Get a bigger hard drive for less money than you think
However much we store in the cloud, with services like Dropbox and OneDrive, we still need internal hard drives that provide speed and capacity of our operating system, programs and important files.
We also want them to be dependable – there is little worse than losing significant function or irreplaceable photographs when a hard drive fails.
That’s why we’ve put together this listing of the finest internal hard drives for laptop and desktop PCs. We have tested these storage devices and put them through their paces to find out the best drives no matter what your needs are. We are continuously updating this guide as well, so make sure to come back regularly to learn what the most effective hard drives are.
Have a look at our best external hard disk guide for 2017
2TB is not a bad starting point unless you’re heavily into viewing movies, as well as prices , you don’t have to pay much to enjoy outstanding performance and huge storage space. But as they say, bytes fill a tough drive such as gas, an empty space.
So, in no particular order, here would be the best internal hard disk drives as of March 2017 (only keep in mind your mileage will always change in regards to reliability so that was not taken into consideration when putting together that list).
This version steals the show by providing the lowest priced per TB price at just over#25.
This Toshiba drive includes a 7200RPM rotational speed (faster than the 5400RPM models usually seen within this price range), using a surprisingly big 64MB cache and is relatively silent when in use, at 25dBA. It is not the fastest drive around, but if you only want a cheap internal HDD, it is probably your best choice.
If you’re looking for the best possible price for a large capacity hard drive, then the WD Blue 1TB hard drive is a great shout, at just #42.
It comes with 1TB of storage space, which is fairly impressive considering the price tag, 64MB buffer and is effective at 7200RPM rates, which means that your data transfers are going to remain fast.
It is not the best hard drive on the market, as it uses 6w when in use, however for the price you’ll need to make several sacrifices.
If 1TB is not enough, this driveway comes in 2TB – 6TB models as well.
A current evolution in the inner hard drive market has become the segmentation based on usage with NAS (network attached storage) has been targeted as a particularly promising segment.
Toshiba is the only one without a dedicated NAS hard disk line.
As opposed to focusing on functionality, these forces zero on reliability and the capacity to do in a 24/7 environment that explains why they’re usually bought in a lot instead of independently.
If you want a high capacity hard drive with NAS-specific features for keeping it running 24/7, then the WD Red 8TB NAS is a great alternative. The high capacity means that you can set up two or more of these in mirror RAID configurations and have loads of storage space to your files.