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Hard Drive

 

Hard disk drives (HDD) or Solid state drives (SSD) are used for storing your data. Mainly judged for their capacity measured in GB and TB, with more being better. Seek Times, Spindle speeds, Cache size and Data Transfer Rates define how fast data is written and read from the disk. UKGC use Segate Barracuda "traditional" Drives as they are the most reliable. We also offer a large range of the incredibly fast Solid state drives which are again are very reliable and several times faster than a traditional drive! And if you're wanting even more speed than a SATA SSD, then we also offer NVME M.2 SSDs, which are considerably faster than a SATA SSD. M.2 Slots are found directly on a motherboard rather than a drive that sits in a bay and is connected via a SATA and power cable.

 

How much storage you need is up to you. 1TB (1000GB) is the 'norm' however with SSD now rapidly coming down in price its now not uncommon to see say a smaller 500GB SSD used in a system configuration. We would generally recommend a system of at least around 500GB and whilst there are smaller SSD drives out there at around 250GB these should ideally be paired with a larger secondary drive. Anything smaller than around 250GB is not worth having in today's market.

 

For example;

 

1000 GB = 1000 x 1024 MB = 1,024,000 MB
A Single MP3 is approximately = 4 MB
Which means a 1000 GB hard drive can hold = 1,024,000 / 4 = 256,000 MP3's.

 

Big AAA PC games are usually between 20GB and 60GB, although there are some now that nudge the 200GB mark but thankfully these are few and far between. The average typical AAA title would be around 40GB, 1000 / 40 = A 1TB hard drive will hold around 25 PC games.

 

If you choose any software with your computer, then it is installed to the 1st available hard drive in the drop down list. If you are choosing a SSD then we recommend you choose a SSD as your first hard drive rather than a second or third drive as this is where you would typically install an operating system - operating systems love SSD's and an operating system installed to a SSD rather than a traditional hard drive is instantly noticeable. The common configuration when incorporating a SSD is to have one as the first hard drive and usually a larger traditional second or third hard drive or if budget permits, all SSD storage. You can read more about SSD's here