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SSD Hard Drives

SSD (Solid State Drive) hard drives are faster, more reliable and much more efficient than normal hard drives (HDD). Very reliable and durable SSD hard drives are able to withstand knocks and shocks which makes them ideal for using in laptops. However they are now increasingly found in desktop models as they provide very quick start-up speeds and silent operation. Another big plus point is how easy they are to install into your computer case.

The Difference Between SSD and HDD

There are two basic differences between the two types of drive – how they are made and how they store data. Unlike an HDD a SSD hard drive has no moving parts which means there is less chance of breakage.

And those moving parts are how an HDD stores and accesses its data whereas an SSD hard drive uses flash memory so it can store and access data much faster.

SSD drives are also much more efficient because the lack of moving parts means they need less power to work which, in turn, means a longer lasting battery in your laptop.

Your SSD Hard Drive

If you need more speed from your PC than a SSD drive will be ideal for you. And Solid State Drives are available from a large number of manufacturers including big names such as Samsung, Kingston and Sandisk. They come in a wide range of specifications with different capacities, interfaces and form factors.

Many SSD hard drives come in a 2.5” form factor which is ideal for laptops. For a desktop PC you will need a bay adapter though some other form factors are now available. Capacity wise there is a wide variety available though 256gb drive is a popular option.

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Samsung 120GB SSD 840 EVO - SSD only

  • Capacity: 120GB
  • Interface: SATA 6Gb/s (compatible with SATA 3Gb/s and SATA 1.5Gb/s)...
  • Form Factor: 2.5-inch
  • Sequential Read: Max. 540 MB/s

£59.24 inc. vat

£69.76save £10.52

£49.36 ex. vat

£58.13save £8.77
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Kingston 240GB SSDNow V300 SSD Upgrade Kit

  • Desktop/Notebook Kit
  • SATA Rev. 3.0 (6Gb/s)
  • Maxi random 4k read/write: up to 85,000 / up to 43,000 IOPS
  • 3 Year Manufacturer Warranty

£78.77 inc. vat

£95.25save £16.48

£65.64 ex. vat

£79.37save £13.73
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£157.19 inc. vat

£130.99 ex. vat

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Samsung 250GB SSD 840 EVO - SSD Only

  • Capacity: 250GB
  • Interface: SATA 6Gb/s (compatible with SATA 3Gb/s and SATA 1.5Gb/s)...
  • Form Factor: 2.5-inch
  • Sequential Read: Max. 540 MB/s

£105.57 inc. vat

£129.96save £24.39

£87.97 ex. vat

£108.30save £20.33
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Crucial 240GB M500 SSD

  • 2.5" SATA-III
  • Sequential Read: 500 MB/s
  • Sequential Write: 250 MB/s
  • 3 Year Manufacturer Warranty

£74.99 inc. vat

£88.66save £13.67

£62.49 ex. vat

£73.88save £11.39
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Seagate 2TB Desktop 3.5inch 8GB SSD SSHD

  • 64MB Cache
  • SATA 6 Gb/s
  • 8GB SSD Cache
  • 3 Year Manufacturer Warranty

£80.14 inc. vat

£90.62save £10.48

£66.78 ex. vat

£75.51save £8.73
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Crucial 120GB M500 SSD

  • 2.5" SATA-III
  • Sequential Read: 500 MB/s
  • Sequential Write: 130 MB/s
  • 3 Year Manufacturer Warranty

£46.84 inc. vat

£57.48save £10.64

£39.03 ex. vat

£47.90save £8.87
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Sandisk 128GB Pulse SSD Slim

  • 2.5" SATA-III
  • Read 480MB/s Write 380MB/s
  • Random Read/Write: 8000/2100 IOPS
  • 3 Year Warranty

£42.98 inc. vat

£49.98save £7.00

£35.81 ex. vat

£41.65save £5.84
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Seagate 1TB Desktop 3.5" SSHD

  • 64MB Cache
  • SATA 6 Gb/s
  • 8GB SSD Cache
  • 3.5inch Form Factor
  • 3 Year Manufacturer Warranty

£61.60 inc. vat

£51.33 ex. vat

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Samsung 850 PRO 256GB SATAIII 2.5inch SSD

  • 2.5inch SATA III Solid State Drive
  • SEQUENTIAL READ SPEED Up to 550MB/s
  • SEQUENTIAL WRITE SPEED Up to 520 MB/s

£136.61 inc. vat

£148.88save £12.27

£113.84 ex. vat

£124.06save £10.22
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Seagate 500GB Solid State Hybrid Drive (SSHD)

  • Slim 7mm Hybrid SATA-III SSHD
  • Boots up and performs like an SSD
  • Up to three times faster than a traditional HDD
  • 3 Year Manufacturer Warranty

£44.87 inc. vat

£55.47save £10.60

£37.39 ex. vat

£46.22save £8.83
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£51.05 inc. vat

£56.18save £5.13

£42.54 ex. vat

£46.81save £4.27
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HyperX 3K 240GB 2.5inch SATA-III SSD

  • 2.5" SATA-III
  • Read = 555MB/s Write = 510MB/s
  • Max random 4K Read/Write: 86K/60K IOPS
  • Limited 3 Year Manufacturers Warranty

£93.69 inc. vat

£110.87save £17.18

£78.07 ex. vat

£92.39save £14.32
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Samsung 500GB SSD 840 EVO - SSD Only

  • Capacity: 500GB
  • Interface: SATA 6Gb/s (compatible with SATA 3Gb/s and SATA 1.5Gb/s)...
  • Form Factor: 2.5-inch
  • Sequential Read: Max. 540 MB/s

£177.53 inc. vat

£200.08save £22.55

£147.94 ex. vat

£166.73save £18.79
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SSD Buyers Guide

Upgrading your computer by adding a Solid State Drive (SSD) is an easy way to boost the performance and reliability of your machine. And many new PCs and laptops now include an SSD as standard. But why are these drives preferable to the traditional Hard Disk Drives (HDD)?

What is the difference between SSD and HDD?

The basic difference is in how the two types of drive work. The traditional Hard Disk Drive has moving mechanical parts and stores data on spinning platters. In contrast an SSD stores data in the same manner as a USB flash drive which is much quicker. What all this means is that a Solid State Drive will store data, launch applications and boot up your system much faster than an HDD would.

what is an ssd drive?

Why use an SSD?

As we illustrated above a Solid State Drive is faster than a Hard Disk Drive. But what does this actually mean in practical terms? An SSD will:

  • Save data and information much faster than a HDD
  • Faster launching of applications and programmes
  • Opening and saving documents is much faster
  • Booting up the computer is faster and smoother

The system as a whole will appear faster and smother so it’s a win win situation all round than? Well there is a slight downside with using Solid State Drives in that they are more expensive than HDDs so for higher capacity you will have to pay more than for a HDD. But many will argue that the advantages of using an SSD does outweigh the additional cost.

Finding the best SSD for you

Like any computer component or piece of hardware SSDs vary in performance and specification. But how do you choose the best drive for you? To help you compare the different Solid State Drives available from Ebuyer.com and find the best SSD for you we will look at the different specs that are used in the product descriptions on Ebuyer.com.

Read speeds: The read and write speeds of an SSD is measured in megabytes per second. So, in product descriptions, you will see, for example, 450MBps. The higher the number the faster the drive. Look for at least 400MBps.

NAND flash memory type: There are different types of memory; MLC (Multi Level Cell) and SLC (Single Level Cell). MLC memory stores more information on each cell so SSDs with MLC memory tend to be lower in price than drives with SLC.

Serial ATA - usually shortened to SATA: This is the interface that connects the SSD to the computers motherboard. Most, if not all SSDs, will use SATA but you need to make sure the one you choose is SATA lll as this is the fastest version. You may also see SATA lll noted as SATA 600 or 6GBps in some product descriptions.

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Form factor: Most SSDs are 2.5”. This is the usual form factor used in laptops though this sized drive can also be used in desktops with a cradle. A cradle, or adapter, has to be used as most desktop PCs will only have a 3.5” slot. Although there are 3.5” SSDs available the next most common size is mSATA. This smaller drive is around eight times smaller than a 2.5” SSD and are made to be used in tablet PCs or smaller laptops and ultrabooks.

Capacity: As we have already discussed Solid State Drives pre-installed into computers do tend to have smaller capacities than their HDD counterparts. However if you are looking for a new device, either as a standalone drive or as an additional drive, than you can find higher capacity models.

SSHD: Solid State Hybrid Drives combine the best features of a Solid State Drive and a traditional Hard Disk Drive. With an SSHD you get fast speeds together with a high storage capacity and at a lower price than you pay for a standard SSD .

Ebuyer.com stock SSDs from many different manufacturers including some of the biggest names in tech and all the leading brands in data storage including:

Corsair: A Solid State Drive from Corsair is an easy way to improve the performance of your computer. You will immediately notice the difference a Corsair SSD makes with faster booting up and data saving. You can see the full range of Corsair Solid State Drives here.

Crucial: One of the biggest producers of flash memory in the world Crucial supply a range of Solid State Drives that are guaranteed to enhance your machines performance. And, the high quality components used by Crucial, ensure that all their SSDs are ultra-reliable and are the perfect fit for any system. Browse the extensive range of Crucial SSDs available from Ebuyer by clicking here.

Kingston: Specialists in computer storage it is no surprise that Kingston produce a range of SSDs that are ideal for adding more pep to an existing system or as a completely new upgrade. Fast data transfer, instant boot-up and quick fire applications are all guaranteed with a Kingston SSD. Browse the full range here.

Samsung: They need no introduction and, as you would expect from a company with the great reputation that Samsung enjoys, their Solid State Drives are incredibly reliable. An ideal upgrade for your PC Samsung SSDs are built to last as well as to deliver ultra-fast performance. See the full selection of Samsung SSDs here.

Seagate: As one of the forerunners in the development of hybrid drive technology Seagate have a range of both SSDs and SSHDs available from Ebuyer. With different form factors and storage capacities you are sure to find a drive to suit your system. You can see the full selection of Seagate SSD drives here.

Toshiba: Hybrid drives, traditional SSDs and mSATA drives from Toshiba can all be found on the virtual shelves of Ebuyer.com. Choose from a range of high performance devices that have all been built using quality components and Toshiba’s famous eye for detail. See the full selection here.

What does SSD mean?

SSD means Solid State Drive.

What is an SSD?

An SSD is a device that uses flash memory to store and access data.

Is an SSD the same as a HDD?

In the functions it performs yes. However an SSD is much faster and more reliable than a HDD.

What is the difference between a Solid State Drive (SSD) and a Hard Disk Drive (HDD)?

A traditional HDD is a device made up of moving parts that uses spinning platters to store data. An SSD on the other hand uses flash memory and has no moving parts.

What are the advantages in using an SSD over a HDD?

An SSD is much faster and is much less prone to going wrong. In addition they have blisteringly quick access times which means programmes and applications run much more quickly. An SSD is also more efficient as it uses less power than a traditional HDD and costs less to run.

back up with an ssd

Are there any disadvantages to using a Solid State Drive?

Yes. They are more expensive than Hard Disk Drives and usually have less storage capacity.

Which is the best SSD?

That depends on the storage capacity and speeds you need. There is no definitive answer to which is the best SSD but you are sure to find a drive with the specifications you require right here at Ebuyer.com.

Is an SSD reliable?

Because there are no moving parts in the drive an SSD is unlikely to fail and is much more reliable than a traditional HDD.

How much does an SSD cost?

The price of a Solid State Drive varies between models but they are generally more expensive than HDDs. You will however find the lowest prices available here at Ebuyer.com.

How much storage does a Solid State Drive have?

Again it varies. Although large capacity SSDs are available they are generally smaller than HDDs with the most common sizes being 120GB, 240GB and 512GB. As SSDs tend to have smaller capacities many people use an extra HDD for storing documents and other files or an external hard drive.

What sizes are SSDs?

Most are 2.5” so can be used in laptops and desktop computers (the later with an adapter) but less common sizes are 1.8” and 3.5”.

What is an SSHD?

A Solid State Hybrid Drive combines the flash memory of an SSD (as a cache for the data that is used most often) and the large storage capacity of a traditional HDD.