Best and Fastest External Hard Drive Review!

For those of you searching better ways to manage your photos, videos, and other data.  Whatever they maybe, probably the best way to back them up is via an external hard drive.

An external hard drive comes in handy because it’s portable and you can always carry one along with your laptop.

I’ve been in the search of best and fastest external hard drives out there for few weeks now so let me show you some of the “best” and “fastest” options out there.

Also, let me note before we begin our review that the “best” external hard drives are the “fastest” ones yet easily portable.   Don’t worry, I will give you all the details below.

For me, the best choice for an external hard drive is this Iomega 1TB eSata/USB 2.0 external hard drive, available on Amazon for $119.99.  (There’s also a 2TB version for $179.99 on Amazon.)

Why?  This Iomega external hard drive supports eSata.

Most newer desktops support eSata interface, which is rated at about 3Gb/s.   In comparison, USB 2.0 is rated at 480Mb/s.

I personally have 2 desktop computers, both of them which have eSata ports, meaning I can easily connect an eSata-enabled external hard drive such as this Iomega.

The best part about the Iomega drive is that it supports both eSata and USB 2.0 so I can hook it up to my laptop via USB when traveling.  (Or I can also get an eSata Express Card Adaptor for my laptop.)

For me, this is the best choice out there because I already have much support on my desktop computers (which I use the most) plus it can work for me on trips outside home.

The Iomega external hard drives isn’t the most “portable” but it certainly is the “fastest” out there without having to upgrade to USB 3.0.

Now, if you have just one desktop computer and you want to get the absolute “fastest” external hard drive in the world, you can get the Western Digital My Book 3.0 (available on Amazon for $139.99, and 2TB for $200 on Amazon), which comes with a USB 3.0 PCIe adapter card.

The USB 3.0 gives you  a whopping 5Gb/s, about 1.5 times faster than eSata and like 10 times faster than USB 2.0.

The only reason I didn’t get the My Book 3.0 is because my PCIe slots are already full and I rather have support from both my desktops, not just one.

Of course, if you don’t already have eSata ports on your desktop computer, this My Book 3.0 is probably the best bet for your money right now on USB 3.0 external hard drives.

If you are not transferring huge number of files (more than 5GB at a time) and you need a more “portable” external hard drive, Western Digital My Passport series are good for that.  They probably have the smallest form factor out there and supports USB 2.0.  I have one of these and in real life it gets about 20Mb/s, which isn’t too bad but I will be complaining to use it as my main external hard drive.

I love carrying these things around, especially when carrying my DSLR backpack which is loaded with a 13.3-inch laptop and my Canon 7D camera but for main extension of my storage space on my computer, I would stick with the Iomega or My Book.

Also Seagate FreeAgent series are highly portable and good too.

Overall, the “best” external hard drive may depend on your needs.

For example, if you aren’t going to be carrying your hard disk with you everywhere and you are going to use it as another hard disk on your computer or laptop, go with a hard drive that supports eSata or USB 3.0 like the Iomega or the My Book 3.0.

But, if portability is an issue and you are willing to sacrifice some speed, any USB 2.0-enabled external hard drives will do fine such as the My Passport or Seagate FreeAgent.

And remember this: USB 2.0 < eSata < USB 3.0

In reality, USB 2.0 480Mb/s translates to about 40Mb/s, eSata 3Gb/s translates to about 80Mb/s, and USB 3.0 translates to about 140Mb/s.

And Firewire?

Firewire is slightly faster than USB 2.0 but I wouldn’t put my money there as it’s a dying tech until they come up with the faster version.   Of course, there’s nothing wrong with Firewire either, I just personally would rather use eSata or USB 3.0 instead, both which are faster and USB 2.0 is more compatible across devices.

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