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All you need to know about internal hard drives

The data storage technology nowadays seems to evolve at a very fast pace. If you were to analyze the increase in storage capacity and data transfer rate over the last few years, you would notice that it has actually quadrupled. On the other hand, prices have remained in the same basic range. Therefore, upgrading your internal hard drives has never been easier or cheaper. Moreover, by employing the use of a suitable enclosure, you can transform your internal hard disk into an external one, without having to pay extra. Hard drive enclosures are rather cheap and provide a great deal of benefits, as they enable you to add as several disks, provide protection from physical benefits and simplify the data transfer process overall.

When you are shopping for new internal hard drives, there are three elements to keep in mind, in order to make the best decision. First of all, check whether your motherboard is IDE or SATA, as the drive you purchase needs to have the appropriate connection system in order to be compatible. Next, check the storage space of the hard drive. While the price of the HDD will increase proportionally to the data storage space, pick the drive with the highest available space that fits within your designated budget limit. Lastly, check the data transfer speed, as it will have a pretty big impact on the speed at which your computer can access it and hence, the overall performance of your system.

Internal hard drives can be acquired from either an online store or a local brick and mortar one. Purchasing an internal drive from an online store offers the benefit of comparing several offers and reading customer reviews regarding the product without leaving your home. On the other hand, in a traditional store you can employ the expertise of the sales representative in order to make the best choice for your system. Therefore, while both choices come with their own advantages, this is a matter of personal preference.

Once you are in the possession of the internal drive, you will need to install it on your computer. If you are replacing the old hard drive, you will need to unscrew it from its position and detach the data and power cables from it. Do not forget to turn off the system and remove the power cables, in order to avoid getting electrocuted or short-circuiting the computer. After you removed the old drive, simply slide in the new one in its socket and attach the data and power cables to it. Alternatively, if you are installing an additional hard drive using an enclosure system, all you need to do is insert the drive in the enclosure, close the lid and plug it into the USB port.

While this is only the physical part of the hard drive installation, you will need to ensure your operating system recognizes the new device properly. Therefore, you will need to format and partition your new drive accordingly. Reboot the computer and follow the installation procedure recommended in your motherboard manual. In case the installation does not start, it may be due to an older operating system with a limited driver package. However, the manufacturers always provide a driver disk.


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