Your house and your car require maintenance, so why shouldn’t your computer? Losing files to malfunctioning hardware is likely one of the most frustrating computing challenges in existence. Considering personal computers revel in accessibility, it’s important to keep your documents backed up at all times using an external hard drive. Thankfully, Amazon is currently slicing 30-percent off the list price of select external hard drives. Available in a multitude of capacities and colors (red, black, blue, and titanium), the Western Digital My Passport Ultra External Hard Drive is one such example, providing quick file transfers and a reliable connections via both USB 2.0 and 3.0 ports. Though you might need to reformat the device for use with Mac OS X, the external drive weighs merely a third of a pound and runs beautifully with Windows 8, while offering password protection and advanced hardware encryption to help maintain document security.
Additionally, the Passport Ultra touts WD SmartWare Pro automatic and cloud backup options, allowing you to effortlessly transfer files directly to the device or your Dropbox account. Now through of July 31, you can save 30 percent on the WD My Passport Ultra External Hard Drive, with bundled free shipping. However, check out our picks for the best external hard drives if Amazon doesn’t offer quite what you’re looking for.