SSD Stories June 7, 2016

expiredBring a little horsepower to your old Mac w/ a fast SanDisk Ultra II 960GB Solid-State Drive for $200, more

Update (6/8 3:00pm): Newegg’s eBay Store also has the Mushkin ECO3 120GB 2.5-inch Internal Solid-State Drive for $34.99 shipped (Reg. $45).

Newegg’s official eBay Store offers the SanDisk Ultra II 2.5-inch 960GB Internal Solid-State Drive for $199.99 shipped. It carries a list price of $320 but typically sells for between $230-$240 on Amazon and other online retailers. Today’s deal is a match of our previous mention and the best offer available by $30 from a trusted retailer.

SanDisk’s Ultra II internal solid-state drive features a 2.5-inch form factor, read/write speeds up to 550/500Mbps, nCache 2.0 technology that “optimizes performance by writing everything into the drive’s high-speed buffer” and a three-year warranty. Rated 4.6/5 stars by 1,757 Amazon customers.

You can easily swap out your existing Mac hard drive for this speedy option by following our step-by-step guide. Or you can pair your new hard drive with this USB 3.0 external enclosure that includes three USB 3.0 ports for $20 Prime shipped.

Amazon is also discounting Samsung’s popular T3 Portable USB-C/3.1 External Solid-State Drives. These offer quick speeds in a tiny form-factor, perfect for accessing media and more on-the-go. The standout price drop is the best-selling 500GB model which recently dropped to $149.99 shipped. This deal is also available at Dell and Newegg. It typically sells for around $180.

SSD 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.

SSD Stories May 4, 2016

expiredUpgrade your Mac w/ a speedy Crucial 500GB 2.5-inch Internal Solid-State Drive for $130 shipped (Reg. $150+), more

Newegg offers the Crucial MX200 2.5-inch 500GB Internal Solid-State Drive for $129.99 shipped. For comparison, this drive carries a list price of $180 and typically retails for around $150 at online stores like Amazon. Today’s deal is $5 less than our previous mention and the best available. Features include read/write speeds of 555/500 MB/s and a three-year warranty. Rated 4.7/5 stars by over 1,200 Amazon customers.

Next up, Newegg’s official eBay Store has the ADATA Premier SP550 960GB 2.5.-inch Internal Solid-State Drive for $187.99 shipped. This hard drive has a MSRP of $270 but goes for $200 or more at Amazon (previous all-time low). Although it doesn’t feature the speeds of Samsung’s 850 EVO line, this is a pretty crazy price for a (nearly) 1TB hard drive. It has 520Mb/s speeds and ships with a three-year warranty. This is the #1 new SSD release at Amazon where it has collected a 4.6/5 star rating from 282 customers.

Be sure to check out our handy guide that details how-to upgrade your Mac with a new internal drive. If you’re looking for a speedy external option, pair your new SSD with a USB 3.0 enclosure for added flexibility.

SSD 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.

SSD 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.

SSD Stories January 28, 2016

expiredSamsung 11-inch Chromebook 2 2.16GHz/2GB/16GB SSD: $149 shipped (Reg. $190+), more

Best Buy offers the Samsung 11-inch Chromebook 2 XE500C12-K01US 2.16GHz/2GB/16GB SSD for $149 shipped. This is a savings of $101 off the original price, $50 less than the next reputable seller, a match of our holiday mention and the lowest current price we can find.

Features include a 2.16GHz Intel Celeron processor, 2GB of SDRAM, a 16GB SSD and an 11.6-inch display. Rated 4.4/5 stars by over 560 Amazon customers.

We also spotted the Acer 15.6-inch Chromebook w/ 4GB RAM, and 16GB SSD in refurbished condition for $175 (Orig. $280) over at Groupon.

SSD Stories January 27, 2016

Samsung D3 Station 4TB USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive $100 shipped (Reg. $130+)

Update (1/28 12:10pm): Adorama via eBay Daily Deals has the WD 2TB Black My Passport USB 3.0 Ultra Portable External Hard Drive (WDBBKD0020BBK-NESN) for $72.99 shipped (Reg. $86+, best price we have seen since the limited $65 Black Friday sales)

Newegg’s official eBay store is offering the Samsung D3 Desktop 4TB USB 3.0 External Hard Drive (STSHX-D401TDB) for $99.99 shipped. It regularly goes for between $130+, is listed at $127 on Amazon right now and is matching our previous low. In fact, not only is it one of the best prices we can find on a brand name 4TB external of any kind, but is around $20 less than Amazon and most retailers are listing the 3TB model for right now.

It offers USB 3.0 connectivity, will work with Mac or PC out of the box and comes with a USB cable. Rated 4.2/5 stars from nearly 100 Amazon customers. If you;re looking for SSDs, head over to today’s Daily Deals for our most recent deals

More details:

Go ahead. Expand your video, photo and music collection. The massive 2TB, 3TB and 4TB Samsung D3 Station External Hard Drives are fast and allow you to store a lifetime of memories. Each one comes with pre-loaded software to:

Automatically back up your PC to keep your data safe at home and on the go Encrypt information on your drive to safely and conveniently protect important data Create a Secure Drive for worry-free data security

What’s more, they give you 3X the performance of a USB 2.0 external hard drive, so you can access your digital life 3X faster.

SSD Stories January 26, 2016

expired2.5-inch Internal Solid-State Drives: Crucial 240GB $54 (Reg. $65), Kingston 120GB $38 (Orig. $50), more

As part of the Amazon Gold Box Deals of the Day you can grab the Crucial 240GB SATA 2.5-inch Internal Solid State Drive for $53.99 shipped. That’s $31 off the original list price and the lowest we’ve seen for it at Amazon. It’s more than 13x faster than a typical hard drive and 40x more energy efficient. Rated 4.5/5 stars by over 80 Amazon shoppers.

 We also found the following SSDs on sale:

  • Kingston SSDNow V300 120GB 2.5″ Internal Solid State Drive $38 (Orig. $50) | eBay
  • Mushkin Enhanced ECO2 2.5″ 512GB SATA III Internal SSD $120 (Orig. $150) | Newegg
  • Crucial 512GB 2.5″ Internal Solid State Drive $132 (Orig. $155) | Blinq
  • PNY 2.5″ 240GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive $60 (Orig. $90) | Newegg

 

SSD 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.

SSD Stories January 19, 2016

expiredKingston V300 240GB 2.5-inch Internal Solid-State Drive: $62 shipped (Reg. $80+)

Update (1/19 1:15pm): TigerDirect via eBay offers this Ultra USB 2.0 2.5-inch Internal Solid-State Drive enclosure for $1.39 shipped. Although it has slower speeds, it’s a nice back-up to have in case of emergency.

Antonline (98.7% positive feedback from 154,000+) via eBay Daily Deals offers the Kingston SSDNow V300 240GB 2.5-inch Internal Solid-State Drive for $61.99 with free shipping. This SSD typically goes for $80-$100 at most retailers and it is currently on sale for $77 at Amazon. Today’s deal is the lowest price that we can currently find.

Features include a 2.5-inch form factor, 240GB capacity, sequential read/write speeds of 450MB/s and a three-year warranty. Rated 4.5/5 stars by nearly 3,500 Amazon customers.

Get more life out of your computer and maximize your existing investment by replacing your old hard drive with a Kingston SSDNow V300 solid-state drive. It’s the most cost-efficient way to dramatically improve the responsiveness of your system–and it’s less disruptive than migrating your data to a new system.

  • Faster–improves speed of loading applications and system boot up
  • Reliable–with no moving parts, solid-state drives are less likely to fail than traditional hard drives
  • Economical–design is optimized to make migrating to an SSD more affordable
  • Convenient–all-in-one kits are available with all the components needed for a fast and easy installation
  • Multiple capacities–up to 240GB, to fit your workload
  • Silent–runs silent and cool

SSD Stories January 12, 2016

expiredSamsung 850 EVO 1TB 2.5-inch Internal Solid-State Drive: $290 shipped (Reg. $350+)

Adorama via eBay Daily Deals offers the Samsung 850 EVO 1TB 2.5-inch Solid-State Drive for $289.99 shipped. Today’s deal is a savings of $210 off the original price, $57 better than Amazon, $20 less than our previous mention and the lowest offering we can currently find.

Over 7,400 Amazon customers rate this solid-state drive 4.7/5 stars, it is also one of the best-selling models. Features include a 2.5-inch form factor, 3D V-Nand technology, 540/520MB/s read/write speeds and a five year warranty.

Combine your new SSD with this highly-rated 2.5-inch USB 3.0 SSD enclosure from Inateck for $12.99 Prime shipped after coupon code OUYW6A3O is applied during checkout.

SSD Stories December 29, 2015

expiredSamsung 850 EVO 2.5-inch Internal Solid-State Drives: 250GB $65 (Reg. $90), 500GB $140 (Reg. $150+)

Newegg is currently offering a couple of nice discounts on Samsung’s 850 EVO 2.5-inch Internal Solid-State Drives. First up, the smaller 250GB capacity can be had for $64.99 shipped (Reg. $90) after promo code AFSSD1229B is applied during checkout. That’s good for $76 off the original listing, $8 less than Amazon, within a few dollars of our previous mention, and the lowest current price we can find.

Samsung’s larger 500GB model is on sale for $139.99 shipped (Reg. $150+) when code AFSSD1228A is used during checkout. This SSD originally went for $270, but regularly fetches between $150-$180. Today’s deal is $10 less than Amazon and the lowest current price we can find.

Over at Amazon, 7,100+ 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.

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.

SSD Stories November 26, 2015

expiredSamsung 850 EVO 500GB 2.5-inch Internal Solid-State Drive: $140 shipped (Reg. $160+)

Adorama via eBay offers the Samsung 850 EVO 500GB 2.5-inch Internal Solid-State Drive for $139.99 shipped. That’s good for $130 the original MSRP, $8 better than Amazon, and the lowest current price we can find.

This highly-rated Samsung drive is amongst the most popular products in the SSD category at Amazon. Features include read/write speeds of 540/520 MB/s, 3D V-NAND technology, 256-bit AES encryption and a five-year warranty.

SSD Stories November 24, 2015

SanDisk 960GB Ultra II 2.5-inch Internal Solid-State Drive: $175 shipped w/ Visa Checkout (Reg. $300)

Newegg is offering the SanDisk 960GB Ultra II SATA 6Gbps SSD for $199.99 shipped. If you pad your order to over $200 (this audio cable will do the trick), enter the code VCOBF15 and use Visa Checkout to drop your price down to $174.99 shipped. That’s $25 off the regular sale price/ Amazon’s current listing and the lowest we can find. It has read speeds of up to 550MB/s and write speeds of up to 500MB/s. Amazon shoppers gave it 4.6/5 stars.

SSD Stories November 13, 2015

expiredSamsung 850 EVO 250GB 2.5-inch Internal Solid-State Drive: $68 shipped (Reg. $80+)

Newegg offers the Samsung 850 EVO 250GB 2.5-inch Internal Solid-State Drive for $89.99. Applying coupon code EMCKBKN25 drops the final price to $67.50 shipped. That’s good for $83 off the original list MSRP, $7.50 less than Amazon, and the lowest price that we have ever seen.

This is the best-selling solid-state drive at Amazon, garnering a 4.7/5 star rating from over 5,850 customers. Features include read/write speeds of 540/520 MB/s, 3D V-NAND technology, 256-bit AES encryption and a five-year warranty.

SSD 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. 

Features:

  • 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.

 

SSD Stories October 27, 2015

expiredGrab the best-selling Acer Chromebook 2.6GHz.2GB/16GB SSD (refurb) for $120 (Orig. $170)

Newegg offers the manufacturer refurbished Acer (CB3-111-C670) 2.6GHz/2GB/16GB SSD for $119.99 shipped. Today’s deal is $40 off the original price and Amazon’s new condition listing, a match of our previous mention and the lowest current offering we can find. 

This is the best-selling laptop at Amazon, garnering a 4.4/5 star rating from over 1,000 customers.

Features include:

  • Intel Celeron 2.16 GHz Processor
  • 2 GB DDR3L SDRAM
  • 16 GB SSD Storage; No optical drive
  • 11.6 inch, 1366 x 768 pixels, LED-lit Screen
  • Chrome Operating System; Moonstone White
  • 90-day warranty from Acer

If you don’t mind a rebate card, the effective price drops down to $99.99 if you print out and send in this form.

SSD Stories October 12, 2015

expiredAmazon Gold Box – Crucial & Lexar storage up to 65% off: Solid-State Drives 1TB $270, 500GB $140, 250GB $64, more

Today only, as one of its Gold Box Deals of the Day, Amazon offers up to 65% off select Crucial and Lexar solid-state drives, USB flash drives, microSD cards, and more. Prime members receive free 2-day shipping on the entire lot, while all other buyers will need to spend at least $35 to sidestep shipping fees.

Some of our favorite deals from this sale include a trio of fast Crucial solid-state drives. Upgrade your aging MacBook with one of these SSDs to improve boot times, reliability, and overall performance. Deal pricing is as follows:

SSD Stories October 1, 2015

expiredVisionTek 120GB USB 3.0 Pocket Solid State Drive: $80 shipped (Reg. $100)

Amazon offers the VisionTek 120GB USB 3.0 Pocket Solid State Drive for $79.99 with free shipping. That’s $20 below its regular price and the best deal we’ve ever seen. Head to this post for a full overview of this super-fast drive. Rated 4 out of 5 stars from 85 Amazon reviewers.

  • Built for rugged portability: No moving parts and an aluminum housing safeguards your data from drops and impacts.
  • SuperSpeed USB 3.0 performance: Up to 455MB/s reads and 440MB/s writes… up to 10 times faster than USB 2.0!
  • UASP mode support: enables multiple simultaneous commands for faster and more efficient transfers as well as lowers CPU utilization.
  • DuraClass Technology: Ultra-efficient block management & wear leveling offers maximum drive and data reliability.
  • Use with nearly any computer: Compatible with Windows, Mac, and Linux systems with a USB 3.0/2.0 interface.
  • Keychain grommet: allows the drive to easily attach to a set of house / car keys.

SSD Stories September 18, 2015

expiredSamsung 850 EVO 500GB 2.5-inch Solid-State Drive: $150 shipped (Reg. ~$170)

Beach Camera via eBay Daily Deals offers the Samsung 850 EVO 500GB 2.5-inch Solid-State Drive (model MZ-75E500B/AM) for $149.99 with free shipping. As a pricing comparison, it generally sells for $160-$180 and today’s deal is a match for the best we’ve seen. Features include a 2.5-inch form factor, 3D V-Nand technology, 540/520MB/s read/write speeds and a five year warranty. Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars from 4,987 Amazon reviewers.

Be sure to check out our how-to if you’re looking to upgrade your old MacBook to a fast solid-state drive.

SSD Stories August 31, 2015

expiredSamsung 850 EVO 500GB 2.5-inch Solid-State Drive: $150 shipped (Reg. $175+)

Adorama via eBay Daily Deals offers the Samsung 850 EVO 500GB 2.5-inch Solid-State Drive for $149.99 shipped. Today’s deal is a savings of $120 off the original price, $25 better than Amazon, a match of our previous mention and the lowest offering we can currently find.

Over 4,500 Amazon customers rate this solid-state drive 4.7/5 stars, it is also one of the best-selling models. Features include a 2.5-inch form factor, 3D V-Nand technology, 540/520MB/s read/write speeds and a five year warranty.

Pair this SSD with a highly-rated USB 3.0 enclosure to make an external hard drive for your computer or gaming console.

SSD Stories August 12, 2015

expiredSamsung 850 Pro 2.5-inch Internal Solid-State Drives: 256GB $115 shipped (Reg. $150+), 1TB $430 shipped (Reg. $465)

Update (8/12 11:00am): Newegg via eBay Daily Deals offers the Samsung 850 EVO 250GB 2.5-inch Internal Solid-State Drive for $84.99 shipped (Reg. $100).

Newegg is currently discounting two capacities of the very highly-rated Samsung 850 Pro 2.5-inch Internal Solid-State Drive. Free shipping is available on both deals.

First up, is the 256GB model for $114.99 shipped after coupon code AFSSD810E is applied at checkout. That’s $45 off the original listing, $37 better than Amazon and the lowest price we can currently find.

The larger 1TB capacity is available for $429.99 shipped following coupon code AFSSD810G during checkout. This is $100 less than the original price, $35 off Amazon’s current listing and the best price we can find.

Samsung 850 Pro 2.5-inch Internal Solid-State Drive features 550/520Mbps read/write speeds, 256-bit AES encryption, 3D V-NAND technology and includes a ten-year limited warranty.

SSD Stories August 4, 2015

expiredAcer 15-inch Chromebook 1.5GHz/4GB/32GB SSD w/ 802.11AC Wi-Fi & Bluetooth 4.0: $270 shipped (Reg. $350)

Staples offers the Acer 15-inch Chromebook 1.5GHz/4GB/32GB SSD (model CB5-571-C09S) for $269.99 with free shipping, which is $80 below list, $60 better than Amazon, and the lowest price we’ve ever seen. This Chromebook is rated 4.4 out of 5 stars from 153 Amazon reviewers. Features and tech specs include:

  • Intel® Celeron® Dual-Core Processor 3205U
  • 15.6″ Full HD Widescreen LED-backlit Display
  • 1920 x 1080 resolution, 16:9 aspect ratio
  • 4GB DDR3L SDRAM Memory
  • Intel® HD Graphics, supporting OpenGL® 4.4, OpenCLTM 1.2, Microsoft® DirectX® 11.1
  • Upward-Facing Dual-Stereo Speakers
  • Built-in Microphone
  • 32GB SSD
  • Secure Digital™ (SD) card reader
  • 802.11AC WiFi featuring MIMO technology (Dual-Band 2.4GHz and 5GHz)
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • HD Webcam (1280 x 720), supports High Dynamic Range (HDR)

SSD Stories August 3, 2015

expiredSamsung 850 EVO 500GB 2.5-inch Internal Solid-State Drive: $150 shipped (Reg. $180+)

Adorama via eBay Daily Deals offers the Samsung 850 EVO 500GB 2.5-inch Internal Solid-State Drive for $149.99 shipped. This deal represents a savings of $120 off the original price, $32 better than Amazon, a match of our previous mention and the lowest current price we can find.

The Samsung 850 EVO features read speeds of 550 MB/s and write speeds of 520 MB/s, it has 256-bit AES encryption and is backed by a five-year limited warranty.

Rated 4.7/5 stars by over 3,700 Amazon customers.

expiredAmazon Gold Box – up to 60% off SSDs, USB Flash Drives, Portable Storage, more: SanDisk 480GB SSD $160 (Reg. $220)

Today only, as its Gold Box Deal of the Day, Amazon is taking up to 60% off a selection of computer components and accessories. At the start of the sale there are a total of 25 different items including solid-state drives, USB Flash Drives, gaming accessories, and much more. All items ship free for Prime members (free trial) and any buyer who spends $35 or more.

Here are the very best deals from today’s sale:

(update 8/3 2:30pm: SanDisk 128GB Ultra Fit drive is now backordered but can still be ordered via this link)

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