2: Transcend(9.2/10)


Transcend is yet another famous brand of storage devices. It has been in this field since 1988 It has some coolest designs available in different colors.

It uses USB 3.0 technology and under optimum conditions it can give up to 5,120 megabits per second transfer rate. You can choose this portable hard drive from 500GB to 2TB.

Unlike most of the hard drives it has a rubber casing which is durable and stylish at the same time. 3 years warranty, software based encryption, easy backup and it is compatible with windows 7, windows 8, windows 10 and Mac OS.

  • Transcend Top Products: The StoreJet 25M3
  • Key Feature: (9/10) USB 3,Military-Grade Shock Resistance, Advanced 3-stage shock protection system
  • Design: (10/10)
  • Performance and User Reviews (9/10)
  • Help and Support: (8.8/10) 3-year warranty
  • Best prize for 1TB: (9/10) 3-year warranty

Top 3: Seagate(8.3/10)

Seagate is another trusted American company making storage devices since 1978. Its wireless portable hard drives are very popular.

Segate Wireless Plus uses wifi technology to transfer data. I find it difficult to carry the wires of portable hard drives. But here we have the option of wireless hard drives. Every day Seagate ships 10 hard drives per second.

Here is the video showing Seagate Wireless Plus portable hard drive. Seagate Wireless Plus 1 TB Mobile Device Storage with Built-In Wi-Fi Streaming.

  • Pros: Incredible features with latest technology. Compatible with every devices even with tablet and mobile devices.
  • Cons: Plastic casing

Top 4: Buffalo (8/10)

Buffalo Technology (Japan) is a global manufacturer of standard portable storage devises. The company is the best computer hardware manufacturer in Japan.

Buffalo’s Mini Station™ portable hard drives have fast and suitable way to store and transport the data at communication speeds up to 480 Mbps for USB 2.0, 5 Gbps for USB 3.0 portable hard drives and 10 Gbps for Thunderbolt technology portable drives.

Best selling device: Buffalo MiniStation USB 3.0 1 TB It weighs 213 grams. you can carry it easily around in a pocket or a bag(7.7 x 1.7 x 11.4 cm). With USB 3.0 support Buffalo MiniStation USB 3.0 works with any PC or Mac and gives communication speeds up to 5 Gbps.

  • Pros: USB 3.0 supports backward compatible with USB 2.0
    Compact and lightweight shock proof casing
  • Cons: The drive’s plastic chassis seems inferior compared to other external hard drives.

Top 5: Toshiba(7.6/10)

Toshiba is a japan company making various electronic products. They are making portable external hard drives since 20 years.

Its attracted for its sleek and compact design, preloaded softwares and performance.

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