As the demand for high-quality 4K and Blu-ray contents are increasing the need for large storage devices are also in full swing. An average Blu-ray movie can take up to 25GB of storage space which makes it essential to have external hard drives with at least 2TB or more storage.
In the last few years, the external hard drives have become cheaper and cheaper, and with the Black Friday just around the corner, hard drive manufacturers are offering great deals on storage devices. To save you some time, we have taken the liberty to research and found some of the best Black Friday deals on the 2TB external hard drives.
Note: Deals are subject to change. Keep in mind that the price tag may vary as some of the discounts may no longer be available by the time you’ve made your purchasing decision. So, hurry up and hit the buy button.
Best 2TB External Hard Drives
WD 2TB Elements – External Hard Drive
The WD Elements is a compact external hard drive offering 2TB of storage space without burning your pocket. The design is simple, and the drive itself works well with computers, PlayStation 4 and other devices compatible with external storage.
For connectivity, it comes with a USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 port and spins at 5400rpm while offering a steady 100 MBps reading and 95MBps writing speed in real life performance test.
WD My Passport 2TB Portable External Hard Drive
The WD My Passport portable external hard drive is one of the best storage devices with 2TB storage space you can buy right now. It comes with some sleek software features and a design that is easy to carry around. My Passport offers excellent performance for the price as it offers stable 110 MBps read and 119 MBps writing speed with large files.
It also comes with an Automatic backup software along with other tools like WD discovery software, and WD Drive utilities. The data can be protected with a password lock or even through hardware encryption. The connectivity is offered through both USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 ports.
Toshiba HDTB420XK3AA Canvio Basics 2TB
The Toshiba Canvio Basics is a basic external hard drive with no fancy design just offering a good amount of storage space at an affordable price. The Canvio Basics 2TB is a well-built storage device that does not compromise on quality and offers plug & play operation.
The connectivity is powered through USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 ports. On the performance front, it offers consitent reading and writing speed of 117 MBps and 114 MBps respectively.
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Armor A60 2TB Rugged Portable External Hard Drive
Armor A60 is built like a tank and comes with a military-grade shockproof case that can withstand accidental drops and protect your data from accidental water splashes as well. It comes with 2TB of storage space and is compatible with PC and gaming consoles.
It is one of the fastest hard drives in the segment offering stable 104 MBps of writing and 114 MBps of reading speed. The drive uses A-to-A USB cable instead of the tradition A-to-B cable and supports both USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 connectivity.
Toshiba Canvio Advance 2TB Portable External Hard Drive
The Toshiba Canvio Advanced is the advanced version of the Basic Canvio model we mentioned earlier. It comes with the same 2TB of storage space and offers similar kind of transfer speed that is 117 MBps reading and 114 MBps writing speed over USB 3.0 port.
However, the Advanced tag offers a little extra. It comes in 4 different colors with a glossy finish along with Auto backup software and Password protection software integrated. If the auto backup and password protection is something you want, then the Toshiba Canvio Advanced is a better choice over Canvio Basic drive.
Fantom Drives G-Force 3 Pro 2TB External Hard Drive
The Fantom 2TB external hard drive is a solid storage device with a segment-leading 7200RPM spin rate drive packed in a solid aluminum case. The faster spin rate means your game data will load much faster if you use it with a gaming console.
The USB port on the drive is a traditional USB Type-B port found on Transcend drives that support both USB 2.0 and 3.0 connectivity. In addition, it has a physical power on/off button that makes it easy to turn on / off the drive without having to unplug and plug it again to read the drive.
That’s about it. Which external hard drive are you going to buy? Do let us know your pick in the comments below.
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in November 2018 and has been since updated for freshness, and accuracy.