Question Why are External Drives cheaper?

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What is the reason for the differences between internal and external HDD prices differences? With being able to get 4TB for less than $120 USD at NewEgg, why would anyone buy an internal? What am I missing??
 

USAFRet

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Why cheaper?
Marketing.

Why would anyone buy an internal rather than a cheaper external?
An internal drive will never fall off the desk, and an internal drive is faster.

Is that 4TB a 5400RPM or 7200RPM?
 

hang-the-9

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There is one other reason I find externals cheaper at times, especially when on sale. Product changes. They come out with newer models of external drives more often than internals, so put up the old external models on sale to clear them out.

I have gotten some good deals by removing a drive from an enclosure vs buying the same size drive as a bare drive.

Keep in mind that another thing is that many external drives are slower 5400 rpm and older models as well since they go more by size and enclosure looks than drive performance.
 

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