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20 Best External Hard Drives in Sydney [2024]

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External Hard Drive Sydney

Best External Hard Drive Sydney
Best External Hard Drive Sydney

Looking for the best external hard drive Sydney? Look no further! We’ve compiled a list of the 20 best external hard drives on the market right now. Whether you’re looking for a portable external hard drive Sydney or one that is more stationary, we have you covered. Keep reading to learn more about each external hard drive and find the perfect one for your needs!

1) Samsung X5 Portable SSD 500GB

Key FeatureThunderbolt 3 technology
Where to BuyClick here

Samsung’s X5 Portable SSD is designed for digital professionals who want the best high-speed external drive available. The X5 uses solid-state storage instead of a traditional hard drive, so it can provide faster speeds. Samsung designed the X5 with inspiration from today’s supercars. The red accents and glossy shell show that this drive is all about speed. Some people may see it as premium and well-crafted while others might think it looks tacky. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, after all.

Key Differentiators:

  • Shock-resistant internal design
  • Optional password protection and AES 256-bit hardware encryption
  • First ever NVMe-based portable SSD from Samsung

Customer’s Review:

I needed an external drive because I’d gone from a 1Tb drive to a 128Gb drive. The external would contain little-used apps and all my documents. Still needs to be fast. This does the job beautifully. Can’t recommend it enough.

Leszek Marvin

2) WD_Black P10 4TB

Key Feature4TB that can hold up to 110 games
Where to BuyClick here

With a solid metal top casing and plastic shell, the P10 has an individual yet long-lasting look that distinguishes it from other storage devices on the market. While this device may not be for everyone, its shipping container-like design and inconspicuous color choice will go well with a lot of current gaming systems.

Key Differentiators:

  • Speeds up to 140MB/s
  • Purpose-built for gamers
  • Can save up to 110 games

3) WD My Passport Ultra 4TB

Key FeatureUltra-portable external hard drive
Where to BuyClick here

The My Passport Ultra easily plugs into any computer with a USB-C connection. If you’re worried about compatibility with older devices, don’t be! WD has included a handy USB-A adapter in the box. While WD doesn’t publicize the drive’s read or write speeds, it’s not going to be blazing fast. Given that it’s a mechanical drive using the USB 3.1 interface, it won’t have the same quickness as a portable SSD.

Key Differentiators:

  • USB-C™ and USB 3.1 compatible
  • Innovative style with refined metal cover
  • Control your backup plan either hourly, daily or monthly

4) iStorage diskAshur Pro2 1TB

Key FeatureUSB 3.1 Portable Hardware Encrypted Solid-State Drive
Where to BuyClick here

With an plentiful amount of security features to keep your data away from prying eyes, iStorage’s diskAshur Pro2 is our top choice for the best external hard drive for security. The drive has been highly praised by some reviewers as the most secure external storage available on the market. The device has super strong hardware encryption and is secured using a keypad PIN lock. The device will be completely erased if too many incorrect PIN attempts are made.

Key Differentiators:

  • FIPS 140-2 Level 3 certified
  • Common Criteria EAL4+ ready
  • Real time military grade AES-XTS 256-bit hardware encryption
  • PIN authentication (7-15-digit PIN)

Customer’s Review:

I purchased this encrypted hard drive to store my customers data. So far, I am extremely impressed with the features this product has to offer and the level of security. You can tell the brand have gone above and beyond to ensure this drive gives you the highest level of security. Highly recommended!


5) LaCie Rugged USB-C 4TB

Key FeatureDrop, crush and rain resistant external hard drive
Where to BuyClick here

The Rugged USB-C’s rubberized casing protects it and your data from damage. Despite being a bit bulkier due to the distinctive orange bumper, the LaCie drive is rain, crush, and drop resistant. The protection it offers isn’t limitless, however. The Rugged USB-C isn’t intended to withstand drops or impacts any greater than 1.2 meters or crushes strong enough to equal a 1-tonne vehicle.

Key Differentiators:

  • Compatible with both Windows and Mac operating systems
  • USB-C technology
  • 4 TB capacity 

6) Seagate Expansion Portable Drive 1TB

Key FeatureSuperSpeed USB 3.0 port
Where to BuyClick here

The size and weight of the drive are ideal for carrying around with you anywhere you go, fitting in the same amount of room as a contemporary smartphone. If you require it for on-the-go usage, you’ll barely even know it’s there since it weighs only 181 grams. The drive is average, with a plastic housing and USB cable. Seagate says the 1TB size is enough space to store thousands of photos and documents; however, if you need more data storage, you can buy this drive in capacities up to 4TB.

Key Differentiators:

  • Add up to 4TB of storage to your Xbox or PS4
  • Lightweight and portable
  • USB powered – no mains cable required

Customer’s Review:

Bought this for my PS4 as mine is 500GB and needed some extra storage. Works perfectly would definitely recommend to others.

Hayden Kok

7) WD My Book Duo 8TB

Key FeaturePassword protection with hardware encryption
Where to BuyClick here

Even though it wasn’t designed for speed, the My Book Duo is a fast drive because of its USB connection and spinning design. WD says that its My Book Duo can reach read speeds of up to 360Mbps, and many customers have noted how speedy the RAID-enabled storage tower feels. The WD My Book Duo includes both a USB-C and USB-A cable in the box, which allows you to connect it to nearly any computer. But that’s not all – the drive also has two additional USB-A ports. These can be used to add more storage space or connect other devices, like a keyboard or mouse, directly to your computer through the drive.

Key Differentiators:

  • Auto backup with included WD Backup™ software for Windows and Time Machine-compatible for Mac
  • Reimagined design
  • Equipped with WD Backup software for Windows and Apple Time Machine

8) Seagate Fast SSD 1TB

Key FeatureLightweight, shock-resistant external hard drive
Where to BuyClick here

The Seagate Fast SSD is a high-performance solid-state drive (SSD) with the world’s most generic name. The device promises to be fast, and many customers were happy with the quick speeds in reviews. According to Seagate, the drive is capable of read/write rates of up to 540Mbps and 500Mbps, which is faster than most other SSDs on the market. However, some users reported slower performance from the device than they had anticipated.

Key Differentiators:

  • Dishing out speeds of up to 540MB/s
  • Offers 1TB of space and USB-C compatibility
  • Includes folder syncing capabilities to help keep files organized across devices

Customer’s Review:

Really improved load times – by a factor of almost 10.


9) LaCie Mobile Drive 4TB

Key FeatureSlim, travel-friendly external hard drive
Where to BuyClick here

With a design based on Apple’s MacBooks, LaCie’s mobile drive is intended to be the loyal companion of many creators. It’s obvious that LaCie is targeting high-end users with the Mobile Drive’s color choices, which are designed to match with the Space Gray and Silver finishes of the MacBook. The device has an all-aluminum construction that adds to its premium appearance and feel. It’s also heavier than other drives on this list at 400 grams due to its all-aluminium build.

Key Differentiators:

  • High-capacity portable external hard drive for on-the-go creative projects
  • Works with Mac and Windows systems out of the box
  • Connects via USB-C for high-speed data transfers

10) Seagate Backup Plus

Key FeatureHigh capacity, stellar style
Where to BuyClick here

Seagate offers a variety of portable drives in terms of capacity, color and dimensions. To get complete details, visit the Seagate site. All the drives offer USB 3.0 speed transfers, Windows and Mac support, with some capable of 120 MB/s or higher transfer rate. The 4TB “Fast” model offers 220 MB/s transfer rates, but is a little bulkier than the others. If you value affordability and reliability in your backups (software included), then these are great portable options for you.

Key Differentiators:

  • An external hard drive for Mac and Windows
  • Features a minimalist brushed metal enclosure and quick plug-and-play connectivity
  • Works with USB 3.0

Customer’s Review:

I cant comment on the longevity, but I’ve never had an issue with Seagates in this form factor so I’m not expecting any trouble. Worked out of the box for me, transfer speeds what you would expect for a SATA 3 mechanical drive and I can recommend it for either NTFS of exFAT formats depending on your needs.


11) WD My Cloud Home 8TB

Key FeatureIntuitive My Cloud Home app
Where to BuyClick here

The new design has kept the vertical format but with a more stylish minimalistic approach that blends white and silver. The case itself allows for great internal airflow because of its many vents located at the top and bottom. As for external connectivity, there is a 5Gbps USB 3.0 port to plug in an external drive or flash drive (opens in new tab) as well as a Gigabit Ethernet port.

Key Differentiators:

  • Organize and easily find your content with the intuitive My Cloud Home app
  • Access your content from anywhere you have internet
  • Supports Windows, Mac, Android and iOS

Customer’s Review:

I own a small business and didn’t want to buy cloud services so I purchased my own home cloud and it has been a lifesaver! You can access it from anywhere and it supports all file types. I use it on my Mac and it works really well. Sometimes after an update, you may have to log in to the WD app for it to recognize but other than that no issues.

Thomas Reyy

12) Apricorn Aegis Desktop 4 TB FIPS 140-2 Encrypted External Hard Drive

Key FeatureCertified to meet stringent FIPS 140-25 Level security standards
Where to BuyClick here

The Apricorn Aegis Desktop 4 TB drive is an encrypted external hard drive with capacities ranging from 2TB to 18TB that comes in a strong aluminum casing and measures 4.5”x7.2” and 1.5” thick. Its Padlock button panel, which resembles the familiar cashpoint or ATM layout with 0-9 digits as well as Cancel and a Lock/Unlock key, is located at the top. Three clear indication lights show the status: locked (red), unlocked (green), or Admin Mode (blue). There are no software requirements for setting up this device.

Key Differentiators:

  • Features a rugged aluminum casing
  • Includes a keypad for PIN entry
  • Software-free configuration

Customer’s Review:

Only been using this device for a week but it is easy to use and seems durable. Same speed of any other USB3-std hard drive.


13) Buffalo Ministation Extreme NFC

Key FeatureNFC technology keeps data secure with included smart card
Where to BuyClick here

Unlike some of the external hard drives on the market which are alarmingly flimsy, the MiniStation Extreme NFC from Buffalo is a tough drive that can withstand shocks and drops. This reliable device stores your 2.5-inch laptop hard drive in rugged, shock-absorbent bumpers that have been tested to survive falls from up to 1.2 meters (4 feet).

Key Differentiators:

  • Military spec shock protection absorbs and transfers shock away from the hard disk
  • IPX3 standard water resistance & IP5X standard dust resistance to ensure data is safe against the elements
  • Integrated USB cable for convenient and easy plug in

Customer’s Review:

One of the security features is a card that sits on top on the device. As long as the card is on top, it is open. You can add a password, which keeps it open for about 5 minutes. The security feature setup has a lousy interface, but in the end it worked. I wish it were easier to make changes to the security settings.

Amazon Customer

14) Samsung 860 EVO

Key FeaturePowered by Samsung V-NAND Technology
Where to BuyClick here

Samsung has always been a leader in SSDs, and the 860 EVO is no exception. With storage sizes up to 4TB, it’s now possible to ditch mechanical drives altogether – if you’re willing to pay the price tag. This drive uses V-NAND 3-bit MLC technology for storage, which is highly reliable. As a result, the 860 EVO comes with an industry-leading 5-year warranty.

Key Differentiators:

  • Enhanced read-write speeds
  • ES 256-bit hardware-based encryption
  • Windows 8/Windows 7/Windows Server 2003 (32 bit and 64 bit), Vista (SP1 and above), XP (SP2 and above), MAC OSX and Linux compatible

Customer’s Review:

I have found using Crucial’s software and cloning kit much easier than Samsung magician. Other than that, I have used Samsung drives before and they are quite easy to setup.

vikram jit singh

15) G-Technology ArmorATD

Key FeatureTriple-layer shock resistance for added durability
Where to BuyClick here

The G-Technology ArmorATD portable HDD is designed to resist impact with internal shock mounts, an aluminum enclosure, and a removeable rubber bumper. It’s also engineered to be rain, dust, and crushing proof (up to 1,000 pounds).

Key Differentiators:

  • Rain-and dust-resistant (IP54) enclosure with a 1000lb crush rating
  • With capacities up to 4TB of storage for your photos and footage
  • USB-C ready; USB-3.0 and Thunderbolt 3 compatible

Customer’s Review:

The drive is an ideal portable storage device that can be used for any ‘normal’ purpose that any other non-ruggedised model could perform with the added advantage of being able to better resist damage through shock and water than most are able to allow. Data transfer speed isn’t quite the fastest possible but 2.5-inch drives are always slower than 3.5-inch equivalents; for most purposes it should be more than adequate.


16) SanDisk Extreme Pro Portable SSD

Key FeatureUp to two-metre drop protection and IP55 water and dust resistance
Where to BuyClick here

Is it simple to use? It’s small and light enough to stick in your hand but not get lost in your pocket or luggage. Is it sophisticated looking? Its rounded corners, black-and-red coloration, delicately pockmarked front, and softly textured back give it a stylish and comfortable appearance that is both completely current and refreshingly classic. The USB 3.1 version of the Extreme Pro Portable SSD achieved sequential reads of 1,050MBps in our testing, which was consistently at or near the top of the rankings.

Key Differentiators:

  • Powerful yet portable
  • Use the handy carabiner loop to attach the drive to your belt loop or backpack
  • IP55 water and dust resistance

17) Samsung Portable SSD T7

Key FeatureIncredible speed of USB 3.2 Gen2 on the T7 Touch
Where to Buy

The Samsung Portable SSD T7, similar in shape to the T5 with its rectangular build and rounded corners, is a tad bigger and heavier. The software functions are identical between the two models. This time around though, you have more choice in colors – Indigo Blue, Titan Gray or Metallic Red – for 500GB, 1TB or 2TB capacities.

Key Differentiators:

  • Built-in security options
  • Enlightening motion LED
  • Pocket-sized and slim

18) Seagate BarraCuda Fast SSD

Key FeatureEasy-to-use functionality for on-the-go days
Where to BuyClick here

The basic software included is rather bare-bones, but it does come with a two-month membership to the Adobe Creative Cloud Photography Plan. The BarraCuda Fast isn’t the most affordable USB 3.0 drive available: You can get better if you’re only focused on raw storage. The Seagate BarraCuda Fast SSD is a midprice portable SSD with 540 MBps (read) and 500 MBps (write) that doesn’t disappoint its name. In most of our performance tests, it performed at the top end of the midrange.

Key Differentiators:

  • Armed with maximum sequential read/write speeds of up to 540 MB/s
  • Up to 2 TB of capacity
  • Equipped with a Type-C to Type-A cable

19) SanDisk G-Drive Professional 18TB

Key FeaturePowerful performance with up to 260MB/s read and 260MB/s write (18TB capacity)
Where to BuyClick here

The SanDisk G-DRIVE™ enterprise-class hard drive, with a versatile USB-C™ (5Gb/s) connection, provides high-capacity storage in a premium, stylish design. An all-aluminum enclosure encloses a 7200 RPM Ultrastar® drive with performance up to 260MB/s read and 260MB/s write speeds (18TB capacity), making it ideal for rapid backups and access to your HD videos, photos, and music. The G-DRIVE desktop hard drive will also conveniently charge your compatible MacBook while connected to the drive using USB Power Delivery.

Key Differentiators:

  • USB-C™ (5Gbps) drive for fast backup (USB 3.2 Gen 1)
  • Enterprise-Class 7200 RPM Ultrastar® drive inside
  • USB Power Delivery to charge your compatible laptop

20) ADATA HD710 PRO Rugged Rxternal Hard Drive

Key FeatureIP68 Military-Grade Shockproof MIL-STD-810G 516.6
Where to BuyClick here

For extreme mobile data security, the ruggedized USB 3.1 portable hard drive from ADATA is waterproof, dustproof, and shockproof (IP68). The unique casing design meets or exceeds strict International Electro technical Commission (IEC) standards and has been certified as genuinely waterproof and dustproof. HD710 Pro is tested to meet or exceed US Army MIL-STD-810G 516.6 1.5 meters drop test requirements for added hardness.

Key Differentiators:

  • Shock-resistant
  • Advanced data protection
  • Handy carabiner loop design

External Hard Drive Sydney

External hard drive Sydney is a great way to store your data and keep it safe. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes, with different features depending on what you need. We’ve listed 20 external hard drive Sydney that are available, so you can find the perfect one for your needs. Whether you’re looking for a rugged drive that can withstand extreme conditions or just want a large capacity storage option, we have something for everyone.

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