Turn the clock back thirty years and investing in new storage meant buying a new bookshelf. Today, it's all about digital storage. That includes USB flash drives, hard drives, solid-state drives, CD's, DVD's, Blu-Rays, SD cards, and everything else in between. There are at least a dozen different digital storage options available from several big brands.
There's no single media storage solution that is better than the rest. Each option has its advantages and disadvantages. One of the most widely used media storage devices is the flash drive. It plugs into the USB port on the computer where you can upload or download files to the device. They are lightweight, affordable, and can store a lot of files.
Other forms of media storage aren't quite as portable. Some of them are designed to be installed inside a computer and remain there until they are upgraded. These internal storage options often have the largest storage capabilities.
An external hard drive offers many of the same benefits as a traditional internal storage drive but with an added element of portability. A large external hard drive may require an external power source or it may be powered by the USB port of your computer. An external drive can hold as much or more data as an internal drive and it can be easily transported to any other computer for file sharing.
If you already know what sort of media you'll be dealing with and what your plans are for that media, then choosing the right storage format is going to be much easier. Here are some of the most popular options that we offer.
These come in the form of internal hard drive disks(HDD) as well as solid-state drives(SSD). The functionality of an SSD and HDD are the same. They can both serve as the primary or backup form of internal storage for a computer. The major difference between the two is the technology used to store the information. An SSD uses more advanced technology and can access files more quickly. However, an HDD can provide you with more storage space without a significant increase in size.
Many people choose to install an HDD as well as an SSD on their primary computer. The HDD serves as the primary storage device and the SSD is used for specific functions where faster access is important.
A jump drive is designed with technology very similar to an SSD but in a much smaller package. The amount of space available is limited compared to an SSD. Even so, today's high-end jump drives have more than enough space to move plenty of videos, images, games, or other files. It's the ideal storage solution if you need to transfer files from one computer to another. Everyone should have one of these in their home or office.
Memory cards come in several different formats. The most widely used is the micro-SD card. This smaller card fit inside of a larger adapter that allows it to plug into a computer and other large devices. When not inside of the compartment it can be used inside of smartphones, cameras, and other handheld devices.
The ability to easily move files from a handheld device to a computer is what makes the SD memory card so useful. Much like the USB jump drive, everyone should have one of these on standby in their home or office.
CD's, DVD's, And Blu-Rays
Discs are becoming less and less popular, but they still have their advantages. Exactly which type of disc you should use depends on what you want to do with the media that you store on it. Certain devices are only capable of reading certain types of discs. Most modern computers and game consoles can read all of these disc types. But older devices or less advanced devices may only be able to read one or the other.
Discs tend to have less storage space available than other media formats and they are more susceptible to damage over time. If you need as much space as possible on your disc, then a Blu-ray is the way to go. Just make sure that your computer has a Blu-ray reader.