Hard drive upgrades are one way to ensure your new system is snappy and responsive. Today's modern computers ideally should be paired up with the right hard drive/s to meet your needs. How you choose to setup your individual PC's hard drive configuration is largely dependent on your personal needs and budget. We offer a wide range of hard drives in our PCs, but every hard drive we offer is well known for its silence and reliability.
NVMe PCIe 3.0 x4 SSDs
NVMe M.2 drives and Intel 750 NVMe PCIe 3.0 x4 hard drives are lightning fast hard drives which utilize your PC PCIe 3.0 system bus lanes. If available on your PC, we recommend putting your operating system and programs on a PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe M.2 or Intel PCIe hard drive, and putting your data storage on a SATA III SSD or WD Red Hard Drive. Note: NVMe M.2 drives will only work at full speed on M.2 and NVMe-ready motherboards, which is the case with most of our new systems. Look for M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 in the specifications.
PCIe 3.0 x 4 SSDs/M.2 drives are typically 3X as fast as SATA III SSDs and are 9X as fast as standard hard disks.
SSDs = Absolute Silence
For absolutely silent drive operation, with extremely fast speeds, a solid state drive (SSD) or M2 drive is the best option. Unlike a standard hard drive, SSDs and M2s have no moving parts. SSDs don't make any noise, are much faster than a standard hard drive, and are more reliable. We recommend Samsung 850 Evo and PRO SSDs for a highly reliable and reasonably priced SSD.
SSDs are typically 3X as fast as standard hard disks.
Quiet Data Drives
Our Western Digital Red Series quiet hard drive drives are extremely quiet. Red Series drives are generally used for LARGE DATA STORAGE, for long-term reliability, and for extreme silence with a reasonable price-tag). For PCs that are always on, a highly reliable drive is essential. With a 35% MTBF improvement over standard desktop drives, the WD Red drives are designed and manufactured to be a reliable and robust solution.