Apple was begging, but ultimately the basic Mac setup starts in the 256 GB of internal storage. However, this is still a small amount for many users and the price for the expansion options offered by the company is high. Two solutions remain: space in the cloud or space on external hard drives and SSDs.

Those in Cupertino have their own cloud storage service: iCloud. 5 GB for backups and archives comes with each Apple ID. That’s quite a bit compared to Google One’s free 15 GB, for example, but for $ 0.99 per month they can be upgraded to 50 GB.


Google drive

drop box

a reader


5 GB

15 GB

2 GB

5 GB

50 GB

0.99 € / month

100 GB

€ 1.99 / month

200 GB

€ 2.99 / month

€ 2.99 / month

2.00 euros / month

1 TB

€ 69 / year

(Microsoft 365 Personal)

2 TB

€ 9.99 / month

€ 9.99 / month

€ 11.99 / month

The prices of iCloud compared to other cloud storage services are quite similar, although it is convenient to take a look at the features offered by each proposal to see which one is the one that best suits our needs since, for example, with Microsoft 365 Personal we will have 1 TB of space on OneDrive and access to the company’s office suite for 69 euros per year. On the other hand, Google Drive is very versatile, easy to use and integrates with other platforms / apps.

The other, more classic alternative is storage on external disks. Portable hard drives and SSDs are still at the foot of the gun despite the rise of cloud storage due to its better value for money, and if we choose a compact model we can take it with us without too many complications.

Is external storage better than cloud storage? This is not an easy question to answer, but rather than determining whether one option is more valid than another, it would be better to say that they are complementary. Invest 0.99 euro or 1.99 euro per month for more space in iCloud or Google Drive for files to which we want to have access on any device with an Internet connection can be supplemented with an external hard drive or SSD of 1TB or more.

External hard drives and SSDs for Mac

Toshiba Canvio Basics

One of Amazon’s best-selling portable external hard drives is the Toshiba Canvio Basics ($ 40.76), a 2.5 “model with a matte finish design and a USB 3.0 port with 1TB of internal storage. It has an approximate weight of 149 grams and its dimensions are 10.9 x 7.8 x 1.4 cm.

Toshiba Canvio Basics 2.5 inch (1TB) USB 3.0 Portable External Hard Drive Black

WD elements

Another of Amazon’s top-rated and best-selling external hard drives is the WD Elements ($ 60). With an approximate weight of 131 grams and dimensions of 11.05 x 8.2 x 1.5 cm, it has 2 TB of storage and a USB 3.0 port. It is preconfigured in NTFS but can be easily formatted for use with macOS.

WD Elements 2TB Portable External Hard Drive with USB 3.0, Black

Seagate One Touch

Another portable external hard drive that stands out for its adjusted price / quality ratio, the 1TB Seagate One Touch (52.86 euros). It has USB 3.0, an approximate weight of 148 grams and dimensions of 1.17 x 7.8 x 11.48 cm. Its data transfer speed is around 120MB per second.

Seagate One Touch, 1TB, External hard drive, Black, USB 3.0, PC, Mac, 1 year Mylio Create, 4 months Adobe Creative Cloud, 2 years Rescue Services, Amazon Special Edition (STKB1000410)

WD My passport

One Western Digital proposition that’s also garnering good reviews is the WD My Passport. Its 5 TB version (102.15 euros) has dimensions of 10.72 x 7.49 x 1.9 cm and an approximate weight of 209 grams. It works out of the box with Windows but can be easily formatted for macOS via Disk Utility. It has a sleek design and is compatible with WD Discovery tools.

WD My Passport WDBPKJ0050BBK-WESN – Portable Hard Drive, Black (Black), 5 TB

SanDisk Extreme SSD

We switch to external SSDs with the SanDisk Extreme 1TB portable SSD (160.33 euros), a water and dust resistant model that stands out for its robust design and transfer speeds of up to 1050 MB / s. It can withstand (according to the manufacturer) drops of up to two meters. It has a hole to attach it to a carabiner.

SanDisk Extreme 1TB Portable SSD – NVMe, USB-C, Hardware Encrypted, up to 1050MB / s, Water and Dust Resistant

Crucial X6

An SSD that fits in the palm of your hand. The Crucial X6 (132.90 euros) is an SSD weighing close to 40 grams and dimensions of 6.9 x 1.1 x 6.4 cm. It has a capacity of 1TB with a transfer speed of up to 540MB / s and connects to computers via USB-C 3.2.

Crucial CT1000X6SSD9 X6 1TB portable SSD, up to 540MB / s, USB 3.2, external SSD, USB-C

HIKVISION portable external SSD

If you’re looking for something cheap, fast, and don’t need a lot of GB, HIKVISION’s 128 GB proposal ($ 32.99) is very compact, weighs just 36.5 grams, and stores away. easily in a trouser pocket. The manufacturer guarantees that it is water and dust resistant (IP55) and connects via USB-C 3.1 to devices.

HIKVISION 128GB Portable SSD T100I External Hard Drive, Read Speed ​​Up to 540MB / s, USB 3.2 / USB 3.1 Type C – External SSD (White)

Samsung T7 portable SSD

Protect your most important data with your fingerprint and the 1TB Samsung T7 portable SSD (184.69 euros). It stands out with its metallic design, that cable in the palm of your hand and its sequential read and write speed of 1000MB / s. It features Motion LED lighting so you can see what the driver is doing. SSD at a glance.

Samsung T7 1TB Portable SSD (USB 3.2 Gen.2, up to 1050MB / s) Black Metallic

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