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500GB external hard drive, Hitachi 3.5" mains powered, £34.99 at Comet

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Excellent drive at a great low price. A further 3% off with Quidco or TopCashBack brings the price to £33.95.

You can't complain at that price.

This drive is not a portable 2.5" USB powered drive. You do need a mains socket to power it, but If it's going to be used mainly for a desktop PC, a laptop used only in the house, a Wii or other games console or plugged into a USB capable TV or Media Player, this represent much better value than the more expensive 2.5" drives.

If you plan to use it with a laptop or netbook you regularly take out and about with you, then this drive isn't the best one for you.


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The website seems to be acting up a bit just now, has done since the weekend. But if you persevere you can get 1 ordered.

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    andyken
    OK, but worth paying just £2 more for double the capacity, I reckon:

    http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/iomega-1tb-external-hard-drive-46-9/809345
    Willie_Hmmm
    andyken
    OK, but worth paying just £2 more for double the capacity, I reckon:

    http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/iomega-1tb-external-hard-drive-46-9/809345


    £12 more, but still better value if you need more than 500GB.

    Better value still is the tesco deal on here for £45 -
    http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/hitachi-1tb-desktop-hard-drive-49-9/802360

    The bonus of the comet deal is immediate pick up if you live near a store. Tesco for me is usually 2 or 3 days wait.

    I agree generally you want as much storage space as possible, but many people will never fill a 500GB drive let alone a 1TB, so for them spending the extra £10/£12 is a waste.

    I'm sitting on 7TB and just bought another 2GB in the form of x4 500GB internal drives for a ridiculously fast and extravagant RAID 0 - 4 drive setup. Which will only give me 500GB of storage but it will be 4 times faster.

    For what reason?

    Just because it was a hot deal, lol.
    andyken
    Willie_Hmmm
    andyken
    OK, but worth paying just £2 more for double the capacity, I reckon:


    £12 more, but still better value if you need more than 500GB.


    Oops! Sorry op, doesn't say much for my mathematical ability, does it? oO

    PS. Thanks for your restraint, a lot of guys on here would have really laid in to me for a gaf like that. :)

    Edited By: andyken on Nov 25, 2010 12:52
    Willie_Hmmm
    andyken
    Willie_Hmmm
    andyken
    OK, but worth paying just £2 more for double the capacity, I reckon:


    £12 more, but still better value if you need more than 500GB.


    Oops! Sorry op, doesn't say much for my mathematical ability, does it? oO

    PS. Thanks for your restraint, a lot of guys on here would have really laid in to me for a gaf like that. :)


    You should have seen the rant I'd started typing, lol. All in capitals too, so you'd know I was shouty, lol.

    Nah, you're correct and I'd always push people to get the best pound per GB deal, but for the people that won't fill this, let alone 1 TB, this represents a good deal.

    The sweet spot is probably 2TB just now, I'd grabbed a couple of external drives at £77 a few weeks ago, but the best deals on here just now are £85. There are benfits to have x2 1TBs, if/when a drive fails you've only lost half your storage space/data. If/when the 2TB fails, you lose it all.
    fowler002
    you say 'you can't complain at that price', well you can complain if the drive fails and you don't have the data backed up/stored elsewhere as well(be it on CDs/DVDs or stored on the pc/laptop) :)
    Willie_Hmmm
    fowler002
    you say 'you can't complain at that price', well you can complain if the drive fails and you don't have the data backed up/stored elsewhere as well(be it on CDs/DVDs or stored on the pc/laptop) :)


    Well, okay, you can complain, but as it's your job to backup your own data, you'll be complaining to yourself.

    I'd pay for a ticket to watch that conversation.

    If you only have 1 copy of vital files that you can't afford to lose, then 1 day you'll regret it because all hard drives and all magnetic, flash or optical media will fail eventually.

    If you have a copy on your pc and a copy on an external hard drive, say a really low cost one like this, you're a billion to 1 shot for them both to fail at the same time. If you think that might be you, don't bother buying a lottery ticket, you're not the lucky type.

    A backup, there's a clue in the name. That's not your only copy, you've got a 'backup' copy!

    I hope this information helps.

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