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How to Find the Best External Hard Drive for You!

In this video Jess goes over how you can find the Best External Hard Drive for your needs.

What does USB 3.0 Mean
– Faster connection
– Can only be fully utilized with a 3.0 USB port, this is indicated by SS and then the USB symbol next to it
– USB 3.0 is also indicated my blue interior connectors
– USB 3.0 is 10x faster then USB 2.0
– USB 3.0 is backwards compatible meaning you can use it in a
USB 2.0 port if you have to. But just remember you won’t be able to utilize the speedy features of USB 3.0
– USB 3.0 is also use unidectional data paths meaning you can send and receive data from the cord. You can’t do this with USB 2.0

In other words you can not save data to a USB 2.0 device as well as transfer data from the USB 2.0 at the same time, but you can with USB 3.0

What is USB C
USB C is just a connector shape, you have have a USB C with the underlying technology of USB 2.0 or USB 3.0

So what is Thunderbolt?
The most updated Thunderbolt is currently Thunderbolt 3 is uses the USB connector to deliver 8 times as much data as USB 3.0. So if you really need fast transfer, for example working with a lot of 4k footage thunderbolt connection is a necessity for people that hate waiting for transfers. Thunderbolt is also versatile and this port allows you to connect 2 4k displays, power your laptop, connect to devices together via peer to peer networking, and of course be used for external storage.

When deciding between USB 2.0 and 3.0 take in consideration what you will be using the device for. If it is just spreadsheets or document transfer, USB 2.0 is enough. But if it is photos or video you may want to invest in 3.0 to cut down on transfer time.

What are the differences between a common hard disk external drive and a Solid State Drive or SSD.
A hard disk external drive normally can be identified because it is cheaper, you also can find a wide range of sizes for them some up to 10TB.

An SSD is normally up to 4TB while.
So long story short SSDs are more expensive so why would you want one? Well they are quicker to load so if you want to run productivity software or something of that sort externally you are going to want an SSD, also side note if you do install a program on it, be sure to always use that same port for the SSD.

SSDs are quieter, there is little vibration, little power draw because there isn’t much vibration, file copy and write speeds are above 200MB/s to 550 MB/s. It is also 30% faster file opening speed.
Finally SSDs are safe from the effects of magnetism.

An HDD might be the right choice if:

– You need lots of storage capacity, up to 10TB
– Don’t want to spend much money
– Don’t care too much about how fast a computer boots up or opens programs – then get a hard drive (HDD).

A SSD might be the right choice if:
– You are willing to pay for faster performance
– Don’t mind limited storage capacity, even though really 4TB is still a lot of storage.

Recommended HDD 2.0
These are normally just USB thumb drives, once you get over 500GBs you should only be using 3.0 really

Recommended HDD 3.0
Western Digital 4TB Black My Passport Portable External Hard Drive – USB 3.0

Recommended SSD Thunderbolt
WD – My Passport Wireless SSD 1TB External Hard Drive
PERFECT FOR DRONE SHOOTER or on the go videographers. You can play back on your phone. Some people say it is complicated so if you aren’t tech savvy you should stay away.

Recommended SSD

Performance – Samsung T5 Portable SSD – 1TB – USB 3.1 External SSD (MU-PA1T0B/AM), Black – $177.99

Portability – Portable SSD X5 Thunderbolt 3

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