Don't-Miss Storage Stories
Though a decent performer most of the time with small data sets, the Q300 slows to the pace of a hard drive when writing large files. Worst of all, it's not priced appropriately.
For light-duty computing, the BX200 is a good SSD. But stress it by writing lots of files and it slows to a crawl.
The marriage of PCIe and the SSD has resulted in uber-fast storage for your PC. We compare small-slot AHCI, NVMe, and SATA models. Even if you're using a desktop, one of these tiny wonders can increase your storage transfer speeds by a factor of four.
Though a year old, the Arc 100 still compares favorably with any budget 2.5-inch SSD available
Though it's a bit cheaper than its rivals, the Trion slows to hard drive speeds when writing even mildly large amounts of data.
Want your data to outlive you by a few centuries? M-Disc optical media, with its super-stable data layer, is what you're looking for.
A very fast PCIe/M.2 SSD that's also very expensive. It's available on an expansion card adapter and, thankfully,you can find it heavily discounted for just over a buck a gigabyte.
The future of storage is here: Intel's 750-series SSD features NVMe and over-the-top performance.
Encrypted storage on a stick is expensive, so consider security method as well before you buy. We test examples of each approach.
Crucial’s older SSDs were only middling performers that deserved to be discounted, but the MX200 can hang with the best around.
QNAP has taken the convergence of home networking and entertainment another step further with this handsome, quiet, network-attached storage box that outputs directly to your TV via HDMI
Samsung’s T1 external USB 3.0 SSD is extremely small and light, promises excellent longevity by virtue of its 3D NAND storage, and even better--is extremely fast.
Samsung's 850 EVO brings its 3D NAND to consumers in a cheaper package than its Pro series.
The first remotely manageable, FIPS 140-2 level 3 validated USB stick that can run Windows To Go. Pricey, but nicely done.