There are few consumers who ever claim that they have enough storage for their computer needs. Since many Mac users are professional creatives, they have a real need for external hard drive storage. After all, you can’t afford to lose hours (let alone months) of work on a project. Although many manufacturers promise their external PC drives will work for Mac, that isn’t always the case. So choose carefully.
Here are eight external hard drives for Mac users to consider:
Seagate Backup Plus 5TB External Hard Drive Portable HDD – Black USB 3.0 for PC Laptop and Mac
I have two 4TB Seagate external drives and two 1.5TB drives and love them. They work well. I have shared data from them with Mac users who plugged them in and used Time Machine. Some users reported having to reformat data, but most of the time the Seagate drives work flawlessly on Mac or PC. No external power source is required—it gets power from a USB cable—and you can get this drive in 1, 2, 4 and 5TB versions.
Apple AirPort Time Capsule — 2TB Storage
If I did not include the specific external hard drive from Apple itself, I’d be certain to hear about it. For many, they just stick with the guaranteed compatible hardware from the company, and there is nothing wrong with that, of course. But if the storage space for the price tag is too much, then there are other options.
G-Technology 1TB G-DRIVE mobile USB-C Portable Hard Drive
On its website, Apple does sell and recommend the G-Technology (made by Western Digital) and LaCie external hard drives. The drives are USB-C ready and USB-A compatible, and they state that it is Mac-ready out of the box. And you can buy it with up to 4TB of space.
LaCie Rugged Thunderbolt USB-C 4TB External Hard Drive Portable HDD – USB 3.0 compatible — for Mac and PC
This bright and cheerful-looking drive is another one listed on the Apple website, so that’s a pretty solid endorsement that it works with Mac products. You can find it elsewhere at a better price, but you can get it direct from them. Covered in a safety orange shell, this hard drive is built to take whatever you can dish out. The LaCie product is drop-, shock- and dust-proof and water-resistant.
LaCie Porsche Design 2TB USB-C Mobile Hard Drive, Rose Gold
You can also opt for a no-nonsense LaCie Mobile Drive 5TB External Hard Drive Portable HDD in Moon Silver for your Mac. But for an elegant version that’s a bit more pleasing to the eye, try the LaCie Porsche Design 2TB USB-C Mobile Hard Drive, Rose Gold.
Silicon Power 2TB Rugged Portable External Hard Drive Armor A60, Shockproof USB 3.0 for Mac, Xbox, PS4 and PC
Another road warrior—with military-grade shockproof protection and IPX4 water-resistant protection—this external drive is also compatible with PS4/XBOX gaming enthusiasts. The design includes a handy way to carry and store the USB cable.