The UK's best external hard drive deals - updated for January
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The UK's best external hard drive deals - updated for January

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Found 28th Jan 2015
If your PC, Laptop or Xbox One has taken a battering since Christmas, it's probably time to buy new external drive.

This post contains the best prices available for each drive from the major retailers. This should take all the pain out of tracking down the best place to buy, whether you're looking for a specific drive, or just want the best price per GB!

If you've seen my previous posts, the format is the same. The lists below are in capacity/price order. In brackets you'll find the retailer and the code to paste into their website search box to find the drive.

I've also included a TLDR version at the bottom, for those of you that just want the absolute best price per capacity without all the fuss.

Basic portables (2.5" USB powered):
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500GB - Toshiba STOR.E - £32.99 (eBuyer - 512466)
500GB - WD Elements - £36.90 (Amazon - B00CRZ2MFC)
500GB - Seagate Expansion - £36.99 (Amazon - B0084LZIB8)
500GB - Samsung M3 - £39.80 (eBuyer - 407410)

1TB - Toshiba Basics - £44.98 (Dabs - 9QTCWS00)
1TB - Samsung M3 - £45.99 (Pixmania - 17936518)
1TB - WD Elements - £46.90 (Amazon - B00CRZ2PRM)
1TB - Seagate Expansion - £49.80 (Amazon - B0093RFBO6)

2TB - Seagate Expansion - £64.99 (Amazon - B00ILALU9G)
2TB - Toshiba Basics - £65.98 (Dabs - 9QTDWS00)
2TB - Samsung M3 - £69.99 (Maplin - A76NN)
2TB - WD Elements - £74.92 (Amazon - B00D0L5BH8)

Premium portables (2.5" USB powered):
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1TB - Seagate Backup Plus Slim (4 colours) - £49.99 (Amazon - B00FP50KFA)
1TB - WD Passport Ultra (4 colours) - £50.00 (Currys/PC World - 115478)

2TB - Seagate Backup Plus Slim (4 colours) - £74.99 (Amazon - B00G7LQBGS)
2TB - WD Passport Ultra - £75.00 (Currys/PC World - 115499)

4TB - Seagate Backup Plus Fast - £189.99 (Argos - 267/7699)
4TB - WD Passport Pro - £308.47 (Pixmania - 22086945)

Wireless Mobile Storage (2.5" rechargeable with Wi-Fi streaming):
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500GB - Seagate Wireless Plus - £99.00 (Amazon - B00K67ECDI)

1TB - Seagate Wireless Plus - £114.99 (Amazon - B00AZIRNP2)
1TB - WD My Passport Wireless - £147.58 (Amazon - B00N4QG8MQ)

2TB - Seagate Wireless Plus - £149.99 (Amazon - B00K67ECWE)
2TB - WD My Passport Wireless - £189.17 (Amazon - B00N4QGL32)

Basic desktop (3.5" main powered):
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2TB - Seagate Expansion - £54.99 (Amazon - B0084LZI5Y)
2TB - WD Elements - £64.99 (Currys/PC World - 096450)
2TB - Samsung D3 - £74.98 (Dabs - 8NVWWS00)

3TB - Samsung D3 - £74.98 (Dabs - 8NVXWS00)
3TB - Seagate Expansion - £79.99 (Amazon - B0084LZJ1M)
3TB - WD Elements - £84.98 (Amazon - B00HOC6K24)

4TB - Seagate Expansion - £99.99 (Amazon - B00BP5RL10)
4TB - Samsung D3 - £104.98 (Dabs - 997YWS00)
4TB - WD Elements - £109.99 (Amazon - B00JGV8M9A)

5TB - Seagate Expansion - £119.99 (Argos - 246/5629)
5TB - Samsung D3 - £134.98 (Dabs - B057WS00)
5TB - WD Elements - £158.99 (eBuyer - 662764)

Basic single-bay NAS (3.5", ethernet, mains powered):
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2TB - Seagate Central - £94.99 (Amazon - B00BP5RJ76)
2TB - WD My Cloud - £99.99 (Amazon - B00FOKN7FG)

3TB - Seagate Central - £105.06 (Amazon - B00BP5RJRG)
3TB - WD My Cloud - £119.99 (Amazon - B00FOKN7B0)

4TB - Seagate Central - £145.13 (Amazon - B00BP5RKIE)
4TB - WD My Cloud - £149.99 (Amazon - B00FOKN7D8)

6TB - WD My Cloud - £295.00 (Amazon - B00LIRUZGS)

If you've found something cheaper that I've missed, please drop it in the comments and I'll update the post!

54 Comments

Editor

Why not just update this

http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/uk-s-best-hard-drive-deals-one-place-now-with-internal-external-ssd-updated-for-2088562

and request it to be unexpired?

Hot for the hard work put into this.

Do you know if there are any restrictions on which drives you can use with the Xbox One please ?

Need 5 or 6TB to drop in price so my xbox one can have my 3TB drive, think when 5TB gets to £100 I might make a move.

Dentosan

Do you know if there are any restrictions on which drives you can use … Do you know if there are any restrictions on which drives you can use with the Xbox One please ?

It can take any drive as long as it is over 256GB and the upper limit used to be 2TB, but now it is 16TB. And it has to be USB 3.0, which is annoying because I have loads of 2.0 drives knocking about, but probably due to the transfer limitations of usb 2.0.

Gem1ni0

Answers to popular questions:Which 2TB portable drives can I use in a … Answers to popular questions:Which 2TB portable drives can I use in a PS4?- Seagate Expansion 2TB - from £64.99- Samsung M3 - from £69.99- Seagate Backup Plus Slim - from £74.99



Actually, I don't think the Samsung M3 can be dismantled to use as a PS4 upgrade. According to this video, the hard drive inside the Samsung M3 has a circuit board that is direct to USB, therefore doesn't have the SATA connection so can't be used inside laptops or PS4. The 2 Seagate ones use a Samsung M9T drive inside them with SATA connection though so should be fine.

Also might be worth adding this drive. Better price than all the other 2TB portables you've listed.

cold for me, basically taking credit for others peoples deals, we'll be seeing these every month now I suppose too.
Edited by: "ando" 28th Jan 2015

Seagate central 2tb £84.98 @ curry's and PC world with free delivery & £82.52 @ pixmania inc delivery.

Looking for a Wii U HD strangely everyone i read on here seems to go for a 2.5" portable HD even though Nintendo always recommend a mains powered HD for Wii U.

nice work :-)

Good work - appreciate the effort you've gone to here.

GQ Man

Looking for a Wii U HD strangely everyone i read on here seems to go for … Looking for a Wii U HD strangely everyone i read on here seems to go for a 2.5" portable HD even though Nintendo always recommend a mains powered HD for Wii U.



Snap - just need to know what's a half decent 500gb drive guaranteed to work with Wii U. Equally confused whether needs own power (as Nintendo suggest) or not ?!

mckayc

Snap - just need to know what's a half decent 500gb drive guaranteed to … Snap - just need to know what's a half decent 500gb drive guaranteed to work with Wii U. Equally confused whether needs own power (as Nintendo suggest) or not ?!

Why not just buy one with its own power like Nintendo suggest, especially because they are cheaper too

mckayc

Snap - just need to know what's a half decent 500gb drive guaranteed to … Snap - just need to know what's a half decent 500gb drive guaranteed to work with Wii U. Equally confused whether needs own power (as Nintendo suggest) or not ?!



The main reason Nintendo suggest a powered hdd is to "cover their own ass" as some drives wont pull enough power from the usb port to function- I guess they don't wanna have to deal with all the complaints regarding somebody elses tech not being compatible. There's a list of compatible devices on their site: nintendo.co.uk/Sup…tml

Where is the love for Hitachi hard drives

Neostar

Where is the love for Hitachi hard drives



most of the above use hitachi drives under the casing.

What cable is needed to link a 2.5" to the Wii U and does that leave any spare USB's ?

GQ Man

What cable is needed to link a 2.5" to the Wii U and does that leave any … What cable is needed to link a 2.5" to the Wii U and does that leave any spare USB's ?


There is 4x usb 2.0 slots on a Wii U. All you need is one USB 2.0 slot to connect an external HDD, leaving 4 spare for your super expensive, hardly used gamecube controller adapter

What the difference between basic and premium drives? Thanks!
Edited by: "big_smile" 29th Jan 2015

All I can say is for the Wii U don't get the 500GB Toshiba Canvio Basics it wants more power than can be provided even with 2 ports. (Stress testing it made it crash / click consistently).

JC2MULTIPLAYER000

There is 4x usb 2.0 slots on a Wii U. All you need is one USB 2.0 slot to … There is 4x usb 2.0 slots on a Wii U. All you need is one USB 2.0 slot to connect an external HDD, leaving 4 spare for your super expensive, hardly used gamecube controller adapter



That only works if you have a 2.5" drive that can run off 500mA.

GQ Man

What cable is needed to link a 2.5" to the Wii U and does that leave any … What cable is needed to link a 2.5" to the Wii U and does that leave any spare USB's ?



USB Y-Cable I got the Lindy one as all the others looked like absolute rubbish (But it isn't that great).

http://www.amazon.co.uk/LINDY-Type-Micro-B-Power-Cable/dp/B0086LO58I

The reasoning being that when it does mess up the only thing that can be done is copy off all the save games if you can and format. (That happening because of a dirt cheap Chinese cable is not something I want to happen).
Edited by: "unrandomsam" 31st Jan 2015

how has this thred not got more heat!?! cheers for the share op!

Only this week I returned a Seagate 1TB with over 500GB of music, movies and photos.
Purchased from Amazon 6 months ago via recommendation on this forum. Initially it worked fine then went corrupt,stopped working and being recognised on multiple machines. The Amazon company that sold it were slightly helpful in directing me to the Seagate helpline.
Purchased a new cable, no luck, the caddy was not the issue as Seagate (after eventually tracking them down on the phone!) authorised a local repairer inspect.
Cut a long story short they tried to fob me off with downloading some soft ware, then the website requests nearly $400 dollars, whatever that equates to in £ for any potential recovery, ridiculous! (PC World / Currys only wanted £90)
Eventually with stating that I would escalate it to CEO of Seagate, they offered a replacement drive, with free recovery which is in progress.
I refused to pay expensive postage from the UK to The Netherlands so they also sent a free courier despatch label to print off.
Would I purchase a Seagate drive in the future?? That remains to be seen, however when pressed, they do actually provide excellent customer service.

Thankfully i operate 2 machines with over 820 GB of storage, and can rip most of my music / dvds back whatever the outcome, and got 1000s photos back via facebook.
Tip: Never rely on one back, back up whatever is really important in multiple ways.

Voted cold as no PCI Express SSD options listed.

Only joking, top post!

Any recommendations for a portable HD for a MacBook? Used for photos.

Disappointing prices. Voted cold.

Does anyone know if a 2tb drive can be used on a wd tv live and which one.

Any one recommend wd my cloud ?

Neostar

Where is the love for Hitachi hard drives


Don't you mean Toshiba?

Have some heat for effort op!
;-)

BENDERHOVER

Only this week I returned a Seagate 1TB with over 500GB of music, movies … Only this week I returned a Seagate 1TB with over 500GB of music, movies and photos.Purchased from Amazon 6 months ago via recommendation on this forum. Initially it worked fine then went corrupt,stopped working and being recognised on multiple machines. The Amazon company that sold it were slightly helpful in directing me to the Seagate helpline.Purchased a new cable, no luck, the caddy was not the issue as Seagate (after eventually tracking them down on the phone!) authorised a local repairer inspect.Cut a long story short they tried to fob me off with downloading some soft ware, then the website requests nearly $400 dollars, whatever that equates to in £ for any potential recovery, ridiculous! (PC World / Currys only wanted £90)Eventually with stating that I would escalate it to CEO of Seagate, they offered a replacement drive, with free recovery which is in progress.I refused to pay expensive postage from the UK to The Netherlands so they also sent a free courier despatch label to print off. Would I purchase a Seagate drive in the future?? That remains to be seen, however when pressed, they do actually provide excellent customer service.Thankfully i operate 2 machines with over 820 GB of storage, and can rip most of my music / dvds back whatever the outcome, and got 1000s photos back via facebook.Tip: Never rely on one back, back up whatever is really important in multiple ways.



If your "backup" is the only copy of your data then, by definition, it's not a backup.

cheers for the info, now just got to make a choice!!!!!

Very useful thanks OP, as many buy drives this way for removal (as it's usually cheaper than bare drives) what would be even more useful would be if those who know could indicate (with the 2.5" drives) which is these can be removed from the casings, many 2.5" drives don't have a sata interface

This one is now £110???
4TB - Seagate Expansion - £99.99 (Amazon - B00BP5RL10)
Nice helpfull post thanks.
Edited by: "j2009uk" 8th Feb 2015

brilliant work op. thank you.

robinthebobin

Any recommendations for a portable HD for a MacBook? Used for photos.


You can use any of the 2.5" ones if you want portable really.
I'd go for Seagate Backup Plus Slim.
Edited by: "Tequila" 8th Feb 2015
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