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Happy Backup Day! Western Digital NAS for $85, Amazon Cloud Storage for $60


Today is World Backup Day, a somewhat nihilistic holiday dedicated to the never-ending struggle to protect our intangible data. Rather than sit around contemplating the implications of this, we've rounded up the week's best storage deals.

QNAP TS-231QNAP 2-Bay Personal Cloud NAS
Store: Amazon
Price: $148.99 with free shipping EXPIRED
Lowest By: $32
Expires: March 31

Is It Worth It?: The QNAP TS-231 is both a local and cloud-based storage solution, with two bays that can support 2.5" or 3.5" drives and remote access capabilities. Additional features include an ARM Cortex A9 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 512MB RAM, two gigabit Ethernet ports, three USB 3.0 ports, and Qnap App Center with support for Apple AirPlay. Available at this Editors' Choice price today only, you'll save $32 on this NAS.

Looking for more space to store your files? Through the end of the day, Amazon's discounting a whole bunch of storage options in its World Backup Day Sale. Flash drives, hard drives, NAS enclosures, and more have been marked up to 83% off, and Prime members bag free shipping on everything.

Western Digital RWDBCTL0010HWT-NESNRefurbished Western Digital My Cloud 1TB Personal Cloud NAS
Store: Western Digital
Price: $84.99 in-cart with $5.99 s&h EXPIRED
Lowest By: $29

Is It Worth It?: If you don't mind a refurb, this Western Digital NAS is also a great way to create your own personal cloud with automatic backup apps, USB 3.0 connectivity, Gigabit Ethernet, and 1TB of space. It drops to $85 in-cart, saving you $29 off the price of a new unit.

A 6-month Western Digital warranty applies.

Crucial CT960M500SSD1Crucial M500 960GB SATA 6Gb/s 2.5" Internal SSD
Store: Newegg
Price: $289.99 via coupon code "EMCAPPK92" with $2.99 s&h EXPIRED
Lowest By: $7

Is It Worth It?: For internal data storage that's faster than a traditional hard drive, you've got to make the switch to an SSD. Most merchants charge $390 or more for this Crucial 960GB SSD, but coupon code "EMCAPPK92" drops it to the Editors' Choice price of $290. It features read speeds of up to 500MB/s and write speeds of up to 400MB/s.

Hyper iStickHyper iStick 16GB USB/Lightning Flash Drive
Store: Abt
Price: $59.95 with free shipping
Lowest By: $23

Is It Worth It?: If you've got 16GB of files to transport between a computer and an iPhone or iPad, the Hyper iStick flash drive is all you need. A $23 price low, this Editors' Choice flash drive sports a switch that converts the USB connector to an Apple MFi-certified Lightning connector.

Amazon Cloud Drive1 Year of Amazon Cloud Drive Unlimited Storage
Store: Amazon
Price: $59.99

Is It Worth It?: Physical storage is fine and good, but it wouldn't be World Backup Day if we didn't present some kind of cloud storage deal. Amazon now offers a year of its Unlimited Storage Plan on Amazon Cloud Drive for $60. (You won't be billed until after a 3-month free trial.) Among major cloud storage providers, it's the first unlimited storage program we've seen that's available to everyone; other providers only offer unlimited storage for educational groups, businesses, or bundled with software subscriptions.

Amazon also offers a 1-Year Unlimited Photo Storage Plan for $12.99. (It's free for Prime members; a 3-month free trial is also offered.) It features unlimited photo storage and 5GB of storage for non-photo files, including videos.

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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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