Can any brand of external hard drive be used with any laptop?


Jan 7, 2012
I know this may sound stupid but I'm clueless with this stuff,

If I have a dell laptop, can I use any brand of external hard drive to back it up?
Yep, any drive that has the appropriate connection type. For example, if you plan to connect the drive to one of your USB ports, then you need to buy a drive with a USB connection (but it doesn't matter which brand).

Pay attention to the specifics of the type of port on your computer. For example, if you have a USB 3.0 port on your computer then you'll want to make sure you get a USB 3.0 drive so that you can take advantage of the higher transfer rates that USB 3.0 offers.