We're now right in the middle of the best Cyber Monday deals of the year. For you, it also means that today is the best time to have a greatly reduced external hard drive when you need additional storage space for all of your photos, videos, work files, and other valuable digital goods. Many of the best brands, from Western Digital to Seagate to Samsung and others, are currently on sale at the lowest prices you'll see before the new year. That means you can buy additional storage without breaking the bank.
In addition to these external hard drive deals for Cyber Monday, there are all sorts of other price cuts for Computer Monday, gaming devices, and mobile devices for Cyber Monday and Cyber Week. So once you've narrowed down which external hard drive you want (our buying guide below can help you do that), be sure to access it before these vacation bargains dry up for good.
Best deals on external hard drives on Cyber Monday
One of the hottest sales today is a SanDisk 400GB microSD deal on Amazon. More discounts can be found below:
How to choose an external hard drive
There are currently many very attractive external hard drive deals to choose from for Cyber Monday – so many that the choice can be overwhelming. What you really need to ask yourself is which one will best suit your needs. Do you often travel without fast WiFi and want to bring all your files with you when you travel, even if this trip only leads to a nearby café? Will your external hard drive be primarily intended for gaming? How much space do you need and will that change over time? External hard drives range from 1TB pocket drives that fit right in your pocket to 12TB backup monuments that are meant to sit and stay under your desk. To help you decide, we've rounded up the best external hard drives to choose from.
Your first decision is the size of the storage versus portability. For the latter, we love the Samsung T5 SSD, which packs a large amount of storage into a tiny, portable design. If you're working with older machines and need something that supports USB A and B connections, we prefer the SanDisk Extreme Pro as a high-end, lightweight external drive. And if you're more professional and may need lightning-fast video storage, there's the Western Digital My Book Duo, which can store up to 28TB. Ask yourself if you need to move data regularly; For example, from one computer to another (e.g. at home to work) or whether you are using a primary computer.
Next, you need to ask yourself what are you using this hard drive for. Is it just for storage? In this case, your decision is pretty simple and again you can figure out which size is right for you. However, if you have a job (or hobby) where you regularly read and write on your external drive (many professionals like architects, engineers, photographers, and video editors do this all the time) then there is more to consider. For one, you essentially want something with fast read and write speeds. Part of that decision is SSD versus HDD (SDD is usually more reliable, smaller, faster, more stable, and more expensive). While a modern hard drive can be pretty fast, with 7,200 RPM being the standard, some still hobble at 5,400 RPM. So check carefully what speed you are getting. Regardless, SSD drives measure their random access times in microseconds rather than milliseconds, so they're typically much faster.
You should also consider the connectivity of the drive. If it doesn't have the latest USB 3.0 technology, then you should take a second look. An older connection can lead to bottlenecks in even faster SSDs or hard drives, and you don't want to slow down the read and write speeds on your legs.
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