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Group test: What's the best 1TB external hard drive?

The Top 5 1TB external hard drives

PC Advisor reviews the best 1TB external hard drives you can buy in the UK right now.


yberPower Fang III RattlerBuffalo MiniStation Extreme 1TB

  • RatingRated 9 out of 10
  • Reviewed on: 06 December 12
  • RRP: £113 inc. VAT

It’s hard to find fault with Buffalo’s new MiniStation Extreme, as the drive provides good performance and features at a competitive price.


Seagate Backup PlusSeagate Backup Plus 1TB

  • RatingRated 8 out of 10
  • Reviewed on: 14 August 12
  • RRP: £94 inc. VAT

It’s hard to make any hard disk stand out from the crowd these days, but the Backup Plus provides fast, efficient storage for Macs and PCs.


Verbatim Store ‘n Go ExecutiveVerbatim Store ‘n Go Executive

  • RatingRated 8 out of 10
  • Reviewed on: 15 August 12
  • RRP: £127 inc. VAT

The Executive isn’t the cheapest 1TB USB 3 drive currently available, but it provides strong performance and some useful software features. Its security features will particularly appeal to business users who want to keep their data safe when they’re working away from the office.


Freecom Mobile Drive SqFreecom Mobile Drive Sq 1TB

  • RatingRated 7 out of 10
  • Reviewed on: 06 December 12
  • RRP: £91 inc. VAT

The slimline design of the Sq drive is certainly attractive, and it’s quite reasonably priced.


Iomega Helium 1TB Portable Hard DriveIomega Helium 1TB Portable Hard Drive

  • RatingRated 6 out of 10
  • Reviewed on: 03 May 12
  • RRP: £105 inc. VAT

Iomega Helium 1TB Portable USB 2.0 Hard Drive is a tough little thing that offers a write time of 26.5 Mbps and a read time of 31.6 Mbps.

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