Best external hard drives of 2023

Top portable hard disks for your desktop or laptop

The Silicon Power A66 is the equivalent of an Olympic Heptathlon specialist. It is a portable hard drive that combines three important attributes in anyone’s quest for external storage nirvana:

Silicon Power Armor A66

Silicon Power Armor A66

+ Three-year warranty + Cheapest high-capacity rugged hard drive + Good performance

An IP68-rated device can withstand dust, dirt, and sand, and can be submerged up to 1.5m underwater for 30 minutes. Sounds good? Well, that's the kind of certification rating the ADATA HD 710 Pro packs up its sleeve.


Silicon Power Armor A66

+ Speedy + Very rugged silicone case + Good cable management

This is a portable hard drive, which means that you can easily carry it around. It is not bulky as a desktop hard drive and doesn't need an external power supply.

Seagate Backup Plus

Silicon Power Armor A66

+ Excellent value for money + Adobe Creative Cloud offer + Mylio Create offer + Data recovery warranty

A key feature is its 256-bit AES encryption with near-field communication (NFC) capability, allowing it to be unlocked with a simple touch of a smartphone. 

Buffalo MiniStation Extreme

+ Portable + Lock/unlock via NFC + Hardware encryption + No power adapter to carry around + Three year warranty