The best Cyber Week external hard drive deals for 2020

We’re in the thick of the best online shopping season of the year with plenty Cyber Week deals still on the table, but with the second day of Cyber Week now behind us, time is running out to score a discounted external hard drive before the holidays arrive. If you’re in need of some cheap storage for all your digital photos, videos, work files, and other goodies, then lot of the best brands (from Western Digital and Seagate to Samsung and others) are still on sale right now at the lowest prices you’ll see until 2021.

These extended Cyber Week external hard drive deals are joined by all sorts of other still-ongoing Cyber Week bargains on computers, gaming equipment, and mobile devices. So once you’ve narrowed down which external hard drive you want (our buying guide below can help you with that), be sure to jump on it before these deals dry up for good.

Best Cyber Week external hard drive deals

One of the hottest sales today is a Seagate 2TB hard drive deal going on at Amazon. See more discounts below:

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SanDisk Extreme 500GB Portable SSD

$90 $150
Need a tough portable SSD for less than 100 bones? This one offers a high-speed storage on the go with a hard shock-proof shell, speeds of up to 1050MB/s, and a modern USB Type-C port.
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Seagate One Touch 4TB Portable External Hard Drive

$105 $115
If you need some more storage space than most portable HDDs can provide, this 4TB Seagate One Touch punches well above its weight in the storage department.
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LaCie Rugged Mini 1TB Portable External Hard Drive

$70 $80
With a rugged housing surrounding a 1TB HDD, the LaCie mini portable hard drive lets you take your digital treasures anywhere without worry.
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PNY Elite 480GB USB 3.0 Portable SSD

$65 $158
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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Seagate One Touch 2TB External Hard Drive

$60 $82
Store all your photos, videos, and important files with the Seagate One Touch external hard drive. This one has 2TB for everything you need, quadrupling what most laptops can afford to store.
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Western Digital Elements 6TB USB 3.0 External Hard Drive

$125 $190
This external hard drive with 6TB 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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Western Digital My Passport Wireless Pro 3TB Portable External HDD

$170 $180
Wireless technology has even come to external hard drives, and the My Passport Wireless Pro takes portability to another level owing to its innovative design that's perfect for when you're on the go.
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VAVA Portable External SSD Pro, 512GB

$75 $88
This downsized and super-portable solid state drive doesn't offer an insane amount of storage, but it could just be the smallest external SSD on the market.
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Western Digital Easystore 5TB External Hard Drive

$100 $180
If you need a well-rounded hard drive that balances price and storage, the WD Easystore 5TB hard drive is definitely what you need, usable with both PCs and Macs alike.
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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 T7 Portable 2TB SSD

$300 $330
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 Expansion 2TB External Hard Drive

$58 $72
If your computer's a bit lacking in the storage department, the 2TB Seagate Expansion drive is the perfect solution, capable of adding a large amount of space for the heavy-duty user.
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Samsung T7 Touch Portable 1TB SSD + Bar Plus 128GB USB 3.1 Flash Drive

$182 $230
Samsung T7 is the SSD to beat with a built-in fingerprint sensor that lets you secure your data, industry-leading speed, and a shock-resistant exterior. This bundle includes a 128GB flash drive.
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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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WD Black 500GB P50 Game Drive Portable External SSD

$125 $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 10TB Expansion Desktop USB 3.0 External Hard Drive

$200 $255
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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Western Digital 2TB Gaming External Hard Drive Drive for PS4

$71 $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 Backup Plus Hub 10TB External Hard Drive

$205 $270
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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Western Digital My Passport 5TB External Hard Drive

$109 $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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Western Digital Elements 8TB Desktop External Hard Drive

$150 $180
If your desktop's built-in storage doesn't have enough space to satisfy your needs, this WD Elements hard drive has 8TB of space for over eight times the amount of files a regular laptop can hold.
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WD Black 2TB P10 Game Drive Portable External Gaming Hard Drive

$75 $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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Western Digital Easystore 1TB External Hard Drive

$48 $85
If you aren't in the market for a pricey external hard drive, this 1TB Easystore from Western Digital is a great budget-friendly choice for that small boost in storage without breaking the bank.
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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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Seagate 8TB Game Drive Hub for Xbox

$165 $220
Give your Xbox the best storage upgrade available with the officially licensed Seagate Game Drive, offering an immense 8TB of capacity for all your games, DLC, and more.
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Seagate Game Drive 4TB External Hard Drive for PS4

$80 $110
Can't get rid of your favorite games from the past few years? The Seagate 4TB game drive lets you store all your files and saves, with enough room to let you make new memories with new games.
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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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G-Technology G-DRIVE 10TB External Hard Drive

$319 $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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Western Digital Elements 2TB External Hard Drive

$60 $130
For basic desktop storage needs, this smaller version of the popular Western Digital Elements external drive is a steal at this price. It's slim and easily portable, too.

How to choose an external hard drive

There are still a lot of very appealing Cyber Week 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.

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