Running Out Of Hard Drive Space

by on July 15, 2006

An Into Tomorrow listener submitted the following question!

Q: I am running out of hard drive space on my computer. What are my options for getting more disk space?

A: There are two solutions for getting more space to store your pictures, videos, software, and files. The first solution is the most difficult and it requires having knowledge about computers and their internals or hiring someone that does. The solution is to install another hard drive in your computer. This is a nice solution because the hard drive is inside the computer and you don’t have to worry about it getting lost or stolen unless someone loses your entire computer.

The other solution is to get an external hard drive. This usually connects to your computer via a USB 2 connection and requires no knowledge of the internals of a computer. The other great thing about this is you can easily take this hard drive with you to a friend’s house to show them your videos or pictures on their computer.

For an external hard drive one solution is the Western Digital My Book Essential Edition 400 GB Hard Drive. It is extremely simple to use, portable, and comes in many sizes. While we linked to the 400 GB size they do range from 160 GB to 500 GB at time of writing. With the size variations you also get price variations as well.

The other nice thing about this external solution is that you can program it to backup virtually anything with the touch of a single button along with it allowing you to do scheduled backups. This means you can keep your important data on your computer and back it up to this external drive for safe keeping along with storing all your photos and videos on it.