Best hard drive, SSD, SD card storage deals before Amazon Prime Day 2021 – CNET




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Amazon Prime Day is slated for just a few weeks from now on June 21-22, but the good news is you don’t have to wait if you want a good deal on an external hard drive for backing up your files, an internal drive for expanding your laptop or desktop storage or a new SD or microSD card for capturing lots of photos and videos with your camera or phone. Even those with the best cloud storage service will still want a good external drive with gigabytes to hold your files, music, movies, photos and games. 

Retailers have begun to announce their rival sales to Prime Day, including Target’s Deal Days running from June 20-22 and Walmart’s Deals for Days taking place June 20-23, so they’re also a great place to look for storage bargains.

We’ll be updating these recommendations regularly with all of the best storage deals we’ve spotted across the web. 

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Samsung designed this tiny flash drive to plug into a USB-A port on your laptop, tablet, TV or game console and stay there. It has a read speed up to 400MB per second so data access and transfers happen fast. The drive is even waterproof and backed with a five-year warranty. 


This little drive, available only at Best Buy, puts 4TB of storage in your bag. It’ll work with Windows or Mac (you’ll need to reformat for MacOS, which is a snap to do) and draws power from your computer so you don’t have to worry about an extra power adapter. It just uses one USB 3.0 cable for power and data transfers. WD also includes backup software and utilities to configure, manage and diagnose the drive. 


SanDisk updated its pocket-size rugged external drive with a faster NVMe solid-state drive that about twice the speed of the last-gen version. The enclosure gives the drive drop protection as well as dust and water and shock resistance. This is the lowest price we’ve seen it at. 


SD and microSD cards are usually deeply discounted for Prime Day. However, this is just a few dollars above its lowest price of $30. 


PC games aren’t getting any smaller, so you might as well pick up an extra terabyte or four when the prices are good. Slot this 3.5-inch SATA III hard drive into your desktop and you’re good to go. It’s not as fast as an SSD, but it is a 7,200rpm drive, which is fast enough for gaming and other tasks like video editing that are better with faster drive speeds. 


A great option to reliably speed up your desktop or laptop performance or you can put it in an enclosure and use it as an external drive. Samsung includes software to make transferring your files from an old drive to this new speedy SSD a snap as well as utilities to help manage the drive. 


Here’s another SSD option to put in your PC. It’s a SATA III drive and supports similar transfer speeds to the Samsung 870. And with 2TB of storage, you’re likely giving yourself a boost in capacity and performance. 


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