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Best Cyber ​​Monday External Hard Drive Deals 2020: SSD and HDD Sales | Digital Trends

We’re now in the thick of the best Cyber ​​Monday deals of the year. For you, that also means today is the best time to score a heavily discounted external hard drive if you need some extra storage on the cheap for all your photos, videos, work files, and other precious digital goods. A lot of the best brands, from Western Digital and Seagate to Samsung and others, are on sale right now for the lowest prices you’ll see before the new year. That means you’ll be able to buy extra storage, without breaking the bank.

These Cyber ​​Monday external hard drive deals are joined by all sorts of other ongoing Cyber ​​Monday and Cyber ​​Week price cuts on computers, gaming equipment, and mobile gadgets. So once you’ve narrowed down which external hard drive you want (our buying guide below can help you with that), be sure to jump on it before these holiday bargains dry up for good.

Best Cyber ​​Monday external hard drive deals

How to choose an external hard drive

There are a lot of very appealing Cyber ​​Monday external hard drive deals to choose from right now – so many, in fact, that the choice can be overwhelming. What you really need to ask yourself is which one best suits your needs. Are you often on the go without fast Wi-Fi and want to bring all your files with you when traveling, even if that trip is just to a nearby café? Will your external hard drive mainly be for gaming? How much space do you need, and will that change over time? External hard drives range from 1TB pocket drives that fit right in your pocket to 12TB backup monuments that are meant to sit under your desk and stay there. To help you decide, we’ve laid out the best external hard drives from which to choose.

Your first decision is the size of storage versus portability. For the latter, we love the Samsung T5 SSD, which packs a huge amount of storage into a tiny, portable design. If you’re dealing with some older machinery, and you want something that can handle USB A and B connections, we prefer the SanDisk Extreme Pro as a top of the line lightweight external drive. And if you’re more professional, and perhaps your needs include lightning-fast video storage, there’s the Western Digital My Book Duo, which can store up to 28TB. Ask yourself if you need to move data around regularly, as in from one computer to another (home to work for example) or if you’re working with one primary machine.

Next, you need to ask yourself what you’ll be using this hard drive for. Is it just for storage? In this case, your decision is pretty simple, and you can go back to figuring out just what size is right for you. But, if you have a job (or hobby) where you are regularly reading and writing to your external drive (many professionals, like architects, engineers, photographers, and video editors are doing this constantly), you have more to consider. For one, you’ll essentially want something with high read and write speeds. Part of this decision is SSD versus HDD (SDD tends to be more reliable, smaller, faster, sturdier, and more expensive). While a contemporary HDD can be pretty fast, with 7,200 rpm being the standard, some are still limping along at 5,400 rpm, so double-check what speed you’re getting. Regardless, SSD drives measure their random access times in microseconds rather than milliseconds, so they tend to be way faster.

Additionally, you’ll want to consider the drive’s connectivity. If it doesn’t have the current USB 3.0 technology, you might want to give it a second look. An older connection can bottleneck speeds of even the faster SSD or HDDs, and you don’t want to cut your read and write speed off at the legs.

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