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Best Storage Deals: Cheapest Crucial 256GB SSD We've Seen


Whether you're building a home server or just adding some space on your PC, you'll find what you need in our roundup of the week's best storage deals. Save over $300 on a Hitachi 2TB HDD, see the cheapest Crucial 256GB SSD ever, and spend just $69 on a Netgear NAS.

  1. Toshiba HDTC710XK3A1Toshiba 1TB Canvio Connect USB 3.0 External Hard Drive
    Store: Best Buy
    Price: $49.99 with free shipping
    Lowest By: $10

    Is It Worth It?: Portable and affordable, the Toshiba 1TB Canvio Connect external hard drive has a lot to offer. Featuring USB 3.0's upgraded transfer speeds and an 8MB cache for rapid processing, this sleek little drive also comes with 10GB of free Cloud storage.

  2. WD WDBFJK0040HBK-NESNRefurbished Western Digital 4TB My Book USB 3.0 External Hard Drive
    Store: Western Digital
    Price: $119.99 with free shipping
    Lowest By: $29

    Is It Worth It?: Should your external drive needs extend beyond the ordinary, Western Digital's My Book sets the standard. This 4TB behemoth isn't exactly portable, but with features like a USB 3.0 port, system-level and cloud backup capabilities, and Windows 8 optimization, this drive is a great choice for power users. Grab a factory-refurbished unit (with a 6-month WD warranty) for just $120, which is a $29 low.

    Western Digital has slashed prices on a ton of its factory-refurbished hard drives and enclosures, taking up to 29% off. Each item carries a 6-month Western Digital warranty. Shipping starts at $5.99, or bag free shipping on orders of $100 or more.

  3. Hitachi 0S03222Hitachi 2TB Deskstar CoolSpin 3.5" SATA Internal Hard Drive
    Store: Fry's Electronics
    Price: $59 with in-store pickup
    Lowest By: $322
    Expires: October 16

    Is It Worth It?: A clear Editors' Choice pick at $59, you'll save $322 on this Hitachi 2TB HDD. Suitable for desktop PCs, this internal drive boasts CoolSpin technology for more power efficiency, as well as quieter operation. It spins at 5400 RPM.

  4. Crucial FCCT256M4SSD1Refurbished Crucial 256GB M4 2.5" SATA 6Gb/s Internal SSD
    Store: Crucial
    Price: $84.99 with free shipping
    Lowest By: $115

    Is It Worth It?: If the HDD form factor no longer floats your boat, consider upgrading to the lightning-quick speeds of SSD with this Crucial refurb. The M4 256GB SSD boasts read speeds of up to 500MB/s and write speeds of up to 175MB/s. An Editors' Choice pick and $115 price low, it's also the cheapest Crucial 256GB SSD we've ever seen. A 1-year Crucial warranty applies.

  5. NetGear RN10200-100NASNetgear ReadyNAS 102 2-Bay Diskless Gigabit Ethernet NAS Enclosure
    Store: Fry's Electronics
    Price: $69 via $20 mail-in rebate with in-store pickup
    Lowest By: $81
    Expires: October 16

    Is It Worth It?: For those with even greater storage needs, the Netgear ReadyNAS is an excellent entry-level NAS. With room for up to 8TB of SATA hard drives, this 2-bay network-attached storage enclosure features two USB 3.0 ports, Gigabit Ethernet, and RAID support. It's also compatible with Apple Time Machine. The rebate above cuts this Editors' Choice NAS to just $69, saving you $81.

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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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Would also be nice if you informed readers of its terrible performance numbers.
We've updated the Crucial SSD subhead to reflect its refurb status. It's our practice to always include "Refurbished" in that line, but that was mistakenly omitted this time. Thanks for bringing that to our attention!

For what it's worth, all the refurb drives mentioned here are factory refurbished by their manufacturers.
Would sure be nice if you folks listed refurb 1st. Many of us don't purchase many things refurbished and it wastes time to read through your entire marketing stick before one finally arrives where it is mentioned---last.
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