Best external hard drives (1TB and over)

The best high-capacity external HDDs from Hitachi, Seagate, Western Digital and Buffalo

If you believe that you can never have too much storage space, the following external hard drives are worth considering. Each hard drive on this list provides between one and three terabytes of storage (1000-3000 gigabytes). Whether you're after the speed and convenience of USB 3.0, a Mac-friendly device or oodles of storage space, there will be something on this list to meet your requirements.

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Buffalo DriveStation HD-HXU3

Buffalo's USB 3.0-based DriveStation HD-HXU3 is perfect for users who want a 1TB external hard drive on which to store large media files. It's approximately three times faster than a USB 2.0 drive when reading and writing large files and this is well worth the slightly higher cost per gigabyte compared to a 1TB USB 2.0-based drive.

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  • 29th Sept., 2010
  • Elias Plastiras
  • Buffalo
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  • Pros:
  • Excellent transfer speeds for large files, stylish design, data encryption, sleep utility
  • Cons:
  • Power adapter interferes with adjacent plugs, makes a noticeable clicking noise when it goes to sleep
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