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An external drive is a stand-alone hard drive, solid state drive (SSD) or optical disc drive that plugs into the computer via USB or external SATA (see USB and eSATA). External drives are designed for stationary use as well as portability (see portable hard drive).

External Drives Used to Be SCSI
In the 1990s, an external drive was often a SCSI disk or tape, because the SCSI interface offered more peripheral expandability at that time (see SCSI). Contrast with internal drive.


External Desktop Drive
With up to 2TB of storage, this LaCie desktop drive plugs into the USB port. Although it can be easily unplugged and moved, at 2.5 pounds, drives such as these are designed for stationary use. (Image courtesy of LaCie USA, www.lacie.com)
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The German IT Security Certificate BSI-DSZ-CC-0825-2017 for the highly secure external hard disk DIGITTRADE High Security HS256 S3 and the German IT security certificate BSI-DSZ-CC-0825-2017 was presented by the Federal Office for Security in the Information Technology (BSI) this morning to DIGITTRADE GmbH made this a highlight of the show.
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