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What is an SSD

SSDs (Solid State Drives) allow a computer to boot up in no time, and let you save and access files much faster than standard hard disk drives. SSDs have no moving parts, so they’re more durable and reliable, with better performance. And because nothing is moving inside the drive, SSDs are virtually silent.

In desktops, SSDs are normally used as secondary drives that can store the operating system, demanding software or your most commonly used programs. This really reduces load times - perfect for high-performance PCs or gaming setups.

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How much capacity do I need

When you’re deciding on which capacity hard drive to go for, it’s important to think about how much you’ll be wanting to store on it.

500GB is enough for backing up a single user's important documents, while a whole family looking to store films, music and photos will need at least 1TB. If you're looking for a storage device to back up project files from creative software, anything over 1TB is recommended, as these types of files can be huge.

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Benefits of a portable drive

The main benefit of a portable drive is that you can plug it into different computers and work on the same stuff in different locations. This portability and flexibility is great for students who want to continue their studies in the evening, or for anyone that needs to take work home from the office.

If you need to back up quickly on the go, an external SSD is small enough to fit into any bag or case without worry. You can’t do this as easily with a large external desktop hard drives – these are best left connected to a desktop PC when you’re backing up files and folders.

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Do I need internal or external drive

External hard drives are usually simple to get up and running, and you can easily unplug them for use on a different computer. So, if you want to share files between different computers (taking work home with you, for example), go for an external hard drive.

If you’re not too fussed about portability, internal drives come with a variety of benefits that include speed, price, and protection inside your computer. If your machine allows for a second internal drive to be installed, and you’re happy to take that task on, an internal drive could be right for you.

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Discover our range of Data Storage options at Currys. Whether you need a simple USB Stick for transferring pictures and documents, our USB range extends to SanDisk, Toshiba and Kodak to help you choose the ideal data device. If you need an even larger amount of space to back up your laptop, desktop or other, our range of Portable hard drives will be ideal.

At Currys, we stock brands such as WD, Seagate, Lacie and many more so you can find the perfect external drive that suits your needs. We also stock a large range of SSD drives. That stands for Solid State Drives and they are much faster than traditional hard drives. That means faster loading times for all your installed programmes as well as faster transfer times. Perfect if you’re looking to upgrade your existing desktop or laptop.

If you’ve ever considered investing in Cloud Storage, you’ll be delighted to hear we have cloud options for purchase. Perfect if you continually use multiple devices and need a central and easy access point to get to them. From 200 GB to 4 TB we have storage capacities that suit just one person or a whole household.