For many years, games have been a part of entertainment for people. It has evolved through the years from arcades to consoles to online games. Now, the new generation has grown to using computers not just for browsing the internet, but also playing games. There may be online games, but there are still those that need to be downloaded and saved on the computer. With this, hard drive disks or HDD have been very useful in storing, saving, and retrieving all games, files, and programs on the computer. HDDs are data storage devices that have a huge memory capacity so games that take up a lot of memory space will not be a problem. But aside from the memory capacity, there are other things to consider in choosing the best gaming HDD.
Rotations per Minute
By using magnetism, hard drives can store information. Inside a hard drive there are disks, more commonly known as platters, that are used for storage. Due to a motor inside the drive, the platters are spinning with a speed from 5400 to 15000 rotations per minute. The faster a drive spins, the faster the users can access and transfer data. Nowadays, the best hard drives have a speed of 7200 rpm. For hard drives with less speed, there will be noticeable delays in accessing the data.
To help hard drives load pages more quickly than usual, extra cache memory is built into the drive. Drives with 8MB or 16MB cache memory would be good enough. But, if you really want to access pages faster, then you can pick those with 32MB or 64MB of cache.
Hard Drive Interface
The hard drive interface connects the computer and the hard drive which allows them to exchange information or data. Advanced Technology Attachment or ATA is the most common type of interface. It comes in two forms, the original ATA (also known as Parallel ATA, or PATA) and the newer, faster SATA (Serial ATA). When choosing your hard drive, always check if the hard drive interface is supported by the motherboard. Otherwise, it will not work.
In choosing the size of the hard drive, always consider the space required by the games you are installing as well as the photos, videos, and music you might want to save on it. Since the latest games usually require a lot of memory space, getting at least a 250GB or 500 GB hard drive would be the best option.
Trusted Brand Names
If you want to avoid having problems with your newly bought hard drive and to ensure that the hard drive is high quality, then I suggest that you stick to trusted brand names including Western Digital, Hitachi, and some Seagate models.
Solid State Drives
Advanced technology has introduced solid state drives or SSDs which contain new storage technology. If you want to experience the fastest loading speeds possible, then you might want to consider buying an SSD. However, they are still quite expensive at the moment. So, investing on a SSD would be a good idea to experience gaming in a whole new level.