It is always a great practice to understand how your computer works. It can help troubleshoot issues that you may encounter and to better educate yourself when looking for a new computer.
With that comes one of the first things most IT people will mention is the hard drive. What exactly does the hard drive do?
The answer to that is-storage. Your Hard Drive is responsible for storing information, we mean everything. It is responsible for your programs, your color preference on your display screen, music, pictures, videos, documents, EVERYTHING.
Hard drives measure things in terms of megabytes (MB), gigabytes (GB), and Terabytes (TB). Megabytes is now the more obsolete option, with computer’s needing more storage space for the average computer user.
Dates are rough estimates only.
How Much Can I Store On My Computer With My Hard Drive?
Here are some averages to give an idea of how much you can store on which size device if you where to only use it for that purpose only.
Digital Music (MP3)
500 GB 8,330 hours
1 TB 16,660 hours
1.5 TB 24,990 hours
2 TB 33,320 hours
Average Digital Photos
500 GB 160,000
1 TB 320,000
1.5 TB 480,000
2 TB 640,000
500 GB 500 Hours
1 TB 1,000 Hours
1.5 TB 1,500 Hours
2 TB 2,000 Hours
500 GB 125 Movies
1 TB 250 Movies
1.5 TB 375 Movies
2 TB 500 Movies
Below Are The Different Types Of Hard Drive Connections.
- Parallel Advanced Technology Attachment (PATA)
- Serial Advanced Technology Attachment (SATA)
- Small Computer System Interface (SCSI)
- Solid State Drives (SSD)