You might have heard of Storage Wars, a reality show about people who bid on abandoned storage units. However, there's another storage war going on, one you won't see on TV (yet, anyway). Various data storage mediums are vying for your cash, and we've rounded up some of the choicest contenders in this week's best storage deals. Save $25 on a Toshiba 1.5TB external hard drive, score a Samsung 500GB SSD for $235, or grab two Lexar 32GB USB flash drives for just $22.
Toshiba 1.5TB Canvio Basics USB 3.0 External Hard Drive
Store: Best Buy
Price: $64.99 with free shipping
Lowest By: $25
Is It Worth It?: If you've got more than a terabyte of data to haul around, then you could use a good portable hard drive. The Toshiba 1.5TB Canvio Basics external HDD is an easy Editors' Choice pick at $65, which is a $25 savings. This USB 3.0 drive features an 8MB cache and runs at 5400 rpm.
Western Digital 1TB My Passport 2.5" USB 3.0 External Hard Drive
Price: $59 via coupon code "HDTEN" with free shipping
Lowest By: $10
Expires: March 28
Is It Worth It?: Western Digital's 1TB My Passport portable USB 3.0 drive is the one to choose if you don't need more than 1TB of storage. Coupon code "HDTEN" cuts it to $59, which is a current price low by $10. This line of WD drives features password protection and hardware encryption.
Looking for a bigger external drive? The above code drops the Western Digital 2TB My Passport 2.5" USB 3.0 External Hard Drive to $99. With free shipping, that's another price low, this time by $20.
Samsung 500GB 840 EVO Serial ATA 6Gb/s 2.5" Internal SSD
Price: $234.99 via coupon code "VMEMADNESS" and checkout with V.me by Visa with 99 cents s&h
Lowest By: $16
Expires: March 31
Is It Worth It?: Probably the biggest battle currently being waged in the storage war is SSD vs. HDD. When it comes to speed, durability, and noise, SSDs are the clear winners, according to a recent breakdown by PC Mag. Going over to SSD has never been easier, either; the Samsung 500GB 840 EVO SATA 6Gb/s 2.5" SSD has dropped $4 since our mention earlier this week, making this one an Editors' Choice pick at $235 (via coupon code "VMEMADNESS" and checkout via V.me by Visa). It features read speeds of up to 540MB/s and write speeds of up to 520MB/s.
For those craving even more zippy storage space, there's the Samsung 1TB 840 EVO Serial ATA 6Gb/s 2.5" Internal SSD. The coupon above drops it to $434.99, a $19 savings. Shipping adds 99 cents.
Lexar 32GB JumpDrive S50 USB 2.0 Flash Drive 2-Pack
Price: $22 with free shipping
Lowest By: $14
Is It Worth It?: The USB flash drive has long been the king of ultraportable storage. Get 32GB of on-the-go space with this Lexar JumpDrive S50 USB 2.0 flash drive deal, and you'll bag a back-up drive for your trouble — that's 64GB for just $22! A $14 savings, this deal is an obvious Editors' Choice pick. Each drive features a sliding cover and antimicrobial protection.
Lexar 64GB JumpDrive S23 USB 3.0 Flash Drive
Price: $26.99 via coupon code "NFS10" with free shipping
Lowest By: $22
Is It Worth It?: For faster transfer speeds on a flash drive, you'll need to upgrade to USB 3.0. You'll get exactly that with the Lexar 64GB JumpDrive S23, which costs just $5 more than the 2-pack above after coupon code "NFS10". That's the lowest total price we could find by $22. This flash drive features read speeds up to 100MB/s and write speeds up to 55MB/s.
Marcy Bonebright is a features writer for Dealnews.com, where this article first appeared.