Do you need an external hard drive if you have everything up in the cloud you might use Icloud, drop box or google drive? You do have to pay monthly or annually for this service and if you are looking for a cost efficient alternative then the modern hard drive is a great idea, they are faster, stylish and more durable than previous years. We also know that for the pricing point you can get more for your money. For around £100 you can buy a two terabyte of extra storage to your laptop or desktop device.

You are probably wondering what brands make good reliable external hard drives? You probably have heard of Seagate, Western Digital, Toshiba, Samsung to name a few but which one of these are the most reliable for your storage needs?

We’ve picked our top five and they all come in under £100

Western Digital My Passport Ultra 2TB 

The latest generation of the Western Digital My Passport Ultra range of external hard drives is here, coming in sizes from 1TB to 4TB, and they’re among the best external hard drives out there. It features cloud storage and 256-AES encryption, along with WD’s own software suite.

G-technology G-Drive

A lot of people seem to think that the best hard drives are ancient and dead technology in 2020. However, with devices like the G-Technology G-Drive, you can show the naysayers in your life that spinning disks have their own place in the future. Not only does this external hard drive offer huge amounts of storage – up to 10 TB – but thanks to Thunderbolt 3 compatibility, it can even charge your laptop while you work. If you have a MacBook Pro, it’s hard to think of a better work companion.

Seagate 4tb Backup Plus

If you want proof that mobile USB drives are now the mainstream, you only have to look at the updated Seagate Backup Plus. This compact, USB-powered drive now comes in 1TB to 5TB capacities, giving you a whole lot of storage with minimal hassle, size and weight. It’s surprisingly speedy, too, delivering sequential read speeds of 151MB/sec and write speeds of 134MB/sec – both faster than the
Western Digital competition. 

It’s a bit of a bare bones effort in terms of style and features, with only a USB Type-A cable and drive utilities, although we like the new fabric finishes and the bundled month’s subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud. If all you want is good, solid, fast and reliable storage, these chunky little drives have you covered.

LaCie Mobile Drive USB-C  

You can trust LaCie to bring a little style to storage, and its latest Mobile Drive is another distinctive effort, with an angular, all-aluminium design enhanced by diamond-cut edges and a choice of
space grey and moon silver MacBook-matching finishes. But while the looks are important, they’re not all this drive has to rely on.

LaCie throws in its own software toolkit for one-click manual and scheduled backups and folder mirroring across different PCs or laptops, and you even get a month’s free Adobe Creative Cloud subscription. It’s the obvious choice for Mac users, but a great one for Windows creatives too.


The USB 3.0 interface moves data at rates of up to 5Gbps. This vastly reduces the time needed for data transmission, making it ideal for transferring and sharing videos, large digital photo collections, music files, and other data-intensive digital content. Hardware Disk Encryption: 256-bit AES Full Disk Encryption (FDE) protects your data from unauthorised access.

On top of that encryption and protection, you also get USB 3.0 connectivity (with integrated cable), shock protection, resistance from water and dust and capacities up to 2TB in size, so if you’re looking for a portable drive with a little bit extra, this could be it.what 

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