For years I never bothered to backup my files, it just seemed like too much hassle and I never really knew the best way to go about backing everything up. After loosing my family photos when our son knocked my laptop off the desk I decided it was time to start backing up my files. We had to contact a professional data recovery service to get our files back and the process was expensive and stressful to say the least. I would say the best addition to your home computers is an external hard drive but finding the best can be difficult.
You need to be certain that the hard drive will work properly with your computer and that it is actually big enough to serve all of your needs. Budget is important as well since you can find this particular sort of product in a lot of different price ranges. In order to find the best desktop hard drive for your own purposes, we are going to look at some of the best options out there.
Most off the shelf external drives such as the WD mybook, Seagate GoFlex are all low quality, unreliable hard drives. Quality is traded for capacity and price, it’s a world where the largest capacity lowest cost drive wins. What about reliability, this is where your going to store you precious family photos, your company accounting data. This kind of data deserves the absolute best quality hard drive. After speaking with the guys at Core Data Recovery about the various makes and models of external drives I was convinced the best course of action was to build my own external drive.
The hard drive of choice is the 3.5″ Western Digital Black, these hard drives are robust, high quality drives that have undergone a full burn-in quality test and come with a five year warranty. You can couple the hard drive with any external enclosure, my favorite choice is the Vantec Nexstar.
You should still be careful with it, though, especially when it’s actually transferring files. This external hard drive is made to be compatible with any computer. This external hard drive is a little more expensive than many, with a suggested retail price of about $450, but you can find it for quite a bit less if you shop around. This is much better suited for the people who need higher end external hard drives that have extra capabilities.
One of the first things that you have to pay attention to while you’re shopping for external hard drives is the sort of connectivity that is offered. They typically offer you a choice between USB and Firewire but some devices offer both. Firewire is a lot faster but isn’t available on all computers but nearly every computer has USB connectivity. Another emerging format is called Thunderbolt and it is the fastest connection of all but not that many devices use it yet.
We have explored just a couple of the options that you have for
external hard drives. As you’ve no doubt heard by now, it’s incredibly vital to backup all of your most important data and a good quality desktop hard drive is pretty much the easiest way to accomplish this. You’ll be able to store a huge amount of data on these kinds of devices and they will save you worrying about potentially losing anything that is precious to you. Finding the best desktop hard drive for your own needs is really just a matter of picking a good brand and then finding the features that are the most important to you.