Buying an External Hard Drive

Do you love to store different media on your PC? Are you running out of storage? If that’s the case, then maybe you’re thinking of buying or using an external hard drive. External hard drives give you almost unlimited storage for under a hundred dollar. With an extra one terabyte, you can save almost 800K songs or almost 250 DVD movies. If this gives you the urge to buy an external drive then continue reading to have some knowledge in buying an external hard drive.

One thing that you should know is that there are two types of external hard drives, the desktop style and the external solid-state drives.

Desktop style is used at homes and offices because it is designed to stay in one place. It comes in different sizes, from 1.8 drives to notebook sized drives. Some needs a power adapter while some operates without it. If you will be using the hard drive actively, be sure to choose a hard drive with a built-in fan for extra cooling.

External Hard Drive

On the other hand, the second type is the SSD or solid state drives. These drives are usually found in notebook styles. SSDs are not that common because of its cost per gigabyte is more expensive compared to the price of desktop styles. The range of its storage capacity is up to 512 gigabytes only. SSDs are more advisable to use internally because there is a possibility for it to be wasted if you connect it to interfaces with slower transfer rate.

Another thing that you should not forget is to be sure that the hard drive that you are going to buy has at least a USB port. Any notebook or laptop has at least one USB 2.0 port so you won’t have any troubles connecting the drive. You can also use other interfaces like FireWire and Thunderbolt which is said to have higher transfer rate.

Lastly, if you are confused if the transfer speed of the external hard drive is really important and should be considered in buying, it depends upon your interface. If your PC has USB 3.0 port, then go for a high speed drive but if you don’t have one it is better to use your money for an external hard drive with a higher storage capacity and an average speed.


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