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Thumb-drive Thursday: Get a 32GB Corsair drive for $16.99

That's your after-rebate price, but it's still the best deal I've ever seen on a drive of this size. Plus: a 16GB drive for $8.99.


Confession: I love flash drives. I have one on my keychain. I have one shaped like an Angry Bird. I keep a small box of them near my desk. Can a guest spot on "Hoarders" be far behind?

Okay, I'm not that bad, but I'm definitely a sucker for cheap storage. Hence today's deal: Newegg has the Corsair Flash Voyager 32GB USB drive for $16.99 shipped. That's after redeeming a $12 mail-in rebate (PDF).

Don't like rebates? That's cool. Thanks for stopping by, hope to see you tomorrow.

The Voyager is a ruggedized, rubberized drive, and one that should be able to take a beating much better than drives encased in rigid plastic. (I've broken a couple of the latter; it does happen.) Corsair calls it "shock proof" and "water resistant," and backs it with an impressive 10-year warranty.

Of course, 10 years from now we'll probably be transporting all our data in subcutaneous drives embedded in our actual thumbs. Still, gotta love the extended protection.

This USB 2.0 drive is compatible with pretty much anything, and it's received mostly positive reviews from some 60 Newegg customers. My only complaint is with the removable, non-captured cap, which can easily go missing.

Corsair supplies both a neck strap for letting your geek flag fly and a USB extension cable in case the drive proves too wide to squeeze into your USB port.

So, what can you do with 32GB of keychain-totable storage? Oh, man, all kinds of things. Make a quick backup of the mission-critical document you're working on. Fill it up with security tools for rescuing a malware-infested PC. Test-drive a Linux distribution by booting and running it right from the drive. The possibilities are endless.

Bonus deal: Don't need that much storage? Newegg also has the Corsair Flash Voyager 16GB flash drive for $8.99 shipped after redeeming a $5 rebate. The same 10-year warranty applies.

Bonus deal No. 2: In case you missed it yesterday, honorary cheapskate Eric Mack revealed that Amazon is now accepting old CDs in trade for Amazon gift cards.