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What is the difference between an Internal Hard Drive and an External Hard Drive?

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M. Porter

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M. Porter
M. Porter, Senior Executive, Master of Art, San Jose

Answered Aug 29, 2019

Both external and internal hard drives are mainly used to store data. The major difference between the external and internal hard drive is the location. Internal drives are built into machine and devices such as laptops, and desktops.

Both external and internal hard drives are mainly used to store data. The major difference between
Internal hard drives are also needed for the device to operate. External drives are not built into machines. They are connected to devices through the USB port on the device. An internal hard drive is needed for storage of data within your computer. External devices are often used as a backup for storage of valuable data. It helps protect your files and media in case there is a problem with the internal hard drive..

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Bergeront Tiffney

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Bergeront Tiffney, Computer Engineer, M. Tech, Southeast Montgomery

Answered Jun 18, 2019

The main difference between the internal hard drive and the external hard drive is the location. From the names, you can already guess that an internal hard drive is built-in. This is placed inside the computer. The external hard drive is different because this can be considered as “extra storage.” People would connect the external hard drive to the computer through the USB port, and various information can be stored there.
The main difference between the internal hard drive and the external hard drive is the location.
People who are still not too keen on using cloud storage sometimes use a hard drive as their backup for the critical information that they usually store on their computers. Take note that machines will not work if they do not have a hard drive or if their hard drive is not working correctly.

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