Check out the guide to choosing the best external hard drive for your needs and 3 best external hard drives of 2018!

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1. How to choose the right hard drive for you

There are thousands of hard drives you can buy today, but how to know which one is right for you? Here are a few features to look for in your external hard drive.

Storage capacity is the most important parameter of an external hard drive: it influences the price of the device and largely depends on what you want to store. If your main purpose for buying a hard drive is to store photos and documents, opt for a 64GB or 128GB device. 1TB and 2TB external hard drive will keep all of your files and have plenty of space left for updates.

Transfer speed is another essential parameter - when loading lots of files to and from the hard drive, the last thing you want is for the process to be slow. SSD external drives are faster to load but offer less storage capacity; hard drives provide more storage but are slower to transfer files.

If you want your external drive to last for years, look for a model made of durable materials or buy a protective casing for your hard drive. In general, SSD drives tend to last longer than HDD drives for one simple reason: they have no moving parts.

Many external hard drives are bought with the purpose of carrying around, which means that a heavy and bulky hard drive is not the best choice.

The Best External Hard Drive + Buying Guide-Electronics

The Best External Hard Drive + Buying Guide-Electronics

2. Top 3 external hard drives of 2018

It may be difficult to choose the best hard drive to you due to the variety of devices on offer, but at least one of these 3 great hard drives will surely meet your needs.

Samsung Portable SSD T5 has the capacity of 2TB and the tiny size of just 2.5 inches. This storage capacity and portability come with a staggering price tag, but if you need to store lots of videos and graphics, this Samsung hard drive is for you.

LaCie Porsche Design Mobile Drive also has the capacity of 2TB, but is almost four times cheaper than the Samsung model. It sports the traditional rectangular external hard drive form.

CalDigit Tuff 2TB is the perfect choice of an external hard drive for anyone who is looking for maximum capacity in an extremely rugged and durable body.

The Best External Hard Drive + Buying Guide-Electronics

The Best External Hard Drive + Buying Guide-Electronics

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