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Old 06-06-04, 03:14 PM
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$80 for 80GB 7200RPM External HD... good price?

Circuit City is selling a Western Digital 80GB 7200RPM External USB 2.0 hard drive for $79.99 after rebates ($30 and $40 mail-ins) this week. I've been looking for an external drive for a while now, and 80GB is about the size I'd like. I'd probably be fine with 40 GB, too. Just curious if this is a good price, or if this is average or higher?
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Seems like a good price to me, if you don't mind dealing with rebates.

I think that decent deals on external drives tend to be around $1/GB plus $20.
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For external it's decent. A good enclosure would run $40-50 itself.
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I'd agree. It's an above average price, not spectacular, but if you're in the market for an 80gig drive and don't mind the rebates, I'd pull the trigger.

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I got one of these today, too; This is my 2nd 80G WD External. No problems yet. The first one was actually $69 after rebate (also at CC)

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isn't roughly $1 per GB still a decent price for internals?
if so that's a great price for an external
although, if I'm wrong about the $1 per GB thing it might not be as good
I remember when $1 per MB was an amazingly cheap price
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No, 50 per GB is the maximum you should pay for an internal.
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You can always try calling Circuit City and see if they'll pricematch to Office Max which has the drive $20 cheaper after instant rebate.

http://www.officemax.com/max/solutio...kOID=537145914
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I don't think it is cheaper at OM; that site says "Price shown (129.98) reflects $20.00 instant rebate"

At best, if you could still get the $30 Western Digital rebate, and the $20 instant rebate (already calc'd in price) the total would be 99.98, or still $20 more than you would pay at Circuit City (after rebates).

Or am I nuts/not seeing something?

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If you were to get the hard drive for $129.98 (OfficeMax's price after instant rebate) at Circuit City and still get the $70 in mail-in rebates, the drive would cost $60 total. I think that's what X is trying to say. I'll drop by Circuit City tomorrow with the print-out from the website and see if that works. Probably not, but it's worth a shot.
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Originally posted by Static Cling
If you were to get the hard drive for $129.98 (OfficeMax's price after instant rebate) at Circuit City and still get the $70 in mail-in rebates, the drive would cost $60 total. I think that's what X is trying to say. I'll drop by Circuit City tomorrow with the print-out from the website and see if that works. Probably not, but it's worth a shot.
Ahhh, gotcha.

Good luck with that.
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wow. been a while since I've been in the market for one
thanks for the correction, before I get the desire for another drive I'll be sure to start a thread on the current going rate since I'll be behind

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No, 50 per GB is the maximum you should pay for an internal.
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One quick comment: No matter how large the external, you will fill it up extremely quickly and want a bigger one.

I bought two 160gb drives, figuring I only needed about 100gb of them. They're now bursting at the seams, and I'm back to burning stuff onto DVD-Rs and hoping to get some 300+gb externals.

80gb seems like very little, in light of this...

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You might be right, David. I've got two 80GBs in my desktop right now and a year ago, I never thought I'd fill them up, but now I'm having to uninstall stuff and delete stuff to make room. Thanks for everyone's input in the thread so far.
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Hey, X's tip worked! At first they were going to pass because it was a print-out from a website, but I pointed out that even though that was true, the OfficeMax two blocks down the road offers the same price... I just wanted to be able to bring something in. So it ended up being $60 + tax (after rebates). My only "problem" now is that I don't have a USB 2.0 port... just 1.1, so my transfer speeds aren't optimal.

Thanks for saving me $20, X!
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You're welcome! Glad it worked out.

Now take the $20 and buy a USB 2.0 PCI card for your computer.
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I didn't realize the difference between 2.0 and 1.1/1.0 speeds... it's huge! Will I be okay getting a run-of-the-mill, inexpensive USB 2.0 PCI card, or will getting a top rated card make a significant difference? I tried searching for threads on that topic, but there wasn't much info on it here.
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Originally posted by Static Cling
I didn't realize the difference between 2.0 and 1.1/1.0 speeds... it's huge! Will I be okay getting a run-of-the-mill, inexpensive USB 2.0 PCI card, or will getting a top rated card make a significant difference?
The difference is huge! An external hard drive is just about useless witn USB 1.1. Even just copying files takes forever.

I have used a couple of cards without paying attention to what brand or chipset they were and they worked fine. I do know I've used a couple of Maxtor cards with no problems, but they may be a little more expensive. Although I did get one for $5 after rebate so there may be some deals if you keep your eyes open.
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Thanks for all your help, X. I'll poke around the stores and see what turns up.
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Office Depot has a Maxtor 120 gig hd for $79.97 no rebates. http://www.officedepot.com/ddSKU.do?id=678808

Last week at Comp Usa I brought two 250gig Maxtor hard drives for $129.99 each no rebates.

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Originally posted by kahuna
Office Depot has a Maxtor 120 gig hd for $79.97 no rebates. http://www.officedepot.com/ddSKU.do?id=678808
That's a good price... but it's an internal, so I'd have to buy an enclosure, too. (Right?)
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