External Hard Drives

By: Dhiraj Bandurkar

External Hard Drives

The technology moves fast and leaves us with gizmos and gadgets, which are more and more functional, and at the same time smaller than we have ever thought they could be. What's more, the technology also adds these gadgets the mobility so that they can be used as and when required, wherever they are required. One such device following the suit is your hard drive and with the introduction of an external hard drive, what you get is data storage and security with added mobility. These are the hard disk drives (HDD) that are actually placed outside of the computer system. With the data security, mobility and an option to remove this drive, you can take all your data with you.

The external hard drives or HDD which are built to perform externally. This means that the HDD comes with built-in cables that allow you to interface with your computer system. While the conventional HDD connectors would use SCSI or SATA cables that connect to a type of HDD connector inside your computer, the new variants of this external HDD uses a innovative and simple method of connecting via the USB or the FireWire. Most of the external HDD come with the ability to backup the data from your PC. The only limiting factor for the external HDD as o today is the cost, as they tend to be more expensive as compared to the internal HDD with the same capacity.

The external HDD is purely meant for data storage and backup but How much data can it store? There are many options available for you as far as the data storage capability of the external HDD is concerned. Usually, the most common external drives are of the same size as a normal hard disk inside your computer. However, there are many other storage disks that are available at this point of time with as much as 1000GB of data storage capability. With this amazing speed of the technology, it won't be too long before we move into true Terabyte reign. These huge storage capacities are responsible for the external HDD rapid popularity as popular form of computer backup for the computer users.

The reasons to opt for the external HDD are many, for instance, it provides the user with convenience and simplicity of use. His is so as most of the computer owners are not comfortable opening the cases of their computer and installing additional hardware. This is eliminated when you simply opt for external HDD rather than an internal HDD. With the external HDD there is no need to open the PC case, instead you simply need to plug it in and go. Another advantage of the external HDD is its portability and mobility. Compared to the internal drives, external drives can be moved from PC to PC in a matter of minutes, simply by unplugging them from one and plugging them into another. Thus the external hard drives are often used in the business world, especially by traveling employees. Traveling employees can instantly sync up the data on an external hard drive with that on their desktop or laptop PC, and then easily carry that data anywhere in the world. This also might eliminate the need of carrying the laptop.

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