Obviously, external USB drives can be used for much more than just making backups, although their large capacity and the convenience of being able to connect and disconnect them easily thanks to their USB connection makes them perfect for this. However, as we are going to show you offers in capacities ranging from 1 TB to 8 TB, they are ideal for any type of data that you want to store in them, as well as for all kinds of uses, be it for backups, mass storage or even for connect them to a game console.
Toshiba Canvio Basics 1 TB
This is an external hard drive with a USB 3.0 connection and a 2.5-inch form factor, which means that it does not need additional power beyond that provided by the USB interface itself. The offer model is the 1 TB capacity, and although its interface is physically USB 3.2 Gen 1, in reality its approximate performance is about 125 MB / s both read and write, which is not bad considering Note that obviously we have a mechanical disk in our hands and not an SSD.
WD Elements 2 TB
Like the previous one, this external disk has a 2.5-inch format and does not need additional power. It uses USB 3.0 interface and the offer model is the 2 TB capacity; its performance is quite similar to the Toshiba we have seen before, with about 125 MB / s read and 115 MB / s write in sustained transfers.
Western Digital My Book 3 TB
In this case, this external hard drive with USB connection is 3.5-inch format and, therefore, does require additional power and is therefore designed to have it practically as a “fixed disk” on the desktop. The unit on offer is the 3 TB capacity unit, which has a 27% discount which is not bad at all.
This hard disk does provide a much better performance than the previous ones, since it reaches about 220 MB / s both reading and writing through its USB 3.0 interface. Of course, this particular model does not allow scalping (removing the disc from inside to use it as an internal one), so keep that in mind.
Seagate Portable Drive 5 TB
When we talk about external hard drives in the 2.5-inch format, the capacity limit is currently at 5 TB and it is precisely what this Seagate disk offers, which is 35% off at the moment. It offers speeds of about 120 MB / s both for reading and writing and uses a USB 3.0 Type-A interface, without the need for additional power, which makes it ideal for speed, capacity and convenience to use it as expanded storage in consoles.
Seagate Expansion Desktop 8 TB
The highest capacity USB drive in today’s deals is this refurbished 8TB Expansion Desktop from Seagate, which is currently 31% off. Seagate has completely revamped its outer casing and designed it to sit horizontally, but as it has been revamped we don’t know if it’s for scalping or not. It offers speeds of about 195MB / s read and 190MB / s sustained write, requires additional power, and connects to the PC via USB 3.0.