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2TB Hard Drives for $69 - $89

Large external hard drives are not only good for keeping data that is not required daily or holding back ups, but are one of the easiest ways to transfer large collections of files from one computer to another. Unfortunately, they are not really affordable.

On Black Friday Seagate and Best Buy will sell Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex External 2TB USB hard disk drive for $89, which is a nice deal, considering that its usual price is between $120 and $150. The drive sports 7200 rpm spindle speed and 32MB cache, hence, it is not very slow too.

On the same day, Target will sell Western Digital 1TB Elements portable and Western Digital 2TB Elements desktop USB hard drives for $69.00, which is a rather unbelievable price, considering that even Amazon sells the 2TB model for $89, whereas the portable 1TB version goes for $104.

If Best Buy or Target are out of reach, then Wal-Mart plans to sell Seagate's FreeAgent 1.5TB drive for $70 and Target intends to sell Seagate 2TB "expansion external USB hard drive" for $89.99.

It is pretty noteworthy that manufacturers of hard disk drives and store chains are making rather huge discounts during Black Friday from their regular prices. The reasons for such drops are hard to explain, but generally the models which are sold considerably below their regular price-points do not belong to the latest generation that is either on the market or is about to enter. We would not expect decently-performing external 2TB hard drives to cost $70 in the next six to nine months. Moreover, since the upgrade market will be limited with 2.2TB capacity point (due to necessity to utilize 64-bit OS and UEFI instead of BIOS), prices of the 1.5TB and 2TB models are likely to stagnate for a while despite of availability of 2.5TB and 3TB drives.

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