External hard drives are absolutely crucial pieces of equipment. Keeping your data off your desktop will help prevent your computer from getting bogged down with files, while also ensuring your data is more secure in case you need to factory reset your computer (something far too many people have suffered).
Thankfully the price of externals continues to drop, while their speed and storage capacity continues to increase, it’s a win-win!
One external harddrive I love in particular is my LaCie Rugged Thunderbolt USB-C. This little drive is great because it’s super portable, is built to withstand bumps and drops from heights of up to 2 meters, and since it uses “bus” power (ie draws its power from the computer it’s connected to) it doesn’t need to be plugged in separately, meaning one less needed outlet and fewer chords and wires to get tangled up in.
This model has a built-in thunderbolt cable integrated into the design, and also comes with USB C to C and USB C to A cables, meaning you have 3 options for connections. Pretty much every computer has at least one USB A port, and USB C and thunderbolt are gaining popularity. This means you can feel pretty confident that you’ll have no problem using your HD across a wide range of computers both now and probably for the next several years to come.
The model I have has a capacity of 2TB. However you can now find the same model with 5TB of storage space for just $90 more ($270 total). So at just $54 per terabyte, if I were shopping now I’d probably pay the extra money to max out my storage capacity.
One thing to note is this drive is not an SSD (solid-state drive) so it might not be as fast as certain video jobs would require. LaCie does offer their rugged drives in SSD form, however for the same 2TB the price jumps up to $530 from $180 for the non-SSD version. I haven’t run into any serious problems when it comes to speed yet, but it’s something to bear in mind!