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Portable External Hard Drives

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1d, 3m agoPosted 1 decade, 3 months ago
Right, need some help.

My laptop is at the point of bursting, as I've hardly got any room left on it for any more data.

I'm looking for a slim, portable external hard drive for under/around £100, the faster and more space the better.

I've had a brief look around online and don't know which makes are the best to go for.

Cheers ;-)
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1d, 3m agoPosted 1 decade, 3 months ago
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#2
Personally, I would go for a USB 2.0 Hard Drive Enclosure with a 100GB 2.5" Laptop Hard Drive in it.

I already have two external HDDs, both powered, and they are a pain in the bum!

The 2.5" Drives run off the USB power, and are far smaller and far more convenient, but a little more expensive.

The cheapest I have seen are on eBay.

CJ

EDIT: The ones emma is pointing you to are all big 3.5" HDDs and therefore need external power, and are much larger than the 2.5" models.
#3
Jake
I have to disagree with you - :-P

Laptop drives are more expensive per GB to buy, the use of the external power source reduces the stress that your laptop PSU is put under too.

External drives are great backup systems for a laptop - from a stationary location.
If you plan to take the drive with you - use Jake's plan - because the laptop drives can survive a little bit rougher treatment than standard desktop componments.


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#4
christt
Jake
I have to disagree with you - :-P

Laptop drives are more expensive per GB to buy, the use of the external power source reduces the stress that your laptop PSU is put under too.

External drives are great backup systems for a laptop - from a stationary location.
If you plan to take the drive with you - use Jake's plan - because the laptop drives can survive a little bit rougher treatment than standard desktop componments.


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Yes, good advice chris,

I'm always on the move, and take my pc stuff on aircraft quite a lot, so convenience and size are important to me.

If you're interested in a 2.5" HDD then there's a 40GB one at Eclipse Computers for £49.34.

CJ
#5
Thanks for all the info. Looking for an 80GB 2.5" after looking at all of those.

Just found this Philips one on Amazon about £15 cheaper than everywhere else:

2 business dayshttp://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B...lance&n=560798

Also this Western Digital:

[COLOR=#94954f]http://www.savastore.com/productinfo/product.aspx?catalog_name=Savastore&product_id=102 87992&pid=45&tid=279[/COLOR]

And this Freecom:

http://www.eclipsecomputers.com/prod...de=HEF-TDP80U2

Which would you recommend?
#6
IMHO I think Western Digital are the best make out of those 3.
#7
tolgak
Thanks for all the info. Looking for an 80GB 2.5" after looking at all of those.

Just found this Philips one on Amazon about £15 cheaper than everywhere else:

2 business dayshttp://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B...lance&n=560798

Also this Western Digital:

[COLOR=#94954f]http://www.savastore.com/productinfo/product.aspx?catalog_name=Savastore&product_id=102 87992&pid=45&tid=279[/COLOR]

And this Freecom:

http://www.eclipsecomputers.com/prod...de=HEF-TDP80U2

Which would you recommend?


Just a thought, but on the dreaded and dicey eBay, you can get a 120GB 2.5"er for about the same money as those ones.

CJ
#8
I have this 120GB Western Digital Passport which I bought from those guys a couple of weeks back. Very good service from them. Well packaged and arrived next day. Drive is everything I wanted robust, reasonably quick, large and bus powered.
#9
I got one of these at work today and they are amazing

http://uk.insight.com/apps/productpresentation/index.php?product_id=LCE300805

So compact and light compared to the 3.5" disks and it's USB powered too. You could fit this in your laptop bag and not notice it was there.

Lacie 100gb USB2 powered - Available from Dabs for £83

http://img2.insight.com/graphics/uk/products/lce300805_mn.jpg
It's not much bigged than a DVD case and I reckon you could prop your desk up with it it's so solid. Think you get what you pay for with this unit.
#10
Ultim8Fury
I have this 120GB Western Digital Passport which I bought from those guys a couple of weeks back. Very good service from them. Well packaged and arrived next day. Drive is everything I wanted robust, reasonably quick, large and bus powered.


Cheers. Is it this one?

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B...A3P5ROKL5A1OLE
#11
cutthroat_jake
...Eclipse Computers for £49.34.

CJ


Jake - these guys were the worst computer company I ever bought anything from - I bought two PCs from the for over £1500 - when they arrived I checked the spec and it didn't match that advertised.

When I phoned them up their operativetold me that:

1 - I had asked for that lower specification of memory chip
2 - I had invalidated my warranty by opening the case

Needless to say I went off on one - they were completely obstructive to every attempt to get things rectified. It took nearly 6 weeks to get fixed and I vowed forever to avoid them... back on the simmer now while thinking about it.

P.S. Western Digital are one of the best brands and have good product support (I hear)



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yep that's the one.

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