480GB 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.

480GB Stories March 27, 2016

expiredSanDisk Ultra II 960 2.5-inch Internal Solid-State Drive $200 (Reg. $230), USB 3.0 Enclosures from $7 Prime shipped (Reg. $13)

Update (3/28 7:30am):

Best Buy offers the SanDisk Ultra II 480GB 2.5-inch Internal Solid-State Drive for $99.99 shipped. That’s good for $130 off the original listing, $26 less than Amazon, $10 better than our previous mention and the best price currently available.

480GB Stories November 10, 2015

expiredCrucial 2.5-inch 480GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive $140, Samsung 250GB 850 EVO $75 shipped

Newegg offers the Crucial (BX200) 2.5″ 480GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive for $149.99, but when you use the coupon code AF15SSD1109A the price drops to only $139.99 shipped. That’s $10 off the original price/ Amazon’s current listing and the lowest we can find for it. 


  • Sequential reads/writes up to 540 / 490 MB/s on all file types and random reads/writes up to 66k / 78k IOPS
  • More than 13x faster than a typical hard drive and 40x more energy efficient
  • More durable than a hard drive – no small moving parts that are prone to failure and available in 2.5-inch form factor in capacities up to 960GB
  • Includes an activation key for Acronis True Image HD software for easy data migration
  • Compatible with the free Crucial Storage Executive tool for easy drive monitoring and maintenance

Amazon shoppers give Crucial products high ratings overall.

Newegg also has the 250GB Samsung 850 EVO 2.5″ Solid State Drive (MZ-75E250B/AM) for $74.99 when you use the coupon code AF15SAM119A at checkout.


480GB Stories January 22, 2014

Update: Ebay has the Monster Samsung 1TB 840 EVO for $479.99 shipped – the lowest price we’ve seen (Amazon is $514.99) SOLD OUT

Amazon is offering a Crucial M500 480GB SATA III 2.5″ Solid State Drive for $259 with free shipping. That’s $99 below retail and $50 better than the average selling price from most major retailers. The 120GB version is also available at its best price ever, just $76.95 with free shipping.

If you are cool with rebates, Tiger Direct has the 240GB model for $114 shipped, but you must apply both rebates to achieve this price. The first rebate (download here) is right on the product page and the second is part of the Tiger Direct $10 off $50.

Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars from 439 Amazon reviewers.

  • Transformative performance: dramatically faster than a hard drive
  • Nearly instantaneous boot times
  • 500 MB/s sequential reads, 400 MB/s sequential writes, 80k random reads, 80k random writes

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