The best cheap hard drive deals in June 2018

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With the rise in popularity of SSDs, many people have started to write off traditional hard drives. That’s a mistake. The best hard drives offer huge amounts of storage at prices that SSDs just can’t match. If you have a giant library of music, video, or even photos, it’s a good idea to look at a traditional hard drive for all of your archival needs.

No matter what you need the storage for, nobody wants to pay full price for what is essentially old technology, no matter how useful it is. As with any type of PC hardware, the MSRP, or manufacturer’s suggested retail price is more of a guideline than any kind of firm rule. With hard drives, you’ll often find these storage devices at discounts for massive savings.

Luckily, we here at TechRadar have combed through hundreds of deals across the internet to find best hard drive deals so you won’t miss the greatest sales. 

Best hard drive deals

Seagate scores the spot for the best hard drive deal, with their BarraCuda drives that strike that perfect balance between storage, speed and price. The 3TB drives in this lineup are an especially great deal, as they really hit that sweet spot between high density storage and a sweet 7,200RPM spin rate. And they do this while maintaining a price that’s significantly lower than their direct competition.

So if you’re looking for a drive for light archiving, or a main drive and you don’t want to take the plunge on an SSD, the BarraCuda will be a great choice, as it can reach read speeds of up to 190 MB/s which is more than enough for day-to-day computing.

Today's best Seagate Barracuda deals

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Seagate BarraCuda 1000GB 3.5"(ST1000DM010) 1TB Desktop Hard Drive 7200RPM
$44.85
Deal ends Mon, 25 Jun
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Seagate 1TB BarraCuda SATA 6Gb/s 7200 RPM 64MB Cache 3.5 Inch Desktop Hard Drive...
$44.99
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Seagate BarraCuda ST1000DM010 1TB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive Bare Drive
$44.99
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Seagate BarraCuda 2TB 3.5" Internal Desktop Hard Drive, SATA 6Gb/s, 210MB/s Maximum...
$59.99

Best gaming hard drive deal

When it comes to gaming, the biggest priority is speed. Nobody wants to be playing their favorite PC games, only to encounter unbearable loading times. That’s where the WD VelociRaptor drives really shine. These slick drives offer a blistering 10,000 RPM, so that you’ll spend as little time as possible loading, and more time actually playing.

Better yet, they offer much better price-per-gigabyte than even budget SSDs, so if you’re looking to cut down on your downtime, you can do so while still saving a couple bucks.

Today's best WD VelociRaptor deals

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Western Digital WD1600HLFS 160GB SATA 3GB/S 10K RPM W/TRAY
$38
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Western Digital Raptor 160GB SATA/300 10,000RPM 16MB Hard Drive WD1600HLFS
$50.65
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Western Digital WD VelociRaptor WD6000HLHX 600GB 10000 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s...
$82.89
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600GB SATA 6GB/S 10K RPM 32MB DISC PROD SPCL SOURCING SEE NOTES
$95

Best hybrid hard drive deal

Hybrid drives combine the best aspects of both SSDs (solid state drives) and hard drives, and allow you have high storage density while also having the speed of an SSD for the data you use the most. The Seagate FireCuda desktop drives take this formula and perfect it by including 2TB of data with 8GB of smart flash memory. That might seem like a small complement of SSD space, but it learns and store which files and applications you use the most, helping you access it faster than a standard HDD. 

And now, with the rising ubiquity of SSDs, there’s never been a better time to find a deal on the FireCuda – as along with other SSHDs, the prices are being cut constantly.

Today's best Seagate Firecuda Desktop deals

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Seagate FireCuda Gaming SSHD 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard...
$72.91
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Seagate 1TB FireCuda Gaming SSHD (Solid State Hybrid Drive) - 7200 RPM SATA 6Gb/s...
$72.99
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Seagate FireCuda ST1000DX002 - Hybrid hard drive - 1 TB (8 GB Flash) - internal -...
$79.99
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Seagate FireCuda ST1000DX002 - Hybrid hard drive - 1 TB (8 GB Flash) - internal -...
$79.99

Best laptop hard drive deal

These days, it’s becoming more and more common for laptops to be built with SSDs. While this is great if you’re not necessarily looking for high amounts of storage, anyone who needs a lot of space to work is going to be stuck paying an extremely high premium. Luckily, the HGST Travelstar solves this issue by offering 1TB of storage with a 7,200 RPM spin rate at a very modest price.

Coming in 750GB and 1TB varieties, the Travelstar is a great deal for anyone who is looking for a great hard drive in their laptop.

Today's best HGST 1TB Travelstar 7K1000 deals

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HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630 (0J22423) 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA...
$53.50
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HGST 1TB Travelstar 7K1000 SATA III 7200 RPM 32MB 2.5in Mobile Hard Drive
$56.74
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HGST 1TB Travelstar 7K1000 SATA III 7200 RPM 32MB 2.5in Mobile Hard Drive
$56.74
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HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTE721010A9E630 Hard Drive - Internal (0J30573)
$73.68

Best external hard drive deal

Do you travel for work or school a lot? Well, if so, the WD Elements line of external drives might just be perfect for you. Not only do these drives offer a great price-per-gigabyte level, but they’re small enough to carry along with you without breaking a sweat.

Not only does the WD Elements line offer high storage and high portability, but they also undercut the price of the competition, making it a great purchase for anyone who needs to carry their work with them. 

Today's best WD Elements Portable deals

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WD 1TB Elements Portable Storage USB 3.0 Model WDBUZG0010BBK-WESN Black
$45.99
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WD 1TB Elements Portable External Hard Drive - USB 3.0 - WDBUZG0010BBK-WESN
$52.49
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WD Elements Portable portable 1TB USB 3.0 external hard drive
$69.99
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WD Elements Portable portable 1TB USB 3.0 external hard drive
$69.99