Get a 320GB portable USB 3.0 hard drive for $39

This speedy, pocket-friendly drive might be ideal for your mobile-storage needs.

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Let's do some math, shall we?

When it comes to portable storage, you can get a 64GB USB 3.0 flash drive for $39.99 shipped. Or you can take advantage of RedTag's today-only deal: a Western Digital My Passport 320GB USB 3.0 hard drive for $39 (plus $1.95 for shipping).

Update: Dang! Already sold out. It's worth checking back throughout the day in case RedTag releases more inventory. But, interestingly, I'd say few people were scared off by the drive being a refurb.

Pricewise, they're a wash. But the Western Digital drive literally has five times the storage. Sure, it's not keychain-friendly like a flash drive, but at 4.4 inches by 3.2 inches by 0.6 inch and 4.8 ounces, it can certainly ride in a pocket.

There's only one real catch here: it's a manufacturer-recertified drive. When it comes to hard drives, I tend to stay away from refurbs. But this one comes with a six-month warranty from Western Digital, which gives me a little more confidence. And according to the fine print, the drives are "cleaned, quality checked and tested twice."

While you're mulling that over, let's talk specs. The My Passport features USB 3.0 connectivity (backward-compatible with USB 2.0), built-in automated backup software, and optional password protection. I couldn't find any info on the drive's rotational speed.

Over at Amazon, where the drive sells new for $61, some 1,500 buyers (!) rated it 4.4 stars out of 5. Most loved the speed and form factor; an unfortunate few ended up with bum drives -- which, let's face it, happens.

For a mere 40 bucks, I think this speedy drive would be ideal for transporting large files, expanding your available storage, and supplementing your cloud-based data backups. Let's hope it doesn't sell out before you're able to grab one.

Bonus deal: Speaking of backups, Giveaway of the Day has Aiseesoft's iTunes Backup Genius for free. This pro-level recovery tool, normally sells for $99.95 (!), lets you pluck data from iTunes backup files. Note: Do NOT click the big blue download button on the giveaway page. Instead, scroll down to the link labeled Download Aiseesoft iTunes Backup Genius Now.

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