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Experts Tell Us the Best External Hard Drive For Video Editing

This article showcases our top picks for the Best External 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 1TB

This product was recommended by Cole Torres from ColeTorres

This is my favorite external hard drive because of the performance and reliability. When accessing data from an external drive it is very important that your external drive is fast. A solid state drive provides a huge speed boost over a hard disk drive and Samsung consistently made fast, reliable storage devices. The 1TB of storage allows me to store several videos worth of footage while on the go or if I’ve been too lazy to edit!

G-Technology 2TB G-Drive Mobile SSD

This product was recommended by Charles McMillan from Stand With Main Street

For the past years, I have been doing a lot of video editing for my business so I decided to up-level my external hard drive. I bought mine in Amazon and I must say, excellent drive for the price. As for the speed, it never disappoints me because G5 is blazingly fast and reliable. It has a solid construction, lightweight, easy to set up, stays cool, and amazingly responsive. And what I certainly like the most about it is that it never sleeps which means it is readily available as soon as the computer wakes up.

G-Technology 1TB G-DRIVE Mobile Pro SSD

This product was recommended by Harriet Chan from CocoFinder

G-Technology produces some fantastic drives and the G-Technology 1TB G-DRIVE Mobile Pro SSD is one of their best options. This SSD has some of the quickest read/write speeds of up to 2800MB/s which is perfect for transferring HD video. It is also available in 500GB, or 2TB variations, so if you’re looking for slightly more or less storage, this is a great option. I recommend this external drive because it is quite robust and it is shock resistant. It offers advanced Thunderbolt 3 connectivity and comes with a cool aluminum core to help give consistent performance. Despite its quality, this G-Technology drive is still quite compact and won’t take up too much space in your office.

SanDisk 2TB Extreme PRO Portable SSD

This product was recommended by Harriet Chan from CocoFinder

SanDisk has a great reputation for making robust and high-quality portable SSDs and this model is no exception. 2TB of storage should be more than adequate for even a large video library. I like the exceptional transfer rates of this SSD and it is capable of read/write speeds of up to 2000MB/s. Also, it has a forged aluminum chassis and comes with a 5-year manufacturer’s warranty. This SSD is also decent for travel as it is waterproof to IP55 standards and can be dropped without damage from a height of 2m.


This product was recommended by Caroline Lee from CocoSign

If you’re a video editor or something relevant, then you should have an external hard drive that gives you the benefit of solid-state drive (SSD) speeds, then the Samsung Portable SSD T5 is absolutely among the best external hard drives for you. Samsung has an outstanding credit for external SSDs. The T5 builds on its predecessor by combining a fast USB Type-C connection that helps you edit 4k videos in minutes and ekes out every last drop of performance from the solid-state drive within.

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Written by Zak Parker

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