Update 11/6 @ 1:10 PM: Amazon offers the Seagate Desktop 8TB External Hard Drive for $129.99 shipped. That’s good for a $20 discount and is a solid alternative to the model below, though you’ll skip the built-in USB hub.
Amazon offers the Seagate Backup Plus 8TB External Desktop Hard Drive with built-in dual USB 3.0 hub for $139.99 shipped. Typically selling for $180 at retailers like Best Buy, that’s good for a $40 discount. We haven’t seen it for less in months, and today’s offer is also a match of the Amazon all-time low. This desktop hard drive features 160MBps transfer speeds and is perfect for Time Machine backups. Over 1,600 customers have left a 4/5 star rating.
As far as 8TB hard drives go, Seagate’s is one of the best currently available. Other models will run you $10 to 15 more, and those lack the additional USB hub functionality.
If you don’t need 8TB worth of storage, consider an $85 4TB desktop hard drive that will be more than adequate for backups.
Seagate 8TB Desktop Hard Drive features:
- Two integrated high-speed USB 3.0 ports on the front allow you to connect and recharge your other USB devices
- Formatted for Windows computers out of the box. Required operating system is windows 7 or higher, or mac os x 10.10 or higher operating system
- Install the provided NTFS driver for Mac and use the drive interchangeably between 4. Windows and Mac computers without reformatting
- Run a one-click backup or schedule an automatic backup plan to protect your files