- Samsung 860 EVO 500GB SSD for $68 For Email Subscribers
Samsung 860-EVO Series 500GB Solid State Drive is $77, same price sold at all reputable stores, and is rarely ever on sale.
Newegg is now offering a $10 off promo code EMCXTBTC2 for subscribers of their emails only, making it $67 today.
It's very common to find other 500GB SSDs for about $50, but those use TLC technology which have a lower lifespan despite excellent performance.
Samsung uses V-NAND MLC and backs their products by a 5-year warranty.
This model also has over 4,000 5-star reviews on Amazon and over 300 on Newegg.
We avoid the cheap SSDs because there is nothing more frustrating than losing a drive, all data stored on it, and waiting for a replacement to arrive.
If you are not on Newegg's email list, you can subscribe to get future emails, but cannot get this promotion today.
- Western Digital 8TB External/Desktop USB Hard Drive for $130
Back again is the Western Digital Easystore 8TB External/Desktop USB3.0 Hard Drive for $130.
Rated one of the most reliable and inexpensive 8TB hard drives on the market today.
Western Digital had been using white-label, helium-model Red drives inside this model for the past year.
If they are still doing so, this external drive gives you the same drive that they sell for $230.
A video shows how to open the enclosure to see what model hard drive you get, and remove the drive if you want to use it as an internal hard drive.
We did this 5 times over the last few months, and put all 5 of the 8TB Red hard drives into a fileserver PC.
- 3-Pack of 32GB USB 3.1 Flash Drives for $12
Three-pack of Silicon Power 32GB USB3.1 Flash Drives for $12 through tonight.
Normally, a 32GB flash drive with USB3.1 speed would sell for about $5 to $8 each.
We bought a 2-pack of these flash drives a few weeks ago, and they worked great as boot drives for installing Linux and Windows on upgraded PCs.
- 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.