Gaming SSDs and Hard Drives for Desktop and Laptop PCs

Build your dream gaming PC, breathe new life into your desktop, or give your laptop a serious boost with gaming drives from WD_BLACK.

Why Choose WD_BLACK Gaming SSDs


The newest SSDs use NVMeTM technology to speed up storage access. Your games will feel faster, more responsive, and more immersive.


SSDs use NAND flash memory cells without moving parts, making them more durable, shock-resistant, and energy-efficient.


The latest SSDs balance powerful speeds, low latency, and plenty of storage space. You can upgrade your gaming PC with SSDs without compromising on capacity.


WD_BLACK SSDs support Microsoft’s DirectStorage for faster load times. And they’re built to work with future games that are compatible with DirectStorage, as well.


The ultimate X factor.

  • Internal NVMe drive for laptops or desktops
  • Insane speeds up to 7300 MB/s1
  • Optional heatsink with RGB lighting2
  • Up to 4TB3 capacity



Upgrade your rig, elevate your game.

  • Internal NVMe drive for laptops or desktops
  • Blazing speeds of up to 5150 MB/s (1TB and 2TB models)
  • Endurance of up to 1200TBW4
  • Up to 2TB capacity

WD_BLACK P40 Game Drive SSD

Portable and powerful.

  • External with USB 3.2 Gen2x2 interface
  • Speeds up to 2000MB/s
  • Customizable RGB lighting2
  • Up to 2TB capacity


WD_BLACK P40 Game Drive SSD

Compare SSD Options for Gaming

Internal SSDs

Faster speeds

Internal SSDs are typically faster than external SSDs, especially if they use NVMe like the WD_BLACK SN850X with speeds up to 7300MB/s.

Lower latency

Internal SSDs connect directly to your system’s motherboard via connections like PCIe® Gen4. That means less glitching and better response times.

Energy efficient

Internal SSDs draw power directly from your system without having to plug into an external power source.

Smaller footprint

Internal SSDs are typically smaller than external SSDs, like the WD_BLACK SN850X in an M.2 2280 form factor, making for quick, easy installation.

External SSDs

Easier portability

External SSDs make it easy to bring your games with you, wherever you go. Just plug in your device and play titles on other compatible systems.

Simpler installation

External SSDs connect to your PC with ports and cables on the outside of your rig. Attaching your drive and expanding capacity couldn’t be easier.

More compatibility

External SSDs can be compatible with desktops and laptop PCs to the latest generation of PlayStation® and Xbox.

No-brainer backup

External SSDs don’t just enhance your system’s performance — they’re also a smart way to back up your gaming library and critical data.

Why Choose WD_BLACK Gaming Hard Drives


Hard drives deliver the high-capacity storage you need to save your growing game library, with the WD_BLACK D10 capable of storing up to 200 titles4 alone.


Hard drive technology is tried, tested, and reliable. Use gaming hard drives to store your favorite titles with confidence — plus any other content you need to back up.

Cost Per TB

Hard drives are a cost-effective way to store a massive number of games. Opt for gaming hard drives to save on your cost per TB of storage.

WD_BLACK D10 Game Drive

High-performance game drive with active cooling.

  • Up to 8TB of extra storage
  • Speeds up to 250MB/s

WD_BLACK 3.5-Inch Gaming Hard Drive

Gaming performance meets HDD capacity.

  • Internal 3.5” SATA form factor
  • Up to 10TB
  • 2X DRAM cache up to 256MiB for faster read speeds on higher capacity models

Compare HDD Options for Gaming

Internal Hard Drives

Faster, responsive gaming

Internal hard drives connect directly to your motherboard via SATA interface. Your system will transfer data faster and with less lag.

Stable and Protected

Internal hard drives are attached to your system’s hardware and installed within your computer, protecting them from bumps, drops, and damage.

Low power draw

Internal hard drives don’t require an external power source — instead, they draw it directly from your computer and save on energy costs.

External Hard Drives

Simplified portability

External hard drives can go the distance. Just bring them wherever you want to game, plug them into a compatible system, and access your whole library.

Quick, easy installation

External hard drives attach to the outside of your system with USB cables and ports. Getting set up faster means more time gaming.

Streamlined backup

External hard drives do more than just store your game library — they help protect your favorite titles and personal content from data loss as an extra backup.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Back Up Data  
Make sure that you've backed up your most important files since formatting your new internal hard drive is going to erase whatever is on the drive.  

2. Access Disk Management  
Search for Disk Management in the Start Menu and select it.  

3. Locate Your Drive 
In the Disk Management window, locate and select the drive that you want to format.  

4. Initiate Format  
Right-click on the partition you want to format and select "Format".  

5. Choose Format Settings 
Pick the kind of file system, allocation unit size, and volume label you want to use.  

6. Start Formatting  
Click "Ok" to start formatting. You may get a warning dialog reminding you that formatting the drive will erase any data currently stored on it. Confirm and proceed.  

7. Complete the Format
Wait for the process to finish, which might take several minutes depending on the size of the drive.  

8. Verify the Format
Check to make sure your drive shows up as a new volume in Disk Management. Now, your drive should be ready to store your games, files, and other favorite content.

1. 1 MB/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. Requires the WD_BLACK Dashboard (Windows® only)
3. 1GB = 1 billion bytes and 1TB = 1 trillion bytes. Actual user capacity may be less depending on operating environment.
4. 5 years or Max Endurance (TBW) limit, whichever occurs first. See for region-specific warranty details.
5. Number of games based on a 36GB average per game. The number of games will vary based on file size, formatting, other programs, and factors.