Rosewill 2.5" External Drive Enclosure for $8.
Many people have spare 2.5" hard drives laying around after replacing their laptops with SSDs.
Throwing an old 2.5" hard drive into this enclosure turns it into external/portable USB storage.
Corsair Survivor 32GB USB Flash Drive for $12 shipped, or $11 with Premier.
Use code ESCFEGF46 to get the price.
Survivor is designed so tough, your data can survive being tossed off a building, run over by a car, or dropped in a pool.
Civilization VI Deluxe for Windows for $80 and includes a free $15 Newegg gift card.
Same as above, but includes a digital soundtrack and an extra pack of maps, scenarios, civilizations, and leaders.
Only been out for one day, and has great reviews.
Don't expect the game be available any cheaper than $50 until at least Black Friday.
Update:Amazon also has Civilization VI on sale for $48 for Amazon Prime subscribers only, however it is not in-stock and can take a while to deliver.
Newegg's deal is $60 with a free $10 Newegg gift card, and delivers electronically so you can play sooner than the Amazon deal.
Seagate 1TB Hard Drive for $45 with code ESCFEFL22 (4.5¢ per GB).
This model (ST1000DM003) is used inside one of our servers, and it performs quite well for a consumer-grade hard drive (at least 150 megabytes per second).
Includes a 2 year warranty.
Toshiba 3TB Hard Drive for $80.
Good value for performance and capacity, however some reviewers reported drive failures within 6 months.
Includes a 2 year warranty.
SanDisk Ultra 64GB MicroSD Memory Card (MicroSDXC) for $16.
We bought one during its last sale at $19, and it works very well.
Most SD cards should be very reliable, but we feel comfortable knowing the SanDisk Ultra brand has been reliable for a long time.
SanDisk makes excellent quality memory products backed by a great warranty.
We have never had a SanDisk drive fail, however keep in mind, portable flash drives are only designed to last around 10 years before they start to degrade.
- Crucial M.2 275GB SSD for $68
Crucial MX300 M.2 2280 275GB Internal Solid State Drive for $73, and code ESCFEFH28 applies $5 off in the cart.
Unlike a regular Solid State Drive plugging in to a Serial-ATA port, a M.2 SSD plugs directly into the motherboard.
If your PC's motherboard was made after December of 2013, it may have an M.2 slot compatible with this kind of SSD.
Here is an example photo of what the slot and SSD look like.
Most M.2 compatible SSDs are "2280" in length.
To see examples of what other lengths look like, see here.
The performance of an M.2 SSD will be better than a regular SSD.
Here are the reviews of this Crucial MX300 M.2.
- Portable 2TB USB Drive $70
Seagate Backup Plus Slim 2TB Portable USB3.0 Drive for $80, and code ESCENFJ39 applies $10 off.
Normally sells for $80.
Powers itself through the included USB data cable, so no need to carry a separate power cable.
Most reviews are positive, though some people reported bad drives.
Newegg offers a 30-day refund/replacement warranty, and Seagate offers a 2 year replacement warranty.
Data losses caused by faulty drives are extremely frustrating experiences, so we suggest doing backups (data copied to 2 or more places) rather than relying on a single drive to store your important data.
- Refurbished Seagate 4TB External Hard Drive for $69 (expired: sold out)
Newegg is selling a refurbished (not new) Seagate Backup Plus 4TB External/Desktop USB Hard Drive for $69 with free shipping.
Normally $100 refurbished and $110 new.
Inside is a refurbished 4TB hard drive which would normally sell by itself for at least $90.
If you want an internal 4TB hard drive, you could use a screwdriver to remove the drive from its case.
Hard drives make relatively cheap backup devices when plugged in to a computer via a hard drive docking station.
Seagate Surveillance 6TB Hard Drive for $220 with code ESCEMHE25 .
We have the 4TB model of this Surveillance series, and it performs well as a storage drive, as designed.
Its performance is a little slow with regular files like photos and backups, but very good with large files (videos).
- Samsung 500GB SSD for $128
Newegg is selling a Samsung 750-EVO Series 500GB Solid State Drive for $128 through their Ebay store.
Normally sells for $139, and a good value at 26¢ per GB.
In our opinion, Samsung makes some of the best quality SSDs on the market, and this model has a good 3-year warranty.
- Refurbished 2TB Hard Drive for $30
Refurbished (not new) HGST/Hitachi Ultrastar 2TB 7200rpm 3.5" Hard Drive for $30.
It is a 7200rpm drive which performs better than a regular 2TB drive, but can be more susceptible to failure due to heat.
Only recommended in a fileserver with RAID.
Old hardware RAID controllers are very cheap on Ebay (such as the 9650SE cards which support up to 2TB drives).
We built one fileserver with 5 refurbished 2TB drives from Newegg, and 2 of them failed within 2 months.
Both were replaced by their 90-day warranty.
This can be a hassle, but you can get a lot of storage for cheap from Newegg's refurbished drives.
Silicon Power S55 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive for $47 tonight.
This uses a newer "TLC" memory cell type.
It is very fast, but not as reliable as a regular SSD.
While this one does have positive reviews, some have been known to fail after just a few months.
Other than for use as a temporary drive or spare computer, we recommend avoiding TLC-based drives for now.