dealswestern digital my book essential 3 tb external…

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Two reviews on the site, one good and one bad.
Tempting, but never heard of the seller. 3TB external drive is $150 elsewhere. For $15 I'm thinking it's worth the extra peace of mind. Not that anything on the external drive won't be backed up somewhere else, but just for the trouble.

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If you're a member, Costco has a Seagate 3TB USB 3.0 external HD for $120 (valid only until 8/5.)

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I wonder if this 3TB drive is soldered into a PCB USB controller, or just a standard SATA connector?

I heard that they solder the drive to the USB PCB board on the 2.5" drives

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I've never used buydig.com, but they're definitely legit. But when in doubt check www.resellerratings.com, that tracks and rates online e-tailers. They give them a 7.67 out of 10 stars. They've saved me from many a questionable purchase from wonky sellers i've never heard of. Especially when the $ seemed too good to be true.
http://www.resellerratings.com/store/BuyDig_Beachtr

Also check google, their merchant review is 4.8 out of 5. That's based on over 11,000 consumer reviews. link here-
http://www.google.com/products/seller?zmi=buydig.com&q=western+digital+essential+3tb&ei=PM8GUMmxDNjOmgeynfXzAg&ved=0CAYQwxIwAQ&hl=en

Hope this helps.