Solid State Drives (SSDs)

Flash-based data storage that prioritizes speed, reliability, and energy efficiency — for your home, studio, data center, and more.

Why Use SSDs?

Fast read speeds up to 7300MB/s1,2,*

Capacities up to 4TB3 for select consumer SSDs*

+15TB

Capacities up to 15.36TB3 for data center SSDs4,*

Internal, portable, and external SSD form factors

*Applies to select models only.

Learn More About SSDs

SSDs don’t rely on spinning disks or mechanical arms. Instead, they’re made up of flash memory cells, grouped together into flash memory chips, with a controller that orchestrates how data is written to and read from these chips.

Types of SSDs

Internal SSDs

Internal SSDs sit close to your CPU and use SATA or PCIe® connections to transfer data at high speeds. Try internal SSDs for:

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    PC and PlayStation® gaming
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    Fast caching for NAS
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    Low-latency data center storage

External SSDs

External SSDs connect via Thunderbolt™ and/or USB to support high-performance workflows — all with AC power. Try external SSDs to:

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    Upgrade your computer
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    Edit in post-production
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    Build RAID-capable storage

Portable SSDs

Portable SSDs are compact, durable drives that use USB power, making them a great way to take your content on the go. Try portable SSDs for:

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    Home backup
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    Rugged professional storage
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    Expanding your game library

SSDs on the Blog

Disclosures
1. Speeds vary by product and capacity. 1MB/s = 1 million bytes per second. Based on internal testing; performance may vary depending upon host device, usage conditions, drive capacity, and other factors.
2. Applies only to WD_BLACK SN850P with Heatsink for PS5 Consoles and WD_BLACK SN850X NVMe SSD.
3. 1GB = 1 billion bytes and 1TB = 1 trillion bytes. Actual user capacity may be less depending on operating environment and RAI