This post provides a quick overview of the most popular external hard drive manufacturers. It will give you an idea as to what’s out there and where you can find trusted and reliable products.
External hard drives are meant to house data. This can be temporarily, as a way to move data from one computer to another. Or permanently, as extra storage when your computer’s internal hard drive fills up. Or you can use an external hard drive as a backup of important or critical data.
Regardless of the reason, you want to be sure you get value for your hard-earned cash. You want quality at an affordable price from a reputable manufacturer who stands behind their product.
As such, we’ve compiled a list of several external hard drive manufacturers who meet those criteria. This is not a comprehensive or exhaustive list by any means, but these are popular manufacturers because they have a lot of satisfied customers to their credit.
Keep checking this list, as we will add more as time goes on.
Hewlett-Packard is an American company providing computer-related hardware, software, and services to individual consumers and businesses. They make a wide range of external hard drives in just about any capacity for any operating system.
One of their most popular lines is the SimpleSave, which is available in a portable or desktop version.
Seagate is an American company, but incorporated in Dublin, Ireland (it truly is a global economy). Like Western Digital, they are one of the largest producers of hard drives in the world.
Seagate’s most popular drives include the Expansion and GoFlex. Both come in portable and desktop versions. The max capacity available on one of these drives is 3 TB.
Toshiba is a Japanese corporation that manufactures a variety of products from household appliances to computers and computer hardware. Their most popular drive, the Canvio, is a portable hard drive that comes in a variety of cool colors and ranges in size from 500 GB to 1 TB. They support USB 2.0 and 3.0 and offer physical protection against drops with a built-in internal shock sensor. The Basics has a 3-year warranty, while the regular Canvio also offers integrated cloud backup capabilities (this costs extra to use).
Transcend was founded in Taiwan and has offices around the world. They make the StoreJet line of USB 2.0 and 3.0 external hard drives. The drives range in size from 500 GB to 1 TB. You’ll need to check individual drive specifications to determine whether they are compatible with Windows, Mac, and/or Linux.
Several of the drives have one-touch auto backup feature, while others have anti-shock protection to help protect your drive from physical trauma like drops or excessive vibration. Transcend has a 3-pronged approach to shock protection:
- Silicon rubberized slip-resistant shell
- Reinforced hard casing
- Suspension damper for the internal mechanics
Some of Transcend’s drives are so rugged as to meet the US military’s drop test standards.
Western Digital (WD) is also an American company and is purported to be one of the largest hard drive manufacturers in the world. They specialize in storage: external, internal, solid-state, and network. They also have a line of home entertainment products, including media players and drives.
Western Digital makes both portable and desktop external hard drives in a variety of capacities. Virtually all of their drives support PCs and Macs and offer data security, password protection, encryption, and automated continuous backup.
WD’s most popular products include the WD My Passport, Elements, and My Book drives.
Again, this list is not an exhaustive one, so please don’t be upset if you don’t see your favorite manufacturer. As noted above, we’ll be adding to this list as time goes on, so eventually we hope to have a nice, complete listing of the best external hard drive manufacturers out there.