Four years ago I wrote a story proclaiming I’d never buy a hard drive again, and every year since, that promise has gotten easier to maintain as flash-based storage just keeps getting cheaper. If I didn’t already have several 2TB SSDs (yes, I have a storage problem), I’d be sorely tempted to pick up one of the 4TB options below, most at their lowest prices ever.
Crucial leads the SATA affordability pack, with the 4TB MX 500 for just $269 (opens in new tab). Don’t expect extreme speed from this drive. But if you need lots of space to store your games or media, it’s hard to complain about paying less than seven cents per gigabyte. And the endurance on the Crucial drive is rated at 1,000TBW.
If you prefer WD and/or the color blue, B&H has the mid-range 4TB WD Blue SATA SSD on sale for $289 (opens in new tab), also an all-time low. Looking for something at the top of the SATA drive stack? Samsung’s 4TB 870 Evo is also down to its lowest price ever, at just $299 (opens in new tab). This drive tops our Best SSD list for a consumer SATA drive for its class-leading performance, 256-bit AES encryption and long 5-year warranty.
Stepping up in speed and down in physical dimensions is TeamGroup’s 4TB MP34 M.2 PCIe 3.0 SSD for $329 (opens in new tab), or about $30 less than it’s ever been. With 3,500/2,900 MB/s rated sequential reads and writes, it would do quite well as a cavernous boot drive or fast secondary storage. It’s also rated to an astounding 2,400TBW of endurance and comes with a 5-year warranty.
Stepping up to the highest tier of performance that you can grab on sale, the 4TB WD Black SN850X is on sale for $374.99, or about $125 below its normal asking price. This SSD is one of the best SSDs for the PS5 and desktop PCs, delivering up to 7,300/6,600 MBps of read/write throughput. It also comes with a five-year warranty and a 2,400 TBW endurance rating.
4TB Crucial MX500 2.5-inch SATA SSD: now $269 at B&H (opens in new tab) (was $359)
The MX500 has been around since 2017, but this TLC drive is a dependable workhorse that would be great as a secondary storage or game drive. Its 560/510mb/s sequential read/write rating is pretty close to the limit of SATA performance.
4TB WD Blue 3D SATA SSD: now $289 at Amazon (opens in new tab) (was $329)
This 2.5-inch SATA drive is rated to 560MB/s reads and 530MB/s writes. Its endurance rating of 600TBW is low but not likely to be an issue if you're using the drive for game or other types of storage. It ships with a 5-year warranty.
4TB Samsung 870 Evo SATA SSD: now $299 at Amazon (opens in new tab) (was $379)
Samsung’s 870 Evo is our favorite SATA SSD, with the 4TB model delivering the best performance in its class in our testing. And its rated endurance is astounding, at a whopping 2,400 TBW. You won’t find a faster or higher-rated SATA SSD, and at $299 this drive is about $30 cheaper than it’s ever been.
4TB WD_Black SN850X NVMe M.2 PCIe 4.0: now $374.99 at Adorama (opens in new tab) (was $499)
The WD_Black SN850X is our current top pick for our list of Best SSDs for the PS5 (opens in new tab), but it is equally adept in a desktop PC. The drive is now on sale for $374, which is an excellent deal given its impressive performance rating of up to 7,300 / 6,600 MBps of read/write throughput.
4TB TeamGroup MP34 M.2 PCIe 3.0 SSD: was $399, now $329 at Newegg (opens in new tab)
When we reviewed the MP34 back in 2019, it was an excellent value, offering solid performance (it’s rated to 3,500/2,900 MB/s sequential reads/writes) and high endurance at competitive pricing. Here in 2022, the 4TB model is down to $329, which is about $30 cheaper than we’ve ever seen it before.
4TB Crucial P3 M.2 PCIe 3.0 SSD: now $259 at Best Buy (opens in new tab) (was $349)
Crucial’s P3 Plus isn’t the best-performing drive by any measure, but it’s to at up to 3,500 MB/s sequential reads and 3,500 writes, with a good 5-year warranty. At its lowest price yet of $299 for the 4TB model, it’s hard to argue against.
4TB Crucial X6 Portable SSD: was $449, now $259 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
If you want to bring your 4TB of SSD storage with you, you won't likely find anything more affordable than the X6 external SSD from Crucial. It's not fast by SSD standards, but with rated speeds of 800MB/s and no moving parts, it's definitely faster and more durable than a hard drive.