Now Is A Great Time To Buy An SSD

Now Is A Great Time To Buy An SSD

We’ve talked over and over again about how SSDs are the best upgrade you can make to your computer, but the formerly-expensive drives have dropped dramatically in price over the past year — which means now may be the perfect time to buy one.


Hard drive prices still haven’t gotten down to their normal levels after last year’s Thailand floods, but SSD prices have continued dropping dramatically, many models being 65 per cent cheaper than they were a year ago.

Tech Report recently compared the prices of 26 popular SSDs, and they’re starting to really show good bang for your buck — a lot of drives, especially higher capacity ones, are coming in at less than $US0.82 per gigabyte, which is fantastic for an SSD. Some of the 40 or 60GB drives, while higher in price per gigabyte, are available for under $US100, and it’s pretty easy to survive on a drive that small.

If you still haven’t made the jump, now may be the time to give it a shot. Hit the link to read more, and if you do make the upgrade, be sure to check out how to migrate your data without reinstalling Windows.

SSD Prices in Steady, Substantial Decline [The Tech Report]


  • well I’m slowly upgrading my storage to SSD.
    1st it was a 60gb SSD just for the OS and a few (smallish) games.
    (2Tb HDD for the user folder, media etc)
    then it was a 512gb SSD for the OS and Most of the games.
    (4Tb for the user folder, media etc)
    now its 2 x 512gb SSD’s for the OS and All the games. still have the 4Tb HDD for media.

    • Josh – On the surface it may seem that obvious, but after the major floods in Thailand last year (as described in this article), prices went up substantially. So most of last year, this theory was totally wrong!

  • I like SSDs and I haven’t looked back since getting my first one, I still store all my sensitive data on my mirror array which is two standard HDDs.

    • They make much more sense when you view them as a turbo charger rather than a storage medium.
      Bang-for-buck no other component will speed up your computer anywhere near as much.

    • some drives have 3 or 5 year warranties. what limited life span are you talking about? if you buy a decent drive you have as much to worry about with a regular drive. since you’ll be upgrading computers within 3 to 5 years, and need to have a backup plan anyway, what’s the risk?

  • Any time is a great time to buy an SSD, if you don’t already have one.

    You’d have to be totally nuts in this day and age to not consider it.

  • I had an SSD in my old Dell Mini 9. A huge 16 GB of awesome storage! It died once during the warranty period and died again around 18 months later.

    Now running an SSD (stock) in a Macbook Air. Here’s hoping it’s more reliable than the Dell…

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