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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. However, with so many options available, which one do you choose? The best news about buying computer drives is that it is not that hard to choose. As long as you stick to the following guidelines, you’ll not have to worry about getting the wrong drive or something like that. Hard disk drive versus solid state drive
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The very first point to consider is whether to choose a solid state drive (SSD) 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 are the differences between an HDD and SSD? Firstly, SSDs are faster in reading and writing data. Secondly, SSDs consume less power, which conserves energy and extends the life of laptop batteries. Thirdly, as SSDs don’t have moving parts, they don’t make noise and are more durable. The disadvantage is that they come with less storage space and are costlier than HDDs. What matters more? 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 physical size Once you’ve chosen between an SSD and HDD, you need to choose a form factor. Fortunately, there are just two options and your current setup will determine your choice. The form factors are 3.5 and 2.5-inch drives. Desktop HDDs are typically 3.5 inches and laptop HDDs are 2.5 inches. On the flip side, SSDs are much smaller because they do not need moving parts. Thus, most SSDs are usually 2.5 inches. Specs and performance In terms of storage capacity, HDDs are available in all sizes, and storage capacity is capped at 4TB because of physical limitations. SSDs, on the other hand, are far smaller and the storage capacity doesn’t go beyond 1TB. Despite that, many SDDs rarely exceed 512GB. Many factors determine the performance of a hard disk drive, but one important factor is revolutions per minute, or RPMs. The higher the RPMs the faster the transfer of data. Pricing There are various prices for computer drives that really look the same on the outside. The onus is on you to pick which factors are important to your needs as well as which drive suits those parameters. Internal vs. external The last point to take into account is where the computer drive will be housed. Will it be housed inside the casing? Or will it be set up externally? Either way, your choice will depend on your needs and preferences.