While solid state drives (SSDs) remain relatively expensive for the amount of storage on offer, standard USB external hard drives are becoming better and better value. Prices continue to tumble, and capacities increase.
The decision you need to make is whether you’re worried about portability when buying an external drive. If you aren’t, you can consider larger and heavier 3.5-inch drives. These give you a lot more storage for your money and are faster, so you can read and write to them quicker – USB hard drives range up to 4TB in sizeand larger. USB Memory sticks offer the same with a better portability aspect, sizes up to 2TB but more expensive than traditional drives.
USB drives also offer backup facilities. Speak with us.
Network Attached Storage (NAS)
We all know we can connect a USB External Hard Drive to our computer and immediately create additional storage for data or backup, but when it comes to efficient data management, there is perhaps a better way… NAS is a system consisting of 1 or more hard drives, an Ethernet connection and an operating system. This system connects to your network, allowing those on the network to access and share files from a central location, along with a bunch of other helpful stuff. Sharing, file permissions and remote access. Additional Hard drives can be added to the unit to create space and RAID arrays as fault tolerance should a drive fail.
Hard drives SATA & SAS
Spindle hard drives offer large capacity (up to 8TB) and relativity inexpensive, SATA drives come in either 3.5″ (desktop/server) or 2.5″ for laptops.
SAS drives spin faster and generally used in servers for fast disk access.
Solid State Hard Drives (SSD)
SSD are the next evolution of PC storage and run faster, quieter and cooler than the aging technology inside hard drives. With no moving parts, SSDs are also more durable and more reliable than hard drives. Although usually less capacity than a normal disk offer superior speeds up to 7X quicker. Read more here