We wanted to increase our fileserver's hard drive capacity, so we did this deal 4 times last month.
We followed this video, and used four Guitar Picks purchased on Amazon for $4.
We had good luck, and so did people on Reddit.
However Western Digital could change their batch of drives at any time.
When getting a drive:
Look for "Made in Thailand" written on the bottom of the product box.
If you have a Thailand-made drive, it's a good change a Red is inside.
If a drive arrives and is not made in Thailand, no Red will be inside and you can return the unopened product for a refund.
If you remove the drive case in a non-destructive way (follow this video) and no Red drive is inside, you can put it back together and return the drive for a refund minus a 15% restocking fee.
Note that the drive will have a generic white label, and will not have any indication of the drive' model number.
It must be plugged into a computer's Serial-ATA port, and software (or the computer's BIOS) can identity the drive model number.
All of ours purchased from Newegg last month had model WD80EMAZ-00WJTA0 drives inside, which is a popular helium-filled Western Digital Red 8TB with 256MB cache.
It's a good drive for file storage, since performs great, runs cool, is reliable, and has TLER enabled (better for RAID and NAS setups than a regular hard drive).
Here is a test result of the drive.
3-Pack TP-Link HS100 Wifi Smart Plugs for $33.25 ($11.10 each) when applying coupon code SMARTNGY3 in the cart.
Normally $15 each or $27 for 2.
We have one connected to a surveillance camera that sometimes drops off Wifi, and needs to be power cycled.
Rather than climb a ladder to unplug and plug in the camera's power cable, the TP-Link app can cycle the power from a smartphone.
Other people use a Wifi smart plug to boil water in an electric kettle or make toast at a certain time in the morning.
Toshiba 1TB Portable USB Hard Drive for $45 with code EMCTWVT32 .
Useful for backing-up photos and videos, a portable USB hard drive powers itself with the included USB data cable and is about the size of an iPhone X.
Western Digital Black 1TB M.2 SSD Card for $200 with code EMCTWVT22 .
Expensive when compared with other M.2 SSD cards, but Western Digital's "Black" devices are known to be higher quality and are backed by a 5-year warranty.
Western Digital 10TB USB Desktop/External Hard Drive and 32GB USB Flash Drive for $160.
Includes a 2 year warranty.
Great for backing-up photos and movies.
It's about half the price of an internal 10TB hard drive.
Tech-savvy people can unscrew the case, pull out the drive, and install in a desktop computer for massive file storage.
Doing it may void the 2 year warranty, but would likely give a Helium-filled 10TB 5400rpm hard drive (according to this article and these Reddit users) at a price of 1.6¢ per GB).
Normally, a 10TB internal hard drive would cost at least $250.
SanDisk makes some of our favorite memory storage products (Samsung being our absolute favorite), especially with SD cards and MicroSD cards.
Amazon is running a rare one-day sale on SanDisk products (and some Western Digital products), with deals that include:
Solid State Drives
SanDisk Ultra 3D NAND 1TB SSD for $100.
Three year warranty.
One of the best deals for a great-quality 1TB SSD.
There are other 1TB SSDs priced at $100, but those may use lower-quality TLC technology and poorer support.
SanDisk Extreme Pro 128GB Secure Digital (SD) Memory Card for $32.
Rarely ever priced under $40.
This is one of the highest quality SD cards on the market, with almost nobody reporting any data loss.
We have the 64GB version of this card in our SLR camera, and its fast write speed lets the camera take RAW photos in rapid succession.
Slower memory cards struggle when taking HDR photos or a burst of action shots, but this Extreme Pro card has no issues.
Plus, it's fast enough to record 4K video at 60 frames per second.
If you have a high quality SLR or Mirrorless camera, we recommend this memory card.
Note that SD cards can be used to store videos & photos taken by digital cameras, as well as storage for laptops.
Many laptops have a built-in SD card reader, or add a USB reader to turn a SD card into a flash drive.
Logitech G500s USB Optical Mouse for $20 with coupon code 225EUR2 .
Reviewers say it's a good laptop mouse because of its small size and light weight, but not the best choice for every day desktop use.
Civilization 6 Gold Edition for PC/Mac/SteamOS for $36 when applying code EMCTVUV53 in the cart.
Also includes 3DMark Advanced Edition for free (3D graphics benchmark/test tool).
This is a better deal than buying directly from Steam at $40 for the Gold Edition.
Gold includes the game, the Rise and Fall Expansion (sells for $19 by itself) and 6 additional civilizations & scenario packs.
Also, Civilization 6 is available free to play for 1 day on Steam.
The "U3" means it can handle sustainable writes of at least 30 megabytes per second, which is required for recording 4K video up to 60 frames
per second or for taking a burst of RAW photos with an SLR camera.
However, some reviews of these PNY SD cards talk about data and performance loss, which makes me nervous about using in our SLR camera.
We used SanDisk Extreme Pro SD cards in our SLR camera, and love it.
As long as you buy from a reputable seller (look for the actual seller on Amazon.com) and avoid counterfeit products, SanDisk is our recommended pick for high performance SD cards for SLR cameras.
- 120GB SSD for $18
Kingston 120GB Solid State Drive for $18 with 3-year warranty.
This and other similar 120GB SSDs have been on sale for $22 and under frequently over the last year, but $18 is about the cheapest we have seen.
According to the Kingston A400 Specs, this drive uses TLC based cells which are super fast, but lower in quality/longevity than MLC or 3D NAND.
So if you are buying a Solid State Drive for your work computer or laptop, we recommend spending a little more and avoiding TLC technology in your SSD.
On a related note, beware of using wireless keyboards in a place where eavesdroppers can hack the signal.
Security experts say a hacker can hijack or listen for passwords typed on a wireless keyboard within 250 feet because many broadcast their keystrokes over non-encrypted signals.
Of the wireless keyboards on sale today, only
the MK320 specifically lists "encryption" as a feature.
In general, we do not recommend using wireless keyboards in an office or apartment complex unless the keyboard lists encryption as a feature.