Choosing Internal Hard Disk Drives With 80 GB of Storage Capacity

Install an internal hard disk drive with 80 GB of storage, say a DiamondMax or Maxline, as a backup to the primary one in your PC to prevent data loss, or convert it into an external hard drive by enclosing it in an enclosure and using it as a portable USB drive. More robust in construction than the external hard drive that is portable, an internal hard drive may also last longer with good care, and is not subject to the same degree of abuse and wear that the external hard drive may go through. Additionally, 80 GB of storage space gives is enough to store a little over to 25,000 MP3s or millions of documents.

Which Form Factor Should I Select for My Computer?

Form factor refers to the physical compatibility of the hard drive to the diameter of the drive bays. Therefore, you need to ensure that your hard drive fits into the bay without issue to avoid disappointment. The two most common form factors are the:

  • 3.5-Inch Form Factor: For your desktop computer, you need an internal hard disk drive with a 3.5-inch or larger form factor.
  • 2.5-Inch Form Factor: For an internal hard drive that fits neatly into the dimensions of your laptop or notebook computer, a 2.5-inch and smaller form factor is the way to go. It is also thinner and narrower than the larger drive. However, solid-state drives, or SSDs, whether intended for laptops or desktops, always feature a 2.5-inch form factor. See the manufacturer site for size details.

Which Interfaces Are Available With Internal Hard Drives?

Though all types of interfaces connect the hard drive to the PC motherboard, each has advantages over earlier types:

  • SAS, or Serial Attached SCSI, usually for enterprise solutions, offers almost thrice the speed of the SATA connection and is more reliable.
  • Serial Advanced Technology Attachment, or SATA, are fast, highly-efficient, and offer higher performance when compared to earlier interface types, transferring up to 600 Mbps with the third revision, SATA III. They are also compatible across many devices.
  • The Parallel ATA, or PATA, also known as Integrated Drive Electronics, or IDE, is an older type that transfers up to 133 Mbps, while also consuming a lot more power than SATA.

Which Other Factors Should I Consider When Choosing Internal Hard Disk Drives?

Mull over factors and features that may affect the performance of the disk, or your user experience. For instance:

  • Rotation Speed: Measured in revolutions per minute, or RPM, a disks rotation speed determines how fast the disk writes, and thus the greater the speed, the faster the rate of data transfer.
  • Features: Most hard drives from this brand are preloaded with AutoBackup, a backup software that works automatically.
  • Conversion: If your intent is to convert it into an external hard drives using an enclosure, chew over the USB connections that you would need to connect the enclosure to the PC. A USB 3.0 is backwards-compatible with USB 2.0 devices, while a USB 3.1 connection cannot achieve its optimal speed unless all device connections have USB 3.1.

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