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How large a hard drive do I need?
When shopping for a computer or a hard drive upgrade, one of the considerations is how large a drive to buy. This is an important consideration since it's often harder and more expensive to upgrade later (especially in the case of a laptop).

While it may be tempting to go with a smaller drive in order to save money, you don't want to go too small and end up upgrading too soon. Generally, if you're selecting a drive for your primary computer, go for at least 120GB. With digital photos, music and home videos, your data can eat up a large amount of drive space.

You can go with a smaller drive if the system is a secondary system, or a laptop you'll use in conjunction with a desktop computer. In the case of a laptop system, a smaller drive will usually use less power.

There are drives that are several hundred gigabytes, but you may not want to go too large for your primary drive. Very large drives tend to be less reliable than smaller devices, so it's better to reserve those items for secondary storage.

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