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Hard drives, portable SSDs, microSD cards and the like are not usually first on people’s wish lists but you often can’t go wrong if you gift one to your tech-savvy friends. No one will argue with more smartphone storage to hold hundreds of photos or additional space on a Nintendo Switch for new games. But truly good sales on these items can be hard to come by, which is why we recommend waiting for seasonal events like Black Friday, Cyber Monday and (if you’re a Prime member) Amazon Prime Day to snag the storage gadgets you or your loved ones need. Unsurprisingly, there are a bunch of good Black Friday storage deals available already (most of the coming from a daily-deal sale on Amazon), and we gathered the best ones here so you don’t have to go searching for them.
Samsung T7 (1TB) - $150
Samsung’s T7 has dropped to $150 for the 1TB model, which is $50 off its normal price. Samsung debuted the T7 series earlier this year, and while the standard T7 doesn’t have a fingerprint sensor like the T7 Touch does, it’s still a secure and quite portable SSD. Not only is the T7 nearly twice as fast as the previous T5 series, but it also has password protection and AES 256-bit hardware encryption.
Samsung’s EVO Select microSDXC card in 256GB is down to $25 for Black Friday, which is $3 cheaper than it was during Amazon Prime Day last month. While you can find microSD cards for less, EVO is a reliable brand and we like you also get a full-sized adapter with this one. There are also discounts on the same cards in 512GB and 128GB capacities.
SanDisk microSDXC card for Nintendo Switch (128GB) - $20
This is a record low price for SanDisk’s officially licensed Nintendo Switch microSD card. Do you need an officially licensed card? No — in fact, the Samsung EVO card listed above should also work just fine with Nintendo Switch and Switch Lite consoles. But some will inevitably prefer to have a card with that little mushroom logo on it, and if you or someone you love is that person, this deal should do the trick.
If you need to offload some photos from your iPhone but also keep them fairly accessible, SanDisk’s iXpand flash drive is a good way to do so. This handy drive in the 128GB capacity is on sale for $40 right now, which is $20 off its normal price. It fits into the Lightning port on your iPhone or iPad, allowing you to transfer photos, videos, documents and other digital stuff over to it quickly and easily. On the flip side, it has a USB-A connector so you can then move that information to your computer whenever you need to. If you like the portability of a flash drive like that but need a USB-C port instead, SanDisk’s Ultra Dual Drive in 256GB is discounted to $33 right now.
SanDisk’s tough and tiny Extreme portable SSD is down to $90 for the 500GB model, which is $60 off its normal price. While it’s possible to pay a bit less for the same storage capacity with other brands, you’re paying for the added protection that this drive has. Not only is it small enough to fit in the palm of your hand, but it’s also IP55 water- and dust-resistant and it can withstand drops from up to two meters. It also has password protection and 256‐bit AES hardware encryption. The newer PRO model, which can reach speeds of up to 2,000MB/s, is also discounted to $200 for a 1TB model.
It’s a good time to add more storage to your gaming setup now that Samsung’s 500GB 980 Pro SSD is down to $120. This drive comes in a compact M.2 2280 form factor so it can be plugged into both desktops and laptops and it can reach speeds up to 6,900 MB/s. It also has a nickel coating that should help it better manage high temperatures.
Crucial’s P5 NAND NVMe SSD (1TB) has dropped to a record low of $120. This drive can reach sequential read speeds of up to 3,400MB/s and its M.2 format makes it a good option for both desktop and laptop users. If you’re looking for a storage solution that can handle hardcore gaming, intense creative work and the like, this internal SSD fits the bill.
Samsung’s T7 Touch has dropped to $70 for the 500GB model, which is $60 off its normal price and $30 off its current sale price on Amazon. Samsung debuted the T7 series earlier this year and the T7 Touch includes a fingerprint sensor on the portable SSD for extra security. Not only is the T7 nearly twice as fast as the previous T5 series, but it also has password protection and AES 256-bit hardware encryption. To get the $70 price, you need to add the SSD to your basket, where a $60 coupon will be automatically applied.
Crucial’s X8 portable SSD is down to an all-time low for Black Friday — only $80 for a 500GB model. It has read speeds of up to 1,050 MB/s and it works with almost any device that has a USB-C 3. 1 Gen 2 or USB-A connector. We also like its aluminum unibody that’s designed to be drop-, shock- and vibration-proof.
One of our favorite SSDs is down to a record low — the 2TB Crucial MX500 is on sale for $180, $50 off its normal price. It’s a standard 2.5-inch drive that works with both laptops and desktops, making it a good option if you need more space or just want to upgrade from a slow HDD. It also has AES-256 bit hardware encryption and integrated power loss immunity, which means all your saved files will remain intact even if you suddenly lose power.
LaCie’s popular Rugged Mini portable HDD is down to $65 for a 2TB model. That’s only a couple of dollars off from an all-time low that only came about during a flash sale on Amazon. This drive is best for those that want a physically tough device — it’s drop-, crush- and water-resistant and its accompanying software offers automatic backups and syncing across multiple devices. As long as you’re ok with the mini USB 3.0 connection that the discounted models have, this is a great deal.