Deciding between an external storage drive and internal storage drive can’t be just for aesthetic reasons. One should always consider his needs against the pros and cons of each type of drive.
Each type of drive has its own pros and cons, thus you need to understand the advantage and disadvantage of each type and its edge over each other. First, let’s take a closer look of external hard drives:
External hard drives are obviously portable, they are easy to set-up and start with, especially when you’re new to computers. Usually, all you need to do to use it is to plug its USB cable to your computer’s port, then follow the simple installation process and you’re basically ready to go. If you’re not interested into connecting cables and wires inside your desktop PC, then an external storage device is good for you.
Another good thing about external hard drives is that files are so much easier to share between different users. Most USB/FireWire drives today are available in “plug and play,” making it easier to share the device from one PC to another, as all you need to do is to unplug the device and plug it to another. Convenience and portability are the biggest advantage of external hard drives.
However, because it’s external, expect the device to work slower than its internal counterparts. Because they’re just connected through USB busses, they transfer information much slower as compared to internal drives which are connected through IDE/ATA busses.
Also, because externals have separate casings, they are more expensive than internal drives.
An internal storage device, on the other hand, is less expensive and transfers files faster compared to external drives. However, if you’re not into the technicalities of computers, then this type of storage device can be daunting to you, as installing it inside your system can be confusing at first. However, there are lots of packages out there that include cables and other hardware needed for installation. Also, installation software can make or break the whole thing. If it’s a good quality package, even individuals new to PC can install the internal drive easily.
Internal drives are significantly cheaper in price per megabyte than external drives. But of course, the price is higher per device. The most obvious reason is that it’s not wrapped with a good-looking and sturdy casing.
The biggest drawback of the internal drive against an external drive is obviously the convenience. If you wish to share a stored file to other users, then you would have to send that file via email or copy it to your USB. But if you’re using a laptop, this convenience is a little less needed.
All you need to do in choosing between external and internal storage device is determine your needs. Thus, understand how each type can be of help for you.