A portable or external hard drive allows the user to back up or store important information separate from the main internal hard drive, which could become compromised, damaged or corrupted. Sensitive documents, large music files, movies, images and other backup files can be kept securely and safely on an external hard drive. Another advantage of an external hard drive is that it is portable and operates on a plug-and-play basis so that other compatible computers can recognize the drive as a storage device and can be used to access the files. A user can easily transfer files from the computer to the or from the portable drive to the computer, or programs can be run directly from the portable hard drive.
You will be doing a lot of projects in college. Many will consume a lot of space and clog your computer. It is a safe idea to invest in an external hard drive to save yourself some frustration. And it’s nice to have a backup of your projects!
Where to get it: or a local electronics store
Price: $50 and up (depending on amount of memory)
Storage expansion is also a popular reason for buying an external hard drive. Laptop users understand how difficult it can be to upgrade an internal HDD. Even PC users with a tower might want to save themselves the hassle of opening their computer case and adding or replacing their hard drive. In these situations, it makes sense to simply buy an external hard drive and be done with it. The best part is that if the user buys a new PC or laptop, he or she can simply attach the external hard drive to the new system and the data will be immediately available.