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How Much Storage Space Do You Need?

Choosing a laptop or computer these days usually means you will get an internal hard drive with a lot of space, but an older model may not have sufficient room even though you are completely happy with the rest of the system. It is possible to upgrade your hard drive to a larger storage space, or you may find that you need to replace the current hard disk drive that you have when it gets full or damaged.

Is 500 GB Enough?

For the average computer user, a Hitachi 500 GB HDD will be more than enough to last you a while. This amount of internal space can hold numerous files, videos, photos, games, and music files. The amount of how many files you can store will depend greatly on the size of each. Movies and videos obviously take up a lot more space than music files, so you'll find that you can store a considerably smaller amount of movies than you can MP3s. To get an idea of just how much you can hold on a 500 GB HDD, a quick search on the net will give you some clearer information. 

What If I Need More Space?

If you think that 500 GB is not enough storage for you, you have a couple of options. 

  • Bigger Internal Hard Drive: Instead of having a 500 GB HDD, you should look for a hard drive with bigger storage space. You can find larger storage sizes such as 750 GB, 1 TB, or even 2 TB.
  • Use external hard drive: As well as having an internal hard disk, you can use an external hard drive as well to keep some of your photos, videos, games, or documents. As these easily plug into your laptop or PC, you can have instant access to your files just as if they were on the computer itself. 

What Does SATA Mean?

You may see the term SATA on Hitachi internal hard drives, so you should understand what that means. There are technically two different types of hard drives, SATA and SSD. 

  • SATA: SATA is based on serial signaling technology to connect and transfer data from hard disk drives to computing systems. A SATA HDD has a mechanical arm with a head that reads and writes information. 
  • SSD: SSD drives are more expensive than SATA drives and use microchips to store information. SSD uses no moving parts.