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Experts Tell Us the Best Hard Drive For Video Editing

This article showcases our top picks for the Best Hard Drive For Video Editing. We reached out to industry leaders and experts who have contributed the suggestions within this article (they have been credited for their contributions below).

We are keen to hear your feedback on all of our content and our comment section is a moderated space to express your thoughts and feelings related (or not) to this article This list is in no particular order.

SAMSUNG T5 Portable SSD 2TB

This product was recommended by Travis Johansen from Provid Films

When your hard drive can’t read or write fast enough, your timeline in Premiere Pro or Davinci Resolve will stutter. Fast ssd drives make things go buttery smooth. I recommend the Samsung t5 2tb drives for their price to performance blend along with durability. We have 5 if them and they all work great for the laptop on the go


G-SPEED Shuttle with Thunderbolt 3

This product was recommended by Fred Ryan from LeReviewist

If you work with high-resolution videos and want a home for them, I would strongly recommend the G-Technology G-SPEED Shuttle with Thunderbolt 3 connection. With an enterprise-level rotation speed of 7200 rpm and dual Thunderbolt ports (in addition to its USB-C port that supports USB 3.1), you have a high-performing best in your hands. Its solid aluminum case lends it a touch of class, and you can expand the storage by daisy-chaining up to 5 devices. Whether you are on Mac or Windows, it will be a great value add to your video editing set-up.


ADATA SD700 3D NAND 1 TB SSD

This product was recommended by Sandeep Kumar Aggarwal from SKAOLOGY

The reason I recommend it is because The device is very versatile. It is compatible with Android, Windows, and Mac operating systems, without the need for formatting. Also In this external hard drive, special emphasis has been put on the external cover of the device. It has a military-grade outer covering, which protects the internal device from almost all kinds of damages. The product comes with a three-year manufacturer’s warranty. The device is made with the latest 3D NANO/TLC Flash technology. The technology gives the user an uninterrupted and quick experience in transferring files. Due to the military-grade covering, the product is dust, shock, and waterproof. It also has low chances of being damaged upon unintended or accidental falls. Some additional information about it is the fact that It is almost always in demand by the customers. Thus it often gets out of stock on Amazon. The drive retails for $117.80, which is a reasonable price for this fantastic product.


Delkin 1TB Rhino Drive Portable Hard Drive

This product was recommended by Sherry Morgan from Petsolino

Delkin 1TB Rhino Drive Portable Hard Drive is one of the best external hard drives that I’ve ever had. Its compact size is just perfect that you can bring it anywhere needed. Its metal body is surrounded with a silicone bumper which makes it sturdy from some knocks. It is a great choice for an outdoor video editor/ filmmaker. What will catch your attention too is its transfer speed of up to 500MB/s. Definitely worth it..


G-DRIVE with Thunderbolt 3

This product was recommended by Caroline Lee from CocoSign

G-DRIVE with Thunderbolt 3 – This is an ultra-fast, high-performance hard drive storage solution. Featuring this Thunderbolt 3 and USB 3.1 Gen 1 interfaces in an all-aluminum cover. The G-DRIVE hard drive is best for storage-intensive purposes like audio/video editing or digital snap shooting. With a high-capacity class speed of 7200RPM and up to 250mb/s, the thunderbolt 3 can be plug-and-play on Mac and quickly reformatted for Windows.


LaCie 5TB Rugged USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C External Hard Drive

This product was recommended by James Costa from Jim Costa Films

The LaCie 5TB portable drive packs quite a punch. Offering 5Tb of storage for large 4K files; that 9000 minutes of 4K footage! The USB 3.0 Type-C interface provides data transfer speeds of up to 130 MB/s. It’s powered through the USB bus, so no external power supply is needed. It’s both Mac & PC compatible and drop resistant up to 4’.


WD 5TB My Passport USB 3.2 Gen 1 External Hard Drive

This product was recommended by James Costa from Jim Costa Films

This drive offers a slim design and comes in a variety of colors. It features USB 3.2 Gen 1 connectivity for fast transfers at a max speed of 5 Gb/s. It’s pre-formatted for Windows PCs but can be formatted for Apple products as well. A micro-USB to USB Type-A cable is included.


WD 12TB Elements Desktop USB 3.0 External Hard Drive

This product was recommended by James Costa from Jim Costa Films

As a desktop model, this drive must be plugged into the wall using an 100-240 VAC power adapter, but the storage space can’t be beat, topping out at 12TB. Designed for Windows computers, a simple re-formatting will allow the unit to work on any apple device. It features a 5 Gb/s micro-USB 3.0 interface, which is also known as USB 3.1 Gen 1, and is compatible with 480 Mb/s USB 2.0. A USB cable is included.


G-Technology 18TB G-DRIVE USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C External Hard Drive

This product was recommended by James Costa from Jim Costa Films

This drive is 8K ready and, by far, the top of the line in external desktop drives. it has a rotational speed of 5400 rpm, and is equipped with one 5 Gb/s USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C port that transfers data at speeds up to 195 MB/s.. With support for up to 45W of power, the USB Type-C port supports USB Power Delivery and can charge your compatible MacBook Pro or MacBook. It’s made of heavy-duty aluminum and is pre-formatted for Mac computers, but can be used with PCs after re-formatting.


Crucial MX500 SATA SSD

This product was recommended by Shabbir Noor from MakerShop

An affordable drive with very good transfer speeds and size ranges from 250GB to 2TB.


Samsung 970 EVO – Third Gen NVMe SSD

This product was recommended by Shabbir Noor from MakerShop

Fantastic speeds and performance but very expensive.


Toshiba MG07ACA14TE SATA 6Gbit/s Internal HDD

This product was recommended by Shabbir Noor from MakerShop

A reliable drive with a workload rate of 550TB/year and storage up to 14GB.


G-SPEED Shuttle with Thunderbolt 3

This product was recommended by Fred Ryan from LeReviewist

If you work with high-resolution videos and want a home for them, I would strongly recommend the G-Technology G-SPEED Shuttle with Thunderbolt 3 connection. With an enterprise-level rotation speed of 7200 rpm and dual Thunderbolt ports (in addition to its USB-C port that supports USB 3.1), you have a high-performing best in your hands. Its solid aluminum case lends it a touch of class, and you can expand the storage by daisy-chaining up to 5 devices. Whether you are on Mac or Windows, it will be a great value add to your video editing set-up.


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