Best external hard drives & SSDs for Chromebox 2024

ASUS Chromebox 4
ASUS Chromebox 4 (Image credit: Ara Wagoner / Android Central)

Chromeboxes aren't laptops. You're not tossing one into a backpack and setting it up at Starbucks. Instead, it sits quietly behind a screen of some sort and is always ready. That means there's no reason to try and get by with 16 or 32GB of storage. Most models are easy to take apart and upgrade if you're the DIY type, but adding more storage is as easy as plugging in a cable. These are the best external hard drives and SSDs for your Chromebox.

Adding extra storage to a Chromebox is easy

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Chromeboxes make great computers for plenty of people. In households with kids, they're the perfect desktop computer for homework and attached to your TV, they bring the internet and everything that comes with it to your big screen.

Connecting an external drive to your Chromebox is easy, thanks to Chrome OS working well with many file systems. Most external drives these days will basically be plug-and-play, which makes them easy and convenient for anyone to set up and use. If you want something cheap that you plug in and "it just works" then your best value comes from the WD My Passport, which gets you 1TB of storage for roughly $50.

If you don't mind some easy assembly, a Samsung 860 2.5-inch SSD installs into a Sabrent 2.5-inch hard drive enclosure for faster read and write speeds, while one of the NVMe options in an NVMe-based external enclosure can be even quicker.

In any case, adding storage to your Chromebox is really simple and anyone can do it.

Jerry Hildenbrand
Senior Editor — Google Ecosystem

Jerry is an amateur woodworker and struggling shade tree mechanic. There's nothing he can't take apart, but many things he can't reassemble. You'll find him writing and speaking his loud opinion on Android Central and occasionally on Twitter.