Best Hard Drive Deals for April 2014
There’s never been a better time to buy storage. Be it external storage to backup your archive, internal storage for your games and files or SSD to boost your computer speed, they have never been cheaper and prices are so low that they now rival that of blank optical disks like Blu-ray or DVD.
External Hard Drives – Portable
There are two types of external hard disk drives, those powered by USB and those that need a separate mains adaptor. The first of these, known as portable hard drives, are becoming increasingly more popular thanks to a dramatic change in the computing landscape. Portable external hard disk drives in general use smaller laptop drives. Shipments of so-called 2.5-inch hard disk drives, which are more compact than their desktop cousins, have been increasing significantly due to strong demand and ample supply, which has caused the price difference between 2.5-inch and 3.5-inch drives to shrink.
WD Elements Portable Hard Drive 1TB Black | £49.99 | PC World
Samsung M3 Slimline 1.5TB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive | £49.99 | Amazon
Toshiba 1TB Stor.E Basics USB 3.0 2.5-inch External Hard Drive |£47.98 | Amazon
Seagate Expansion 1TB Mobile External Hard Drive | £47.96 | CCL Online
External Hard Drives – Desktop
The latter of the two is known as the external desktop drive, is usually cheaper per gigabyte but also way bulkier. The flip side is that they carry significantly higher capacities compared to their smaller counterparts, reaching 6TB per drive compared to 2TB for the USB-powered ones.
WD My Book 3 TB USB 3.0 Hard Drive | £90.99 | Amazon
Samsung 2TB D3 Station External Hard Drive | £58.98 | Ebuyer
LACIE Porsche Design P’9233 external hard drive – 2 TB | £94.07 | Pixmania
4TB Touro DX3 Desktop Hard Drive | £105.99 | Ebuyer
The average price of and SSD, which can be either internal or external, has been falling significantly since the beginning of the year as new products pushed mature ones off the shelves and caused retailers to discount them down to about 33p per GB, the lowest SSD storage has ever been. It is still however about 10x more than what you’d pay for traditional hard disk drive storage.
HyperX 120GB SATA3 3K 2.5-inch Gaming SSD Drive | £55.99 | Amazon
Kingston Technology 240GB Solid State Drive | £80.99 | Amazon
Samsung 840 EVO 500GB 2.5-inch Basic SATA Solid State Drive | £182| Amazon
Seagate 600 Series 480GB 2.5inch SATA-III SSD | £159.99 | Ebuyer
Internal hard drives
Surprisingly enough, you might be better off buying external hard disk drives and taking out the disks to use internally. This is one of the quirks of demand and supply. As consumers move away from desktop PCs to tablets, laptops and other devices that are not traditionally upgradable, the demand for internal hard drives fell. Still, they tend to be the ones with the cheapest cost per GB and have the highest capacities around.
Toshiba 2TB Internal Hard Drive 7200RPM | £56.46 | Ebuyer
Samsung SpinPoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB SATA II 3.5″ | £37.62 | CCL Online
WD 1TB Internal SATA Hard Drive | £41.57 | Amazon
Seagate ST1000DX001 3.5 inch 1TB Hybrid Internal Solid State Drive |£59.98 | Amazon
2014 could well be the year when storage suddenly becomes more interesting thanks to a number of new technologies like SMR or helium-fillled. That in turn will bring down the cost of storage for end users.