Solutions to your Storage Problems

A cluttered hard drive can slow down your computer, make finding files you need nearly impossible, and prevent you from storing new files- especially if you store important files on your hard drive. There are quite a few solutions to the problem- it’s simply about finding the right type of storage solution to fit your needs.
One solution is to buy a second internal hard drive, also called an HDD, for your computer- this solution really only works with desktop computers, and best fits for a person who doesn’t need to move their files anywhere, they just need more space. Hard drives can be purchased online or at many computer hardware stores, and modern ones range in size and price from about 250GB at $35-$50 to 1.5TB (about 1,500GB) at $100-$120. Before considering purchasing a second (or even third) hard drive for your desktop, make sure your tower contains the necessary room for a new drive, and that your mother has the ports to connect the new hard drive to it, otherwise your computer will not be able to recognize the extra space.
Another solution, primed for those on a laptop or without room for another internal hard drive, is an external hard drive. Portable hard drives are also good for those who need to move their files between computers, or for storing media that isn’t needed every day. These drives range in size from about the size of a passport to about the size of a large brick, range in space from about 120GB to 1.5-2TB, and are priced anywhere from $20 to $120, usually dependent on the size. They connect to your computer using a USB port, and some have an external power source that must be plugged into a wall. The downsides to an external is that accessing data is a bit slower than an internal hard drive, and the extra plug needed to power some drives can be a bit of a hassle in travel situations. However, the pros of increased portability, and the ability to put the drive away somewhere else when not in use, makes the portable hard drive an elegant solution for storage problems.
If your storage problem isn’t not enough space, but how to move files quickly and easily, then your solution would be a USB flash drive, also called a Pen Drive, a Flash Drive, or a USB Drive. These products usually range in size from 2GB to 32GB, and prices go from around $10-$60. These drives are very fast when it comes to moving files onto them and back onto a computer, and their size makes them ideal for pockets, laptop bags, and can even serve as key chains. However, their relatively small size makes them a temporary solution space-wise; one of the other solutions given could be coupled with a flash drive for a more robust overall solution.
Finally, there is an Internet-based solution called cloud storage. This is where your data is stored on someone else’s servers remotely, and you can access your files from anywhere you can get Internet. This is a very flexible storage solution, with space and prices ranging from very small to plans meant for large businesses. You can access your files from any computer that has an Internet connection, and if several people use the files, cloud storage can serve as a central place where everyone who needs the files can access them without having extra copies running around. As for maintenance, the user themselves does not have to worry- most companies keep several backups of your data and maintain all of the hardware for you. However, these benefits come at a cost- most cloud storage is done on a rental basis- you pay a monthly fee for the space and services involved. However, most plans are fairly inexpensive and provide plenty of space for the average computer user.