Update: Cyber Monday is over, so check out our best SSD 2019 recommendations!

Welcome to the Digital Foundry collection of the best SSD deals available for Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2018! If you're looking for more storage - and faster storage! - for your computer or games console, you're in the right place. Upgrading to a new SSD can make a huge difference to how it feels to use your computer, especially if you're a gamer or your work involves working with large files - like editing 4K video footage, for example.

We'll keep this page up to date with the latest deals as we find them, so buckle up and see what we've found so far. It may still be a day before Black Friday proper, but that hasn't stopped retailers in both the US and UK from discounting some very attractive storage options!

Looking for more than just storage? See all of our Black Friday 2018 tech deals, including TVs, monitors, PC hardware and peripherals.

UK Black Friday 2018 SSD and HDD deals

Crucial MX500 2TB SATA SSD for 210 (was 310)

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The Crucial MX500 is one of the best SATA SSDs, ably balancing price and performance. The massive 2TB model has been reduced to its lowest price ever for Cyber Monday, dropping to 210 from 310. If you're after absolutely gobs of storage without sacrificing random read and write speeds, this is one of the best options available.

Samsung 970 Evo 500GB for 110 (was 125)

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The best NVMe SSD for most people, the Samsung 970 Evo, has seen another discount for Cyber Monday. The 970 Evo 500GB is available at Overclockers for 110, down from 125, while the 970 Evo 1TB costs 230, down from 260. These are some of the best prices we've ever seen on this popular NVMe drive, so if you're interested pick it up before prices return to their normal levels.

Samsung 860 Evo 1TB + Assassin's Creed Odyssey for 160 (was 237)

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The Samsung 860 Evo is one of our favourite SATA SSDs, and right now you can get a good deal on the 1TB model over on Ebuyer. They're offering the drive for 160, which is quite reasonable, but the big draw here is that you also get a code for Assassin's Creed Odyssey, which is quite a good game and is worth at least 30. The drive is rated for sequential reads of 550MB/s and sequential writes of 520MB/s, but its real advantage is its excellent random and mixed workload performance which rivals any other SATA SSD on the market.

Crucial P1 NVMe SSD 500GB for 83 (was 101)

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The Crucial P1 is a value-priced NVMe drive that still offers better performance than SATA alternatives, thanks to sequential read speeds up to 1900MB/s and sequential write speeds up to 950MB/s. That's about four times faster than a top-tier SATA drive in terms of reads, and two times faster in terms of writes. If your laptop or desktop has NVMe support and a free M.2 slot, the Crucial P1 could be a nice upgrade.

Kingston A400 480GB SSD for 50 (was 87)

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Kingston's A400 SSD is relatively speedy for a SATA drive, and also quite good value for money. Ebuyer have reduced their prices on the A400 for Cyber Monday, so you can pick up a 480GB drive for 50, or a 240GB drive for 29. Either way, these are good drives to expand your PC's fast storage on the cheap or upgrade from a traditional HDD.

ADATA XPG SX8200 480GB NVMe SSD for 103 (was 117)

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This drive from ADATA is one of the fastest models available for a low price, challenging the Samsung 970 Evo in terms of overall performance with sequential read speeds of 3200MB/s and sequential write speeds of 1700MB/s. That's made it a firm favourite from PC builders in the know, as it's plenty fast for most applications and it frees up money from elsewhere in the build. You can pick it this drive at a lower price on Cyber Monday as well, with a 500GB model available at 103 and a massive 1TB model costing just 219. Given the level of performance on offer, that's an impressive price.

Update: You can also find ADATA's upgraded SX8200 Pro model on Amazon, where the 1TB model is 181. It should offer dramatically faster write speeds, although we've only been able to find one video review of this drive so far and haven't had a chance to test this drive ourselves. Still, given its lower price, it could definitely be worth a punt!

WD Black 500GB NVMe SSD for 113 (was 230)

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The WD Black is another strong NVMe SSD that offers noticeably faster speeds than a standard SATA SSD. It's also available at a discounted price for Cyber Monday, with a 500GB drive coming at 113 and a 250GB drive available for 60 on Amazon's deal of the day.

USA Black Friday 2018 SSD and HDD deals

Crucial MX500 2TB 2.5-inch SSD for $209 (was $330)

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This 2TB Crucial MX500 drive is one of the most affordable high-capacity drives on the market that doesn't unduly sacrifice random read and write speeds, making it a good choice for your Windows drive or as additional game storage. It's currently available for $121 under its RRP, which works out to 37 per cent off!

ADATA Ultimate SU800 2.5-inch SSD 1TB for $96 (was $125)

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This is the best price so far for a 1TB SSD: just $96 when you use the code CYBER20 on the link above. This is a decent little drive too, with a three year warranty, up to 560 MB/s reads and up to 520 MB/s writes. It's not the absolute best SSD on the market, but for the price it's hard to argue too much!

Samsung 860 EVO 500GB for $73 (was $110)

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This is a great option if you're looking for a 2.5-inch SATA HDD to speed up game load times, minimise Windows boot times and generally boost your PC's responsiveness. Samsung's Evo drives offer excellent performance at reasonable costs, and this is the cheapest that the last-generation 860 Evo has ever been. As well as the 500GB option we've highlighted here, you can also find the 1TB model for $128.

Samsung T5 portable SSD 250GB for $80 (was $130)

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Samsung's incredibly fast portable SSD, the T5, has been reduced for Cyber Monday. The 250GB model is now just $80, a mighty $50 off. The 500GB model is also on sale over at Newegg for $98, down from $130. Both of these are among the best prices we've seen, so it's worth jumping on this while you can if you're after a super-fast portable SSD that you can use for game storage, extra editing storage or whatever else you'd like.

Looking for more than just storage? See all of our Black Friday 2018 tech deals, including TVs, monitors, PC hardware and peripherals.

SSD and HDD buyer's guide

When buying an SSD, it's important to look at reviews to make sure that you're buying the sort of drive that you want:

  • 2.5-inch SATA drives offer excellent bang-for-the-buck and fit in PCs, some games consoles and USB 3.0 enclosures for portable use. However, they're limited to sequential speeds of around 550MB/s.
  • NVMe M.2 drives offer better performance at a higher price, with sequential speeds that are often at least two times faster than SATA drives. However, the small M.2 form factor and the high-speed NVMe standard isn't supported by all desktops and laptops, so check your PC's specs first!

For more information on other types of SSDs, check out our guide to the best SSDs for gaming!

Hard drives are a little more straightforward. The vast majority use the classic 3.5-inch size and are easily mounted inside most desktop PCs, although it is possible to find enclosures or portable drives that allow you to take your files on the go or transfer files from PC to PC.

Frequently asked questions

Which type of SSD is best for me - NVMe or SATA?

To answer this question, you need to identify what you'll be using the drive for - either playing games and normal day-to-day tasks like web browsing, or more intensive operations like editing 4K video or crunching through large scientific or engineering datasets.

For computers that are primarily used for playing games, our research suggests that you'll only see minimal improvements to game load times by swapping a standard SATA-connected SSD for a more expensive NVMe drive, even if it boasts significantly higher read and write speeds. Unless the rest of your system is already top notch, you will probably notice a bigger performance difference from upgrading to one of the best graphics cards rather than shelling out for a super-fast NVMe drive that sits at the top of the benchmark charts.

Therefore, we recommend you take a look at our recommendations for the best value-for-money SSDs on the market, including drives from some lesser-known brands. These drives largely use SATA connections, preventing their performance from surpassing a certain threshold, but they do offer the biggest capacities for the lowest prices. All modern motherboards support SATA too, so you won't have to worry about compatibility.

Of course, there's also an argument to be made for going for faster NVMe drives. Specifically, gamers that don't want to upgrade their storage for a long time or creative professionals that require utmost performance may want to spend more to really maximise their performance. Just remember that not all motherboards support these fast NVMe drives out of the box; you'll either need an M.2 slot that supports NVMe, or a free PCIe slot.

What size SSD do I need?

Thanks to recent drops in flash memory prices, solid state drives have become increasingly affordable - even though they're still far pricier per gigabyte than mechanical hard disk drives. As with most things, there is a tradeoff when deciding how big of a drive to choose. The smaller the drive, the more careful you'll have to be with the space that you've got - such as by uninstalling games you're not playing and moving media and downloads to a mechanical HDD. This kind of curation can be a pain, so saving up for a bigger drive makes sense. Larger drives are also slightly faster, particularly in terms of write speeds, than their smaller-capacity counterparts. Finally, choosing a larger drive will mean that it will last you a longer time. As games include higher-resolution textures and videos, they will continue to balloon in size, so having some breathing room will let you put off a drive upgrade for at least a few years.

So what about specific capacities? At the time of writing, a 240GB drive is probably a good starting point for most people, giving you enough room to install Windows and a few large games with space to spare for Windows updates, HD downloads and so on. If you like to keep more than a dozen games installed at once or you have a media collection that you don't want to keep on a second drive, then choosing a 480GB drive makes more sense. Right now these 480GB drives are in the price-per-gig sweet spot, so spring for them if you can. Finally, 1TB drives are about the largest SSD you can get before prices start getting really silly, so if you want one drive that will last you for a long time, then a 1TB SSD is just the ticket.

Can I install an SSD into my PS4 or Xbox One to improve its loading speeds?

Yes! On the PS4 and PS4 Pro, you can replace the system's internal drive with an SSD, while the Xbox One can have an external SSD connected over USB 3.0. You can see our investigations into game load time improvements with the PS4, PS4 Pro and Xbox One here. For the PS4 and PS4 Pro, we recommend a budget 2.5-inch SSD, such as the Crucial MX500 we highlighted above, while for the Xbox One and Xbox One X, you'll also need a USB 3.0 SATA enclosure. The installation process can be tricky - particularly on the PS4 - so it's worth finding and following instructions to install your new drive.

That's all we have on HDDs and SSDs for now! Remember to check out our other Black Friday 2018 tech deals and stay tuned for the latest deals as they drop!

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