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The best low-cost external hard drives

As we shoot more photos and videos and download media for our libraries, our hard drives end up gasping for air. If you don’t have an external hard drive yet, you’ll find that a small investment can make your life much easier. These gadgets are the best solution for tackling issues with space, so today we’re going to recommend the four best low-cost external hard drives.

Seagate Backup Plus Ultra Slim 2TB 

This is one of the best options we can find on the market right now. With this Seagate 2 TB hard drive, a reputable brand in the storage world, we have the perfect chance to hook up our PC, as well as our PlayStation 4 and Xbox One (compatible consoles).

This external hard drive doesn’t need a power cable, since everything works through the included USB 3.0 port (which also guarantees fast data transfer). Likewise, it comes with its own cable and a quick installation guide (though it’s as easy as dragging files into a folder).

WD My Passport 1 TB

Western Digital is another classic when it comes to digital storage. With 1 TB of capacity, this external hard drive has an automatic backup copy included in the WD backup software, which guarantees that all our files are safeguarded in case of deletion. Also, it has encrypted password protection.

It’s a fast, secure and reliable hard drive, with compatibility with both USB 2.0 and 3.0. Also, you don’t have to configure anything to use it. Just plug it into your computer and it will be up and running.

Toshiba Canvio Connect II

Although Toshiba used to rely on other manufacturers for its hard drives years ago, the Japanese brand changed this dynamic in recent releases and a good example of this is the Toshiba Canvio Connect II.

This external hard drive uses a USB 3.0 connection with up to 1 TB of capacity, though its main feature is that it can be converted into an improvised multimedia server. Yes, just plug it into a PC and connect it to a WiFi network so you can access your data from any device.

WD Elements 2 TB

We’ll wrap up this list of external hard drives with one that combines 2 TB of storage and the WD Elements label.

This WD Elements hard drive has a transfer rate of up to 5 GB per second, which, with its storage capacity, makes it great if you want to store very large files. Obviously, to reach this rate, it relies on a USB 3.0, which not only works to transfer files but also for powering up the device.

It has a simple and elegant design, as well as a good size for carrying it in your pocket.

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