Free 500GB External USB Hard Drive

So there haven’t been many amazing freebie deals lately, but I did manage to come across one decent one. The UPS guy just dropped off a brand new 500GB Western Digital External USB Hard Drive, courtesy of ExternalDriveOffer.com.

Retail value: $119.99. Actual cost: $0.00.

I typically don’t like credit card offers, but this one was a pretty good deal. Sign up for a Discover Card, get the hard drive for free. After you get the card (assuming you’re approved) you just have to use it once to activate it.

Here’s my timeline:
Signed up – 8/30
Received card – 9/5
Used card – 9/7
Card shows as “activated” on free site – 9/10
Shipped – 10/9
Received – 10/10

They ship from Amazon, so I may return it for credit instead of keeping the drive. Not sure yet.

Sign up today at www.ExternalDriveOffer.com
Update 10.24.08: Looks like they took down all of these offers. Sorry to anyone who missed out.

If you’d prefer a different gift, the same company hosts the following sites, each for signing up with a new Discover Card:

Canon PowerShot A590 Digital Camera

Garmin nuvi® 200 Portable GPS Navigator

iPod Nano

Flip Camcorder

Panasonic Portable DVD Player

Weber Grill

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25 Responses to Free 500GB External USB Hard Drive

  1. Dusty says:

    Is this one of the big companies? One of the ones featured on the forum?

  2. Yury says:

    Is there any fee for closing an account?

  3. McWilliams says:

    Good deal. Got mine within a few weeks too.

    http://www.mcwilliamsworld.com/archives/2008/08/that-was-fast-free-500gb-external-wd-hdd-shipped/

    There is a cost.. you have to make a purchase (could ba pack of gum) I bought some Xbox games (about $25). But you technically have to spend some money but it’s worth it.

  4. Ark says:

    This is not one of the big companies but they are 100% legit.

    Yury, It’s just a credit card, after you activate and make a purchase you are free to do whatever you want with the card. But I would suggest keeping it as getting a CC and then dropping it can affect your credit score.

  5. Jon says:

    Can you do more than 1 of these sites? I like a couple of those offers, and they are for different “types” of Discover cards. I can’t find a place that says you can’t.

  6. Josh says:

    I mean, I don’t know that you can’t, but I dunno if you’d want to apply for several cards all at once.

  7. Tom says:

    According to the website terms you have to be a new Discover card member. So you could sign up for a max of one card(assuming you don’t already have a Discover card).

  8. Tim says:

    I have never actually had a credit card before. Will I qualify for the card, or is this not worth me risking a credit check to hurt my credit score?

  9. Josh says:

    Tim,
    If you’ve never had a credit card before, you probably don’t really have much of a credit history/credit score anyway.
    It can’t hurt to apply. Credit checks don’t like kill your credit score, you just don’t want to do them ALL the time.
    At least, that’s my understanding of the system. But I’m not a credit expert, and I don’t play one on TV. :)

  10. Ark says:

    Tim,

    Go ahead and try but discover might not be to newbie friendly, they may want a person to have credit to receive their card, but you never know

  11. arr7 says:

    I signed up on the 15th. I just got confirmation of my new card today. It’s on the way. Where is the “free site” that shows the card has been activated?

  12. Josh says:

    arr7,
    The site I linked to in my post where you signed up for the offer.

  13. 2deal4 says:

    I saw this same deal for a tom tom gps

  14. arr7 says:

    Just found it. Thanks.

  15. Kim says:

    Every offer you’ve linked now says “this offer is now unavailable.” They must have closed these offers. Bummer.

  16. Ark says:

    Kim,

    Yeah looks like their temporarily down.

  17. Bethany says:

    This was a great offer- I will definitely have to check it out if they have any more sites come up.

  18. Garnet says:

    this site is awesome. i signed up for the card 10/15, used it 10/28, was processed 10/31, and according to their website, the company shipped the hard drive yesterday! this is the quickest, easiest site i’ve done so far.

  19. roemer7 says:

    My experience has been almost the same. Signed up on 10/15, got the card on 10/27, made a purchase on 10/27, reported to be activated on 10/31, shipped on 11/4 USPS. Fast and easy!

  20. roemer7 says:

    Delivered today, 11/12.

  21. roemer7 says:

    Does anyone know the contact information for this company? I’d like to return this drive to Amazon, but I need to know the e-mail address they used to make the purchase.
    I’ve contacted the site, but I have yet to hear back from them.

  22. Josh says:

    roemer7,
    You don’t need to know their email. When you go to http://www.amazon.com/returns, select “I received this item as a gift.” Then when it asks for an email address, put YOUR address. This is where they will send you an Amazon gift credit code.

  23. roemer7 says:

    My fault, I guess I should have been more clear. I didn’t get an order number with my shipment. I need their information to get the order number to make my return.

  24. Robert says:

    Josh, do you know how you can earn back those credit card points that were lost when your credit history was checked? How much do you have to purchase to earn back the 5 or so points that you lost? I was thinking of using just that Discover card to fill out offers (specifically the numerous credit check offers).

  25. Josh says:

    Robert,
    If I’m just misunderstanding your question, I apologize. However, it appears you need to learn a little more about credit scores, which is what it sounds like you’re talking about.

    The points you earn for using certain credit cards are unrelated to “points” of your credit score and do not effect your credit. Also, it is only a myth that your credit score is hurt when you get a credit check. It is not.

    Also, it doesn’t matter what credit (or debit!) card you use to when you sign up for a credit check. That has nothing to do with it.

    To learn more about the basics of credit, check out this site that Experian, one of the 3 credit companies in America, has created:
    http://www.experian.com/credit-scores/basics.html

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