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saw this today looks areally good deal seen as the 250gb ones are 49.99 at the mo there nationwide according to the staff so gt one now and backup all your music and films and files

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This comes with a power adaptor to plug into the wall and is required for the drive to operate. It will not function on USB power alone!

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#1
When you say portable, are these bus powered - I didn't know they had reached 750gb yet. You compare it with the 250gb bus powered model which wouldn't be fair unless this was bus powered. 1TB drives have been this price for a while if it is 3.5 inch.
#2
i dont know to be honest it says on the box portable hard drive i havent brought one so dont know
#3
Not portable from what I can see!
#4
Benjimoron
Not portable from what I can see!


It is, in the sense that it isn't fixed into the PC. Bus-powered is totally different from portable
#5
It has been this price for months.

It's a standard 3.5" drive so NOT powered by USB.

About the going rate for a 1TB drive.

:thumbsup:
#6
Same price as it's ever been.
#7
mminghella
It is, in the sense that it isn't fixed into the PC. Bus-powered is totally different from portable


Is your desktop pc portable as it's not fixed to your house?
1 Like #8
Benjimoron
Is your desktop pc portable as it's not fixed to your house?


Ah, good old reductio ad absurdum
Wiki definition

My couch isn't fitted to the floor either, but its hardly portable.

I was pointing out the fact that you seemed confused about what a portable HDD is. Portable does not mean USB powered. No need to get all snippy about it :roll:
#9
mminghella
Ah, good old reductio ad absurdum
Wiki definition

My couch isn't fitted to the floor either, but its hardly portable.

I was pointing out the fact that you seemed confused about what a portable HDD is. Portable does not mean USB powered. No need to get all snippy about it :roll:


Personally (and I think most people would agree with me) I wouldn't call this bulky hard drive that needs to be plugged into the mains portable. A portable one is small, light and doesn't need mains.

Very misleading for them to describe it as portable when there is such a thing as a truly portable hard drive.
#10
Benjimoron
Personally (and I think most people would agree with me) I wouldn't call this bulky hard drive that needs to be plugged into the mains portable. A portable one is small, light and doesn't need mains.

Very misleading for them to describe it as portable when there is such a thing as a truly portable hard drive.


It is portable, the type of power supply required is irrelevant - e.g. portable TV. If it had to be hard wired to the mains through a switched and fused spur then it would not be portable.
banned#11
I'm just surprised they actually have these in my local store. I think it's the first time I've seen an instore deal on HUD that I can actually buy.
#12
blodnik
It is portable, the type of power supply required is irrelevant - e.g. portable TV. If it had to be hard wired to the mains through a switched and fused spur then it would not be portable.


But a portable tv is generally the smallest, lightest one you could get. This is one of the heaviest, bulkiest hard drives you could get.

v2drinkers
Guess that makes my home TV portable along with my fridge , freezer, microwave wireless router etc etc etc :whistling:


lol!!!
#13
v2drinkers
Guess that makes my home TV portable along with my fridge , freezer, microwave wireless router etc etc etc :whistling:

You're missing the point, it is small enough to move around easily, unlike your large TV. Hence it is 'portable', the definition does not only apply to the smallest, lightest etc.
#14
Benjimoron
But a portable tv is generally the smallest, lightest one you could get. This is one of the heaviest, bulkiest hard drives you could get.



lol!!!


Try this:

portable
• adjective 1 able to be easily carried or moved. 2 (of a loan or pension) capable of being transferred or adapted. 3 Computing (of software) able to be ported.

'nuff said
#15
blodnik
Try this:

portable
• adjective 1 able to be easily carried or moved. 2 (of a loan or pension) capable of being transferred or adapted. 3 Computing (of software) able to be ported.

'nuff said


I can port my 32" monitor, does that make it portable???

Virtually anything could be moved, whether that makes it what people call portable is another matter.
#16
blodnik
You're missing the point, it is small enough to move around easily, unlike your large TV. Hence it is 'portable', the definition does not only apply to the smallest, lightest etc.


Except it's not. A 2.5" drive is portable because you can slip it into your pocket, and that's all you need to do. This is a kilo of metal plus an AC adaptor, and that's considerably more than a single pocket's worth of fill.
#17
Isn't this what they call an external HD?
#18
dxx
Except it's not. A 2.5" drive is portable because you can slip it into your pocket, and that's all you need to do. This is a kilo of metal plus an AC adaptor, and that's considerably more than a single pocket's worth of fill.


FFS, its called a portable hard drive because it is easily moved from machine to machine. Yes, you have a power adapter, but the key is you don't have to open up the PC in order to use this device in multiple units. If you think a kilo is too heavy and "not portable" then:

A) You're a wimp. (Wo)Man up.
B) These drives are not designed to actually be moved great distances. They CAN be, but they're not designed to be (they're not shockproofed, the casing isn't reggedised etc). they're designed as storage that CAN be moved simply and easily.
#19
These are great external hdd's. I have 2 of the 500gb versions and never had any trouble from them at all.

They have been priced at 69.95 for months as stated earlier in the thread. For some reason recently they went up to £99 and it appears now they've come back down to a reasonable £69.95.
#20
wireframe
FFS, its called a portable hard drive because it is easily moved from machine to machine. Yes, you have a power adapter, but the key is you don't have to open up the PC in order to use this device in multiple units. If you think a kilo is too heavy and "not portable" then:

A) You're a wimp. (Wo)Man up.
B) These drives are not designed to actually be moved great distances. They CAN be, but they're not designed to be (they're not shockproofed, the casing isn't reggedised etc). they're designed as storage that CAN be moved simply and easily.


This is impressive. I never thought it would be possible to get someone so wound up in a discussion on whether a drive is portable or not. Anyway, it's fairly straight-forward. Portable, used within this sort of context, means the object is an easily-movable version of X. The mistake you're making is thinking that this is a portable version of a harddrive. It's not as simple as that; you get internal and external harddrives, and since this is an external harddrive, to qualify as a portable drive, it must be an easily movable eternal drive. Since this is far bigger than a pocket drive, since it requires a bulky external PSU, and since the internal drive simply isn't designed for being moved around, it simply doesn't qualify as a portable drive.

Maybe we just need a new way to define portable. One hand = portable, two hands = non portable, does that sound reasonable?
#21
It's a good drive I've got one already - powers down when not in use too (which is nice). I've somehow managed to carry it around too, despite it's lack of portability (seriously guys what a stupid ass random arguement!) - on this front (and actually sensible) the powerpack is nice and small with a slim cable (I don't think it's 12+5V lines just 12V so they've kept it simpler) too. Nice brushed metallic finish too - looks the biz (if you get excited about that sort of thing).
#22
cold from me. can buy a 1.5tb drive for same price and an external enclosure for £5-£10
#23
I am on my third one of these, first one died completely and last one started clunking - was at £98 at the weekend.

Not sure if I will keep it or not as not entirely trusting them now
#24
Rich_UK
Isn't this what they call an external HD?


:thumbsup:

That is precisely how Tesco market the device; http://direct.tesco.com/q/R.204-6510.aspx

This looks quite a good price for a portable 320GB http://direct.tesco.com/q/R.205-6006.aspx
#25
As above. It's external rather than portable, and has been this price for ages. I picked up one months and months ago along with the 250gig portable Iomega drive that was on offer at the time.

Cold from me I'm afraid!
#26
blodnik
It is portable, the type of power supply required is irrelevant - e.g. portable TV. If it had to be hard wired to the mains through a switched and fused spur then it would not be portable.


I accept that there is a hard core of members of this site, but for the rest, people just out there thinking that it would be good to share something they've spotted with people who might benefit, discussions like this must make many of them think 'why should I bother'. I'm guessing that we all miss out on a lot because of that.
#27
posted again!
#28
dxx

Maybe we just need a new way to define portable. One hand = portable, two hands = non portable, does that sound reasonable?


I Can carry the drive and the psu in one hand. The psu is a plug. its not fixed into the wall, it is removable. The drive is a portable drive. Get over it.
#29
AlanK
I am on my third one of these, first one died completely and last one started clunking - was at £98 at the weekend.

Not sure if I will keep it or not as not entirely trusting them now




I wouldn't buy another, some people were reporting seagate drives inside (good IMHO), but I got hitachi deathstar (formerly IBM deskstar - blame where blame is due) drives in mine

One deathstar started reporting CRC errors after only a few hours of use, a second has started clunking really badly, so it sounds on the way out - 1TB is a lot of data to lose
#30
also the design of the stand is really poor, if you place the drive so that the stand is right in the middle, when you press the power rocker switch, the whole assembly can pivot and whack the corner of the drive on the table
#31
This isn't a great deal, the same HDD has been posted several times in the past few months for the same price.
Many of us are waiting for it to get cheaper.
#32
tubbyasstoo
I wouldn't buy another, some people were reporting seagate drives inside (good IMHO), but I got hitachi deathstar (formerly IBM deskstar - blame where blame is due) drives in mine

One deathstar started reporting CRC errors after only a few hours of use, a second has started clunking really badly, so it sounds on the way out - 1TB is a lot of data to lose


Er, aren't Seagate drives the dodgy ones at the moment? Didn't Hitachi clean up IBM's act?

Anyway, I bought two of these at this price a few months ago, one each of Hitachi and Seagate and - touch wood - so far they've been fine. I only use them for backup and don't leave them running too long. I also bought two Western Digital drives which I use to back up each of these. Having had catastophic failures with all makes of drive in the past I know better than to put all my eggs in one basket.

Would I buy another one of these? No, I'd buy two. There's no such thing as a reliable hard drive, it's the luck of the draw, all makes fail and they all fail randomly so back up your data twice!
#33
This is NOT a portable hard-drive by the generally accepted definition of portable it should be referred to as 'external' or 'desktop' (external is more common) - the title needs editing by a mod or the deal spamming. :x
It's been posted before and it's been cheaper so for me the deal is cold. Sorry.

Edit: the reason I say the title should be changed is the deal title is misleading - and wastes HUKDers time (I'd have never looked at this deal if it hadn't said 'portable' - I don't mean to get at the poster as he just wrote what was on the box. Obviously Tosiba know that truly 'portable' drives are much more desireable than bog-standard 'external' devices and think they can cash-in with thier mis-leading packaging - as has been said a 'proper' portable hard drive will have been adapted for rough handling.

Edit Again: A change of heart - let's abandon the word portable to the meaninglessness it is - instead we can have "usb powered hard drive" :thumbsup:
#34
Cold, been cheaper previously. Paid £63 for my last one and I'm sure it's been cheaper still. This is at Tescos as well.
#35
novice question would nas be better ? so u can use as backup and access by network by other pc's ?
#36
Can anybody tell me if this drive is portable??
#37
Trentend
I accept that there is a hard core of members of this site, but for the rest, people just out there thinking that it would be good to share something they've spotted with people who might benefit, discussions like this must make many of them think 'why should I bother'. I'm guessing that we all miss out on a lot because of that.


Have you noticed that I (along with others) am agreeing with the poster? This is a bit of fun with people who don't know the meaning of words, they are looking for a drive that can be powered from the USB and are slating the poster for making a grammatically correct post.

Well done jamespir for posting a potential deal for us all, don't be put off by numpties!
#38
ourdevonfamily
Can anybody tell me if this drive is portable??


lol :-D

[INDENT]In case you're serious and dependent on how you choose to interpret portable in the context of a portable external hard-disk drive:-
Yes: you can move it from one room to another (but you might need a long usb cable and power lead unless you unplug it first)
No: you can't move it while it's running (at all!).
No: it won't fit in your pockets (except when you have your clown trousers on ;-)).
No: It's not rugged enough to move around regularly.
Yes: Iomega say it's portable on the box so you can take it hiking in the Andes with you
No; It says in the small-print (probably) that it shouldn't be used as a 'portable' drive too much.
No; It requires separate power-source other than the lap-top or PC it is plugged into.[/INDENT]
#39
i agree with the majority how is it a portable drive when it requires mains power! a portable devices need a portable power source such as a battery, in this case a 2.5 inch hard drive takes power from a laptop batteyr, since this is a 3.5 inch drive it is bigger and heavier than a 2.5 inch drive. If you take off the words portable this would go cold as there are slightly cheaper drives off amazon!
As you can see iomega does not think this is a portable drive http://go.iomega.com/en-us/products/external-hard-drive-portable/?partner=4760 Iomega has cetegorised this as a desktop hard drive http://go.iomega.com/en/products/external-hard-drive-desktop/prestige-amp-professional-desktop-series/?partner=4715
BOTTOM LINE ITS NOT PORTABLE.
#40
Computerman
i agree with the majority how is it a portable drive when it requires mains power! a portable devices need a portable power source such as a battery, in this case a 2.5 inch hard drive takes power from a laptop batteyr, since this is a 3.5 inch drive it is bigger and heavier than a 2.5 inch drive. If you take off the words portable this would go cold as there are slightly cheaper drives off amazon!
As you can see iomega does not think this is a portable drive http://go.iomega.com/en-us/products/external-hard-drive-portable/?partner=4760 Iomega has cetegorised this as a desktop hard drive http://go.iomega.com/en/products/external-hard-drive-desktop/prestige-amp-professional-desktop-series/?partner=4715
BOTTOM LINE ITS NOT PORTABLE.


But it can be moved around easily . . . . . .

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