We recommend the best hard drives for every need and budget based on our extensive lab tests.
Update We put the PNY XLR8 CS3140 SSD through our rigorous test suite against the best competing SSDs in the industry.
The Addlink S91 is another good option for embedded devices. It performs well enough and is efficient, all while letting you add up to 2TB of internal storage to your Steam Deck or ROG Ally.
The Corsair MP600 Mini is a good choice if you want 1TB of fast, efficient storage for your Steam Deck or ROG Ally. It uses TLC and is priced right.
The Sabrent Rocket Q4 2230 is a QLC-based M.2 2230 SSD designed to offer the maximum amount of storage for embedded devices like the Steam Deck and ASUS ROG Ally.
The Inland TN446 M.2 2230 SSD supersedes the TN436, creating more competition in the embedded space.
The Netac NV7000 faces fierce competition in the current market, but it could be an okay choice for a PlayStation 5 SSD if it goes on sale.
The WD Red Plus is a reduced version of the Red Pro, both designed for network attached storage (NAS). The Red Plus is cheaper and quieter but also slower with a shorter warranty.
The Seagate FireCuda 540 is another PCIe 5.0 SSD clawing its way into the space, setting itself apart with an excellent warranty and a focus on reliability. It’s fast, but inefficient and expensive.
The Seagate BarraCuda is a slow but inexpensive hard drive that suffers from its use of SMR technology. It’s good for specific use cases but should be avoided for high-performance applications.
We review the 14TB Seagate IronWolf Pro, an HDD built for NAS that also serves well in other roles given its performance and pricing.
Western Digital’s Red Pro NAS line of high-capacity hard drives (HDDs) utilizes NAND flash with its OptiNAND technology to reach 20TB and beyond. It’s CMR technology without the drawbacks of SMR.
The Corsair MP700 is one of the first PCIe 5.0 NVMe SSDs available on the market. Performance is good and there are no real drawbacks, but it is an early adopter product.