When you’re shopping for a new computer, there are a few things that differentiate the models. There’s the manufacturer, obviously, but on top of that there’s the screen size, the processor power, and…the hard drive space. In case you don’t know, hard drive space equates to the amount of room there is to store things on the computer, whether that’s installed programs or your own files that you create and save to the computer. It’s easy to want to go big or go home and get the computer with the most storage space just because you can. Hey, you might need it, right? That’s not the best idea, though, especially if you’re shopping on a budget. Logically, more hard drive space is going to set you back even more when it comes to price. With that in mind, you have to step back and take a long, hard look at how much hard drive space you really need and there are two important things to consider.
What Your Budget Is
If you’re shopping on a budget, it can be tempting to go for the lowest-priced computer because it saves you the most money. Unfortunately, the bottom tier of computers isn’t always your best bet even if the hard drive space seems reasonable and every other spec on the computer checks out. Considering your budget doesn’t necessarily mean buying the cheapest model. It means not spending too much on a computer with extra hard drive space you don’t need and it means not cutting corners and missing out on valuable storage space. Of course, if you already have an external hard drive or plan to store many things in the cloud or backed up in other ways, you can opt for a cheaper computer with less storage space. As with any electronic, it’s all about shopping smart and knowing what’s going to work out the best for you.
What You’re Storing
The most important thing to consider when you’re looking at hard drive space on a prospective computer purchase is what you’re going to be keeping on there. If you’re intending the computer as a machine to take with you on short trips when you’ll only be storing a few files for a presentation or just enough to maintain you away from your office, you can get away with a computer that has a small amount of hard drive space and you shouldn’t run into any problems. On the other hand, if you’re planning on using the computer to play video games and store saved game data or as the main place you edit and store the high-quality photos you take, you’re going to want a computer with lots of hard drive space so you don’t have to buy even more external hard drives or other forms of media backup in the end to store the files you don’t have room for. Additionally, if you’re planning to install a lot of programs it’s best to have a buffer so you’re not running out of space for your actual saved files.