Some of the best deals on data storage we’ve found in the Prime day sales on Amazon.co.uk
There are lots of deals on Storage today from Samsung, Western Digital, Sandisk, Crucial, Seagate and more. PC storage is an Amazon Prime staple so we’ve gathered together the links below to all the storage deals we can find and picked out some of the best deals we’ve seen that our team have used themselves.
Which storage should I buy? Data storage (HDD’s and SSD’s) are a commodity product though there are differences between the types in terms of speed and lifespan. For internal storage remember to check that your motherboards manual to see what type of storage expansion you have available to you, you can also use tools like Crucial’s System Scanner tool (https://fave.co/3Rusl0g) that will let you know what kind of additional upgrades slots your PC has available. For external storage compatibility tends to be broader though to get the most out of some drives you’ll want to use the highest speed USB port your PC has.
Slower, cheaper bulk storage for less frequently accessed files. Hard Drives or Mechanical Drives are spinning platters that store your data on them, they are an older technology but still extensively used, the downsides are the speed you can access your data at and they are more vulnerable to failing due to rough treatment, the upside is they are great value.These are great for storing older games, documents, media files and anything that doesn’t benefit from being on a far faster drive (don’t forget to back up any important files as with any storage). SATA HDD’s are the slowest and cheapest modern medium for storage and I tend to look for a price of about £17 per TB when I’m buying drives larger than 4TB. Drives at the extremes of capacity will tend to be more expensive per TB at the lower end because there is a fixed material cost to manufacturing the drive no matter how small the capacity and at the higher end because you are paying for the bleeding edge of what the tech is capable of.
You will often find external hard drives will be cheaper per TB than internal drives as they are more of a commodity item as not as many people buy internal drives as external ones.
Some good options if you’re looking for external SATA HDD drives in the Amazon Prime Day sales are:
WD 18TB Elements Desktop External Hard Drive – USB 3.0 This is a brand and style of drive that I’ve used a lot for bulk storage and at £222.99 on Prime Day it works out as £12.38 per TB bear in mind these do need external power so make sure you have a handy socket nearby.
RRP: £453.99 Lowest Selling Price in the last 90 days: £272.99 Prime Day Price: £222.99 Amazon Link: https://amzn.to/3AIgaHj
If you’re not looking for a drive that monstrous in size then the 6TB drive is still a good deal today:
WD 6TB Elements Desktop External Hard Drive – USB 3.0 This drive is still huge but much smaller on Prime Day it works out as £17.83 per TB again, bear in mind these do need external power so make sure you have a handy socket nearby, not as much of a saving but still a solid option.
RRP: £117.97 Lowest Selling Price in the last 90 days: £109.00 Prime Day Price: £106.99 Amazon Link: https://amzn.to/3RnCk7P
Some good options if you’re looking for internal SATA HDD drives in the Amazon Prime Day sales are:
Seagate BarraCuda 2TB Internal Hard Drive HDD
If you’re just looking to bolster the internal data storage of your PC without the hassle of having another thing on the top of your desk, Seagate produce some excellent value for money internal HDDs.
RRP: £57.14 Lowest Selling Price in the last 90 days: £42.31 Prime Day Price: £39.99 Amazon Link: https://amzn.to/3RphKUq
Seagate IronWolf, 4TB, NAS, Internal Hard Drive HDD
As above, Seagate produce some excellent quality HDDs, and 4TB is a vast amount of storage for the price it’s currently listed at for Prime Day.
RRP: £104.99 Lowest Selling Price in the last 90 days: £73.47 Prime Day Price: £71.99 Amazon Link: https://amzn.to/3NZDpQ7
The cheapest form of SSD, Great for Games Libraries These are great for storing games and what I tend to use for the vast majority of my steam games as you get a decent improvement in speed and the cost per TB is still reasonable. As with all storage the very small and very large sizes will tend to be more expensive with 1TB-4TB drives being in that sweet spot at the moment of a balance between capacity and price.
The brands I tend to opt for myself for myself when choosing a SATA SSD include Crucial (I use the great value MX500), Lexar, Sandisk and Samsung. When looking at SSD’s bear in mind they have a definitive lifespan (as always make sure you back up crucial data using the rule of three) and the fuller they are the slower they can get with the traditional advice being to try to leave 10-20% free, though there is some debate as to whether you need to do this on more modern drives.
You can expect to pay as little as £65 per TB on sale to about £100 per TB.