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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:

Need a tough, portable SSD for less than 100 bones? This one offers high-speed storage on the go with a hard, shock-proof shell, speeds of up to 1,050MBps, and a modern USB-C port. more
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. more
With a rugged housing surrounding a 1TB HDD, the LaCie mini portable hard drive lets you take your digital treasures anywhere without worry. more
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. more
This SSD puts 480GB of storage in the palm of your hands and is the most affordable option in its category. more
Larger sizes also on sale
Beef up your storage space so you can save as much as you need. This 8TB hard drive is compatible with PC, Xbox, and PS4. more
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. more
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. more
If you want a reliable hard drive option, the WD Easystore 8TB is a great and heavy-duty option if you've got more documents and files than you know what to do with. more
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. more
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. more
This downsized and super-portable solid state drive doesn't just offer high-speed data transfers thanks to its USB-C connectivity, it's also one of the most pocket-friendly SSDs on the market. more
This portable SSD has a secure fingerprint reader and can fit in your pocket. With transfer speeds of up to 1GB/second it's also a blazing fast way to back up your files. more
A duty-grade NAS bay with 8TB of storage included. The hard drives are NAS-grade and pre-configured for RAID setup, and the TeraStation supports the most common cloud backup services and protocols. more
The WD 1TB My Passport Ultra Silver Portable External Hard Drive HDD has an innovative style with refined metal cover and password protection with 256-bit AES hardware encryption. more
The SanDisk 1TB Extreme Portable SSD enables you to write fast in a high-capacity portable drive that's ideal for producing amazing content or capturing incredible images. more
If you want server-like storage capacity on a simpler NAS setup, the QNAP TS-653D-4G-US offers a whopping six disk bays and high read/write speeds with RAID support. more
With a 500GB capacity, the Samsung T7 is a rugged pocket-sized external SSD that gives you some extra space for just about anything you need to store. more
If you've got enough files to overload nearly 10 laptops, the 8TB Seagate HDD is enough to keep your documents safe and backed up, so you never have to worry about data loss. more
This is a high-performance, sturdy SSD that comes with a shock-resistant exterior, USB 3 and USB-C hookups, and 500GB of storage, which should be enough for whatever you need to carry. more
Unlike the original Toshiba Canvio 2TB external hard drive, this one comes in a slimmer design, but it's just as reliable when backing up files. more
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. more
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. more
With the high performance of WD Black, this hard drive will make sure none of your media stutters and will give you the best chance at preventing data corruption. more
When your PC's storage isn't enough, this portable 500GB My Passport Ultra external hard drive by Western Digital is a must-have. more
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. more
Nevr worry about misplacing your files again when you back them all up in the Toshiba Canvio Flex portable external HDD. Has both USB-C and USB-A 3.0 for fast transfer speeds. more
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. more
Other sizes also on sale
Back up all your important files and access them anywhere with the Buffalo LinkStation NAS enclosure. It even comes with a 4TB hard drive pre-installed so it's ready to go out of the box. more
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. more

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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