Cheapest ever for a SATA 1TB SSD?
Original PLENTY10 10% off Sitewide @ eBay (Min Spend $50, Max Discount $100
$285 on their website - strange
The one on thier website is the newer 3D nand version. This deal is for the older model. Still a great price for a 1Tb drive.
3D vs non 3D
Benchmarks looks a bit average, but I guess it is cheap - http://ssd.userbenchmark.com/SpeedTest/199326/WDC-WDS100T1B0...
Well yeah, it's a middle of the road SATA SSD. It'll be fine for a Steam library or an editing scratch disk even for the most demanding of users. I can't find any cheaper 1TB SSDs thuogh.
Should put SATA in title.
wait, whats the difference?
M.2 can be SATA or NVME, NVME is a lot quicker.
Cheers for clarifying!
Didn't know M2 drives could be SATA, cheers.
Sata tops out at 600MBpS.
There's M.2 SATA and M.2 NVME. Same physical size but the interface is different and connectors are keyed differently. Which one you need is dependent on your motherboard as some M.2 sockets will take both, some only SATA and others only NVME.
This is a budget drive. Review: https://www.anandtech.com/show/10741/the-western-digital-blu...
So cheap. Bought one. Thx. Was gonna get Samsung 860 Evo 1TB M.2 SATA. But at this price, can't resist.
If only there were affordable options for upgrading Macbook storage… :(
There is. You can buy adapters to fit standard M.2 SATA or NVME drives to MacBooks for under $20 off eBay.
Late model MacBooks take NVME drives which this is not.
I haven't looked into them extensively, but had the general impression they were slow and unreliable. Don't they use their own controller, or are there straight plug-though options?
Would love to be proven wrong, as I have a 2015 Air and a 2015 Pro that are both crying out for a cheap SSD upgrade.
Care to point me in the right direction? Thanks!
I haven't got any personal experience with these adaptors, but I know people who have tried them. They're really fussy about what drives they take, so not all M.2 NVME drives will work. You'll need to check compatibility lists and check forums. Also, they tend to be a bit flaky. Some people have reported them dropping out, corrupting data…etc. Overall, I wouldn't take the risk. Apple is definitely screwing over its users with proprietary drives and the reason why they can is because people keep buying them.
@p1 ama: Yeah, I can't do flaky as these are our money-makers (design and development work machines).
Both were brought knowing full well the limitations of the storage available. I'm fine managing it by my girlfriend hits the limits pretty quickly.
More would be nice but there's no way I'm paying Apple's (or OWC's) crazy storage prices for more. Maybe there'll be a more reliable solution in the future.
I hate all the proprietary crap too - the way Macbooks have been headed for years now makes me angry. But I still value the no-fuss approach of MacOS unfortunately. :/
My Dell uses a m.2 sata SSD drive with a 2.5” sata adaptor from factory; looks to be a pass through and includes the cradle to bolt up to the 2.5” mounting - so shouldn’t have any issues using one on a MacBook
Speedtests I’ve run indicate there isn’t any noticeable difference performance vs manufacturers claims too
@blonky: Interesting. If they are simply pass-through adapters, you wouldn't think too much could go wrong. But in the case of Apple, it's adapting M2 to their proprietary, similar to M2 socket, and I think there may be a little more going on unfortunately.
Will do some reading.
Sorry, I assumed it was one of the MBPs that ran SATA hard drives; I know the MB Air and probably others use a variation of m.2 as you said, but haven't come across any adapters and those drives aren't cheap
@p1 ama: New tech can bring much pain. A lot of it is implemented and in production without being ready/reliable for a brand name to run with it
Good engineers know this about new tech and test it without much fuss if they don't (whereas the bad ones miss it). This is the compelling reason that brands like Apple, IBM and Intel are not afraid of making their own silicon and using interfaces that are unique because they are catering for their product's needs, not anyone else's- ie thin laptop, mobile phone, etc.
Luckily with a big brand you are never the only one with the same problem, and others like OWC, ifixit and others come up with solutions, as do cheaper commodity vendors (eventually)- such as apple-SATA PCBs, etc.
Having been on BSD for years, running Apple SSDs has been a boon, as they are rock-solid and quick. Can't say that for many others, as they all use OEM developed hardware which invariably fails or otherwise disappoints, one day. Remember all those people enabling disk encryption on those older OEM SSDs and having their machine's grind to a halt/suffering drive failures if they persisted with it. Not a problem with a handful of big vendors though. There are tens of thousands of Apple SSD based laptops that are >5 years old, not just running supported software, but working just the way they should as the hardware is designed and implemented for longevity, not just performance. Sure, it isn't as cheap as commodity equipment, but it isn't expensive either, given the design-effort they go through. If your time and data are valuable, why not invest a little more to avoid so much pain.
Can I use a PCI-e to M2 adapter for this?? If so, which one do you recommend?
This is not NVME. Not much point in getting an adapter since you could just buy a straight 2.5" SSD like this, unless you're out of 2.5" drive mounts.
I am out of SATA ports, that's the problem. And that 1TB you just linked is $248, this is $220
This doesn't use SATA ports, this uses M.2 port. So it shouldn't be a problem for you?
@p1 ama: They obviously don't have any free m2 ports lol.
@idonotknowwhy: Then this will do the trick: https://www.gearbest.com/other-pc-parts/pp_639147.html?wid=1...
@p1 ama: I don't have M2 ports mate.
@p1 ama: I don't have any SATA ports left aswell.
You need to plug this into an SATA port using the SATA cable. So it won't help Homr.
what? That's retarded, the pic shows it's a M2 slot
@Homr: I've run into a similar prob to you. Seems about $50 will get you some more sata ports via a spare pci-e port.
But these days it seems pcie to m2 is more common. E.g.
Now, I'm not really up to date with pc tech but if you have an old mobo you can't use a fancy m2 nvme. You need to get a m2 "sata" which is the technology it uses, not the connection - that's the m2 bit. And then plug it onto something like the above link. Hope that helps!
@spillmill: Thanks, that's exactly the product I was looking for.
@Homr: damn, this was a good deal. Missed out!
Anyways, make sure you get a "SATA M.2 SSD" unless you are certain your motherboard supports nvme :)
@spillmill: Why can't I put a NVME M2 into this adapter you recommended?
@Homr: Because that's got NVME interface and not SATA. This drive will not work in it.
The drive I linked is more expensive but works out to around the same as buying this plus an adapter card that'll run you another $20 or so, and in the end will still require a free SATA port anyway!
If your motherboard supports NVME, purchase a NVME drive. If not, buy a PCI-E SATA controller card which will give you more SATA ports. Or just use a USB3 external SSD.
@Homr: actually, I'm pretty sure you can put either into the adaptor. It's just a question of motherboard support.
Just make sure it supports SATA (not just nvme).
That said, just get a normal sata ssd if you don't have one of the slots on the mobo.
There's no speed advantage getting this thing.
I am out of SATA ports, that's the problem.
Well you could get a PCI-E SATA card and a regular sata SSD.
And/Or you could consolidate some of your old smaller drivers into larger ones.
There's also data-management (deduplicate any files, delete vintage pr0n, etc)
@idonotknowwhy: I don't store porn on my main SSD drive only on my 3.5" Drives
I'm not in the market for one but this looks like a great price!
Perfect for a steam library or for someone who does not care about that few seconds gain from a fast NVME drive
I have too many unopened SSD's to justify buying this, but good deal!
Can I have a 1TB one?
Does MSY have an eBay store?
MSY has an eBay store?
Lol I said the same thing a few weeks ago
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