Best external hard drive for photographers: 6 models tested and rated

Best external hard drive for photographers - Seagate GoFlex Desk 4TB

Transporting your photo collection and creating all-important backups couldn’t be easier than with an external hard drive. In our latest group test we round up 6 of the best external hard drives for photographers to see which offers the best combination of storage capacity, convenience and value for money.

Best external hard drive for photographers – Seagate GoFlex Desk 4TB

Best external hard drive for photographers - Seagate GoFlex Desk 4TB

Price £230 Web www.seagate.com
The huge 4TB storage capacity makes this Seagate the best-value drive on test in terms of price-per-gigabyte.

Setup couldn’t be simpler, with full drive capacity accessible straight after plugging in.

Included is a basic backup software package that is easy to use but lacking in features.

An upgrade is available, but only at extra expense. Read and write performance was about average when connected to our USB 2.0 PC, achieving 29.4 MB/s to read from and 19.5 MB/s to write to the drive.

The smart casing and quiet operation further serve to make this hard drive a great choice.

Pros: Class-leading capacity; solid performance; easy on the eye
Cons: Limited backup software; too pricey for some budgets

Final Score: 92%

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