The best external hard drives in September 2023

Our three best external hard drives, in a row on a pine-green background.
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If you're looking to protect you data, you'll need one of the best external hard drives or the best solid state drives. It can be difficult to find the right hard drive, as there are loads on the market, and they all have different qualities and features, that's why we've put together this guide to help you.

In our selection, we have looked at a range of hard drives, from ones offering rugged travel protection to those delivering the best home-based backups. And where we haven't actually had our hands on these devices for review, we've combed the internet for trusted reviews, so you can be sure you've found the best external hard drive for you, at the best possible price.

Remember you can also back up files with the best cloud storage. And if you're looking for more accessories, you might want to take a look at our pick of the best power banks and the best internal hard drives.

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Beren Neale
Deals Editor

Beren has worked on creative tech magazines and websites at Future Publishing for 13 years. He started this journey as Staff Writer on the digital art magazine ImagineFX, and in 2012 found himself bridging the magazine/website divide as Commissioning Editor on the newly launched Creative Bloq. Since then he took the editor role on ImagineFX, was Launch Editor of the fine art magazine Paint & Draw, moved to Canon Pro Europe website as Deputy Editor, and then edited the graphic design magazine Computer Arts. In 2020 he moved back to Creative Bloq, the biggest global art and design website, and as Deals Editor has applied his expertise in creative tech to help digital creatives get the best deals on the kit that they need and love. Outside of work, Beren likes nothing better than to climb himself a bit of rock.