The Thanksgiving dinners have been dined upon, which means that's now behind us and the Black Friday SSD deals are fully kicking in for the big day. If you're fed up with staring at loading screens or waiting for your files to move around then an SSD may be just what you're looking for, providing fast access in addition to increasing your available storage space. We've been watching the prices for a while now, so we know where the big drops are occurring to provide the best bargains when you're ready to make a purchase.
If last year's sales are any indication, then it could be a big weekend. We're already seeing discounts on some of the best SSDs for gaming, whether that be NVMe, external or SATA. If you play your games on a console, getting your hands on one of the best PS5 SSDs wouldn't be such a bad idea. The holiday window is looking pretty stacked, and so is the start of 2023, so with the world's biggest games getting even bigger, you'll want to make sure you've sorted out your storage in case you get stuck before you can download God of War: Ragnarok.
Compatible options for PS5 are available from brands like Samsung, WD, and Sabrent, all of whom discounted their SSDs last year. With all of that in mind, it's also worth paying a visit to our dedicated page for Black Friday PS5 SSD deals if you aren't overly familiar with buying and installing SSDs on consoles. There's more to it than you might think, and you'll need to consider things like transfer speeds and heatsink installation, so be sure to check that guide if this is all a bit new to you.
You can also find our expectations on deals such as Black Friday external hard drive deals and also Black Friday gaming PC deals. Otherwise, we're breaking down our expectations for the Black Friday deals on SSDs for gaming below.
Black Friday SSD deals in the US
- Amazon: Wide range of brands and drive sizes (opens in new tab)
- BestBuy: Discounts on SSDs exclusive to BestBuy (opens in new tab)
- Western Digital: Great discounts on their drives (opens in new tab)
Seagate FireCuda 520 1TB SSD |
$220.99 $169.99 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Save $50 - One of our favourite SSDs, especially for the PS5, is currently on offer. We've seen it a bit cheaper recently, but its popularity can mean it's hard to get a hold of, so this is still a good chance to pick it up.
Samsung 980 1TB SSD |
$139.99 $79.99 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Save $60 - This is a reliable storage drive that's compatible with PS5 as well as PC if you can get your own heatsink for it. A second discount has pushed it below the lowest price we've ever seen for it, so it's another good one to grab.
Samsung T7 Shield 1TB External SSD |
$159.99 $99.99 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Save $60 - If it's an external SSD you seek, the Samsung T7 is a safe bet. What's amazing, is that this is its lowest ever price on Amazon. Its average price sits at $113, so even then, you're getting a pretty substantial discount on one of our favourite external SSDs - although it's worth noting that we've seen it $10 cheaper this week.
Crucial P3 Plus 4TB SSD|
$399.99 $299.99 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Save $100 - If you're looking for a significant chunk of extra space at a slightly lower price, the Crucial P3 Plus comes with a massive 4TB of storage. It was already the cheapest it had ever been, and that was before the price dipped by another $100.
WD_BLACK 1TB SN770 NVMe Internal Gaming SSD Solid State Drive |
$129.99 $79.99 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Save $50 - Down to its lowest-ever price, this might not the biggest or the fastest, but if you're only looking to free up a little bit of space, you could do worse.
Seagate FireCuda 530 PS5 SSD 4TB + Heatsink |
$959.99 $559.99 at Best Buy (opens in new tab)
Save $400 - If you're looking for the biggest SSD you can realistically add to a PS5 right now, then this is the one. It may be a hefty investment, but it's actually a record low price, and you'll never have to think about storage for your console again.
WD BLACK P40 external SSD 1TB |
$179.99 $104.99 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Save $75 - This is an even better deal than the $40 saving that appeared a few days ago. This is a quality external SSD, and although it's a fairly new release so we can't predict if it'll fall further in the future, this is the best price we've ever seen so is definitely worth picking up.
Black Friday SSD deals in the UK
- Amazon: Sales on all different brands and sizes (opens in new tab)
- Very: Offers on various internal storage drives and computing components (opens in new tab)
Kingston FURY Renegade 1TB SSD |
£218.99 £103.46 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Save £115 - That RRP may be quite overblown and make this look like a greater saving than it actually is, but this is still a reasonable Black Friday deal if you need SSD storage. The current price is lower than we've seen it so far this week, though it has recently dropped further to £97.
Seagate FireCuda 530 1TB SSD |
£159.99 £129.99 at Very (opens in new tab)
Save £30 - Another one of our favourite SSDs for gaming is on offer. This time via retailer Very, getting you a 1TB drive that's also PS5 compatible. It has great all round performance and is one of the most popular SSDs on the market.
Crucial MX500 2TB SSD |
£190.07 £125.96 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Save £64 - If you're looking to give your internal storage a boost then this fast SSD will keep your files zipping around in no time. The price has been steadily dropping since it launched at £448(!) in 2018, but this is officially the lowest we've seen it.
SanDisk Ultra 3D SSD 4TB |
£505.99 £302.99 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Save £203 - Not quite the lowest price we've ever seen for this chunky SSD, however you're still saving a significant stack on a massive, very speedy 4TB of storage.
addlink A95 PS5 SSD 1TB |
£199.99 £127.99 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Save £72 - This is a great value PS5 SSD at a significantly low price, making it a tempting package. There's a heatsink included so you don't need to worry about cooling, and it's now at the lowest ever price.
SanDisk Extreme external SSD 1TB |
£221.99 £104.99 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Save £117 - If you take your data on the go and want some extra protection for your external hard drive, the SanDisk Extreme series has got you covered with its rugged design. The price has continued falling this week, and is now just £5 over its lowest-ever cost.
Black Friday SSD deals 2022 - FAQs
When are Black Friday SSD deals starting in 2022?
The 25th November is when Black Friday falls this year. Early birds can expect deals to start in the days and weeks leading up to that date, and don't forget that some of them will even carry over to Cyber Monday as well.
SSD has become the new king of storage in recent years, and that's meant an expansion in great models and manufacturers. For that reason, you're bound to get a great selection of deals on some speedy SSDs.
What types of Solid State Drives are there?
- SATA SSD: This style of solid-state drive uses the same 2.5-inch form-factor as any standard HDD, meaning they normally fit in any pre-existing drive bays that your PC case may have. The trade-off, however, is that, while cheaper, they're not as quick as some of the newer types on the market. They're also chunkier than other SSD types, so keep that in mind too.
- External SSD: As the name may imply, instead of being slotted inside your machine, they are connected externally via USB 3.0 or USB-C depending on read and write speeds. These days, USB-C is more commonplace.
- PCIe/NVMe/M.2: This is the newest form of SSD storage that's used on everything from game consoles to gaming desktops. These SSDs are famed not only for their faster-than-ever speeds but for ultra-small form-factors and ease of use. Usually, they can just be screwed into place (usually with a heatsink). In addition, they tend to have longer lifespans and a lower risk of mechanical fault. Having said that, they're the more expensive option, and they can benefit from working with heatsinks to help them run as efficiently as possible.
What to expect from Black Friday SSD deals
Based on sales last year and other discounts we've seen throughout the year, our expectations for SSD deals this year are high.
Ordinary retail prices on SSDs are coming further and further down at the moment, and have been over the past year. At the moment, you can find drives retailing for the same price that they were on sale for during last year's peak trading events. What does this mean for Black Friday SSD deals? It's great news - we may see some of our favourite SSDs for gaming come down to historically low prices.
Down below, we've pulled out a list of some of the best Black Friday SSD deals from last year. Feel free to give it a peruse to get a better idea of what prices and discounts to expect. As you'll notice, judging from last year, Samsung and SanDisk are two reliable brands that offered great savings on some of our favourite internal and external SSDs.
Lastly, you may also notice the fantastic range on offer from last year. There were internal, external, and PS5 specific SSDs that all experienced discounts, so no matter your platform of choice, there's bound to be an SSD deal that suits you.
Where will the best external hard drive deals be?
If you're looking for a solid-state drive during these sales periods then you'll find that all major tech retailers are offering amazing discounts on them during these sales periods.
Amazon: Wide range of brands and sizes on sale (opens in new tab)
BestBuy: Discounts on SSDs exclusive to BestBuy (opens in new tab)
Walmart: Deals on internal and portable SSDs of different sizes (opens in new tab)
(opens in new tab)Newegg: Money off of big brands like WD_Black (opens in new tab)
Amazon: Sales on all different brands and sizes (opens in new tab)
Currys: Money off of tons of solid state drive options (opens in new tab)
OverClockersUK: Sales on top brands like Seagate and WD (opens in new tab)
(opens in new tab)eBuyer: Discounts on a range of internal and external SSDs (opens in new tab)
Why are SSDs so cheap now?
SSD made its move into storage dominance during the pandemic years, which, as we're sure you'll remember, were ridden with supply chain issues and chip shortages the world over. Since SSDs have been so highly sought after over the past few years, and manufacturers have had to think about extra costs to keep their workers safe amidst the pandemic, as well as recover from it, prices remained high.
A few weeks ago, however, it was revealed that sales have been declining (opens in new tab) in the HDD and SSD spaces. Both Seagate and Western Digital, two of the biggest names in the storage market, revealed that it would be unlikely for them to reach their projected revenue figures by the end of 2022.
When you combine the high manufacturing costs of the pandemic age with 2022's cost of living squeezes, you get a stagnation of the market. In short, it got easier to buy an SSD, but people either don't have the money to buy one, or no longer need them as desperately.
With no choice but to slash prices to offset reduced demand, SSD manufacturers are dramatically reducing costs.
Last year's Black Friday SSD deals in the US
Samsung 970 EVO Plus 2TB Gen 3.0 |
$329.99 $199.99 at Best Buy
Save $130 - While not as fast as the Gen 4.0 Samsung listed below, this SSD does pack a whopping 2TB of storage space for a price that isn't eye-watering, and it should still be more than capable of handling all of your PC needs.
Samsung 980 Pro 500GB Gen 4.0 |
$150 $109.99 at Best Buy
(opens in new tab)Save $40 - The Samsung 980 Pro is one of our favorite SSDs for gaming as well as being one of the better PS5 SSDs for your console, too. With that said, you will need to buy a heatsink to be able to push this drive to its limits, as it can get hot.
Samsung 980 Pro 1TB w/Heatsink Gen 4.0 |
$250 $199.99 at Amazon
Save $50 - As one of the most popular PS5 SSD choices, this should definitely be considered as a top contender, especially as this is the first price reduction for it we've seen. It comes fitted with its own heatsink, so you can pop it straight into your console with no fuss.
Gigabyte Aorus 7000s 1TB w/Heatsink |
$230 $189.99 at Amazon
Save $40 - The Aorus 7000s is a solid choice if you're looking for a PS5 SSD to upgrade your console with at an affordable price, and the included heatsink means you don't need to worry about that side of things as it's already covered.
Samsung T7 1TB External SSD |
$170 $109.99 at Amazon
Save $60 - Samsung is a name you can count on for reliability and quality with their storage, and the T7 portable drives deliver high transfer speeds while on the move. The price of these external SSDs has never dropped this low before, plus you get a choice of gray, blue, or red finishes.
Samsung 870 EVO 500GB SATA SSD |
$95 $64.99 at Amazon
Save $30 - For an older PC or laptop that doesn't play well with the latest small form storage, a SATA SSD is a handy option to slot a faster than HDD drive into an existing bay. Samsung storage is renowned for quality and reliability, and at a third off this is a bargain.
Last year's Black Friday SSD deals in the UK
Samsung T7 2TB External SSD |
£305 £163.99 at Amazon
Save £141 - The T7 portable drives are known for their fast speeds of up to 1,000MB/s, and with Samsung you can be assured of quality and reliability. This is the cheapest we've ever seen these external SSDs, but do check the different color options as the prices can vary between them.
SanDisk Extreme 1TB Portable SSD |
£222 £99.99 at Amazon
Save £122 - For the first time ever this rugged portable SSD has dropped below the £100 threshold, and with stellar performance coupled with protection from extreme conditions you know your data will be safe. For another capacity option, the 500GB drive is down from £137 to just £67.99.
Crucial MX500 1TB SATA SSD |
£107 £65.99 at Amazon
Save £41 - If you're looking to add an internal SSD to a PC or laptop that isn't compatible with the newest small form drives, then this SATA SSD should slot into an existing drive bay. The MX500 is very highly rated, and is currently at its lowest ever price.