Saving all your photos, videos, films and other files can be a great challenge – especially when you’re running low on disk space. This is where an external hard drive comes in handy, especially one that is 300 GB or larger.

All those applications, games, and other digital media files take up great space in your desktop or laptop. That’s why getting a 250GB or 300GB hard drive, or an even more capacity, is becoming more and more important especially with today’s advancements on technology.

If you bought your laptop or desktop 3 to 4 years ago, you probably have an HD with 80 to 120GB of capacity, and in today’s standards, these sizes are already small.

A normal PC game would take up around 5GBs of space, and a high-resolution 10-megapixel, 100% quality JPG file is around 2.2MB – and if you take photos using RAW12 from DSLRs, it can be as big as 15.0MB. One movie may be around 700MB to 1.5GBs, hence it just shows that you actually need more space.

So if you think that a 300GB hard drive would provide enough storage and capacity for you, consider asking yourself these questions before buying. Will you use it for laptop or for desktop? - Sizes for hard drives are different; 2.5” for laptop and 3.5” desktop.

IDE or SATA? - Older computers use IDE connections while newer ones utilize SATA. Check your desktop motherboard or your laptop what connections that they use.

External or internal? – You can use these HDs either inside your system or as a portable USB external drive. Keep in mind that 3.5” HDs need an external power source, as opposed to 2.5” which can be powered by USB connection alone.

Speed? – if you need higher and faster file transfer rates, then think of getting an HD with a higher RPM (revolutions per minute). The higher RPM you have, the faster file reading and writing will be.

Brand – there are a lot of brands which are trusted for their HDs. Western Digital, Maxtor, Seagate, Toshiba, and Hitachi are some famous HD manufacturers. They also differ in features and in prices, as well.

Now that you’ve asked yourself these questions, you now might have a great idea on which 300GB hard drive that would best fit your preferences to ensure good performance for your storage needs.