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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 Transcend StoreJet 1TB External Hard Disk is compatible Windows 7 and above as well as works with Mac OS.
The report covers the present scenario and the growth prospects of the global external hard disk market for 2016-2020.
Finally, the Commission found that there would be no effect on the market for external hard disk drives in the EEA as non integrated suppliers of external hard disk drives would retain sufficient alternative sources for hard disk drives.
The ongoing digitalisation of entertainment content is fuelling user demand for reliable external hard disk drives with large capacities and fast data rates.
The controller is designed for use in external hard disk, CDRW and DVD drives.
This is effectively a sophisticated external hard disk system.
A recording capacity of up to 30GB is available with a built-in removable hard disk drive, and 100GB with an external hard disk drive, which will also enable simultaneous recording and playback.
The Lenovo 1TB External Hard Disk features a USB 3.0 interface, which transfers the data faster than the regular USB 2.0 port.
Navi Mumbai, India, October 12, 2014 --(PR.com)-- Increasing usage of computer applications across various sectors such as Information Technology, Education and Public Sector undertakings along with the growing demand for portable storage backup have fuelled the growth of India External Hard Disk (HDD) market.
Toshiba Europe has launched an external hard disk drive featuring USB 3.0 connectivity for fast data transfers of up to 5 gigabits per second and 2TB storage capacity.
WORLDWIDE COMPUTER PRODUCTS NEWS-January 4, 2011-Samsung to release three new USB 3.0 external hard disk drives in the US(C)1995-2011 M2 COMMUNICATIONS http://www.m2.com