Top 5 Portable 1TB Hard Drives For Under £50

Top 5 Portable 1TB Hard Drives For Under £50

After photo scanning you need somewhere to securely store all of the images. Hard drives can be great for this if you have many thousands of photos.


Samsung M3 1TB Slimline - £45.99

This durable, USB 3.0 enabled hard drive is very portable with the handy dimensions of 11.2 x 8.1 x 2cm. Its USB 3.0 capability gives a very fast transfer speed, which is very hard to beat at this price range. The casing is durable and stands up to knocks and scratches while maintaining a good design, and if there ever were a problem they have a three-year limited warranty.

The only drawback worth mentioning is the USB lead’s length (40cm); this could be longer because it can be problematic when using the hard drive with a desktop that is at a distance from you.

In summary this is a well-rounded hard drive at a great price – it is hard to go wrong with it!


Seagate STBX 1TB Expansion - £44.99

This is a very similar size to the Samsung with a size of 12.2 x 8.1 x 1.5cm, and has very similar features, including, being USB 3.0 enabled. If you need a long USB cable, then this hard drive could be for you, with its 120cm length – much better than the Samsung’s USB cable length. It comes with ‘plug and play’ compatibility with Windows and OSX. It comes with a two year warranty, a third shorter than the Samsung’s.

The Seagate is similar to the Samsung  with a longer USB cable but at the expense of an extra year’s worth of limited warranty – is it worth it?


Transcend 1TB External Hard Drive - £49.99 

Military-grade shock resistance is the main feature of this hard drive, which obviously dramatically increases it durability and makes it great for things like precious photos that you cannot afford to lose. Its casing increases the overall size of the hard drive to 13 x 8.3 x 2cm but considering it is ‘military-grade shock resistant’, it is amazing they have fit so much into such a tiny drive. It also comes with USB 3.0 capability and a three year limited warranty.

This is a great, full-featured hard drive for an astonishing price, plus it comes with military grade shock resistance!


Toshiba 1TB Canvio Basics - £42.99 

This is similar to the Samsung although at a cheaper price. Also, with high-speed USB 3.0 capability which can dramatically increase productivity if you regularly transfer large amounts of data. Similar to the Transcend, this hard drive also incorporates shock resistance features such as, an internal shock sensor and ‘ramp loading technology’ which helps to protect any data already on it. In terms of size, it is 11.5 x 7.9 x 1.5cm, which makes it one of the most compact hard drives I have listed here.

Another great quality hard drive but with similar features to the Transcend drive.


WD Elements 1TB - £47.98 

This has been made ‘plug and play’ ready for Windows computers, but can be reformatted for compatibility with Apple computers. It comes with USB 3.0 capability and a two year warranty. Its size is very similar to the other devices at 11.1 x 8.2 x 1.5cm.

A simple hard drive with the basic features but does its job exceptionally well.


All of these hard drives store data easily and securely, at a very good price. I wouldn’t mind using any of these as my regular hard drive and I don’t think you can go wrong with purchasing any of these.


Please note: All prices were obtained from and were accurate at the time of writing, they may have changed since.