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Best 3TB Hard Drives in 2016

Updated on January 4, 2016

Internal 3TB Hard Drives

If you need to store a lot of videos, pictures and various files on your computer, I highly recommend you buy a 3TB hard drive for yourself. With this amount of capacity you'll never have to worry about running out of disk space because you stored too much information. 3TB should be enough for any media junkie out there.

It doesn't really matter if your hard drive is external or internal. It really depends on your own preferences. An internal drive is a bit harder to hook up since you need to open up the case and install it, but you can easily use it as a main drive. The external hard drive has the benefit of portability, so you can take your favorite movies and songs with you any time. Most external hard drive systems already use an internal hard drive, so they're not quite as different as you might think.

3TB hard drives are designed to store massive amounts of information which they can keep for years to come.

Seagate Barracuda 3 TB HDD

This is a good hard drive which comes at a decent price. It's main feature is the 3TB storage capacity, a SATA 6Gb/s interface.

It's a new generation hard drive which has been optimize to increase overall performance by up to 45% over the previous generation.

It can be used for desktops, AIO PCs, servers and even in network attached storage systems.

WD Caviar Green 3TB

This would be another good choice for a storage expansion computer upgrade.

The WD Caviar Green hard drive is optimized to reduce power consumption by up to 40%, while keeping the noise levels down to a minimum.

With a 3TB hard drive on your side, you can store up to 600,000 photos, 750,000 MP3 song files, and up to 360 hours of HD video.

Storage vs Performance

If you think about upgrading your computer for more storage space, I would recommend you use the large storage drive as a secondary drive, and not the one you install your operating system on. If you want a single drive machine, then make sure you partition the drive prior to installing the new OS, so all your media files are separate from the system partition.

If you don't want to sacrifice performance, then the 3TB should be a second drive to an SSD which can store the operating system and the main programs you use.

SSD drives are the best choice for bringing your computer to top speeds. They can outperform regular drives by a factor of 10 when it comes to data retrieval.

© 2014 Bucsa Emanuel Ioan

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    • teaches12345 profile image

      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      Lots of information to consider. Thanks for sharing.

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      Judy Specht 3 years ago from California

      Excellent infor for the techno un savvy. Easy to follow and understand. Nice work. I especially like your idea to keep OS and other stuff separate.