Best Hard Drives for Photo Storage Reviewed

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To help you find the best hard drive for your photos, we’ve put together a list of some top-rated hard drives photographers often use.

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Best overall: Seagate Backup Plus Best for speed: Samsung X5    Thunderbolt 3 Portable SSD Best for MacBook: SanDisk    Professional G-Drive ArmorATD Best budget hard drive: WD 2TB    Elements Best for security: iStorage DiskAshur    DT2

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What size external hard drive do I need for storing photos?

An external drive in the 2TB to 8TB range is sufficient for most photographers, but we advise always buying more storage than you think you need.

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Portable hard drives can be a great option even if you already use cloud storage.

Are hard drives good for photos?

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How long does an external hard drive last?

For HDDs, the average lifespan is about five years. That is assuming no accidental damage has occurred, and the drive has been properly maintained.

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Seagate Backup Plus is the best overall hard drive for photo storage.

What is the best hard drive to store photos?

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