How does Seagate HDD compare to WD

Seagate, Toshiba, WD: Mobile hard drives with 4 TByte in comparison

When it comes to storing large amounts of data, hard disks are often used - they are simply much cheaper than SSDs: While an external 4 TB SSD costs significantly more than 500 euros, an external hard disk of the same size does not cost much more than 100 euros over the counter.

We selected three models for this test: Seagate Backup Plus Slim Portable, Toshiba Canvio Advance and WD My Passport, each with 4 TB of storage capacity for better comparability. These are the cheapest models from the respective manufacturers. Although some other manufacturers also have mobile hard drives on offer, we have left them out for two reasons. On the one hand, there is a hard drive from Seagate, Toshiba or WD in it anyway - there are no longer any other hard drive manufacturers - which should hardly be faster in another USB housing. And secondly, the models from other manufacturers are significantly more expensive than our test samples. It can make sense to use a mobile hard drive from another manufacturer, for example because its design matches the existing devices or comes in a particularly robust housing.

All three manufacturers offer 3.5-inch drives for desktop PCs and servers as well as 2.5-inch hard drives for mobile use. These survive a somewhat harsher treatment and are much more economical; The power supply via a USB socket is sufficient for operation. This makes them more practical for mobile use, because you neither have to carry a power supply with you nor look for a socket for it.