Best External Hard Drives for Safe Data Storage in India

Review & Comparison, Last Update August 17, 2017
Have you run out of the storage space on your laptop or PC? An external hard drive is your way out. This device with the size this compact has the capacity to store as many data as you need, keeping the RAM of your PC unclogged for performing other tasks. So, our review deals with 5 best external hard drive disks available on the modern market and we hope, you'll find an appropriate model to meet your needs. ...Read more ...Read less
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PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Capacity
Type
Power Supply
Weight
OS Compatibility
Backup
Warranty
 
PROS

Seagate Dashboard app allows performing a backup at a single click. You can send lots of media files to social networks and share them with all your friends and contacts.

CONS

You need a special NTFS driver for using this external hard drive both with Windows and Mac OS computers.

OUR VERDICT

If you need a secure storage for your continuously expanding media library, pick this excellent portable USB external hard drive.

detailed parameters
Capacity

1 ТB, 2 TB

Type

Portable

Power Supply

Via USB

Weight

159 g

OS Compatibility

Windows, Mac OS

Backup

Automatic local and cloud backup

Warranty

90 days

PROS

Fast reading and writing speeds ensure data transfer won't take much time. MacOS and Linux compatibility makes this HDD almost a universal model. 

CONS

The disk is rather thick. 

OUR VERDICT

Protected with the 3-stage anti-shock system, the Transcend 25H3P is an ideal choice for those leading an active lifestyle. Meeting the U.S. military drop-test standards, this external HDD will protect your data even under extreme conditions. 

detailed parameters
Capacity

2 TB, 500 GB, 1 TB, 3 TB, 4 TB

Type

Portable

Power Supply

Via USB

Weight

240 g

OS Compatibility

Windows, Mac OS, Linux

Backup

Automatic local and cloud backup

Warranty

3 years

PROS

This portable external hard drive provides your data with extra protection due to the 256-bit AES hardware encryption. It also looks pretty good. You can choose the disk in 4 available colours. 

CONS

Some users find the light indicator too bright.

OUR VERDICT

By choosing this external hard drive, you will not only get a lot of external storage space, but you will also get confident in the top security of your data thanks to the automatic backup.

detailed parameters
Capacity

1 TB, 2 TB, 4 TB

Type

Portable

Power Supply

Via USB

Weight

170 g

OS Compatibility

Windows, Mac OS

Backup

Automatic local and cloud backup

Warranty

3 years limited

PROS

A thick rubber case boasts shock-, dust-, and waterproof properties, thus, provides perfect protection of your data even under extreme conditions. 

CONS

The device is quite heavy.

OUR VERDICT

If you're in the market for a device that would be both capacious and protected, the Sony HD-SP1 is a perfect choice. The Branded Sony software enables you to create a cloud and local backup, giving you a means of protecting your important files and data from getting lost. 

detailed parameters
Capacity

1 TB

Type

Portable

Power Supply

Via USB

Weight

260 g

OS Compatibility

Windows, Mac OS

Backup

Automatic local and cloud backup

Warranty

3 years

PROS

Owners of the Lenovo ThinkPad devices can download a special software to backup document, audio, video files, as well as system drive information. Also, this software comes in useful for when you need to restore the data that have been accidentally lost. 

CONS

A data transfer rate leaves something to be desired.

OUR VERDICT

Compact, capacious, and attractive, the Lenovo Slim F308 HDD provides you with comfort of having the important information at hand whenever and wherever you are.

detailed parameters
Capacity

1 TB, 2 TB

Type

Portable

Power Supply

Via USB

Weight

250 g

OS Compatibility

Windows

Backup

No

Warranty

3 years

What is an External Hard Drive?

External hard disk drives are additional data storage devices. There are two types of external hard disk drives: portable and desktop. Very often the capacity of your PC's or laptop's HDD or SDD is insufficient and that's when external hard drives come in handy. Moreover, as a rule, USB external hard drives also provide reliable backup of your most important data: encrypt the data on external hard disk drive and restrict access to it on a software level.

Aside from external hard drives, more sophisticated and high-tech storage devices are also available to all computer owners: solid state drives. They boast the highest data transfer rate possible and compact size. Therefore, we strongly recommend you to check our review on solid state drives! To be able to customize the look of your CD/DVDs covers, we can offer you to read our review on CD/DVD printers and choose the one that suits you better.

What Features to Compare

The first feature we are going to tell you about is the type of external hard drives. In general, they are either portable or desktop. Portable external hard drives are very compact and can work directly off the USB port, so you just need a cable. Moreover, you can carry such external hard drives around wherever you go. Desktop external hard drive disks, in their turn, boast higher capacity and are perfect for home use. However, they require connection to the mains (via power adapter).

The next parameter to take into consideration is the capacity of every external hard disk drive. To put it simpler, this feature tells you how much data a device can store. For some customers, this is the most important feature for choosing an external HDD. The capacity ranges from several hundred megabytes (200MB, 500MB, 750MB) on some outdated models to several terabytes (1TB, 2TB, 3 TB) on the newest HDDs. The latter are much better in terms of price to capacity ratio.

Next, you should know the precise speed (or, in other words, the data transfer rate) which determines how fast the data can be transferred from/to the external hard drive. With ever-increasing data amounts and file sizes, speed becomes a really important performance indicator. The speed primarily depends on what type of USB interface is used: it can be either USB 2.0 (in this case the maximum data transfer rate reaches 480 Mb/s) or USB 3.0 (it's much faster - up to 5 Gb/s). Of course, the maximum speed is guaranteed only if both a computer and an external HDD support USB 3.0. However, that isn't the only parameter determining the performance of the device - you should also know the spindle rotation speed - the higher it is, the faster your HDD works. Modern external hard drive disks boast a spindle rotation speed of 5400 RPM or 7200 RPM.

Another important feature is the size and design that determines the look of external HDD, its form factor, and weight of the device. The form factor or the size is measured in inches. Most commonly, the form factor of external hard drive disks varies from 2.5'' to 3.5'' - it's, actually, the size of magnetic disc inside the casing. No need to say, the smaller the form factor is, the more compact and lightweight the device is. However, bigger external hard drives usually have a larger capacity. 

External hard drive disks come with different default file systems and that's why you should always be fully aware if the device can work with your operating system. For example, if you have a device featuring FAT32 file management system, you won't be able to use it with iMac. Of course, you can reformat the external HDD and after that it will become Mac-friendly, but it will require deleting all your files. In general, the most widespread operating system (Windows, Mac OS, and Linux) run on different file systems (FAT, FAT32, NTFS, ext4), so if a new external hard drive doesn't work with your, say, Ubuntu Linux - just reformat it and everything will be fine. Finally, any worthy external HDD must provide the maximum security of the data stored on it. And that's why different back-up technologies are used. Some USB external hard drives are capable of performing local backups, which means the files are copied to the external hard drive. Some models support cloud backup, i.e. your files are copied to a remote cloud storage. The backups are usually carried out automatically, so you just need to configure the backup schedule.

Seagate Backup Plus Slim

Expand Your Data Storage Capabilities

The new series of Seagate external hard drives got larger capacity (up to 4TB) and became more compact. However, today having a large capacity only is insufficient - there are lots of other manufacturers of external hard drives and their devices might provide the same storage space and that's why software comes to the fore. No secret that any user has gigabytes of important files that need to be kept safe. And if you could use a couple of flash drives several years ago, an external hard drive is required to do the same thing today. This Seagate external HDD is rather compact and you can carry it with you (in a pocket of your jacket, for example) and use whenever you need to. The durability of any external hard drive depends on the material it's made of. The casing of this Seagate external hard drive is made of metal, which ensures a decent shock- and scratch-resistance. If colour matters to you, you are welcome to choose one of four available colours: black, blue, red or silver. In all, this is a really worthy device that will backup all your important files and you will never lose them.

Review of Seagate Backup Plus Slim External Hard Disk

Back up and Save Up

The first thing you should do after purchasing this amazing external hard drive is install the Seagate Dashboard app. The Protect function allows you to make a backup with a single click or you can create your own backup schedule and the software will do it automatically. If you deal with lots of data, back it all up with the help of this function and you will never get in trouble. Moreover, nearly everybody uses smartphones today and social networks have become a part of our everyday life. Millions of people take pictures and upload them to Facebook and other similar networks. However, most smartphones have a limited storage space and that's why you can use Seagate Lyve app that will move the images from your device right to the external hard drive. Moreover, Seagate gives every user 200GB of free OneDrive storage. And believe our experience, keeping your most important files in a cloud storage ensures the maximum safety.

Seagate Backup Plus Slim External Hard Disk in the use

Useful Tip

Install the downloadable NTFS driver for connecting the Seagate external hard drive to Apple devices (iMacs and MacBooks) without any reformatting.

Detailed review of Seagate Backup Plus Slim External Hard Disk

More Products to Consider

Even though this external hard drive has a metal casing, we recommend you to think about additional protection such as silicon case. With a soft case, you can be sure your HDD is protected from scratches and accidental bumps. 

Seagate Backup Plus Slim External Hard Disk application

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Seagate Backup Plus Slim 4TB PORTABLE External Hard Drive - (Black) USB 3.0/2.0
Seagate Backup Plus Slim
Seagate Backup Plus Slim
 

Transcend H3P 2 TB External Hard Disk Drive

Triple Protection

It comes as no surprise that StoreJet 25H3P from the world-renowned Transcend company is believed to be one of the best HDDs represented on the market. The model we review here has 2TB of storage space but the disk is also available in 500 GB, 1 TB, 3 TB, and 4 TB capacity so you can choose the one that meets your needs best. In addition to great storage space, the device can boast decent protection features. It has a 3-stage anti-shock system that consists of thick suspension damper inside, reinforced hard casing in the middle, and anti-slip rubber enclosure outside. A protective layer this reliable not only excludes the possibility of external damage but also minimises the risk of damaging the magnet disks inside the gadget. Of course, three layers of cases influenced the size of the gadget – it’s 24.5-mm thick. However, it isn’t as heavy as you might think – 240 grammes are quite a convenient weight for everyday use.

Review of Transcend H3P 2 TB External Hard Disk Drive

Universal Compatibility

The beauty of this external hard drive disk is its compatibility with most modern operating systems, to be more precise, Windows, Mac OS, and Linux. This very feature makes Transcend StoreJet 25M3 a suitable model for the majority of HDD users. By the way, the disk is equipped with USB 3.0 – one of the fastest among modern interfaces that can ensure data transfer at the speed of 5 Gb/s – at least, the manufacturer claims so. Yet, be ready that in real life, the speed will be approximately 118-120 Mb/s.

Transcend H3P 2 TB External Hard Disk Drive in the use

Transcend Elite

Transcend software used in StoreJet 25H3P is called Transcend Elite and it is worth mentioning since it helps you manage your information conveniently. We’d like to draw your attention to its main functions, to our mind:

  • With automatic backup option, you can perform local or cloud backup of different files and folders. It’s also possible to set backup schedule so all stored data is copied daily, weekly or monthly. However, note that if you want to backup system files such as Windows or Program Files folders, you’ll have to use different software. 
  • Protect the information you store on your HDD with AES encryption. 
  • Sync option is a real catch if you often use the same folders for work or study. This very function ensures exact correspondence of information stored on your PC and StoreJet 25H3P.
Detailed review of Transcend H3P 2 TB External Hard Disk Drive

At the Touch of a Button

If you take a closer look at this HDD, you’ll notice a small button at the top of the gadget. Its aim is to start backup process. Just install Transcend software, activate the button via the programme, and here you are – once you connect your StoreJet 25H3P to your PC, automatic backup will be at your fingertips.

Transcend H3P 2 TB External Hard Disk Drive application

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Transcend H3P 2 TB External Hard Disk Drive
Transcend H3P 2 TB External Hard Disk Drive
 

Western Digital My Passport

Type

This external hard drive disk is a portable model that is rather compact, so you can easily carry it with you in a laptop bag or backpack. A fantastic device that you can always have at hand no matter where you go: to work, on a trip, or to college. Since it's a portable external hard drive, it's powered from USB. Therefore, you just need to plug a USB cable into your PC or laptop and the HDD will work. No need to say, you can use the same USB 3.0 interface to connect the external hard drive disk to a TV and other devices.

Review of Western Digital My Passport External Hard Drive

Capacity

Having chosen this portable external hard drive, you can select one of the several available models that differ in the capacity they provide. All in all, there are the following capacity options: 1TB, 2TB, and 4TB. Therefore, you can pick the most appropriate capacity according to your needs. For example, an external hard drive disk with 500GB capacity is enough for storing your favourite pictures and music, though if you are fond of videos and movies - you'd better pick an HDD with at least 1TB of storage.

Western Digital My Passport External Hard Drive in the use

Speed

The data transfer speed of this external hard drive depends on the type of USB connection you use. Western Digital has a USB 3.0 support, so if you plug it into the USB 3.0 slot of your PC or laptop, you will be able to transfer files at the maximum speed of 5 Gb/s. However, if your computer has only USB 2.0 interfaces, the read/write speed will fall to 480 Mb/s. However, these are the maximum rates and the real speed might differ for various reasons. The spindle rotation speed this external hard drive disk is 5400 RPM.

Detailed review of Western Digital My Passport External Hard Drive

Design and Size

Western Digital portable external hard drive is rather compact. Just imagine! It's almost of the same size with your passport. The dimensions of the device are as follows: 4.3 x 3.2 x 0.6 inches. It goes without saying that the weight of the unit depends on its capacity and the one we have tested weighs 0.34 lbs. We all know that some people want to emphasise their personal style, and this external HDD will give a chance to pick one of 4 available colours: black, blue, white, and berry.

Western Digital My Passport External Hard Drive application

OS Compatibility and Backup

This USB external hard drive supports USB 3.0 connection and, of course, it is fully compatible with computers, laptops, and other devices that have USB 2.0 interface only. The gadget is ready to use right out of the box in case you use a Windows-operated computer (or laptop). If, however, you're a Mac user - a reformatting of the external hard drive's file system is required. Moreover, the unit provides the highest level of security for your data - both local and cloud automatic backups are available.

Western Digital My Passport External Hard Drive application

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Western Digital My Passport
Western Digital My Passport
 

Sony HD-SP1 Shockproof

You’ll Never Lose Your Data

In the recent years, it's become almost a trend for manufacturers of external drives to produce devices that would be not only capacious but also have many useful extras. In this respect, Sony isn’t an exception. In the HD-SP1 1TB external disk it is not only the extensive capacity that users like, but also a special software for handling the data on the disk. Let's see what you get. Backup Manager 2 software performs a double backup, reducing this way the risk of losing the important data by transferring it firstly to the cloud, and later, when the cloud is full, to the HDD. Password Protection Manager is one more useful application that prevents unauthorized access to the data saved on the disk. You can encrypt all your files or just several of the folders, depending on the content and the importance of the data. At any moment these data can be decrypted. The Sony HD-SP1 is compatible with Windows and Mac OS. For Mac users, however, it'd be necessary to reformat the disk in NTFS first. 

Review of Sony HD-SP1 Shockproof External Hard Disk Drive

Fast and Reliable

The Sony HD-SP1 comes with a USB 3.0 cable through which it's possible to transfer tons of data considerably in a short time. In product specifications, you will see the speed rate of 5Gb/s, although, in reality, it isn't as high. When the HD-SP1 has been put to test, its reading speed reached 110 Mb/s and the writing speed, being slower a fraction, made 109 Mb/s. Considering these figures, though, the disk proved to be pretty quick in data transfer. 

Sony HD-SP1 Shockproof External Hard Disk Drive in the use

Works Under Extreme Conditions

The Sony HD-SP1 keeps your data secured not only inside but also from the outside. It features a textured rubber case that doesn't slip in the hands. Also, it has IP52 protection, which means if you happen to drop it, the device wouldn't break. The Sony HD-SP1 boasts dust-, water-, and shockproof (up to 1.2 metres) properties to last you faithfully a lifetime. 

Detailed review of Sony HD-SP1 Shockproof External Hard Disk Drive

Eye-Catching Design

The Sony HD-SP1 is available in green and blue that both look eye-catchy and vibrant. Choose the colour you like better and add brightness to your daily routine.

Sony HD-SP1 Shockproof External Hard Disk Drive application

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Sony HD-SP1 Shockproof
Sony HD-SP1 Shockproof
 

Lenovo Slim F308

Classical Example

The UHD F308 by Lenovo company is a classical example of an external hard drive disk. We have two reasons for calling it so. Like all traditional hard drives, this one doesn't have any bells and whistles; all you get is a 1TB capacity for all your storage needs. Secondly, it does look classy. Encased in black plastic, it conveys the concept of simplicity and classic traditions. The white Lenovo inscription on the housing and the LED indicator flashing white add contrast and restraint elegance to the model. The drive itself is very compact and hence, fits snugly in spaces of all sizes, be it your pocket or handbag. What this disk isn't as good at is resisting external factors such as moist and dust. Therefore, it's important to be careful with it, not exposing the drive to unfavorable conditions detrimental to its service life. Anyway, if you don't bother hunting for the cutting-edge external hard drive and need a simple solution at a good price to store your films, music, and photos, the Lenovo UHD F308 can be the right choice for you.

Review of Lenovo Slim F308 External Hard Disk Drive

Everything for Convenient Use

The Lenovo UHD F308 includes a USB cable for connecting to a PC or laptop. The device features 3.0 interface, which enables up to 100 Mb/s of data transfer speed. Out of the box, the drive comes compatible with Windows-based devices only, however, if needed, it can also be reformatted to work with other OSes. So, not a bad option at all!

Lenovo Slim F308 External Hard Disk Drive in the use

Lifehack for Lenovo Users

As it was mentioned above, the Lenovo UHD F308 doesn't perform backup functions. But if you’re an owner of the Lenovo ThinkPad, we have good news for you. The thing is the laptops of this product line feature Lenovo Rescue and Recovery applications that allow you to backup and restore not only your usual stuff but also system disk information. To be able to protect the data stored on your laptop, you only need to create a bootable CD recording on it both Rescue and Recovery apps in advance.

Detailed review of Lenovo Slim F308 External Hard Disk Drive

A Great Alternative

For those of you who don't need to backup the data all the time, a great alternative would be to use a standard means of Windows OS which can automatically run backups every hour. 

Lenovo Slim F308 External Hard Disk Drive application

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Lenovo Slim F308
Lenovo Slim F308
 

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Publish Date: 2017-06-12 14:35:48