Do you need a new hard drive for your computer? Here at Sweetwater, you'll find an amazing selection of internal hard drives that suit every need. So if you want to expand the storage capacity of your device, here are some tips that will help you select the best hard drive for your specific needs.
The first thing to think about when buying a new internal hard drive is the amount of space you'll need. We carry options ranging from 250GB to 3TB. Typically, you can expect a higher price tag with a higher storage capacity. If you're a beginner and don't need much space, a 250 or 500GB drive should suit you just fine. On the other hand, if you regularly record audio or have sound libraries, you'll want to check out our drives with storage capacities upwards of 1TB.
Do you need more than one drive? Most people need only a single quality drive, but in some cases you should consider getting a second one, if only to serve as a backup disk of your recordings. You don't want to find yourself missing that sweet track you just recorded thanks to an accidentally wiped disk.
Sweetwater carries both solid state drives (SSD) and disk hard drives. Both of them perform the same job, while offering different advantages and drawbacks. Are you looking to get the lowest price? Generally, solid state drives are more expensive than hard drives.
If you need the maximum amount of space, hard drives are the way to go. They often have a higher maximum capacity, so you'll have no trouble finding a good hard drive with 3TB capacity. So if you're a professional who needs a lot of space on a single drive, buy one of our higher capacity hard drives.
On the other hand, if you need speed and versatility, this is where solid state drives shine! A computer with an SSD will boot in just a few seconds, the programs will run faster and files will have a faster transfer rate. SSDs are also more efficient in storing data, so your drive won't suffer fragmentation and will keep on being fast for a long time.
Do you travel a lot with your computer? Keep in mind that hard drives are more susceptible to damage just by shaking, dropping or bumping it. An SSD, on the other hand, is more durable since it doesn't have moving parts. These drives make your data safer and lower the possibility of damage.
One more important factor to mention is that hard drives are louder than SSDs, which can prove problematic for audio engineers and musicians. The scratchy sound from your hard drive might intrude into your recordings, while SSDs are fairly quiet.
If you need help selecting the best hard drive for your purposes, give our Sales Engineers a call. Tell us about your computer and your use for the drive, and we'll help you find the right one.
Sweetwater's Sales Engineers are regarded as the most experienced and knowledgeable professionals in the music industry, with extensive music backgrounds and intense training on the latest products and technologies. They are available to offer you personalized product advice any time you need it.