Personal computers and laptops these days are being produced with top capacity built-in hard drives, but that means next to nothing to the most voracious online junkies and the busiest businessmen. Larger files often mean better quality, for nearly everything. This is why ever-larger storage space is always in demand.
Who needs large capacity storage devices?
People at work are always looking for ways to store the large amounts of data they handle on a daily basis. Nearly every business out there needs large capacity storage for one reason or another—archiving purposes alone requires storage space that can stand the test of time. Documentation is vital, and records are now often kept through electronic means. Large companies rely on large capacity storage to maintain order in their files and clientele information.
Graphic designers and artists also require large storage spaces to store high resolution images. They need storage space that also allows them to maintain the maximum CPU process capacity, making editing and working with stored files much more effective. The more space regular files eat out of the hard drive, the less the computer has for processing. A larger capacity hard drive has more room for storage (and can hold more per partition) and leaves room for the computer processes to run smoothly.
Photographers and videographers also require large capacity storage devices in order to store the still-shot and video files from their cameras, and edit them accordingly: for magazines, for business displays, for presentations, for wedding videos, and the like.
Reliable hard drive storage is very important for securing data and taking your data and system with you. Say you wanted every piece of business data you have received from your RingCentral virtual office phone system, as well as access to this office itself along with you. This is where external hard drives come in.
The best external hard drives in the market
- Western Digital My Passport Portable – there are three big names in external storage, and Western Digital is one of the most well known. The My Passport Portable’s capacity goes up to two terabytes (a juggernaut compared to other brands that cap at 1-1.5TB). It comes with very useful software that helps secure data and partition the massive drive. It operates on USB 3.0 speeds, and is found in a compact, sturdy package that makes it easy to travel with, or use at home.
- Seagate Backup Plus – Seagate is another big name in storage devices, and the Backup Plus’ 1TB incarnation is affordable at one-hundred-dollars. It has a great look, and is as flexible in use as Seagate’s other drives (like the GoFlex), which makes it very portable. Its transfers data quickly, and is powered through the USB cable. The accompanying software is also very useful for looking after the data inside your drive, giving you the ability to back up and restore data reliably.
- Buffalo Ministation Thunderbolt HD-PATU3 – Equipped with the latest Thunderbolt port, this is the fastest external drive out there. The thunderbolt port has 10gbps bandwith on data speed; so fast that instead of just storing data statically, you can run applications comfortably on it. It is powered and accessed via USB 3.0, allowing high-speed data transfers even via USB and giving it the capacity to work with all existing computers in the market.