The Best External Hard Drives in 2020

Whether you’re a PC or laptop user, you should always have a good quality external hard drive to hand to store files that are no longer required on your main drive. We’ve picked out four great external drives.

Western Digital My Passport Ultra
The latest generation of WD’s My Passport range doesn’t disappoint. With capacities ranging from 1TB to 4TB, you’re certainly not going to be lacking on storage space. Through the WD software included with the drive, it’s easy to enable password protection and 256-bit AES hardware encryption. While the drive is formatted for Windows, you can download the NTFS driver so the drive is compatible with macOS, without formatting.

WD My Passport Ultra

Buffalo MiniStation Thunderbolt
If your device has a Thunderbolt port, you should consider investing in this external hard drive, as the format provides up to twice the speeds of USB 3.0. The drive also comes with a USB 3.0 port for users without access to Thunderbolt. This external hard drive is designed with Mac users in mind; it is formatted for macOS, so you’ll need to reformat it to use it with a Windows machine. However, this is still a mechanical hard disk drive, so the Thunderbolt connection is definitely not able to reach its full potential. Nonetheless, this is a great, speedy external hard disk drive.

Buffalo MiniStation

Samsung T5 External SSD
If you’re looking for an external solid-state drive, then the Samsung T5 is certainly one of the best. Samsung has a reputation for great external SSD’s, and for good reason. Weighing only 51g and measuring 74 x 57 x 10.5mm, the T5 is an incredibly portable drive. This great all-rounder comes in storage capacities ranging from 250GB to 2TB, but be warned, the price tag is pretty hefty; the 2TB model will set you back £289. However, you get what you pay for – in this case, a fast, compact external drive.

Samsung T5 SSD

WD My Book Duo
If a high capacity external hard drive is what you’re looking for, the WD My Book Duo is the drive for you. This external hard drive comes with a two-year warranty, as well as automatic backup software and 256-bit AES hardware encryption. Storage capacities range from 4TB to a whopping 28TB. This is a dual drive, so it can be set up as a RAID array if you choose.

WD My Book Duo