The vast majority of external hard drives utilize 5400RPM platters, and while that might be fine for backing up your files, it’s not ideal for tasks like photo editing, running applications, and expanding your game console’s storage.

Luckily, the HGST Touro S ups the ante with a 7200RPM drive, which while not as speedy as an SSD, offers a noticeable improvement over its 5400RPM cousins. I use this exact drive to store games on my Xbox One, and reap the benefits in the form of shorter loading times. [HGST Touro S 1TB, $60]


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