2009 Black Friday External Hard Drive Deals

In my opinion, this year’s deal on external hard drives are just OK. Not worth making a trip for and definitely not worth standing in line for unless you are going for something else. There may be the same or better deals on Cyber Monday. The best deal on a cost per gigabyte basis is the Western Digital Elements 1TB Desktop Hard Drive at Target for $60. This comes out to six cents per gigabyte. After that, it’s the 1.5TB Seagate Seagate 1.5TB External USB Hard Drive from Office Depot for $100. If you are looking for a small 2.5″ drive, consider the Iomega Prestige 320GB Portable Hard Drive from Radio Shack for $50. You might be able to remove this drive and put it in a laptop. Of course, this will void your warranty.

In my opinion, this year’s deals on external hard drives are just OK. Not worth making a trip for and definitely not worth standing in line for unless you are going for something else. There may be the same or better deals on Cyber Monday. The best deals on a cost per gigabyte basis is the Western Digital Elements 1TB Desktop Hard Drive at Target for $60. This comes out to six cents per gigabyte. After that, it’s the 1.5TB Seagate Seagate 1.5TB External USB Hard Drive from Office Depot for $100. If you are looking for a small 2.5″ drive, consider the Iomega Prestige 320GB Portable Hard Drive from Radio Shack for $50. You might be able to remove this drive and put it in a laptop. Of course, this will void your warranty.

Consider this if you’re backing up files to single layer DVDs, Staples is selling a Sony spindle of 100 blank DVDs for $25. That makes it 5.4 cents per gigabyte. Just slightly lower then the 6 cents per gigabyte to backup to an external hard drive. And that’s not even counting the cost of the DVD drive and the time it takes to write and manage all those disks.

The Newegg Fantom Drives G-Force 2TB USB 2.0 / eSATA External Hard Drive GF2000EU is on sales now for $160 (140 after rebate).

Here’s a breakdown of external drives sorted by cost/gigabyte. They are not all comparable. 2.5″ drives cost more than 3.5″ drives and esata drives cost more than USB2 drives.

2009 Black Friday External Hard Drive Deals
Brick & Mortar Stores
$ per GB Price GB Vendor Description
$ 0.060 $ 60 1,000 Target 1TB Western Digital WD Elements 1TB Desktop Hard Drive
$ 0.067 $ 100 1,500 Office Depot 1.5TB Seagate Seagate 1.5TB External USB Hard Drive
$ 0.067 $ 100 1,500 AAFES 1.5TB Western Digital Western Digital My Book 1.5TB External Hard Drive
$ 0.070 $ 70 1,000 Staples 1TB Seagate Seagate 1TB External Desktop Hard Drive
$ 0.080 $ 80 1,000 Office Depot 1TB Verbatim Verbatim 1TB External USB Hard Drive
$ 0.080 $ 80 1,000 Meijer Seagate 1TB Desktop Hard Drive
$ 0.080 $ 80 1,000 Walmart Western Digital 1TB My Book Essential Portable Hard Drive
$ 0.080 $ 120 1,500 Best Buy 1.5TB Western Digital Western Digital My Book 1.5TB External Hard Drive
$ 0.085 $ 85 1,000 OfficeMax Hitachi SimpleDrive III 1TB External Hard Drive
$ 0.090 $ 180 2,000 Office Depot 2TB Seagate Seagate FreeAgent 2TB External USB Hard Drive
$ 0.093 $ 140 1,500 Staples 1.5TB Seagate Seagate 1.5TB External USB 2.0 Hard Drive
$ 0.100 $ 50 500 OfficeMax Seagate External Desktop 500GB Drive
$ 0.120 $ 60 500 Target 500GB Western Digital WD My Passport 500GB Portable Hard Drive
$ 0.140 $ 70 500 Staples 500GB Western Digital WD My Passport Essential 500GB Portable Hard Drive
$ 0.156 $ 50 320 Radio Shack Iomega Prestige 320GB Portable Hard Drive
$ 0.156 $ 50 320 Walmart Western Digital 320GB My Passport Essential USB 2.0 External Hard Drive, Black
$ 0.160 $ 80 500 Costco 500GB Seagate Seagate 500GB Portable USB 2.0 Hard Drive
$ 0.160 $ 80 500 Best Buy 500GB Western Digital WD My Passport Elite 500GB Portable Hard Drive
$ 0.160 $ 80 500 AAFES 500GB Western Digital Western Digital My Passport 500GB Portable Hard Drive
$ 0.188 $ 60 320 Office Depot 320GB Seagate Seagate 320GB Portable USB Hard Drive
$ 0.188 $ 120 640 Office Depot 640GB Seagate Seagate FreeAgent Go 640GB Portable USB Hard Drive
$ 0.200 $ 150 750 Office Depot 750GB Seagate Seagate 750GB FreeAgent Go Portable Hard Drive
Online Only
$ per GB Price GB Vendor Description
$ 0.390 $ 195 500 MacMall Apple Time Capsule 500GB (1st Generation) 194.99 Computer Hard drive
$ 0.070 $ 140 2,000 Newegg Fantom Drives G-Force 2TB USB 2.0 / eSATA External Hard Drive GF2000EU
$ 0.075 $ 150 2,000 MacMall Fantom Drives G-Force 2TB USB 2.0 / eSATA / FireWire Triple Interface (GF2000T)
$ 0.075 $ 150 2,000 Newegg Seagate Expansion 2TB USB 2.0 External Hard Drive ST320005EXA101-RK
$ 0.219 $ 70 320 MacMall Western Digital 320GB My Passport for Mac USB2.0 External Hard Drive