flash drives are getting pretty cheap and they are very petite, but the problem is you can't get a huge one. 16GB is like 4 DVDs, but 1TB external hard drive is 256 DVDs worth - nearly a lifetime worth of word documents. If you build it yourself its usually cheaper depending on which combo you get. The only thing you need to worry about is the cable (Almost all use whats called SATA cables, some use the slightly slower IDE cables), and you need to get the right size. Laptop drives are going to be a little more expensive, but much smaller.
here is a hitachi external harddrive with 1tb, already assembled $70 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822145325
here is a hitachi internal harddrive with 1tb, bare drive $55 3.5" SATA http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822145304
a slick looking case to match: 3.5" $27 SATA http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817332022
if this looks like it costs more than another set of CDs here is a tiny 80GB with case $30
for five dollars more you get double the size
newegg is a really great website. they earned my loyalty with occasional coupons and packed in free Tshirts; while maintaining a legitimate business. if you want to find the perfect deal that suits you, maybe you don't care about a fan, but want some neons and flashing lights. don't just take someones word on whats the best
Edited by geoguroo7, 26 January 2011 - 06:20 PM.
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