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Old 11-09-04, 02:39 AM
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Best deal on a hard drive

I'm looking for another hard drive preferably 100+ gig. Any good deals around?

thx in advance,
~bruce
Old 11-09-04, 09:42 AM
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CompUSA has a 300 GB drive for sale this week for 199.99 after instant rebates. I've read conflicting reports about the quality of the drive, so I passed on it.

http://www.compusa.com/products/prod...16141&pfp=cat3

I just picked up the WD Caviar 250 GB last night from BB for 180. This seems to be the standard price at any B&M for this drive, and I've never really had a problem with a WD.
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Every single Maxtor I've ever had has been great to me, so if you're looking for big storage, go with the 300GB. However, I'm sure there's others who will complain about Maxtors, but I swear by them.

Anyhoo...I've been looking at the 300GB SATA Maxtor that has NCQ and the nice 16 MB Buffer.... Planning on putting one of those (or 2 if I can find the money) as storage drives alongside the 74GB Raptor main drive in my new system.
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I've had problems with every HD maker I've tried... Seagate, Maxtor, Western Digital, IBM-Hitachi...

I suggest you make sure you get at least a 3 year warranty with it.
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Best Buy has a Maxtor 250GB HD for $150 in this week's ad.
Old 11-21-04, 10:00 PM
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Any recommendations on an external hard drive? I'm not ready to upgrade my computer, and I figure that an external drive would be more convenient going back and forth between a few machines we have.

Plus, just bought an iPod and have a digital camcorder that I've not been able to do anything with because of my 20 gig internal HD. :-)

Figure I should go at least 120 gig, right?
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This is a very good deal ($150) on an external considering the drive itself is usually at least $120. There are rebates involved though.

http://www.circuitcity.com/ccd/produ....do?oid=108449
Old 11-21-04, 11:32 PM
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Wow, that does look like a great deal! Thanks. Any reason NOT to buy that drive?
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i wouldnt buy anything until after checking the thanksgiving newspaper for the black friday sells
gotta expect there will be some massive deals on harddrives
Old 11-22-04, 02:46 AM
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Originally posted by twikoff
i wouldnt buy anything until after checking the thanksgiving newspaper for the black friday sells
gotta expect there will be some massive deals on harddrives
I second that.
Old 11-22-04, 07:25 PM
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Please read this thread...
http://www.dvdtalk.com/forum/showthr...hreadid=395082
Old 11-23-04, 10:25 PM
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just google for black friday, the information is out there to be had.
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Originally posted by twikoff
Please read this thread...
http://www.dvdtalk.com/forum/showthr...hreadid=395082


i mentioned the lowest price ive seen speculated
didnt give a link, didnt give a location, didnt give any specifics
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Ignoring all of that (cough, cough)... let me ask a question.

With the prices on internal drives being so much cheaper than external... aren't there kits for like $30 to convert?

Is it worth it and what are the pluses/minues of doing the conversion?

Thanks in advance
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Nov. 24th (4-10pm) only at Comp Usa. There is a 250mb Hd for $99.99. I believe this is a Maxtor drive.

http://compusa.crossmediaservices.co...rchtext=302225
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Best Black Friday deal I've seen is the staples Maxtor 160GB Int ATA 8mb cache, $40 after MIR. I think the MIR is $60, but with Staples EasyRebates it's a cinche to send them in (all online, or you can have them do it for you at the register).

PS. Their BF flyer is up on their site.

PPS From what I have read deals are available online, in-store, and over the phone.
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The Office Max deal seems the best out there. 200 gigs for $50 after rebates.

I had wanted an external... but I figure I could buy and internal, and then when/if I buy a new computer... I could then just pop it out and convert to external with a kit, right?

The big question... it's not too difficult to add a drive, is it?

I've got a Dell Dimension 4100, running Windows XP.

Thanks
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Best Buy has the WD 160GB for $30 after rebate. It's sold out online but should be available in the stores (if you're real early).

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage....0050001&cmp=++

I got the WD 250GB from Circuit City online for $80 after rebates.

http://www.circuitcity.com/ssm/Weste...oductDetail.do
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Originally posted by Frank_M
Ignoring all of that (cough, cough)... let me ask a question.

With the prices on internal drives being so much cheaper than external... aren't there kits for like $30 to convert?

Is it worth it and what are the pluses/minues of doing the conversion?

Thanks in advance
I did a 250GB USB2.0 external conversion for $180 total with a $30 kit from CompUSA and the HD which was on sale from BestBuy for $150. You can probably get a better enclosure (USB & Firewire) from Newegg, but it worked out great for me as I needed it in a pinch. It's easy to swap out drives if you need to. You can do a great setup now for a lot cheaper with Black Friday prices.
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Originally posted by X
Best Buy has the WD 160GB for $30 after rebate. It's sold out online but should be available in the stores (if you're real early).

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage....0050001&cmp=++

I got the WD 250GB from Circuit City online for $80 after rebates.

http://www.circuitcity.com/ssm/Weste...oductDetail.do
If I had a BB around I would probably be going there (plus I could get a 256MB MP3 player for $30 instead of the 128MB one I plan to get at the same price).

However, the Staples HD isn't that shabby either. The Maxtor is said to be quieter than the WD and it's only $75 out of pocket, instead of $120 at BB. Plus it's 1 Easyrebate (which can be done online or at the checkout) versus 2 traditional MIRs with all the hassle and expense.
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Also, remember McDonald's has their pathetic BB Dollars, so if you have any, you can get some great deals this holiday season.
Old 11-26-04, 12:47 PM
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200 GB Western Digital HD from Office Max.... $49! Bought this morning, and just installed.

Thanks to all for the great tip!

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