Black Friday 2018 and Cyber Monday 2018 SSD and hard drive deals: What to expect from storage deals this year

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are almost upon us, and you can expect to see steep discounts in every single product category imaginable—including SSDs and hard drives. Whether you're replacing the failing hard drive in an old PC with an SSD, or upgrading your gaming rig to NVMe, Black Friday and Cyber Monday will offer fantastic deals on PC storage.

In this post, we'll go over what kind of sales you can expect to see in the weeks ahead, and what you should keep an eye out for.

What to expect from SSD deals on Black Friday and Cyber Monday

Solid state drives have been on a steady price decline over the past few years, thanks to lower manufacturing costs and greater competition. This has accelerated in the past few months, leaving SSD prices at an all-time low.

Most 500GB SATA drives are less than $100, and 1TB models are typically around $150. Faster M.2 disks are still more expensive than their SATA counterparts, but not by much; 500GB NVMe M.2 drives run for about $150.

This Black Friday, you can expect SSD prices to drop to absurdly-low prices. As seen in the list below, some drives were as much as 40-60% off last year.

What to expect from hard drive deals on Black Friday and Cyber Monday

As you might expect from a 63 year-old technology, there hasn't been much innovation with hard drives lately. Prices have mostly stayed the same, and the drives aren't getting any faster. Instead, improvements have come in the way of capacity, and hard drives are a great way to add bulk storage to an existing computer, especially when you need 1TB or more of extra space.

There were decent discounts on hard drives last Black Friday, but mostly for extremely large drives, like the 6TB Seagate model listed below. Don't expect drastic price slashing, but if you're in the market for an HDD, you might as well wait for Black Friday/Cyber Monday.

Early Black Friday SSD and HDD deals

Crucial MX500 | 1TB | M.2 SATA | $139.99 ($15 off)
The 500GB M.2 version of the ever-popular Crucial MX500 SSD is $15 lower than the previous price. Buy at Amazon (Posted: 11/16)

G-Technology 3TB External Hard Drive | $109.99 ($50 off)
This 3TB external USB 3.0 hard drive is currently $50 off the usual price. Buy at B&H

Samsung 500GB 960 EVO NVMe M.2 SSD | $109.99 ($43 off)
The 500GB version of Samsung's last-gen M.2 SSD is just $110 on B&H — $43 cheaper than the same model on Amazon, and $5 cheaper than the 500GB 970 Evo. Buy at B&H

Samsung 500GB 970 EVO NVMe M.2 Internal SSD | $116.99 ($30.00 off)
This isn't a bad deal for one of the best M.2 SSDs on the market. Buy at B&H 

WD Blue 3D | 1TB | SATA M.2 | $139.99 ($10 off)
This SATA drive in an M.2 form factor just dropped another $10 on Amazon. Buy at Amazon 

WD Blue 3D S100 | 1TB | SATA M.2 | $139.99 ($10.00 off)
This 1TB SSD from Western Digital is $10 lower than the previous price. It's a SATA III drive in an M.2 form factor, so it will be slower than true NVMe M.2 disks, but the extra capacity might make up for it. Buy at Amazon 

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