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250GB of external-storage goodness, $39.99 shipped

You'll have to pay now and save later (this hard drive comes with a pair of mail-in rebates), but it's still one helluva deal.

Whether you need extra space to store all that digital video you've been shooting or you're finally planning to start making regular backups (it's about time!), nothing beats an external hard drive. Just plug it in and you're good to go.

So, good news and bad news about the Vox 250GB drive: It's a 7,200-rpm screamer with USB 2.0 and eSATA interfaces and a price tag of just $39.99, shipping included; but that price is after two mail-in rebates, and the deal is available today only. That means you better snag this puppy now, and be prepared to shell out $109.99 up front.

What's your feeling on rebate deals like this one? Too much hassle, or too good to pass up? Hit the Comments page and let me know what you think!