External hard drives are essential part of everybody’s life now, as we need to backup al those vacation photo’s useful software, scanned documents, movies, songs. External hard disks are play a very important role in keeping our data safe and mobile as they are portable and we can carry anywhere, cheap enough to buy one or two, offers lots of space in TB’s and easy to access like plug and play. However buying hard disks online can be difficult tasks as there are so many options available. So to help you out we have prepared a buying guide which would help you understand the hard disk features and will help you in getting best external hard drive available in India.
What is External Hard Drive or Hard Disk?
External Hard Drives are portable storage device which connects to computer/laptop via USB drive or wireless connection. External hard drives are very popular as portable storage device due to their high storage capacity and affordable price.
HDD or SSD: What is the difference?
Hard disk drive is nonvolatile storage means whatever is written on drive does not go away when you shut down the hard drive. It just stays there. HDD has a metal platter coated with magnetic material which holds your data along with spindle and head which read the data stored on hard drive. HDD has movable parts like head, and a disk which spins based on need to read/write data so it’s prone to damage due to shock, drops.
SSD stands for solid states drive which is made up of interconnected flash drive to store data. These flash chips retains data even after its shut down and SSD’s do not have any moving part so it’s less prone to accidental damages due to shocks, drops. However it’s a newer technology and expensive as compared to HDD. SSD’s are very fast as compared to HDD.
Top 5 External Hard Drives in India
How do I determine size of external hard drive I would need?
This totally depends on type of data and how many of them you want to store. Below table will give you an idea based on type of data to be stored.
|500GB||8,330 hours||160,000||500 hours|
|1TB||16,660 hours||320,000||1,000 hours|
|1.5TB||24,990 hours||480,000||1,500 hours|
|2TB||33,320 hours||640,000||2,000 hours|
**Average file size using camera’s highest resolution JPEG mode.
***One gigabyte, or GB, equals one billion bytes when referring to hard drive capacity.
Things to consider before buying a external hard drives?
Without considering the why are you buying external hard drive, you might end yo buying a wrong product. Consider following things before buying external hard drive.
Storage Capacity: Determine how much storage you would need. Generally buying a hard disk of storage capacity double of what you need to a good decision as your storage requirement will increase very fast as time passes.
Size/Dimensions: Do you really need that expensive sleek sized hard drive even though you dont plan to move it often. Determine how frequently you would be carrying the external hard drive, if not more then you are good with that bulky less expensive hard drive as some time sleek drives costs more than bulky of same storage capacity.
Toughness: Check what protective measures are available in hard drive to withstand accidental drop, shocks. Without these measures, your data is at risk in case of any accidental shocks.
Connectivty/Data Transfer Rate: Most of external hard drive support USB 2.0, However USB 3.0 offers a faster data transfer rate and since you will buying a hard drive for back-up purpose which involves high amount of data transfer, external hard drive with USB 3.0 would be best bet.
Warranty: Check the warranty period and type of warranty, replacement with data recovery warranty is always best.
Other top selling best external hard drives
|Seagate Backup Plus||2TB||2.0/3.0|
How to maintain your external hard drive.
Protect our hard disk from physical damage
Biggest cause of hard drive damage is physical damage by accidently dropping it, shocks etc. To protect external hard drive from such damages get a protective case which can withstand shock, accidental drop. Make sure it’s of good quality and has sufficient cushioning which could withstand the shock.
Avoid operating hard disk in excessive heat
Hard disk are meant to be operated in specific temperature range which is generally a normal day to day temperature however to protect it from heat damage, Do not take out hard disk in an environment where it’s very hot like operating it outside in summer when it’s very hot in India.
Avoid frequent unsafe on-off
Frequent unsafe on-off operations on hard disk might cause bad sectors on the disk. Always follow the recommended procedure of your hard disk manufacturer while shutting down the hard disk when it’s not in use.
Can we use HDD for keeping data archived for longer time?
Yes you can use HDD as data archival option as it’s cheap as compared to other data storage and can last very long if any accidental damages are avoided. However HDD’s have moving parts means it can fail if these parts top working due to any drop, shocks. To be on safe side if you want to store data for longer time and want make sure it stays there even if it’s raining, or in case of any accidental drop, shock consider buying a rugged HDD which are made with material and has coatings, protective cases which are military grade to with stand shocks, drops and some are also water proof, fire proof. These HDD are little expensive however you are frequently carrying valuable data and cannot afford to lose data by any means these rugged hard disk offered quite a lot protection with little extra price. If you are planning to use a hard disk for keep data for longer duration and do not want to invest in rugged expensive hard disks consider buying multiple hard disks of smaller size and keep multiple copies of same data at different location. E.g. instead of buying 1TB of hard disk buy two hard disks of size 513 GB and create two copies of data and keep it on two different locations like one in home and one in office.
Can we connect external hard disk to TV?
We these days most of TV’s have USB port if yes then you can connect hard disk to TV to watch movie, see images, and listen to music which is stored on hard disk. Infact you can connect it to home WiFi router and create a network storage drive which you can access through your TV if it has network connectivity and can stream the digital contents.