Remember the feeling when you first bought your laptop? It probably ran at light speed, without any files or programs to clog up its system. That honeymoon period can be over more quickly than we’d like, however, especially considering the amount of money we invest in our machines in the first place. When your computer starts to slow down, don’t feel as though you need to replace it entirely. In all likelihood, you just need to upgrade your hard drive. This is one of the easiest ways to make your machine run more efficiently, and there are plenty of options on the market depending on your use-case.
Drives are available in two main categories: solid-state drives (SSDs) and hard-disk drives (HDDs). SSDs are often preferred by gamers and commuters over HDDs due to their impressive processing power, flexible storage and better system cooling ability. While HDDs are made with small moving parts that can often become damaged when jostled, SSDs aren’t, making them more durable over time. This resilience also makes SSD laptops an easy choice for users who are often throwing their computers in their bags on their way to school or work.
The biggest drawback of SSDs is that they’re significantly more expensive than their HDD cousins, making them cost prohibitive for some. If you know where to find the best deals, however, you can transform your computer for up to 60 percent off the original price. We’ve included a list of solid state drive deals, both internal (installed) and external (must be plugged in to access the files). All available at Best Buy, these SSDs will help you rekindle the love you felt for your laptop when you first bought it.
SanDisk - Ultra 1.024 TB Internal SATA Solid State Drive
Original Price: $400
Sale Price: $160
This 1024GB SanDisk SSD is just waiting to boost your laptop’s processing power. The company’s 3D NAND technology claims to lower power consumption, thereby extending the battery life of your computer. If you’re not so easily convinced, you can always check in on the SSD’s dashboard to see if it's fulfilling its promise.
SanDisk - Ultra 2TB Internal SATA Solid State Drive
Original Price: $700
Sale Price: $350
SanDisk’s massive SSD is currently listed at an incredible 50 percent off -- nothing to sniff at when you consider it’s usually listed for $700. Built with the same technology as the 1TB deal above, this SSD ensures fast boot times and will allow you to multitask with ease for years to come.
Samsung - 860 EVO 500GB Internal SATA Solid State Drive
Original Price: $100
Sale Price: $85
A very affordable option for users who want a boost in processing power, the Samsung SATA SSD has plenty of extra room to store photos and videos. It boasts a read speed of up to 550MB/s and writes at a speed of 520MB/s, which means quicker access to your documents, wherever they may be.
WD - Blue PC SSD 1TB Internal SATA Solid State Drive
Original Price: $250
Sale Price: $150
This relatively inexpensive model can do a lot for your laptop without you breaking the bank. The SSD easily installs thanks to its SATA III interface and measures just 2.5-inches across. Available in 250GB, 500GB and 1000GB variations, you’re sure to find the model that’s right for you.
Samsung - T5 1TB External USB Type C Portable Solid State Drive - Deep black
Original Price: $250
Sale Price: $220
This 1TB SSD from Samsung lets you transfer data at speeds of up to 540MB/s. Built for portability, it’s about the size of a business card. The device also connects to Android phones so you can store photos and music on the go.
WD - My Passport SSD 2TB External USB 3.1 Gen 2 Portable Solid State Drive with Hardware Encryption - Black
Original Price: $720
Sale Price: $430
Western Digital’s My Passport SSD has been a staple in photographers’ and videographers’ bags for years now. Now that it’s listed at 40 percent off the usual price, it’s time to join in on the fun. The 2TB version has a 540MB/s read speed so you can upload and transfer files in a flash.
SanDisk - Extreme 1TB External USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A/Type-C Portable Solid-State Drive
Original Price: $400
Sale Price: $210
SanDisk designed their Extreme SSD to be water-resistant, making it an excellent companion on trips, photo shoots and pool-side excursions. The drive’s 1TB of storage can hold approximately 500 hours of footage or up to 2,000,000 photos -- plenty of room for a lifetime of travel photos.
SanDisk - Extreme 500GB External USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A/Type-C Portable Solid-State Drive
Original Price: $200
Sale Price: $110
At $110, this is the budget option for anyone in the market for an external SSD. SanDisk has always designed reliable electronics, however, and you’re getting bang for your buck with this model. A perfect choice for anyone who wants to free up a little extra room on their laptop.
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