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Maximise Computer Storage with a 1TB Hard Drive

Anyone that owns a computer, smartphone, or tablet understands the pain and inconvenience of running short on storage space. With a 1TB hard drive, you can download, transfer and save a tremendous amount of music, movies, or files on your laptop or desktop PC. Before you run of storage space and it becomes too late, browse the wide range of internal hard discs available on eBay.

How much storage does a 1TB hard drive offer?

Almost everyone is familiar with megabytes since it's a common unit of measurement used across a range of different electronic devices. There are 1000 megabytes in one gigabyte, and since most small files, like photos or PDFs, are usually around five megabytes each, you could store around 200 files in a single gigabyte of storage. One terabyte is equivalent to 1 million megabytes or 1000 gigabytes. With a 1TB hard drive, you could store up to 200,000 5-megabyte files, which is more than enough storage space for the average computer user.

How do you know which hard drive interface to buy?

You can buy internal hard disc drives with a variety of different interfaces. ATA, SATA, and USB interfaces are the most common that you'll find on hard discs. To choose one that's right for you, you can compare some differences below:

  • ATA: These are also known as IDE and are one of the older technologies. They feature a 16-bit interface and usually cannot store as much as the newer interfaces.
  • SATA: Sometime known as S-ATA, this is an interface that has many advantages over ATA units. They're not only more efficient, but they also offer faster transfer speeds of up to 150 MBps.
  • USB: USB has become an industry standard. USB 2.0 is an older version, but still very efficient. USB 3.0 and USB 3.1 are newer technologies, but all three versions offer faster performance than ATA and SATA devices.
Are hard disc drives for laptops different than those for desktops?

Hard disc drives can come in different sizes. Most laptops are designed to fit 2.5-inch internal hard disc drives. Desktop PCs will usually require a 3.5-inch internal disc drive. However, some laptops feature newer SATA drives that have the same connectors and interfaces as larger desktop PCs. With an adapter, you could use a laptop hard disc drive in your desktop PC, but it is better to purchase one that's specifically designed for the type of computer you own.

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