Daily deal – Toshiba 320GB external USB hard drive for $74.99

My daily deal for this afternoon is for (yet another) Toshiba portable external hard drive. Two weeks ago, I posted a good deal on a 250GB drive, but as prices continue to drop, you can now pick up a 320GB portable drive for just $10 more.

Besides being a really good deal, there are several other reasons why I think everyone who travels with their computer should invest in a portable drive.

For starters – the 320GB storage space should be enough to hold multiple backups of most of your important files. In addition to this, it can also make a safe place to store photos and videos you make on your trip, I know several people who made over 1000 photos, and lost every single one of them when their laptop hard drive crashed before arriving back home.

The best part about these portable drives is that they can be powered off the USB port of your laptop or desktop computer, which means you don’t have to drag an additional power supply along with you.

Another great thing a large external drive can do, is add more storage space for music or video files – especially since many small laptop computers only come with limited space. You’ll find this Toshiba 320GB portable hard drive on sale at Amazon for $74.99, which includes free shipping.

Daily deal – Western Digital 320GB external drive for $115

My daily deal for today is the Western Digital “My Passport Essential” portable hard drive. With a whopping 320GB of storage, you’ll have enough space to make full backups of your laptop, and room to carry along most of your music and video collection.

This external drive does not require a power supply, as it can run off the power delivered by the USB port on your laptop. 320GB is enough for almost 80,000 MP3 files, or around 50 compressed movies.

By carrying an external drive, you can also create a safe place to store sensitive documents, especially if you add an encryption program like Truecrypt to the drive.

The Western Digital 320GB My Passport Essential is currently on sale at Newegg.com for just $114.99, with free 3-day shipping. The only downside to this deal, is that the price only applies to the RED drive.

If 320GB is a little too much for you, then you can opt for a 160GB version for $79.99, or this 250GB version for $99.99.