How To Buy an External Hard Drive

The hard drive is a computer storage device where users can save their data. It was first presented in year 1956 by IBM as the data storage device for their accounting computer. When the 1990s came, the need for reliable and bigger storage rose and so hard drive technology evolved. This paved the way to the creation of Storage Area Network (SAN), Network Attached Storage (NAS) and RAIDs. The need for reliable storage was also extended to other devices such as gaming consoles and camcorders, to name a few. When portability was called for, external hard drives were made.

If you are planning on getting your hands on an external hard drive, whether it is because you need to transfer data to and from locations, or because you need to expand your hard drive capacity, the following are some pointers and recommendations for you to look into when buying an external hard drive.

1. Decide the memory size you need for your new external hard drive.

External hard drives, like internal ones, come in different capacities for storage. Evaluate how much you need and keep that amount in mind.

2. Search the Internet for brand recommendations and price expectations.

Look for computer-focused websites like and search through their recommendations. Aside from reviews on external hard drives, they also list the suggested retail price for the item so make sure to check that out as well. If you would like to learn from actual users, you can opt to join consumer forums where you can open up a discussion about external hard drives and fellow members will share their first-hand experience.

3. Make sure your computer system is compatible with the external hard drive.

Like any other computer peripheral, external hard drives have minimum system requirements that should be met. The following are the typical requirements needed.

  • Operating System must be Windows XP Home or later. If using Macintosh Operating System, it must be Mac OS X or later.
  • 2.0 USB or Firewire port for the interface.

4. Look for shops that sell external hard drives and get a longer warranty period for your item.

Search online or walk-in to the nearest computer or electronic shop in your area. Compare how much their prices differ from each other. And just to be safe, inquire if you can get the item with a longer warranty period. So that in case a problem occurs within the next two to three years, you are sure that you will be able to maximize the amount you paid because the manufacturer will be able to repair or replace the hard drive.

Once you have looked into the above points mentioned, you are now ready to purchase your external hard drive. Do not forget, you will also need to consider your budget without compromising the performance and storage capacity you expect your external hard drive to have.


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