The best Black Friday external hard drive deals for 2020

Black Friday was officially underway a couple days ago which means that retailers have started to unleash their  flood of Black Friday deals and other holiday bargains after weeks of early teasers, but even though the official sale date has drawn to a close, there’s still time to score a heavily discounted external hard drive if you need some cheap extra storage space for your photos, videos, and other digital goodies. With extended Black Friday sales still ongoing and Cyber Monday upon us, a lot of the best brands (from Western Digital and Seagate to Samsung and others) are on sale right now for cheap.

These last-minute Black Friday external hard drive deals are joined by all sorts of other still-ongoing Black Friday price cuts on computers, gaming equipment, and mobile gadgets. So make your plans for which external hard drive you want, and jump on it before these holiday bargains dry up for good.

Best Black Friday external hard drive deals

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WD 1TB My Passport External SSD

$150 $230
This portable SSD offers a high-speed storage that you can password-protect, a hard shell that can survive 6-feet drops, and a modern Type-C port.
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Western Digital Elements 4TB External Hard Drive

$90 $100
Store a small truckload of files with this 4TB hard drive, perfect for working professionals with an archive's worth of documents or the small-time indie multimedia users with a number of videos.
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PNY Elite 480GB USB 3.0 Portable SSD

$59 $150
This SSD puts 480GB of storage in the palm of your hands and is the most affordable option in its category.
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Western Digital Easystore 4TB External Portable Hard Drive

$90 $150
The Western Digital Easystore portable external hard drive is a powerful upgrade to any storage, and with 4TB to back you up, it's a great add-on to your computer that you can take on the go.
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Western Digital Elements 12TB USB 3.0 External Hard Drive

$220 $250
The WD Elements hard drive with 12TB of storage capacity is an excellent option for all your file needs, packing an immense amount of space in one small package.
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WD Black 5TB P10 External Hard Drive for PS4/Xbox One/PC/Mac USB 3.2

$130 $150
With the high performance of WD Black this hard drive will make sure none of your media stutters and gives the best chance at preventing corruption.
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Samsung T5 SSD (2TB)

$250 $290
Smaller than a credit card, this tiny portable SSD holds up to 2TB of storage, and can fit in your pocket. With transfer speeds of up to 540 mb/s it's also a blazing fast way to back up your files.
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G-Technology G-DRIVE 10TB External Hard Drive

$315 $350
If you want an enormous amount of space in one compact package, the G-Technology 10TB G-DRIVE external hard drive is great at saving files, space, and — with this discount — cash too.
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WD Black 500GB P50 Game Drive Portable External SSD

$130 $180
This is a high-performance sturdy SSD that comes with a shock-resistant exterior and 500GB of storage which should be enough for plenty of console games.
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Seagate Expansion Desktop 8TB External Hard Drive

$135 $162
When native storage isn't enough, add the Seagate Expansion Desktop external hard drive to your PC build for a massive boost in storage capacity, with this one offering a whopping 8TB of space.
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Samsung T7 Portable 2TB SSD

$291 $370
With a 2TB capacity, the Samsung T7 is a rugged and portable external SSD that gives you tons of space for just about anything you need to store.
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Seagate Backup Plus Hub 10TB External Hard Drive

$190 $320
Need to store enough files to start your own archive? The Seagate Backup Plus Hub 10TB hard drive is immense and can work on both PC and Mac platforms for universal usability.
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Seagate 10TB Expansion Desktop USB 3.0 External Hard Drive

$170 $300
Worry less about your computer slowing down due to your collection of files with this Seagate External Hard Drive. It offers up to 10TB of storage to and boasts fast data transfer speeds.
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G-Technology G-DRIVE Mobile 4TB External Hard Drive

$140 $150
The G-Technology G-DRIVE Mobile hard drive is a great add-on to any desktop, compatible with both Macs and Windows, with this one having 4TB of space for all your important files.
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Western Digital 2TB Gaming External Hard Drive Drive for PS4

$70 $90
External hard drives aren't just for PCs -- modern gaming consoles like the PS4 can also use them, and this 2TB Western Digital portable HDD is perfect for expanding your PlayStation's storage.
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Seagate External Hard Drive 8TB HDD Expansion

$135 $162
Beef up your storage space so you can save as much files as you need. This 8TB hard drive is compatible with the PC, Xbox, and PS4.
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G-Technology G-DRIVE 4TB External Hard Drive

$140 $180
If you aren't sure about the efficacy of WD or Seagate, G-Technology's got you covered, with their G-DRIVE external hard drive offering 4TB of space that you can use to backup your files.
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Western Digital My Passport 5TB External Hard Drive

$110 $150
The WD My Passport is a reliable hard drive in any situation, and with 5TB of storage, you can comfortably store all your important files without any problems.
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WD Black 2TB P10 Game Drive Portable External Gaming Hard Drive

$70 $90
WD's hard drives have always been known for their durability, and their 2TB Game Drive is no different. This hard drive can pack upwards of 20 games and saves with room left to spare.
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SAMSUNG T7 Touch Portable 1TB SSD

$190 $230
Samsung T7 is the premium SSD to beat with a built-in fingerprint sensor that lets you secure your data, industry-leading transfer speeds, and a shock-resistant exterior.
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Seagate Game Drive 2TB External Hard Drive for PS4

$80 $110
Why delete old games when you could store them for a lifetime? With the Seagate 2TB Game Drive, you can hold onto your games and saves and revive them just in time for the PS5.
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Western Digital My Passport 4TB External Hard Drive for Macs

$120 $135
Your Mac not packed with enough space? Take the WD My Passport 4TB hard drive out for a spin, designed specifically for Apple computers, and store as many files as you could ever need.
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Samsung T5 2TB Portable External SSD

$230 $280
About as long and wide as a credit card (although obviously thicker), the fast and super-compact Samsung T5 external SSD is our favorite external hard drive thanks to its speed and size.

How to choose an external hard drive

There are a lot of very appealing Black Friday external hard drive deals to choose from right now — so many, in fact, that the choice can be overwhelming. What you really need to ask yourself is which one best suits your needs. Are you often on the go without fast Wi-Fi and want to bring all your files with you when traveling, even if that trip is just to a nearby café? Will your external hard drive mainly be 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 under your desk and stay there. To help you decide, we’ve laid out the best external hard drives from which to choose.

Your first decision is the size of storage versus portability. For the latter, we love the Samsung T5 SSD, which packs a huge amount of storage into a tiny, portable design. If you’re dealing with some older machinery, and you want something that can handle USB A and B connections, we prefer the SanDisk Extreme Pro as a top of the line lightweight external drive. And if you’re more professional, and perhaps your needs include 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 around regularly, as in from one computer to another (home to work for example) or if you’re working with one primary machine.

Next, you need to ask yourself what you’ll be using this hard drive for. Is it just for storage? In this case, your decision is pretty simple, and you can go back to figuring out just what size is right for you. But, if you have a job (or hobby) where you are regularly reading and writing to your external drive (many professionals, like architects, engineers, photographers, and video editors are doing this constantly), you have more to consider. For one, you’ll essentially want something with high read and write speeds. Part of this decision is SSD versus HDD (SDD tends to be more reliable, smaller, faster, sturdier, and more expensive). While a contemporary HDD can be pretty fast, with 7,200 rpm being the standard, some are still limping along at 5,400 rpm, so double-check what speed you’re getting. Regardless, SSD drives measure their random access times in microseconds rather than milliseconds, so they tend to be way faster.

Additionally, you’ll want to consider the drive’s connectivity. If it doesn’t have the current USB 3.0 technology, you might want to give it a second look. An older connection can bottleneck speeds of even the faster SSD or HDDs, and you don’t want to cut your read and write speed off at the legs.

Where to find the best external hard drive sales

  • Amazon Black Friday: At Amazon, you’ll find discounts on everything from monster 16TB external hard drives from Seagate to tiny flash drives and external 2TB drives that fit super easily into a bag or briefcase.
  • Best Buy Black Friday: Best Buy has jumped in early this year but there are still tons of discounted items from the best brands in external hard drives, such as WD, Seagate, and LaCie.
  • Target Black Friday: Target also joined the price-cutting party and is currently offering deals on external hard drives from Seagate, SanDisk, LaCie, and more.
  • Walmart Black Friday: Walmart refuses to be left out of the discount battle royale, offering deals on every kind of external hard drive from Samsung, Seagate, SanDisk, and more.
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