Staples offers the Western Digital My Passport Essential 2.5" 500GB Portable USB 2.0 External Hard Drive
in Midnight Black, model no. WDBAAA5000ABK-NESN, for $59.99. (Click through a select Staples; discount applies at checkout.) Pad your order over $60 (this cap eraser 12-pack
is 79 cents) and apply coupon code "22401" to drop the hard drive to $39.99
. With free shipping
(and minus the cost of padding), that's $5 under our December mention of a refurb
(this one is new) and the lowest total price we could find by $43. (It's also tied as the least expensive 500GB USB portable external hard drive we've seen.) Sales tax is added where applicable. It runs at 5400 rpm and has an 8MB cache. Coupon expires January 22.