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Computing Storage Options

Storing data is an integral part of building any computing device. Although random access memory (RAM) suffices in supporting applications as they run, it is still necessary to maintain a local data device as well. In modern computing, consumers are typically presented with three storage source choices: HDDs, SSDs, and flash drives. Depending on the individual's application and access to cloud storage, the appropriate choice may vary significantly. With considerations such as life span, cost, speed, and storage space, it can be confusing to navigate the market. In this blog, we will discuss the nuances associated with flash drives, SSDs, and HDDs so that you may make an informed purchasing decision.

USB Flash Drives

Flash drives are small, easily removable storage devices that allow for quick and portable data transfer. Although older models featured minuscule storage capability of around 64GB, modern flash drives are often capable of storing 1-2TB of data. In addition to their convenient size, USB drives are also relatively durable, often with a retractable connector or dust cap. However, the small size of these devices may also be a disadvantage, as it is much easier to lose a flash drive than other storage modules. This also makes it a necessity to encrypt sensitive data in the event that the drive gets lost or stolen.

External HDD

Another USB-compatible storage option is the external hard disk drive. These devices are often more cost-effective, with a standard 5TB HDD costing around $100 on average. This amount of extra room is often more than enough for the majority of personal applications, with a typical 2-hour high-definition movie only being 3-5GB. In addition, external HDDs are still very portable and may often be stored in a small travel bag or purse. Despite their portability, external HDDs also contain moving parts, making them more susceptible to damage.

External SSD

Often significantly faster than other storage options, the external SSD is a flash-type component with no moving parts. This makes them quieter, less likely to be damaged, and helps ensure a longer operational lifespan. Due to their speed and premium features, SSDs typically run more expensive than HDDs and USB flash drives of the same size. External SSDs also provide an extra layer of security with native password protection options. Additionally, some manufacturers are now producing SSDs with built-in biometric features to further enhance security.

Other Options

In addition to the several hardware choices listed above, customers may always choose to complete an additional backup with a cloud-based server. Although cloud-based data can be accessed from virtually anywhere, it requires an internet connection which may not always be available. There are also numerous options for replacing or upgrading internal storage capacity. With both HDD and SSD models available, many of the same considerations still apply. Another factor unique to internal drives is the requirement for connection compatibility. When purchasing a new computer, it is important to examine the storage options offered and choose one that best suits your demands. Whenever you are in need of high-quality computer storage devices, look no further than Internet of Hardware.


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