Holiday gift guide: best external hard drives

The best hard drives and thumb drives from Hitachi, Seagate, Western Digital and LaCie

The holiday season is a perfect time to get your media library in order (after all, there are only so many digital photos and movies that your PC can store). If you'd like to make backups of all your data - or simply require a storage device for all your media - the following products will not disappoint. These are some of the best external hard drives on the market from trusted brands including Hitachi, Western Digital and Seagate.

Click on the photo for each product to read our in-depth review.

Previous Frame Next Frame
Item:
7 / 10
Western Digital My Passport Essential SE

The Western Digital My Passport Essential SE is a fast and compact high-capacity hard drive that ticks all the right boxes. If your PC is USB 3.0-ready, you will not be disappointed.

  • Review Date:
  • Reviewer:
  • Manufacturer:
  • 3rd Nov., 2010
  • Chris Jager
  • Western Digital
  • Rating:
  • Price:
  • 4.00
  • $ 239.00
  • Pros:
  • Fast USB 3.0 read/write speeds, compact design, 256-bit hardware encryption, affordable price
  • Cons:
  • No mini-USB connection
Show Comments


Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Tom Pope

Dynabook Portégé X30L-G

Ultimately this laptop has achieved everything I would hope for in a laptop for work, while fitting that into a form factor and weight that is remarkable.

Tom Sellers

MSI P65

This smart laptop was enjoyable to use and great to work on – creating content was super simple.

Lolita Wang

MSI GT76

It really doesn’t get more “gaming laptop” than this.

Jack Jeffries

MSI GS75

As the Maserati or BMW of laptops, it would fit perfectly in the hands of a professional needing firepower under the hood, sophistication and class on the surface, and gaming prowess (sports mode if you will) in between.

Taylor Carr

MSI PS63

The MSI PS63 is an amazing laptop and I would definitely consider buying one in the future.

Christopher Low

Brother RJ-4230B

This small mobile printer is exactly what I need for invoicing and other jobs such as sending fellow tradesman details or step-by-step instructions that I can easily print off from my phone or the Web.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?