Some of the earliest versions of computers had hard drives whose capacity could be measured in megabytes. The IBM 2311 in 1964 held 7.25 MB.
Solid state drives are the future of storage. Compared with hard disk drives with spinning disks, SSDs in 2015 are less susceptible to shock, run more quietly, and have less latency. One of the nicest perks is that they allow a computer to boot up in just a few seconds. The downside is that solid state drives can be nearly 8 times as expensive as traditional hard drives. With such a large price per capacity, SSD manufacturers have purposely kept the drive capacity in check for sales reasons.
Largest SSD Size On The Market Today
Last year, Samsung launched the SSD 850 EVO with storage up to 1 TB and the reviews have been very positive. The 850 has better specs and a longer warranty (5 yr) than the original 840 EVO (at nearly the same price). The best budget option is the SanDisk Ultra II, giving you 960GB, although you’ll sacrifice on performance and warranty. Samsung is probably your best bet right now if you’re looking for a reliable SSD for a laptop or personal computer (Mac included).
Samsung also introduced the 1 TB 850 Pro, with a slightly faster read speed and best-in-class 10 year warranty, but this performance difference may not justify spending significantly more vs. the 850 EVO.
So what are the largest SSDs available and how much do they cost?
The biggest solid state drives out right now, in 2015, include the following:
1. LSI: 4 TB SSD ($29,000)
2. OCZ Chiron: 4 TB SSD (Unknown – probably way up there with the LSI) Apparently, this is expandable past 4 TB, potentially making it the biggest SSD ever!
3. Samsung 850 EVO SSD ($400-450): 1 TB SSD (5-year warranty)
4. Crucial M550 ($400-450): 1 TB SSD (3-year warranty)
5. Samsung 850 Pro ($600-650): 1 TB SSD (10-year warranty)
6. SanDisk Ultra II ($350-400): 960 GB SSD (3 yr warranty – a decent budget option)
Right now, the biggest solid state drives available in 2015 are 4 TB and priced at almost $30,000, but keep in mind that these are enterprise-grade RAID-based drives, and not your typical laptop drive. Consumers can currently find a 1 TB SSD that works well. We do expect to see the price of SSD continue to fall to more palatable levels for normal consumers as Samsung scales production and other SSD companies follow. So far, since its release, the 850 EVO has already dropped in price at least $150.