Updated on 12 August 2013 by

Desktops use the 3.5 inch hard drives which have large capacity and support several interfaces such as SATA, USB and FireWire. The best hard drives for desktops should ideally be able to accommodate the operating systems, photos, movies, videos, music and documents. Moreover, for backing up the stored information and sharing between devices external hard drives could be put to use.

The high quality hard drives in desktops contribute to the overall system's performance. A majority of these are having internal enclosure while the top notch products are available with external enclosure. Western Digital, Toshiba , Seagate, LaCie, Hitachi, Fujitsu and HP are the chief brands manufacturing these desktop hard drives.

We briefly discuss here the specifications which should be taken into consideration before buying a hard drive.

Capacity:
For working with enormous data you should opt for at least 1TB storage. Currently there are desktop hard drives available with 4TB or more capacity. If you are a professional in the field of graphics and video editing, more room for storage is certainly going to benefit you.

Performance:
The contributing factors in the performance of desktop HDDs are data transfer speed, spindle speed and cache size.

SATA 3 having a data transfer speed up to 6Gbps can prove to be a good choice if you are planning to get an internal hard drive. For high performance in external hard drives, USB 3.0 is the most found and easy to use interface with speed up to 5Gbps. Also, Thunderbolt with transfer speed up to 10Gbps could be good for desktops running Mac OS. There is need for driver installation for connecting Thunderbolt hard drives to Windows desktops.

Next, spindle should rotate at a speed of at least 7200 RPM in these hard drives for accessing the data stored on disk platters. Desktop hard drives should have a caching buffer of 16 MB or more. This much buffer size assists if it is required to retrieve the already fetched data.

We present here a listing of the best hard drives for desktops which is based on the opinions of major review sites across the internet.


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WD My Book 4TB
WD My Book Studio Mac
WD My Passport for Mac
Seagate Wireless Plus 1 TB (STCK1000100)
Toshiba Canvio Slim
WD My Book 4TB External Hard Drive Storage
WD My Book Studio 4TB Mac External Hard Drive Storage USB 3.0
WD My Passport for Mac 1TB  USB 3.0
Seagate Wireless Plus 1 TB Built-In Wi-Fi Streaming (STCK1000100)
Toshiba Canvio Slim Portable Hard Drive 500GB
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$114 - $188
$69 - $124
$140
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Release Date
Oct 2012
Oct 2012
Aug 2012
Jan 2013
Sep 2012
Designation
Desktop Computer, Laptop Computer
Desktop Computer, Laptop Computer, Tower & Drive Cases
Desktop Computer, Laptop Computer
Desktop Computer
Desktop Computer, Laptop Computer
Capacity
4096.0 GB
4096.0 GB
1024.0 GB
1024.0 GB
500.0 GB
Enclosure
External
Plug-In Module
External
External
External
HDD Form Factor
3.5'
3.5"
Interface
USB, Serial ATA, FireWire
USB
USB 3.0 and USB 2.0
Serial ATA
USB
Spindle Speed
7200.0 RPM
7200.0 RPM
7200.0 RPM
5400.0 RPM
Average Rating
 3.9 stars
 4.3 stars
 3.8 stars
 4.0 stars
 5.0 stars

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