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External high-capacity desktop hard drive reviews


We test eight large single-drive USB 3.0 external desktop hard drives including models from Buffalo, LaCie, Seagate and more.

Last updated: 24th January 2014

Is your digital data too big for your internal hard drive? A good storage solution is to keep your mountain of multimedia on a large external desktop drive. The added challenge is to keep it safe by backing it all up, along with your internal drive. This means you may need not one, but two external drives – one for storage and one for backup.

We compared eight 3TB and 4TB desktop hard drives, ranging in price from $175 to $439, and looked at their performance and ease of use.

Desktop hard drives tested

  • Buffalo Drive Station 3TB
  • LaCie Minimus 3TB
  • LaCie Porsche Design 4TB
  • LaCie d2 Quadra USB3 4TB
  • LaCie d2 Thunderbolt USB3 4TB
  • Seagate Expansion Desktop Drive 4TB
  • Verbatim Store'n'Save 3TB
  • WD My Book 4TB
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