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

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

Best external hard drive for photographers – Western Digital My Book Essential 1TB

Best external hard drive for photographers - Western Digital My Book Essential 1TB

Price £90 Web www.wdc.com
Like the Passport, Western Digital’s My Book offerings have developed a wide following.

This 1TB version features a vertical design with plenty of air vents and the ultra-fast USB 3.0 interface.

Performance, however, was somewhat disappointing using USB 2.0 as it managed to write at an average of only 18.1 MB/s, although this was partly redeemed by its read performance of 30.1 MB/s.

Western Digital’s proprietary backup software is included on the drive and works well, as does the no-nonsense plug-and-play installation.

A reasonable, budget-friendly choice.

Pros: Good value; well ventilated; discreet design
Cons: Below-average performance using USB 2.0

Final Score: 84%

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