@glitcher32 I don’t trust any hardware encryption. Look at the vulnerabilities in WD’s portable drives with hardware encryption for example. The only useful thing about it is (usually) cross-platform compatibility and maybe speed (but most CPUs have good encryption anyways nowadays). I just use FileVault because I’m on macOS only but if you’re on Linux or need cross-platform compatibility VeraCrypt works well.
@jonah @glitcher32 I fully agree with the sentiment that hardware encryption should not be trusted, use software tools. FileVault is a fine option if you are on a mac, if not most linux distros come with very good whole disk encryption capabilities (arguably the best available options these days, their auth mechanism leaves piles of room for any number of schemes). Portability is always a question mark but, you can put anything in a VM these days, so that's really not a bother on an external.