A backup or backup is the process of duplicating, either through a backup system or simply by literally making a literal copy of the files, to another different storage medium with the aim that if the primary storage is lost or damaged, you can still take the plunge. in the backup so that nothing is lost. For this you of course have options in the cloud, but there is nothing more secure than having it on a physical device that only you have access to.
Best 3.5 inch external hard drives for backup
Let’s see the best external hard drive options for 3.5 inch format backup. All these hard drives are connected by USB (or otherwise we will specify) and require additional power to function, that is to say they are more intended to be “fixed drives” than to transport them from one standpoint. place to place.
LaCie d2 Professional
LaCie is a brand owned by Seagate that is commonly associated with Apple devices due to their Thunderbolt connection. In this case, we are faced with a unit with USB-C connectivity (compatible with Thunderbolt 3) which is perfectly suited to the PC, and which offers a speed of up to 240 MB / s according to the manufacturer. It is available with capacities of 4, 6, 8, 10 and up to 14 TB.
Seagate extension desk
As the name suggests, this is an external hard drive designed to serve as an additional drive on a desktop computer. It offers speeds of 160MB / s for read and write depending on the manufacturer, and is available in sizes ranging from 1TB to 10TB, in all cases with USB 3.0 connectivity.
WD Elements Desk
It’s WD’s best-selling external hard drive, and for a reason. It has USB 3.0 connectivity, and although the manufacturer doesn’t say what speed it offers, it’s around 150MB / s read and write. It is available in capacities ranging from 1TB to 18TB, with all capacities in between.
Seagate Backup Plus Hub
The name of this hard drive says it all: backup and hub. It is available in capacities ranging from 4 to 16TB, with a USB 3.0 connection and has two additional USB 3.1 ports for connecting other devices. Its theoretical speed is 120 MB / s.
Western Digital My Book
It is another of the manufacturer’s best-selling hard drives, and it has the particularity of having a web interface to manage its content as if it were a NAS. It has a USB 3.0 connection, offers speeds of up to 150MB / s, and is available in sizes ranging from 3 to 14TB in the format you see in the image above, but it is also sold in dual hard drive format in RAID with up to 36 TB of capacity.
Best 2.5 inch external hard drives for backup
Although for a backup it is not strongly recommended to transport the hard drive from one place to another, 2.5 ″ external drives have the particularity of not needing any additional power and therefore to operate simply with one. USB connector, therefore which are much more comfortable to use.
LaCie Rugged Mini
This little hard drive boasts of being one of the strongest and comes with a shockproof silicone case. It has a USB 3.0 connection with a theoretical speed of 130MB / s, and is available in capacities ranging from 1TB to 5TB.
This is actually a pretty basic external drive, but we included it in the list because it’s also one of the cheapest you can buy. It has a USB 3.0 interface, achieves a speed of 120MB / s and is available in capacities up to 5TB.
Toshiba Canvio Gaming
We end with this Toshiba disk which is intended to be extended storage in consoles but which of course works perfectly as a backup hard disk. It has a USB 3.0 interface, reaches 120MB / s and is available in capacities ranging from 1 to 4TB.