Just got done shopping.
The Verbatim drive I got (52x24x52) doesn’t even have the Verbatim sticker on it! It appears to be a straight-up Lite-On LTR-52246s (except minus the “www.liteonit.com” sticker on the tray of course). Not bad for $15+tax after rebate! (Haven’t plugged the drive in yet so I can’t verify stock firmware)
The WD 120GB SE drive is still marked as a 3 year warranty!
The 7200RPM Maxtor 40GB drive was $10 cheaper than advertised at my local store, making it $29.99 after rebate, so I couldn’t resist picking one up. It’s only a 2MB buffer but supports ATA-133.
They seemed to have plenty of the ad merchandise, but I had to go looking for the AT&T 50 pk CDR for $.99 after rebate, they were in the home location, but on the bottom shelf and without a big sale sign. The ad lists these as 24X, my pack is marked 40X. Haven’t opened them yet.
Another item I couldn’t resist is a Mag 18" LCD monitor (with speakers, 1280x1024@75Hz native) for $349.99 after $50 Best Buy and $50 Mag/Proview mail in rebates.
Like I said, check the ad and get there before the best stuff is sold out.
Now I’m building a pile of disused HDDs. Just in the over 10GB category, I now have:
Maxtor 120GB 7200RPM 8MB ATA133
WD 120GB SE 7200RPM 8MB ATA100
WD 100GB 7200RPM 2MB ATA100
Maxtor 80GB 5400RPM ATA100
Maxtor 40GB 7200RPM ATA133
Maxtor 40GB 7200RPM ATA100
Maxtor 15GB 5400RPM ATA 66 or 100 (can’t remember which)
And I generally only use 2 per computer. I really should quit looking at these ads. Between Best Buy and Office Max, I spent around $900 (pre-rebate) today, and for stuff I really don’t need (but I’m sure one of my friends will, on a week when there’s not a good sale).