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Digital storage is kind of like triple-A batteries. It’s not something you ever think about, but when you really need it, you’re ready to give your right arm in exchange for it (to continue the battery analogy, that would be at 3 a.m. when your weakened smoke detector starts to chirp at three-second intervals).
So while it’s not glamorous, storage is essential. On-board storage on phones and laptops only goes so far, and coming up short can get in the way of downloading all the videos, photos, and music you want. Many of us need to upgrade.
Prime Day to the rescue: Today, you can expand how much media your device can handle, at a serious discount. Right now, digital storage products from SanDisk and Western Digital are massively marked down. Save up to 60 percent on memory cards, external hard drives, flash drives and more. We scoured the sales to make it easy for you.
And Amazon will give you free shipping too. But if you have Amazon Prime, you’ll get so much more — from access to new movies and TV shows, discounts at Whole Foods and two-day shipping on many, many items. Not yet a member? Relax; you can sign up for a free 30-day trial here. (And even those without Prime get free shipping on orders of $25 or more).
Shop the Prime Day deals on memory cards, external hard drives and flash drives below:
On sale for $8 for Prime Day (was $18), the SanDisk 32GB SDHC Flash Memory Card (32GB) is ideal for digital cameras, like standard point-and-shoots and advanced DSLRs. Thanks to its high-speed performance and fast transfer speeds, you won’t have to wait long to scroll through or download photos.
"This memory card perfectly saves all the information — movies, pictures, music, documents. Never lost anything," shared a satisfied Amazon shopper. "All files always open quickly and without problems. Never have problems recording files. I am very pleased with this card. I have several cards of this brand. And they all work great."
Check out more Prime Day deals on memory cards:
SanDisk 256GB microSD Memory Card, $28 (was $44), amazon.com
External hard drives
Believe it or not, most laptops' on-board storage doesn't exceed 512GB. This is great for moderate use, but if you’re a professional videographer or photographer or a hardcore gamer, you need something that can store video files, high-resolution photos and big games. This WD Elements Portable External Hard Drive — on sale for $60, or $70 off for Prime Day, at Amazon — comes with 2TB (that's terabytes) of storage built-in with fast transfer speeds, so you’ll always have what you need.
"This drive is much more than I thought it would be," raved a delighted five-star reviewer. "I thought 2TB would be a wee bit smaller than I needed but it wasn't until I did the actual math that I realized I'll be using this for years to come. I loaded some 500 pictures onto the drive and they took up a very tiny slice of the whole drive. Pleasantly surprised to say the least. Glad I bought it and would recommend it to anyone that wants one."
Check out more Prime Day deals on external hard drives:
Flash drive storage
The portable Samsung Bar Plus (128GB) lets you keep everything important to you in your pocket. And it’s on sale for $20, or half off for Prime Day, at Amazon. This is the lowest price we’ve ever seen on this little guy!
This Samsung Bar Plus flash drive is blazing fast with transfer speeds upwards of 400MB per second. Translation: You can watch a 4K video file or play a 4K video game from it without any lag or latency.
“Great USB drive! Fast, has tons of space and looks so sleek and modern,” shared a delighted five-star reviewer. “I have downloaded my entire iPhoto library onto this little device with room to spare. A win-win since it has opened up so much storage on my computer!”
Check out more Prime Day deals on flash drive storage:
SanDisk 256GB iXpand Flash Drive, $65 (was $90), amazon.com
The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.
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