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Five Points to Consider Before Buying a Computer Hard Drive Hard drives are crucial components of modern computers. It’s recommended that you buy a new drive every couple of years, to replace an old one or use as an extra hard drive. But which hard drive do you pick, with so many options available? The best news about buying computer drives is that it is not that hard to choose. So long as you stick to the following guidelines, you shouldn’t have to worry about purchasing the wrong drive or anything of the sort. SSD vs. HDD
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The very first thing to consider is whether you want an SSD (solid state drive) or not. Although an SSD functions just like a HDD (hard disk drive), it comes with its own pros and cons.
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So, what’s the difference between SSD and HDD? First, solid state drives read and write information faster. Secondly, SSDs need less power, conserving energy and lengthening the battery life of a laptop. Thirdly, since SSDs do not have moving parts, they do not make noise and last longer. The con is that they have less storage capacity and are costlier than HDDs. What’s more important? If price’s a problem or you only need a backup drive, purchase a traditional hard disk drive. However, if the drive will be used to run an OS or contain plenty of constantly-accessed files and applications, particularly video games, pick an SSD instead. Interface and size Once you’ve chosen between an SSD and HDD, you need to choose a form factor. Luckily, only two options are available and your current setup will dictate your choice. 2.5 and 3.5-inch drives are the two form factors. Desktop HDDs are typically 3.5 inches and laptop HDDs are 2.5 inches. In contrast, SSDs are even smaller as they don’t need moving parts. Therefore, most SSDs tend to be 2.5 inches. Specs and performance In terms of data volume, there are all sizes of HDDs, with storage capacity limited to 4TB because of physical restrictions. On the other hard, solid state drives are much smaller, with the storage capacity not exceeding 1TB. Even so, many SSDs hardly exceed 512 GB. Many factors determine the performance of a hard disk drive, but one important factor is revolutions per minute, or RPMs. A higher RPMs equals faster data transfer. Cost There are many different prices for drives that have the same physical appearance. It’s your call to choose which factors matter to your requirements and to choose a drive that suits those parameters. External vs. internal The last point to take into account is where the computer drive will be housed. Will it be used within the casing? Or will it be used externally? Either way, your choice will depend on your needs and preferences.

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