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Can anyone recommend an external harddrive for under 100?

 
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Jul 31, 2009 10:45 |  #1

I get reimbursed up to a hundred dollars from work for electronics (I'm on the yearbook committee at my school), and this weekend is free of sales tax in Georgia (woohoo) on any computer gear (and school clothes and supplies for any of you who live in or near the state).

Anyway, I need an external harddrive that is USB so I can simply run from one computer to the next.

I want the most Gigs (or possibly terabytes) for the money. I don't need it to fit in a shirt pocket. Big is fine.

I'll be literally storing thousands of photos of students and will need to bring it back and forth from work for editing.

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Jul 31, 2009 11:10 |  #2

WD mybook 1tb can be had for 99 bucks, though your local store probably will charge you 120.


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Jul 31, 2009 11:13 |  #3

I just got an e-mail from Circuit city about a 1TB for $80. it's an iomega. Can't vouch for it's reliability, but it may be something to look into. If you PM me your e-mail address I can forward it to you.

I've had my simpletech drive for about 2 years now without any problems, I'm pretty sure that was about $100-110 for 1TB.

Hoping others with more experience chime in...


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Jul 31, 2009 18:06 |  #4

I thought Circuit City went out of business.

I went by one of their last days sales, and they really were stripped down. But they had a brand new Canon G10 for $350. I couldn't convince my wife it was a good deal.

Now I'm glad I got a Rebel instead.


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Jul 31, 2009 18:31 |  #5

MikeFairbanks wrote in post #8377697 (external link)
I thought Circuit City went out of business.

I went by one of their last days sales, and they really were stripped down. But they had a brand new Canon G10 for $350. I couldn't convince my wife it was a good deal.

Now I'm glad I got a Rebel instead.

Looks like they're still selling stuff online...


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Jul 31, 2009 18:49 |  #6

MikeFairbanks wrote in post #8377697 (external link)
I thought Circuit City went out of business.

I went by one of their last days sales, and they really were stripped down. But they had a brand new Canon G10 for $350. I couldn't convince my wife it was a good deal.

Now I'm glad I got a Rebel instead.

The old company went under but another company bought the name and is selling online. Haven't heard much from them though. I personally suggest B&H, they usually have the best pre-rebate prices around.


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Jul 31, 2009 19:34 |  #7

newegg will have good prices on those. Get WD :)




  
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Aug 02, 2009 04:11 |  #8

The best deals on hard drives can usually be found at Dealnews (external link). If there's a good deal to be found online, they seem to always have it.


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Aug 02, 2009 16:19 |  #9

I recently discovered the Thermaltake BlacX SATA HD docking station. One of my WD MyBook POC's starting acting erratic after being unplugged for a while. (I have triple redunancy on my system so I wasn't in danger of losing any data.)

I thought about tearing out the SATA HD and installing it in a USB external enclosure but while searching for a deal I found the TT BlacX. The BlacX works like a card reader... You simply insert the business end of a SATA HD (3.5" or 2.5") and it's Plug-n-Play! It's hot swappable and requires NO software or drivers. You connect it to the computer by either USB or eSATA.

The USB/eSATA version costs $40 USD from Amazon. (external link)


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Aug 02, 2009 16:27 |  #10

MikeFairbanks wrote in post #8377697 (external link)
I thought Circuit City went out of business.

I went by one of their last days sales, and they really were stripped down. But they had a brand new Canon G10 for $350. I couldn't convince my wife it was a good deal.

Now I'm glad I got a Rebel instead.

They are Systemax - they buy popular web names that gave gone under. They are also CompUSA, TigerDirect and www.misco.co.uk (external link). They sell stuff that is on the way out or was purchased in bulk. They are basically a big clearing house and offer extremely good prices for that reason. We have a local CompUSA storefront and I buy there all the time. No complaints, good service IMO.


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Aug 03, 2009 12:11 |  #11

ChasP, do you just take out the drive and store it as is? Anti static bag? Padded antistatic? I've thought about using one of these devices but wonder about safest storage of the unattached bare drive.




  
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Aug 03, 2009 13:24 |  #12

Kent Clark wrote in post #8390976 (external link)
ChasP, do you just take out the drive and store it as is? Anti static bag? Padded antistatic? I've thought about using one of these devices but wonder about safest storage of the unattached bare drive.

I've got a garage full of old PC parts and packaging, including several anti-static bags... but no, I just toss it in the cabinet above my desk! I guess I should worry about static and/or dust-- but I don't! An anti-static bag is a good idea though.


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Aug 03, 2009 22:27 |  #13

Best Buy has the WD My Book 1 TB for $109.99


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Aug 04, 2009 10:52 |  #14

Simpletech External drives are pretty cheap and you can pick them up at any costco




  
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Aug 05, 2009 13:55 |  #15

Tiger Direct has the Western Digitaland a Fantom for $100, right now, and also a Hammer for $90. WD is usually a good brand, can't tell you anything about the other two. If you are able to stretch it to $120 you can throw in Seagate, and a few others.

I used to use the Iomga Zip Drive and it was always dependable and gave no problems. I still have it but it sits in the closet now, the tapes are just to small to do anything with anymore (250 Megs down'st hold to much now days).

I can vouch for Seagate being dependable, I have a 160 GB from them that I have been using for a few years now (getting to be time to start looking for a larger one), with no problems.


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