If your PC is still using a spinning mechanical hard drive as the main drive, swapping it with an SSD will give you much faster performance and better reliability. Now you can get a 1TB SATA SSD at a great price.

Western Digital’s 1TB SA510 SATA SSD is currently on sale for $69.99 — it was $5 lower during Black Friday, but this is still a good deal. It has advertised sequential read speeds of up to 560 MB/s, and sequential writes of up to 520 MB/s. For comparison, a spinning hard disk is typically around 80-160 MB/s, while more advanced NVMe SSDs are pushing 3,500MB/s read speeds or higher.

Best for PC Upgrade

Western Digital SA510 1TB SSD

Easily upgrade your laptop or PC with the WD SA510 1TB SSD and say hello to faster boot-up and next-level performance.

This drive won’t beat speeds from most of the best internal SSDs, especially any NVMe models, but it is much faster and more reliable than any mechanical hard disk. The SA510 SSD is especially a great choice for upgrading old desktops and laptops, especially ones that don’t support M2 or NVMe at all.

If a computer’s primary drive is still a spinning hard drive, replacing it with an SSD can easily breathe new life into the PC — speeding up everything from Windows bootup times to app responsiveness. The upgrade is especially great for laptops, as SSDs are completely silent (aside from occasional coil whine), and SSDs are less vulnerable to data loss after drops or tumbles than mechanical drives.

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