If you own a laptop, netbook, notebook, or desktop computer, there is at least one accessory that would be in your best interests to own: an external hard drive and the following are several reasons why.
Back-up Important Files
If you own a computer that holds the only copies of very important, sensitive and irreplaceable files, stop reading this article and go purchase an external hard drive right now! External hard drives allow you to back-up important files and data and will help you keep important files if your computer crashes, is stolen, or if your files become corrupted on your computer.
Extra Storage Space
Owning an external hard drive isn’t always about serious issues like backing up important data; sometimes you just need extra hard drive space and an external hard drive is the perfect solution to your lack of hard drive space woes. An external hard drive can help provide extra storage space for music files, videos, pictures, and other files that you can’t hold on your current internal hard drive.
Easy Data Transfer
During times when you need to swap files or easily transfer large files from one computer to another, an external hard drive can really come in handy. External hard drives will allow you to store more files than flash drives and will allow you to transfer files on different computer with different operating systems, regardless of if you have a network established or not. In addition to allowing computers to easily share files with one another, an external hard drive will let you share files with other devices as well. Gaming systems, media streaming devices, and even some internet routers will allow you to share and stream your external hard drive’s content.
Your Data Will Survive Longer than Your Computer
I bought my first external hard drive in 2004 – a 160GB hard drive that cost around $200 at the time – and since 2004, I’ve changed computers four times, while being able to keep the same important files. Computers evolve and become obsolete quickly, but regardless of what new technology hits the computer scene, hard drive space will always be equally important and your external hard drive just might outlast your personal computer.
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