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Which Hard Drive Better Suits You?

Getting a hard drive can be hard - especially for someone who does not know where to start. There are different types of HDs, and various brands to choose from, which gives you a lot of selections. But when you do not know which one is the one for you, you might just be confused.

To make things easier, ask yourself the following questions to help you decide which one will truly work for you:

Is it the 3.5" or the 2.5"?

There are two different hard drive sizes: 2.5 inches and 3.5 inches. 2.5 is used in laptops and most external storage drives, whereas 3.5 is used in desktops. Keep in mind that the sizes are exclusive for one another, and are unusable internally when they are switched, but can be used externally with the proper adaptors and connectors.

Desktop hard drives need extra power, thereby they are cheaper because they are bulkier. Laptops, on the other hand, are smaller and require less power as compared to the desktop HDs.

GBs or TBs?

The typical rule to follow would be to buy the biggest hard drive that your money would give you. As technology continue to develop, files and programs would continue to grow in size, so it is probably better for you to be ready for the future. Also think about your own storage, and how you use it.

For backup drives, bigger HDs would make more sense to buy. It basically future proofs your hard drive, lets you store more files and programs, and also lessens the chance of upgrading to another one anytime sooner.

Will I use it as an external drive or an internal drive?

Some people buy a hard drive for extra storage - something that they can easily bring around with them when they go from home to the school or the office. Depending on your own preferences, you can make your own external HD to bring around with you. This is especially helpful if you have big files which you need to transport every now and then.

Laptops HDs get power through the USB ports, so you do not have any other things together with the enclosure. The enclosures have lower price tags, but HDs might cose a little more. Desktop HDs, however, are cheaper but require more expensive enclosures because of their need to have extra power supply. Also consider your own budget before you settle for an HD that you need for your works.

Andrew Johnson is an expert in electronic consumables. If you want further information about types of hard drive or are looking for a trusted computer retailer please visit

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