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OK, on to business. Like I said the other day, I’m a sucker for cheap storage (among other things). And it rarely gets cheaper than this: Newegg has the Hitachi XL Desk 2TB external hard drive for $69.99 shipped. That’s after applying coupon code EMCKCHB48 at checkout.
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The XL Desk is a USB 2.0 drive that can stand upright, monolith-style, or sit flat. It’s pleasingly curvy with a matte-black finish. Hitachi backs the drive with a one-year warranty.
Before you pull the trigger, I recommend perusing the user reviews. Although they’re mostly positive, at least a few people reported problems soon after receiving the drive. (Also, one user noted the short USB cable, which could be an issue if you’re connecting the drive to a floor-standing tower.)
Of course, it seems like every drive manufacturer ends up with a bad batch here and there. In other words, there’s always a chance you’ll get a bum drive. For what it’s worth, Newegg has a great reputation for service if you end up needing a replacement (within 30 days).
Bonus deal: Can’t get by on a measly 2TB? If you have a Staples store near you, walk in with this printable coupon and you can walk out with a Western Digital MyBook 3TB USB 3.0 external hard drive for $111.99, plus sales tax. Actually, the coupon is good for 20 percent off just about any single item. Nice!