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If You Missed Backup Day on March 31, Then These Storage Deals Are a Must

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When the first computers were invented, it took entire rooms — building floors, even — to store the amount of data you can now hold in the palm of your hand. At dealnews we understand this, since we use the most sophisticated bargain-hunting computers on the planet to find great deals for you, in this instance on computer storage. As such, we've rounded up five Editors' Choice deals for external drives, internal devices, flash drives, and more.

  1. Seagate Backup 1TB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive bundled with Total Defense Premium Internet Security 1-Year Subscription 5-User Edition for Windows
    Store: TigerDirect
    Price: $34.99 via $70 mail-in rebate with about $4 s&h
    Lowest By: $40
    Expires: April 30

    Is It Worth It?: Looking for a secure way to back up your desktop or laptop? This 1TB portable hard drive is both Mac- and PC-compatible and is just the ticket at $0.04/GB. It features a USB 3.0 adapter, 18" USB 2.0 / 3.0 cable, pre-loaded backup software, and more. Don't forget the all-important $70 mail-in rebate, which cuts the price of this hard drive to $35. Before redeeming the rebate, you'll have to activate the bundled security software, which you should be sure to cancel before 12 months are up or you will be charged an annual fee.

  2. Centon 64GB DataStick Pro USB 2.0 Flash Drive bundled with Total Defense Premium Internet Security 1-Year Subscription 5-User Edition for Windows
    Store: TigerDirect
    Price: $0 via $70 mail-in rebate with about $4 s&h
    Lowest By: $34
    Expires: April 30

    Is It Worth It?: Before the rebate this flash drive will set you back $69.99. But after? Free. Nothing. Nada. Diddly squat. No matter what language you speak, you can't beat the $0 price tag on this 64GB flash drive; it's by far the cheapest we've ever seen. As with the above deal, you'll have to activate bundled security software, which you should be sure to cancel before 12 months are up or you will be charged an annual fee.

  3. Centon 128GB DataStick Sport USB 2.0 Flash Drive bundled with Total Defense Premium Internet Security 1-Year Subscription 5-User Edition for Windows
    Store: TigerDirect
    Price: $24.99 via $70 mail-in rebate with about $4 s&h
    Lowest By: $53
    Expires: April 30

    Is It Worth It?: 64GB not enough space? Double it for $25 after the same $70 mail-in rebate from TigerDirect. This larger capacity, waterproof and shock-resistant USB drive breaks down to $0.22/GB and is $30 under last month's mention. Again the same measures apply to redeeming the rebate: you'll have to activate the bundled security software, which you should be sure to cancel before 12 months are up or you will be charged an annual fee.

  4. Seagate Barracuda 500GB Serial ATA 6Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive bundled with Total Defense Premium Internet Security 1-Year Subscription 5-User Edition for Windows
    Store: TigerDirect
    Price: $19.99 via $70 mail-in rebate with about $4 s&h
    Lowest By: $75
    Expires: April 30

    Is It Worth It?: The rebate madness continues, this time bundling the Total Defense software with a Seagate drive to yield a final cost of $0.05/GB, which is $20 under our January mention (which lacked the software). Seagate has expanded the Barracuda line to include 2TB and 3TB sizes, but 500GB is still a good bet if you need to expand from under 200GB. So how fast is this baby? The Seagate runs at 7200rpm and features a 16MB cache. As with the above deals, 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.

  5. Patriot 32GB Holiday Tree USB Flash Drive
    Store: Fry's Electronics
    Price: $12.99 with $1.99 s&h
    Lowest By: $12

    Is It Worth It?: Sing with us: "On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me... A flash drive that holds 32 G-B!" While it might seem odd to plug a holiday tree-type item in April, there's nothing odd about the savings here, which comes within $2 of the lowest total price we've seen for any 32GB USB flash drive without any, ahem, rebate hassles.


Lou Carlozo is a dealnews contributing writer. He covers personal finance for Reuters Wealth. Prior to that he was the managing editor of WalletPop.com, and a veteran columnist at the Chicago Tribune.

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Please note that, although prices sometimes fluctuate or expire unexpectedly, all products and deals mentioned in this feature were available at the lowest total price we could find at the time of publication (unless otherwise specified).
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