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  • These are the best cheap SSD deals for November 2020

    Data storage has changed a lot over the past decade, with the platter-based hard drives of old slowly but surely giving ground to faster, simpler, and more reliable solid-state drives. These SSDs were rather expensive when they were new technology, but the price-per-gigabyte ratio between solid-state drives and traditional HDDs has shrunk considerably; today, there are a ton of cheap SSDs to be found in the wild, and we’re here to help you find them.

    Whether you’re building a new PC or just upgrading the storage in your current computer, we can help you out with this up-to-date roundup of the best cheap SSD deals available this month. And if your whole computer setup could use an upgrade, then also check out these laptop deals and desktop computer deals as we inch closer towards Black Friday.

    Today’s best SSD deals

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    Samsung 970 EVO Plus 2TB M.2 Internal SSD

    $250 $500
    For enthusiast PC builds and anyone else with more demanding storage needs, the Samsung 970 EVO Plus is a fantastic high-end M.2 SSD. This juicy discount can help to relieve some sticker shock.
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    Samsung - 860 EVO 1TB Internal SATA Solid State Drive

    $100 $170
    This Samsung portable drive is so compact it can fit in the palm of your hand. It features USB-C connectivity making it the perfect travel companion for laptops, phones, and more when on the go.
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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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    Intel 665p Series 1TB M.2 Internal SSD

    $83 $110
    The Intel 665p Series is one of the best internal solid-state drives, and it's easily among the top picks for anyone looking for a fast and affordable M.2 SSD.
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    Samsung 970 EVO 500GB M.2 Internal SSD

    $69 $100
    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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    Western Digital 1TB Gaming Drive SSD

    $150 $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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    Western Digital Black SN750 500GB M.2 2280 Internal Gaming SSD

    $63 $90
    Blazing fast transfer speeds and gamer-friendly features make the Western Digital Black SN750 our favorite internal M.2-style SSD for gaming PCs.
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    PNY CS900 120GB 2.5-Inch Internal SSD

    $20 $28
    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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    WD 1TB My Passport External SSD

    $130 $200
    This portable SSD offers a high-speed storage that you can password-protect, a hard shell that can survive 6-feet drops, and a modern Type-C port.
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    SAMSUNG T7 Touch Portable 1TB SSD

    $200 $230
    Samsung T7 is the premium SSD to beat with a built-in fingerprint sensor that lets you secure your data, industry-leading transfer speeds, and a shock-resistant exterior.
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    WD Green 1TB 2.5 Inch Internal SSD

    $90 $106
    Western Digital has long been one of the the gold standard names in solid-state drives, and this deal lets you score a beefy 1TB SSD for less than a Benjamin.
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    Western Digital Blue SN550 500GB NVMe M.2 2280 Internal SSD

    $50 $63
    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.
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    SanDisk Extreme 1TB External Portable SSD

    $125 $250
    For an external solid-state that's both portable and ruggedized 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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    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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    Samsung T5 1TB Portable External SSD

    $130 $250
    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.

    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.

    We strive to help our readers find the best deals on quality products and services, and we choose what we cover carefully and independently. The prices, details, and availability of the products and deals in this post may be subject to change at anytime. Be sure to check that they are still in effect before making a purchase.

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