Portable hard-drives: Content creation takes up space quick
I’m sure you’ve been in the situation where your phone gets full of photos and videos. You then transfer this content to your computer hard-drive, only to eventually find out that you have filled up all your storage. How much do you know about replacing a hard-drive? For me, that is ZERO.
Portable hard drives are a great solution for backups of your social media content. Many draw power from a USB power connection and can be used on MAC or PCs. Some portable hard-drives can be formatted to work on both with no need to reformat and start all over.
Why do you need a portable hard-drive?
Having a portable hard-drive to back up your content is a great way to stay safe if something happens to your computer. Hard-drives crash all the time. With a portable hard-drive your data is secure on another drive and you can always have a copy of your work.
Every computer crashes and it’s only a matter of time before yours goes. This is just the way technology is made. Nothing is 100% reliable. Having an external portable hard-drive handy will be another layer of extra security for backups of your content.
What to look for in a portable hard-drive
When searching for a hard-drive, make sure to ask yourself a few things such as:
- How much space will I really need?
- What kind of content do I normally produce?
- Can I take this hard-drive with me or does it need to stay at home?
- How much can I afford and do I need one for MAC or PC?
- Does the manufacturer offer hard-drive restoration in case of failure?
If you can answer some of these starter questions, I am sure you can find a solution that is right for you and your budget.
Working with your budget
External portable hard-drives have become increasingly inexpensive for consumers. They once were a few hundred dollars for a single gigabyte, but ow you can get a single terabyte for under $100 (US dollars)
Some offer rugged cases just in case you are constantly on the go with your computer and drive. Many automatically connect to your computer as a special backup device so you really don’t have to do much. The software automates the whole process for you.
What to consider when making a purchase
As always, check your computer manufacturer and see if the portable drive is compatible with your system. Going to a local store is one of the best ways to find out which one is right for you. Also, consider the type of content you will be creating.
Video files tend to get large pretty quick so you will want a drive with enough space to help you grow. Make sure to check out the reviews of your finalists and see if other people have had any standard issues so you are aware for the future.