Best External Hard Drives and Storage for Video Editing

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Best External Hard Drive for Video Editing List:

1. WD 4TB My Book Desktop External Hard Drive – USB 3.0

2. WD 4TB Black My Passport Ultra Portable External Hard Drive – USB 3.0

3. Toshiba Canvio Basics 1TB Portable Hard Drive

4. LaCie Rugged Mini USB 3.0 – External Hard Drive

5. LaCie Rugged Thunderbolt (Very Fast for Mac)

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In this video Sean Cannell from THiNK media TV the Best External Hard Drives and Storage for Video Editing. If you are looking for the best external hard drive for video editing check out LaCie and Western Digital. This external hard drive review covers the best hard drives for video editing, the external hard drive for mac and pc options, and overall storage and strategy for video editing. Check it out!


Jeyrik Paduga says:

Hi, where did you get your posters? They look really nice.

BrickBrosProductions says:

Awesome video! I am looking at upgrading my storage game for video production. Quick question, have you applied to be verified on YouTube? You have to have over 100k subscribers on YouTube to apply, and you definitely meet that criteria 🙂

JMordanVlog says:

Thanks for the video I am researching to review on a passport hard drive ( I am amateur)

MandrewG Creations says:

Thanks for these tips Sean, I use external hard drives as well. Mostly Toshiba 1 and 2 TB drives suite me well and have never failed me.

PridPlays says:

Make your old pc a storage server on your local network. Quite complicated to set up, but is much more secure.

Alberto Jr says:

I need an auto hard drive for my PS4 Pro system I’m just wondering what do you think I should get never had an auto hard drive have no idea how to even work


Seagate SUCKS!!! All my Seagate drives refuse to read. Nightmare!! If it was one, I can blame that hard but when all 3, after couple of years refuse to read is just horrible. Absolutely HORRIBLE. If you use Seagate, better buy another brand and copy all your files over. Because,I promise you, they will quit on you.

Zak Tech Reviews says:

I use a Seagate portable SSD Backup Plus Drive and some cloud depending if I need the footage for on the go.

omgDannytv says:

Let’s say my laptop is very slow & can hardly edit , if I get a 4Tb External hard drive & run an editing program from it , will it make it faster & smoother for me to edit ???

Your Driver Mike says:

Thinking about getting a 1TB T3 Samsung SSD for my MacBook Pro 15″, just love the matching color way w/ the space gray.

jurnagin says:

one tip is to get as many friends and family members to invest in buying hard drives to storage and trade media with, therefore you will have a backup if your drives fail by simply copying from your friends drive!!!

corey84douglass says:

who can answer this question? list three interfaces that could be used with a removable data storage unit such as an external hard drive?

Colin Clayton says:

1tb seagate hard drive. 55 dollars

Cjg Son says:

Laptop or desktop


Thanks for the help! Im currently using a HD per project. Its good until you stop labelling them and clients ask for old footage. Have you thought about cloud storage? Is this a no go area for video makers?

Intel & Nvidia SUXXZZZ!!! says:

@THiNK Media Please do consider which File System Format that you are using for your hard drive. i.e. NTFS, FAT32, ExFAT, HFS and etc.

gamerED says:

Do you put your video on YouTube then send the video from your computer to your hard drive and then delete it off your computer?

LandT Lifestyles says:

Awesome vid as usual..
I do mostly music n vlogging so my archiving is garbage lol

Alex Villalobos says:

Or you can get two 10 terabyte hard drives from sea gate and another two for back up

Ruchir Yewale says:

most portable is 1tb kingston xtrem usb pendrive

Tom Gray says:

My macbook storage keeps on duplicating and tripling any videos i record. I deleted all after uploading the ones i needed to to “free up space” and i deleted around 70GB of storage, on my 120GB s
mac so theoretically should have aroun 50Gb and taken up but for some reason i still have 118GB taken up and most of it is under the title “system” which i cannot look at/edit the storage here

Kyle Leslie says:

g technology is better than all this

Julie Jules says:

Random question if doing video and photography using Final Cut Pro how fast would 256gb Essentially last before I would run out of storage ?

MrFragologist says:

i had WD my cloud and WD my book and both crapped out after a year. never will do WD again.

Miss Effenaii says:

If I remove the hard drive from my macbook and not put in a new hard drive, will my laptop have NO data in it whatsoever? Or will some of my data and pictures still be stored in my macbook even though the hard drive is removed?! Help please!!!

Phil_Sledge says:

Sean did you ever sort out your data storage ?

Shohruh Rozikov says:

It’s really helpful info Sean

iMoreno says:

For my 5k iMac I got a 500 gb external SSD for my OS and a 1TB 7200rpm hard drive inside which I use for footage and some apps and lastly I got a 2TB external hard drive on USB 3.0 for backup

DeAndre Holland says:

Don’t get WD passport! It’ll slow your computer and sometimes won’t read.

Voss Vlogs says:

Seagate 2TB and a Lacie 2TB!


Thank you for your help! looking to start a channel.

Dennis Gaffney says:

If I still have to buy an external device to store my files what good is the cloud ? I just don’t understand ?

Tom Primo says:

If your a film student like me, you most likely don’t have too much money to spend on storage drives. I have a late 2011, 13.3 inch Macbook Pro. I just installed a 480 gb SSD. unfortunately my model doesn’t have usb 3.0 it however has Firewire 800 and Thunderbolt. Im gonna buy a 1 TB Thunderbolt external hdd to setup my scratch disks on when I edit videos.

Gary Lundgren Crafts says:

Great information!

Maybe I am old school ( yet I consider myself young at 66). I think that anything on my site, premises, or person, is not safe. It must be located offsite and off my person, to be safe.

There are many sources that offer back up and archiving. They in turn have their redundant systems. It comes at a price. You have to judge the value of that based on importance to you. Also, can you otherwise recreate the data?

You can archive to DVD, albeit limited in size, and store in a fire proof safe or, cheaper yet, in your freezer.

With the cost of external HDD’s dropping these days, an external HDD may be a more cost effective solution. Can that be stashed in a freezer?

Depending on volume needed, is offsite more cost effective and safer?

Boaz Meiri says:


Kelli Paints says:

Thank you! Massive help! 🙂

Alicia Jones says:

Really good advice! Thank you!

Jennifer McGoldrick says:

I’m just getting started with YouTube and my Mac is already out of space, after a month of footage. I’m not ready to separate from my files yet because I don’t know if I’ll ever use them again in the future. I don’t have a ton of money to spend at the moment, but maybe willing to invest in a good external drive if needed. What do you think, should I splurge for your standard External Drive? Or just part with my footage?

All my videos come from my Android phone currently, so I don’t have any SD card setups yet.

Sukhkaran Gill says:

I have Pentium(R) Dual-Core CPU in my computer with 2.0 USB port.
i want to buy a external or portable hard drive for my computer
which portable hard drive or disk support my computer ????? & how many TB hard disk best for this device??
Is port 3.0 Hard drive supportable for my device???

smartwentcrazy23 says:

Great video :). Definitely a thumbs up!! The zooming in and out makes me dizzy tho

Jimmy a Geek says:


jurnagin says:

my goal is to have a extensive Media collection of music,movies,and photos!! I want about 20TB of storage!!

So I wonder is it best to use small hard drives verses large ones?

my logic is to have as many small drives as possible, like 3 or 4 TB, that way if a drive fail you will only loose a small amount of data,

and use large drives as backup storage only!!

Vincent Douglass says:

New subscriber here!

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