Who could have thought that there would come a time when we wouldn’t have to ram files onto our computers’ hard drives to store them?
Who would have thought that cloud computing would be so advanced that we wouldn’t necessarily need hard drives to store data?
With the unlimited amount of storage space floating in the ether, you can safely store any amount of data in the cloud. For example, instead of buying a 500 GB external hard drive, you can rent the same amount of space on Dropbox, One Drive or Copy, and you’d have sorted all your data storage needs.
Technology advancement has its own perks, but how sure are we that our data files are completely safe in the cloud?
Even if it’s as completely reliable as touted, there comes a time when your internet speed brusquely waters down. If you don’t have an offline backup plan, you’ll certainly have a hard time accessing some of your files.
That’s where external hard drives come handy. Even with the gushing technology, there’s no way external hard drives can be completely expunged from the high-tech cosmos.
With that in mind, we took some time to examine some of hallmarks that make an external hard drive reliable. And from the results we mustered, here are the three things to look for while shopping for an external hard drive.
The storage capacities of external hard drives run the gamut from a few GB to 8TB or even more. Anything above 1TB is enough to store a descent amount of data, but anything above that would be appreciated.
From the look of it, most computers nowadays arrive with about 250GB and 750 GB of internal storage space. Depending on the amount of data you’re planning to store, you may want to add an external hard drive to increase the storage space or for back up purposes only.
There are various types of USB connectors, but the most common one is the USB 2.0 port. Although USB 2.0 is good enough to cater for moderate data storage needs, USB 3.0 can be a good choice is the transfer speed is of the essence on the external hard drive you want to buy.
So whether or not your PC supports it, we suggest you go for USB 3.0 (or SuperSpeed USB 3.0 as also known).
Because eventually, you’ll have to replace your PC and it’s just a matter of time before the USB 2.0 are completely scrapped off the face of the earth.
Another thing, most computers with USB 2.0 ports are almost snugly compatible with USB 3.0 externals. Meaning, they can still serve you until you’re well enough to upgrade to a computer with USB 3.0 ports.
Solid State Drive (SSD)
If your pockets are deeper enough, you can opt for an SSD. Compared to the other middling hard drives, it is way faster when transferring data.
It has no moving parts as it doesn’t employ the spinning mechanism. They are commonly found in notebooks, and are a bit smaller when compared to the regular HDDs.
They are also favored for their good shock resistance, but are a bit slower when connected via USB 2.0 port.
They’re not popular because they’re costly—3 times costlier than the regular HDD hard drives of matching capacities.
Create some kind of Automatic Backup
You need an external hard drive for backing up your files. But what if you forget to use it and your machine breaks down shortly thereafter?
Well, that’s where an automatic backup comes handy. You won’t need to worry about backing up manually as you can set you’re an auto for your machine.
The only problem is that it can slow down the performance of your unit, as it usually takes thirty minutes more time to back up your files.
A simple trick would be to set the machine such that it can only be backing up your files at the end of the day when you’re not using it.