“Works with Hey Google” and “Works with Chromebook” are some catchy terms and we get excited every time we see big-name accessory makers jump on the bandwagon to show official support for Chrome OS and Assistant-enabled products. Long before the “Works with Chromebook” branding was even a thing, WD and SanDisk have been on our list of Chrome OS-friendly storage options. While Chromebooks have come a long way in the area of available storage, many users still want or need a removable hard drive to transfer and back up large files and portable drives from the aforementioned makers are great options.
If you’ve picked up a new Chromebook for the holiday season and you’re looking for an external storage option that “just works,” Best Buy has a wide variety of options available from WD and SanDisk right now that can save you as much as $220 depending on your specific storage needs. From 250GB to 5TB and more, you can pick up these Chrome OS-compatible for as little as $60 and ensure that you never run out of space while keeping your Chromebook’s hard drive nice and tidy. We use the SanDisk Extreme Pro on a daily basis. It is rugged, compact and makes the perfect travel companion for us to store and move all of our large video and image files. The 1TB model of the SanDisk Extreme retails for $240 but you can pick it up for $149.99 at the moment. If you need more storage than that, the 2TB model is $220 off of its regular $450 MSRP. That’s some serious savings on a serious portable hard drive.
WD, like SanDisk, is part of Western Digital’s lineup of products and the My Passport series from WD is one of the first computer accessories to carry the actual “Works with Chromebook” badge on its box. Don’t let that confuse you. This was added post-production because the My Passport hard drives have worked with Chrome OS for as long as I can remember. This badge is just Google’s way of ensuring customers that a given product has been tested and approved to work with Chromebooks. The latest My Passport models lose the rugged design that the SanDisk offers but you get the same USB-C connectivity and storage options. The less-rugged design results in a lower cost which is great if you don’t plan on toting your drive around with you. No sense in paying for that extra rigidity if you don’t need it. There are larger My Passport devices too that live on your desktop should you want something more permanent. The portable My Passport SSD is so good that it made our gear of the year list. Check out the entire lineup of WD drives on sale at Best Buy.