Kahl Consultants Running Out of Storage Pros and Cons of External Hard Drives

Protecting your data is more important than ever. Running out of storage capacity can be a nightmare. Photos, documents, financial records - all your personal files on your devices are susceptible to hardware failure, software glitches, even ransomware.

What's more important - antivirus software or a good backup? Backups!
External hard drives come in many options. We encourage you to use an external hard drive along with a good backup system.

Pros and Cons of External Hard Drives


  • Increased Storage
    Choose your size and storage capacity for your specific needs.
  • Ease of Use
    External drives are typically plug-and-play; plug the wire into your laptop or mobile device and you can transfer files.
  • Portability
    Lightweight and compact drives allow you to back files on the go.
  • Offline Access
    No internet is required to access your files.


  • Physical Uncertainty
    Devices are susceptible to damage, so multiple backups are advisable.
  • Unsecure
    Got sensitive data? Encrypt or password-protect your drive!
  • Slow
    External hard drives are not as fast as internal computer drives. Compared to solid-state drives (SSDs), external drives, particularly those using HDD (hard disk drive) technology, are slower for data transfer.

 Choose The Right Backup Drive

There are a lot of choices of different external drives in the market. Here are a few tips for choosing the right external hard drive and avoiding running out of storage in your devices.

  1. Storage Capacity
    Determine how much data you need to store and choose a drive with ample space.
  2. Connection
    External hard drives usually connect via USB, but there are options offering faster transfer speeds.
  3. Durability
    Look for external drives with shock and water resistance for added data protection, take care when you plug and unplug cables.

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