Almost each household now has a computer or laptop or even more. It comes in handy not only for work or school tasks but even for storing photos, movies, videos, and other virtual memory you cherish most. Unfortunately, your computer’s hard drive can only save a certain amount and it has its limit. If your hard drive is damaged, meanwhile, your storage capacity gets worse. And when it does, you have no choice but to save one temporarily on a flash drive, purchase a pricey external hard drive, or worse, delete extra stuff.
While deleting them is not an option you delight in, it happens at times (albeit with a heavy heart). But if you find yourself in a similar situation now, don’t just throw in the towel yet. Back stuff up, and avoid having to pay data recovery service prices on professional hard drive recovery. We’ll try to find ways how we can maximize computer storage space without sacrificing the memories you have made along the way.
Holiday pictures, party videos, movies or music: eventually every hard drive reaches its limits and a new storage medium needs be found.
But what’s the best way to do it? Do you just expand the computer’s memory or move your operating system and programmes to another computer? And do you opt for a large conventional drive or more expensive but faster SSD memory?
The easiest solution for desktop PC owners is to add a new hard drive to a computer that has space for one. You should make sure the new disk has as much space as possible, advises Rainer Schuldt from computer magazine Computerbild.
“Today, three-terabyte hard disks are already available for a relatively small amount of money,” he says.
A new disk can usually be installed in a few minutes and after a restart it’s recognised by the operating system. Then you just have to move your data from the old disk to the new.
If you hate running out of storage space and you don’t want to add to your collection of hard drives, you can always do these things:
Your computer doesn’t like running out of storage space — besides losing out on a place to store that kitten video you downloaded for Youtube, you’ll also find your computer runs a lot slower when the storage is nearly full. So anything you can do to keep a healthy chunk of storage space free is an upgrade that’s well worth doing.
Investing in an external hard drive and plugging it into a spare USB port is an upgrade that pretty much anyone can do. You won’t be able to move your operating system files over to it, but you can shift all those photos, videos and other personal files to the external drive no problem. Just remember that you need to back them up somewhere else too, just in case your new external hard drive should fall into the fish tank.
Fitting a second hard drive inside your case or even swapping out your original drive for a bigger one isn’t as difficult as you might think, though in the latter case you have the added hassle of having to move your operating system, applications and files over at the same time.
If you do decide to replace your internal hard drive, than switching from a mechanical hard drive to a speedy SSD can make a huge difference to the load times and running speed of your computer, as well as potentially giving you more storage space too.
You don’t have to be a computer expert to find additional storage solutions for your computing needs nor do you need to spend lots of money to make it happen. Just a little ingenuity and know-how can save you from a headache involving your computer’s storage space that many of us face in our day-to-day life.
But then, it also depends on the hard drive unit itself. While some can benefit from making a few upgrades and add-ons, there are those that definitely need a replacement. If that’s the case, choose wisely and find a unit that has at least a terabyte storage space so you don’t have to constantly worry about running out of storage or having to lose data that are important to you.