By Phillip P. Daniel
Hard drives are the brain of the computer…kind of. They are the brain in the sense that they store all of the computers memories (long term at least) and that if they go out, the computer cannot function. I don’t think that they are spongy and grey and taste somewhat liked ripened tomatoes, but then again I have never really seen a hard drive up close, and I have never eaten a brain…that I know of. All that being said, it is important to understand the basics of what makes hard drives unique before deciding what brain to put in your best friend. Don’t make the same mistakes that Frankenstein did, don’t let your computer run amuck and don’t let it get too close to fire. Computer…hate…fire!
When purchasing a hard drive, keep in mind that the mantra that I always say in these situations holds true here: “You get what you pay for…sucka!” Different hard drives have different pros and cons, but it is never in your best interest to buy the cheapest model. As tempting as that may be, you will most certainly regret it later, cursing yourself and possibly taking the next train to the north pole, never to be seen again. There are two main things to keep in mind when buying a hard drive, size and speed.
The Bigger the Better
Size does matter. No matter what the ladies try and tell you size does matter. The bigger the hard drive, the more data you can store and in the world of computers, having more storage is never a bad thing. With more storage you can keep data archived for eons, never having to erase your 800 pages of notes on the fourth season of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. When making a purchase, it is always good to over buy, and never purchase a hard drive that is less then 20 gigabytes. This will not give you nearly enough space and you will have a hard time fitting any programs on it.
Faster Hard Drive, Kill, Kill
The next major factor in a hard drive purchase is speed. Not crystal meth, but actually the speed at which the hard drive spins, being able to access information. The faster the spin speed, the quicker the hard drive will be able to store and access information leading to much faster save and load times. This is something that you will definitely be able to notice, especially if you use a lot of high end programs or games. A good way to check out the speed is by looking at the RPMs of the drive. The higher the RPMs (or revolutions per minute) the faster that puppy will pump.
So now you should be thinking to yourself “Dang Phillip…you really know you’re stuff!” and to that I say “thank you”. Go out and buy that hard drive knowing what you have just learned, keeping in mind that size does matter, and that slow and steady may win the race, but not when it comes to the hard drive world. Pizza out from Phillip P!
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