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Solid State drives are speedy, silent, and durable since they have no moving parts. But they’re also more expensive than traditional hard drives, which is why laptops with SSDs tend to have a lot less storage than those with hard drives.

One solution? Get a notebook with a 128GB or 256GB SSD, which should be plenty of space for all of your software, some games, and plenty of music or movies… and then invest in an external hard drive that you can use to backup your data and/or store files that you may not need to use all the time.

Hard drives seem to keep getting cheaper and cheaper… and then sometimes they go on sale for even lower prices. Case in point: today Best Buy is selling a 4 terabyte portable hard drive for just $105.

Here are some of the day’s best deals.

You can find more bargains in our daily deals section.

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5 replies on “Deals of the Day (7-28-2017)”

  1. Yet some Windows laptops only come with 32gb of storage. No way I’d every buy one of those!

  2. Personally if I have the physical room/interfaces in a laptop, I’ll run an SSD and a internal hard drive and basically look at which application belongs where.

    1. You still need the external drive to run backups. You do back up, don’t you?

      1. It would be interesting to know what people are doing regarding backups these days, but I suspect that with more and more cloud based options coming available all the time, the days of using external hard drives for local backups are likely numbered.

        Yes, I fully understand all the objections over cloud storage concerning security and ownership, but the simple facts are:

        a) with the rise of online services and streaming, there’s less local data to backup than there used to be (per person), and

        b) it’s really, really hard to beat cloud-based solutions for convenience and ease of use, especially when it comes to access the data from multiple devices and locations.

        c) Local backups are not disaster proof. If your hard drive crashes, or your house is broken into or is burned down, you lose your backed up data.

        As an ease of use example, I am my elderly parents’ tech support. They’ve done extremely well over the years with their computers, but it’s always been true that local storage, whether in the form of floppy disk, DVD+R, memory stick, or external HDD, has never been as remotely easy to use for them as software that automatically backs-up their files to the cloud, including all of their digital photos from the last 15 years (thanks, Google Photos).

        Sure. there will always be some people who are uncomfortable with the thought of storing data on the cloud, but the trend is clear, and I don’t see it changing any time soon.

        1. I don’t have much to backup anymore. For my needs, I use a NAS. I own 2, but 1 is dedicated to backing up from various PCs in my home. Our documents, etc. go to cloud stuff like Onedrive, Mega, Dropbox, Box and Google Drive. Our pics live in Google and Amazon, mostly but are also backed up to the NAS. My wife doesn’t really know how to use the NAS so her pics live in Google. I no longer back up downloaded installers/zips/rars because, well, there’s no need to anymore really. It takes a couple seconds to minutes to download stuff nowadays and you generally want the newest/updated version(s) anyway.
          So what’s left? I backup my music to Google Music, but I stopped buying music looooong ago so my collection is pretty much stuck. I also backup my music to the NAS. I don’t really download the movies I buy, they live in the cloud. I also don’t buy very many movies. I do tend to backup drivers, as well, just in case. So, I’m perfectly happy with a 4TB NAS (4TBx2) backup and it works very well for me. Some folks backup their Windows image but I find that 10 is so stable that, it’s just not necessary. And when/if I ever need to install Windows again (like when I upgrade my system or switch to a new system completely), I’ll want to start over, not plop my old install in there.

          The only thing I’ll carry around something like this for, is having my music and a few movies offline for the hotel or while out/etc.

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