External hard drive are an essential piece of any computer setup. These high-capacity data storage devices are typically used for full-system (Time Machine) backups and to quickly share large digital media files. The most common external hard drives connects via USB 2.0/3.0, but there are other (faster) interfaces available including FireWire, Thunderbolt, USB-C, and others. Portable hard drives are powered by the USB connection, while external desktop hard drives must be plugged into a power outlet. Just like their internal counterparts, external hard drives can also fail so make sure you have multiple backups of important data.
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Amazon offers the QNAP 2-Bay NAS (model TS-231+) with a 1.4 GHz ARM Cortex A15 Dual-Core Processor and 1GB of RAM for $139 with free shipping. Today’s deal is $10 below Black Friday pricing and the lowest it’s ever been on Amazon. Use it to remotely manage and access important digital files, stream video via AirPlay/Chromecast/DLNA and so much more. QNAP’s entire NAS lineup receives favorable marks from Amazon reviewers.
You’ll need to provide your own drives, we’d recommend putting your savings towards buying a pair of WD Red NAS-optimized Hard Drives (from $65 shipped).
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In an attempt to simplify data backup, Seagate has announced the new Duet 1TB Hard Drive that automatically syncs all of its contents to Amazon’s cloud service. This partnership ensures that data is easily transferrable on-the-go while also taking the guesswork out of backing up your files. Setup is quite simple: plug the hard drive into your Mac or PC, sign into Amazon’s service and apply the included promotional code to claim your year’s worth of cloud storage (a $60 value).
Seagate Duet uses a typical mechanical 1TB hard drive, so you can’t expect lightning speeds here. But the ability to automatically backup your data to Amazon’s cloud with minimal fuss is certainly noteworthy. With news that Apple is potentially leaving the router business, this has the potential to convert some Time Machine users in the long-term if all goes to plan. The Seagate Duet is available for pre-order on Amazon with a December 10th ship date for $99.
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Amazon offers the Seagate 2TB Backup Plus Slim USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive in 4 color options for $69.99 with free shipping. As a price comparison, it typically sells for $80-$90 and has never been priced lower on Amazon. Use it to instantly add a significant amount of fast storage to your Mac/PC, game console and other USB-enabled devices. Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars from more than 9,500 Amazon reviewers.
Looking to backup your new MacBook or MacBook Pro? Make sure you buy Apple’s $9 USB-C to USB adapter.
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Amazon offers the Seagate Backup Plus 8TB External Hard Drive with USB 3.0 Hub for $179.99 shipped. For comparison, it has a list price of $250, and usually sells for $230+ at most online retailers like B&H. Today’s deal is an Amazon all-time low. Although the Black model is compatible with Apple products (via a driver install or reformatting), the white ‘for Mac’ version is also on-sale at $179.99.
Seagate’s Backup Plus Hard Drive is an all-in-one solution thanks to its built-in USB 3.0 hub. Even better? You’ll receive 200GB of free OneDrive cloud storage with purchase. This is an ideal buy for iMac users as it brings additional I/O to your setup without having to reach for rear-facing ports. Rated 4.3/5 stars.
Have a new MacBook Pro? Simply grab Apple’s $9 USB-C to A adapter and you’re all set.
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Update (11/14 12:10pm): The deal is no longer available via Amazon, but Staples is still live.
Amazon offers its Prime members Apple’s 5th generation 2TB Time Capsule
for $199 with free shipping. Not a Prime member? Sign up for a free trial (you’ll need it for Black Friday/holiday shopping, anyways). If for some reason you’re opposed to Amazon, the same deal is also available at Staples. It typically sells for $299 and has never been priced lower on Amazon. What’s more, today’s deal matches the retail price of the less-capable AirPort Extreme.
This versatile piece of networking gear blankets your home with fast 802.11ac Wi-Fi and is a wireless 2TB hard drive that can seamlessly backup your family’s fleet of Apple computers via Time Machine.
Use your savings to buy your own cable modem so you can drop those pesky monthly rental fees from your ISP and increase network performance.
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