Chances are, you are reading this because your external hard drive failed or you’re being a good boy or girl and want to protect and save your data with the best external hard drive solution.
Whatever your reasons are, finding the best external hard drive is like figuring out the Bermuda Triangle. You think you figured it out conceptually when looking at the map, but once you put it to practice, it’s not like it was drawn up. The point is, even the best external hard drive may fail since they all have a shelf life to them.
With external hard drives, you want to look for the following:
- Well-known manufacturer names – Seagate, Western Digital, and Lacie are the top three.
- Long warranty – You should be able to get 3-4 year warranties especially on Seagate external hard drives.
- Fast speed – go for USB 3.0 or firewire connections. Those are much faster than the slower USB 2.0.
Those are the top three factors to look at. My personal favorite is the 1TB Seagate Expansion portable USB 3.0 drive. Keep in mind that you should be copying your computer files to your external hard drive. That way, if one fails, you have the other one with all your files. This is the best way to guard against data recovery.