Thanks to the ever-increasing high-resolution media files, creative professionals can run out of storage space in no time. While deleting your previous projects is not an option; what you can do is add an external hard drive to make more space for new projects.
Music producers usually spend days on their projects and having to re-do all the work just due to a computer hard drive failure is not a feasible solution.
In this article, we have listed the best external hard drive for music production, offering reliable performance for the right price.
Note: Deals are subject to change. Keep in mind that the price tag often varies. We recommend going on the vendor’s website to check the price. Some of the products may be out of stock by the time you’ve made your purchasing decision. So, hurry up and hit the buy button.
Toshiba Canvio Advance
Toshiba Canvio Advance is a 2TB external hard drive offering reliable performance for an affordable price tag. There are multiple storage options, however, 2TB should be enough for beginners or to use as a backup hard drive.
Toshiba Canvio Advance is a compact device with vibrant colours and offers USB 3.0 USB support to easily backup your content. The Automatic-Backup feature allows you to schedule your backup to run automatically using the Toshiba Backup software.
- Lightweight & compact hard drive with multiple colours
- Up to 4TB storage space
- USB 3.0 support, backup software, and password protection
- Toshiba Backup Software is not best out there
WD 2TB Elements
WD 2TB Elements is a compact external hard drive with multiple storage capacity options. However, the one listed here offers 2TB of storage space out of the box.
The connectivity options in the drive include USB 3.0 port which is also compatible with the USB 2.0 interface offering reliable performance with faster data transfer.
On the flip side, WD 2TB Elements misses out on Auto-backup Software, password protection and hardware encryption featured offered by the My Passport series HDDs.
- Compact and value for money external hard drive
- USB 3.0 support and compatible Mac and Windows
- 2TB storage space with faster data transfer
- Lacks Password Protection and Hardware Encryption
WD 4TB My Passport
WD 4TB My Passport strikes a perfect balance between style and practicality. It is a 4TB external hard drive that comes in a premium looking plastic shell.
Compared to WD Elements, the Passport series offers Automatic backup software, password protection, and 256-bit AES hardware encryption out of the box.
The connectivity is covered by a USB 3.0/USB 2.0 compatible port. WD also offers a 3-year manufacturer’s limited warranty.
- Ample amount of space to store large projects
- WD’s Backup software, password protection, and Hardware encryption included
- Compatible with Windows and Mac
- Slower sequential transfer compared to other drives
WD 8TB Elements
WD 8TB Elements is for those who looking for an external hard drive to use with their desktop PC and large storage space. It is a USB 3.0 compatible hard drive and works with both Mac and Windows systems.
Due to its form factor, WD 8TB Elements requires an external power source to power the device. It is a basic storage drive and does not come with WD’s backup software, password protection, and hardware encryption features.
- Affordable 8TB external hard drive
- USB 2.0 and 3.0 compatible
- Average data transfer speed 150-176 MB/s
- Misses out on WD’s software and security features
Seagate Backup Plus Hub
Seagate Backup Plus Hub is a 10TB external hard drive that comes with some additional features that are not available in other hard drives.
To begin with, Seagate Backup Plus Hub offers two additional USB 3.0 Ports that can be used to charge your smartphone as well as connect multiple devices. It also comes with Seagate backup software.
Similar to WD Elements, Seagate Backup Plus Hub also runs on an external power source and uses USB 3.0 port for connectivity.
- 2 additional USB ports to connect smartphones and USB devices
- Seagate backup software included
- Massive 10TB storage space
- Requires external power source
Final thoughts on external hard drives for music producers
For music producers, it is important to protect their work and have a backup in case something goes wrong. In this article, we have listed the small capacity affordable external drives as well as the massive 10TB HDDs that cost a premium.