The 8 Best HDDs For Gaming

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This wiki has been updated 11 times since it was first published in December of 2018. Although flash storage is all the rage right now, high-capacity models are still prohibitively expensive for most users. Luckily, the classic hard drive isn't dead yet and, in fact, some relatively recent releases have breathed new life into them. We've researched and ranked the top HDDs still in production, both internal and external, that are suitable for laptops, desktops, and consoles. When users buy our independently chosen editorial recommendations, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best hdd for gaming on Amazon.

8. Western Digital Black

7. Western Digital Blue

6. Seagate Barracuda 7 Millimeter

5. Western Digital External

4. Seagate Barracuda

3. Seagate FireCuda 2.5-Inch

2. Silicon Power A60

1. Seagate FireCuda

Editor's Notes

December 27, 2018:

And here, you probably thought the hard drive was dead! Well, it's far from it, and it's still an effective piece of equipment, especially when used as secondary storage alongside a solid-state boot drive. The Seagate Barracuda, in both large and small models, has had a great reputation for a long time. It's also pretty darn cheap. The Western Digital Blue is one of the most-purchased HDDs of the last decade, and some say that the WD Black offers a marginal performance increase. There are a couple options here that dovetail seamlessly with the top consoles, whose games can hog tons of internal storage. Last, but certainly not least, the Seagate FireCuda is, far and away, the fastest "mechanical" hard drive, although it is cheating just a tiny bit by including several gigabytes of NAND flash memory. Actually, most users should look into the proper size of FireCuda. It's really a fantastic drive.

Christopher Thomas
Last updated on December 29, 2018 by Christopher Thomas

Building PCs, remodeling, and cooking since he was young, quasi-renowned trumpeter Christopher Thomas traveled the USA performing at and organizing shows from an early age. His work experiences led him to open a catering company, eventually becoming a sous chef in several fine LA restaurants. He enjoys all sorts of barely necessary gadgets, specialty computing, cutting-edge video games, and modern social policy. He has given talks on debunking pseudoscience, the Dunning-Kruger effect, culinary technique, and traveling. After two decades of product and market research, Chris has a keen sense of what people want to know and how to explain it clearly. He delights in parsing complex subjects for anyone who will listen -- because teaching is the best way to ensure that you understand things yourself.

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