Some of the earliest versions of computers had hard drives whose capacity could be measured in megabytes. The IBM 2311 in 1964 held 7.25 MB.
Solid state drives are the future of storage. Compared with hard disk drives with spinning disks, SSDs in 2014 are less susceptible to shock, run more quietly, and have less latency. One of the nicest perks is that they allow a computer to boot up in just a few seconds. The downside is that solid state drives can be nearly 8 times as expensive as traditional hard drives. With such a large price per capacity, SSD manufacturers have purposely kept the drive capacity in check for sales reasons.
However, SSDs are getting bigger! Samsung recently launched the new SSD 840 EVO with storage up to 1 TB and the reviews have been very positive.
So what is the largest SSD available and how much do they cost?
The biggest solid state drives out right now, in 2014, include the following:
1. LSI: 4 TB SSD ($29,000)
2. OCZ Chiron: 4 TB SSD (Unknown – probably way up there with the LSI) Apparently, this is expandable past 4 TB, potentially making it the biggest SSD ever!
3. Samsung 840 EVO SSD ($530): 1 TB SSD (Also works in MacBooks)
Right now, the biggest solid state drives available in 2013 are 4 TB and priced at almost $30,000, but keep in mind that these are enterprise-grade RAID-based drives, and not your typical laptop drive. Consumers can currently find a 1 TB SSD that works well. We do expect to see the price of SSD continue to fall to a more palatable level for normal consumers as Samsung scales production and other SSD companies follow.