home : hot deals & information involving: Seagate Monday, July 11, 2016
- Seagate 2TB Hybrid Hard Drive $85
Seagate (ST2000DX001) 2TB Hard Drive with built-in caching 8GB SSD for $85 today.
Normally about $95.
We have not used this drive, but reviews say it is one of the best-performing hard drives in the consumer market, and good value at 4.25¢ per GB.
Its SSD caching helps improve performance, while still giving 2TB of storage space.
It has mostly positive reviews, but some people say their drives failed soon after receiving it.
If you need a hard drive with better reliability, check out a Western Digital Blue (slower, but priced better at 3¢ per GB), or a Western Digital Black 2TB for $110 with code ESCELFF22 (expensive, reliable, 5-year warranty).
The OBi gives you free home telephone service over your Internet connection that is at least 0.5 megabit (500 Kbps).
Setting up a free Google Voice account is easy, here is an instructional video.
Plug in any home telephone, such as a Uniden, Panasonic, VTech, Motorola, or AT&T cordless phone, and you can make and receive phone calls.
We have used the 2-line version, the OBi202, for 3 years and love it.
Call quality is superior to mobile phones.
All calls (incoming and outgoing) within the US and Canada are free with Google Voice.
Google voice integrates well with your home computer and mobile phone.
To add another line, just get another Obihai or a multi-line version.
Emergency 911 calls do not work with Google Voice.
You can use your cell phone for emergencies, but will delay response times while you give them your address.
Obi does offer 911 service through Anveo for $15/year, and is easy to add to your device along with free Google Voice.
We added it to ours.
E911 gives us the piece of mind if an emergency does occur in our home, our names and home address will automatically be sent to emergency responders the moment 911 is dialed.
Seagate Surveillance 4TB Hard Drive (ST4000VX000) for $120 with code ESCEKEN29 (3¢/GB).
We use one for backups, although it really meant for constant use in DVR systems.
It performs fairly well, averaging 80 megabytes per second reads and writes, which is more than enough to store and play high-definition videos.
Seagate Backup Plus 8TB External/Desktop USB Hard Drive for $200 with code EMCEKEG35 (2.5¢/GB).
Inside is a Seagate 8TB "Archive" hard drive, rated at 30 to 50 megabytes per second write speed.
This means it can take over 48 hours to backup 8TB of data.
Be sure to read the reviews before ordering.
Includes a 2 year warranty.
- Seagate 2TB Hard Drive for $70
Seagate NAS (ST2000VN000) 2TB Serial-ATA 3.5" Hard Drive for $70 today.
Normally sells for $80, has mostly positive reviews, and includes a 3-year manufacturer's warranty.
There are also a lot of 2TB hard drives on Ebay for around $50 to $70, but without a 3-year warranty.
Some include a 1-year warranty from the seller, which can be a better deal than buying a cheap refurbished 2TB drive from Newegg which only comes with a 90-day warranty.
If reliability is important, and you cannot live with losing your files, consider buying a bunch of 2TB drives and setting up RAID.
RAID levels 5, 6, and 50 are popular for storing a lot of data, and can handle corruption or a failure of one or two drives at a time, depending on which RAID level you choose.
Ebay also has a lot of 5+ year old hardware RAID cards for under $25 that can manage your RAID array, such as the 3Ware 9650SE cards (some with cables), and will only support hard drives up to 2TB each.