- Western Digital 10TB External/Desktop USB Hard Drive $160 (expired)
Normally over $200, and has been at $160 twice since January.
Now it's back at $160.
This is one of the best rated external USB hard drives on the market, useful for reliably keeping backups of photos, videos, and personal information.
10TB is a lot of storage.
If you use it to backup your family's camera photos & videos in the highest quality formats, assuming 0.5 to 1 TB per year, it would have enough storage to backup your 4K videos and 12-megapixel photos for well over 10 years.
That's a lot of data in one place, so if you bought two to backup the same files on both drives, you would have reliable backups in 2 places in case one drive were to fail.
- Mushkin 250GB SSD for $33
250GB Solid State Drive are priced cheaper than we have ever seen, and Mushkin is a quality brand.
However, note many of these low-cost SSDs use "TLC" based cells.
They are known to provide great-performance (read/write speed), but are known to be of lesser quality than MLC.
They have a lower lifespan.
This means they are fine for a gaming desktop computer, shared computer, or home theater PC that isn't doing important work.
If we wanted an SSD inside an computer or laptop that we want to last, we recommend paying for for a non-TLC based SSD.
For piece of mind that our laptops won't die soon, we use the Samsung 860 EVO and Samsung 860 Pro with V-NAND MLC cells and 5-year warranty.
The Pro also has built-in hardware encryption (if your computer's motherboard BIOS supports it).
We wanted to increase our fileserver's hard drive capacity, so we did this deal 4 times last month.
We followed this video, and used four Guitar Picks purchased on Amazon for $4.
We had good luck, and so did people on Reddit.
However Western Digital could change their batch of drives at any time.
When getting a drive:
Look for "Made in Thailand" written on the bottom of the product box.
If you have a Thailand-made drive, it's a good change a Red is inside.
If a drive arrives and is not made in Thailand, no Red will be inside and you can return the unopened product for a refund.
If you remove the drive case in a non-destructive way (follow this video) and no Red drive is inside, you can put it back together and return the drive for a refund minus a 15% restocking fee.
Note that the drive will have a generic white label, and will not have any indication of the drive' model number.
It must be plugged into a computer's Serial-ATA port, and software (or the computer's BIOS) can identity the drive model number.
All of ours purchased from Newegg last month had model WD80EMAZ-00WJTA0 drives inside, which is a popular helium-filled Western Digital Red 8TB with 256MB cache.
It's a good drive for file storage, since performs great, runs cool, is reliable, and has TLER enabled (better for RAID and NAS setups than a regular hard drive).
Here is a test result of the drive.
3-Pack TP-Link HS100 Wifi Smart Plugs for $33.25 ($11.10 each) when applying coupon code SMARTNGY3 in the cart.
Normally $15 each or $27 for 2.
We have one connected to a surveillance camera that sometimes drops off Wifi, and needs to be power cycled.
Rather than climb a ladder to unplug and plug in the camera's power cable, the TP-Link app can cycle the power from a smartphone.
Other people use a Wifi smart plug to boil water in an electric kettle or make toast at a certain time in the morning.
Toshiba 1TB Portable USB Hard Drive for $45 with code EMCTWVT32 .
Useful for backing-up photos and videos, a portable USB hard drive powers itself with the included USB data cable and is about the size of an iPhone X.
Western Digital Black 1TB M.2 SSD Card for $200 with code EMCTWVT22 .
Expensive when compared with other M.2 SSD cards, but Western Digital's "Black" devices are known to be higher quality and are backed by a 5-year warranty.
Western Digital 10TB USB Desktop/External Hard Drive and 32GB USB Flash Drive for $160.
Includes a 2 year warranty.
Great for backing-up photos and movies.
It's about half the price of an internal 10TB hard drive.
Tech-savvy people can unscrew the case, pull out the drive, and install in a desktop computer for massive file storage.
Doing it may void the 2 year warranty, but would likely give a Helium-filled 10TB 5400rpm hard drive (according to this article and these Reddit users) at a price of 1.6¢ per GB).
Normally, a 10TB internal hard drive would cost at least $250.