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Maxtor SATA-2 160GB Hard Disc Drive, £30.88 inc vat. (Ebuyer quickfind 120302)

Qualifies for the Google Checkout discount and also cheap delivery (under 500 grams). Ordered one last Friday, arrived today (super-saver), seems a very quiet and fast drive for the money. Also reasonable warranty at 3 years.
Specs from ebuyer:
Product Description Maxtor DiamondMax 20 - hard drive - 160 GB - SATA-300
Type Hard drive - internal
Form Factor 3.5"
Dimensions (WxDxH) 10.2 cm x 14.7 cm x 2 cm
Weight 0.58 kg
Capacity 160 GB
Interface Type Serial ATA-300
Data Transfer Rate 300 MBps
Spindle Speed 7200 rpm
Buffer Size 2 MB
Manufacturer Warranty 3 years warranty

PS Very curious how it says 0.58kg yet shows in my basket as 0.36kg! Ah well, can't complain ;)
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#1
That is a great price for a Sata Drive. Nice find.
#2
[SIZE=2]Very good price for the sata drive. Voted HOT[/SIZE]
#3
Yes but it only has 2mb cache
#4
Good upgrade drive for a PS3?
#5
I ordered the ide version of this drive for my ps2 ;-) came in at £24.73 from ebuyer using google checkout.
#6
Maxtor are a good brand, always use them personally, never had any problems. The one time my drive failed, they sent one out to me next day!
#7
bought 1, thank you! heated and rep added.
#8
Granted it is only 2Mb, though this makes very little difference for someone looking for a second drive to store video, music and photos on a budget.

I appreciate it doesn't really tell too much, but it scored 5.6 on the Vista Performance Index for primary hard disc (with a cheap Sis motherboard, Celeron chip and 512mb ram), and is without doubt one of the quietest 7200rpm hard disks I've owned.
#9
Iiyama
Yes but it only has 2mb cache


^^ what he/she said.
#10
yeah i agree , can someone explain the 2mb cache thing please?
#11
Guys, 2MB cache or no, it is still an excellent deal. If it's not what you want, fair enough, but still a good deal...
#12
ok.. but how many times can you use the google check out? its only ones right..
#13
As long as your order is over £30 inclusive of vat (but not delivery) you can use google checkout
#14
again and again.. for different items??
#15
Google checkout definately works on multiple orders - made 6 orders last friday evening, all have arrived and have been charged at correct price. Its brilliant for building extra cheap computers as so many parts cost about 30 quid. I paid six lots of delivery (all super saver, between £2.70 and £5 so about £20 total) but saved £60 on ebuyer prices, will use again ;-)
#16
[SIZE=2]I cant see any reason why you can't, just make sure each individual order is over £30 to qualify [/SIZE]
#17
are u using 6 different log in names for google?
#18
yes, u can use google checkout as many times as you want - until the £10 discount offer finishes of course. I've used 3 times already...
#19
yes, with the same goggle a/c - no limit
#20
cool.. thanks guys.. I used it once and thought I can't use again.. :)
#21
6 different names? Of course not :-D Really, its on all orders, too good a deal to miss, as ebuyers prices are generally so close to the cheapest anyway. I was sceptical too but no need to be - and I guess a company of Googles worth can afford it - so cash in whilst its around! (Till early June i think)


Re HDD Cache - its the amount of buffer memory built into the hard disc itself. Cheap drives tend to have 2mb, most current drives have 8mb and some high end drives 16mb or more. Hard drives typically can read\write data to the actual platters at somewhere between 50mb and 100mb per second, but the interface (between the drive and the motherboard) is much faster - about 300mb per second. The cache is much faster at reading from and writing to, so acts as a buffer to improve the performance of small reads and writes.

There is no problem running any OS on a 2mb cache, but if its your main HDD you will notice a better performance with a bigger cache - but the performance boost will vary between application and will not be huge (I'd estimate 50% absolute max and only in very specific applications), so as with all computer-related things, you get what you pay for and a few £'s more will get slightly better performance (or alternatively bigger capacity)...

All that said, this drive is a cracker, small, cool and quiet (very good for cheap media-centers) and a steal at the price!
#22
Would this be okay as 2nd drive for a dell dimension 5150?
#23
Basic question - never added h/ware before - but will I be able to add this to my Dell Dimension 4600 desktop as an extra drive? Looked at my computer documenatation and it tells me this

Drives
Externally accessible
two 5.25-inch bays
one 3.5-inch bay
Internally accessible
two bays for 1-inch–high IDE hard drive

I've only got a 40GB HDD in there now. From this info, does it look like I can add this new one (on top of or instead of) the one I have. And how easy is this to do?

Many thanks for any answers.
#24
Applesink - it sounds like you certainly have space for at least one more hard drive (and you can always remove the floppy drive if you have one). I'm not certain if you have a SATA compatable motherboard though - if not you need to get a PATA hard drive. The Maxtor equivalent is ebuyer qf 120286, irratatingly it works out more expensive as its exactly 0.5kg :x

PS Either way, make sure you have the necessary cables (each SATA drive requires its own cable but you can have up to 2 P-ATA devices per cable)!

Edit - just checked Dell documentation and it appears you should have 2 SATA ports so no problem there, unfortunately ebuyer have no extra cheap cables at the moment, cheapest seems to be qf 127626. Might also be worth checking to see if you have an available SATA power connector coming from the power supply. Don't worry about it being to hard - it should be quite straight forward to fit and the Dell service manuals are available online to help you.

Re 5150 it also should be fine looking at the specs, again just make sure you have a cable.
#25
jah128, thanks so much for all your help. Not sure about the m/board but now that I have a better idea of what I need to know, I'll go to the Dell online chat assistance and ask them. You've been really helpful - cheers.

jah128
Applesink - it sounds like you certainly have space for at least one more hard drive (and you can always remove the floppy drive if you have one). I'm not certain if you have a SATA compatable motherboard though - if not you need to get a PATA hard drive. The Maxtor equivalent is ebuyer qf 120286, irratatingly it works out more expensive as its exactly 0.5kg :x
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#26
Dells have the IDE cables in there, so look inside if you dare, look for the end of a silver box about 5" x 3" x 1" with connections, one small 1" long plastice with 4 pins, the power; The other is about 3" long, 1/4" high, lots of pins. There will be a spare power feed and a spare IDE connector. If thats OK then you can fit an EIDE hard drive.

If you must have a SATA drive, then you can get an IDE/SATA converter, probably from ebuyer, but you are much better getting similar type of HD.

If you need a SATA cable then unusually ebay is good @ 2 for 99p, plus £1 post and they work.

Look up your Dell (using the code on the back) in dell.co.uk/support and it shows you exactly how to open the box etc and how stuff is wired up.

Best of Luck
#27
and thanks to you too, nickmoul! Yep, going to dive in there and see what happens. Fortune follows the brave (or whatever that saying is!). Thanks again to you both. :w00t:
#28
Just to clarify, it looks like you motherboard does support SATA (it should have 2 SATA sockets on it), but its worth opening it up to look at the current arrangement. Look at the cable that connects the DVD (or CD) drive to the motherboard - its probably a ribbon-type cable with many wires and has a 5cm wide plug on either end. That is an EIDE data cable. Its possible this cable might also connect to the hard disc, but hopefully the hard disc will be on its own data cable. If the hard disc is on its own cable but uses a similar sort of plug to that on the DVD drive you have a P-ATA hard disc, and its probably best getting a P-ATA as your new drive. Its quite likely the hard disc is on its own data cable, but there is a spare plug on that cable (meaning the SLAVE position in a MASTER:SLAVE combination is free). If this is the case you don't have to worry about getting any cables, just buy a P-ATA disc.

If on the other hand the hard disc has a very small, usually flat cable with equally compact plug (a little over 1cm wide) its a SATA hard disc. If you follow the wire back to the motherboard you should see a spare socket; buy the SATA drive and source a cable. Be warned SATA drives usually also use a SATA power connector which is different to the normal molex power connectors (the one of the DVD drive). Check to see if there is a spare power connector coming from the PSU.
#29
I just ordered a 200GB Western Digital one (with 8MB cache!) for about £10 more from eBuyer, but for a little over £20 for 160GB, you can't really go wrong.

I'm loving Google Checkout at the moment though, saved myself £90 in the last few days. Admittedly it has cost me close to £750 though...
#30
Thanks again. Just seen this and done all the checks. Yes, there are two flat cables (one from m/board to DVD and one from m/board to HDD) and each of them has what appears to be a connector on the middle of them - this must be what you call the slave plug, right? Okay, so I just have to buy a P-ATA disc> Now the question is if this Maxtor drive is a P-ATA? I'll go check e-Buyer and hopefully find that answer. But if you still happen to be around, maybe you could confirm. Thanks again, you've really gone beyond the call of duty (what duty?!) on this one and I appreciate it. Will try to pay it forward! Cheers.

jah128
Just to clarify, it looks like you motherboard does support SATA (it should have 2 SATA sockets on it), but its worth opening it up to look at the current arrangement. Look at the cable that connects the DVD (or CD) drive to the motherboard - its probably a ribbon-type cable with many wires and has a 5cm wide plug on either end. That is an EIDE data cable. Its possible this cable might also connect to the hard disc, but hopefully the hard disc will be on its own data cable. If the hard disc is on its own cable but uses a similar sort of plug to that on the DVD drive you have a P-ATA hard disc, and its probably best getting a P-ATA as your new drive. Its quite likely the hard disc is on its own data cable, but there is a spare plug on that cable (meaning the SLAVE position in a MASTER:SLAVE combination is free). If this is the case you don't have to worry about getting any cables, just buy a P-ATA disc.

If on the other hand the hard disc has a very small, usually flat cable with equally compact plug (a little over 1cm wide) its a SATA hard disc. If you follow the wire back to the motherboard you should see a spare socket; buy the SATA drive and source a cable. Be warned SATA drives usually also use a SATA power connector which is different to the normal molex power connectors (the one of the DVD drive). Check to see if there is a spare power connector coming from the PSU.
#31
Does anyone know if this would be a suitable option for upgrading my Sky+ box (Pace 3100 V2)
#32
Ignore my last post - I've just read your second para. Got it - not a SATA but a P-ATA is needed. Thanks again.
Applesink
Okay, so I just have to buy a P-ATA disc> Now the question is if this Maxtor drive is a P-ATA? I'll go check e-Buyer and hopefully find that answer.
#33
Excellent price! I registered just to post this comment I was so impressed!!
#34
lost
Good upgrade drive for a PS3?


This is a 3.5" SATA HDD the ps3 has a 2.5" SATA Laptop size HDD. So in order to do a direct swap with the internal HDD for the PS3 you would require a 2.5" sata Hard drive disk (HDD).

Or you could get this and then would have to purchase the converter caddy created by Team Xecuter I think.

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On a side note all Dell machines now come with SATA drives, So if you have a a new Dell machine it most definetly will have some SATA sockets on the motherboard from what I have seen they usually have 2-4 sockets on the MB. 1 used by your current shipped HDD. They have a simple setup to add and replace hardware in their machines as no screws require removing, its all good interior design.
#35
Applesink
Ignore my last post - I've just read your second para. Got it - not a SATA but a P-ATA is needed. Thanks again.


As you have realised by reading already... For those who don't know PATA is the replacement name given to the old IDE HDD.
#36
not another ebuyer/google checkout this is old now evey1 knows £30 £10 off with google y bother y not just put the whole site on here if there isnt any 1 that doesnt know this where have you been if i look on there i garantee i will find a deal like this its not hot voting cold cold cold and give ebuyer a break i think people can figure this out by now 2mb cache what crap should be really sloooow buy somthing better and use the discount its not like thats the only hdd on there
#37
polly69
not another ebuyer/google checkout this is old now evey1 knows £30 £10 off with google y bother y not just put the whole site on here if there isnt any 1 that doesnt know this where have you been if i look on there i garantee i will find a deal like this its not hot voting cold cold cold and give ebuyer a break i think people can figure this out by now 2mb cache what crap should be really sloooow buy somthing better and use the discount its not like thats the only hdd on there

If only Google Checkout could provide a £10 discount on punctuation.

But that did make me wonder - does anyone know what eBuyer think to this? I've ended up placing 9 separate orders myself in the last week (built a new PC), getting £10 off each order.... I can't be the only one, do they think we're being cheeky?!
#38
can someone explain the 2mb cache thing please?

Cache is a bit of solid-state (i.e. electronic) memory which sits inside the hard disk, rather than on your PC motherboard.
When your PC is doing lots of reading and writing the hard disk will keep the latest bits of information in the cache. If your PC needs them again it is quicker to read from the cache rather than waiting for the hard disc to find the data. The bigger the cache the better the overall performance you might expect from the disc e.g. an 8MB cache is better than a 2MB cache.
HOWEVER - if you are reading or writing very large sequences of data then cache is of less benefit. So if you want this disk as a backup it will be fine, and even if it's for general use it will still be pretty good.

EDIT - I'm glad someone posted this deal - I'd never realised that Google checkout thing would mean I could get another £10 off :) Big thanks to the OP - I have voted this deal HOT HOT HOT!!!
#39
polly69
not another ebuyer/google checkout this is old now evey1 knows £30 £10 off with google y bother y not just put the whole site on here if there isnt any 1 that doesnt know this where have you been if i look on there i garantee i will find a deal like this its not hot voting cold cold cold and give ebuyer a break i think people can figure this out by now 2mb cache what crap should be really sloooow buy somthing better and use the discount its not like thats the only hdd on there


WARNING: I'm on my third glass of Grenache....

This is a hot deal! If you can find a better one, stop whinging, POST IT!

I've been getting slated for posting Google Checkout deals too, if you find better ones, POST THEM!

There seem to be a lot of people on here who prefer to comment on other people's findings than look for deals themselves:x . That said, there are lots of nice people here too:-D

Deep breaths Jane........hic!
#40
Janeyjugs
WARNING: I'm on my third glass of Grenache....

This is a hot deal! If you can find a better one, stop whinging, POST IT!

I've been getting slated for posting Google Checkout deals too, if you find better ones, POST THEM!

There seem to be a lot of people on here who prefer to comment on other people's findings than look for deals themselves:x . That said, there are lots of nice people here too:-D

Deep breaths Jane........hic!

Yep, take advantage of it while you can, not every day you get a tenner off things with no effort required!

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