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When deciding on a hard drive for a computer, storage capacity immediately comes to mind. However, storage is only one feature to be considered. Equally important are buffer size, interface type, and spindle speed. These factors are mainly important for traditional hard drives, not the newer solid-state drives. When deciding on the best hard drive 2013, it is worth taking a look at these newer drives, but the focus of this article will be on the traditional drives.

Solid State Drives
These drives have no moving parts and are kind of like the flash memory cards used in cameras, phones, and other devices. They offer unparalleled speed, but they are still quite pricey. Here are some of their benefits:

Speed
- Improved reliability over traditional drives
- Lower energy consumption compared to traditional hard drives

While these features are great, a 1TB internal solid state drive costs around $2,500.

Traditional Drive Spindle Speed
The speed at which the drive rotates the disc of a traditional drive generally translates into overall drive speed. Most hard drives on the market today run at 7,200 RPM. This is fine for 99% of tasks, but for those that need even more speed, 10,000 RPM drives are the best.

Buffer Size
All that spinning is fine, but having an internal buffer to help prevent lag is essential. The current standards are 32MB or 64MB of
cache memory. It is wise to choose a model with 64MB, as the price difference between 64MB and 32MB buffer drives is negligible.

Interface Type
How a hard drive connects to motherboard will also affect performance. Being able to quickly scan and locate files is meaningless unless that data gets transferred quickly. SATA III is the interface type to look for in the best hard drives of 2013. It sends data at 6Gbps and ensures that all that disc activity is not getting slowed down by an older connection format.

Bare Drives
It should be noted that most drives available on websites are "bare" drives, meaning they do not come with the original packaging and accessories found in the retail box. This is generally not a big issue, as most of the cables needed will be found in a computer's power supply or included with the motherboard.

Keep these factors in mind when shopping for the best hard drive 2013,and find that perfect match of value and performance.

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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
Capacity
4096.0 GB
2048.0 GB
1024.0 GB
1024.0 GB
500.0 GB
Designation
Desktop Computer, Laptop Computer
Desktop Computer, Laptop Computer, Tower & Drive Cases
Desktop Computer, Laptop Computer
Desktop Computer
Desktop Computer, Laptop Computer
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.


  • An easy-to-use interface and massive storage capacity make this a great home NAS device.

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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.


  • 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.

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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.


Top 5 hard drives:

  1. WD My Book 4TB External Hard Drive Storage
  2. WD My Book Studio 2TB Mac External Hard Drive Storage USB 3.0
  3. WD My Passport for Mac 1TB USB 3.0
  4. Seagate Wireless Plus 1 TB Built-In Wi-Fi Streaming (STCK1000100)
  5. Toshiba Canvio Slim Portable Hard Drive 500GB