They may not be the sexiest gadgets on your shopping list, but these Editors' Choice data storage deals offer some spectacular discounts. We've got the cheapest 2TB drive ever, while MasterCard holders can save $30 on already-discounted drives at Buy.com. But hurry! These storage deals sell out very quickly.
newegg offers the Seagate NAS 3TB Serial ATA 6Gb/s Internal Hard Drive, model no. ST3000VN000, for $146.99. This $30 mail-in rebate cuts to $116.99. With free shipping, that's $0.04/GB, $3 under last month's mention, and the least expensive 3TB NAS-designed drive of its type we've seen. (It's also a current low by $30.) It features a 64MB cache and includes NASWorks technology, which purports customized error recovery controls, power management, and vibration tolerance for performance and reliability in a 1- to 5-bay configuration. Rebate expires October 13.
TigerDirect offers the Seagate Backup 1TB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive in Black, model no. STBU1000100, with Total Defense Premium Internet Security for Windows for $99.99. This $60 mail-in rebate cuts it to $39.99. With about $4 for shipping, that's $0.04/GB, $4 below our May mention, and $21 under the lowest total price we could find for these items purchased separately elsewhere, although we also saw it for $5 less in May. This drive is compatible with Windows and Mac and features a USB 3.0 adapter, 18" USB 2.0 / 3.0 cable, pre-loaded backup software, and more. Rebate expires September 30.
Of note, the software must be activated before the rebate can be redeemed. Be sure to cancel before 12 months are up or you will be charged an annual fee.