Solid state storage has never been cheaper, sure, but it's still going to set you back a pretty sum if you hoped to totally replace your NAS drive with terabytes of the solid stuff. That's why we recommend running your PC on solid state and keeping your cold storage on some chunky spinning platters for the best bang to your buck. You've picked the right time to buy in too, what with Amazon Prime Day deals offering some sweet storage discounts.
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While us PC gamers love our super-fast SSDs for Steam, Origin, the Epic Games Store, and Battle.net, we also love a good NAS drive. Am I right? Well, if you're a content creator with a ton of footage from gameplays or Twitch VoDs, you'll want one, and that's why the WD Red Plus 10TB drive has piqued our interest at 40% off. It's only rated to 5400RPM but that shouldn't be too much trouble for storage not in constant demand. Also the plus model should mean it's the better CMR variant, not the SMR model, but make sure to check whatever turns up.
Beyond HDDs and spinning platters, we've got the fantastic Crucial MX500 1TB SATA SSD at 20% off—perfect for game library storage where the snappy performance of an NVMe is not always utilised to its fullest, or if you're already occupying all your available NVMe M.2 slots. There's also Samsung's 860 Pro 1TB at 33% off for those that won't settle for less than top performance, even from a SATA drive. You could even bump that to a 4TB drive if you have $729.99 burning a hole in your pocket.
Bear in mind you'll need to be a Prime member to use many of the deals listed below. If you aren't a member, or don't fancy signing up, Newegg is also offering many deals on similar products, so check them out.
Western Digital 10TB WD Red Plus Hard Drive 5400RPM|
$331.99 $188.99 at Amazon
It's not the fastest storage by any means, but damn if it isn't capacious like a Toyota Innova Crysta. Pick this drive up for all your recorded video or even for a full PC backup solution.
Seagate BarraCuda Pro 10TB Hard Drive 7200RPM |
$379.99 $279.99 at Amazon
Slightly faster than the WD Red Plus, but also a little pricier. With $100 off, if you're in the market for a faster NAS drive or even a 10TB drive for your gaming PC, this Seagate is a chance to grab one at a great price.
WD Black Performance HDD 7200RPM |
$249.99 $160.99 at Amazon
If you're more interested in keeping your storage local then perhaps the WD Black 6TB Performance drive is your best bet. Although this HDD often drops in price, this is the cheapest we've found it to be, and it's a great deal for 6TB.
Crucial MX500 1TB 3D NAND SATA SSD |
$114.99 $91.99 at Amazon
If you're new to this PC gaming... game, then you won't remember the days when 1TB of solid state was a lot of money. This Crucial MX500 1TB for under $100 is a sign of the times.
SanDisk SSD Plus 1TB SATA SSD |
$108.85 $87.99 at Amazon
The SanDisk SSD Plus is a great little storage drive to expand your gaming PC's capacity. We'd recommend a faster NVMe drive as a boot drive, if you can, but this offers cheap and reliable storage for everything else.
Samsung 860 Pro SATA SSD 512GB |
$149.99 $99.99 at Amazon
If you want the best SATA performance, you're likely looking for a Samsung drive. You'll have to pay for the privilege, but at least this Samsung 860 Pro is 33% off right now.
Kingston 500GB A2000 M.2 2280 NVMe SSD |
$66.49 $49.99 at Amazon
The Kingston A2000 is once again not the fastest drive going, but it is fit for NVMe speeds and the compact M.2 form factor. Faster than a SATA, and only $50, it's a great deal for a budget PC boot drive.
Seagate Firecuda 520 1TB PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSD |
$249.99 $199.99 at Amazon
We've already seen some PCIe 4.0 SSD deals come and go today, but here's another solid buy for speedy storage on AMD Ryzen gaming PCs.
This limited time deal sees Samsung's more than capable 970 Evo NVMe SSD discounted by 17%. Not a huge discount, but as a fan favourite a price cut only makes this great drive that much better.
There are plenty of options for cheap storage this Amazon Prime Day 2020, and we're sure to see more come Black Friday at the end of the month.
If you're still wondering which drive to go for, let's run through the basics. HDDs, or spinning platters, are your slowest drives around today, at least commercially, and are best for cold storage (stuff you won't touch all that much). SSDs come in two main flavours: SATA and NVMe. The latter is the fastest, and thus what we would recommend for a boot drive. Just be sure to check that you have an available M.2 slot on your motherboard, or spare PCIe slot and adapter, and that it's rated to PCIe speeds.
You can read more and see our recommendations over in our best SSD for gaming guide.