Best WD External Hard Drives

Updated January 2019
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Western Digital (WD) offers a range of external storage options for PC and Mac. When shopping for a drive, take into account both its physical and storage sizes. Larger physical drives generally have more storage space, but can be hard to carry around. Conversely, more compact drives are great to travel with, but can offer limited storage options. The durability of the drive can also play into its roadworthiness. Verify that it is easy to set up, plug and play functionality is often built into the drives. Also note what kind of software it ships with. Some of these are set up to easily work with included backup or encryption programs, or even online backup services.

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