Last best 1TB external hard drive list update April 14, 2017
Nearly all of us have faced a problem – running short of storage space. There are few ways to overcome this. Upgrade your internal hard drive/add a second one – takes some time and if you decide to swap your old HDD for a new one, you have to backups. You can always use USB flash drive, but they lack storage capacity. One of the best choices would be getting an 1TB external hard drive.
External hard drive with 1TB is a great solution for most of the users. These drives are cheap and to be honest, 1TB is just enough. Ask yourself:”Do I really need 4TB of storage capacity? Will I use even one TB?” I bet most of you would answer “No.” This article is for those who are looking for reliable, well made and overall the best 1TB external hard disk for the money. Take a look!
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External Hard Drive Read/Write Comparison
[su_box title=”1. WD My Passport Ultra – The Best and Most Popular 1TB Portable External Hard Drive (HDD)” box_color=”#29383a” radius=”8″]
[su_box title=”2. Seagate Expansion 1TB Portable HDD Review – The Best 1TB Portable External Hard Drive From Seagate” box_color=”#29383a” radius=”8″]
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. People who 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.
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. 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. 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.
Read Seagate Expansion full review to find out more.[su_button url=”http://www.amazon.com/Seagate-Expansion-Portable-External-STEA1000400/dp/B00TKFEEAS/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&qid=1451825994&sr=8-1&keywords=seagate+expansion&linkCode=sl1&tag=ishddmag-20&linkId=526aa4a1f7f49e8f71674de85485f8ce” target=”blank” style=”stroked” background=”#164b63″ size=”8″ center=”yes” icon=”icon: shopping-cart” rel=”nofollow”]View on Amazon[/su_button]
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[su_box title=”4. Seagate Backup Plus/Slim 1TB Portable HDD Review – Second Best 1TB External Hard Drive from Seagate” box_color=”#29383a” radius=”8″]
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 [su_button url=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00H4XH5FY/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=ishddmag-20&camp=1789&creative=9325&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=B00H4XH5FY&linkId=ff59e548d969686daaafff94d81cd0aa” target=”blank” style=”stroked” background=”#164b63″ size=”8″ center=”yes” icon=”icon: shopping-cart” rel=”nofollow”]View on Amazon[/su_button]
[su_box title=”5. Toshiba Canvio Basics USB 3.0 1TB Portable HDD Review – Second Best 1TB External Hard Drive from Toshiba” box_color=”#29383a” radius=”8″]
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.[su_button url=”http://www.amazon.com/Toshiba-Canvio-Basics-Portable-HDTB220XK3CA/dp/B00ARJD56K/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&qid=1451849485&sr=8-2&keywords=canvio+basics&linkCode=sl1&tag=ishddmag-20&linkId=7ec03b404e359bb8526f6f5da40f2f79″ target=”blank” style=”stroked” background=”#164b63″ size=”8″ center=”yes” icon=”icon: shopping-cart” rel=”nofollow”]View on Amazon[/su_button]
[su_box title=”6. WD My Passport for Mac 1TB Portable HDD Review – The Best 1TB External Hard Drive for Mac from Western Digital” box_color=”#29383a” radius=”8″]
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. 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.[su_button url=”http://www.amazon.com/Black-Passport-Portable-External-Drive/dp/B00WJOVDYM/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&qid=1451856883&sr=8-1&keywords=WD+My+Passport+for+Mac&linkCode=sl1&tag=ishddmag-20&linkId=12d9f61b99c6c5d65b68d653071dc42f” target=”blank” style=”stroked” background=”#164b63″ size=”8″ center=”yes” icon=”icon: shopping-cart” rel=”nofollow”]View on Amazon[/su_button]
Price per GB comparison
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. [su_spacer]