The 10 Best Internal Hard Drives

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This wiki has been updated 9 times since it was first published in February of 2019. While magnetic hard drives may not be quite as fast as newer, solid-state storage devices, there are a few reasons you may opt for one. Primarily, they're significantly cheaper, but they also run a bit cooler and tend to consume less power. If you're trying to extend the life of an old laptop or increase the number of movies and games you can retain internally, one of these should do the trick. When users buy our independently chosen editorial recommendations, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best internal hard drive on Amazon.

10. MaxDigitalData 3272DVR

9. Seagate IronWolf

8. Western Digital Black

7. Western Digital RE

6. Seagate Skyhawk

5. Western Digital Red Pro

4. Seagate Exos 7E8

3. Seagate BarraCuda

2. Seagate IronWolf Pro

1. Seagate FireCuda Desktop

Editor's Notes

February 13, 2019:

Maybe you're on a very limited budget, or just don't want to invest a ton in a new drive. Or maybe you're resistant to change. Most probably, if you're looking for a mechanical hard drive, you're outfitting a server or other enterprise-level computer. Whatever your intent, we won't judge you; in fact, there are some fantastic, fully mechanical, as well as hybrid solid-state/magnetic models out there. For everyday users of most types, it's almost impossible to beat Seagate's multiple offerings. Their FireCuda is as close as you can get to SSD performance without dropping a large amount of money, while their BarraCuda has been one of the most respected HDDs for a very long time. Western Digital has also been quite popular over the long term, although many people consider the Blacks to be overpriced. They're also pretty loud. If you're outfitting a server, large or small, the Seagate Ironwolf is almost certainly your best bet, although the WD Red Pro is a close second, and is less expensive. Whichever you decide upon, make sure to keep it regularly defragmented, as pretty much nothing is more frustrating than sitting around waiting for Windows to load.

Christopher Thomas
Last updated on February 16, 2019 by Christopher Thomas

Building PCs, remodeling, and cooking since he was young, quasi-renowned trumpeter Christopher Thomas traveled the USA performing at and organizing shows from an early age. His work experiences led him to open a catering company, eventually becoming a sous chef in several fine LA restaurants. He enjoys all sorts of barely necessary gadgets, specialty computing, cutting-edge video games, and modern social policy. He has given talks on debunking pseudoscience, the Dunning-Kruger effect, culinary technique, and traveling. After two decades of product and market research, Chris has a keen sense of what people want to know and how to explain it clearly. He delights in parsing complex subjects for anyone who will listen -- because teaching is the best way to ensure that you understand things yourself.

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