Choosing an Internal Hard Disk Drive with SATA II

Internal hard drives are developing all the time with larger capacities and speeds being introduced as the years pass. A drive with SATA II means that it has a revised version of the original SATA (Serial Advanced Technology Attachment) standard. This defines the connection between the motherboard and the hard drive of a computer.

Why Would I Need a New Hard Drive?

There are a few reasons why you might need a new hard drive:

  • You are building a computer: The hard drive is one of the important components of building a new computer, so you'll be looking for a good quality drive to complete your project.
  • Your current drive is full: If you have a smaller hard drive on your computer that is now full, you may want to install a large hard drive. You will be able to transfer the data from your current drive on to a new one or you can start afresh.
  • Your current drive is not working: Things can go wrong with the internal workings of our laptop or desktop computer, so if you have found that something is wrong with your current drive, you may need a replacement. Please note that replacing a drive can be a little tricky if you do not have experience in this area, so you should seek help from a professional to ensure the job properly finishes.

What Should I Consider When Finding an Internal Hard Drive?

With many different options to choose from, there are some main points that you should consider before deciding in order to get the right one for your needs.

  • Storage capacity: The storage capacity of a hard drive is the amount of space it has for programs, files, games, and media. This measures in gigabytes, and the more storage you have, the more you can save. If you don't need a large drive, then it doesn't make sense to get one. A 250 GB drive is ideal for someone that does not have a lot of data to save. If you do find that you got a 250 GB model and you need some extra space, you can use an external hard drive for storing photos or other media, and you can plug this into your computer as you need.
  • Transfer speed: RPMs (revolutions per minute) is another factor to consider as a higher RPM number will mean faster transfer rates between your computer and the drive. While 5400 RPM is not the fastest transfer speed you can get, it is still a decent speed that can perform comfortably.