Best cheap SSD deals for May 2021

Solid-state drives, once cutting-edge technology, are now commonplace and quite affordable. They also come in all shapes and sizes, from 2.5-inch and M.2 internal SSDs to portable solid-state drives you can carry in your pocket, so no matter your needs and budget, there’s an SSD out there for you. Whether you’re building or upgrading a PC or just want a safe place for your digital treasures, our roundup of the best SSD deals of the month has what you need.

Today’s best SSD deals

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Western Digital WD Blue SN550 NVMe M.2 2280 1TB Internal Solid State Drive

$110 $130
The WD Blue SN550 is a cost-effective addition to any desktop PC build. Its slimline M.2 NVMe interface is faster than standard SATA drives as well.
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SK Hynix Gold S31 1TB 2.5 inch SATA III Internal SSD

$105 $160
With transfer speeds of up to 560 MB/s, the SK Hynix Gold S31 is a fantastic internal SSD for any PC setup. All three sizes are on sale so you can grab one that's perfect for your needs.
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Samsung 980 Pro 1TB PCIe 4.0 NVMe Internal SSD

$200 $230
For enthusiast PC builds and anyone else with more demanding storage needs, the Samsung 980 Pro is a fantastic high-end PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSD with read/write speeds of up to 7,000/5,100MB/s.
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Kingston A400 240GB 2.5 Inch Internal SSD

$30 $35
If you're storage needs are modest (or you're pairing a solid-state system drive with a larger HDD), the 240GB Kingston A400 internal SSD is an incredible value.
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SanDisk 1TB Extreme Portable SSD

$160 $250
For an external solid-state that's both portable and rugged to survive life's adventures, it doesn't get much better than the SanDisk Extreme SSD with its shock- and water-resistant housing.
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Western Digital Blue 4TB 2.5-Inch Internal SSD

$340 $550
Most SSDs not cutting it? The beefy 4TB Western Digital Blue internal drive gives you 4TB of solid-state storage.
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WD Green 1TB 2.5 Inch Internal SSD

$100 $106
Western Digital has long been one of the gold-standard names in solid-state drives, and this deal lets you score a beefy TB SSD for less than a Benjamin.
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Samsung 860 EVO 1TB 2.5-Inch Internal SSD

$110 $200
This is a great price on any 1TB SSD, and one of the best we've seen yet on the top-tier Samsung EVO.
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PNY Elite 240GB External Portable SSD

$46 $107
If you don't want to pay extra for storage space you don't need, the PNY Elite 240GB solid-state drive offers super-portable convenience and snappy USB 3.0 data transfer speeds.
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Sabrent 1TB Rocket NVMe 4.0 Gen4 PCIe M.2 Internal SSD

With this 1TB internal SSD, you wouldn't have to worry so much about having limited storage. You can easily expand your PC's data reservoir and backup your growing collection of digital goodies.
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WD My Passport 512GB External Portable SSD with Hardware Encryption

$90 $200
The palm-sized Western Digital My Passport gives you the speed of an SSD in a pocket-friendly package, and even features built-in hardware encryption to keep your data safe.
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PNY CS900 120GB 2.5-Inch Internal SSD

$28 $30
If your needs are modest or you just want some cheap backup storage, This 128GB 2.5-inch internal SSD from PNY is about as cheap as they come.
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Samsung T7 Touch Portable 1TB SSD + Bar Plus 128GB USB 3.1 Flash Drive

$182 $230
Samsung T7 is the SSD to beat with a built-in fingerprint sensor that lets you secure your data, industry-leading speed, and a shock-resistant exterior. This bundle includes a 128GB flash drive.
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Samsung T5 2TB Portable External SSD

$230 $280
About as long and wide as a credit card (although obviously thicker), the fast and super-compact Samsung T5 external SSD is our favorite external hard drive thanks to its speed and size.
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Western Digital 1TB Gaming Drive SSD

$160 $200
For ultra-fast gaming speeds and almost completely eliminated loading screens, take the WD 1TB Gaming Drive SSD out for a spin and watch your photorealistic gaming take on a whole new meaning.
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Samsung 970 EVO 1TB M.2 Internal SSD

$160 $170
Some of Samsung's solid-state drive offerings can get costly, but the 970 EVO M.2 SSD hits a nearly perfect sweet spot in both price and performance.
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ADATA XPG SX8200 Pro 512GB M.2 Internal SSD

$68 $130
At 512GB, the ADATA XPG SX8200 Pro is the ideal size for a solid-state system drive -- and it's available at the perfect price/performance sweet spot.
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SanDisk Extreme 500GB Portable SSD

$90 $150
Need a tough portable SSD for less than 100 bones? This one offers a high-speed storage on the go with a hard shock-proof shell, speeds of up to 1050MB/s, and a modern USB Type-C port.
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Crucial MX500 500GB 2.5-Inch Internal SSD

$56 $70
Crucial has been offering some of the best (and most affordable) storage solutions for years, and the 500GB MX500 is a fantastic mid-sized internal SSD for the price.
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Western Digital Blue SN550 500GB NVMe M.2 2280 Internal SSD

$60 $90
With this discount, the 500GB WD Blue SN550 is an M.2 internal SSD that's priced similarly to traditional 2.5-inch hard drives.

How to choose an SSD

Computer hardware keeps getting better, faster, and smaller, and recent advances in data storage technology have also been impressive (even if hard drives admittedly aren’t as exciting as CPUs and graphics cards). The introduction of solid-state drives, so-named due to their lack of moving parts in contrast to older hard drives which store data on rotating platters, has sparked a small revolution by offering fast and reliable storage that delivers far greater read/write speeds than the HDDs of yesteryear.

Solid-state drives store data on static chips in a fashion not dissimilar to USB flash drives. Standard internal SSDs typically follow the 2.5-inch form factor that has been used in laptops for a while now (in contrast to the bulkier 3.5-inch HDDs often found in desktop PC towers), and given the smaller size of solid-state drives and the fact they’re much cheaper than they once were, there are also plenty of portable USB external SSDs on the market today.

For internal SSDs, you have two form factors to consider: A more traditional 2.5-inch drive or an M.2 stick. The 2.5-inch SSDs have been commonly found in laptops for years, but M.2 SSDs are becoming more popular. M.2 SSDs look almost like sticks of RAM and slot directly onto a computer’s motherboard — no SATA cables necessary. Their smaller design makes them ideal for laptops, and many laptops now feature these drives (although desktop PC builders are also increasingly using them as well).

Solid-state drives provide several advantages over traditional platter-based hard drives, but there is one notable drawback: storage capacity. More specifically, SSDs are more expensive per gigabyte than HDDs, meaning you’ll pay more for a solid-state than you would for a similarly sized hard drive. That’s the basic trade-off for the SSD’s enhanced read/write speeds and reliability.

If you have more demanding storage needs, a cost-effective solution to this problem is to buy a smaller SSD for use as your system drive (your operating system and primary software will be installed here to take advantage of the faster speeds) and pairing it with a larger HDD for storing bigger files. Many laptops even come with both a solid-state system drive and a hard storage drive, and it goes without saying that you can easily do this with a desktop PC build as well.

Another thing you’ll want to consider when shopping around for SSD deals is the manufacturer’s warranty. Even without moving platters, SSDs are still active parts of your computer that are constantly reading and writing data, and while they’re typically more reliable than HDDs, they can still fail. That’s not something that any of us wants to happen (not least of all because it often involves losing saved work and other important data), but buying from a reputable brand that offers a good warranty is something that’s usually worth the little bit of extra money you’ll pay.

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