Best 4 Terabyte (4TB) External Hard Drives Based on Customer Ratings

Last Updated: December 2015

As external hard drives become increasingly popular, there are more 4 Terabyte models available than ever before. We researched the highest rated models from multiple online sources to find out which ones were preferred by customers. Unsurprisingly, Amazon had the widest range to choose from, so we included their top 20 drives.  We follow that with the top ten from Best Buy, and round out the list with the top models from Tiger Direct. If you need an even higher capacity drive, check out our 6TB hard drive buying guide.

Top 4TB External HDD Ratings from Amazon

Amazon 4TB HDDsBased on Amazon customer reviews, these are our top 20 best rated 4TB external HDDs on the site. Listed here from the best rated to the lowest. We assigned our ratings based on customer reviews and ratings. The clear standout is the Samsung model with 4.8 stars out of 5, with the next highest rated models being the Seagate and LaCie at 4.5/5. Three other models follow at 4.4, two of which are also made by LaCie, and one by Fantom.  Here is the complete list.

Name                               Rating
SAMSUNG D3 Station 4TB USB 3.0 3.5″ Desktop External Hard Drive STSHX-D401TDB (Black) 4.8
Seagate Backup Plus Fast 4TB Portable External Hard Drive USB 3.0 STDA4000100 4.5
LaCie 2big Quadra USB 3.0 4TB External Hard Drive (9000316) 4.5
Fantom Gforce3 4TB USB 3.0 External Hard Drive (GF3B4000U) 4.4
LaCie d2 Quadra v3 4TB External Hard Drive (9000258U) 4.4
LaCie Porsche Design P’9233 USB 3.0 4TB Desktop Drive (9000385) 4.4
WD My Book 4 TB USB 3.0 Hard Drive with Backup 4.2
Seagate Backup Plus 4TB Desktop External Hard Drive with Mobile Device Backup USB 3.0 (STDT4000100) 4.2
Seagate Backup Plus 4TB Desktop External Hard Drive for Mac with Mobile Device Backup USB 3.0 (STDU4000100) 4.2
Fantom 4 TB 7200 RPM USB 3.0/2.0 External Hard Drive with 3-Year Warranty (GF3B4000UP) 4.2
Fantom Professional GFP4000Q3 4TB 7200 RPM USB 3.0/eSATA/Firewire 400/800 Aluminum External Hard Drive 4.2
Seagate Expansion 4TB Desktop External Hard Drive USB 3.0 (STBV4000100) 4.1
Fantom Drives GreenDrive Quad Interface 4TB eSATA/FireWire 800/400 USB 2.0 External Hard Drive (GD4000Q) 4
Seagate Backup Plus 4TB Desktop External Hard Drive USB 3.0 (STCA4000100) 3.9
Fantom 4TB GreenDrive eSATA USB 2.0 External Hard Drive (GD4000EU) 3.8
BUFFALO DriveStation 4 TB USB 3.0 Desktop Hard Drive (HD-LC4.0U3) 3.8
WD My Cloud Mirror personal cloud storage 4TB – Double-safe storage. Anywhere access (WDBZVM0040JWT-NESN) 3.7
Fantom Drives 4TB GForce3 USB 3.0/eSATA Aluminum External Hard Drive (GF3B4000EU) 3.7
WD My Book Studio USB 3.0 4TB Desktop Storage for Mac with Metal Enclosure 3.7
BUFFALO DriveStation Axis 4 TB USB 3.0 Dekstop Hard Drive – HD-LB4.0TU3 3.7

 

Top Ten Highest Rated 4TB External HDDs at Best Buy

Best Buy 4TB HDDsBest Buy customers rated two drives at 4.8 out of 5- One of the Seagate Backup Plus models, and the G-Drive model by G-Technology.  The rest of the list is comprised of Western Digital (WD) and other Seagate models.  Here is the complete top ten list, with the best rated at the top.

Name                                  Rating
Seagate – Backup Plus 4TB External USB 3.0/2.0 Hard Drive – Black 4.8
G-Technology – G-DRIVE 4TB External FireWire 800/400 and USB 3.0/2.0 Hard Drive – Silver 4.8
WD – My Book 4TB External USB 3.0 Hard Drive – Black 4.7
WD – My Book 4TB External USB 3.0/2.0 Hard Drive 4.7
Seagate – Backup Plus Fast 4TB External USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive – Black 4.7
Seagate – Backup Plus 4TB External USB 3.0/2.0 Hard Drive 4.6
WD – My Book Thunderbolt Duo 4TB External Dual-Drive Hard Drive – Silver 4.3
WD – My Cloud 4TB Personal Cloud Storage External Hard Drive (NAS) – White 4.2
Seagate – Central 4TB External Ethernet Shared Storage 4.2
WD – My Cloud Mirror 4TB Personal Cloud Network-Attached Storage Device – White 3.9

 

Best 4TB Hard Drives from TigerDirect

Tiger Direct 4TB HDDsCustomers on TigerDirect seemed overall more likely to give a drive they liked a 5 out of 5 stars rating. This may be due in part to the lower number of ratings overall compared to Best Buy and Amazon.  Four LaCie models comprise the top of the list at 5 star ratings, accompanied by the MicroNet Fantom model. Here is the complete list, ranked from highest to lowest.

Name                               Rating
MicroNet Fantom Gforce3 4TB External HDD -USB 3.0 & eSATA Interface, Aluminum, Local & Cloud Backup Software – GF3B4000EU 5
LaCie d2 Quadra USB 3.0 – Hard drive – 4 TB – external ( desktop ) – FireWire 800 / USB 3.0 / eSATA-300 – 7200 rpm 5
LaCie 2big Quadra – Hard drive array – 4 TB – 2 bays – 2 x 2 TB – FireWire 800, USB 3.0 (external) 5
LaCie Porsche Design P’9230 – Hard drive – 4 TB – external ( desktop ) – USB 3.0 5
LaCie d2 – Hard drive – 4 TB – external ( desktop ) – USB 3.0 / Thunderbolt – 7200 rpm 5
Fantom GreenDrive3 4TB External Drive – USB 3.0 Interface, Plug and Play, PC and Mac Compatible (GD4000U3) 4.5
Seagate Expansion 4TB External Desktop HDD – 3.5″ Form Factor, USB 3.0 – STBV4000100 4.5
WD My Book 4TB Desktop Hard Drive – USB 3.0 Interface – WDBFJK0040HBK-NESN 4.5
Fantom MD3U4000 Gforce3 MegaDisk External Hard Drive – 4TB, 2x 2TB 3.5″ HDDs, USB 3.0, RAID, Aluminum 2.5

 

Conclusion

Due to the wide range of models offered on each of these venues, there were not any clear standout drive models across all stores. The only brand that appeared on each venue near the top of each list was LaCie. Depending on where you choose to buy, the popular brands otherwise vary quite a bit.

We recommend choosing the 4TB external HDD that meets your needs by comparing the high ratings to the price to determine overall value. Take note of the description to make sure the external drive is compatible with your system. Most of these models are PC compatible, but some are designed for Macs. Read the customer reviews to learn details about the drives you are interested in before making your final decision.

Sources: Amazon.com, Bestbuy.com, Tigerdirect.com

 

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