320gb West Digital USB portable hard drive £99.99 - Collect@store PCWorld.co.uk + Quidco (£2.50) - HotUKDeals
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Cheapest online delivered is around £114-£123, ebay prices are around the same (unless sold by a non shop seller).

+Quidco (£2.49 cashback)

This is USB2.0 (USB powered) so no power plug to carry around.

Compatible with Windows 2000/XP/Vista and Mac OS X 10.4.8 or later

320GB of storage capacity
2.5" Form Factor External hard drive
Stores up to 80,000 MP3 songs or up to 455 movies
Smart and energy efficient
PC and Mac compatible
Backup all your important files
480 mbits/sec Internal Transfer Rate
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#1
I got the 160gb version from Dixons a couple of weeks ago for £45, its very compact and had no problems with it.:thumbsup:

Heat added
#2
This is a good price.

People may vote it cold because they remember the MyBook deals on here.

They need to remember that this is a more compact drive, and as such comes with a price premium.

MyBook - £70 for 500GB
This one - £100 for 320GB

Voted hot, as it is the cheapest you'll probably find.
#3
I've got this drive. Works a treat and is very sleek and stylish.
#4
Nice find - I've been waiting for price to come down on this higher capacity model.

Heat+rep.
#5
Can get it from dixons with quidco (3%) and free delivery...
http://www.dixons.co.uk/martprd/product/seo/533727

Could get it from currys collect at store for £99.99 but with 3% quidco for collections. (making it 50p cheaper)

Or could get it from pcwold using a 5% discount voucher delivered.

EDIT: If you are gonna get 2 then you could buy them from currys with free delivery, £7.50 off and 3.5% quidco!
#6
Great unit. But compared to the 80gb portable maxtor usb powered on here for £29 all-in this is expensive.
1 Like #7
Very nice price. I have the 160gb version.

I advise not using the Western Digital Synch software included on the drive, it takes forever to check what files have changed before backing up what is actually required.

Much better to just plug it in and copy across changed data like you were using a USB flash drive.

Some reviews say you need a split USB cable to to correctly power the drive (which uses 2 USB ports on your laptop/PC). If you do, I think they can be ordered free from WD UK on 01372 360055.

:thumbsup:
#8
Brewer
Great unit. But compared to the 80gb portable maxtor usb powered on here for £29 all-in this is expensive.


80gb for £29
320gb for £99 = £24.75 per 80gb :thinking:
#9
Brewer
Compared to the 80gb portable maxtor usb powered on here for £29 all-in this is expensive.


How do you work that out?

You'd have to buy 4 to have the same amount of storage.

Which would cost you £116.

This is only £99.
#10
SpoonyBoy
80gb for £29
320gb for £99 = £24.75 per 80gb :thinking:


Snap !
#11
adambaz
How do you work that out?

You'd have to buy 4 to have the same amount of storage.

Which would cost you £116.

This is only £99.


And then you would have to have 4 drives instead of 1.
#12
Very hot indeed, it's the first time I see a 2.5" drive as big as that for under £100! Same here, been waiting for that for a little while now, thanks for the pointer!
#13
Hot deal no matter what people say. This is a 2.5" hard drive NOT the big 3.5 hard drives.
#14
We;re going to see these drives get cheaper over the coming days/weeks. WD have recently released their 'Elite' version - 320GB with extra bells and whistles, for a couple of pound more.

Hence why the Passport are now dropping in price. Luke Warm for me.
#15
I had a stroke of luck last weekend - I reserved a 250gb version of this at PC World for £75, but when I went to collect, it was out of stock. So they did me this one the same price.

Great drive - small and almost silent.
#16
I picked up one of these 320GB from Dixons Tax Free (Ashford Eurotunnel branch) for £85... says "airport adjustment 15.00" on receipt.
Was about to purchase from PC World before i left, but decided to wait and got lucky!! They had about 20 on the shelf...
#17
Addicted
We;re going to see these drives get cheaper over the coming days/weeks. WD have recently released their 'Elite' version - 320GB with extra bells and whistles, for a couple of pound more.

Hence why the Passport are now dropping in price. Luke Warm for me.


even better.
#18
balluji;1793576
I picked up one of these 320GB from Dixons Tax Free (Ashford Eurotunnel branch) for £85... says "airport adjustment 15.00" on receipt.
Was about to purchase from PC World before i left, but decided to wait and got lucky!! They had about 20 on the shelf...

This is what i will plan to do when i go through the airport next month!
#19
anyone taken one apart?
im considering this for the ps3
and put the ps3's 60gig in the case
#20
Shonk
anyone taken one apart?
im considering this for the ps3
and put the ps3's 60gig in the case


You'll need to confirm that the thickness of the drive in WD casing is 9.5mm and not 12.5mm as there are 2 different thickness of 2.5" SATA drives. PS3s can only use 9.5mm drives. Hope this helps.
#21
Hmm, I'd like to know the thickness too. This'd be good for my Macbook if it's 9.5mm. I haven't seen any 12mm 320GB drives but you never know I suppose. I wonder if they'd take it back if I don't destory the packaging?
The best thing about this would be that I could clone my existing drive via USB before taking the drive out of it's case!
1 Like #22
Addicted
WD have recently released their 'Elite' version - 320GB with extra bells and whistles, for a couple of pound more.

The Elite is indeed the newer model, but while the dollar-for-dollar RRP is the same as the Essential I would be surprised if the Elite can be had for around £99 just yet. The only concrete GBP price I've seen mentioned for the Elite is £136 - I'd be interested to know if you've seen it cheaper though.

The Elite doesn't appear to offer much over and above the Essential version, so this is definitely a bargain at the moment.

For more info:

My Passport Essential: http://www.wdc.com/en/products/products.asp?driveid=391&language=en
My Passport Elite: http://www.wdc.com/en/products/products.asp?driveid=408&language=en
#23
I'd be all over this if it had Firewire. Anyone suggest a decent and cheap FW portable please?
#24
I just reserved one at the Halifax store and when I got there, they didn't have any!
#25
Addicted
We;re going to see these drives get cheaper over the coming days/weeks. WD have recently released their 'Elite' version - 320GB with extra bells and whistles, for a couple of pound more.


Comparing on the Western Digital website, the elite and passport are both the same, but the elite comes with Remote Access Software and Backup Software. Thats the only difference!
#26
formated with macdrive and now i have 8gb-13gb blurray rips that my 360 can read :thumbsup: so great for little hard drive for HD films for the 360:-D
1 Like #27
I picked one of these up today and after pulling the case apart (no screws!) I can confirm:

It is a Western Digital WD3200B EVT Serial ATA 9.5mm drive :-)

Macbook upgrade here I come!

Here's a link: http://www.wdc.com/en/products/Products.asp?DriveID=377
#28
Addicted
We;re going to see these drives get cheaper over the coming days/weeks. WD have recently released their 'Elite' version - 320GB with extra bells and whistles, for a couple of pound more.

Hence why the Passport are now dropping in price. Luke Warm for me.


Please note that this is not the WD Passport range but the very recent WD My Passport (WD's trying to instillate some of its My Book's flavour to the Passport range, hoping to get the same success there too). So definitely a bargain.

As for the version, the only hardware difference between the Essential (this offer) and the Elite is the "soft-touch finish", all the specs are similar and the higher price mark basically lies within the software offering. So if anyone asks, I would say nothing worth paying for...

Thanks again for this great deal.
#29
320GB is too small for me.
Are there any plans to release a larger capacity for these 2.5" portable drives????
All the extra stuff for the elite i hav no interest in.
(i hate using external power supply...so i like the 2.5" drives.)
#30
i bought this and swapped the drive with the one in my Macbook Pro

the 320GB in the macbook pro is working fine, however I cannot get the original 80GB drive to work in the enclosure.

The white LED lights up when no drive is attached, but if I plug the drive into the SATA port the light turns off and nothing is seen at the computer end.

Any ideas? Is the controller not powerful enough to spin up the drive? Do I need to set any jumpers on the new drive to make it work in the enclosure?
#31
oldman
i bought this and swapped the drive with the one in my Macbook Pro

the 320GB in the macbook pro is working fine, however I cannot get the original 80GB drive to work in the enclosure.

The white LED lights up when no drive is attached, but if I plug the drive into the SATA port the light turns off and nothing is seen at the computer end.

Any ideas? Is the controller not powerful enough to spin up the drive? Do I need to set any jumpers on the new drive to make it work in the enclosure?


if the light is not lighting up at all, I suspect the 80Gb drive needs more power to spin up. Presumably the original HDD was designed to run on USB powwer whereas apple did not envisage someone using the internal 80gig drive in an external enclosure. You might want to buy an el-cheapo SATA external enclosure which comes with it''s own power supply (or USB splitter cable) to see if you can get the 80gig drive going. These shouldn't cost more than about a tenner.

By the way I picked up one of these myself - it is not the V2 version (i.e., blue circle on the "spine" of the case. I was a little cheesed off to say the least - anyone know what the difference between this and the V2 is?
#32
behibehi
By the way I picked up one of these myself - it is not the V2 version (i.e., blue circle on the "spine" of the case. I was a little cheesed off to say the least - anyone know what the difference between this and the V2 is?

Was it the Passport Essential that you picked up?
#33
voodooflux
Was it the Passport Essential that you picked up?


I think so, it says "My Passport Essential" on the packaging.
#34
behibehi
I think so, it says "My Passport Essential" on the packaging.

From my understanding the Essential is newer than the V2 Passport.

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