With the increasing amount of content, both online and offline, people are always found craving for more storage space in their computers and laptops. They try to cram up their internal hard drives with movies, songs, pictures and various other sorts of content that takes up a good amount of space on their machines. Now, to squeeze up data in given space you can either compress it or simply delete it. Or you can buy an external storage drive. Obvious, isn’t it? But before one outreaches the market for their external storage device, it is important to evaluate and consider a few parameters, defined by your need. To assist with your purchase, we jot down a few tips that’ll serve as a buying guide to all.
The first and foremost step to consider before buying an external storage drive is to do some homework. A person first needs to evaluate his needs and identify the capacity he’d need. There is an external storage option available anywhere between 500GB and a whopping, 5000GB. So, before you pick up your option, it is important that you realize the capacity you’ll need. So far, 1TB has emerged as the hottest selling option which is an ideal choice with ample amount of space, balancing price.
Types of external storage drives
Before you shop for your external drive, it is important you learn about their types and figure out the one that suits your needs.
SSDs: Solid State Drives are the most trending external storage option among the lot. They come with a handsome price tag and provide you with a better speed and smooth data transfer facility. SSDs are smaller and lighter than HDD based drives and are thus convenient to roam around with. They are also way more secure as they are less prone to damage in an event of shock or impact. But they are limited on storage capacity and cost per GB is very high.
HDDs: Another category is the external HDDs (Hard Disk Drive). They come cheaper in comparison to SSDs, but are prone to shocks. One needs to be slightly careful with it. A user has to pay one third of the SSD cost a for an HDD, especially when the requirement is of an immense capacity. The price difference occurs as both the drives are based onto different technologies, but offer the same luxury in their best possible ways. HDD based drives are rugged too nowadays, but not as much resistant.
Personal Cloud: This one’s a new category. A personal cloud lets one create their own network where a “cloud device” stores all the content. This device is connected to the network and its data accessible pan-network and globally, if the network is connected to the internet. Back home, sharing and transferring becomes a wireless affair and is done on a small level, unlike Google’s and Amazon cloud storage. Make sure you have a secure internet connection for remote access of your cloud device.
Portability (Size and weight)
A buyer should also look out for the portability of the device as most of the people prefer carrying around their storage devices along with their laptops. If it’s a small external storage device that you seek and if the portability is on top your list, then we’d suggest you opt for SSDs. However, HDD based drives are also getting slimmer and sleeker these days. We see manufacturers working on the design aspect and offering a lean drives to the users
The speed of a storage disk depends on the technology it is based upon and its interface which is the communication mode between the storage device and your computer. There are external storage drives based on RAID 0 (redundant array of independent disks) and RAID 1 storage technology. RAID 1 is preferable as its mirroring techniques provides the user with redundancy and fault tolerance. However, RAID 0 allows faster transfer rates.
Moving on, the external drives connect to the machines via USB port, sending the data to and fro using the interface. The latest is USB 3.0 that allows the data to travel between the computer and external drive at over 100 mbps. Speed is a prominent aspect of an external drive that needs to be taken under consideration whilst buying a new storage device.
It is essential for the user to evaluate the transfer rates of the storage drive. Long transfer rates get a bit irritating and also slow down your machine during the transfer of large files. So, when you plan out to buy a hard drive, take a look at the specification listing the RPM (Rotations Per Minute). For example, a 7,200 RPM drive will transfer data about 33 percent faster than 5,400 RPM drive.
Storage Drives are not all about storing your data, but also securing them from being misplaced or corrupted. The drive should only be treated as a device where you can cram up all your data, but also a secure medium and a safe data back-up & retrieval option. It may cost you a bit extra but gives you a priceless thing called peace of mind.