TOP 6 – Best 1TB External Hard Drives of 2016
Last best 1tb external hard drive list update October 19, 2016
This year again Wd My Passport Ultra is the best 1TB portable external hard drive. The popularity of My Passport Ultra is only increasing. In spring 2015 Western Digital launched a new model of Wd My Passport Ultra. The biggest update is its price and new design, and now it`s cheaper than ever before. Also, maximum capacity has been increased to 3TB before it was 2TB. The biggest competition to Wd My Passport is Seagate Expansion, Toshiba Canvio Connect II, and Seagate Backup Plus Slim. All three external hard drives are very similar to Wd My Passport Ultra regarding price, performance, and popularity among users. And all three of them are Amazon bestsellers, right behind My Passport Ultra.
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1. WD My Passport Ultra – The Best and Most Popular 1TB Portable External Hard Drive (HDD)
My Passport Ultra Available Capacities and Ratings
New Wd My Passport Ultra model comes in five capacities – 500GB; 1TB; 1.5TB; 2TB and 3TB. Old model is available just in three capacities – 500GB; 1TB and 2TB. Notice that new model of My Passport now is both bestseller and top new release on Amazon. Old model has more than 11 000 customer reviews with overall rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. New model already has more than 4700 customer reviews with overall rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars.
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Performance and Warranty
- Portable external storage with maximum capacity of 3TB
- 256-Bit AES hardware encryption
- Software with automated cloud and local backup
- Stylish design and plenty of colors to choose from
- Both USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 connectivity
- Out of the box formatted in NTFS file system for Windows, reformatting required to use with Time Machine on Mac
- Model number (most popular) – 1TB external HDD (WDBZFP0010BBL-NESN)
- Useful software included in price
- 3 year limited warranty
In our Top 6 list Seagate Expansion portable drive takes the second place. Also this portable external hard drive has new model (STEA1000400) which is available in five capacities – 500GB; 1TB; 2TB; 3TB and 4TB. Old model (STBX2000401) comes only in four capacities – 500GB; 1TB; 1.5TB and 2TB. Notice that Expansion`s old model is more pricey than the new one. Read Seagate Expansion full review to find out more. People whoo need big capacity should consider Seagate Expansion as an option. The price for 1TB version right now is very similar to WD My Passport Ultra, though is changing all the time. Seagate Expansion comes without any bundled software, which is main reason it takes the second place in our top list. Many included softwares are a big advantage for WD My Passport Ultra, and that is the main reason why it`s in the first place instead of Seagate Expansion. Both new and old models supports USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 connectivity and is Bus-powered. Drive comes only in one color and it`s Black for both new and old model. This Seagate portable hard drive is very popular and also have more than one thousand Amazon customer reviews with overall rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars. Out of the box drive is formatted in NTFS file system for Windows, in order to use it with Mac you need to reformat the hard disk. The same as most external hard drives Seagate Expansion is mostly used with game consoles – Xbox One, PlayStation 4 or by photographers. The internal 2.5-inch hard drive spindle speed is 5400RPM. Product dimensions 4.8 x 3.2 x 0.6 inches (12.2 x 8.1 x 1.52cm) and it weighs just 5.9 ounces (167.2 grams). Drive offers excellent performance, it`s faster than Wd My Passport Ultra and all other 1tb external hard drives in this list. Drive registered following speeds – 121Mb/s writing and 129Mb/s reading. Drive is also faster than Seagate Backup Plus Slim, Silicon Power Armor A60, WD Elements and Toshiba Canvio Slim II. Expansion is one of the fastest 1tb external hard drive on the market. Seagate Expansion also have a dekstop version which is good deal for the money.
- Expand your Xbox One or PS gaming storage
- No bundled software comes with the external hard drive
- Both compatible with USB 2.0 and USB 3.0
- Drive is powered via USB port – Bus powered
- Excellent performance that beats competition
- Automatically recognised by Windows and can be used with Mac after reformatting
- Massive capacity for affordable price
The compact Toshiba Canvio Connect II (HDTC810XK3A1) offers decent performance bundled with useful softwares, such as Pogoplug PC and NTI Backup Now EZ. If you buy it yourself Pogoplug PC would cost you 30$. Drive comes in four capacities – 500GB; 1TB; 2TB and 3TB. And in five colors – Black, Blue, Red, White and White-Gold. Canvio Connect II is the most colorful portable hard drive in our Top 6 list. Toshiba Canvio Connect II 1tb is few bucks more expensive than WD My Passport Ultra and Seagate Expansion at the moment.
Second best external hard drive from Seagate is Seagate Backup Plus Slim (STDR4000100), 2.5-inch external USB hard drive. Drive is available in five capacities – 500GB; 1TB; 1.5TB; 2TB and 4TB. After registering your drive on Seagate.com you will recieve 200GB of free Microsoft OneDrive cloud storage (value $95). Offer is not available in all countries and it must be activated by June 30, 2017. Seagate Dashboard software is included. This drive have two versions, the 0.5 inch thin drive is called Backup Plus Slim (capacity up to 2TB and four colors) and the Seagate Backup Plus which is 0.8 inch thick, comes in black and have 4TB capacity only. Like most portable drives it`s Bus-powered and supports both USB 2.0 and USB 3.0. Also, like most portable hard drives out of the box it`s formatted in NTFS. To use it with Mac you can install NTFS driver for Mac or re-format it to HFS+ file system. Drives performance is very close to other hard disks in our top list, 4TB scores 115Mb/s writing and 120Mb/s reading but 2TB capacity registered 120Mb/s writing and 125Mb/s reading. But Backup Plus Slim is just half as fast as Seagate Backup Plus Fast. To find more alternatives read – Best external hard drive buying guide
- Free 200GB OneDrive cloud storage for 2 years when you register your drive on Seagate.com
- Create scheduled backups with Seagate Dashboard
- Both compatbile with Windows and Mac
- No security features
- 2 year limited warranty
The Toshiba Canvio Basics USB 3.0 (HDTB220XK3CA) 1tb external hard drive really is basic. The 1tb version is more expensive than alternative drives. Canvio Basics is available in five capacities – 500GB; 750GB; 1TB; 1.5TB and 2TB. It`s quite weird but different capacities have different warranty. Warranty varies from 1 to 3 years, on Amazon you can see how long warranty is for each capacity. Toshiba Canvio comes with no bundled software, that is a big disadvantage. Hard disk is Bus-powered and both compatible with USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 ports. Toshiba hard drives stand out for their reliability, many server owners choose Toshiba instead of Seagate, HGST or Western Digital. Internal 2.5-inch hard disk speed is 5400RPM, the same as most portable external hard drives. The drive will work on Windows and Mac. Buffer cache is 8MB and average seek time 12m/s. This drives performance is a little bit weaker than competitors – Wd My Passport Ultra, Seagate Expansion and other external hard drives we have reviewed so far. We registered reading speed of 95Mb/s and writing speed 89Mb/s. At the moment when Top 3 1tb external hard drive prices for one terabyte is just about $54-65, they come with useful software and performs well, then there is no big reason to prefer Toshiba Canvio Basics. So how to explain Canvio Basics popularity and more than 5100 Amazon customer reviews with overall rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars. I think it`s reliability what Toshiba offers to their customers. Product dimensions – 4.7 x 3.1 x 0.7 inches (11.9 x 7.9 x 1.8 cm) and weighs 6.4 ounces (0.18 kg).
- Easy to use – Plug and Play
- No bundled software and higher cost per TB than alternative devices
- Warranty varies for different capacities from 1 to 3 years
- Intenral shock sensor and Ramp Loading Technology
- Compatible with USB 2.0 and 3.0, bus-powered
Wd My Passport for Mac (WDBJBS0010BSL-NESN) is very similar to Wd My Passport Ultra seventh generation, but especially made for Mac users. Passport for Mac offers compability with Apple Time Machine, 256-bit AES encryption and WD Drive Utilities software. Drive is available in three capacities – 1TB; 2TB and 3TB. All models have 3 year warranty. Product dimensions are – (H x D x W): 4.33in x 0.62in x 3.21in (110mm x 15.84mm x 81.6mm) and 1TB model weighs just 0.34lb (0.16kg). Passport for Mac performance is quite lower than Wd My Passport Ultra. The Wd My Passport for Mac scored 104Mb/s write speed and 105Mb/s read. Drive has USB 3.0 inerface, if you want thunderbolt connection you can look at Wd My Passport Pro, which has capacity up to 4TB and is much more expensive. Also Passport for Mac got new design in Spring 2015. New model comes only in Black color. Old model (WDBLUZ0010BSL-NESN) is available just in Grey color, but it is more expensive.
Why 1TB external hard drives are so popular?
The 1tb external hard drive is the most searched external hard drive capacity online. What makes them so popular? Especially when talking about portable external drives people are more interested in 1tb capacity. Main reason for that is the price, almost all 1tb external hard drives costs quite below $100, usually you can get one for about $50-70. Purchasing one won`t make your wallet empty in most cases, but we can`t say that about bigger capacities like 5TB and more.