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External hard drives Cyber Monday: all the best LIVE deals

The external hard drives Cyber Monday deals are here, and they're some seriously impressive savings to be had. These are the unexpected hit of this year's sales – external hard drive Cyber Monday deals are popping up here there and everywhere, and practically flying off the shelves. There's no false economy here; retailers are offering discounts on the most popular and reliable brands. We're updating this article with all the best external hard drive Cyber Monday deals as they go live – read down for our pick of the deals. 

Whether you want to upgrade your storage with a hefty hard drive or are on the hunt for a super-fast SSD, we're here to help you snag a great Cyber Monday external hard drive deal. The best offers are getting snapped up quickly, so if you've been holding off making a purchase, now's probably the time to take the plunge. Need some guidance on which option to go for? Explore our guide to the best external hard drives and SSDs first. 

All the Cyber Monday chat might be focused on fancier products, but a reliable external hard drive is an incredibly useful bit of kit to have, and now is a great time to pick up some extra storage without shelling out a small fortune. Of course, if you are after something more exciting, you can always explore our roundups of the top Microsoft Cyber Monday deals or Apple Cyber Monday deals, or browse our general guide to nailing Cyber Monday 2019.

Let's take a look at the best external hard drive Cyber Monday deals available right now.

US: The best Cyber Monday external hard drive deals

Seagate 2TB portable external hard drive + 2 months Adobe CC Photography plan: $129.99 $79.99 at Amazon
38% off:
This ultra-slim external hard drive comes with a two-month subscription to the Adobe Photography plan (that's Photoshop + Lightroom) thrown in. You also get a massive £50 off the list price.
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Western Digital My Passport for Mac 4TB: $129 $99 at Amazon
23% off:
This highly recommended external hard drive from Western Digital has had a $30 discount this Cyber Monday. Not enough storage for you? Bump it up to 5TB for $109.99.View Deal

Samsung T5 SSD 500GB: $129.99 $89.97 at Amazon
$40 off:
This range of portable SSDs from Samsung comes highly recommended. Amazon is offering hefty savings on the 1TB and 2TB models too, and there are a few different snazzy colours to pick from.
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WD Easystore 5TB External USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive:$169.99 $89.99 at Best Buy
Save $80:
This is an awesome discount on a smart external drive. Get data transfer rates up to 5 Gbps with USB 3.0, automatic backup options and more for an impressive 35% off. There's also good discounts on the gigantic 10TB model, too.

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Western Digital 2TB external hard drive: $109.99 $64.99 at Office Depot
Save $45:
The My Passport range from Western Digital is Creative Bloq's top rated external hard drive, and it has got a massive discount ahead of Black Friday this year. It's nice and portable, but the red colour should mean you don't lose it.

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Seagate 4TB portable drive: $139.99 $96.18 at Walmart
Save $43:
Walmart has knocked down the price of this 4TB drive in this great early Black Friday external hard drive deal. It includes USB 3.0 for fast data transfer.
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WD My Book 8TB External USB 3.0 Hard Drive: $209.99 $149.99 at Best Buy
Save $60:
With an easy-to-use USB 3.0 connection that's backwards-compatible with USB 2.0, this large external hard drive is on at a great price – and it has got even cheaper for Cyber Monday. 
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Seagate Backup Plus Slim 2TB External Hard Drive: $79.99 $59.99 at Best Buy
Save $20:
This 2TB external hard drive has USB 3.0 functionality, but provides backward compatibility with older USB 2.0 drives. And you can get a sweet $20 off at Best Buy.
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UK: The best Cyber Monday external hard drives deals

The best UK deals

Seagate STEA2000400 Expansion Portable External Portable Hard Drive: £96.99 £49.99 at Amazon
Save £47: This USB-powered external hard drive from Seagate is reasonably nippy, with a 5,120 MB per second transfer speed, and with nearly half the normal price knocked off it's well worth checking out.

WD 4TB Elements Portable External Hard Drive - USB 3.0: £104.99  £72.99 at Amazon
Save 30%: This plug-and-play ready drive has a tidy discount that's not to be missed. For fast data transfer with USB 3.0 and high capacity storage with a quarter off, it's worth snapping up.
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WD 5TB Elements Portable External Hard Drive, USB 3.0: £119.99 £89.99
Save 25%:
This high quality, reliable WD 5TB external hard drive  comes complete with USB 3.0 and 2.0 compatibility, fast data transfers and improves PC performance - all for the less than £90! Bargain.
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WD 8TB Elements Desktop External Hard Drive - USB 3.0: £169.99 £114.99 at Amazon
£55 off:
An enormous machine with super-fast USB 3.0 transfer, that's plug-and-play ready for Windows PCs. You can get yourself an amazing 25% off this hard drive.
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WD 6 TB My Book Desktop Hard Drive: £192 £127.95 at Amazon
33% off:
An incredible saving on a great piece of tech. With enough storage to put your entire life in there, this is an excellent choice of external hard drive. It has WD backup software compatible with Apple Time Machine and Windows.
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WD My Book 8 TB Desktop Hard Drive: £239 £112.99 at Amazon
£126 off: A huge saving on a huge amount of storage. This has an amazing 53% off. With great backup technology and secure data storage, if you need enough space to swing a cat then this is the one for you.

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WD My Passport Portable SSD 512 GB: £84.99 £69.29 at Amazon
Save £15.70:
This is part of Creative Bloq's highest rated external hard drive range, My Passport from Western Digital. It's a great hard drive with a basic amount of storage and lightning-fast file transfers with speeds up to 540 MB/s. There are amazing deals on the whole My Passport SSD range so check them out (we've listed some of them below).
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WD My Passport Portable SSD 2 TB: £319.99 £229.99 at Amazon
Save £90:
 This model, the big brother to those listed above, is also discounted heavily. It's a great saving at 28% off, still expensive but if you need the space it's an excellent choice.
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Samsung T5 2TB portable SSD: £369.99 £243.49 at Amazon
34% off:
The T5 snaps up the second spot in our ranking of the best external hard drives and SSDs, offering speedy performance and a compact size. Okay, so this 2TB model is still expensive... but it's a whole heap cheaper than if you had to pay full price.

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Seagate 1TB external hard drive: £59.99 £39.99 at Very
Save £20:
If the above deal is sold out, this is still a solid bargain from Very. 1TB of storage will get you 280,000 digital photos, 250,000 songs, 440 hours of standard video or 120 hours HD video.

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LaCie 4 TB Rugged Mini USB 3.0 External Hard Drive: £149.99 £113.99 at Amazon
Save £36:
LaCie's external hard drive is designed to be shock and drop resistant. It's brighter than many other external hard drives on the market and this model has 4TB of storage.

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LaCie 4 TB Rugged External Hard Drive: £249.99 £209.99 at Very
Save £40:
This external hard drive from LaCie is shock and drop resistant. It is Thunderbolt and USB-C compatible (and backwards USB 3.0 compatible) and comes with a three-year warranty.

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The best Cyber Monday external hard drive deals: Where are the offers?

Black Friday external hard drive deals: What we expect to see

External drive bargains won't be prominent, but you'll still find them

Let's be clear: external drives aren't especially sexy tech, so you're not going to see much in the way of headline-grabbing Cyber Monday hard drive deals. If you're after a bargain external drive then you're going to have to look hard for it... or you would, if we weren't here to do the hard work for you.

Your best bet for a getting a great deal on an external drive is to keep an eye on the big hitters. Companies such as Western Digital, Seagate, LaCie and Sandisk are notable for having large ranges of external drives, and they're introducing new models on a pretty regular basis.

This means that come Black Friday and Cyber Monday, they're likely to have plenty of stock of models that have either been recently superseded by a newer version, or simply aren't selling as well as other external drives in their range, and these will be the most obvious candidates for the best deals. And we're already seeing a few deals from these brands emerge as Black Friday approaches.

Our top tip for Cyber Monday external hard drive bargains is to look out for Western Digital offers. It has a huge range of external drives on offer, and there's usually at least one bargain to be found among them; we expect there to be some great opportunities to nab a lot of storage for not very much cash.

How to get the best external hard drive deals on Cyber Monday 2019

Black Friday and Cyber Monday external hard drives: How to get the best deals

Hard disks give you loads of storage, but they're not fast

If you have your heart set on Black Friday external hard drive deals then the best thing you can do is start looking out for them now. There's an increasing amount of competition between retailers to shift their discounted stock, so every year we're seeing stores and sites kick off their Black Friday sales earlier.

Figure out your budget and exactly what kind of drive you're looking for. If you need plenty of storage and aren't too worried about transfer speeds then you should probably concentrate on old-fashioned hard drives; they might not be fast but they'll give you a lot more gigabytes for your buck.

If speed's important, though, you should look for an SSD instead. They're fast and reliable, and because they have no moving parts they're a lot more suitable for taking out and about with you. The downside is that you get a lot less storage than you would from a comparably priced hard disk; that said as the technology matures you can now get a decent chunk of storage at a pretty reasonable price.

Which brand of external hard drive is best?

Always look for big name brands such as Western Digital, Seagate, LaCie or Sandisk when you're searching for an external drive; not only are these where you'll probably find the best deals, you can also be much more certain of getting a reliable drive that won't fail on you. If you spot a dirt-cheap drive from a brand you've never heard of, look around for reviews to get an idea of its reliability; it could be cheap for a very good reason, and it's probably not where you want to stash your important backups.

Don't forget to check an assortment of retailers for the biggest choice. Amazon's Black Friday deals are always worth a look, but explore some other online stores as well. Some of them might have cashback offers that could save you a bit extra, so that's always worth looking out for. Very, Best Buy and Walmart are also worth keeping an eye on. 

Which is the most reliable hard drive?

All the big names we've already mentioned, such as Western Digital, Seagate, LaCie or Sandisk or Samsung produce reliable hard drives, but the best way to be absolutely sure of your purchase is to make sure it comes with a guarantee. 

Use the same common sense that you would when making any purchase online; check the guarantee, make sure you're buying from a reputable store, and keep your receipt just in case you change your mind later on.

External hard drive features/specs that creatives should look out for

Black Friday and Cyber Monday external hard drives: Features and specs

SSDs are lightning quick and a lot less fragile than hard disks because they have no moving parts

Once you've decided whether you need a hard disk or an SSD, the key thing to look for is the amount of storage you'll get. It all depends on your needs, naturally; 500GB is probably fine if you don't work with enormous files, but if your business involves videos then you're probably well into terabyte territory.

Beyond that, the most important thing to check is what type of connections an external drive has. At the very minimum you'll need a USB 3.0 connection; anything less and you'll be waiting ages for your files to transfer back and forth. If you have a recent Mac then it may have a Thunderbolt 3 port; if so, try to find a drive that's compatible and you'll get lightning-fast transfer speeds.

3 external hard drive to look out for on Black Friday/Cyber Monday

Western Digital My Passport 4TB

The overall best external hard drive for Mac or PC

Capacity: 4TB | Interface: USB 3.0

Large capacity
Good data transfer speeds
WD backup software is basic

For an excellent all-round external hard drive, you'll have a tough job beating Western Digital's My Passport 4TB. The latest generation features excellent transfer speeds and cloud storage options as well as 256-AES encryption to keep your files safe, and WD's backup software will take care of transferring your data.

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Samsung Portable SSD T5

The all-round best external SSD

Capacity: 500GB, 1TB or 2TB | Interface: USB 3.0

Great performance
Very high capacity
No USB Type-C

If speed's more important to you than capacity, this external SSD from Samsung ought to do the trick. The Samsung T5 SSD performs brilliantly, with speeds up to 550 MB/sec. It plugs directly into PCs and Macs with either a USB-C port or USB-A, is roughly the size of a matchbox and, as a solid state device, contains no moving parts, so can survive being dropped unlike a hard disk.

Western Digital My Book Duo 16TB

The best high capacity external drive for your Mac or PC

Huge amounts of space
RAID support
Expensive
Requires two free USB 3.0 ports

Serious about protecting your files? This 16TB monster from Western Digital is for you. You can either use the full 16TB, or you can instead run the My Book Duo's two 8TB drives in a RAID configuration, meaning that should one fail you'll still have a safe backup on the other. This USB 3.0 drive also features 256-bit AES encryption and automatic backup software; bear in mind though that it's formatted for Windows, so if you're on a Mac it'll need reformatting.

Today's best pre-Black Friday external hard drive deals

What's that? You can't wait until Black Friday to grab to grab a lovely external hard drive deal? Fear not; we've found all the best deals available right now.

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