Easy Tips for Choosing a Hard Drive – Pc or laptop users definitely need a hard drive to store files in it. Hard disks are needed by laptop users so that the hard disk capacity is limited. Choosing the best hard drive is not an easy thing, because you have to pay attention to its quality so that it is not easily damaged. Here are the right tips in choosing a hard drive
1. System Operation
OS X and Windows operating systems use different file systems (HFS+ and NTFS) so most manufacturers also build external HDDs specifically for both platforms.
While OS X can read files on an NTFS-formatted hard disk, you can’t edit or write to them. Therefore, make sure in which operating system the hard disk will be used.
To find out how much hard disk capacity you need, try using this easy calculation: A 500 GB hard disk will hold about 100 thousand photos taken with a 6 MP camera and 125 thousand songs with 128 Kbps MP3 quality. Higher quality photos and music will of course require more capacity.
From this estimate you should be able to calculate how much capacity you need so you don’t buy a hard disk with a lower capacity than needed.
Meanwhile, if you have more money, it is highly recommended to buy an external hard disk with a large enough capacity because you will definitely need it someday.
3. Rotation Speed
The next thing to consider is the rotational speed of a hard disk disk. The reason is, this greatly affects the speed of writing and reading data.
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A hard disk that spins at 7200 RPM will provide much better performance than a 5400 RPM hard disk. Even some of the latest hard disks are currently capable of spinning at a speed of 10,000 RPM.
After you determine the capacity and speed of the hard disk you want, it is time to determine how the hard disk is connected to the computer. Currently most hard disks use a USB port to connect to a computer, which consists of USB 3.0 and USB 2.0.
USB 3.0 is capable of delivering speeds of 5 Gbps which is much faster than USB 2.0 at 480 Mbps. Interestingly, USB 3.0 can also still be used on computers that only have a USB 2.0 port.
There is also a hard disk that uses a connection via the thunderbolt port which is able to deliver data speeds that are twice as fast as USB 3.0.
All the latest laptops and computers from Apple already have a thunderbolt port, and some Windows laptops have started to provide it too. Unfortunately, the price of a hard disk with a thunderbolt connection is still very expensive for now.