Hard Drives - Internal

Hard disks are used for storing masses of data in your system. They're mechanical, and slower than SSDs, but have the benefit of coming in much larger capacities – you can now get multiple terabytes in a single drive. Internal drives come in two main form factors: 3.5”, which you typically use in desktop PCs, and 2.5”, which are usually for laptops, though a range of convertor brackets are also available.

2.5" SATA2 Hard Disk Drives

These 2.5” hard drives will typically be used to upgrade laptops and games consoles due to their smaller size. They're compatible with many desktops too, but such systems are best suited to 3.5” drives which usually have a higher rpm and are thus faster. Make sure the height of the drive is the right size for your system.

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2.5" SATA3 Hard Disk Drives

2.5” drives are significantly smaller than standard 3.5” ones, making them great candidates for upgrading the storage of your laptop or games console, especially as they're available in capacities up to 3TB. Remember to check the height of the drives, as most portable or console systems only have bays which support 9.5mm drives or less. Also pay attention to the spin speed in rpm; while all drive here use the latest SATA III 6Gbps interface, faster spinning drives will read and write data faster.

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2.5" SATA3 Solid State Hybrid Drives

Hybrid hard drives combine a traditional, high capacity mechanical HDD section with a smaller, flash-based SSD section that acts as a cache, giving your system a boost in responsiveness. They won't be as fast as a pure SSD, but they're a great compromise between speed and capacity.

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2.5" Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) Hard Disk Drives

Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) is a data transfer protocol that is more enterprise focussed than SATA, which is the standard bus for regular consumer drives. SAS drives are more expensive per gigabyte, but they offer increased speed, longevity and improved error checking, which is vital for their intended use in enterprise, server and high-end workstation solutions. These 2.5” models are ideal for space-limited situations. 08/04/15 Designed to be used with mission critical systems such as servers, high-end work stations or any other users that require the best performance going to improve their systems performance.

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3.5" SATA2 Hard Disk Drives

These 3.5” hard drives utilise the older SATA II 3Gb/s interface, but that's not always a limit as they still tend to spin at 7,200rpm. Models in this category typically target enterprise users or those who use write intensive applications 24 hours a day, such as with home CCTV recording.

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3.5" SATA3 Hard Disk Drives

These 3.5” hard drives utilise the newer SATA III 6Gb/s interface, ensuring as high speeds as possible with their mechanical technology, especially when using them in RAID. They're the most popular drives for today's desktop PCs, thanks to high spindle speeds, lots of cache and huge capacities. You can now get up to 10TB in a single drive, meaning even small form factor machines can store masses of media and games.

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3.5" SATA3 Solid State Hybrid Drives

Hybrid hard drives combine a traditional, high capacity mechanical HDD section with a smaller, flash-based SSD section that acts as a cache, giving your system a boost in responsiveness. They won't be as fast as a pure SSD, but they're a great compromise between speed and capacity.

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3.5" Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) Hard Disk Drives

Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) is a data transfer protocol that is more enterprise focussed than SATA, which is the standard bus for regular consumer drives. SAS drives are more expensive per gigabyte, but they offer increased speed, longevity and improved error checking, which is vital for their intended use in enterprise, server and high-end workstation solutions. These 3.5” models are less limited in speed and capacity than 2.5” ones, but require more space. 08/04/15 Designed to be used with mission critical systems such as servers, high-end work stations or any other users that require the best performance going to improve their systems performance.

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Braided SATA Data Cables

Sata cables for Hard Drives, Solid State Drives and other devices such as Optical Drives. These braided cables ensure a neat cabling solution which means less obstruction to your cases internal airflow. Advanced features to look out for include angled plugs when required and latched plugs to ensure a secure connection.
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Case Bay Convertors / Brackets

Bay converters and brackets for PC Cases which include brackets and drive bay converters of various types.
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Hard Drive Coolers

Maximise the performance of your hard drive. Coolers allow you to keep high performance hard drives operating at their best.

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HDD & SSD Accessories

Here you will find various adaptors and other miscellaneous equipment for internal hard-drives to help adapt them to your requirements.

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HDD Hot Swap Caddies (IDE)

Maximise the performance of your hard drive. IDE Caddies allow you to turn a hard drive into an inexpensive removable backup solution.

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HDD Hot Swap Caddies (SATA)

This range of removable caddies designed for Serial ATA drives allows the end user to swap drives and also remove drives from systems as a security option. With a range of internal or external caddies as well as PATA to SATA converting cases these devices also keep the drives much cooler due to their fans and aluminium structure (where applicable).

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HDD Quickport Docks

Quickport HDD Docks allows an internal hard drive to be instantly docked and accessed without having to open your system. These units sit externally and connect via USB and/or eSATA. Check individual products for exact hard drive and PC connectivity.
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SATA Data Cables

SATA cables are used to connect hard disks, SSDs and optical drives to a PC's motherboard. Our range includes standard cables, versions with right-angled connectors to fit into tight spaces, SATA power adapters and SATA-to-MOLEX power connectors.

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