So choose external storage for PC and console

Would some extra storage come in handy? We will help you find the best solution for you.

We live in an age where video games can easily reach 120GB in size, and it is average for a title to expand to 50-60GB. Luckily, thanks to streaming, we no longer have to download 4K movies, but anyone who doesn’t trust the stability of their net connection also needs plenty of space. With fewer and fewer files on 1 TB, we may feel the need to get external storage for our less frequently used or archived files, but it can also come in handy. external hard drive or SSD, if you bought a laptop that really only holds the most important files.

We are now trying to help you find the ideal external storage.

It is not (only) size that matters

The key is to decide what you want to use the extra storage space for, so you can also easily figure out how much space you really need. If you want to transfer files quickly from one device to another, or change the contents of your storage frequently, a 64GB or 128GB flash drive may be enough. Anyway, it’s a good idea to create an installation flash drive from which you can quickly reboot the operating system if you need to for any reason – 16GB or 32GB is enough.

If you are thinking of longer term storage, a larger USB 3.0 hard drive or SSD may be the best choice. Hard disks can be up to 18TB in size, but an average user can have more than 2TB – 2.5 “, easy-to-move and external USB-only storage that can only be powered by a single USB cable is around 5TB if we want more than that, we have to reckon with portability being compromised.

Those who value speed and reliability rather than storage size are better off thinking of an SSD instead of an HDD. Due to the lack of moving parts, they have less to worry about damage and data loss, and data transfer is quite fast. True, we have to pay a little more for the same amount of free space, but 1-2 TB is absolutely worth the investment. It’s also not recommended to go below a USB 3.0 connection and a write speed of 5600 RPM for HDDs, but 7200 RPM is, by definition, even better.

In the case of well-assembled laptops, we can often easily replace the internal storage space with a larger one, laptop hard drives they are available in a wide range. You may want to entrust this task to a professional service if you are unsure.

Console gamers should be aware that while the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series support external hard drives and run a generation of older games from them, you can only store new game files on them, but you need to copy them to internal storage or an expansion card to boot. The price of expansion cards is quite high, for 1 TB approx. We have to spend 90 thousand forints.

The exterior also matters

Once we have made a decision about the funds, we may want to consider a few other factors before finalizing the purchase. For example, there are containers that are “padded” on the outside, they don’t hurt a few bumps, falls. You can also find one that supports wireless data transmission or one that secures your data with a number lock and fingerprint reader. Built-in (or built-in) storage external hard drive enclosures you can connect with them, which give you more mobility, more freedom, and even save a little.

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