Augment your hard drive with a speedy 120GB SSD for just $44 today

The best upgrade you can give an aging PC is a solid-state drive, full stop. Going from a traditional hard to an SSD can make your computer feel like new again, but fully swapping out your spacious for a speedy SSD can get expensive. Today, Amazon has a good middle ground alternative to going all out with a dedicated SSD.

A 120GB SanDisk SSD Plus is just £44 at the online retailer today. That’s the lowest price yet for this £65 SSD, though it’s been hovering between £50 and £55 for a while. Still, £44 for an entry-level SSD is a stellar price, especially for one from a big-name storage brand.

The capacity clearly isn’t enough for most people’s needs, but this little SSD would be a great boot drive for people who already have a hard drive in a desktop PC, or in a laptop with a storage expansion slot. The end result would be a hybrid setup with Windows and your most-used programs sitting on the SSD–and enjoying blisteringly fast SSD speeds–while most of your documents, media, and other files reside on the secondary hard drive. We’ve got a tutorial on how to move your Windows installation to an SSD if you need help.

[ Further reading: Best NAS boxes for media streaming and backup ]

This drive is very basic as SSDs go.

It doesn’t have any of the fancier features we see nowadays, such as 3D NAND or the teeny-tiny M.2 form factor. Still, this 2.5-inch drive promises performance that is 20 times faster than a hard drive. The change in boot times alone will be noticeable even with an aging Windows 7 computer.

Once you’ve experienced the wonders of life with an SSD, our round-up of the best SSDs of 2018 can lead help you kit out your system with even faster and more spacious options.

[Today’s deal: 120GB SanDisk SSD Plus for £44 at Amazon.]

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