The world's first hard drive was a massive unit released by IBM in 1956. Called the IBM 350 Disk Storage, it came with the IBM 350 RAMAC system. The 350 measured 60 inches (L) by 68 inches (H) by 29 inches (D) and had 50 magnetic disks containing 50,000 sectors. It had a small air compressor, electronic and pneumatic controls, and 5MB of storage capacity. Compare that to today's top deal for a Western Digital RE 4TB 3.5-inch Enterprise Internal Hard Drive for $310 with free shipping (normally $335 - use coupon code: [EMCPGHE27]). It's devoid of an air compressor, but it does have 64MB of cache, a SATA 6Gbps interface, a 7200 RPM spindle speed, and multi-axis shock sensor, to name some of the highlights.
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Capacious hard drives have turned us all into digital pack rats. We've come to accept this. Heck, at times we even embrace. But what we can't accept is running out of space. Are things getting cramped inside your 1TB hard drive? If so, it's time to relocate all that data to a bigger abode, such as the one featured in today's top deal - a Western Digital Black Series 3TB Internal Hard Drive for $180 with free shipping (normally $195 - use coupon code: [EMCPGHP39]). This drive sports a 7200 RPM spindle speed, 64MB of cache, and a SATA 6Gbps interface.
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Come April 8th, planes will fall out of the sky, street lights will quit working, and it's going to be complete anarchy in the streets! Wait, that was Y2K, and none of that stuff actually happened. Okay, so come April 8th, Microsoft will stop supporting Windows XP, and depending on who you talk to, it will either be no big deal or a major security crisis. Either way, there are newer, more securer OSes available. Don't want to jump all the way to Windows 8? That's fine and dandy -- today's top deal is for Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit (OEM) for $80 with free shipping (normally $100 - use coupon code: [EMCYTZT58783]). With Windows 7, you can watch the April 8 deadline come and go with a hearty yawn.
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It's only been around 71 million years since velociraptors roamed the planet, or so scientists once thought. In 2003, a new breed of "VelociRaptor" was discovered. It's a genus of Western Digital and it's been evolving over the past decade. Today's VelociRaptors don't feast on flesh and instead chew through whatever digital bits you're willing to feed it. There are several in need of a loving home, so today's top deal is for a Western Digital VelociRaptor 1TB Internal Hard Drive (Bare) for $180 with free shipping (normally $220 - use coupon code: [EMCPGWG27]). This particularly breed boasts 64MB of cache, SATA 6Gbps interface, and of course a 10,000 RPM spindle speed.
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A certain brand of cereal isn't the only thing that can go snap, crackle, and pop -- so can a cheap power supply. We've seen it happen, and it isn't pretty. You can lessen the chance of that happening by investing in a quality PSU. Such is the topic of today's top deal -- a Corsair HX Series HX650 650W Modular Power Supply for $80 with free shipping (normally $110 - use coupon code: [EMCYTZT5876]; additional $20 mail-in-rebate). This is an 80 Plus Gold certified model with a single +12V rail delivering 54A and two 6+2 pin PCI-E connectors.
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Have you finally had your fill of Flappy Bird? Good, not put down the tablet and return to the world of power computing. We've missed you. Truly. Unfortunately, while you were preoccupied tapping away at your tablet trying to earn a high score, a band of thieves came into your home and stole everything you owned, even the couch you were sitting on, which you didn't notice because Flappy Bird has that kind of effect of people. They also took your PC - drats! It's time to rebuild your belongings, and where else should you start other than your PC? Yeah, we couldn't think of a better place either. Want to go AMD this time around? Then direct click through to today's top deal for an AMD FX-8350 Black Edition Vishera for $190 with free shipping (normally $200 - use coupon code: [EMCPHHB22]. This 8-core chip flies along at 4GHz (4.2GHz Turbo) and has 8MB of L3 cache.
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Maybe in the future, someone will invent self-expanding storage -- a hard drive that increases in capacity when you fill it up. That'd be cool, wouldn't it? Sadly, such technology doesn't yet exist, but on the bright side, HDD storage is pretty affordable these days. For example, check out today's top deal for a Western Digital 1TB IntelliPower 3.5-inch Internal Hard Drive for $60 with free shipping (normally $77 - use coupon code: [EMCPHHB26]). WD is pitching this drive at AV buffs who need 24/7 reliability for always-on video streaming. It has 64MB of cache and various technologies like Preemptive Wear Leveling (PWR), which makes the drive arm frequently sweep across the disk to reduce uneven wear on the drive surface common to audio and video streaming applications.
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Western Digital continues the trend of color coding its hard drive line by adding a Purple model built specifically for surveillance applications. The Purple line differs from regular hard drives in that they're better suited for 24/7 always-on conditions, whereas standard HDDs are built to run for only short intervals, WD says. In addition, Purple drives can withstand high temperature fluctuations and equipment vibrations inherent in typical surveillance applications.
Networking woes have you down? Maybe it's time for an upgrade. There are tangible benefits to owning an 802.11ac router -- increased speed is obviously one of them, but depending on the model, beamforming technology can result in a more reliable connection at longer distances. We like what Asus has done in the AC space and use the company's RT-AC66U as our new baseline. One of our few complaints is that the USB port is only USB 2.0, but there's a newer model available that upgrades it to a USB 3.0 port. It's also the topic of today's top deal -- an Asus RT-AC68U Wireless AC1900 Dual Band Gigabit Router for $220 with free shipping (normally $250; Free Motorola SB6121 cable modem with promo code: [EMCPHHW52]). That's a killer combo that will allow you to ditch your ISP's modem rental fee!
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Between owning a tablet, smartphone, desktop PC, laptop, and whatever else, it can be tricky managing your data on so many devices. That's where a good backup solution comes into play, and if you're looking for a portable device to keep all those photos and videos save, then check out today's top deal for a Seagate Backup Plus Slim 1TB USB 3.0 Blue Portable Hard Drive for $60 with free shipping (normally $90 - use coupon code: [EMCPHWB52]). Seagate's drive and accompanying app works with mobile devices, and with the built-in USB 3.0 port, you can trasfer data quickly.
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