Once you have got past making the choice of going in for an SDD or an HDD and you have positively decided to invest in an HDD then the next thing that you need to work on is choosing the right specifications and the overall performance of the HDD. Here are some important factors that need to be looked into to get the best out of your HDD for term benefits.
- Storage space- External HDDs are available in a wide range of capacities, which go up to 4TB. There are some which even have a capacity of 6TB, but these are really priced steeply and are definitely not value for money. 4 TB is the ideal capacity you can go for as it is a long-term investment which will last you for a pretty long time to come.
- Transfer Speeds- rating the performance of a good HDD can be done by checking the transfer speed of the drive. Knowing the speed of transfer in terms of revolutions per minute or RPM is quite helpful in determining how fast data is transferred from the drive to the console. Slow transfers can really make the player lose patience and subsequently interest in playing the games.
- Space available for cache- Transferring of data from one section of the drive to another requires buffering or a special memory area called cache. The more the space for the cache the faster is the transfer of data. In the present day, hard disk drives the cache size can range anywhere from 8 MB to 128MB.
- Failure rate- Like any other mechanical device even HDDs are also capable of experiencing wear and tear. Mostly this aspect depends on how much and how frequently you are using the device. it is always better to take feedbacks of currently available models before you make a choice. I got mine at this site and am really satisfied with my choice.