It’s not uncommon for people to think that in order to add an external hard drive, they will need to buy some big, bulky cumbersome thing. Not true. As a matter of fact you can get a small external hard drive that is loaded with big features. There are many options of smaller external drives that will allow you a safe, yet portable, way to back up all of your important files.
There are external drives that are a few inches across and weigh only a few ounces, yet the storage capacity is quite large. Even these ultra small, and transportable, units can hold a minimum of 320 GB and up to 1 TB. That’s a lot of storage in such a compact package. These drives can easily fit in a pocket, purse or backpack so you can easily take them where ever you go.
To put that into perspective, consider this: a 320 GB drive can hold over 1.2 million photos, over 5,000 hours of music or 480 hours of video! That’s a lot of storage in just a few inches and few ounces. With all that storage capacity most models also feature very fast transfer speeds. So it won’t take you forever to transfer data to your external hard drive.
Most of today’s drives will also feature shock proof technology that will protect them from the ‘occasional’ drop, which does happen every now and then. Some models even come with scratch resistant stainless steal shells and a rubber bumper to make them even more durable and virtually all terrain.
These external drives won’t do you much good if it’s a big hassle to connect them to your computer. But, the good news is that they are very easy to connect. You can simply connect them directly using a USB cable right to the USB port on your computer. Just plug and play, what could be easier,
Most of these external drives will come with some sort of carrying case so you can take them with you where ever you go,if you need to. Check to see what comes with the unit you are considering buying. They will generally come with a carrying case, a connective cable, software, and instructions.
Of course, there is no shortage of options you can look for when purchasing your external drive. You should be willing to invest a little time to find the right drive at the right price. You have to remember to compare apples to apples and not try to just shop for the lowest price. For the most part, people tend to fill up all the capacity of the drive, so you should probably get the biggest drive you can afford.
It’s also a good idea to look for reviews on the specific model of drive you are looking at before you buy. Try to find out what people have to say before you actually make a purchase.
To add much needed storage or backup to your computer, it’s a simple matter of just adding a small external hard drive. These small units are actually quite big when it comes to the amount of data they can hold.