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2012 Build Your Own PC Components: Hard Drives


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  • Type: Video Tutorial
  • Length: 7:54
  • Media: Video/mp4
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  • Access Period: 360 Days
  • Download: MP4 (iPod compatible)
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  • Posted: 02/24/2009

This lesson is part of the following series:

2012 Build Your Own PC: Components, Install, Setup (27 lessons, $29.70)
2012 Build Your Own PC: Internal Components (10 lessons, $13.86)

In this lesson, we'll cover SATA, IDE, external hard drives and SSDs, what features and specs to look for when shopping, and how much you can expect to pay when building your own computer. Whether your are building your first gaming PC yourself, a budget computer, or just interested in learning what goes into a computer these lessons will help you get there.

The hard drive is where all information is stored on your computer. Be it the Windows operating system, programs you install, or files you download and create on the computer. Everything is stored on the hard drive.

When selecting a hard drive to install into your computer there are two basic features you need to consider. They are the capacity and the speed of the drive.

This lesson is part of a comprehensive series of lessons created by Home PC Builder that will guide you through the process of building your computer (from the selection internal and external components through installation and setup).

You can purchase all 27 lessons in the course and save 46%.

For a DVD of this full series, please refer to

The other lessons in this Internal Component series are:
Pt 1/10: Hard Drives - This Lesson
Pt 2/10: DVD/Blu-Ray -
Pt 3/10: Memory/RAM -
Pt 4/10: Video Card -
Pt 5/10: Sound Card -
Pt 6/10: Modem, Ethernet, Wireless -
Pt 7/10: Processor/CPU -
Pt 8/10: Motherboard -
Pt 9/10: Case & PSU -
Pt 10/10: Cooling -

You can buy all 10 internal component lessons as a series and save 30%

This hard drive component lesson covers

*Hard Drive Capacity
*Definitions of Gigabyte and Terabyte
*Examples of how much many files you can fit on a drive
*The minimum capacity to look for when buying

Hard Drive Speed:
*Definitions of RPM speed and drive cache
*What revolution speed and cache size to look for when buying

Solid State Drives:
*What makes a drive solid state
*Advantages and disadvantage of SSD

Hard Drive Interfaces:
*Covers SATA and IDE, which is better and versions to look for when buying

*What is RAID
*Covers the three most popular RAID types, their advantages and disadvantages

External Hard drives
*Covers the different ways of connecting an external drive to your computer.

The video ends with a summary of features and specifications to look for when buying.

In the installation lessons we’ll go over how to configure and install your hard drive or drives ( in your computer.

The supplemental file below contains the complete written information from the video and is available to download after you buy.

Supplementary Files

  • Once you purchase this lesson you will have access to these files:
  • 09_hard_drive_comp.rtf 09_hard_drive_comp.rtf

About this Author

Michael Cooper
Michael Cooper
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Hello everyone my name is Michael Cooper & I have been in the computer industry for over 15 years. For the past 8 years I have been making instructional videos showing the average computer user how to build their own computer. I am A+ Certified and a member of the Better Business Bureau.


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very helpful
~ isacris34

THanks so much for this series. It is kind of intimidating for me to think about making my own computer. However, this information is necessary in todays world.

very helpful
~ isacris34

THanks so much for this series. It is kind of intimidating for me to think about making my own computer. However, this information is necessary in todays world.

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