The WD Elements 12TB USB 3.0 external hard drive (opens in new tab) is down to $189.99 at Newegg today with coupon code 93XQB76. This is one of Newegg's limited-time deals and it's slated to end tonight. It's a very low price for the 12TB version of the drive, beating offers at other retailers including Amazon (opens in new tab) and B&H (opens in new tab), and matches the lowest we've tracked for it. The high-capacity drive normally sells for $220 or more, and today's deal is better than Best Buy's one-day sale on the similar WD Easystore 12TB drive (opens in new tab). Newegg offers free shipping with this purchase.
WD Elements 12TB USB 3.0 Desktop Hard Drive (opens in new tab)
Includes fast data transfer speeds up to 5 Gbps thanks to USB 3.0 connectivity. Its huge capacity means you can use this to store tons of data, including movies and music, or use it as a backup for your system. Plug-and-play compatible with Windows.
The deal given is no longer valid and we do not have a better one. However, we have found some similar deals
$219.99 $300.00 Save $80
You're actually going to look for ways to fill up this drive. Uses USB 3.0 interface for speedy data transfer and it's backwards compatible with 2.0. Works on PC and Mac but needs reformat for the latter. Comes with 2-year warranty.
WD My Passport 1TB USB-C portable solid state drive (opens in new tab)
$139.99 $150.00 Save $10
Has a transfer rate of up to 1,050 MB/s thanks to USB-C and USB 3.2 Gen 2 tech. Includes 256-bit AES hardware encryption for data protection. Drop resistant up to 6.5 feet. Has good backup software for protecting your data. Works with Mac and PC.
$259.99 $350.00 Save $90
How much data can you store? This drive has the space for it! Uses USB 3.0 interface for speedy data transfer and it's backwards compatible with 2.0. Works on PC and Mac but needs reformat for the latter. Comes with 2-year warranty.
WD My Passport 500GB external USB-C portable solid state drive (opens in new tab)
$79.99 $120.00 Save $40
Includes blazing-fast NVMe tech for read/write speeds up to 1,050 MB/s and 1,000 MB/s respectively. Has 256-bit AES hardware encryption to keep your data safe. Resists shocks and drops so it can endure some punishment. Has a 5-year warranty.
$59.99 $100.00 Save $40
Connects via USB 3.0 for an easy-to-use interface that has data transfer speeds up to 5 Gbps and is backwards compatible with USB 2.0. Set up automatic backup options or manage your drive with WD's free software. Works with PC and Mac.
The desktop drive is plug-and-play so is super simple to use. It is compatible with Windows right out of the box, but if you want it to work with Mac you'll have to reformat it. Remember that reformatting erases the data, so be sure to do this before you actually start using the drive.
The connection is USB 3.0. That explains its wide compatibility, and it also allows for super fast data transfers up to 5 Gbps. With all that space, you'll want some fast speeds so you can transfer everything as quickly as possible.
Use this hard drive as a backup. It should be large enough for your entire system. Since it's not internal, it can serve as a secondary place to keep all your data safe. Or you can just use it as a central location for all of your media. Keep all your photos and movies in one place.
If this WD desktop drive isn't quite right for you, be sure to check out our list of the best external drives for our top picks across a bunch of different categories.
Adam Oram is a Senior Writer at iMore. He studied Media at Newcastle University and has been writing about technology since 2013. He previously worked as an Apple Genius and as a Deals Editor at Thrifter. His spare time is spent watching football (both kinds), playing Pokémon games, and eating vegan food. Follow him on Twitter at @adamoram.
Get the best of Windows Central in in your inbox, every day!
Thank you for signing up to Windows Central. You will receive a verification email shortly.
There was a problem. Please refresh the page and try again.