Sometimes a Flash Drive does not carry enough space for all the files people want to store. Also especially for people with lower end computers that support less than a hundred gigabyte of space, external hard drives have been the number one solution. While the various available hard drives may look the same, each has their own small advantages compared to others. These must definitely be taken into consideration to fully maximize the uses of an external hard drive. That said, here are some tips to take note of when buying:

1. Know How Much Storage Is Needed

Users or often businessmen who need an external hard drive for tons of word, PPT, excel files and the like may be content with just getting a smaller-capacity hard drive. This often works as a sort of back up for many users. However, for people who want to store a lot of media content to keep it as their library, getting as much storage would be the wisest option. All the more reason to do so if it contains movies, as is often the case. In backing up multiple computers, it is suggested to look for a network-attached storage (NAS) or a RAID. The NAS is used for storing of all these computers’ data in one storage. RAID, on the other hand, is composed of multiple hard drives acting as one.

2. Get Ones With USB 3.0

The USB 3.0 ports straightforwardly means that it receives and transfers files faster than the ordinary USB 2.0. Although this would have to take into account the USB of the computer itself, getting the advance with the USB 3.0 with be more efficient as these old computers may be replaced soon anyway.

3. Double Protection with Automatic Backup

The external hard drive is a back up in itself already. However, users would not be able to back up a file that’s already been lost due to a computer failure. In other cases, some users just forget to back-up. In any case, best to set the automatic backup feature of your computer on.