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Prime Day external hard drive deals 2021: The best sales you can still shop

All the latest Amazon Prime Day external hard drive deals and sales

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Amazon’s 48-hour summer blowout event has finished and the dust is still settling, but you’ve still got a chance to expand your local storage with a new brand-name external hard drive and save some cash in the process. That said, you’d better act fast before time runs out and all these remaining Prime Day deals are gone for good, because we’re probably not going to see prices like this again before Black Friday.

After buying what you need from the post-Prime Day external hard drive sales that are still going on, check out these offers from Amazon and other retailers for more home office essentials. We’ve also rounded up all the best remaining Prime Day monitor deals, Prime Day printer deals, Prime Day wireless keyboard deals, Prime Day wireless mouse deals, and Prime Day router deals to save you precious time.

While you’re at it, you might even consider buying a new computer from what’s left among these Prime Day laptop deals and Prime Day PC deals. And don’t limit yourself to just Amazon: There are Staples Prime Day sale bargains and Best Buy Prime Day deals still left to enjoy even if Amazon’s sale has officially ended and the Walmart Deals for Days sale is still underway!

Best Prime Day external hard drive deals still available

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
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
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
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 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
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
Give your Xbox the best storage upgrade available with the officially licensed Seagate Game Drive, offering an immense 4TB of capacity for all your games, DLC, and more. more
When your PC's storage isn't enough, this portable 2TB My Passport Ultra external hard drive by Western Digital is a must-have. more
This is a high-performance, sturdy SSD that comes with a shock-resistant exterior and 500GB of storage, which should be enough for whatever you need to carry. 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 aren't sure about the efficacy of WD or Seagate, G-Technology's got you covered with its G-DRIVE external hard drive, offering 4TB of space that you can use to back up your files. 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
If you've got enough files to overload nearly ten 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
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. 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
If you want server-like storage capacity on a simpler NAS setup with storage included, the WD My Cloud EX4100 Expert Series offers a whopping 24TB of space and great speed for a very nice price. more
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. 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
Other sizes also on sale
The WD My Cloud EX2 Ultra is a great plus-sized network-attached storage option that comes with ample built-in space (meaning you don't have to buy any drives separately). 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
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
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. more
The Western Digital My Cloud is one of the top network-attached storage solutions, and it comes with 4TB of space ready to load up. Other sizes are also on sale. 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
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. more

Should you buy a new external hard drive after Prime Day?

An external hard drive isn’t just for the files that will no longer fit on your computer. You can use an external hard drive to offload large files that you’re not using, freeing up space on your computer or gaming console. You can also use it as a digital safe for important and confidential documents, as it might be risky to leave these files on your computer (or worse, on the cloud) due to the prevalence of hackers. Whatever purpose you think it will serve you, the remaining Prime Day external hard drive deals are your chance to enjoy nice savings on premium models or even to purchase several external hard drives at a time.

Even if your computer or gaming console’s storage isn’t at the limit yet, you should take advantage of what Prime Day discounts are left to buy an external hard drive. It’s hard to predict when your storage will reach full capacity, but if your devices’ storage is already full, then it’s even more of a no-brainer to snap up any remaining Prime Day external hard drive deals while you still can.

There will surely be more deals for external hard drives later this year, especially come Black Friday and Cyber Monday. However, you shouldn’t delay purchasing your new storage devices if you’re expecting bigger discounts. While there’s a possibility of a better deal in November or December, it’s not guaranteed that retailers will be offering larger price cuts than what you can enjoy right now. Additionally, if you buy now, you won’t be left waiting for months for your much-needed storage expansion.

How to choose an external hard drive

The top brands for external hard drives are Western Digital, SanDisk, Samsung, and Seagate, although there are several other good ones, too. You should take time to study the different models of external hard drives and the features that they provide, and also be sure to read reviews.

To start the process of choosing an external hard drive to buy in the wake of Prime Day, you’ll need to determine whether you’ll go wired or wireless. Wired external hard drives require a cable to connect the accessory to your computer, while wireless external hard drives are more mobile because you don’t need cables to use them. However, wireless transfer speeds will naturally be much slower, although some wireless HDDs will have the ability to transfer data in wired mode when you want it.

You might want to check out Digital Trends’ best external hard drives and best wireless external hard drives for a better idea of what these accessories offer and the brands and models that we recommend most highly for each type. If you’re planning to use it for a gaming console, however, then you should also take a look at our best external hard drives for the PS4 and best external hard drives for Xbox Series X to help you narrow down your search.

Perhaps the most important factor in choosing an external hard drive is its storage capacity. It will be a waste to buy a 10TB external hard drive if you’ll just be storing your console’s save data. On the other hand, you shouldn’t buy a 1TB external hard drive if you’re planning to store a huge collection of movies or games, as it will fill up quickly.

You should also consider whether the external hard drive will be permanently placed in one location or if you’ll be bringing it along wherever you go. A portable external HDD will require a durability-focused design that will protect the device from accidental damage. You should also check the external hard drive’s physical size. You wouldn’t want to be lugging around a huge brick if you need the extra storage to be available at all times — a pocket-sized SSD might even be a good idea.

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