Things to consider about storage before buying a laptop

Khushi Bali
Khushi Bali August 14, 2022
Updated 2022/08/14 at 11:03 AM

We often have a storage capacity in mind when purchasing a new laptop. Making an assumption is not incorrect, but you can end up overpaying because we frequently underestimate our needs when choosing a new machine’s specifications. The main things to consider about storage before buying a laptop are listed below.

Your typical usage

A laptop is largely used by the ordinary user to send emails, access the web, view streaming media, and engage in social media conversations. The majority favour web-based programmes over ones that need downloading and installation, like Google Docs. It’s simple to see how many users could get by with very little storage space when combined with cloud-based storage like iCloud or Google Drive plus streaming services like YouTube, Netflix, and Spotify for entertainment.

As opposed to a coder, photographer, or video editor. These users need more space and performance. For instance, video editors must be able to swiftly store and recall several terabytes or even hundreds of gigabytes of data. Large file import and export with little wait time is essential too.

Things to consider

Check your budget

Since adding storage is one of the priciest laptop improvements you can make, it can significantly affect price. While HDDs cost less and have more storage than SSDs, their read and write speeds are far slower. It makes it more time consuming to save or retrieve files from the drive.

As of this writing, the average HDD, for instance, costs about $0.04 per gigabyte. In contrast, SSDs are roughly $0.25 per gigabyte. A terabyte of storage would cost approximately $40 for an HDD and $250 for an SSD.

What kinds of files (and where) you’re keeping on your computer

Cloud-based storage is suitable for practically everything and is accessible to casual users. For your most important files, we still advise routine offline backups. However, cloud storage will typically meet your needs if you have a dependable, quick internet connection.

Think about how you’re keeping each as these are the things that most users need storage for: photographs, videos, apps, and games. Affordable options for storing pictures and movies include Google Drive and iCloud. Since you’ll be using these services, your laptop will take up less physical space.

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