Best USB 3.0 external HDDs for Windows 10 [2020 Guide]

Milan Stanojevic
by Milan Stanojevic
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Seagate Backup Plus Ultra Slim


This drive offers a beautiful and slim design, so it will be perfect if you’re always on the go. The drive comes with modern design, and it’s available in platinum or gold finish. The entire body is made out of plastic and the device weighs 4.3 ounces.

The device uses USB 3.0 connection for file transfer, and it comes with 18-inch cable. The drive is compatible with Windows systems, but it also has drivers for Mac so it will run on either operating system without reformatting. The drive also comes with 200GB of free OneDrive storage for two years.

Seagate Backup Plus Ultra Slim is a lightweight, portable and stylish USB 3.0 external hard drive. There are two models available, and you can get 1TB model or the 2TB model.

Seagate Expansion


Seagate Expansion is a decent USB 3.0 external hard drive that offers simple and stylish design. This is a USB 3.0 device, but it’s fully compatible with USB 2.0, although you’ll get slower transfer speed while using USB 2.0. This is a 5400RPM drive and it weighs 5.9 ounces so you can easily carry it wherever you go.

Although this is a decent hard drive, it doesn’t offer any backup or encryption software, which can be a flaw for some users. Regarding the space, you can get 1TB model for $54.99. If you require more space, there are models up to 4TB available.

Transcend StoreJet 25M3


Transcend StoreJet 25M3 is another USB 3.0 external hard drive that focuses on durability. This hard drive has a triple-layer rubber chassis that should protect your device from drops up to 5 feet. Due to its rubber case, this device weighs about 8.1 ounces.

This device comes with a USB 3.0 cable, and it uses a single cable for data transfer and powering. +There’s a built-in LED indicator on the drive that signalizes that transfer is taking place. The drive also has One Touch Auto-Backup button and 256-bit AES encryption.

Transcend StoreJet 25M3 is a durable USB 3.0 external hard drive and it offers 90MB/s transfer speed. Regarding the price, 1TB model is available for $56.99 while the 2TB model costs $99. The device is available in black or blue color.

WD My Passport Ultra


WD My Passport Ultra comes with an aluminum design, and it looks rather appealing. This device is available in silver or in black color and it offers automatic, local and cloud backup. The device can sync with Dropbox which can be rather useful if you want to have your backup in the cloud. Backing up files is rather simple and you can do it automatically thanks to the WD Backup software.

In addition to backing up your files, this drive also supports 256-bit AES hardware encryption, so you can easily protect your files from unauthorized access. The device is relatively light and it weighs about 5.76 ounces.

WD My Passport Ultra is a decent USB 3.0 external hard drive. It offers solid design and speed along with file encryption and cloud synchronization. Regarding the price, 1TB model costs $69. If you require more space, there are models up to 4TB available.

Toshiba Canvio Basics


Toshiba Canvio Basics is an USB 3.0 external hard drive and it comes with a simple, smudge-resistant design. This drive has 5400RPM and transfer rate up to 5Gb/s. Regarding the cache, this hard drive has 8MB cache buffer.

The device uses single USB 3.0 cable for power and file transfer and it requires no additional drivers in order to work. The drive has Internal Shock Sensor and Ramp-Loading Technology that will protect it from accidental drops.

This is a decent external hard drive, and it offers up to 3TB of storage space. As for the price, 1TB model costs $54.99. This external hard drive is available in black, silver and white color.

Maxtor M3


Maxtor M3 is another USB 3.0 external hard drive with a simple design. This drive is manufactured by Seagate and it offers transfer speed of about 100MB/s. The entire drive has a simple design and it comes with scratch and fingerprint resistant finish.

The drive uses a single USB 3.0 cable for data transfer and power. The device doesn’t have a power button, but it comes with Seagate AutoBackup Software that lets you create backups with ease. This is a simple USB 3.0 external hard drive, and you can get 1TB model for $60.

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