Need a new external hard drive? These are the best options for your PC.

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Best External Hard Drives Windows Central 2019

Having an external hard drive around can come in handy if you need to add a little (or a lot) of extra storage space to your PC setup with little hassle. Navigating the sea of external drives can, however, be quite daunting. So we’ve compiled a list of the best picks to get you started.

If we’re picking an external hard drive

All of the drives listed above have their perks and will make a great storage option for the right person, but if we’re picking one, we suggest the Seagate Backup Plus Slim. It’s small enough to easily tote around with you, there are lots of storage options up to 5TB available, and it uses USB-A 3.0 for wide compatibility and respectable transfer speeds. It’s also one of the least expensive options on the list, making it ideal for most people. This is the updated version of the drive, with brushed metal finish, two-tone colors, and a two-year warranty.

If you need something with faster speeds that keeps the same sleek form, we also recommend the Samsung T5 SSD. You’ll ultimately pay more, but you’ll see read and write speeds up to 540 MB/s and compatibility with USB-C and USB-A ports. This drive is also surprisingly small, enough so that you can tuck it away into most pockets without much trouble. If 500GB isn’t enough, be sure to have a look at the 1TB model.

If you’re looking for a storage solution that’s quite a bit more robust and expandable, you might be looking for Network Attached Storage (NAS). There’s always the option of building your own NAS, but for those who’d rather buy a prebuilt, we’ve rounded up the best options available now.

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