Best external drives for NVIDIA Shield TV Pro 2024

The NVIDIA Shield TV Pro is one of the best Android TV boxes, and the fact that it's still on sale today is a testament to how far ahead of its time it really was. Most TVs today come with Google TV built-in, so you don't really need an external streaming box, but they don't all necessarily offer a smooth interface and fluid experience. This is where the NVIDIA Shield TV Pro stands out.

It comes with a beefy Tegra X1+ chipset, 3GB of RAM, and can output 4K video with Dolby Vision HDR. Sadly, the internal storage is limited to 16GB only, out of which, some is used by the OS which leaves you with even lesser space. Thankfully, the Shield TV Pro has two USB 3.0 (Type-A) ports, which you can use to connect a flash drive or external hard drive and make it the best streaming device. Here are our top choices for external drives for your NVIDIA Shield TV Pro.

Expand your storage with the best external drives for the Shield TV Pro

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Choosing the best external drives for the Shield TV Pro

Whether you plan to use the external drive to replace the Shield's 16GB internal storage or to simply augment it for downloaded content from your PC to your living room TV, these are all excellent NVIDIA Shield TV Pro drives. However, if you're looking to max out your internal storage, we'd recommend using a fast SSD as the default storage option on the Shield TV Pro. The Samsung T7 SSD fits the bill perfectly, offering good thermal management for continuous operation, a rugged body, and capacities up to 2TB.

If you want to save a bit on SSD storage, the Crucial X6 drive offers similar capacities as the Samsung and the same interface, but at a lower cost. A standard portable hard drive is ideal for when you'll be doing mostly read operations from the drive, like just viewing content. If you already have a ton of offline media and would to view it on the TV, the WD Elements hard drive is a nice affordable option that comes in large capacities. Need more storage? In this case, the WD My Book external drive offers up to a maddening 22TB of storage, if you so dare.

Don't like cables dangling out of the back of your Sheild TV Pro? A simple flash drive is what you need in this case. The ADATA UV350 is a robust option thanks to the metal build, sleek design, and large capacities of up to 512GB. You can also add a bit of flair to your Shield setup with the KingSpec Z5 RGB SSD. It's fast, stylish, and flashy!

The Shield TV Pro can also double up as a great cloud gaming console, thanks to the GeForce NOW cloud game streaming service. Make sure you go and grab the best gaming controller for the Shield TV Pro for the optimal gaming experience.

Harish Jonnalagadda
Senior Editor - Asia

Harish Jonnalagadda is Android Central's Senior Editor of Asia. In his current role, he oversees the site's coverage of Chinese phone brands, networking products, and AV gear. He has been testing phones for over a decade, and has extensive experience in mobile hardware and the global semiconductor industry. Contact him on Twitter at @chunkynerd.

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