500GB LaCie Desktop Hard Disk USB 2.0 Black @ Ebuyer £61.99 - HotUKDeals
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#1
Scan have sold out.
#2
Lacie are a good brand but what brand of HDD do they use in their products?
1 Like #3
From what I read in another thread on here, someone said he had two and they both had Samsung Spinpoints T166's inside. Which makes sense, as those are usually the cheapest 500GB HDDs around, they get good reviews though for speed despite their cheap price.

This one I believe: http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/157990/500-gb-samsung-hd501lj-spinpoint-t1/ - also listed as a hot deal.

stapsell
I have 2 of these. First from ebuyer for approx £55 and second from play.com £63 (plus quidco to come). Both have the samsung spinpoint 16mb cache disc inside. Small, quiet, nice black case.
Only annoying thing is no on/off switch.
Voted hot!


From this thread: http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/125370/lacie-500gb-external-hard-drive-usb/

Manufacturer link is here: http://www.samsung.com/us/consumer/detail/detail.do?group=computersperipherals&type=harddiskdrives&subtype=spinpointtseries&model_cd=HD501LJ

Some people have said it does have an on/off switch some people have said that it doesn't. Not too sure which is true unfortunately.
#4
i have the 320gb version of this, very quiet and fast. mine doesnt have an on/off switch though unfortunately
#5
is external hard disk any good if i am planning to use it all the time? as in always on?

and downloading stuff?
#6
fivefive
is external hard disk any good if i am planning to use it all the time? as in always on?

and downloading stuff?


Well it is basically the same as an internal hard drive, so having it on all the time shouldn't really effect it as this is what most internal drives have been designed to do :thumbsup:
#7
i have got this HDD and i am very happy with it. Had no problems at all, works just fine, and this is an amazing price!
#8
mimminito
i have got this HDD and i am very happy with it. Had no problems at all, works just fine, and this is an amazing price!


is it quiet?? any noise?? thanks a lot
#9
Been looking at more storage for a while, so hope people don't mind me adding some techy comments to help others seduced by this deal (voted hot, BTW !)

A quick note on external drives vrs internal drives - very good if you are only moving around a few GB at a time - the transfer rate for external drives is around 1.5 GB per minute. But if you tried to fill the 500GB drive, it would take about 4.5 hours to copy over all the data.

Most people will be in the former category, so not a problem for them. But if you are shunting DVD images around (3-4 minutes per DVD) you may want to get something internal, which with the latest SATA drives is around 10 times faster. Or find an external driver that has eSATA (external SATA) as well as USB 2.0, presuming you have an eSATA port on your motherboard of course, which offers both the high speed and the benefits of external drives.

That all said, I DON'T have eSATA and would like an external drive to do overnight backups of my data, so this could well fit the bill for me :)
#10
Hopefully I should have mine before the end of the week, I will be putting a review up on my website and will link it back here for you all to see.
#11
will this work with PS3

want to drop all my photos on and music via a PC then hook it up to the PS3:thinking:
#12
littlehoneyz
will this work with PS3

want to drop all my photos on and music via a PC then hook it up to the PS3:thinking:


Best on a budget:
LaCie 500GB External Hard Drive
LaCie make extremely reliable hard drives, and their external versions are quieter than most too. This model’s roomy 500 gigabytes will put your PS3’s internal drive to shame, and it’s a snip at just 60 quid. Plus, because it’s clad in a tasteful black shell, it won’t look out of place next to your console.


You can read the entire post here: http://threespeech.com/blog/?p=917

He seems to be recommending it so it sounds as if it should work fine :thumbsup:
#13
does this need a power supply or how is it powered?
1 Like #14
Diekund
does this need a power supply or how is it powered?


This one is powered by a mains adapter that is included with the device.

http://www.lacie.com/imgstore/product_large/hd_desktophd_usb_3.jpg

If your looking for a USB powered enclosure they usually refer to them as "portable" and are 2.5" in size rather than the 3.5" of this LaCie.

Too see some more pictures of this device you can visit the manufacturers website: http://www.lacie.com/us/products/product.htm?pid=11049
#15
great deal, just decided i needed to get one today for my music files, and this one just pops up on HUKD, voted hot
#16
alot of people i know have had problems with LAcie HDD. they stop working and the computer fails to detect it at times.
#17
I have had a 250GB (silver, designed by Porsche don't you know ;) ) for a couple of years and never had a problem with it. Looks like a good price to me.

J.
#18
I've got on of these, works a treat. Uses a samsung HD510LJ drive that are apparently pretty easy to remove if you just want the drive.
#19
Minstadave
I've got on of these, works a treat. Uses a samsung HD510LJ drive that are apparently pretty easy to remove if you just want the drive.


you have just earned them another sale. I want a usb hdd for playing stuff off the 360 and my popcornhour (when it arrives) but i dont want to be plugging it in all the time. Ill just store it internally until i need to use it then i can whap it into the enclosure.

Cheers guys
1 Like #20
The free delivery is still available - I've just registered, & ordered this drive too. Being able to choose the delivery day is a definite facility in their favour - I think I'll be back there for more stuff soon. :)
#21
Yeah I always shop at Scan now, as far as I am concerned they are a hell of a lot better than some of their competition. Delivery times and support from Scan is usually really good, plus they are not far away from where I live which is a bonus.

I have had some scary times with eBuyer and OverClockers so I now just use Scan. The problems I had with them were a few years ago though, they might be better now but as long as Scan are still trading I won't be going back to either of them lol.
#22
now now, you cannot beat ebuyer for service. they are always exceptional
#23
Heh, they might be now, but in the past their return service was awful. Took them three weeks to send me the right item after they sent me the wrong one which I had to return. I ended up cancelling the order because it took so long heh. It happens with all retailers at some point, but I tend to stick to one good one until they mess up, then I move on :thumbsup:

Not sure if eBuyer still do that pay extra for faster delivery thing, but that use to annoy me as well. They use to sit on my order for 3 days before sending it because I didn't pay extra for the shipping.
#24
Thanks, been looking for an extra HDD - at this price I may as well go for an external one!
#25
This drive is available at e-buyer for £58.95 which is only a penny cheaper but that is with free delivery and no forum to join!! Just another option!:thumbsup:
1 Like #26
chezlow
This drive is available at e-buyer for £58.95 which is only a penny cheaper but that is with free delivery and no forum to join!! Just another option!:thumbsup:


Well spotted, I think Aria lowered their price to. Strange how they both changed their prices 12 hours after I posted this lol

I have updated the thread so it goes to eBuyer instead and edited my second post so people can still take advantage of the Scan offer. I think it is likely Scan will delivery these quicker, but you are right, it is easier for people to use eBuyer - the choice is theirs! :thumbsup:
#27
This looks perfect for us, we have loads of short clips and photos of kids that I would hate to lose and still haven't backed up (GULP!).

I don't think I have USB 2.0 though - it's a pretty old PC I have. Does anyone have any advice on this please?

Thanks in advance
Luce
#28
Lucyeff, if your computer doesnt have USB 2.0, then buying an external drive isnt the best thing you can do as the transfer rate would be dire.
#29
Voted hot and ordered.

Got a 500GB Maxtor Onetouch4 from PC World ([email protected]) for £65 at the weekend. But I need another drive to do auto backups of my 500GB NAS, and the Onetouch4 is that stupid asymmetrical shape, so this is perfect.

I use LaCies at work all the time - but mainly the D2 triple interface (FW400/800/USB2) drives with macs. I've had problems with them in the past, but only with the power supplies. If you google, you'll find this is a common problem with those drives. I've no idea if these use the same power supplies, but in my experience a polite call to LaCie got me a replacement power supply in a day or two. The power supply problems can make it look like a drive problem as well - the main symptom being drives unmounting themselves randomly, and refusing to re-mount.

I don't buy the whole thing about certain brands of drives being better than others, to be honest. If you have a bad experience with a drive, you're far more likely to remember it or even write a review on a site about it. If a drive is working flawlessly you barely notice it, much less feel compelled to write a review of it :)
1 Like #30
Lucyeff
This looks perfect for us, we have loads of short clips and photos of kids that I would hate to lose and still haven't backed up (GULP!).

I don't think I have USB 2.0 though - it's a pretty old PC I have. Does anyone have any advice on this please?

Thanks in advance
Luce


Is it a desktop computer? If so, it probably has PCI slots, and a PCI USB2.0 card would only cost a few quid.

If it's a laptop and you don't use the PCMCIA slot, you could get a USB2.0 PC Card.
#31
deathtrap3000
Lucyeff, if your computer doesnt have USB 2.0, then buying an external drive isnt the best thing you can do as the transfer rate would be dire.


Thanks for the reply on that :thumbsup: Is it possible to get/worth getting USB 2.0? We were going to take it in for more memory adding - 192mb at the mo and it's SOOOOO slow it's painful - wondering if the man at the shop could add a USB 2.0 port easily enough? Tight budget so new computer not reeeally an option at the mo..:oops:
1 Like #32
coach_mcguirk
Is it a desktop computer? If so, it probably has PCI slots, and a PCI USB2.0 card would only cost a few quid.

If it's a laptop and you don't use the PCMCIA slot, you could get a USB2.0 PC Card.


:) Hi, must've been typing at the same time! Yes, it's a desktop PC. Godo to know that it's cheap to get USB 2.0 gear - but is it easy to do? (Bearing in mind I tried installing new memory and the thing kept crashing...it's made me nervous about tinkering!)

Ta
Luce
1 Like #33
Ah yeh, buying a pci usb card completely skipped my mind. They are really simple to install. All you need to do is open the computer up, stick the card in an empty slot, then install the software.
#34
Bought this 2 weeks ago works perfectly and I think it's pretty fast and not too noisey :)
banned#35
PhearFactor
Well it is basically the same as an internal hard drive, so having it on all the time shouldn't really effect it as this is what most internal drives have been designed to do :thumbsup:


But dude internal hard drives gettttttttttt ssoooommmmmmmmeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee form of airrrrrr ventiiiiiillllllllllattion from theeeeeeee meannnnnn ssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss of casing fans etc. This doesnt have a built in fan. Sorry about the typing, wireless keyboard acting up!
#36
Once I get my drive Adnan I will do a few tests on how hot it gets.
#37
Adnan786
But dude internal hard drives gettttttttttt ssoooommmmmmmmeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee form of airrrrrr ventiiiiiillllllllllattion from theeeeeeee meannnnnn ssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss of casing fans etc. This doesnt have a built in fan. Sorry about the typing, wireless keyboard acting up!


move the reciever closer to the keyboard!

yus
banned#38
yus786
move the reciever closer to the keyboard!

yus


Thanks but its connected through bluetooth and the keyboard is less then a metre away. It acts up sometimes when i take it off standby by using it after an idle period.
#39
To answer your previous question Adnan, I have had it on now for 2 days solid and its only warm to the touch. Even when under full load copying files for 3 hours straight, it still barely gets much more than what I would consider warm. It is not hitting its maximum operating temperature that is for sure.
#40
Had one from ebuyer 2 mths ago but came with a seagate drive and the head seek noise was unbelivable - returned as unfit. I know that they had a dodgy batch so maybe I was unlucky. Went with a 750gb SATA in an ICY usb/sata box which gives me real speed at home yet can stillplug it into anything. all for £95

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