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Black Friday external hard drive deals: Save big on fast SSDs

Black Friday external hard drive deals
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We've got the best Black Friday external hard drive deals for you. We know that when it comes to external hard drives, needs can be specific, so we've covered all types of the best external hard drives, all with great Black Friday deals.  

Just in case you missed the memo: Black Friday is upon us. We're seeing impressive discounts on both traditional hard drives and faster SSDs from reliable brands like WD, Seagate, SanDisk, Samsung and more. In short, you don't need to wait for the official 26 November date to bag one of the best Black Friday external hard drive deals, as they're live now. 

Scroll down to see the best Black Friday external hard drive deals as they come in. You'll see the deals organised into US and then UK deals, first for HDDs and then SSDs. We advise you bookmark this page too, as we'll be updating this page regularly (the best deals go quick, so if you see a saving you like, we advice get it straight away).

Not sure of the difference between HDDs and SSD's? Jump to our explanation of everything you need to know at the bottom of the page. If you're interested in more tech deals, we've already started accumulating the best to come this Cyber Monday 2021. And if you're one of the lucky ones, and have bagged a PS5, check out our best SSD for PS5 guide (we will be covering many of them in this page too). 

The best Black Friday external hard drive deals: US

Seagate 4TB for Xbox One: $149.99

Seagate 4TB for Xbox One: $149.99 $96 at Amazon
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If you're looking for an HDD for gaming, this Seagate device offices a massive amount of storage designed for the Xbox One. It's compact, fast and can hold up to 100 titles, so no more deleting games to make space for new ones.

WD Easystore 5TB: $179.99

WD Easystore 5TB: $179.99 $104.99 at Best Buy
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If you need to back up a lot of data, fast, look no further than this Western Digital drive. It has a USB 3.0 connection, a fast data transfer rate, and it comes with easy-to-use automatic backup software. Best Buy has around 50% off the 2TB and 4TB versions too.

Apricorn 1TB Aegis: $229

Apricorn 1TB Aegis: $229 $177.32 at Amazon
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If security is more important for you, check out this encrypted hard drive. It uses a military-grade FIPS PUB 197 validated encryption algorithm, which means nobody can access it without keying in the right code on the built-in keypad.

The best Black Friday external SSD deals: US

1TB SSD: $139.99

WD Elements 1TB SSD: $139.99 $99.99 at Amazon
Save $40:
Here's a good 20% off on a 1TB SSD external drive from Western Digital. This small, lightweight hard drive features a USB 3.0 connection and will give you a read speed of up to 100MB per second.

WD 2TB My Passport SSD:  $379.99

WD 2TB My Passport SSD: $379.99 $229.99 at Amazon
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Amazon has impressive discounts on a whole range WD SSDs, from 500GB right up to 4TB. This 2TB option offers more than enough storage for most people and a massive saving of 39 per cent. If you get in before they sell out, there's a range of colours available too.

SanDisk 1TB SSD: $249.99

SanDisk 1TB SSD: $249.99 $119 at Amazon
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SSDs are faster than HDDs, and this fantastic SanDisk Extreme SSD offers especially fast read and write speeds. It can take a lot of punishment too, with 2-metre drop protection and IP55 water and dust resistance. Amazon's just lowered its price further, with 52 per cent off!

Samsung T5 SSD 500GB: $109.99

Samsung T5 SSD 500GB: $109.99 $89.99 at Amazon
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This is a lovely compact external SSD from Samsung. It transfers files at over nine times faster than an external hard drive, comes with password protection and can survive drops of up to 6ft. Amazon has 20 per cent off right now.

SAMSUNG 870 QVO SATA III 2TB External SSD: $229.99

SAMSUNG 870 QVO SATA III 2TB External SSD: $229.99 $174.95 at Amazon
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If you need more space, Amazon also has 22 per cent of this fast and reliable 2TB Samsung SSD, which comes with tools to monitor the drive's health and status. Amazon was initially offering an even bigger discount, but some deals are already getting snapped up quickly.

WD 500GB My Passport Go SSD: $119.99

WD 500GB My Passport Go SSD: $119.99 $78.00 at Amazon
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There's another decent saving to be had on this smart Western Digital SSD. At up to 400MB/s for transfers, it's not the fastest model, but this a great price for an SSD, and it's drop-resistant up to two meters. For more space, the 2TB version is $299.99, with $30 off but stock was running out at the time of writing.

The best Black Friday external hard drive deals: UK

WD 1TB Elements HHD: £53.61

WD 1TB Elements HHD: £53.61 £37.83 at Amazon
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This is a brilliant price for a whole terabyte of external storage. This Western Digital drive is ready to go for Windows PCs (you'll need to format it for use with a Mac), and it comes with a trial version of WD SmartWare Pro software for automatic and cloud data protection.

WD 4TB HHD: £104.99

WD 4TB HHD: £104.99 £85.99 at Amazon
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For more space, Amazon has a similarly impressive price for the 4TB version of the WD Elements model above. While it's fairly basic in terms of features, this is a great deal for such a large amount of storage space.

LaCie Rugged Mini 4TB: £149.99

LaCie Rugged Mini 4TB: £149.99 £118.85 at Amazon
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For the same space plus more beefy protection, Amazon has 21 per cent off this tough LaCie HDD. It's shock/drop resistant up to 1.2m, pressure-resistant up to 1,000kg, and comes with automatic backup software. For even more space, there's £39.40 off the 5TB version.

Seagate Ultra Touch 1TB HHD: £64.99

Seagate Ultra Touch 1TB HHD: £64.99 £50.74 at Amazon
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This great-looking external drive from Seagate has a stylish tone-on-tone fabric design. It comes with built-in encryption and a terabyte of storage, making it a great deal for under £50.

WD 6TB My Cloud Home Personal Cloud: £248.99

WD 6TB My Cloud Home Personal Cloud: £248.99 £221 at Amazon
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You can back up everything you have with this whopping 6TB external drive from Western Digital. Not only does it work with Windows and macOS, but you can also use it with an iOS and Android device to keep everything safe and accessible via WD's My Cloud service.

The best Black Friday external SSD deals: UK

WD 1TB My Passport SSD: £221.99

WD 1TB My Passport SSD: £221.99 £135 at Amazon
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This portable SSD from Western Digital looks stylish and offers read speeds of up to 1050MB/s and write speeds of up to 1000MB/s. It has password-enabled 256-bit AES hardware encryption and shock and vibration resistance. With 38 per cent off, this is a deal to snap up fast.

SanDisk Extreme 1TB SSD: £159.99

SanDisk Extreme 1TB SSD: £159.99 £135 at Amazon
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Speed things up with an SSD. This SanDisk Extreme drive boasts super-fast read and write speeds of up to 550MB/s. It's durable too, with 2 metre drop protection and IP55 water and dust resistance.

Samsung T5 1TB SSD: £149.99

Samsung T5 1TB SSD: £149.99 £107.03 at Amazon
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The T5's a slightly older SSD from Samsung. The newer T7 has the latest features, but this one's now a good deal cheaper, and it's still a solid, fast SSD. With 28 per cent off, it's well worth it.

Crucial 2TB SSD: £220.79

Crucial 2TB SSD: £220.79 £183.99 at Amazon
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With a 540MB/s transfer speed, this isn't the fastest SSD around, but it offers a good price for two terabytes of storage, and it's highly portable, weighing just 42g.

External hard drives: Everything you need to know

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

External drive bargains won't be massive, but you can get good savings

Which is better HDD or SSD?

There are two types of external hard drive. HDD stands for hard disk drive. These are also known as mechanical or traditional hard drives). SSD stands for solid state drive. SSDs are faster, lighter and less power-hungry. HDD's are slower and cheaper. However, HDDs are good for storing lots of data as they often have a high capacity. 

So, if you want to store huge amounts of data without breaking the bank, an HDD is probably the way to go. But if speed is your top priority, for example, if you move a lot of large files or want to run programs off the drive, then go for an SSD. The ideal solution is often to use both: a large HDD to back up large amounts of files that you rarely use, and a smaller SSD for the files that you need to access or move around more often.

What are the best brands for external hard drives?

Always look for big-name brands such as Western Digital, Seagate, LaCie, Sandisk or Samsung when you're searching for an external drive. You're most likely to find big deals on their offerings, and you're also more certain to get a reliable drive that won't let you down. If you spot a dirt-cheap drive from a brand you've never heard of, make sure you seek out reviews to get an idea of its reliability before you buy – it could be cheap for a good reason.

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

How do I choose an external hard drive?

Once you've decided whether you want an HDD or SSD (or both), the key decision to make is how much storage you need. A smaller external drive with a capacity of around 500GB is probably fine if you don't work with enormous files, but if you work with videos, then you're probably entering terabyte territory.

After that, the most important thing to check is connectivity: what connections do you want your external drive to have. At the very minimum you'll need a USB 3.0 connection; anything less and you'll be waiting a long time for your files to transfer. If you have a Mac with a Thunderbolt 3 port, you'll want to find a drive that's compatible with that for the fastest possible transfer speeds.

Black Friday external hard drive deals: How to get the best deals during Black Friday 2021

If you need a new HDD or SSD, then now is a great time to get one. To ensure you get a good Black Friday external hard drive deal, it's best to start looking now. There's an increasing amount of competition between retailers looking to shift discounted stock, so they're starting Black Friday sales earlier than ever. The best way to get a deal is to decide what specs you want (see how do I choose an external hard drive above) and decide how much you want to pay. Then bookmark this page and keep checking back to see the latest deals. As soon as you see a device that meets your needs and has an attractive discount, then click the link to go to the retailer's site, because the best deals often sell out quickly.

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Beren Neale is the deals editor at Creative Bloq. After editing several creative and design magazines - including the graphic design mag Computer Arts - he found his home on the biggest global art and design website, helping digital creatives get the best deals on the kit that they need.