External Hard Drive – What to Look For?

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I remember when having an external hard drive was a luxury and they were big cumbersome things you had to plug into a socket. Now everyone seems to have one and they have become a crucial part of our home life, used to backup our important data and provide storage for the gigabytes of photos we now accumulate throughout the year.But in case you are looking to buy an external hard drive, following are some points that you should consider.

Disk Space
Whether you buy a pink external hard drive or a brushed steel one, the most important aspect of the external hard drive is the amount of storage space that the disk supports should meet your requirements.The thing is people seem to be buying bigger and bigger drives now just because they are there.Yes you can buy a 2tb hard drive now from Amazon.com for under $120 which is fantastic value, but that is 2,048gb of storage, more than most people will ever use!Instead think about how much room you really need and then aim for one the next size up from what you think you need.This will ensure that you do not squander money for buying a disk where most of the storage is not going to be utilized.

Power Supply
You should also consider on how the device gets the power for functioning.Most of the smaller drives up to around 500gb will work right from your USB port on your computer which makes them extremely portable and convenient.On the other hand, owing to the larger power requirements, the bigger disks typically come with an external power supply, which make it less portable since you need access to a power socket, especially when using it with a laptop.

Software Packages
The different hard drives come with their software suites, which provide some good to have features with the drives.For instance, you have backing up software, which can backup the data on your computer and store it in the external hard drive. Also, the software does incremental backups, to ensure minimal disk space utilization and keeping the data up to date with the main drive.Yet if you backup only select files like I do, then all that fancy software gets in the way, and it is usually installed on the drive so  you can’t get rid of it too.

Information about both the drives and the software and the drive specification details, can be obtained by searching on websites like Amazon.com.Then check out the reviews as well to see what other people think about the reliability of the unit and how useful the software actually is etc.


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