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
Based 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.
Top Ten Highest Rated 4TB External HDDs at Best Buy
Best 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.
Customers 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.
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.