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How do you choose external storage for work and school?

For both work and study it's useful if you have a place where you can store your documents. There are different situations in which a certain type of external storage suits you best. In this article I'll tell you how you choose the best external storage for your work and study.

External SSD: useful for on the go

External SSD

Do you often travel to clients to give presentations? Or do you want to take your essays and assignments safely to and from the university? Then an external SSD is a good solution. Thanks to the small size and light weight you can easily carry an SSD in your bag or jacket pocket. Thanks to the high speed you load your files in a fraction of a second. In addition, an external SSD is shockproof, so that your data isn't damaged easily.

  • Fast
  • Shockproof
  • Compact
  • Relatively high price

External HDD: a lot of storage capacity on your desk

External HDD hard drive

Do you prefer to keep your documents in one place? Then an external HDD, or external hard drive, is the solution for you. For a relatively low price you have a lot of storage space, such as 4 or 8TB. Some hard drives even have 20TB. This way you always have space for all your sheets, presentations, photos, and backups of your PC or laptop. It's recommended to leave an HDD in place, because the moving parts make it shock-sensitive.

  • Lots of storage
  • Relatively cheap
  • Relatively slow
  • Shock sensitive

NAS: cloud storage for the entire office


Do you often share files with the entire office? Or do you also want access to your data on location? Then choose an NAS. This allows you to create your own cloud that multiple people can access from their laptop. You can even stream your files on your phone or tablet via useful apps. You don't pay for a pricey cloud service and you have a lot of storage space. Especially if the capacity of the NAS can be expanded with several hard drives.

  • Stream data wirelessly to devices
  • Your personal cloud
  • Lots of storage
  • Slower than SSD

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