Carry 3 terabytes in your pocket for just $70 – CNET


Some signs that we're finally living in the future: virtual reality headsets are finally a real thing, SpaceX routinely lands rockets vertically and data storage has become so cheap and plentiful I literally can't remember the last time I worried about running out of space. Case in point: If you need to add an external hard drive to your computer or gaming console, you can usually snag a 3TB (that's terabyte, with a T) USB drive for about $90. Today at Target, though, you can get a Western Digital 3TB Elements USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive for $70, a savings of $20.

I've used Western Digital external drives for years and have never experienced so much as a hiccup. This drive is compact, measuring 3.2x4.4x0.6 inches, and it weighs a scant 8 ounces. It supports USB 3 and is backward compatible with USB 2 devices. Using USB 3, it can transfer up to 5 Gbps.

Of course, keep in mind that this is an actual spinning-platter hard disk drive -- it's not an SSD. I assume that's pretty obvious from the price, but just clarifying in case there's any ambiguity. Even so, this is a great price on a reliable external drive, so I don't expect the deal to last long. This may sell out quickly. 

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