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The best external hard drives you can buy in 2020

Telegraph 25 Mar 2020 12:20

An external hard drive is a great way to store huge amounts of data and images – far more than can be saved to most laptops or tablets. As such, many people find themselves needing the extra space that only a serious hard drive with terabytes of data can provide. 

Most laptops come with limited amounts of space, around 500GB or less, as part of an internal solid state drive (SSD). External hard drives are a great way to store or back up extra files, especially photos and videos.

For those who work remotely or abroad, they also ensure you can keep key files on hand without having to tote around a large laptop.

For a secure storage system of your very own, here is everything you need to know before you buy as well as a round-up of the best external hard drives you can buy in 2020:

1.  WD MyBook Duo 6TB

£255.78, Amazon

Size: 3 TB, 4 TB, 6 TB, 8 TB, 10 TB, 12 TB, 16 TB, 20 TB, 24 TB

Sometimes you will just need that extra space. The WD MyBook Duo range builds up from 3 TB to 24 TB, with super-fast read and write speeds of around 360 MB per second. It's even RAID-O ready straight from the box. With two USB 3.0 ports, it can also be used at a docking station

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