8TB external hard drives are bulky, no doubt. They are your best friend in a lot of cases. Your PC might be crashing or you might need to transfer loads of data. No matter what the scenario, an external hard drive with more space will always help you out.
But most of the time, the HDDs that you encounter will either be sub-par. How can we mitigate that? First of all you’ll need to understand what makes a good external HDD.
You need to sort out the compatibility as not all HDDs are compatible with both Windows and Mac OS. A decent external HDD also has good read/write speed. On top of that, you’ll also need to keep an eye out for data backup options and build quality.
Seeking out all that can be a lot of hassle. This is why we’ve put together this list that contains the best 8TB External HDDs at the moment. With that said, let’s begin!
1. Seagate Expansion 8TB
In the first pick, we have our budget option. The Seagate Expansion 8TB is a stunning package that not only handles the budget front but also delivers great performance.
Why am I calling this one a great choice? For a few reasons. Though it delivers up to 8TB space, the amount of space it takes up on the desk is fairly small. Although this HDD was designed to work with Windows computers, it’s compatible with Mac OS too.
On the other hand, you won’t need to use any kind of software to backup your data. It’s as simple as dragging and dropping thus making this hard drive ideal for people that aren’t too familiar with technology.
The outer part of this HDD has a diamond-cut shape. This makes the HDD aesthetically pleasing. As for the performance, it has a read-write speed of 160 Mbps. Though the speed isn’t groundbreaking, it’s more than enough to get the job done.
Though the Seagate Expansion 8TB has slight heating issues, it isn’t a deal-breaker.
- Doesn’t take up much space on the desktop.
- Compatible with the latest versions of Windows and Mac OS.
- Simple drag and drop style backup method.
- Aesthetically pleasing diamond cut side panel shape.
- Decent 160Mbps read/write speed.
- Has heating issues.
2. WD My Book 8TB
Though the Seagate Expansion offers better value, some people may argue that the WD My Book is the best 8TB External HDD currently available. To a certain point, we agree. It’s priced slightly higher than the Seagate Expansion and also has better features.
The My Book is a single drive style external HDD. It’s not very big as it’s size is a mere 6.7”. It’ll sit atop your desk quite nicely. The build quality is solid and it won’t get any dents or scratches easily. We also like the color and design of this HDD as it looks cool and stunning.
As for the performance, it doesn’t lack features in any way. The read/write speeds are super fast at 190 MBPS. It also features auto backup software. This hard drive also has a feature called Time Machine compatibility – a feature that allows the user to roll back any changes they have made on the HDD. For example, if you deleted a file in error it’ll roll back the changes.
The WD My Book also doesn’t mess around with the security of your data as it offers password protection with hardware encryption. It also has both USB 2.0 and 3.0 for mass compatibility reach. To cap it all off, they have a massive 3-year service warranty just in case anything goes wrong.
Though it makes somewhat odd noises if the inside isn’t properly clean, it’s nothing to worry about. This is one of the best 8TB external HDDs with up-to-date features.
- Solid dent and scratch-proof build quality.
- Aesthetically pleasing design.
- Superfast 190 MBPS read/write speed.
- Comes with auto-backup software.
- The time machine feature rolls back any changes you might’ve made mistakenly.
- It protects your data by password protection with hardware encryption.
- A massive 3-year service warranty.
- Supports both USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 ports
- Makes odd noises if dusty and unclean.
3. WD My Book Duo
Now some of you may think that the speeds we are offering aren’t pleasant. If you want something a bit more fast (maybe more than a bit), you can opt for a RAID type external HDD. There isn’t a better RAID type 8TB external HDD than the WD My Book Duo!
Wait hold up. What’s a RAID type HDD? To describe it simply, it’s a type of dual external HDD setup that comes in 2 parts in order to make up a combined HDD space. In the case of the WD My Book 8TB version, it has a 4TB+4TB shared space to make the total 8TB space.
How is this better than our normal external HDDs? If you run both of the 4TB HDDs, you’ll get a whooping read-write speed of 360 MBPS! that not even the best part! You can use these drives singularly just in case one malfunctions. Basically, you’ll be using two 4TB External HDDs.
Now that we’ve talked about performance, let’s discuss build quality and features. The WD My Book is identical to the WD My Book in terms of looks. However, the new thing is its USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports. It also has USB 3.0 support. Similar to My Book, the My Book Duo also comes with 3 years of service warranty.
The only nitpick we can find here is it’s somewhat complicated to handle. Don’t get me wrong, the drives are really easy to install. But it’s the maintenance part that’s full of hassle. Other than that, this is one 8TB External HDD that doesn’t compromise in performance and quality. So pick it up while you can!
- A dual HDD setup means more safety for your drives.
- Blazing 360Mbps read/write speed.
- Both drives can be used separately.
- Aesthetically pleasing design.
- A massive 3-year service warranty.
- Supports the latest USB 3.1 and USB 3.0 ports.
- Somewhat complicated to maintain.
4. Lacie Rugged RAID Shuttle
Now if you’re a traveler or someone who has to stay on the road quite a bit, then the Lacie Rugged RAID shuttle is the perfect choice for you. On top of having a solid build quality, it also features a RAID drive system thus making it pretty versatile for all scenarios.
Lacie has always been known for making superb quality HDDs. The Rugged RAID shuttle isn’t any different. It has the size of any other HDD. It also has the signature orange rubber shield around the corners. This makes the durability of this HDD top notch.
Speaking of durability, this HDD is drop/rain/dust and crush-resistant. You can pretty much throw it across the room and nothing will happen to it. As it’s RAID-compatible, you can use both or either of the HDDs at once. The connection interfaces are quite diverse too as you’ll find Thunderbolt 3, USB-C, and USB 3.0 interfaces.
To protect your data, the Lacie HDD offers hardware encryption. This keeps your data safe at all times. On top of this, the read/write speeds are insanely fast as it goes up to 250 MBPS. The manufacturers also provide a three-year Data Rescue service just in case anything goes wrong.
Overall, this is one of the most packed 8TB External HDDs in the market at the moment. Though it’s expensive, the price is justified through its features.
- It is drop/rain/dust and crush-resistance.
- As it’s RAID-compatible, you can use both or either of the HDDs at once.
- Diverse Thunderbolt 3, USB-C, and USB 3.0 connection interfaces.
- Hardware encryption will keep your data safe at all times.
- Insanely fast 250 MBPS read/write speed.
- Three-year Data Rescue service provided by the manufacturers.
5. Fantom Drives 8TB
Some of us have a mid-range budget. If you’re like me then you’d want to go for a mid-range product that offers a bit of premiumness while still being relatively cheap. For the folks that want exactly something like this, the Fantom Drives 8TB will work out perfectly.
Expensive External HDDs are stunning in terms of look and build. The Fantom Drives 8TB is somewhat similar in this case. It comes with a durable and great looking aluminum case. The aluminum case allows heat to vent out easily and keep the inside cool.
The performance of this HDD is great too. It has a 7200RPM speed which is nice for a mid-range HDD. It is compatible with the latest versions of both Mac, Windows PS, and Xbox. As for connection interfaces, you’ll find both USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 interfaces.
It doesn’t have any driver shenanigans as it’s a simple plug and play style HDD. This HDD also has a year’s worth of warranty just in case anything goes south!
However, as it’s missing data encryption function it might not appeal to some. If you want safety then you should rightfully spend a bit more. Other than that bit it’s a perfect midrange 8TB external HDD.
- A durable and great looking aluminum case.
- The case vents out heat with ease.
- The 7200RPM speed is quite nice.
- Compatible with the latest versions of both Mac, Windows PS, and Xbox.
- Simple plug and play style HDD.
- 1-year service warranty offered by manufacturers.
- Lacks data encryption function.
6. LaCie d2 Professional
For our final pick, we got another mid-range 8TB external HDD. The LaCie d2 is the same as the Fantom Drives HDD but slightly better in some aspects. The biggest attraction of this External HDD is its blazing speed without being a RAID type HDD.
Why am I calling this one of the best mid-range External HDDs? For starters, it has a stylish look. The performance and service offered by the manufacturers are great. One thing to note here is that this HDD works perfectly with SSD-based laptops and computers.
As for the performance, you’ll love it if you’re seeking fast read/write speed. The Lacie d2 Professional has a high read/write speed of up to 240MBPS. The connection interfaces are diverse too as you can use both USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 ports to connect.
The Lacie d2 also comes with a few features that help out quite a lot. For example, it has a Barracuda Pro enterprise-class drive. These drives provide performance and reliability. They also offer up to 5 years of data rescue service.
But just like the Fantom drives HDD, there aren’t any data encryption functions. But other than that, this is the fastest non-RAID HDD out there at the moment. Go for it if you’re seeking speed.
- Affordable price.
- Stylish and classy look.
- Works perfectly with SSD-based laptops and computers.
- A high read/write speed of up to 240Mbps.
- A diverse connection interface of USB-C and Thunderbolt 3.
- Barracuda Pro enterprise-class drive.
- Comes with up to 5 years of data rescue service.
- Lacks data encryption functionality.
Picking out an 8TB External HDD isn’t an easy task by any means. You can easily pick up a replica HDD if you’re not careful enough. Even so, you can’t be sure as to which one is the best for you and why.
In today’s article, we had a detailed explanation regarding each 8TB HDD. You’ll surely find a few HDDs that is best for you.