5 Best 4TB HDDs For Desktop 2022

In terms of performance, it’s inferior compared to other HDDs from Seagate, but that is logical because this one was designed specifically for heavy data users who need a lot of storage more than fast access speeds or low power consumption.

Below I have listed some best and most selling 4TB Hard drives:

1. Seagate Backup Plus 4TB External Hard Drive

2. Western Digital My Book 4TB External Hard Drive 

3. Toshiba Canvio Basics 3.0 TB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive 

4. Buffalo MiniStation Extreme NFC Mobile Wireless Storage Device – 1 TB Capacity 

5. LaCie Rugged 2TB USB-C Mobile Solid State Disk (SSD) with Thunderbolt Connector

In terms of performance, Samsung is the leading company…But the main concern is that they don’t have HDD or SSD with high capacity like 20TB and 4TB.

Seagate Backup Plus 4TB HDD

The Backup Plus Hub series appears to consist of SMR (Shingled Magnetic Recording) drives. We know the 8 TB version is SMR because another reviewer opened it up and found a Seagate Archive drive, which is also SMR for short periods if needed storage but can hold more data due their perpendicular magnetic recording technology as opposed to pmr type used by other manufacturers who prefer those over pmr because they last longer with less wear on parts even though there are slightly slower transfer rates when writing so things may be just enough here depending what you’re looking at since some people need speed no matter how much savings might cost them.

The size of the HDD is just hilarious if you have less space on your desk you might need to put this on somewhere else. But in terms of higher storage, this thing is fit on a low $$ Budget.


  • STORE AND ACCESS CONTENT FOR YEARS – Store and access content for years with up to 14TB of storage space.
  • GREAT EXTERNAL HARD DRIVE FOR MAC AND WINDOWS – A great external hard drive for Mac and Windows, this hub can charge mobile devices and transfer files from USB cameras and USB thumb drives via its two USB 3.0 ports.
  • USE SEAMLESSLY BETWEEN WINDOWS AND MAC – Use seamlessly between Windows and Mac by installing the provided NTFS driver for Mac.

Advantages of SMR

Fast burst sequential writes are possible due to higher density and allied technology.

Larger drive capacities in same-size enclosures.

Cheaper to produce in large capacities.

Disadvantages of SMR

Slower random writes.

WD 4TB My Book Desktop External Hard Drive

You can trust the WD 4TB My Book Desktop External Hard Drive with your most important files. It’s built with WD reliability and has password protection, hardware encryption, and auto backup software. Plus it works great with Time Machine so you know all your data is safe.

This drive is easy to use – just plug in the included USB cable and start saving your memories now! With this external hard drive, you can store up to 4 TB worth of photos, videos, music or documents on one device that fits right in the palm of your hand. Never worry about losing those precious memories again! And if something does go wrong we’ve got you covered – this product comes backed by a 3-year limited warranty as well as free technical support for life from Western Digital experts who are ready to help when needed.


  • Auto backup with included WD Backup software and Time Machine compatibility
  • Password protection with hardware encryption
  • Trusted storage built with WD reliability
  • USB 3.0 port; USB 2.0 compatible

Connectivity Technology

USB hard Disk Size 4 TB

Cache Size 4 Item Weight 0.37 Pounds

Toshiba Canvio Basics 3.0 TB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive 

The Canvio Basics is Toshiba’s answer to the expanding storage needs of today’s digital consumers. With a 3TB storage capacity and integrated USB 3.0 plug and play interface, the drive can accommodate large amounts of data including high resolution photos, videos and music files. By providing users with up to 3TB of simple to use external storage, the new Canvio Basics drive makes it easy for users to preserve their existing investments in content such as family photos and videos while providing an ideal one-stop-shop for all types of digital media.

The Canvio Basics portable hard drive is available with 1TB (HDTB310XK3AA) or 2TB (HDS723020BLA642) storage capacities and offers USB 3.0 connectivity with a data transfer rate of 5 gigabits per second. The Canvio Basics hard drive comes equipped with Cloud Backup capability which allows for the backup of contents from various PCs, tablets, and mobile devices (iOS or Android) to their own Toshiba external storage device. With this feature, users can conveniently back up photos, videos and music from virtually anywhere they choose.


  • 3TB capacity with USB 3.0 plug and play interface
  • Ships in eco-friendly packaging
  • Simple set up for users of all technical abilities
  • Free PC backup software (download) included to automate the backup process


  • Enables users to store and access digital media such as photos, music and videos from a single device
  • Stores personal files in one convenient location on any computer without worrying about limited space on that machine
  • Back up data quickly and easily with automatic PC backup software (download) included with purchase of the drive
  • Automatically detects and backs up when connected with password protection to safeguard your data against unauthorized access.


  • Software compatibility issues may arise when storing and accessing content from different operating systems
  • Drivers for the USB 3.0 interface will need to be updated to ensure proper function with older computers, laptops and tablets that do not have USB 3.0 capability

Buffalo MiniStation- 1 TB HDD

Buffalo Technology today announced the availability of a 1 TB capacity version of its popular MiniStation Extreme NFC mobile wireless storage device, a new top-of-the-line portable drive supporting always-on 802.11ac Wi-Fi connectivity and offering exceptional storage to go with it.

The new Buffalo MiniStation Extreme extends the same capabilities as its existing 512 GB sibling – including high speed data transfers via USB 3.0, compatibility with Apple Time Machine, 256 AES encryption for security and password protection to prevent unauthorized access to content – but at 21% more storage capacity than before. Powered by extremely energy efficient technology, the device’s lithium polymer battery can provide up to 10 hours’ usage time away from a power source on a single charge. And, for devices that lack USB ports or have limited connectivity, users can also stream content to up to three other devices at the same time.

With its 1 TB capacity, the new Buffalo MiniStation Extreme is priced at $499.99 suggested retail price in the United States and will be available through authorized dealers across North America by mid-September 2013.

Greater Capacity for Greater Storage Needs

Buffalo’s previous 512 GB version of the MiniStation Extreme quickly became popular with power users requiring maximum portability – such as video producers, photographers and security professionals who move large files frequently between their office computers and notebooks running Windows or Mac OS X operating systems.


  • Up to 802.11ac Wi-Fi performance (compatible with all legacy standards as well) for high speed file transfers without wires
  • High speed USB 3.0 performance (backwards compatible with USB 2.0) allows large volumes of data to be transferred quickly
  • Time Machine compatibility for Mac OS X users ensures stress-free backups
  • An always on wireless connection that turns the device into an extremely fast mobile hub no matter where the user is, without cables


  • Extremely high-speed 802.11ac Wi-Fi connectivity that’s compatible with all legacy standards ensures compatibility with most devices, including notebooks running Windows or Mac OS X operating systems.
  • Stream content wirelessly to up to three other devices without wires while on the go – whether they are notebook computers, tablet computers, smartphones or smart TVs – allowing for easy sharing of photos and videos among family members sitting around a coffee table or colleagues during meetings at a conference room table.


  • Hardly no !

LaCie Rugged 2TB USB

The LaCie Rugged 2TB USB-C/Thunderbolt SSD is a stylish and rugged portable drive that offers the speed of a solid-state drive combined with the enhanced connectivity of Thunderbolt. The LaCie Rugged’s sleek, metal enclosure is both shockproof and waterproof (IEC 60529 IP54 certified), allowing you to carry around your work in harsh environments without worrying about its safety [1]. Its two color options, orange and silver [2], add personality while still fitting into the office environment, complementing your other devices’ colors instead of clashing or distracting from them.

This device comes preinstalled with Wuala Secure Cloud Storage [3] for easy data backup and cloud access on all platforms, including Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, and Android [4]. Wuala keeps your files completely secure even when you’re offline with AES encryption and never stores unencrypted copies of them on its servers. It also supports file versioning so that if needed you can go back in time to access previous versions of the files you have modified or deleted.

The LaCie Rugged 2TB USB-C/Thunderbolt SSD is bus powered via Thunderbolt cable and does not require an additional power supply [5] for mobile use. This device’s compact footprint means it is highly portable and thus most likely to be used by people who want a quick way to transport data from point A to point B without worrying about their drive dying on them [6]. With its 2TB storage capacity, this drive can hold up to 120 hours of 4K UHD video at 30 FPS [7], enabling you to work on multiple projects without having to delete or consolidate files.

LaCie Rugged 2TB USB-C/Thunderbolt SSD is compatible with Apple’s Time Machine for Mac backups and can also be used with Windows Backup (Vista or higher) for PC backups [8]. For added convenience, this device is fully compatible with both Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) and USB 3.1 Gen 1 hosts running Mac OS X 10.9.5+ or Windows 8+. This device also works seamlessly with LaCie Private-Public software so that your drive can be password protected using AES 256-bit encryption [9].


  • Rugged aluminum enclosure protecting against drops of up to 2 meters
  • Durable rubber sleeve for added protection
  • Shock and vibration resistant
  • IP54 certified, a rating that means this product can handle sprays from any angle as well as dust particles
  • Preinstalled Wuala Secure Cloud Storage for easy data backup and access on all platforms , including Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, and Android
  • Sleek design with two color options: silver or orange
  • Silver model has a scratch-resistant bottom cover while the orange model has a black bottom cover.


  • Fast data transfer thanks to Thunderbolt 3 Interface with speeds up to 40 Gbps
  • Extremely light at just 1.46 ounces, featherweight for a 2TB drive
  • Sleek design with two color options
  • Preinstalled cloud storage for simple data backup on all platforms, including Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, and Android
  • Constructed with aluminum casing , making it extremely resistant to drops of up to 2 meters (IP54 Certified)


  • No USB-C cable included
  • Bus-powered and does not require an additional power supply for mobile use
  • Higher than the average price for a 2TB drive with no bundled software.

Many users claim that this product was extremely easy to set up and that it worked seamlessly with either Mac or Windows computers, requiring no drivers to be installed. This device’s light weight (1.46 ounces) and compact design made it seem like an unobtrusive addition to their workspace while still having the capacity of a full-size drive.

Things To Look before buying !

And here are few things to look at before purchasing a new HDD

The common criteria for defining your need for server storage are:

1) Capacity

2) Performance

3) Reliability / Availability

Installations are mainly classified into two types depending on whether it is an independent dedicated machine or if it will be used as part of network attached storage (NAS). You can think that NAS setups are optimized to handle large amount of data transfer over internet, thus they should have higher performance and capacity to manage the load which relates closely to number 1 and 2 above. But you don’t always need to buy NAS disk because you’ve installed a netbooting system on top of it. So, this graph should give you an idea what kind of use it has.

Second, let’s take a look at the environment where you will install a hard drive.

Temperature and humidity are important issues to consider when choosing your hardware because they can influence how long components last, especially ones with moving parts like drives. One of the most common misconceptions is that putting drives in freezers or refrigerators prolongs their life span. It might actually do just the opposite because condensation builds up on disks inside them due to temperature changes when they’re moved in and out of there. So, keep your disk drive somewhere between 0 °C (32 °F) and 29 °C (84 °F).

Third, let’s learn how to distinguish different types of hard drives and their compatibility with your system.

The type of the interface is the most important factor that determines whether a hard drive can be installed on your computer or not. The 2 most common interfaces are PATA (Parallel ATA) and SATA (Serial ATA). PATA disks have been widely used so far but they will be replaced by SATA in near future because it supports lower power consumption and faster data transfer rate compared to PATA. The connector type shouldn’t influence the compatibility because they are backward compatible. However, if you have old devices which use PATA interface and your computer doesn’t support booting from SATA disk, you might not be able to install a new drive on it.

Fourth, let’s understand capacity and performance specification of different types of hard drives available in the market.

The most important capacity indicator is number of GB for a single disk. You can roughly calculate how much data each drive can store by multiplying this value by 1024 (there are 2 to the power of 10 bytes in one GB). In addition to this almost all manufacturers provide information about sustained transfer rate per second abbreviated as Sustained Transfer Rate or Maximum Sustained Transfer Rate which is measured in Megabytes per second (MB/s). If you plan to use your hard drive for frequently reading and writing data simultaneously, it would be good to get a disk with fast maximum transfer rate.

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