Best External Drives for the NVIDIA Shield TV Pro Android Central 2020
The new NVIDIA Shield TV Pro is the best Android streaming box that money can buy right now. It comes with a beefy Tegra X1+ chipset and 3GB of RAM, but the internal storage is limited at 16GB. If that doesn't sound like enough storage space for your media needs, you can make use of the NVIDIA Shield TV's USB ports and mount an external storage device to easily expand your available storage.
- Best value: Seagate Portable External Hard Drive 5TB
- Store everything: Western Digital My Passport Ultra 4TB
- Affordable storage: Western Digital My Passport 4TB
- NVIDIA approved: SanDisk Extreme Pro USB 3.1 Solid State Flash Drive
- Nothing flashy: Toshiba Canvio Basics 4TB
- Faster than fast: Seagate Barracuda Fast SSD
- Not just for gamers: WD Black P10 5TB
- Value pick: SanDisk Ultra Fit USB 3.1 Flash Drive
- Durable and reliable: Samsung Bar Plus USB 3.0 Flash Drive
- Quick and easy: PNY Turbo Attaché 4 256GB
- Plug and forget: Samsung FIT Plus 256GB
- Store it all: PNY Pro Elite 512GB
Looking to get the best value for your money? Then the 5TB Seagate Portable drive should be your go-to choice. The drive works over USB 3.0, easily pairs to your Shield TV, and gives you better gigabyte-to-dollar value than the rest of the options listed here.
Western Digital's My Passport Ultra external hard drive is one of the best you'll find in the market today, and this particular option gives you 4TB of storage. Considering how much you're paying for it, this is one of the best deals around if you're looking to maximize the storage on your Shield TV.
If for whatever reason the Western Digital My Passport Ultra is unavailable, you'll want to take a look at the regular My Passport option. It has the same USB 3.0 connectivity and 256-bit AES encryption but costs less for the same 4TB option. That makes it a stellar deal if you're looking for an external drive.
The SanDisk Extreme Pro is one of the few flash drives that NVIDIA specifically recommends for use with the NVIDIA Shield. The solid-state performance here will give you "extreme" read/write speeds, which is ideal for streaming media. We'll recommend the 128GB model but there's a larger 256GB model that's also available if you want to double up.
The Canvio Basics hard drive from Toshiba provides a plug-and-play experience, along with varying storage sizes. With USB 3.0, it will work perfectly with your Shield TV Pro (2019) and includes a one-year limited warranty from Toshiba.
Standard hard drives are great and all, but if you want faster speeds then you definitely want a solid-state drive (SSD). The Seagate Barracuda Fast SSD offers up to 2TB of storage, works with all of your devices, and even has a nifty accent light for added effect. Plus, Seagate includes a USB-C to USB-A cable in the box so you can plug it into the Shield TV Pro.
Although the WD Black P10 was designed with gamers in mind, you can use this hard drive for anything you need. With up to 5TB of storage, the P10 will be able to house just about anything, from games to movies and much more.
If you're looking to keep things tidy in your home entertainment setup, you'll want to get this ultra-slim flash drive from SanDisk. It's available in your choice of storage size, but you're best off going with the 128GB to maximize your value.
Samsung's BAR flash drive is made from metal and designed with a built-in key ring. These sleek and portable flash drives are perfect for use with your Shield and beyond. We've linked below to the 128GB version, but you'll also find the same style available with 32GB and 64GB on the product page.
On the surface, the PNY Turbo Attaché 4 may not look super flashy, but you'll get USB 3.0 onboard for fast transfer speeds. And if 256GB is too much, PNY offers this thumb drive in various sizes starting at 32GB. And it has the added benefit of being backward compatible with USB 2.0 devices if you need to transfer items between an older computer and the Shield.
Although the Samsung FIT Plus features USB 3.1 speeds, it is backward compatible with the Shield TV Pro (2019) and it's USB 3.0 ports. You'll get fast transfer speeds and a design that allows you to plug it in and forget about. This thumb drive is even water and shockproof just in case the Shield TV Pro falls off your entertainment center.
Usually, thumb drives are limited in their capacity due to their size. That's not a problem with the PNY Pro Elite. This thumb drive offers various storage sizes up to 1TB, although the 512GB version will house up to almost 30 hours of 4K UHD video content. With the Pro Elite, you won't be disappointed when it's time to add some more videos to your Shield TV Pro.
It's easy to expand the storage on your Shield TV Pro
These are the best drives whether you plan to use them to replace the Shield's 16GB hard drive or use it to download content from your PC files to your living room TV. If you're looking to max out your internal storage, we'd recommend the 5TB Seagate Portable External Hard Drive. For what you finally pay for 5TB of storage, it is an absolute steal.
Do note that if you decide to mount and use a USB drive as internal storage for your NVIDIA Shield, it will format the drive and wipe it clean and you will need to reformat again to use it with a different device. Alternatively, NVIDIA recommends selecting the "removable storage" option if you're using the drive for transferring or watching media content. We'd also recommend the SanDisk Extreme Pro USB 3.1 Solid State Flash Drive due to the fact that it's one of the few external storage options actually recommended by NVIDIA.
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