Deal of the week: A dirt-cheap terabyte and a half

Western Digital may have snatched the capacity crown with its 2TB Caviar Green, but that hard drive sells for an intimidating $270. By contrast, Seagate's 1.5TB Barracuda 7200.11 has been going down in price lately—and today, it looks like you can have it delivered to your door for just $106.

What's the secret? Dell sells the 'cuda for $166, but you can enter a coupon code ("90K7$QNXLZM4BZ" without the quotes) on the checkout page to shave $60 off of that. Considering Dell also offers free shipping, that means you can nab this puppy for an eye-poppingly low seven cents per gigabyte.

Before you mash the "buy" button, take note: there are some caveats. The 1.5TB Barracuda isn't a particularly good performer, and it suffered subsequent freezing and bricking problems that required Seagate to roll out firmware patches. The last of those updates came out last month, and it should put an end to the problems without adversely affecting performance (at least, the update that addressed freezing problems didn't).

In short, everything should be peachy now, but you'll probably want to make sure you have the latest firmware if you buy this drive. Inconvenient, perhaps, but seven cents a gigabyte is probably worth a little tinkering. (Thanks to for the coupon code.)

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