Storage Drives

2.5" SATA3 Hard Disk Drives

2.5” drives are significantly smaller than standard 3.5” ones, making them great candidates for upgrading the storage of your laptop or games console, especially as they're available in capacities up to 3TB. Remember to check the height of the drives, as most portable or console systems only have bays which support 9.5mm drives or less. Also pay attention to the spin speed in rpm; while all drive here use the latest SATA III 6Gbps interface, faster spinning drives will read and write data faster.

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2.5" SATA3 Solid State Hybrid Drives

Hybrid hard drives combine a traditional, high capacity mechanical HDD section with a smaller, flash-based SSD section that acts as a cache, giving your system a boost in responsiveness. They won't be as fast as a pure SSD, but they're a great compromise between speed and capacity.

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2.5" SATA3 SSDs

SATA III 6Gb/s SSDs may no longer be the fastest around thanks to emerging PCIe SSDs, but they're the most cost-effective and are still easily fast enough for most users. You'll need a spare SATA 6Gb/s port to get the most from them, and a 2.5” capable drive bay – an adaptor may need to be bought, but most cases have at least one. These drives are the highest capacity ones available, suitable for holding an operating system, as well as numerous programs and a healthy collection of media and games.

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2.5" U.2 PCIe NVMe SSDs

2.5" SSD form-factor devices that provide a four-lane PCI Express interface through the U.2 connector (formerly known as SFF-8639)

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3.5" SATA3 Hard Disk Drives

These 3.5” hard drives utilise the newer SATA III 6Gb/s interface, ensuring as high speeds as possible with their mechanical technology, especially when using them in RAID. They're the most popular drives for today's desktop PCs, thanks to high spindle speeds, lots of cache and huge capacities. You can now get up to 10TB in a single drive, meaning even small form factor machines can store masses of media and games.

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3.5" SATA3 Solid State Hybrid Drives

Hybrid hard drives combine a traditional, high capacity mechanical HDD section with a smaller, flash-based SSD section that acts as a cache, giving your system a boost in responsiveness. They won't be as fast as a pure SSD, but they're a great compromise between speed and capacity.

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AIC (Add-in-Card) PCIe NVMe SSDs

These are the Latest and Greatest of the SSD Family - PCIe SSDs are the current pinnacle of SSD performance Which are SSD HHHL (Half Height Half Length)/ FHHL (Full Height Half Length) AIC's (Add In Card) instead of going via the normal route of SATA use the motherboard PCIe Port , capable of reaching far greater speeds than SATA SSDs which are limited to 6Gb/s. The Higher PCIe Bandwidth Opens up these models to a much greater Speed and are aimed at larger desktop PCs High End Market since they come as single-slot PCIe expansion card. Ensure your motherboard has an appropriately sized slot spare with the Correct PCIe Bridge and Port Version to get the most from the performance.

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M.2 PCIe NVMe SSDs

This the Next Generation Form Factor (NGFF) or M.2 as its now called M.2 replaced the older mSATA standard, The M.2 SSD Connects to your device via a M.2 Socket via either PCI Express using AHCI (Advanced Host Controller Interface) which was the standard for older legacy operating systems, And the newer PCI Express using NVMe (Non-Volatile Memory Express) controller variant designed to fully utilize the capability of high-speed PCI Express storage devices to perform many I/O (in/out) operations in parallel. Updated

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M.2 SATA SSDs

While the M.2 connector can be used for PCIe SSDs, the ones here are SATA 6Gb/s only, so the benefits over standard 2.5” SATA drives are to do with space-saving, not speed. They're perfect for small form factor systems and laptops, but make sure your M.2 slot works with SATA devices, and that it supports the SSD's size, both in length (2280 means 80mm long) and thickness.

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mSATA SSDs

mSATA SSDs easily fit in the palm of your hand, yet are available in capacities up to 1TB, often without any performance hit over using a 2.5” model. While newer laptops are shifting to the M.2 connector, mSATA slots are still found on previous generation motherboards and laptops. These SSDs are great for providing such systems with a fast, silent storage upgrade.

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