How to find the right hard drive for Lima
Lima needs a hard drive to work. That’s where all your files will be stored, safely at home. A hard drive is a data storage device used for storing and retrieving your digital information.
If you’re getting a new one, you will have to consider its capacity, speed, format, and dimensions.
No ideas about that? Sounds like we are going to spend a few minutes together then! Here are a few tips to make your choice easier.
How much capacity do I need?
First and very important thing, your hard drive should be bigger than the storage spaces of all your devices combined. Lima will ultimately turn into your reference memory, so do not hesitate to think big! Once you have it, you have it forever.
For example, your computer’s drive is 512GB, your smartphone is 8GB, and your tablet stores 32GB; then you have to get at least a 552GB hard drive. Got it?
Note that your hard drive needs can be empty or filled with files, it will work the same way.
500GB, 1TB, 3TB .. which one should I choose?
For a regular person who does a little bit of everything, like downloading some music and films, shooting a few videos of his kids, taking holiday pictures, we would recommend at least 500GB. You will save money in the long run and keep a quiet mind as far as your storage grows.
If you are a heavy media consumer, spending hours downloading digital music, and building your own high-def movie library, then you should directly go to the terabyte territory.
The bigger the files, the bigger the space you will need. Like you wouldn’t build the same garage for a Hummer truck or a mini cooper. Makes sense right?
Cheaper than the Cloud
Remember that physical storage is cheaper than cloud storage. You will spend 3 to 5 cents per GB and you will own your hard drive forever. For a cloud like Dropbox, you will spend 12 cents/GB per year and 24 cents/GB for 2 years, which will be way more expensive on the long run.
Renting VS owning, you know the deal.
And obviously with physical storage, you know where your files are: at your place. Nobody can mine them.
2.0 or 3.0 USB?
Same as far as using it with the Lima! Lima supports both. You can choose a self-powered USB hard drive with a 2.0 port. If you prefer a 3.0 port, it will work the same way. So, it’s up to you! Know also that you don’t need to go for a SDD, as Lima will not need that much of speed to work best.
Lima supports the following files systems : NTFS, HFS+, Ext4. If you buy a hard drive with a different file system, be aware that you can format it (do not worry, it is an easy procedure, only thing you need to do is to plug your hard drive to your computer and follow the instructions).
Desktop or portable?
Up to you too! If you get one that is not powered, Lima will power it for you. Though, if you’re looking for a storage capacity bigger than to 2TB, we recommend to get a powered hard drive.
Did we help you make up your mind about hard drives?