Whether you own a PC or laptop, PS5, Xbox, Nintendo Switch, Steam Deck, smartphone, or just about any other computing electronic device, you’re sure to benefit from extra storage. Amazon Prime Day offers a wide selection of high-capacity hard drives (internal and external), super-fast SSDs, and tiny flash memory cards at incredibly low prices. Many of these prices are the best we have ever seen. These deals are valid until July 13 at midnight PST, unless they sell out sooner, so don’t hesitate.
Amazon Prime Day hard drive deals
Even with the advent of SSDs, traditional disk-based HDDs are still widely used, mainly because the price is so much more attractive. An 18TB HDD still costs less than a 4TB SSD. There are many cases where storage capacity and reliability are far more important than raw speed. NAS-optimized drives can store terabytes of data for years, even when running 24/7 in a server-like environment. Performance-tuned hard drives offer a nice boost in speed thanks to the faster RPM and larger cache and still offer good value per terabyte of storage. Portable hard drives are similar to SSDs in that they’re smaller, more portable, and don’t require additional power beyond the USB cable.
Amazon Prime Day SSD Deals
SSDs offer several advantages over traditional hard drives. They’re much faster to the point where loading screens, boot times, and file transfers are measured in seconds instead of minutes. They have no moving parts for increased durability and they consume less energy. Their ideal use is as a startup drive or a drive that contains your regularly accessed apps. It’s not a good drive for low-use long-term storage.
For those of you looking to upgrade your PS5 internal storage without compromising speed, be sure to select one of the “PS5 compatible” SSDs. You’ll want to get a PCIe Gen4 x4 M.2 SSD with a minimum read speed of 5500MB/s. A heatsink is also highly recommended. You can either get one without a heatsink and add it yourself, which is very easy to do and only costs around $10 on Amazonor you can buy one with one pre-installed.
Amazon Prime Day flashcard deals
Micro SDXC cards are used in most smartphones, cameras (including the GoPro), and portable game consoles like the Nintendo Switch and Steam Deck. Even if your device requires a larger SDXC card, it’s not hard to find a Micro SDXC to SDXC card adapter (sometimes they’re even included in the package). A “U1” card has a minimum sustained write speed of 10 MB/s and a “U3” card has a minimum sustained write speed of 30 MB/s. An “A1” card has a minimum of 1500 IOPS in random read, 500 random write IOPS. “A2” requires a minimum of 4000 read and 2000 write IOPS.
Amazon Prime Day game drive deals
Note that functionally, game drives are basically fancy enclosures with sleek aesthetics and fancy RGB LED lights that house a performance-oriented hard drive (like the WD Black) instead of a slower hard drive you might find in a standard external hard drive. That usually means there’s a slight price hike, but today’s deals say otherwise.