The new MacBook Pro only has Thunderbolt 3/USB-C ports, but that's OK, because USB-C is fast, future-proof, and will eventually (probably) replace standard USB, HDMI, DisplayPort, power, and more. A USB-C hard drive is the perfect way to locally back up all of your most important files, including photos, documents, music, movies, and anything else that's important to you. Save your Mac's hard drive and pick up a USB-C hard drive. Here are a few options to get you started on your search.

Fan favorite

G-Technology G-Drive 1TB

Staff Favorite

The G-Drive by G-Technology is a great USB-C hard drive for most people. It has 1TB of storage and features a quick drive speed of 7200RPM, with transfer rates of up to 136MB/s, thanks to USB 3.1. Comes in silver, as well as Apple-exclusive colors: gold, rose gold, and space gray.

$70 at Amazon

Best for speed

Samsung T5 SSD 250GB, 500GB, 1TB, 2TB

Samsung's T5 SSD is a solid state drive that provides way faster transfer rates than physical hard drives. Solid-state drives don't have moving parts, so if you happen to drop this one, there's less to break! SSDs are more expensive, but with this one, you get write speeds of up 540MB/s, which is over three times faster than many hard drives. If you like to store TV shows and movies on your hard drive, consider a solid state drive!

Starts at $98 at Amazon

Most stylish

LaCie Porsche Design 1TB, 2TB, 4TB

LaCie is widely recommended for Apple users (they even sell LaCie products on Apple's site!), and the Porsche Design external hard drive is a great looking solution to your USB-C needs. The mobile version comes in 2TB, while the desktop version is available with 4TB of storage. If you have older devices you'd like to use as well, this hard drive is also compatible with USB 3.0 ports.

$90+ at Amazon

Upgrade option

SanDisk Extreme 900 SSD 480GB, 960GB, 1.92TB

SanDisk's Extreme 900 SSD is a powerhouse solid state drive that offers up to nine times the transfer speeds of external hard drives. It's made of durable aluminum and rubber, and the solid-state core is shock-proof, so this is far less likely to die on you should you drop it (compared to hard drives).

$299+ at Amazon

Best value

G-Technology G-Drive SSD R-Series

At roughly $350 for 1TB, G-Technology's G-Drive SSD is one of the more affordable solid-state drives on the market, and it comes recommended by Apple itself. You'll get transfer rates of up to 560MBps, and it comes with both a USB-C to USB-C and a USB-C to USB-A cable.

Starts at $140 at Apple

Long-lasting

LaCie Rugged 2TB

The LaCie Rugged of yesteryear got me through my entire post-secondary education, and now that there's a USB-C option, it'll help get you (and maybe even your children!) through school or work with reliability and that fast connection. The body is rubberized to help it stand up to daily wear and tear, and 2TB should be more than enough for all of your files, documents, Final Cut projects, and much more. There's a 2-year warranty on these, which includes data recovery services.

$120 at Amazon

Durable and reliable

CalDigit Tuff 2TB

CalDigit's Tuff hard drives are rugged, colorful 2TB drives that offer USB-C connectivity and there's even a USB-C to USB-A cable for backward compatibility. With an IP57 rating, these drives are water-resistant in three feet of water for up to 30 minutes, and they're dust-resistant, so you can take yours with you anywhere knowing that your data is safe from the elements.

$200 at Amazon

Compact pick

SanDisk Extreme SSD

You may know SanDisk for its SD cards, but its hard drives are excellent as well. This solid-state drive starts at 500GB and goes up to 2TB. It's smaller than the average smartphone and has a hole in it, so you can clip it to a bag. It's shock-resistant and ruggedly designed, so it's perfect for life on the move.

$100 and up at Amazon

Trusted brand

WD My Passport

Western Digital makes some of the best hard drives around, and its 4TB USB-C hard drive fits right in with all its other excellent drives. This one can be found for under $120 and comes in six colors. This hard drive, however, is not inherently a USB-C drive — it's "USB-C ready," so it'll connect to your USB-C ports no problem, though it does not have a USB-C port itself.

$110 at Amazon

USB-C is certainly the port of the future, so grabbing a USB-C hard drive for your MacBook or MacBook Pro is the best way to take all of your files, music, photos, and more with you wherever you go without clogging up your Mac's own hard drive. The G-Drive is your best option because it's affordable and reliable.

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