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Need to check features of external hard drive before making the purchase

By Zachalan Subscribe to RSS | January 23rd 2012 | Views:

When we purchase a computer or laptop, it comes with an internal hard drive of limited storage capacity. However, as the computer usage keeps growing up, we feel the need for adding some storage space to store additional data and applications.

This has resulted in introduction of an easy and practical solution called external hard drive, which can be availed without spending a huge amount. Just like your internal hard drive, these external drives can store your valuable data. However, this needs to be attached externally. The option is safe and secure too.

You can use the device to maintain a backup copy of all your confidential business data, email archives, videos, photos and many more. You can opt for additional security features of the external drive to ensure higher security to your valuable data. In general, any computer system comes with a single hard drive which can prove to be bit risky sometimes. Your internal drive may crash sometimes or the data may get affected due to sudden virus attack. You may stand to loose all precious data, without any intimation.

External hard drive offers a helpful and convenient option to store your entire backup and can access it from any other computer system or device. The process is so simple that just anyone can use the device. It works following a simple plug-and-play technique. Thus you just need to plug-in the device to your computer in order to access all data stored inside it. This external drive can be connected to your computer with an USB cable. Many computers or laptops come with 2-4 USB ports so that you can plug in the external drive easily to any port. Though the external device is compatible with USB 2.0 or 3.0 or even FireWire 400 or 800 ports, verify these compatibility features before making the final purchase.

Prior to buying the external device, you should remember to check on its storage capacity. For this, an initial assessment is very important. You need to choose the right device with enough capacity to store your entire data, pictures, videos, etc. The rotation speed of the drive is another factor which needs to be confirmed. This is the read/write speed of the device. The higher the RPM, faster the drive will perform.

It is always advisable to purchase the external drive from a reputed manufacturer only. There are many devices being offered which are really sleek, compact looking and easy-to-carry and comes with attractive warranty period as high as three years. You need to check these terms and conditions before taking the final plunge. Opt for encryption features to ensure maximum data safety, if you need to travel often and feel that the device may get misplaced or stolen. For these, you need to do a thorough enquiry from the manufacturer and know about all value added software being on offer. This helps in purchase of the right device and that too within a reasonable rate.

Zachalan - About Author:
Zach Alan is a published author and has written various articles concerning the external hard drive, network storage and more.

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