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Which Hard Drive Is Right for You?

Running out of file storage space on your computer? Need to back up your growing collection of digital photos, home videos and music? Then it's time for a new external or internal hard drive. Compare the types of hard drives and view capacity examples below to find the one that's right for your needs.

External
Hard Drives


Desktop External Drives
Mac External
Hard Drives

Mac External Hard Drives
Network (NAS) & Personal Cloud Hard Drives

Network (NAS) & Personal Cloud Hard Drives
Internal Hard Drives


Desktop Internal Drives
Solid State Drives (SSD)


Solid State Drives
High-capacity desktop models and compact, portable designs.



Compatible with your MacBook® or iMac®. Easily backs your files up to Apple® Time Machine.



Access your files from anywhere over the Internet with personal clouds. Through wireless hard drives, you can stream music and movies to multiple devices at the same time.



Increase the built-in storage space of your desktop or laptop.

Fast, quiet, small and light. Ideal for laptops and tablets.

What can you store?

Digital Music Digital Photos DVD Quality Digital Videos HD Video
Capacity
Digital Music
(Songs)
Digital Photos
(Files)
DVD-Quality Movies Digital Videos
(Hours)
HD Videos
(Hours)
320 GB up to 80,000 up to 60,000 up to 80 up to 320 up to 80
500 GB up to 125,000 up to 100,000 up to 125 up to 500 up to 125
750 GB up to 187,000 up to 150,000 up to 180 up to 750 up to 180
1.0 TB up to 250,000 up to 200,000 up to 250 up to 1,000 up to 250
2.0 TB up to 500,000 up to 400,000 up to 500 up to 2,000 up to 500
3.0 TB up to 750,000 up to 600,000 up to 750 up to 3,000 up to 750
4.0 TB up to 1,000,000 up to 800,000 up to 1,000 up to 4,000 up to 1,000
5.0 TB up to 1,250,000 up to 1,000,000 up to 1,250 up to 5,000 up to 1,250
6.0 TB up to 1,500,000 up to 1,200,000 up to 1,500 up to 6,000 up to 1,500

Music capacity is based on 4 minutes per song. MP3 capacity is based on 128 kbps bit rate and 11:1 audio compression ratio. Uncompressed CD quality is based on 1:1 audio compression rate.

Figures represent the average number of photos taken with a 6 megapixel camera in high resolution JPEG mode with an average file size of 3.5 MB per photo. The actual number of images will vary by camera model and compression setting.

Based on typical 2-hour movie

Based on H.264 compression at 6.7Mbps bitrate