500GB Buffalo External Portable 2.5" HDD (Laptop drive based, USB powered) - £99.99 delivered @ Amazon - HotUKDeals
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Note: This drive is based on a 2.5" laptop hard drive not a desktop hard drive. Powered through the USB bus, no external power supply required.

Buffalo MiniStation TurboUSB HD-PF500U2 - hard drive - 500 GB - Hi-Speed USB
Type - Hard drive - external
Storage Controller - Serial ATA ( Serial ATA-150 ) - Hi-Speed USB
Data Transfer Rate - 480 Mbps
Interface Type - Hi-Speed USB
Capacity - 500 GB
Spindle Speed - 5400 rpm
Power Source - USB bus
Power - AC 100 V ( 50/60 Hz )
Dimensions (WxDxH) - 8.4 cm x 2.3 cm x 13.2 cm
Weight - 224 g
OS Required - Microsoft Windows 2000, Apple MacOS 9, Apple MacOS X, Microsoft Windows XP, Microsoft Windows Vista
Manufacturer Warranty - 1 year warranty
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#1
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#2
Thats a nice price for a 500GB 2.5" portable drive! I noticed eBuyer is doing a 400GB one for £77 if your budget cant to £100. Not as good as the 500GB deal though

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/147970



Sin
#3
SATA drive inside, Hitachi and cheaper than buying the drive alone, plus points !!
#4
Bear in mind folks this will fit in your pocket and doesn't require separate power cable with bulky transformer and is a 2.5" laptop usb powered drive not the typical external 3.5" drives which ARE NOT portable.

The price being for £100 you can get a 1tb drive which is meant to stay stationary or a portable 500gb...
#5
for a portable drive, this is great value...voted HOT
#6
this is pretty hot, as i've been keeping my eye on 2.5" 500gig drives for a while, and they''ve been around the £150 mark

one thing to point out is that this is probably the hitachi drive that's non standard size, so is slightly too thick to fit in some (or many/most) laptops as it's slightly thicker than the standard 9.5mm (i think it's 12mm), just in case someone is considering installing the HD and a laptop and putting the old drive in the external case

hopefully this will see the start of large laptop drives falling like the 1TB drives. i was considering getting 2x500gig 2.5" drives, but it would have cost more than 3x the price of a single 3.5" 1TB drive so i got the 1TB spinpoint F1 instead. i'll upgrade the drives on my laptop when the prices are better
#7
This is really good....
Doesn't look as well made as the freecom toughdrive, but the toughdrive's 320gb is more expensive than this.

I've recently bought a 320gb WD Passport drive.... Had i seen this one i'd probably have gone with it.
#8
Sin_of_nature
Thats a nice price for a 500GB 2.5" portable drive! I noticed eBuyer is doing a 400GB one for £77 if your budget cant to £100. Not as good as the 500GB deal though
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/147970
Sin


I believe the ebuyer drive is 3.5", so not comparable.
Buffalo web site
http://www.buffalotech.com/products/external-drives/ministation/ministation-turbousb-portable-hard-drive-hd-pf-series/
Buffalo broshure
http://www.buffalotech.com/files/products/MiniStation-HD-PF_DS.pdf
#9
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http://www.buffalotech.com/images/products/HD-PF-closed-cable-lg.jpg
http://www.buffalotech.com/images/products/HD-PF-side-lg.jpg
http://www.buffalotech.com/images/products/HD-PF-lg.jpg
http://www.buffalotech.com/images/product_overview/hd-pf-graphic.jpg
#10
Hi there, can anybody telll me if this is any good for the ps3 (wether it'll work)?

Thanks a bunch!
#11


From ebuyer website, the dimensions of the 400Gb drive are:-
Dimensions 13.9 x 8.3 x 2 cm / 5.5 x 3.2 x 0.8 inch

Therefore it is a 2.5" drive, and is comparable. The Buffalo drive works out to be 19.9p/Gb and the Freecom one is 19.2p/Gb. The Buffalo drive does seem slightly better built though imho.
#12
ayaz
Hi there, can anybody telll me if this is any good for the ps3 (wether it'll work)?

Thanks a bunch!


If the HDD enclosure is easy to disassemble then there's no reason it shouldn't work as the drive seems to be a Travelstar 5K500.
#13
ayaz
Hi there, can anybody telll me if this is any good for the ps3 (wether it'll work)?

Thanks a bunch!


No it isn't a standard size (9.5m) it's a slightly thicker at 12.5mm and therefore will not fit.
#14
Tyler Durden
No it isn't a standard size (9.5m) it's a slightly thicker at 12.5mm and therefore will not fit.


You're right, my bad.
#15
NossB
You're right, my bad.

http://www.epinions.com/content_435795889796

It seems it uses the 9.5mm size drive? Correct me if I am wrong thanks
#16
Can anyone recommend any usb powered ext hdd which may be cheaper? Does not have to be 2.5in. I just need something without an extra power cable cluttering deskspace.
#17
machofairy
Can anyone recommend any usb powered ext hdd which may be cheaper? Does not have to be 2.5in. I just need something without an extra power cable cluttering deskspace.


To run solely off bus power, it would have to be a 2.5" drive.

If you have any old 2.5" drives laying about, you can buy the external cases now for < £10, so that may be a cheap way to go.....
#18
gregfok
http://www.epinions.com/content_435795889796

It seems it uses the 9.5mm size drive? Correct me if I am wrong thanks


You're wrong :thumbsup:

The link you have used is for the 320gb version.
#19
I think people may have misunderstood what I meant. I don't mean to open it up & stick it in my ps3, I mean to use it as an external HDD. I know that any Usb HDD that is externally powred doesn;t work.

Unless it still doesn't. So people want to correct me again please do.
#20
the Freecom one is 43p more:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Freecom-Mobile-DriveClassic-500GB-USB2/dp/B001C9VCWS/ref=pd_sbs_ce_13

But not sure if it is better or worse....
#21
#22
doh! It's an option though...
#23
ayaz
I think people may have misunderstood what I meant. I don't mean to open it up & stick it in my ps3, I mean to use it as an external HDD. I know that any Usb HDD that is externally powred doesn;t work.

Unless it still doesn't. So people want to correct me again please do.


yeah you can used it but needs to formated to FAT32

wont work with files over 4 gig tho.
#24
i got a 400gig the other day from Play.com not opened it yet, was £85 tempted to return and order this one ....
#25
Thers was a portable hd drive on earlier today i think it was a 750gb one has it been withdrawn? as looking for a cheap drive to back up all my info or pics ect!!!!!????????:):)
banned#26
Are there any smaller about 160GB for under £50 like this which does not require external power, 500GB is more than enough for me.

I was looking at the Maxtor 160GB for £39 at Tesco’s which was voted cold (-43), is that because it requires external power? Or is it because Maxtor are not reliable?


Thanks,
#27
hotuk;2705483
Are there any smaller about 160GB for under £50 like this which does not require external power, 500GB is more than enough for me.

I was looking at the Maxtor 160GB for £39 at Tesco’s which was voted cold (-43), is that because it requires external power? Or is it because Maxtor are not reliable?


Thanks,


It's very often peoples ignorance of the differences between external 3.5 & 2.5 drives that makes external portable ones get cold votes.

Not quite as large a capacity as you requested but you can get a 120gb Freecom Portable drive from Amazon for £34.99:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Freecom-Mob-DriveClassic-2-5-120GB-USB2/dp/B00120WU8W/

160gb Freecom - £43.99:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Freecom-Mobile-Drive-Classic-160GB/dp/B000YSQT1C/
banned#28
Thanks bingsy.

Which is better, Freecom,Buffalo, Maxtor or any others?
#29
I was in Aldi today and as I left I saw a poster advertising a 750gb External HDD for around £80. Ive just looked on the Aldi website and cant see it, but I swear I saw this advertised in Aldi
#30
ayaz
Hi there, can anybody telll me if this is any good for the ps3 (wether it'll work)?

Thanks a bunch!


Not as an internal drive, but if connected via USB you'll need to leave the drive as FAT32 as NTFS won't work on PS3 at the mo.

If you have files bigger than 4gb (e.g. MKV files) use a program called MKV2VOB which 'remuxes' the video files and you can split it across 1gb / 2gb / 4gb etc parts. You could even use multiple 1gb usb sticks if necessary.

:thumbsup:

I have the 80gb version of this drive for watching stuff from my PC on my PS3, or alternatively you can use tversity and stream from your PC to your PS3.
#31
machofairy
Can anyone recommend any usb powered ext hdd which may be cheaper? Does not have to be 2.5in. I just need something without an extra power cable cluttering deskspace.


How about this 250mb one for £64.62 :

http://planet.farnell.com/email/cpc/WebOffers/Aug_05.htm?CMP=i-be79-00001000
#32
srwilks
Thers was a portable hd drive on earlier today i think it was a 750gb one has it been withdrawn? as looking for a cheap drive to back up all my info or pics ect!!!!!????????:):)


gekkoa
I was in Aldi today and as I left I saw a poster advertising a 750gb External HDD for around £80. Ive just looked on the Aldi website and cant see it, but I swear I saw this advertised in Aldi


AFAIK 500GB is as high as 2.5" drives go and even then like this one those are often fatter than standard because of an extra platter. I suspect anything at 750GB is going to be a 3.5" mains-powered drive.
#33
received mine today... seems good so far, really quiet thanks to no fans... Green light on top tells u it is connected to your computer and changes to amber when it is being accessed.... Software is not compatible with Windows XP 64 bit.... Also to use the Turbo that it talks about you need to install the software that comes with it [or from their website].... The actual drive itself is pretty fast without using the turbo feature.....
#34
gekkoa;2706175
I was in Aldi today and as I left I saw a poster advertising a 750gb External HDD for around £80. Ive just looked on the Aldi website and cant see it, but I swear I saw this advertised in Aldi


This will be the LARGE and NOT-PORTABLE 3.5" drive i mentioned earlier which requires a BULKY external power plug + transformer so not comparable to this item.
#35
EndlessWaves;2708192
AFAIK 500GB is as high as 2.5" drives go and even then like this one those are often fatter than standard because of an extra platter. I suspect anything at 750GB is going to be a 3.5" mains-powered drive.


You're quite right, the 500GB drives are still quite new on the market.

Fantastic deal, really like the design of the case and it's quite a bit cheaper than an internal drive

John
#36
Well mine has just arrived i sent the 400gig back to play.com :)

happy days :)
#37
so did anyone open one up to put inside their PS3? I am thinking of selling my Wii and getting a PS3 instead so this would be great to keep my hundreds of movies in...

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