Guide To Buying External Hard Drives

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Need an external hard drive but don’t really know what you’re looking for?

Well here at Ink N Toner UK, we’ve got your back.

There are two types of external hard drives: desktop hard drives and pocket hard drives.

Desktop hard drives require a power adaptor and are designed to stay in one place (i.e. on your desktop). If you’re looking for a desktop hard drive, we suggest looking for one with a built-in fan as it will prolong the life of the hard drive. Desktop hard drives can come in sizes ranging from 500GB to 5TB

Pocket hard drives are hard drives designed to be transported are and do not need a power adaptor. These kinds of hard drives usually top out at 2TB, but 500GB and 1TB capacities are most common.

In short, what you’ll need to look out for is as follows:

  • Capacity: What do you need the hard drive for? Need it for photos and videos? You’ll need a higher capacity.
  • Brand: Reputable brands are better, such as Seagate, Samsung and Toshiba
  • Wireless or wired? Desktop hard drives are almost always wired.
  • Physical size: If you want a desktop hard drive, these are usually on the larger side physically, and pocket hard drives are a lot smaller
  • Drive Speed: a good speed is 7,200rpm

Get affordable external hard drives at Ink N Toner UK.

Click here to view our range of 1TB external hard drives.
Click here to view our range of 5TB external hard drives.