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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 to buy a new drive every few years, to use it as an extra hard drive or replace an old one. But which hard drive do you pick, with so many options available? The best thing about shopping for hard drives is that it’s not that difficult. Provided you follow the guidelines below, you won’t have to deal with getting the wrong drive or anything of the kind. SSD vs. HDD
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The very first point to take into account is whether you prefer a solid state drive (SSD) or not. While an SSD works just like a hard disk drive (HDD), it has its own benefits and drawbacks.
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So, what are the differences between an HDD and SSD? First, solid state drives read and write information faster. Secondly, SSDs use less power, conserving energy and extending the battery life of laptops. 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 is 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 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. Laptop HDDs are normally 2.5 inches while desktop HDDs are 3.5 inches. In contrast, SSDs are even smaller as they don’t 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. Even so, many SSDs hardly exceed 512 GB. Many factors influence hard disk drive performance, but one vital factor is RPMs (revolutions per minute. A higher RPMs equals faster data transfer. Price There’s a wide variety of prices for drives that look really similar on the outside. It’s your responsibility to decide on factors that are essential to your needs as well as drives that fit your parameters. Internal versus external The last point to take into account is where the computer drive will be housed. Will it be housed within the casing? Or will it be used externally? Either way, what you choose will be determined by your needs and preferences.