7200RPM 2.5 Inch SATA 2TB Internal Hard Disk Drives

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Increase Your Laptop Data Storage with 7200 RPM 2 TB Internal Hard Drives

New laptop owners may not realize right away that while the video card and processor are major components that commonly cannot be upgraded, there are other ways to improve performance quite easily. One example is by increasing the storage capacity of their HDD. While it doesnt increase the responsiveness like an SSD would, this type of upgrade allows for more data storage space for large files, which is something an SSD can do but at a larger cost per GB.

In What Applications Can I Use a 7200 RPM 2 TB Hard Drive?

  • Laptop Upgrade: The most obvious way to use this internal hard drive is to swap your old SATA hard drive with a new one. This entails migrating the contents of your old hard drive using a dedicated software tool to keep everything intact and the drive properly formatted. Physical installation would require removing the backplate and the stock internal hard drive. Install the new hard drive by aligning the SATA data port and the power connections and pushing the hardware in sideways. Screwing it in ensures the installation is solid.
  • Desktop Upgrade: Installation on desktops is also possible so long as the computer case has drive bays that can accommodate drives using the smaller 2.5-inch form factor. Screw in the drive into a slot in the drive bays and plug in the SATA cable into the motherboard and the slot on the HDD. Then, plug in a power connector from your PC power supply. After booting, the drive should appear in the file manager if it is properly formatted and partitioned.
  • NAS: You can also turn multiple drives into a network-attached storage with the proper enclosure. This setup allows your home network to copy, paste, and manipulate data wirelessly. The drives spindle speed should allow for ample data transfer rates even with multiple users accessing the NAS simultaneously.

How Do I Turn an Internal Hard Drive Into a Portable One?

  • Purchase Enclosure: Make sure to buy a slim drive enclosure specifically for smaller 2.5-inch drives. You can choose from a variety of designs, including rugged ones with shock absorption properties to prevent data corruption or streamlined and slim designs built for portability.
  • Format: After placing the 2 TB 7200 RPM HDD in the enclosure, you can plug the device into a USB port. Use your operating systems formatting tools to make the drive detectable and usable.
  • Partition: You can then partition the internal hard drive if you so choose. It will make multiple drives appear in your file browser once you plug it in. This makes it convenient for when you share the drive with a sibling or partner but want your data to be segregated accordingly.