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I have a Windows basic laptop and looking to increase the storage so I can free up space and move games etc onto it, what would be an option to add via usb? I'm not very technical in regards to compu… Read More
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1w, 1d agoPosted 1 week, 1 day ago
I have a Windows basic laptop and looking to increase the storage so I can free up space and move games etc onto it, what would be an option to add via usb?
I'm not very technical in regards to computing so just looking for something to plug in easily.
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1w, 1d agoPosted 1 week, 1 day ago
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#1
Really only have 2 options.
1. get a new internal hard drive.(would require opening laptop)
2. Get a usb hard drive.you would need to know if your laptop has usb 3 for being able to run games off it.otherwise it would be used only for storing files etc as USB 2 is to slow for most new games.
Example usb hd.(bigger drive the better)
http://www.ebuyer.com/755015-buffalo-ministation-1tb-usb-3-0-hd-pnf1-0u3br-eu
#2
Some notebooks have room for secondary hard disk. Check that. Failing that a larger capacity disk is the cleanest solution.
#3
does it have an SD card slot?
Cheapest option would be to store non essential items on the SD card. Not suitable for games or programme but fine for videos and pictures
#4
get a external hard drive as for some reason there cheaper than getting a hard drive itself and remove the HDD from the case make sure it's a 2.5"

Edited By: gas_234 on Jun 17, 2017 08:55: grammar
#5
for those suggesting a bigger internal drive, surfinbird has already said they're not technical. Replacing the drive would involve reinstalling Windows etc etc, not as simple as that.

Look for a USB hard drive or if you don't need too much storage, you can get very small USB memory sticks that you can leave plugged in, e.g. from Amazon
#6
gas_234
get a external hard drive as for some reason there cheaper than getting a hard drive itself and remove the HDD from the case make sure it's a 2.5"

External drives tend to be slower, which is why they are cheaper, no point have SATA3 read/write speeds when limited by USB 2 port speeds.

Without knowing the make and model number of the laptop, it is difficult to give good advice; upgrading or adding an extra internal drive is the best method, but really low end laptops may not allow this; some have the internal SSD soldered to the motherboard.

If going for a USB stick, get the smallest PHYSICAL size, in the largest capacity you can; a long drive sticking out is vulnerable to getting knocked about - potentially damaging the laptop. You can get some metal bodied USB2/3 drives that stick out no more than 1-2cm.
#7
It would be mainly to store games on at the minute.
The laptop is Acer Aspire R3 N15WS
I think the external hard drive may be best!
#8
surfinbird
It would be mainly to store games on at the minute.
The laptop is Acer Aspire R3 N15WS
I think the external hard drive may be best!

The 2 USB ports on that device are both USB 3.0. Your best option (IMO) is to buy an external hard drive that is USB 3.0. This will be fast enough to keep your games on the external drive and run without issue.
#9
Hmmm I wouldn't recommend playing games on that thing unless they are old games you only have a celeron and integrated graphics which may cause heating issues and would be painfully slow. According to amazon the laptop has 500gb which I highly doubt you have filled up I know acer usually partition the harddrive so you OS is running and installing programs and games and saving to only a small fraction of the capacity, would be worth checking (my computer) now known as (This PC) to see exactly how full it is first. If this is the case then I am sure a decent IT repair service or a friend with technical know how will be able to remove the partition and free up the extra space.
#10
It's actually more to do with Xbox games that I play on the laptop that are being streamed from the console, I can install them on the hard drive!
Storage it says it's 28.0GB if I'm looking at the correct section.
#11
If you are streaming them from the console then surely you don't need to install on your laptop?? That's how I play the games from my Xbox
#12
Sorry I meant it was Windows games, the likes of walking dead and marvels guardians of the galaxy etc.. I do use the streaming function but these ones I'm talking about are Windows Xbox games that you install on pc.
#13
surfinbird
Sorry I meant it was Windows games, the likes of walking dead and marvels guardians of the galaxy etc.. I do use the streaming function but these ones I'm talking about are Windows Xbox games that you install on pc.

Those games will run fine from an external USB 3.0 hard drive if your laptop is powerful enough to run them. The Windows store has the system requirements in the game description. Streaming Xbox games does not require any additional space on your tablet/laptop. Just check somewhere like PC World. They currenlty have a 500Gb WD Elements 3.0 hard drive for under £40 which would more than meet your requirements.
#14
Are you sure you are using all the hard disk already inside the laptop?

The web says the hard disk is either 500Gb or 1Tb which is an awful lot of disk space.

Many laptops come with a single hard drive, but it is divided up in to partitions (for example a C drive and a D drive or an E drive).

You main Windows drive will be C and your DVD (if it has one may be D or E).

But you may have a large D or E drive on your hard disk that is sitting there empty.

Open Windows Explorer and have a look at the various partitions and see if you have a D or E drive on your hard disk. It MAY have a name of "DATA" (I know some companies have a partition called DATA for holding your data).

If it does then you can move some personal files off your C hard drive partition to the D or E drive then install your games on C.

IF your laptop does have a 500Gb or 1TB drive and it is full up what are you storing on there?. Maybe if it is large videos for example you can move them to an external hard drive and then install the games on your hard disk.
#15
surfinbird
It would be mainly to store games on at the minute.
The laptop is Acer Aspire R3 N15WS
I think the external hard drive may be best!


usb 3.0 drives are ok got one in my laptop does 200mbps
#16
Unless I missing any parts of the storage this is what I find: 32 GB SSD - (eMMC)
#17
surfinbird
Unless I missing any parts of the storage this is what I find: 32 GB SSD - (eMMC)

Is it a touch screen/tablet or a standard laptop? The laptop you have mentioned should have 500Gb internal storage. There is a tablet with keyboard which only has 32Gb.
#18
dudwood_fudwood
surfinbird
Unless I missing any parts of the storage this is what I find: 32 GB SSD - (eMMC)

Is it a touch screen/tablet or a standard laptop? The laptop you have mentioned should have 500Gb internal storage. There is a tablet with keyboard which only has 32Gb.


Yes it's the one with the touchscreen so guess it's 32GB so the hard drive looks to be my best option.
#19
"WD My Passport Ultra" are nice drives, I have two 3TB, the standard version and the metal finish version, the standard version is quieter than the metal just in case you decide to buy one.

Just to clear something up, any hard drive is fast enough for games, the only difference will be load times, all software including games run from memory (RAM) not from the drive.
#20
4Real2016
"WD My Passport Ultra" are nice drives, I have two 3TB, the standard version and the metal finish version, the standard version is quieter than the metal just in case you decide to buy one.

Just to clear something up, any hard drive is fast enough for games, the only difference will be load times, all software including games run from memory (RAM) not from the drive.


I will just get the 500GB one for now as that will suit me fine :)
#21
Thanks everyone for the replies and help! 8)

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