Running out of space? It doesn’t matter how big your original hard drive was, because we all run out of hard drive space sooner rather than later. Whether it’s from downloading games and their huge patches, or storing videos and images, or your thousands of music files – you are always going to need more storage space.
So if you are looking to expand your storage space, you can check out our offerings. There are a number of things you need to consider before purchasing a hard drive, though. Here are a few things:
First things first, you need to ensure that you are buying a hard drive that will be compatible with the system you are going to attach it to. It should be easy enough to know whether you’re looking for Desktop Hard Drives or actually need Notebook Hard Drives, but what about the interface used to connect said hard drives?
As always, it is best to refer to your system’s manual. Though these days you don’t really need to be so worried if your PC is recently bought, as it will most likely use a SATA Hard Drive. Those who need a SAS Hard Drive are probably network administrators (as these hot swappable drives are typically used on servers) or IT professionals who already know what they need.
This could be a concern for people, as there really is no clear answer because both types of hard drives come with specific trade offs. A solid state drive (SSD) is a relatively newer technology that provides improvements over traditional mechanical hard drives, namely in terms of speed.
SSDs are extremely fast when it comes to write and read speeds, making them ideal for main OS drives, which should give you almost instantaneous bootup times when paired with a decent system. They can also be used for drives that contain games that require constant loading of data to memory – the fast access speed of SSDs greatly reduce loading and provide an overall boost in performance for games (or apps) that stream a lot of data from the disk.
The lack of moving parts also means SSDs are generally more power efficient, and will consume far less power than even “green” (power efficient) mechanical hard drives. Of course, the trade-off is that all of the performance and efficiency comes with a premium. SSDs typically cost more per gigabyte than mechanical hard drives.
Mechanical Hard Drives, on the other hand, are a great choice for people willing to sacrifice a little bit of performance for massive cost savings. Additionally, these hard drives typically come in larger capacities, so if you really want the biggest storage capacity, you’re going to have to go with this.
If not budget strapped, you can’t go wrong with choosing an SSD drive for your OS and a mechanical drive for all of your apps and games, which should give you the best of both worlds – breakneck bootup speeds and enough storage space to last you a long time.
All prices are in USD.