Internal Hard Drive Black Friday Deal Predictions
Compared with SSDs, hard drives are often the budget option for expanding your computers storage capabilities. That said, there may be internal hard drive Black Friday & Cyber Monday deals available to make them even more affordable. Based on our analysis we think there is good chance that we will see some discounts floating around in the region of 10-30%, depending on the different models, brands and types. We will be posting any internal hard drive Black Friday deals for 2017 that we find on the day here, so make sure you come back!
Is a Hard Disk Drive the right choice this Black Friday?
A hard disk drive, or HDD, is a data storage unit that relies on a spinning magnetic platter with a mechanical arm to write and read data on the drive. Due to the fact that it contains moving parts, they are better suited to stationary machines, like desktop computers. This differs from an SSD, which does not feature moving parts, so is likely a safer option for those looking for portable storage.
An HDD is usually slower and can suffer from disk fragmentation, but it does have its advantages over an SSD. Firstly, at the time of writing, the storage capacity that is generally available on the consumer-based market is often higher for HDD drives. It’s not uncommon to see devices ranging from 1 – 4 TB. Secondly, the price per GB of storage is generally lower for HDD drives. An article in PC Mag (published June 2017) estimates roughly 4-5 cents/GB for an internal HDD and around 25 cents/GB for an internal SSD drive. Hopefully, they will be even cheaper if some internal hard drive Black Friday deals pop up!
Read on for our Top Picks for Internal Hard Drives for Black Friday & Cyber Monday 2017.
Internal Hard Drives
An internal HDD is a hard drive designed to be inserted into things like PCs, laptops and NAS devices, serving as the primary storage device. You can check out some popular internal HDDs below. Any internal hard drive Black Friday deals we find will be posted here too, so return for the latest as we approach deal week. Be sure to check the form factor is compatible with your machine before purchasing an internal hard drive on Black Friday & Cyber Monday!
The Seagate BarraCuda is an HDD designed for both laptop and desktop computers, with 2.5 in and 3.5 in form factor available. It can also be inserted into a PS4 to expand storage for gaming. The 2.5 in form factor features 5400 RPM and is available in 500 GB, 1 TB, 2 TB, 3 TB, 4 TB and 5 TB models. This is upgraded to 7200 RPM in the 3.5 in, which is available in 500 GB, 1 TB, 2 TB, 3 TB and 4 TB models. There is also a BarraCuda Pro with higher storage capacities.
Seagate FireCuda Gaming SSHD
The FireCuda is a solid state hybrid drive (SSHD) from Seagate, meaning it is primarily an HDD but has a small amount of SSD flash storage built in. It falls somewhere in between the high performance offered by an SSD and the large storage capacities of a traditional HDD. So, although it is marketed for gaming, it makes a good choice for those looking for a middle ground for general computing. The FireCuda is available in a couple of form factors. The 2.5 in at 5400 RPM comes in 500 Gb, 1 TB and 2 TB models, whilst the 3.5 in at 7200 RPM is available in 1 and 2 TB models.
WD Red NAS Hard Disk Drive
The WD Red is a hard drive from Western Digital designed to be used in NAS devices, suitable for a 24 x 7 NAS environment with up to 8 bays. NAS systems are always on, so the WD Red features technology to help it stay cool that might not be found in some hard drives designed for PC use. It runs at 5400 RPM and is available in 1, 2, 3, 4, 6 and 8 TB models.
WD Blue Hard Drive
To contrast, the WD Blue is a hard drive designed for PCs and laptops. It comes in two different form factors depending with different specifications. The 2.5 in form factor is available in a 1 TB model, with a rotational speed of 5400 RPM. The 3.5 in at 5400 RPM has lots of different capacities available, coming in 500 GB, 1 TB, 2 TB, 3 Tb, 4 TB, 6 TB. There is also a higher spec 7200 RPM 3.5 in form factor that comes in a 1 TB model.