The following content introduces four external hard drives of 12TB. They are from Western Digital and Seagate. There is also a table comparing their compatible devices, hardware interfaces, prices, etc. to help you make your choices. Read more info about high capacity storage on MiniTool partition program website.

12 TB external hard drive is a kind of portable high-capacity storage device. With 12 terabyte disk space, it enables its users to save all kinds of data, including documentation (docs, sheets/Excels, texts/notes, etc.), videos/movies, audios/music, photos/pictures/images/graphics, and so on, while without worrying about running out of drive space.

Due to the large capacity, the external hard drive 12TB is usually used in data center or storage system servers of giant enterprises, such as Google, Dropbox and Amazon.

Next, it will introduce several popular 12 TB hard drives on Amazon.

WD Easystore 12TB External Hard Drive USB 3.0 – Black

The Easystore external hard drive 12tb adopts the 3.0 USB interface that provides an easy-to-use device connection. Also, it supports USB 2.0 of simple connections. The data transfer speed can reach 5GB per second relying on USB 3.0; especially when updating files, you can get a fast response.

Western Digital Easystore hard disk’s automatic backup feature enables you to make use of compatible software (WD Discovery software) to back up files/folders to the Server and schedule backup (monthly, daily, or even hourly). The software is also capable of managing drive settings like formatting, LED control and so on.

The flash drive is compatible with both PC and Mac for flexible installation options.

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WD Elements 12TB Hard Drive External

This 12TB HDD for desktop has the following features:

  1. USB 3.0 & USB 2.0 compatible.
  2. High-capacity add-on storage space.
  3. Plug-and-play ready for Windows PCs.
  4. Rapid read and write speed.
  5. Western Digital quality inside and out.

WD My Book Desktop 12TB External Hard Drive (WDBBGB0120HBK)

Similar to the above Western Digital Easystore 12tb hard disk, this My Book drive of 12TB also has built-in Western Digital backup software to backup users’ files automatically. Also, this WD 12TB external hard drive is compatible with Mac Time Machine.

There is hardware encryption that provides password protection, social media and cloud storage import. Western Digital My Book 12TB desktop external HDD is easy and ready to use once you take it out of the box. It has a trusted drive built with WD reliability as well as a reimagined design.

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Seagate Expansion Desktop 12TB External Hard Drive (STEB12000400)

With this larger Seagate movable storage machine, you are able to create backups as easy as drag-and-drop. Also, the setup is simple, just connect it to your computer with USB 3.0 cable and 18W power adapter, and your computer will recognize it automatically by itself.

Seagate Expansion desktop hard drive is a good storage device choice for both home and office usage. Besides PCs, it also supports Mac computers. You just need to reformat it before it is appliable to Mac OS.

Compare 12TB External Hard Drives

Now, lets put all the 12 terabyte external hard drives introduced above together and compare some main parameters/aspects of them.

WD Easystore 12TB

WD Elements 12TB

WD My Book 12 TB

Seagate Expansion 12TB

Compatible devicesDesktopDesktopDesktopDesktop/laptop
Hardware platformPC/MacPC/MacPC/MacPC
Hardware interfaceUSB 3.0, USB 2.0USB 3.0USB 3.0, USB 2.0USB 3.0, USB
Data transfer rate5GB/s140MB/s140MB/s6GB/s
Dimensions5.50 x 1.90 x 6.70 inches5.31 x 1.89 x 6.53 inches5.50 x 1.90 x 6.70 inches6.93 x 4.75 x 1.44 inches
Weight2.77 pounds2.89 pounds2.81 pounds2.09 pounds
Price on Amazon$215.64$229$249.92$241.52

After comparison, it seems that the WD Easystore 12TB external hard drive is the best storage device with the cheapest price among the four. Also, after searching the Internet, it turns out WD Easystore is one of the most popular 12TB hard drives.

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