An external hard disk is convenient since you can increase the amount of storage just by connecting it with a device. Unlike a built-in hard disk, it is easy to connect to a device, and if it is small and lightweight, it can be carried around. In this content, we explains how to use an external hard disk well even for beginners of personal computers and digital devices, showing points to choose a suitable external hard disk according to usages.
・1. How to use an external hard disk
What are some ways to make effective use of external hard disks? Here, we introduce the main ways to use an external hard disk.
・1-1. Connect to a computer
The most common way to use an external hard disk is to connect it to a desktop computer or laptop computer with a USB cable and copy the data inside the computer. Whether your current computer is Windows or Mac, you can use it just by connecting it.
The most effective way to use an external hard disk is to use it to make a backup data saved inside your computer. In addition, you can transfer data to an external hard disk when an internal hard disk of your computer runs out of space. Also, if you want to share the same data with multiple PCs, you can save the data on an external hard disk so that you can share it even in an environment where you cannot use the Internet.
・1-2. Connect to a smartphone
In recent years, not only personal computers but also external hard disks for smartphones have been released. If you manage all the photos or videos taken with your smartphone and downloaded music data with your smartphone’s storage, you can increase the capacity by an external hard disk. Of course, it is convenient since it can be connected not only to smartphones but also to PCs. Since many external hard disks for smartphones have a compact design, so if you want to carry them around and use them outside, you may want to choose the one for smartphones.
・1-3. Save a recorded TV program
You can also connect to a recorder or a TV that can record programs and save the recorded programs on an external hard disk. You may also connect multiple (two or more) external hard disks to a single TV using a USB hub. However, if you connect an external hard disk to either a TV or a computer, it may be formatted automatically and the data may be lost. Since the same data cannot be shared between a PC and a TV, use external hard disks separately for PC and TV. Also, if you want to transfer the program recorded on the TV to another TV or recorder, you need to select an external hard disk that supports SeeQVault ™. Even if you buy a new TV or HDD recorder in the future, you can play back the programs recorded on the SeeQVault ™ compatible device on the new device.
・2. How to choose an HDD according to your purpose
As mentioned above, external hard disks have many uses. So how do you choose an external hard disk? Here, we introduces how to select an external hard disk according to each usage.
・2-1. Use for backing up desktop PCs and recording TV programs
A stationary external hard disk is recommended if you want to use it at home for only one purpose, especially if you don’t want to move or carry it around; to save videos that tend to have a large amount of data, or back up the data inside your computer. Stationary external hard disks are slightly larger in size and many of them have a larger capacity. Some of them requires power supply using an AC adapter.
・2-2. To carry
If you want to use an external hard disk with your laptop outside, we recommend a portable external hard disk that is compact, light, and easy to carry. In particular, a bus-powered type that does not require a power cable and can be used simply by connecting it to a computer via USB is suitable for carrying around. Also, if you want to save smartphone data, choose a product that is also compatible with smartphones.
・3. To choose NAS type products
Although it is different from a general external hard disk, we also recommend a NAS type hard disk that connects to a router or hub via LAN. Since NAS type hard disks are connected to the network, it is possible for you to access data on a hard disk from multiple computers and smartphones connected to a same network. If your NAS supports Home Appliance Network Standard (DLNA), you can also watch photos and videos stored on NAS on a TV that also supports DLNA.
・4. Conclusion Let’s understand features of an external HDD and make effective use of it
Since external hard disks have different characteristics depending on how they are used and devices to be connected, understand them and choose a suitable one for you.