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I use newegg, tigerdirect and a local microcenter. Are there any other places that have HDD sales on a fairly often basis? The best price I can find for 2TB is around 120 right now.

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Newegg + Eggsaver = Good price

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Nothing is really good right now. $120 is about as good as it gets for 2tb. Newegg has had some refurb greens recently in the emails.
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Nothing is really good right now. $120 is about as good as it gets for 2tb. Newegg has had some refurb greens recently in the emails.

I've seen these emails as well and was thinking about it. what are your thoughts on buying a refurbished unit?
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I've seen these emails as well and was thinking about it. what are your thoughts on buying a refurbished unit?

You can find external 2TB drives for $90 if you look everyday.
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external WD 2tb for 109.99 is as cheap as I can find right now.
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I've seen these emails as well and was thinking about it. what are your thoughts on buying a refurbished unit?

I almost bought one but wasn't cool with the warranty you get. Spent a little more to get a full warranty.

Also looked at externals like the WD elements. But the drive in that thing had some pretty bad reviews plus I believe you void the warranty when you open them.
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external WD 2tb for 109.99 is as cheap as I can find right now.

Keep an eye on my sticky thread. A week or so ago I posted a deal for a 2TB WD external drive for less than $90. There were a few of us that bought them.

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Nothing is really good right now. $120 is about as good as it gets for 2tb. Newegg has had some refurb greens recently in the emails.

Usually they do a 2TB on saturdays...

plus the 15% reward code comes to $105 + free shipping

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Here was the deal I was referencing. Things like this pop up a few times a month. Gotta jump when they are available though as they don't last long.

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...1#post21682771
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I just came accross this deal for a green Seageate 2TB: 109.99 shipped (if you don't live in CA)

http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=571...acture=Seagate

They also have a 7200 rpm 2TB seageate for $119.99 shipped

I had almost bit on a 1.5TB seageate green drive for $99 shipped from amazon, for 10 dollars more hopefully I made the right decision.

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Did you do an internet search ?

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Did you do an internet search ?


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I've seen these emails as well and was thinking about it. what are your thoughts on buying a refurbished unit?

Refurb = Epic Fail

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I just bought a Seagate 2TB a couple weeks ago for $65. Slickdeals.net is your friend.

It was a GoFlex USB2 External that I popped open to discover a 7200 Barracuda. Most HDD in an external case carry the internal's warranty. You simply have to enter the drive's serial number on the manufacture's website to confirm. But to do that you have to pop it open...

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+1 for Slickdeals. I also check dealnews.com regularly for all sorts of PC deals as well as about anything else you can think of. Deals.woot.com also has lots of good daily deal listings.
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In addition to everything mentioned, there is fatwallet. Their hard drive page is fatwallet dot com /hard-drive-deals/

I see there was a 3TB 7200 external seagate for 139.

For general price checking, I usually use google shopping to compare newegg, amazon, etc. all at the same time.
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Refurb = Epic Fail

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I disagree. When the price comes down occasionally they are excellent deal.


I paid 72$ for a 2tb WD green. It's spinning in my system nice.

I paid 129$ for same drive brand new and it failed in first 30 days.

Luck determines this... Not the warranty

If your ok with the risk it's a solid deal.

They are no more prone to fail than new drives.

My fear is not in the 72$ I pay but in the data I might lose

If the warranty covered lost data then I might consider it worth it

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I got an RMA yesterday on a drive with expired warranty

In fact I have never been declined for RMA

Have faith in the MFG. one phone call about being disappointed your refurb drive failed so soon and you will have another replacement in a few days

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Just thinking out loud here..

How much of the recent run-up in HDD pricing is attributable to flooding in Taiwan and how much is attributable to consolidation of manufacturers in the industry?

Just saying.. Looks like flat out price gauging to me.

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Just thinking out loud here..

How much of the recent run-up in HDD pricing is attributable to flooding in Taiwan and how much is attributable to consolidation of manufacturers in the industry?

Just saying.. Looks like flat out price gauging to me.

Thailand, not Taiwan.

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In addition to everything mentioned, there is fatwallet. Their hard drive page is fatwallet dot com /hard-drive-deals/

I see there was a 3TB 7200 external seagate for 139.

For general price checking, I usually use google shopping to compare newegg, amazon, etc. all at the same time.

Fatwallet is good, especially the cashback, but fatwallet population is smaller, and deals are not posted as early as Slickdeals.


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I just bought a Seagate 2TB a couple weeks ago for $65. Slickdeals.net is your friend.

It was a GoFlex USB2 External that I popped open to discover a 7200 Barracuda. Most HDD in an external case carry the internal's warranty. You simply have to enter the drive's serial number on the manufacture's website to confirm. But to do that you have to pop it open...

SlickDeals is good, deals are posted very fast, many times before the deals are actually active.

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Newegg + Eggsaver = Good price

If you visited either Fatwallet or SlickDeals, you would have had ShopRunner for free for a year.

Newegg + ShopRunner = FREE 2 day shipping on almost anything, even on things that newegg normally charges shipping.

Edit: I have 2x 3Tb external USB 3.0 Seagates that I got from Staples for $114 shipped and taxed (was $109 before tax). There are deals out there.

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In addition to everything mentioned, there is fatwallet. Their hard drive page is fatwallet dot com /hard-drive-deals/

I see there was a 3TB 7200 external seagate for 139.

For general price checking, I usually use google shopping to compare newegg, amazon, etc. all at the same time.

Thanks, I hadn't used fat wallet before. I didn't find any HDD deals but I did just buy 72 AA batteries for 10 bucks this morning.

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Thailand, not Taiwan.



Fatwallet is good, especially the cashback, but fatwallet population is smaller, and deals are not posted as early as Slickdeals.




SlickDeals is good, deals are posted very fast, many times before the deals are actually active.



If you visited either Fatwallet or SlickDeals, you would have had ShopRunner for free for a year.

Newegg + ShopRunner = FREE 2 day shipping on almost anything, even on things that newegg normally charges shipping.

Edit: I have 2x 3Tb external USB 3.0 Seagates that I got from Staples for $114 shipped and taxed (was $109 before tax). There are deals out there.

I'm trying to figure out how slickdeals works. Can you look at deals by category, like hard drives for example?
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I'm trying to figure out how slickdeals works. Can you look at deals by category, like hard drives for example?

http://slickdeals.net/newsearch.php#...ve&firstonly=1

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^^

I need a 3TB drive badly. Really like WD greens. Saw the external 3TB refurb deal at Buy.com this morning and wondered whether it was a good price. Appears it's getting a universal thumbs-down at slickdeals. Good resource I hadn't tried before - thanks!
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I'm trying to figure out how slickdeals works. Can you look at deals by category, like hard drives for example?

I just look at the front page and the side columns for popular and trending deals. You can add a Deal Alert where it will email you when someone posts a deal containing your keyword(s). You could put in 2TB or 3TB and it would alert you when a deal pops up.

For now just search for 2TB. Nothing great going on now.

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How much of the recent run-up in HDD pricing is attributable to flooding in Taiwan and how much is attributable to consolidation of manufacturers in the industry?

The drastic price increase was due to the flooding in Thailand. The slow rebound is due to reduced competition, and "because they can".

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