home : hot deals & information involving: data storage Monday, March 30, 2015last update: 1:30pm (CDT)
- Seagate Portable 2TB USB3.0 Drive for $80
Seagate Backup Plus Slim 2TB Portable USB3.0 Drive for $80 at Staples stores and Staples.com.
Portable drives like this power themselves with the included USB data cable.
No extra power cable is needed to be carried around.
- Sandisk Cruzer 128GB USB Flash Drive for $30
Sandisk Cruzer Glide 128GB USB Flash Drive for $30.
It usually sells for $47 to $59.
If you put personal or business data on your USB drive, it is a good idea to encrypt it, and Sandisk has SecureAccess software which encrypts your USB drive.
The Windows version of SecureAccess should be included on the USB drive.
Mac users must download and install the software on each computer you want to access an encrypted USB drive.
- Western Digital Black 2.5" 1TB Hard Drive & 120GB SSD $110
This new Western Digital drive is a 2.5" (laptop size) hard drive with built-in 120GB SSD.
The 2.5" size fits inside most laptop and desktop computers, offering 1TB of storage space and 120GB SSD for your operating system.
The are fairly positive (here and here, however several buyers have complained about the drive's reliability.
It does come with a 5-year manufacturer's warranty, and could be worth trying for someone who needs a lot of disk space along with the performance of an SSD in a single package.
- Seagate Wireless 1TB Portable Drive for $120
For today, Amazon has posted a sale on a Seagate Wireless Plus 1TB Portable Hard Drive for $120.
It usually goes for around $160.
It has a built-in 10-hour battery and built-in Wifi, to wirelessly stream to your computers, tablets, and phones.
- Samsung 850 EVO-Series 1TB SSD for $390
Buy.com is selling a Samsung 850 EVO-Series 1TB Solid State Drive for $390 through their Ebay store.
It usually sells for around $450.
Includes a warranty valid for either 5 years or 150TB written to the drive, which is one of the best SSD warranties around, especially at the 39¢/GB price.
- 240GB SSD for $90 after rebate
PNY 240GB Solid State Drive for $100.
It usually sells for $110.
Also, a $10 mail-in rebate is available, making it $90 after rebate (38¢/GB).
Remember to print out the form, write (in small print) in the small spaces on the form, cut out the UPC from the product box, and mail it within 30 days of purchase to get your rebate.
Otherwise, $100 is still a pretty good deal for a 240GB SSD that works inside either desktop or laptop computers.
At the register, it should print out a Staples Easy Rebate valid for a $25 Prepaid Card.
Go home and submit the rebate.
You can do this by going to StaplesEasyRebates.com and enter the item number of the above Western Digital drive into the SKU/UPC box.
For example, if you bought the 1TB drive, enter its item number 86377.
A $25 Rebate Prepaid Card should appear, valid with a purchase date between January 4 and January 31.
Follow the instructions to submit the rebate online.
As per the terms of the rebate, this deal is only available with an in-store purchase.
Secure Digital (SD) cards are used in compatible digital cameras.
MicroSD cards are used in tablets and phones that has MicroSD slots.
Amazon is also selling a Samsung 11.6-inch Chromebook 2 for $240 today.
It usually sells for around $300.
A Chromebook is basically a cheap laptop with long battery life, meant for surfing the web, taking notes, and storing/editing digital photos.
It can be good as a travel laptop (checking email, storing digital camera photos), and for note-taking at class.
This one has an 8-hour battery life and weighs 2.65 pounds.
It has 4GB memory, 16GB of storage, and a 1.9GHz processor.