Fan favorite: G-Technology G-Drive from 1TBStaff Pick
The G-Drive by G-Technology is a great USB-C hard drive for most people. It has 1TB of storage and features a quick drive speed of 7200RPM, with transfer rates of up to 136MB/s, thanks to USB 3.1. It comes Mac ready and USB-C ready.
Best for speed: Samsung T7 Portable SSD from 500GB
Samsung's T7 SSD is a solid-state drive that provides way faster transfer rates than physical hard drives. Solid-state drives don't have moving parts, so if you happen to drop this one, there's less to break! SSDs are more expensive, but with this one, you get write speeds of up 1,050MB/s. If you like to store TV shows and movies on your hard drive, consider a solid-state drive! Capacity ranges from 500GB to 2TB.
Rugged pick: Glyph Blackbox Plus 1TB hard drive
The Glyph Blackbox Plus is a rugged, portable hard drive that can keep up with you wherever you go. It's surrounded by rubber to protect from drops and has enough capacity for all your backups and then some. You get write speeds of up to 140MB/s from just 5400RPM, and It also features fan-free heat dissipation, so it's nice and quiet.
Best for video: Samsung 5X Portable SSD hard drive
With read and write speeds of up to 2,800MB/s and 2,300MB/s, respectively, this portable drive is perfect for videographers. It's designed for rendering and compiling high res photos and videos with up to 40Gb/s data transfer. Starting at 500GB and going up from there, it also looks like the Ferrari of external hard drives.
Upgrade option: SanDisk Extreme 900 SSD 960GB hard drive
SanDisk's Extreme 900 SSD is a powerhouse solid-state drive that offers up to nine times the transfer speeds of external hard drives. It's made of durable aluminum and rubber, and the solid-state core is shock-proof. So, this is far less likely to die on you should you drop it (compared to hard drives).
Apple recommended: G-Technology G-DRIVE Mobile SSD Durable Portable External Storage hard drive
G-Technology's G-Drive SSD is one of the more versatile solid-state drives on the market, and it comes from a brand that Apple recommends. You'll get transfer rates of up to 560MBps and USB-C connectivity. Plus, it has IP67 water/dust resistance, it's drop-tested to ten feet, and it has 1000 pound crush-resistance.
Long-lasting: LaCie Rugged USB-C External Hard Drive from 1TB
The LaCie Rugged of yesteryear got me through my entire post-secondary education, and now that there's a USB-C option, it'll help get you (and maybe even your children!) through school or work with reliability and that fast connection. The body is rubberized to help it stand up to daily wear and tear. Choose from 1TB and up, whatever you need for all of your files, documents, Final Cut projects, and much more.
Durable and tiny: CalDigit Tuff Nano Plus Compact Rugged SSD
CalDigit's Tuff hard drives are rugged and colorful. They offer USB-C connectivity, and there's even a USB-C to USB-A cable for backward compatibility. With an IP67 rating, these drives are water-resistant in three feet of water for up to 30 minutes. These ultra-portable hard drives are dust-resistant, so you can take yours with you anywhere, knowing that your data is safe from the elements.
Portable: SanDisk Extreme SSD from 250GB
You may know SanDisk for its SD cards, but its hard drives are excellent as well. This solid-state drive is smaller than the average smartphone and has a hole in it so that you can clip it to a bag. It's shock-resistant and ruggedly designed, so it's perfect for life on the move.
Great value: Western Digital My Passport Ultra Portable External Hard Drive for Mac
Western Digital makes some of the best hard drives around, and this well-priced USB-A and USB-C compatible model fits right in with all its other excellent drives. It's made for Mac and is Time Machine ready. Capacity starts at 2TB and goes up from there.
Bargain-priced: jjikbudx External Hard Drive - 2TB
This well-priced, slim hard drive is ready to go without any software download. Just plug and play; it's compatible with Mac, Windows, and Linux. The brushed-metal look is classy, and it comes in a handful of colors.
Looking good: Seagate Backup Plus Ultra Touch HDD from 1TB
This USB-C hard drive from Seagate not only works incredibly well, but it also looks good doing it. The simple lines keep it from looking like clutter, and the fabric cover adds a designer touch. Choose from Black or White to go with any decor.