Storage Solutions for your Digital Life.
High-quality photos, videos, and multimedia require increasing amounts of storage space, and sometimes the local memory on your computer just doesn’t cut it. There are endless options for adding storage to you digital life, but choosing one depends on your budget, what you need to store, and how you want to access your data.
Network attached storage (NAS) drives are specialized desktop external hard drives that create your very own personal cloud storage you can access from your WiFi network. Just hook the drive up to your wireless router and you can access your files from any computer on your WiFi network, or use it as a convenient backup solution for all your computers. It’s also a great option if you want to stream your music and movies in different rooms.
Solid State Drives.
Solid state drives provide a significant boost to your computer’s speed and performance. Unlike a hard disc drive, a solid state drive has no moving parts, so it is more reliable and doesn’t take as long to access your data. A solid state drive is an ideal option if you want to add storage space and improve your computer’s responsiveness, but it does cost more than a hard disc drive with the same capacity.
Boost Your Computer’s Capacity.
If your computer’s current storage capacity is running low, you can purchase an internal hard disc drive
to increase it. Make sure you purchase a hard drive with an interface that matches your computer (SATA is the most common).
Portable Storage Options.
Portable external storage
is the way to go if you have a laptop that you can’t upgrade internally. It provides lots of capacity for your computer that you can disconnect from your laptop or desktop and take with you. A USB flash drive
is an ultra-portable way to carry around select files. Small enough to fit in your wallet, they come with capacities up to 256GB, making it an easy way to take your data from point A to point B.
Consider the transfer speed.
If you are using your storage device to transfer large amounts of data from one device to another, transfer speed matters. Look for the latest connectivity options like USB 3.0 or Thunderbolt to make sure you can quickly transfer your files and move on to another task.
Figure out your optimal capacity.
If you’re a professional photographer with lots of RAW files to store, you will need a much higher capacity than an everyday user. Capacity costs, so figure out how much space you’ll realistically need now and in the future. Depending on file size, a 1TB hard drive can hold 320,000 high resolution digital photos, while a 128GB USB can hold more than 30,000 songs.
Decide if portability is important.
If you simply want to access your files at home, a personal cloud storage device is an easy way to keep your files in one central location that you can access from different devices. If you need to keep your data with you while you move from place to place, a portable external drive would better suit your needs.
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