Finding the best external hard drive doesn't have to be a stressful buying decision. You can get your hands on a high quality, low-cost harddrive in virtually no time at all. All you have to do is learn the ins and outs of what you need and what's available on the market. The good thing about finding a harddrive is that you don't have to sacrifice size or quality in exchange for price. You can easily find great deals right online for extremely affordable rates and data capacities. That being said, here are 5 steps to finding the best external hard drive.
1.) Identify your needs for the hard drive. Are you going to store photos? Movies? Software? Critical data and files like tax records? Knowing what you plan to use the hard drive for will help you decide how large a drive you'll need and how much you should spend.
2.) Decide the size. If you just plan on storing photos you don't need a very large hard drive and could get away with something about as large as 100gb or less. If you plan on generating full backups of your computer or storing larger files, go with a 500gb or 1TB (terabyte) hard drive.
3.) Pick a brand. Is there one brand you prefer over another? What about Seagate over Western Digital? You may not have a preference but if you do, consider which brand you might like. Generally speaking they all deliver the same product and functions but some have a better reputation than others.
4.) Shop around. Once you target a good brand and/or model, shop around for the best price. You can use sites like Amazon.com or Newegg.com to find good deals but there are other smaller vendors online that can give you even better deals.
5.) Check reviews and purchase. Once you've found a good store to purchase from that has the lowest price, check out some reviews of the product and store and then make your purchase. A good tip is to try to find a store that offers free shipping so you can save even more on your purchase.