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External high-capacity desktop hard drive reviews

We test six high-capacity USB 3.0 external desktop hard drives including models from Buffalo, Seagate and Western Digital.

Last updated: 4th June 2015

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 six high-capacity desktop hard drives, ranging in price from $150 to $430, and looked at their performance and ease of use.

For more information and expert tips on what to look for in a desktop hard drive, see our buying guide.

Desktop hard drives tested

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