In today’s digital society, we are creating an increasing amount of data on a variety of different devices, all of which needs to be stored somewhere. Thankfully, the development and evolution of external hard disk drives has meant we no longer need to delete precious pictures, music, videos or documents in order to save new content.
At present, there are various storage solutions available depending on your requirements. From capacity and transfer speed to durability and portability, choosing the right product can be somewhat overwhelming. However, you can rest assured that your indispensable data will be kept in a safe, secure and reliable place.
Evolution of external hard drives
External hard drives have certainly come a long way since the humble floppy disk, capable of storing just 1.44 megabytes. However in the mid-1990s, the medium-capacity removable zip drive meant computer users could store and carry 100MB of data.
Although these square black disks remained popular for quite some time, the rapid advancement of technology meant new solutions were required. The first large capacity external hard drives required their own power sources and were often louder than the computer.
Eventually, USB 2.0 took over from FireWire as the connection of choice, which also meant power sources became obsolete. What’s more, external hard drives became physically smaller and their storage capacity increased.
Before long, USB flash drives and micro SD cards became common place, making storing, sharing and distributing information easier than ever before.
Latest external hard drives
The latest external hard drives, capable of storing anything from 500GB to 2TB worth of data, can be carried around with the greatest of ease. Along with a reduction in weight, close attention is now paid to design. In recent years, the popularity of sleek and stylish smartphones and tablets has meant computer peripherals have also received a makeover.
Even if aesthetics aren’t the main consideration, the materials and casing can make a big difference. For clumsy users or those that will constantly be traveling around with their data, rugged external hard drives featuring durable rubber and extra protection have also been developed.
Ultimately however, the primary function of an external hard drive is to store important information, which now tends to be images, music and videos. Although watching a movie or flicking through holiday snaps was never much fun on a computer screen, TV manufacturers now recognise the importance of external hard drives. As such, USB ports are now commonplace on television sets, enabling anybody to view saved content on the big screen.
Lately, more and more people have begun to store data online, as an increasing amount of companies provide cloud storage solutions. However, concerns over cyber security and potential loss of data mean that external hard drives are still the most popular way of storing lots of content in one compact place.
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