2.5-inch Stories June 1, 2016

expiredSanDisk SSD Plus 480GB 2.5-inch Internal Solid-State Hard Drive: $95 shipped (Reg. $120)

Best Buy’s official eBay Store offers the SanDisk SSD Plus 480GB 2.5-inch Internal Solid-State Drive for $94.99 shipped. Also available direct. This hard drive has a $180 list price but typically sells for $120 at Amazon. This deal is $1 more than yesterday’s Gold Box offering and the best available otherwise. Features include 520/180MB/s read/write speeds, a shockproof design and a three-year warranty. Rated 4.7/5 stars by over 1,200 Amazon reviewers.

Pair your new hard drive with this speedy Inateck USB 3.0 enclosure for $16.99 Prime shipped (Reg. $27) when promo code 5IIGEFSM is applied.

You can easily swap out your existing Mac hard drive for this speedy option by following our step-by-step guide.

2.5-inch Stories April 20, 2016

expiredInternal 2.5-inch Solid-State Drives: Mushkin 1TB $205 (Reg. $245), SanDisk 120GB $36 (Reg. $45+), more

This morning we’ve found a pair of deals on 2.5-inch internal solid-state drives over at Newegg. First up, you can grab the Mushkin Enhanced Reactor 1TB model for $204.99 shipped. That’s good for $95 off the original listing, down $5 from our previous mention and the best available. This internal solid-state drive features read/write transfer speeds of up to 560/460MB/s and ships with a three-year warranty. Rated 4.9/5 stars.

Next up, Newegg’s Official eBay Store has the SanDisk Plus 120GB 2.5-inch internal solid-state drive for $35.99 shipped. That’s good for $39 off the original price, down $7 from Amazon and the best offer we’ve tracked. Features include 520/180MB/s read/write speeds, a shockproof design and a three-year warranty. Rated 4.7/5 stars by over 1,000 Amazon reviewers.

We also found this Inateck 2.5-inch USB 3.0 SSD Enclosure for $7.99 Prime shipped (Reg. $10) when promo code WCIM9R93 is applied during checkout. Rated 4.6/5 stars by nearly 2,000 Amazon customers.

2.5-inch Stories March 29, 2016

Samsung 850 EVO 1TB 2.5-inch Internal Solid-State Drive $260 shipped (Orig. $470)

Update (3/29 5:40pm): Amazon has now matched Newegg’s eBay listing at $259.99 shipped.

The official Newegg eBay Store is offering the Samsung 850 EVO 1TB 2.5-inch Internal Solid-State Drive for $259.99 shipped. That’s about $210 under the orignal listing, $23 below Amazon, $10 better than our previous mention and the best we can find. About 9,500 Amazon customers have left a near perfect review score and it ships with a 5 year warranty.

Features:

  • Capacity: 1TB
  • Form Factor: 2.5 inch
  • Interface: SATA 6Gb/s (Compatible with SATA 3Gb/s & SATA 1.5Gb/s)
  • NAND Flash: 32 Layer 3D V-NAND
  • Thickness: 7.0 mm
  • Optimized performance for everyday computing needs
  • Sequential read speed 540 MB/s; Sequential write speed 520 MB/s; Random read speed 100K; Random write speed 90K
  • Energy efficient – improves battery life by up to 50 minutes vs. hard disk drives
  • Worry-free data security with AES 256-bit, TCG/Opal v.2 and Microsoft eDrive full-disk encryption
  • Backed by a five-year limited warranty
  • Cable, screws, and bracket sold separately

If you’re looking for something a little bit smaller, we still have a great deal on the highly rated Samsung 850 EVO 500GB SSD. We also still have SSD enclosures for $7 Prime shipped right now, which can be a great way to bring some SSD storage on the road with you.

More details:

3D V-NAND Technology

Samsung’s innovative 3D V-NAND flash memory architecture breaks through density, performance, and endurance limitations of today’s conventional planar NAND architecture. Samsung 3D V-NAND stacks 32 cell layers vertically resulting in higher density and better performance utilizing a smaller footprint.

Enhanced RAPID mode

Samsung’s Magician software enables RAPID Mode for up to 2x faster performance* by utilizing unused PC memory (DRAM) as a high-speed cache. The newest version of Samsung Magician supports up to a 4GB cache on a system with 16GB of DRAM.

2.5-inch Stories February 25, 2016

expiredSamsung 850 EVO 2.5-inch Internal Solid-State Drives: 500GB $140 (Reg. $150+), 1TB $271 (Reg. $295+), more

Update (2/26 1:15pm): Amazon offers the SanDisk Ultra II 480GB 2.5-inch Internal Solid-State Drive for $110 shipped (Reg. $135).

Newegg is offering a couple of nice storage deals this morning. If you have an older Mac or looking for a fast external hard drive, you’ll want to take a look at these solid-state drive price drops. Free shipping is available on each model.

First up, Newegg has two deals on Samsung’s 850 EVO Series 2.5-inch Internal Solid-State Drives. You can grab the 500GB model for $139.99 shipped after promo code ESCEGGJ62 is applied during checkout. For a price comparison, you’ll typically find this SSD for around $150 or more. This deal is a match of our previous mention. Jump to the 1TB capacity for $270.99 shipped with code ESCEGGJ26. That’s down $24 from Amazon, $9 off our previous mention and the best currently available.

Over 7,400 Amazon customers rate these solid-state drive 4.7/5 stars. The Samsung 850 EVO dominates Amazon’s best-seller list as the most popular SSD option on the market. Features include a 2.5-inch form factor, 3D V-NAND technology, 540/520MB/s read/write speeds and a five year warranty.

We also spotted the Mushkin Enhanced Reactor 1TB 2.5-inch Internal Solid-State Drive for $219.99 (Reg. $246) with promo code EMCEGGH23.

Looking for more options? You can still grab SanDisk’s 512GB model for $120 or Inateck’s Aluminum USB-C enclosure for $20.

2.5-inch Stories January 29, 2016

expiredSamsung 850 EVO 2.5-inch Internal Solid-State Drives: 1TB $289 (Reg. $325+), 2TB $570 (Reg. $618+)

Update (2/2 11:15am): The 2TB model is now available for $569.99 shipped at Newegg via eBay.

Newegg is offering a couple of nice discounts on Samsung’s popular 850 EVO 2.5-inch Internal Solid-State Drives. First up, you can grab the 1TB capacity for $288.99 shipped after promo code AFMSSD0125D is applied during checkout. That’s good for $210 off the original MSRP, $39 less than Amazon, a match of our previous mention and the lowest current price we can find.

Looking for more storage capacity? You can grab the larger 2TB model for $585.99 shipped (Reg. $618+) when promo code AFMSSD0125E is added.

Over at Amazon, nearly 8,000 shoppers have rated these solid-state drives 4.7/5 stars. Samsung’s best-selling SSDs feature 540/520MB/s read/write speeds, 3D V-NAND technology, 256-bit AES encryption and ship with a five-year warranty.

Pair your new SSD with this USB 3.0 External Enclosure from Oittm for $6.59 Prime shipped (Reg. $15) with code DGPE3KCW.

Interested in taking advantage of solid-state drive speeds in your Mac? We’ve put together a handy how-to tutorial for iMac and MacBook users that guides you every step of the way.

2.5-inch Stories January 22, 2016

expiredSamsung 850 EVO 1TB 2.5-inch Internal Solid-State Drive: $290 shipped (Reg. $329+)

Amazon is offering the Samsung 850 EVO 1TB 2.5-inch Solid-State Drive for $289.99 shipped (matched on Newegg’s official eBay Store). That’s $210 under the original price, matching our previous mention and the best we can find.

This drive has a 4.7/5 star rating from more than 7,700 Amazon customers and sits as the third best selling option behind smaller capacity EVO 850 drives. This 2.5-inch, 1TB SSD features 3D V-Nand tech, 540/520MB/s read/write speeds and is backed by a five year warranty. Or use it as a speedy external drive with one of these highly rated SSD enclosures from $10 Prime shipped.

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