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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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WesternDigital My Book 4TB

WD My Book 4TB External Hard Drive Storage


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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 2TB 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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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
2048.0 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 3.0, USB 2.0
USB 3.0 and USB 2.0
Serial ATA
USB
Spindle Speed
7200.0 RPM
7200.0 RPM
7200.0 RPM
7200.0 RPM
5400.0 RPM

  • The WD My Book (4TB) desktop-class external hard drive is a basic, large-capacity drive. It's what you need if you're a compulsive video downloader, photograph everything you do, or need to keep every MP3 you own in one place.


  • Western Digital's 4TB My Book World Edition II NAS device is an easy and reasonably cheap way to store large amounts of data in a central location. Its overall performance is slow, but for tasks where speed isn't critical this NAS device is a decent choice.

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    Western Digital's 4TB My Book World Edition II NAS device is an easy and reasonably cheap way to store large amounts of data in a central location. Its overall performance is slow, but for tasks where speed isn't critical this NAS device is a decent choice.

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    Compact and light enough to easily fit in a backpack or briefcase, Western Digitalâ?? s My Book Studio external hard drive is a cute little bugger. Designed to resemble a book, the 6.5-inch tall drive stands upright, and you have the option of digitally labeling your drive (with 12 characters or less) so itâ?? ll read like a title on the binding a book.

    Designed specifically for a Mac, this plug-in-and-go drive is compatible with Appleâ??


  • For the Mac user who requires copious storage but not the mirroring capability of the Studio II, the Western Digital My Book Studio (2TB) makes a good Time Machine or working storage drive.


  • Western Digital's My Book Studio Edition is quite possibly the sexiest external hard drive we've seen, if we're allowed to call external hard drives that. The powdered silver casing is one of luxury, a single stretched ovoid line lit by white LEDs calmly and serenely tracks back and forth when it's in use.


  • The WD My Passport Portable makes an excellent portable drive for use with both desktop and laptop computers, at home or while on the road.


  • The market is pretty saturated with USB-only drives from a variety of manufacturers. Price per gigabyte and speed have become paramount concerns, and the only technical way to compare the contenders. The My Passport for Mac stacks up well against competing drives, producing some of the best times we've seen in a USB-only drive. It has comparatively strong pricing (though it's by no means the cheapest on the market), and it has a solid warranty behind it.


  • The Western Digital My Passport offers a spacious hard drive for casual Mac users who simply want to back their data up, but there are faster drives with faster connections available.

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    If you have a digital library that's larger than the capacity of your tablet and want to bring it all with you on the go, the Wireless Plus is arguably the best choice on the market.


  • If you have a digital library that's larger than the capacity of your tablet and want to bring it all with you on the go, the Wireless Plus is arguably the best choice on the market.