If you happen to be in the market for a new hard drive then an SSD is the way to go. With a much higher read-write speed than traditional hard drives and no moving parts, not only are they faster, they are also more durable.
We have seen a steady decline in the price of storage over the last few years, with what I paid for my own SSD three years ago would now get me almost double the capacity today.
What’s on offer?
Currently, people may value their money spent on SSDs by price per terabyte, this really goes to show just how far we have come when bringing mass data storage to personal systems.
Right now there is an offer on the Micron 5210 Ion, a 7.69TB solid-state drive. This currently exists for the price of $799 (roughly £640 at time of writing), making it one of the cheapest large capacity SSDs on the market right now. If you’re looking for a great large capacity storage solution then this could be your best bet.
The only main drawback that has been noted is that it has a lower write endurance compared to similar disks. This is perfectly fine if you are simply using it as additional storage, but if you are looking for a primary hard drive then this may not be the best choice. Still, it’s hard to say no to an SSD that large for this price.
If you are using it as simply backup storage however, you may want to stick to traditional hard drives as an equivalent drive at this capacity costs up to six times less. Although if you are still cautious of power consumption, weight and performance, SSDs are still the go-to choice.
If you are currently in the market for a drive and this fits the bill then you might struggle to find one at a similar price – that doesn’t mean they don’t exist, it’s always worth taking a good look around before committing.
With Black Friday coming up you may still be able to find decent offers on SSDs, be aware though that these are usually older models that have been marked down in price or excess stock.