How much you should pay for a hard drive in South Africa

Improvements in HDD and SSD technology have allowed users to continuously increase their desktop storage and performance.

While hard drives offer good storage capacity at a relatively low price, users who want faster speeds tend to opt for solid state drives.

Solid state drives use non-volatile NAND flash memory as storage, offering reduced capacity but much faster speeds than conventional disk drives.

SSDs are more expensive than HDDs, though, so the substantial increase in performance comes at a price.

SSDs also come in multiple form factors due to the bandwidth limitations of standard SATA ports, which affect high-end SSD performance.

Below is an overview of the prices of 500GB, 1TB, 2TB, and 4TB storage drives – both HDD and SSD – from local online stores.

500GB Storage Drives
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Hard Disk Drives
Seagate Barracuda 3.5-inch 7,200RPM 500GB R842 R819 R783
Western Digital Blue 3.5-inch 7,200RPM 500GB R842  – R791
Seagate Barracuda 2.5-inch 5,400RPM 500GB  – R799 R725
Western Digital Blue 2.5-inch 5,400RPM 500GB  –  – R780
Solid State Drives
Samsung 750 Evo 500GB 2.5-inch SATA6G R2,379 R2,299 R2,418
Samsung 960 Evo M.2 NVMe 500GB R3,988  – R3,990
Samsung 960 Pro M.2 NVMe 512GB R5,243  – R5,321
1TB Storage Drives
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Seagate Barracuda 3.5-inch 7,200RPM 1TB R900 R839 R832
Western Digital Blue 3.5-inch 7,200RPM 1TB R879  – R842
Western Digital Blue 2.5-inch 5,400RPM 1TB R1,145 R1,456 R1,087
Western Digital Black 7,200RPM 1TB  –  – R1,132
Solid State Drives
Adata Ultimate SU800 2.5-inch SATA6G 1TB  –  – R5,563
Intel Pro 600P M.2 NVMe 1TB R6,677  – R6,671
Samsung 850 Pro 2.5-inch SATA6G 1TB R7,599 R8,149 R7,522
2TB Storage Drives
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Western Digital 3.5-inch 5,400RPM 2TB R1,248  – R1,172
Seagate Barracuda 3.5-inch 7,200RPM 2TB R1,279 R1,179 R1,245
Seagate NAS 3.5-inch 7,200RPM 2TB R1,447 R1,700 R1,474
Western Digital 2.5-inch 5,400RPM 2TB R2,699 R3,301 R2,660
Solid State Drives
Samsung 850 Evo 2.5-inch SATA6G 2TB R11,194 R12,199 R11,199
Intel DC P3520 PCIe NVMe 2TB  –  – R18,766
Samsung 960 Pro M.2 NVMe 2TB R20,135  – R20,440
4TB Storage Drives
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Seagate Barracuda 3.5-inch 5,900RPM 4TB R2,221 R2,299 R2,200
Western Digital Blue 3.5-inch 5,400RPM 4TB R2,358  – R2,425
Western Digital Red Pro 3.5-inch 7,200RPM 4TB  –  – R2,461
Seagate Enterprise NAS 3.5-inch 7,200RPM 4TB  – R3,700
Solid State Drives
Samsung 850 Evo 2.5-inch SATA6G 4TB  –  – R23,792

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