The best cheap hard drive and SSD deals in August 2017

There has never been more content available to fill your hard drive space on your laptop or desktop PC. Movies, music, and those many Steam games you bought in the sale that you absolutely will play one day all need a home. On the plus side, storage manufacturers are constantly striving to make bigger and faster drives.

Directly below you’ll find links to the hard drive aisles at some of the best retailers around for cheap hard drive or SSD deals. Below those links you’ll find our hand-picked highlight of what we think are the best deals of the week. These include multiple sizes of 3.5-inch drives going up to 10TB. If you’re wanting to give your laptop a boost, you’ll want to check our latest SSD deals. There are also some cheap external drive options too and we’ll point you in the right direction for the best deals on USB flash drives.

Not seeing anything that takes your fancy? Feel free to bookmark the page and check back next week. Fingers crossed we’ll find you something before Black Friday. Or maybe you’d prefer a completely new setup? If so, check out our cheap laptop deals guide.

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If you prefer to browse through a larger collection, we’ve rounded up a selection of relevant retailer links for you below.

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This week’s best SSD deals and hard drive deals

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2.5-inch SSD deals

KingDian 120GB SSD | Now £45.99 | Amazon

With 120GB SSD deals being a bit scarce of late, it’s made more sense to look towards the larger 240GB Solid State Drives instead, especially as they’ve been the same price lately. KingDian range of cheap drives offers a modest saving over the 240GB deal below though.

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Drevo X1 Series 120GB SSD SATAIII SSD Solid State Drive | Now £46.99 | eBay

While the Drevo brand doesn’t carry as much weight as the likes of SanDisk or Toshiba, they’re one of the cheapest options this week for a 120GB Solid State Drive.

SanDisk 240GB Solid State Drive Plus | Now £76.99 | Amazon

If you know you’re going to need some extra space for games or movies, we’d recommend this deal over the smaller SSDs. This is your best deal for a more recognised brand than the cheaper deal above.

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SanDisk Extreme Pro 480GB SSD
This highly rated SSD might be a bit on the pricey side, but the fast sequential read and write speeds are more than worth the cost. Crucially, there’s also a 10 year warranty, which cheaper drives just don’t dare offer. That’s confidence from SanDisk for you right there.

MMX300 1TB SSD
Like the idea of a 1TB SSD deal, but don’t want to pay over £300/$300? That sounds like a reasonable enough request and the Crucial MX300 SSD could be the one for you as it strikes a fine balance between performance and cost.

Kingston 1TB SSDNow KC400
This new 2.5-inch SSD from Kingston is super fast and ideal for laptops or even a PS4. It’s newness is keeping the price quite high though, with most retailers hovering around the £320 mark for early adopters. Keep an eye on this comparison chart below though for the latest prices and you’ll hopefully find a better deal as time goes by.

3.5-inch PC hard drive deals

Toshiba P300 2TB 3.5-inch High-Performance Hard Drive | Now £57.99 | Amazon

With most retailers charging over £70, this cheap internal drive is well worth a look if you’re wanting to upgrade the capacity on an older PC.

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Toshiba P300 3TB 7200RPM 3.5-inch Hard Drive | Now £72.98 | Amazon

The price for this 3TB drive is impressive enough, but the increased 7200RPM speed is another big selling point too.

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Seagate ST4000DM000 4TB 3.5-inch Hard Drive | Now £118.25 | Novatech

This is one of the cheapest 4TB PC hard drives we’ve seen for a while and should provide enough space for most users. Most other drives of this size start at about £135.

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Toshiba X300 5TB 3.5-inch Extreme-Performance Hard Drive | Now £139.99 | Amazon

This speedy 7200RPM hard drive is excellent value if you’re looking for a large 5TB capacity. If you need something that big though, maybe we can tempt you with the 6TB drive below instead?

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Toshiba X300 6TB 3.5-inch Hard Disk Drive 7200RPM | Now £169.94 | Amazon

This Toshiba drive isn’t a massive leap in price over the 5TB option above. Still not enough space though? That’s ok, we have some even larger hard drive deals below.

Seagate IronWolf 10TB 3.5-inch hard drive deals
This brand new hard drive from Seagate has just been released and our very own Matt Hanson gave it a highly recommended 4.5/5 rating in his extensive appraisal. Prices are pretty high, but you can use our comparison chart below to track the latest prices if you’re after the best deal on this huge hard drive.

External hard drive deals

The Seagate drives in our comparison chart below are regular tennants on this page so we’ve included a range of the best prices for different sizes of their Expansion series of portable and desktop hard drives. Below these deals you’ll find our other favourite external hard drive deals.

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Another popular option in the ranks of best external hard drives are the Western Digital My Passport range. These colourful and compact hard drives comes in 1TB-4TB sizes and have reliable data speeds too. They make a nice change from the parade of generic grey boxes too and add a little flair to your desk.

The Seagate hard drives mentioned earlier are excellent value for money. But you don’t actually have to spend that much more to get 5TB of storage space. the 5TB Seagate Expansion is one of the most popular picks around and gets consistently high-scoring reviews from press and public alike. A real people’s champ all-round and one of our favourite external hard drive deals.

Need something a lot bigger? Enter the WD My Book Duo 16TB external hard drive. The Duo of the title refers to the fact you can use RAID technology to split this into two drives and configure them manually. This is especially handy if you want to backup the drive’s content on the same drive, so if one part fails, you’ll still be able to recover the data. These excellent external desktop drives don’t come cheap though, so take a look at our comparison chart to find the latest and cheapest prices available.

WD My Book recertified external hard drives
There are some super cheaper recertified external hard drive deals on at the WD store this week, with big discounts on multiple large model. The older 4TB My Book is down to £66.99, with the newer version also discounted down to £74.99. As for the 6TB version, you’re saving a huge £95 with a fresh price of £104.99.

Maxtor M3 1TB USB 3.0 Slimline portable hard drive | Now £47.70 | Amazon

A great price for a portable drive with 1TB of space. This is currently the very cheapest 1TB option in our internal hard drive deals guide.

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Seagate Backup Plus Slim 1TB USB 3.0 portable hard drive | Now £53.94 | Amazon

This stylish hard drive is available in multiple colours and is cheapest at Amazon today.

Transcend 1TB Military-Grade Shock Resistance Portable Hard Drive | Now £52.49 | Amazon

This 1TB USB 3.0 external drive is usually a bit pricier than the offers posted above, but it’s had a tenner knocked off this week! It’s able to withstand clumsy drops or getting bashed about a bit. If you need something that’s going to travel with you a lot, this is certainly one to consider.

Maxtor M3 2TB USB 3.0 Slimline Portable Hard Drive | Now £61.93 | Amazon

We haven’t had a decent 2TB deal in while as the prices have been way too close to the 1TB or 3TB options. At this price though, this 2TB hard drive deal sits nicely between the other sizes.

Seagate Expansion 4TB Desktop USB 3.0 external hard drive | Now £99.99 | Argos

This Seagate offer from Argos is your next best option for a 4TB external hard drive, especially as Argos’ offer for a similar drive last week has shot up by £10. This really should be plenty of space unless you’re storing a lot of media files.

Seagate Expansion 5TB USB 3.0 external Hard Drive | Now £134.98 | Currys

If the Toshiba deal above doesn’t do it for you, you could opt for this Seagate drive, so maybe hang on for a discount. It’s also listed as Xbox One compatible, which is very handy if you’re still struggling with the constrictive default 500GB internal one.

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How to watch Women's Euro 2017 semi-final: England vs Netherlands

England are in with a shot of winning the Women’s Euro 2017 championship. Find out when and how to watch the semi-finals live.

Get live coverage of the Women’s Euro 2017 semi-finals


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Women’s football is more popular than ever and we’re at the business end of the UEFA European championships. Here’s how to watch the Women’s Euro 2017 semi-finals: England vs Netherlands and Denmark vs Austria.

Not in the UK? Click here to see how to watch.

What time are Women’s Euro 2017 semi-finals on?

There are, of course, two matches that make up the semi-finals for the tournament and both will be played on 3 August. Find out what time kick-off is for each below:

Denmark vs Austria – 17:00 BST

England vs Netherlands – 19:45 BST

Watch Women’s Euro 2017 live on TV

Yes, in the UK every Women’s Euro 2017 match is being shown on Channel 4 so you can tune in at the times above to watch live on Freeview, Sky or Virgin.

Read: Do I need a TV license?

Watch Women’s Euro 2017 live on phone or tablet

If you can’t get to a TV when the football matches are on then you can quite easily watch the Women’s Euro 2017 live on a phone or a tablet.

There are plenty of apps to choose from with the most obvious and convenient being the official All 4 app and also TVCatchup.

If you need to watch online with a computer, find out how to connect a laptop to your TV.

Not in the UK? Not a problem

You can watch the Women’s Euro 2017 semi-finals even if you live outside the UK by using a VPN. A virtual private network is software that allows you to access blocked content even if you’re not in the country. It also improves your privacy while surfing.

Particularly good options include Nord VPN, and Express VPN. Read more in our complete guide to VPNs.

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Tacoma review

Tacoma is the latest game from Fullbright, the indie development studio best known for creating Gone Home. Like that game, it’s a thoughtful, character-driven exploration that ignores combat or puzzle-solving in favour of focussing on its narrative. Unlike that game, Tacoma is set in space.

So does Tacoma successfully transplant the magic that made Gone Home so popular into orbit, or has the charm gotten lost in space? Find out in our Tacoma review.

Tacoma: Price and availability

Tacoma is out worldwide from 2 August 2017 for £14.99/$19.99. It’s a console exclusive for Xbox One, but is also out on Windows, Mac, and Linux.

There’s no physical retail release, so the best bet for Xbox players is to grab the game from the official Xbox store.

If you want to grab it for one of the PC platforms, your options are Steam or GOG, where you can pick it up without any DRM (digital rights management) software.

Tacoma review

So, what is Tacoma? It’s a first-person narrative exploration game set aboard a space station named, well, Tacoma.

Tacoma is manned by a crew of six together with an A.I., except that by the time you get there, the crew are gone in the wake of an accident that crippled the station’s life support, and you play as a contractor sent by the Venturis corporation to retrieve the station A.I., Odin.

That means travelling through the ship’s three main sections – personnel, biomedical, and engineering – to download Odin, but along the way you get a bit of time to explore – even if it seems like the company would really rather you didn’t.

It’s not really the space station itself that’s interesting to explore however (though the view outside the frequent windows never get old), as it’s the lives of the six inhabitants that are the real appeal, made accessible to you thanks to Venturis’s use of an augmented reality (AR) system to record their every move.

What that means is that you can experience a selection of moments from the crew’s past by accessing the AR data. These aren’t mere audio-diaries though – instead they’re interactive AR audio-diaries, complete with holographic representations of the crew involved that look like colourful wire-frame models.

This has a few big effects. For one, there are puzzles to be solved by watching the holograms closely, like catching the keycode they enter to get past a locked door. More importantly though, you can follow each character around separately, exploring any given scene from multiple angles, rewinding and fast-forwarding to make sure you don’t miss anything.

All of this is crucial not only to unpacking exactly what happened in the wake of the accident – and why – but also getting to know the crew themselves, from romantic relationships to personal trauma, their political views to their taste in music. The AR recordings cover quiet personal moments as much as they do the big sci-fi story, and the world is packed with little details that reveal more.

The crew are a well-rounded bunch, with diverse backstories and motivations, and varied inter-personal dynamics between them. They’re refreshingly diverse in another sense too – they hail from across the world, and cover a selection of different ethnicities, religions, and sexualities – there are even five women to two men out of the game’s seven core human characters.

All that’s not to say that Tacoma neglects its more grandiose side, and Fullbright has made the most of the new setting to tell a story with a scope that Gone Home’s domestic surroundings just couldn’t allow. Workers’ rights, A.I. personhood, and corporatisation all get a look-in, and while they’re undeniably well-worn topics Tacoma’s script finds the space for a few new reflections on them.

Grand as these concepts may be, Tacoma is unceasing in its efforts to relate them back to the crew, grounding the philosophical in the personal by returning again and again to the human cost of the game’s vision of the future.

It’s not all perfect. At three hours Tacoma feels undeniably slight for the £15/$20 price tag, and there’s not much in the way of replay value. By splitting its attention amongst the crew it also loses some of the punchy emotional power of Gone Home – this is a smarter game than Fullbright’s debut, but it’s lost a little of its heart along the way.

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SteelSeries' Rival 310, Sensei 310 Gaming Mice Promise 1:1 Tracking, To A Point

To hear SteelSeries tell it, there are four key features of its new Sensei 310 and Rival 310 gaming mice: 1:1 tracking, low latency/fast response time, and advanced jitter reduction, and they’re brought to you by a custom SROM (storage read-only medium) for the sensor that SteelSeries developed in partnership with PixArt.

The optical sensor, exclusive to SteelSeries, is called TrueMove3, and it boasts 12,000CPI and 350IPS. SteelSeries knows that the glowingly high CPI count is mostly just a marketing point with little real-world value, but company reps did tell Tom’s Hardware that they wanted to have some overhead to play with–hence the high CPI.

It’s on the lower end of the CPI scale, though, that SteelSeries promises its best feature. The company claimed that the TrueMove3 offers true 1:1 tracking because it eliminates the input lag and jitter reduction that most alleged 1:1-tracking sensors introduce.

However, that’s true only between 100-3,500CPI; after that point (3,500-12,000CPI), the TrueMove3 employs “advanced jitter reduction.” That’s a bit of turnabout from the notion that 1:1 tracking gets hampered by that very feature, but SteelSeries maintains that once you get past 3,500CPI, you need more of a balance.

The IPS is consistent from 100-12,000CPI, in any case, and SteelSeries promised ultra-low latency at all CPI settings, too.

SteelSeries dropped the TrueMove3 sensor into two mice, the Sensei 310 and the Rival 310 gaming. The primary difference between them is that the former is an ambidextrous mouse and the latter was designed ergonomically for right handers. Further, the Sensei offers eight programmable buttons (L/R click, DPI button, scroll wheel, left-side navigation x2, and right-side navigation x2) to the Rival’s six. The Rival lacks the right-side nav buttons.

The Rival 310:

Both mice has two RGB lighting zones (the logo on the palm and the scroll wheel) that you can control with the SteelSeries Engine Software, and you can save your settings and profiles to their onboard storage. Their matte finish has a bit of texture, and the silicone side grips that ostensible promote a strong grip even under the duress of your sweaty palms and hot gaming action. The mice both weigh just 90g and feature two-meter cables.

The Sensei 310:

Note, too, that the ambidextrous and right-handed models bear the same MSRP of $60. This is a wise move on the company’s part, because by eliminating the variable of a cost difference, SteelSeries can better track the demand for one mouse over the other. For example, if the Sensei was $60 and the Rival was $70, one would never know if more people preferred the latter or if it was just a cost consideration. (Cooler Master is taking the same approach to its latest fleet of mice, as well).

That’s not to say $60 is cheap for a mouse–it isn’t–but it’s certainly on par with the competition’s prices for similarly-appointed products.

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AI Meets VR When Nvidia Trains Isaac On Holodeck

Earlier this year, Nvidia revealed an ambitious VR collaboration tool, called Holodeck, that will offer photo-realistic graphics and physically rendered environments. The company also introduced Isaac, a tool for training robots in a controlled digital environment. Now, the company has revealed that a combination of both tools can help researchers safely train robots that interact with human beings.

Nvidia’s Holodeck platform is still an experimental vehicle that lets a team of people view real-world objects rendered in photorealistic VR. For example, it lets you load CAD drawings into virtual environments and display them in incredible detail. What’s more, Holodeck can simulate real-world physics so that virtual objects react to other objects, people, and the environment as they would in the real world.

When Nvidia revealed Holodeck during its GTC gathering in May, the company showed a live demonstration of its potential, showing off the latest Koenigsegg car in an impressive live demo highlighting the car’s features and components in an exploded view of the car’s CAD files. It was during the same GTC event that Nvidia revealed its Isaac deep learning AI training platform.

But here, at Siggraph, Nvidia demonstrated that AI researchers can take advantage of Holodeck’s true-to-life physics to help reduce the cost and risk of training robots that interact with humans, while still being able to do practical experiments of robots interacting with humans. Holodeck offers a perfect environment for AI experimentation because it removes much of the risk from the equation.

Isaac on Holodeck lets developers load new algorithms into the robot and then hop into the VR environment to test its implementation. Thanks to Holodeck’s accurate physics and photorealistic visuals, AI researchers can experience with what it would be like to interact with the real robot. Following a successful test, researchers would be able to export the “AI brain” from Isaac and embed it into the real-world robot.

Nvidia is showcasing Isaac on Holodeck at the Siggraph conference. If you’re attending the show, you can put on a VR headset and sit down with Isaac to play a game of dominoes. Nvidia is also showcasing the Holodeck Koenigsegg demo from GTC.

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The best Australian Chromecast deals in August 2017

The Google Chromecast is not only one of the most useful and innovative gadgets of the last few years, it’s also dazzlingly cheap. And if you’re looking to pick one up for the cheapest possible price, you’ve come to the right place!

Chromecast is a Wi-Fi HDMI dongle that you plug directly into your TV. From there you can use your smartphone or tablet to ‘throw’ video at your TV over Wi-Fi – whether it be Netflix movies, live football matches from the major broadcasters or simply just a funny YouTube video. On this page we’ll find you the best prices for the Chromecast Ultra, Chromecast 2 (or just Chromecast now) and Chromecast Audio and explain how they differ.

What is a good Chromecast deal?

This one’s easy. The standard price for a Chromecast 2 is about $58. You should never, ever pay more than that because you can always find one for that price.

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Chromecast 2 deals

The Chromecast 2, or ‘new Chromecast’ as it’s also known, is very similar to the now almost-extinct 2013 Chromecast. Sure, it looks a little different. And it’s got slightly faster network performance and a few other tweaks such as coming with a dangly cable instead of as a rigid stick. But, essentially, it’s the same product in a different shape – that’s why the prices were basically the same. If you can find one for the same price, get this new one.

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Chromecast Audio deals

While it doesn’t offer true multi-room streaming at the moment (fingers crossed that comes soon), this easy-to-use and affordable device modernises any trusty set of wired speakers you already own with wireless capabilities. In doing so, it also opens them up to features that will grow and get even better over time. Got an old set of speakers or an ancient iPod dock? Turn it into a wireless speaker with Chromecast Audio!

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Chromecast Ultra deals

The 4K Chromecast Ultra is the newest member of the Chromecast family. If you have a 4K TV or are planning on getting one, it’s certainly worth picking one of these up. This micro streamer cheap, effective and makes the jump from 1080p to 4K HDR seamlessly.

Chromecast Ultra deals are usually around $95, so anything cheaper is an added bonus.

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HideIPVPN review: Great if you need a speedy connection via Germany

HideIPVPN in brief:

P2P allowed: Netherlands and Germany servers only

Business location: USA and Moldova

Number of servers: 28

Number of country locations: 8

Cost: $70 (billed annually)

Picking a VPN is a tricky business since you don’t really know what you’re going to get until you buy. That’s why some services offer free trials. HideIPVPN is one such company that offers a 24-hour free trial with full access to its entire service.

After digging into HideIPVPN, what I found was an average VPN service that lacked good speeds, with the exception of Germany. It does, however, offer an interface that may appeal to some users, but that’s not quite enough to recommend it.