External hard drive buying guide
Choosing the best external hard drive means getting the basics right. For starters, consider capacity, interface and speed for your next portable hard drive.
External hard drive capacity
Portable HDD capacities start at one terabyte (1TB) or 2TB for external hard drives. MSY also has plenty more space, like 4TB portable hard drives and 5TB external hard drives. Alternatively, opt for stacks of storage and backup with 10TB, 12TB or up to 16TB external hard drives.
External hard drive interface
These days, USB 3.0 external hard drives are the norm, and these portable hard drives are compatible with USB 2.0 ports/devices. Alternatively, go with speedier USB-C or Thunderbolt external hard drive interfaces.
External hard drive speed
When it comes to external hard drive speeds, you’ve got two options: 5400rpm or 7200rpm. Both are affordable options, but 7200rpm drives can offer faster read and write speeds.
Deeper external hard drive considerations
With the basics out of the way, there are additional external hard drive factors to weigh up when choosing the best portable HDD. MSY sells popular external hard drive brands at great prices and for different uses.
External hard drive brands
Shop external hard drives from popular and trusted brands at MSY. We sell external hard drives from trusted brands like Western Digital and Seagate, plus you can also find Lacie and G-Technology hard drives here.
External hard drive prices
Buy cheap external hard drives from MSY for under $100, including 1TB USB 3.0 HDDs. Alternatively, pay up to double that price for five times the capacity, or $300 and beyond for double-digit terabytes of external HDD storage.
External hard drive portability
Most external hard drives are built to be extremely portable. Pick from slim and rugged external hard drives that don’t need external power, or choose large-capacity powered external HDDs that are best for multi-device backups.
External hard drive use-cases
All of our external hard drives are compatible with PC desktops and laptops. Additionally, expand the storage of PS4, PS5 or Xbox consoles with compatible external hard drives from MSY.
External hard drive FAQs
Check out the answers below for the most popular external hard drive questions.
What size external hard drive should I buy?
Given how affordable external hard drive prices are up to around 5TB, it’s best to opt for more capacity than just the right amount. Think about what you want to store on an external hard drive, then add an extra terabyte or two as a buffer.
What external hard drive brand is best?
MSY has external hard drives from the biggest and most trusted brands, which means you have plenty of choices. Pick an external hard drive that meets your storage, interface and portability requirements.
Are external hard drives still worth it?
External hard drives are still a great solution for managing storage. They can be used for backup, file sharing or storage expansion on a range of compatible devices.
Which external hard drive is best?
The best external hard drive is the one that first meets specific device interface needs so you can actually use it. After that, consider capacity, speed, price and brand.
Should I buy an external HDD or SSD?
External hard drives are affordable ways to greatly expand storage, whereas external solid-state drives (SSDs) are more expensive. External SSDs are faster than external HDDs, though.
How do you install an external hard drive?
Nowadays, external hard drives don’t require manual installation to use. Connect an external hard drive to a compatible device and start using the extended storage.