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Look cloud storage and cloud computing is fine, but if you have to pay hefty fees to access the internet. It quickly turns out to be impractical, in which case hard drives are the most practical and efficient way to go. In this article, we are going to talk about the best external USB-C hard drives you can get this year.

Running the risk of getting into too many blurbs, let me first state that the list of external hard drive listed below was picked based on speed, high efficiency, and most of all security. That said, if you are currently running short of storage space on your computer, here are the most highly recommended external hard drive for the year 2018.

#1 – The Samsung T5

If you are looking for the best of the best, and have the deep pockets to afford it, then Samsung T5 is the hard drive for you. It comes with USB-C support, which means data transfer speeds are at their highest with read-write speeds of 540 MB/s.external hard drive

This hard drive also comes with the advanced AES 256-bit hardware encryption, which will ensure all your data have the maximum security shield. By design, the Samsung T5 has a solid metal casing, so you can be sure it is ready to handle the wear and tears of life.

It also comes with three years warranty and in storage capacity variants of 2TB, 1TB, 500GB, and 250GB. At the time of writing this post, the variants prices range from $97.99 for the smallest to $397.99 for the biggest capacity. You can check them out on Amazon at this link.

#2 – My Passport Ultra

If you feel the Samsung T5 will break your bank, then go for the My Passport Ultra HD from Western Digital. It is light and compact making it easy to bring with you everywhere you go, and a high-grade metal and sports matte finish.external hard drive

It also features 256-bit AES hardware encryption security to safeguard your data; it enables you to create a strong password for hardware encryption. It comes in four variants, 1TB, 2TB, 3TB, and 4TB.

Its starting price on Amazon is $59.99, but you can check out for yourself at this link.

#3 – G-Technology R-Series

The R-Series from G-Technology comes with 1TB storage that handles your data efficiently. It has a small and sturdy design, cased with an aluminum to enable it to withstand regular shocks.external hard drive

It is a hard drive you can easily slip into your pocket. G-Technology offers a three-year warranty for it. It costs $149.93 on Amazon at the time of writing this post.

#4 – G-Technology G-Drive

Yes, that’s right! G-Technology features twice in this list. The G-Drive also comes in 1TB capacity, small and sturdy design with aluminum casing to withstand regular shocks. It also has a three-year warranty. You can get it at Amazon for $148.93; that’s the price at the time of writing this post.external hard drive

#5 – SanDisk

When it comes to SSD, SanDisk is quite a popular brand rivaling the aforementioned brands like T5 and R-Series. This particular external hard disk comes with a read/write speed of up to 550MB/s.external hard drive

Though it has an IP55 rating, which means the other aforementioned hard drive can better withstand drops and shocks. It comes in variants to 250GB, 500GB, 1TB, and 2TB. You can check them out on Amazon here.

#6 – Silicon Power Armor A85M

What do you think of this deal, a 4TB external hard drive at just $99.91? That a good deal right! It also supports Time Machine and HFS+ format, which is ideal for Mac users. It comes with a ton of storage for all your needs.external hard drive

Then look at its unibody impressive design, with an aluminum casing for military-grade-certified shockproof. It also comes with IP68 waterproof rating and a three-year warranty. It went for $94.87 on Amazon at the time of writing this post.

#7 – Seagate Fast SSD

The Seagate Fast SSD comes in four variants, 250GB, 500GB, 1TB, and 2TB. It also has a read/write speed of 540MB/s. Its starting price is $84.99 on Amazon as at the time of writing this post.external hard drive

#8 – LaCie Porsche Design

It comes in variants of 1TB, 2TB, 4TB, 5TB, 6TB, and 8TB. PS, the 2TB version costs about $89.99. They all have a read/write speed of 5GB/s and comes enclosed in an aluminum casing that is not only quite adorable but also able to withstand the shock.external hard drive

You can get it in three colors; silver, gold, and rose gold.

#9 – LaCie Rugged

As the name suggests, this is a rugged external hard drive built from the ground up to withstand the shocks. At the same time, it is also pocket-friendly (compact enough to fit inside your pocket), so don’t let the bumpy looking body intimidate you.external hard drive

It comes with a read/write speed of 5GB/s and only comes in 4TB capacity. You can get it for $159.94 on Amazon at the time of writing this article.

#10 – LaCie d2 Professional

Though not suitable if you want to use it while mobile, the LaCie d2 Professional hard drive comes with a read/write speed of 240MB/s and come in the capacity of 4TB, 6TB, and 10TB. The 10TB version goes for $399.94 on Amazon, which I think is quite affordable.external hard drive

It was not designed to be mobile, so you don’t expect they built it with a casing that rugged and able to withstand shock. If anything, it has stands so you can safely keep it away in a corner, where it will not be disturbed easily.

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