Computers are ubiquitous these days. Most of us have at least two that we use on a daily basis: a work computer as well as a personal computer. Not to mention, of course, our mobile devices all serve as tiny (or not-so-tiny) handheld computers for use wherever and whenever we choose.
However, what’s sitting behind the screens on these machines with which we spend so much time? Though most of us are very familiar with how to use a computer, very few of us could name its working parts, much less point out which element of the computer is the most important.
Below, we’ll give you a very brief overview of why, when thinking about your computer, storage capacity should be your main concern.
In recent years, but particularly in the wake of the COVID-19 lockdowns around the globe, most of our lives have moved to become digital. While most tasks and activities had already been taken over by the Internet before the pandemic – letter writing was a thing of the past, as was going to the local library to search for information – COVID-19 ensured that what few analog holdouts remained were now suddenly digital.
As nearly every element of daily life moves online, digital information has to be recorded in order for these banal everyday tasks to take place. This is the practice of data storage, and at present, it is one of the most prevalent areas of research and development in the world. Having a computer with plenty of storage is crucial to keeping up in a world where only more digital information is being produced by the minute.
Much digital storage is now held in what is called ‘The Cloud.’ This term and concept have been the source of much controversy and confusion in the past decade, but ultimately it means that our information is being stored on Internet servers instead of on a hard drive.
While this has its merits, it also has some serious downsides. Hacking the cloud is easier than hacking a hard drive. Also, big companies who own cloud storage are ultimately responsible for maintaining it, meaning that data stored through their service could be susceptible to purchase in the right market.
This is why computers that allow you to store your own data, like 1TB Lenovo laptops, are critical to keeping yourself and your information safe in the digital era. What’s more, being able to store your own data means you won’t have to pay for the services of one of the major cloud storage providers!
While external drives seem to offer a solution to the storage problem, the development of computers means that drives you bought a few years ago can now no longer connect to newer devices. This is an issue many are having as the move from USB to USB-C takes place in many computers.
As we move into the most digital era thus far, taking the time to understand how important storage is to your daily computer use can help save you time, money, and hassle.