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- 2 Fast storage for less
- 3 Pocket-sized storage
- 4 An SD card with a lot of storage
- 5 Great deal on more memory space
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- 7 The Best Laptop Under $500
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You probably won’t be sad to see 2020 to the door—but that doesn’t mean all the things you’ve made and memories you’ve recorded this year aren’t worth saving. The best way to store those digital snapshots of your year and keep them safe is by squirreling them away on some of the best Wirecutter-recommended storage devices. Whether you’re looking to backup your entire computer on an external hard drive or looking to record your new adventures on a fast SD card with a ton of space, the Deals team is here to help. Here are the best deals on digital storage we’ve found so far this week.
An SSD that’ll speed up an old computer
Maybe you don’t have the budget for a new laptop. Maybe you’re holding out hope that you’ll be reunited with your office’s faster PC soon. Or maybe you’re looking to turn the old MacBook in your closet into your next project. A powerful SSD that uses a SATA port, like the Crucial MX500, can make help. Now down to the lowest we’ve seen when you use the code 27STKNGT84 at checkout, the Crucial MX500 can breathe new life into an older computer or add fast and cheap storage space to your current tower. Offering the best combination of speed and price our guide writers could find, the MX500 also comes with hardware encryption support and a five-year warranty.
Read our review of the best SSDs.
Fast storage for less
If you’re looking to free up space on your laptop or desktop computer—but don’t necessarily want to permanently delete anything—a large external hard drive like the WD Elements External Desktop (6 TB) might be a good investment. The WD Elements 6 TB, a variant of our runner-up pick, is fast and reliable with a higher capacity than our top pick. Though it doesn’t have backup software and comes with a short two-year warranty, our guide writers still love this hard drive for folks who have a lot of large photos and videos they’d like to keep safe. And now that it’s dropped to $100 when you use the code 93XQC49, you get more storage for less.
Read our review of the best external desktop hard drives.
If you’re looking for fast, portable storage, the Western Digital My Passport SSD might be the right pick for you. This pocket-sized variant of our budget pick is compact, spacious, and reliable. Like the Samsung T5, the My Passport has AES 256-bit hardware encryption, software for ease of use, and a solid three-year warranty. The included software is less convenient and it is slightly slower than the T5, but only by 10 MB/s (a nearly imperceptible difference). So if you’re looking for a small SSD that takes up very little space on your desk—or you value portability in a SSD—now is a great time to snag the My Passport for $150 when you use the code EMCGFGN43.
Read our review of the best portable SSD.
An SD card with a lot of storage
Did you jump into DSLR photography at the beginning of pandemic using old SD cards, only to realize they couldn’t keep up with fast burst photos and 4K footage? It doesn’t matter how big those old cards are, if you mostly shoot photos in RAW or 4K video, you need something that has fast read/write speeds. Enter: the SanDisk Extreme Pro (512 GB) SD Card. As a variant of our top pick, the Extreme Pro offers an enormous amount of storage with fast write speeds, and is more than capable of holding a full day’s worth of shooting. It’s also the fastest UHS-I card we’ve tested and comes with a lifetime limited warranty. Deals for the larger version of our top pick are hard to come by, which makes this deal worth acting on if you’re ready to invest in a top-notch SD card.
Read our review of the best SD cards.
Great deal on more memory space
If you prefer to buy digital games for the Nintendo Switch, a microSD card with plenty of space is essential—especially since the Switch has only 32 GB of internal memory. The Samsung Evo Select (128 GB) microSD Card is big enough to hold a few favorite games and offers more than enough space for a casual gamer. Back down to the same low price we saw on Black Friday, the Samsung Evo can also be used to expand the internal storage of some tablets and phones, and can even be used in some Chromebooks, too.
Read our review of the best microSD cards.
Source: The NY Times
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