Mushkin and Kingston make great quality flash drives.
We have no experience with the Team and Silicon Power flash drives, but they have good reviews.
USB3.0 works in either regular USB or USB3.0 ports.
USB3.0 can do 20 to 100 MBytes/sec reads & writes, meaning it would only take 15-20 minutes to read/write a 64GB drive, versus 1-2 hours on regular USB.
Team X101 64GB USB3.0 Flash Drive for $41.50 with code EMCXRXL24 (65¢/GB).
When plugged in to a USB3.0 interface (USB3.0 ports are usually blue in color), it can read and write at 70 to 120 MBytes/sec, meaning it can take only about 15 minutes to fill the entire 64GB, as opposed to 45+ minutes on a standard USB port.
Verify the shipping method during checkout, since the cheapest shipping may not be the default selection.
Above fees do factor in the $1 shipping fee on some.
If you have a Shoprunner account, shipping is free and will save you a dollar on some.
- Seagate 3TB 7200rpm Hard Drive $120
Seagate 3TB 7200rpm Hard Drive for $120 with coupon EMCYTZT3391 (4¢/GB).
It's one of the better rated of the consumer-grade 3TB drives, includes a 2-year warranty, and usually sells for around $130.
- Seagate 2TB 7200rpm Hard Drive $85
$90, and code EMCYTZT3335 applies $5 off in the cart.
One of the better rated consumer-grade 2TB drives on the market, and includes a 2 year warranty.
For today, they are also selling a Seagate 1TB Laptop Hybrid Solid State/Hard Drive for $100.
It is a 1TB 2.5" drive (meant for installing inside a laptop computer) and has a SSD component as well as a 1TB drive for faster performance.
We never used one and cannot vouch for the quality or performance, but the reviews are good, with some people reporting performance better than a regular laptop hard drive.
- Sandisk Cruzer 32GB USB Flash Drive $19
Sandisk Cruzer 32GB USB Flash Drive for $19 with code EMCYTZT3323 ($0.59/GB).
Some good reviews, some mixed reviews.
Overall it seems like a good value.
- 1TB 7200rpm Hard Drive for $75
Hitachi GST Travelstar 1TB 7200rpm hard drive for $75 with code EMCYTZT3319 (7.5¢/GB).
Three year warranty, good reviews, and reportedly performs around 120 MBytes/sec.
Seagate 1TB 7200rpm Hard Drive for $60 when code EMCXSWM22 is applied in the cart (6¢/GB).
It's one of the fastest hard drives we used, our own performance tests showing 163 MBytes/sec sequential writes when hooked up to a SATA3 (6 Gbps) interface.
a Western Digital Black 1TB drive performs around 100 MBytes/sec, and costs more.
an SSD performs around 150 to 550 MBytes/sec, but costs more per GB.
Only a 2-year warranty is included with this Seagate.
If you are building a server for running a medium-size database, and do not want to spend a lot of money for an SSD or a 10,000rpm drive, we would recommend this Seagate.
For a larger capacity, a Seagate 3TB 7200rpm Hard Drive reportedly gives 220 MBytes/sec sequential reads/writes, and costs less at 4.5¢ per GB.
For a small database or small amount of data, a Samsung 840-Series SSD would be our pick since its random access time (time it takes to access a small amount of data) is around 50-100 times of a hard drive, but comes at a cost of around 60¢ per GB.
- Western Digital Black 1TB Hard Drive $80
Western Digital Black 1TB 7200rpm Hard Drive for $85 with code EMCYTZT3293 (8.5¢/GB).
Includes a 5-year warranty.
We have one, which performs at around 100 MBytes/sec, so it performs very well and includes a near enterprise-grade warranty coverage.
Seagate 1TB 7200rpm Hard Drive for $75 (7.5¢/GB).
We have one that performs at 163 MBytes/sec.
In comparison, an SSD performs around 150 to 550 MBytes/sec, but does cost more per GB.
D-Link DIR-655 Wifi Router for $60 with code EMCXSWV56 .
Far from being the best router on the market, but it has good wifi range, and is one of the better units we have used.
That being said, we did have one go bad after 2 years.
Lots of people love this router.
It has a Ubicom chipset, so it will not be compatible with DD-WRT or other third-party firmware.
refurbished D-Link DGL-4500 Wifi Router for $40 with code RENET20 .
Beware it is refurbished (not new) and includes only a 90-day warranty.
It has a selectable 2.4GHz or 5GHz frequency setting to help pick a signal less crowded with other nearby signals.
When our DIR-655 broke, we replaced it with a DGL-4500 and had no problems since.
Rosewill Gaming Mouse Pad for $8.
At 13.7 inches wide and 10.2 inches in height, it is larger than regular mouse pads.
Its surface is the soft kind which many people prefer over the smooth kind.
Go back to the cart, and add coupon 81587 to get $10 off.
Make sure two coupon items appear in the cart.
Check that the coupon message you saw before is still there, "Coupon will be applied during checkout."
If only the $10 off $100 coupon appears, remove the Seagate External Hard Drive, re-add it, and the other coupon should re-appear.
Checkout, and the price before tax should be around $91 depending the price of the item you added along with the hard drive.
- A-Data 64GB Solid State Drive for $55
A-Data Premier Pro SP600 64GB Solid State Drive for $55 ($0.86/GB).
Also if you have never shopped at Newegg before, they are giving $10 off $50 with code NEWCUSTOMER .
- Samsung 840-Pro Series 512GB SSD for $376
The Samsung 840-Pro Series is one of the highest rated consumer SSDs on the market today, and the 512GB model is currently available for $376 ($0.73/GB) when adding it to the cart and applying code SA20MAR .
Rosewill 4-Port USB Wall Charger for $9 with code EMCXTVP94 .
$1 less than it was previously.
Provides 4 USB charging ports, and strong enough to charge 4 MP3 players, 3 mobile phones, 2 phones & 1 ebook reader, or 1 phone & 1 iPad.
It's very lightweight and easy to travel with, but beware that the lightweight plastic could break if you bump into the device when plugged into the wall.
Zyxel 24-Port Gigabit Switch for $80 with code EMCXTVP54 .
This is about the fifth time this deal has come up in the last year, and we recommend it each time for someone with a lot of computers and looking for true gigabit speeds between computers.
- 2-Disk Storage NAS with 2 1TB Drives $250
Seagate Business Storage 2-Bay NAS with a pair of Seagate 1TB 7200rpm Hard Drives for $250 for the bundle.
Newegg usually charges around $220 for the NAS without any drives included.
A NAS is a Network-Attached Storage, a standalone device which connects to your network and allows all computers in your home or office to share files.
The NAS can be configured as either RAID-0 which combines both drives into a single volume, or RAID-1 which mirrors both drives and protects against a single drive failure.
3-year warranty on the NAS, and 2-year warranty on the drives.
- Seagate 4TB External/Desktop USB3.0 Hard Drive $140 (expired: sold out)
Seagate Backup Plus 4TB USB3.0 External/Desktop Hard Drive for $140 ($0.035/GB).
Usually sells for at least $155.
There are a lot of free online file storage/backup services available if you only need to store a few files, such as BitCasa, iDrive, ADrive, Google Drive, Amazon Drive, and hundreds others.
They can be better than buying an external hard drive, because:
Usually the first few GB are free, depending on which service you select.
Often they include software or instructions on backing up your files automatically.
Data that you store on online storage services should be as secure as the password you use to protect it, as opposed to an external hard drive kept in your home may be more susceptible to theft.
If your home computers/drives crash, or your home catches fire or is flooded, you should be able to recover all (or most of) your files stored on online storage services.
They key word there is "should," because there have been reports of problems restoring files from some services (such as this).
They are in the business of keeping your data safe and recoverable, so they should provide support if you have troubles doing so, but just be aware that they are not always 100% reliable.
Online drive services let you sync/share your files between your computers, and some let you share certain files with co-workers (like Google Drive).
However, if you need to store a lot of data (more than a few GB), an external hard drive like this may be an excellent value at a one-time cost of 3.5 cents per GB rather than having size limits or paying a monthly storage fee.
This Seagate External Drive includes a 2-year warranty.
Best things to backup are your digital photos and digital videos.
When backing up ultra-sensitive information (tax returns, medical records, source code), be sure to use strong passwords and/or storing them on drives that are kept in secure places.
HP 32GB USB Flash Drive for $15 ($0.47/GB).
USB2 (not faster USB3) but does have mostly good reviews.
USB flash drives are great for bringing files between home & work, and for playing movies on Blu-Ray players that have USB ports.
- Samsung 840-Series 256GB SSD for $146
Samsung 840-Series 250GB Solid State Drive for $170 plus about $5 to $6 shipping, and coupon SUN85366 applies $30 off during checkout.
Be sure to apply the coupon on the page which asks for a credit card number.
- Samsung 840-Series 500GB SSD for $270
There have been a few deals on this highly-rated SSD recently, each deal slightly better than the previous.
Newegg is currently offering the Samsung 840-Series 500GB Solid State Drive with 3-year warranty for $300 with free shipping, and code VMEPROMOMAR13 applies $30 offin the cart when you also checkout with V.ME (requires a Visa card).
$270 comes out to $0.54 per GB.
The drive usually sells for around $300 ($0.69/GB).
It is 2.5" in size, and fits inside most laptop computers, desktop computers (may require a bracket), and some servers.
These days, any good quality SSD with a 3-year warranty for under 55 cents per GB is a great deal.
For cheaper storage, the best desktop 3.5" hard drive deals go for around 4 cents per GB, and laptop 2.5" hard drives can be found for around 10 cents per GB.
- Samsung 840-Series 500GB SSD for $290
Samsung 840-Series 500GB Solid State Drive for $320, and code S9999991 applies $30 off during checkout.
Enter the code just above the payment information.
The drive usually sells for around $345.
Asus USB External CD/DVD Reader/Writer Drive for $25 with code EMCXVVV45 .
Also a $5 Prepaid Card is available by
if you remember to fill out & print the online form, clip the UPC, and mail it.
A USB drive like this can be shared across all your computers that do not already have a built-in CD/DVD drive.
Zyxel 24-Port Gigabit Switch for $80 with code EMCXVVV58 .
This is a hot deal on a very good quality switch with more ports than you would probably ever need.