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Today's technological world runs on information, so it stands to reason that how that information is handled is crucial. When it comes to your internal hard drive, you want a drive that is not only reliable but also one that meets your specific needs and budgets. Luckily, there are numerous hard drives available on the market, allowing you to choose the one that best suits your specific situation. Whether you are building a computer from the ground up and need a hard drive to provide internal storage or you are replacing your current hard drive with a better one, finding and installing a hard drive can be a breeze if you have the right tools and the right information.

HDD: The Traditional Option

Most computers on the market use a hard-disk drive (HDD) for their internal storage. While this storage option is certainly not the fastest, it is the most affordable. Because of this, users who need to store a large amount of data should consider an HDD. Choosing HDD means you can have well over a terabyte of internal storage space without breaking the bank; something that cannot be said about other forms of internal storage.

SDD: Fast as Lightning

For those who are less concerned about the pricetag and more concerned about performance, a solid-state drive (SSD) is the obvious choice. Although most people may think they've never used SSD technology, anyone who has ever used an MP3 player, like an iPod, has already experienced the lightning fast speeds that SSDs are capable of. Solid state is the reason your iPod can start up in the blink of an eye, while your personal computer may need to take several minutes. While this internal hard drive is the fastest, it is certainly not the most affordable, which equates to spending much more per gigabyte of space. Because of this, many users opt to have two hard-drives in their system: one HDD in which they can keep all of their long-term storage, and one SSD where they can put their more commonly accessed files that they want to load in the blink of an eye.

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