Things you need to know before buying a storage drive

Your computer might be running low on storage. You might be seeing combinations of terms like SSD, USB, Type C and so on. Manufacturers toss these words together and things get pretty confusing. Nobody likes to sit on a computer whole day waiting for files to slowly transfer. Nobody ever celebrates when their hard drive dies. Nor does anyone want their digital files stolen and exposed to strangers.

Do you know the funny thing about the problems I mentioned above is that, they can be mostly prevented. Here are some things you need to keep in mind before buying a portable storage drive

Why do you need a USB 3.1 in your life?

The key difference in USB standards, 2.0, 3.0, 3.1 is how much time you need to spend waiting for things to get done. USB 3.0 gained a significant speed boost from 2.0.

While USB 3.1 might sound to be a minor update, it actually doubles the transfer rate from USB 3.0. If you are looking for a portable storage device today, You should definitely consider a USB 3.1 device if budget is not a issue.

USB Type C

What is an SSD? Why should you get one?

A solid state drive, also known as SSD is the next generation storage technology that has many advantages over the older mechanical hard drives.

Hard drives have mechanical moving parts and spin platters which revolve at anywhere from 5400 to 7200 revolutions per minute. The hard drives use a magnetic head on a moving aim to read and write down data to the platter surface.

Hard drive Storage

If you have a close look at how delicate the process of data storage in hard drives is, You will get a idea why many of us have faced data loss due to hard drive failure at some point.

HDD vs SSD Storage

In contrast, SSDs store data on flash memory chips with no moving mechanical parts. This makes them more resistant to physical shock. SSDs are quieter to run and much faster.

SSDs are also smaller in size than hard drives.

HDD vs SSD Size

You should prefer buying a SSD over a mechanical hard drive unless you have budget constraints.




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