The digital revolution has brought with it the need to store vast amounts of data. The new Hard disks are ready to take the challenge. The good news is, these Hard disks with higher capacity are affordable. Thanks to a very competitive market and demanding consumers.
Hard disk technology is suitable for the bandwidth demands of today’s applications. The 7200 rpm hard disk drives with a minimum storage space of 40 GB and above are now more common than ever before.
The demand for storage in PCs has boomed. With a lot of multimedia files being used today, including MP3, Flash files and movies–even today’s entry level 40 GB hard disks aren’t enough for users. On the other hand, 80 – 400 GB, 7200 rpm drives are also available and are preferred by professionals.
Depending on your need, you should select the proper hard drive. Ask yourself few questions, before going for the selection of new hard drive. This strategy will be useful in long run.
Think of the following points.
Hard drive storage capacity, speed, brand and price.
First select the Hard drive storage capacity.
- Also what software, you will loading in your computer.
- What type of files, you will be loading.
If you are a basic computer user, go for the 40 GB hard drive which is sufficient for OS and file storage. The text files require very less storage space however multimedia files require large storage space.
If you are a gamer or a graphic designer, go for minimum 80 / 120 GB hard drive.
If you are movie or song lover who would be storing lot of movies then go for higher capacity of 240 GB depending on your budget.
Let us select the proper speed. The most common speeds which are available in the market are 5400 and 7200 RPM. The 5400 RPM means hard disk will be rotating at a speed of 5400 revolutions per minute.
Now there is not much price difference between 5400 and 7200 rpm. It is better to go for 7200 RPM hard drive.
It is better to go for standard brand. Seagate, Maxtor, Western Digital, Samsung & Hitachi are the standard brands available in the market.
The above suggestions are for your internal hard drives.
If you have to carry data frequently, you can go for external hard drive. These drives can be connected to computer through USB port. There is absolutely no difference between external hard drive and internal hard drive if you consider the operation or drive mechanics. USB interface has made external hard drive installation very user friendly.
External hard drives give lot of portability. However these external hard drives have higher access time compared to desktop drive because of USB interface. But because of USB interface, CPU utilization is less in the range of 8.4 to 10. This means less load on CPU.
Iomega, Freecom, Transcend are some of the manufacturers of external hard drives. These drives require external power supply and are most suitable for desktop use. When you are selecting external hard drive, check whether the manufacturer is offering a carry bag, data cable and power supply if it is externally powered.