When shopping for a brand new hard disk, you should start by finding out exactly how much space you have on your current hard disk. It is also useful to know other basic information about a disk, such as its file system formatting and rotation speed. This article shows you how to find out these things.
Find Out How Much Total Space and Free Space Are Available on Your Hard Disk
1. Move your mouse to the bottom left-hand corner of the screen and left-click on the round Windows button. This will bring up a menu with two panels.
2. On the right side of the Menu, click on the option “Computer.” This will bring up a file browser that shows all the hard drives and other devices connected to your computer.
3. Left-click once on any drive and you will see a display showing the drive’s total capacity and the amount of free space on the disk.
4. For further information, right-click on the drive name and select “Properties.” The properties window will open . Click on the “General” tab, which will show a graphical representation of the total space and free space on the drive. You can also see the type of file system formatting on the drive (for most Windows users, this will be NTFS).
How To Find Out the Rotation Speed of Your External Hard Disk
1. Follow the steps outlined above to open the “Properties” window for the drive.
2. Click on the “Hardware” tab. You will see a list of the hardware devices connected to your computer.
3. Locate your hard drive, which will be listed by manufacturer name and model. You can look at the “Type” column if you need help identifying which is your hard drive. Under the “Type” column, find the drive listed as “Disk Drives.”
4. Use the manufacturer name and model number to search in a search engine for information about your hard drive. Look for something called Rotation Speed or RPM (Revolutions Per Minute). Typical RPM numbers for hard drives are 5400 or 7200.
How to Store Pictures, Videos, and Other Important Data
One question that pops up quite frequently has to do with long term data storage for media files, such as photos, videos, and music. Many of our readers are particularly concerned with having a safe and reliable backup copy of the family memories captured over years of digital photos and videos.
Most people are rightfully confused over the range of options out there for data storage. Some say it’s best to burn everything to data DVDs and store them in a closet. Others say tape backup is most reliable. Still others swear that storing data in the cloud (i.e., online on a server) is the most fail-safe approach.
There are certainly good points to be made for each of these methods, but there are also drawbacks to each. The most notable warning is for those who store their precious data on CDs or DVDs that they burn themselves. While this is a quick and efficient method, studies over the past several years have revealed just how short-lived those disks are. The chemical compounds on DVDs and CDs deteriorates over time, leading to evenutaly partial or total data loss. I spoke with one heartbroken mother who had relied on DVD backups of her family photos.
Only four years later when he went to review some of those photos, all she got was a disk read error. The compound on the disk had deteriorated and here photos were lost forever. A better solution is to use a special type of disk, known as archival DVDs or CDs. These disks are designed to maintain their structure and data integrity over long periods of time.
Storing photos online is a pretty good option. As long as you choose a reputable service for storage, you generally don’t have to worry about losing your data. However, many people don’t like this option for several reasons. One is that obviously you need to have an internet connection to access your photos. Another is security–do you really trust the service you’re using? In this age of data harvesting, profiling, and digital surveillance, people are becoming increasingly wary of trusting their data to faceless companies. Finally, some online storage services impose file size limitations and total storage limitations.
Probably the most common way of storing digital photos is to use a hard drive. I use hard drives to store all of my photos. It is fast and convenient. I always have access to my photos when I want them. I can store enormous quantities of photos on a single drive. However, it is always best to keep a backup copy of all of your photos on one or more separate hard disk. I use multiple external usb hard drives for this purpose. The extra drives are inexpensive and are easy to store and quick to access when needed. Now that you can purchase 1tb external USB hard disk very inexpensively, there is no reason why you shouldn’t maintain backups of all of your photos. After all, little Bobby’s third birthday only happens once. Those are memories that you can’t replace