What is the Largest SSD Available in 2015? (Hint: solid state drives are getting BIG!)

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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.

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  • jason

    oh lawdy no

  • Mathew Gregson

    Nothing much surprises me, but my eyes did open wide when I saw $29000!

    • altamirador

      Well ! For 4TB if you compare an HP7937 drive that was sold for 20k$ with a capacity of 571mb, that’s not bad ! :)

  • Scott

    In fact 768GB is the highest Apple do, (when configured)

    • Bendover

      Now it is 1tb

    • james braselton

      oh buy the way apple 1 Tb ssd cost $1,000

      • connor

        5 TB Seagate HDD is $175, a 1 TB Samsung SSD is $450. Hmm…

  • INFO

    Tiger sells

    Crucial M500 SSD 960GB for $589 (as of today Dec.9, 2013)

  • Put N Tane

    I am waiting for 581 TB SSD. According to Carl Sagan’s Cosmos, the Human Brain has about 100 Trillion connectinons. Log base 2 of 100 Trillion is about 47 bits. So each connection represents a 47 bit number. 100 trillion * 46.5 bits per connection / 8 bits per byte = 581 TB. With that I can upload my brain to SSD and live forever.

    • samlebon23

      Yeah, upload your brain to SSD and move your body to the trash bin.

      • TonyBravo

        Good one excellent.

    • QA36

      Finally Jonny 5 can be made alive!

      • Beaker

        Oooh pretty colors

    • Guest

      Carl acts like he knows more than he does. He’s an actor.

      • Gabriel

        The scientist Carl Sagan died in 1996, I didn’t know he’d taken up acting in the afterlife

    • Mathias Cronqvist

      You overestimate you cranial contents. ;P

    • Kris Meaney

      yeah your probably disgustingly obese and play video games 12 hours a day… so i can see why you would rather live in a SSD that in real life. Living forever would be a curse.

    • bob

      Well, upload your brain and then be scared to think about anything because SSDs have limited writes. You might live 3 years.

  • http://swagking.yolo SwagKing

    1TB Samsung Evo SSDs in RAID 4 cost $2000. The same capacity in one SSD is $29,000. This is bullshit.

    • Mark Jones

      The LSI is a completely different beast. Benchmark IOp/s and 4k random access between the two, and the LSI will quickly show you why it costs so much. But granted, that kind of performance isn’t needed but for very specialized applications.

    • TBird73

      Was about to say the same. But special people with institutional budgets will buy it. Definitely not intended for home use.

  • james braselton

    hi there UFO ssd are Google pix bytes too unlimited bytes soo humans and UFO have in common

  • james braselton

    hi there Samsung 840 evo 1 terabyte on amazon for only $499.99

  • Scott

    I purchased the Crucial M550 1 Terabyte for under $500 but had to pay extra for the case to go into my desktop.

    Worth it!

    Super fast startups and no noise.

    Running anything on it is incredibly fast.

    Waiting to put together a lot more of them as my storage drive now seems super slow.

  • Charles

    Goodness gracious!

  • MarkMark

    “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.” – Really? What about the Commodore 64, holding 64 Kilobytes of memory? Yeah.

    • slemre

      Memory and storage are two completely different beasts. A SSD or HDD is for storage. RAM is memory. The Commodore had no internal storage and 64k RAM that was expandable up to 512k internally and 2 MB externally.

    • TBird73

      I had a 1990 Tandy 1000 with a 40MB HD and 1 MB of memory

    • Kris Meaney

      My first computer, in 1991/92 was a 386sx-16Mhz with a 20MBHDD, and I think 2MB RAM. That computer cost about $2000. I remember at that time, the pirate BBS’s (ancestors of KickAss), that had 100MB drives were the sh*t. I remember thinking holy shit, 100, 200MB HDD, wow!

    • LiveFreeOrWatchTV

      Funny stuff! My first was a TRS-80, can’t remember which one, very early ’80s. Green screen, dual floppies, no hard drive. I had to upgrade to a Mac Plus a couple years later before I could enjoy a 10Mb HD! Woooo. Still think fondly of that thing. Although the pace has been quick, I get cranky cuz I don’t think progress is fast enough. MORE MORE MORE…