Choosing Larger SATA III Internal Hard Disk Drives for Your PC
Hard drives are an important component of your computer system. The drives allow you to install your operating system and programs as well as store documents and even movies and TV shows. The more you want to store, the more attractive a larger capacity drive begins to look, and there are many options available.
What Should You Bear in Mind When Getting an Internal Hard Disk Drive?
Given the different types and varieties of hard drives, selecting the right hard drive for your computer can be quite frustrating. Below are some of the considerations you should make.
- Storage capacity: This will typically depend on your storage needs. However, going for larger capacity drives will ensure that your future storage needs are taken care of. Hard disk drives usually have higher capacities than SSDs. You can get 1 TB, 2 TB, and 3 TB SATA HDDs as well as 12 to 14 TB Enterprise Class drives ideal for data centers and cloud environments.
- Interface: Is your system compatible with serial ATA (SATA) interface or the older Parallel ATA (IDE) interface? Although both connection interfaces are great choices for PCs, SATA drives offer faster data transfer speeds and vastly easier installation.
- Revolutions per minute: When getting hard disk drives, you should look at the revolutions per minute (rpm). The higher the number, the faster the disk spins and the faster the read and write speeds. With a fast hard drive, your computer will boot faster and run programs faster.
- Cache: Disk buffer (cache) is the temporary memory that a hard disk drive uses when transferring data between sections. The size of the cache memory affects transfer speeds. This is the temporary memory space that a hard drive uses when transferring data from one section to another. Larger memory cache will allow more data to for storing and accessing. Typically, a drive with 16 MB cache will perform faster than a drive with 8 MB cache.
- Form factor: Generally, data drives come in two form factors, 3.5-inch for desktops and the 2.5-inch drive for laptops. Most brands including Seagate and HGST offer both variants.
Why Should You Consider Getting a HGST SATA III 3TB Hard Drive?
- Performance: Both HGST Deskstar NAS 3 TB and HGST Ultrastar HDDs provide incredible performance making them ideal for enterprise use as well as notebook upgrades. The drives are optimized with HelioSeal hard drive technology and offer speeds of up to 7200 rpm. With a 64 MB Cache SATA III Internal HDD Kit, you can smoothly run your applications and games.
- Reliability: HGST hard drives run with field-proven components, with one million hours of MTBF and a rotational vibration sensor.