CMS Distribution Storage Buying Guide: Part Three

Your customer needs more storage for photos, videos and music

If your customer needs extra storage for media files, but they don’t want to install an internal drive, they could consider external storage. There are many benefits to expanding a computers capacity with external storage. For example, there is no limit to how much storage the customer could have; they can have several drives and they’re much faster and simpler to install than internal drives.

Fixed and portable external hard drives are an affordable way to considerably increase storage, and they offer higher capacities than internal SSD.

If the customer wants a solution that’s light and easy to carry around with them, then they can choose a portable hard drive. Portable hard drives don’t need to be plugged into the mains as they are powered by USB, making them great for backing up and storing important files when the customer is away from their home or the office.

Desktop hard drives are designed as an expansion of a PC or laptop. They aren’t built to be portable as they need to be plugged in to the mains, but they have a higher capacity than portable drives. They’re ideal for backing up large files and customers can keep it connected to their PC or laptop, enabling them to set up automatic backups.

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Your customer needs a USB flash drive, but they don’t know which one to choose

USB flash drives are lightweight, reusable and really useful for transferring documents, photos, videos and even applications. There’s a wide range of different flash drives available, and the key things for customers to look at when deciding which one to buy is the capacity, transfer speed and connection type.

Capacity

The cost of a USB flash drive is directly affected by the capacity. Most flash drives have a capacity between 8GB and 64GB and the capacity a customer chooses really depends on what they want to use it for. If the customer is a school or college student, for example, and they need the drive to transfer word documents, presentations and perhaps the odd photo, they’ll be fine with an 8GB flash drive.

If the customer wants to transport larger files, so photos, videos, films or applications then they should go for a higher capacity.

Transfer speed

When the customer is regularly transferring data, more than just a few kilobytes at a time, then the transfer speed is definitely something to consider.

The read and write speed of a USB flash drive will normally be shown on the packaging. It’s important to point out to customers that the faster flash drives will cost more per GB, so if speed isn’t a priority, it’s probably worth them going for a flash drive with a mid-range speed and a higher capacity.

Connection type

Most USB flash drives will be sold as either USB 2.0 or USB 3.0.

USB 3.0 was introduced in 2008 and is considerably faster than USB 2.0, meaning files can be transferred much quicker. USB 3.0 flash drives are backwards compatible which means they can be used with USB 2.0 ports.

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