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500GB Western Digital MyBook Premium £102.15

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9y, 10m agoFound 9 years, 10 months ago
500GB storage with USB/Firewire connections, 7200RPM 16MB Cache HDD
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#1
http://image.ebuyer.com/UK/P0111979_C0000004_P0000000.jpg
#2
Looks like a good price for the USB2.0/Firewire version :)
The £99.99 model at Amazon doesn't have Firewire.
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Western-Digital-Essential-USB2-0-External/dp/B000EXZB0M
#3
Good price.
Personally I wouldn't buy one of these UNLESS it had USB AND firewire.
#4
hot......I would pay the extra for the firewire.
#5
Thanks for this Racoon :)
#6
Andrewolu
Good price.
Personally I wouldn't buy one of these UNLESS it had USB AND firewire.
It does - as stated in the header on eBuyer's page. It has 2x Firewire & 1x USB port on the rear.
#7
spartacus101
It does - as stated in the header on eBuyer's page. It has 2x Firewire & 1x USB port on the rear.


Very tempted, although may struggle to find a spare power socket :-)

Am I correct in thinking that Firewire is slightly faster than USB 2.0?
1 Like #8
danjaq2005
Very tempted, although may struggle to find a spare power socket :-)

Am I correct in thinking that Firewire is slightly faster than USB 2.0?

Firewire is significantly faster. Firewire uses peer to peer architecture whereas usb2.0 is a master slave architecture.

some stats show all in all firewire wins every time
" Read Test: [LIST]
[*]5000 files (300 MB total) FireWire was 33% faster than USB 2.0
[*]160 files (650MB total) FireWire was 70% faster than USB 2.0[/LIST] Write Test: [LIST]
[*]5000 files (300 MB total) FireWire was 16% faster than USB 2.0
[*]160 files (650MB total) FireWire was 48% faster than USB 2.0[/LIST]
1 Like #9
seancampbell
Firewire is significantly faster. Firewire uses peer to peer architecture whereas usb2.0 is a master slave architecture.

some stats show all in all firewire wins every time
" Read Test: [LIST]
[*]5000 files (300 MB total) FireWire was 33% faster than USB 2.0
[*]160 files (650MB total) FireWire was 70% faster than USB 2.0[/LIST] Write Test: [LIST]
[*]5000 files (300 MB total) FireWire was 16% faster than USB 2.0
[*]160 files (650MB total) FireWire was 48% faster than USB 2.0[/LIST]


Wow, quick response, haha. Thanks a lot for the info. Now, can you lend me £100 to buy this, lol?!
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danjaq2005
Wow, quick response, haha. Thanks a lot for the info. Now, can you lend me £100 to buy this, lol?!


Buy 4 and you can use ebuyers own finance :P
#11
rep added for seancampbell for helpful comments and providing extra info, also for my deals request info. Cheers
#12
Very good price for this - I bought the 250gb premium model for aout £97 just before Christmas and have been very pleased with it.
[admin]#13
Yup good price thanks for the spot! I grabbed one :) I have a USB 2.0 one already but I think it's too slow so this time I will try out the firewire one and see how it goes. Plus it also means I can boot up easily from it on backups.
#14
worth noting, that from my digging around, this is only firewire 400

which doesn't actually have as fast a throughput as usb2. (400Mbps for FireWire 400 vs 480Mbps for USB 2.0). throughput might be faster due to the bus its on though. your miles may vary etc...

if you are really concerned about transfer speeds though, you want the MyBook pro which has FireWire 800 interfaces on it
#15
has the price on this gone up, showing as £115.14 inc vat!!!
#16
Now £115
#17
Has the price increased on this? Showing as £115 inc vat!

oops.... thought my last one didnt post
#18
Is it still a good buy at this price?
1 Like #19
dnc
worth noting, that from my digging around, this is only firewire 400

which doesn't actually have as fast a throughput as usb2. (400Mbps for FireWire 400 vs 480Mbps for USB 2.0). throughput might be faster due to the bus its on though. your miles may vary etc...

if you are really concerned about transfer speeds though, you want the MyBook pro which has FireWire 800 interfaces on it


oh oh oh, you've fallen for the specs haven't you?!

the 480mbps for usb2 is split over both read/write, so really it's only 240mbps, firewire is faster at 400mbps in both directions, as you can see from the stats earlier in the thread.

this really is a good deal considering it has firewire (usually adds another 20ukp to a usb2 enclosure) i'd prefer esata, ethernet or fw800, but for this money you really can't complain - the drive alone is worth 80-odd.

the fw800 version is another 30ukp: http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/111982

anyone know if its a sata drive inside (i.e. can i put the 500gb in my computer and fit an old wd 250gb in the enclosure?)
#20
Personally I think not. I wouldn't pay extra for firewire.

USB2 is plenty fast for home use imvho
#21
MANJ_007
Is it still a good buy at this price?


dunno what happened to my post - they keep disappearing, or do they have to wait for mod approval now?

anyway, the fw800 pro version is 131ukp, although out of stock, it makes this less of a deal at only 15ukp difference.

i was ready to buy at 102, but not now they're doing price hike rubbish - they've got plenty of stock, so obviously watching the deals forums/referrers, or it was a price mistake or something....
#22
i was just registering with ebuyer after adding to cart and total showing up as £102, then when asked to confirm jumped to £115! Might leave it for a bit and wait and see if it gets reduced again. Cheers
#24


well it's iomega, which probably means a maxtor drive inside (nowhere near the reputation of western digital) plus it's usb2 only.

so not much of a deal for 15ukp less (or 4 less before the price fixing).
#25
spartacus101
It does - as stated in the header on eBuyer's page. It has 2x Firewire & 1x USB port on the rear.


I know it has both. I was simply stating my position on external drives in general.
I didn't know it had 2 firewire ports though. That's good.
#26
sej7278
oh oh oh, you've fallen for the specs haven't you?!

the 480mbps for usb2 is split over both read/write, so really it's only 240mbps, firewire is faster at 400mbps in both directions, as you can see from the stats earlier in the thread.

this really is a good deal considering it has firewire (usually adds another 20ukp to a usb2 enclosure) i'd prefer esata, ethernet or fw800, but for this money you really can't complain - the drive alone is worth 80-odd.

the fw800 version is another 30ukp: http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/111982

anyone know if its a sata drive inside (i.e. can i put the 500gb in my computer and fit an old wd 250gb in the enclosure?)


I knew firewire at 400Mbps was faster than USB 2.0 at 480Mbps but I was unsure of the reason until now. Good info have some reputation.

I think personally I will wait until 750GB external drives become available. These 500GB drives should drop in prince. I'll get the mybook pro when it drops to below or around the £100 mark.

Does anyone have experience with this Western Digital external drives? What's the failure rate?
Are they noisy?

Thanks.
#27
Do people really think their disks are going to write at anywhere near 200Mbs/sec?
#28
sej7278

this really is a good deal considering it has firewire (usually adds another 20ukp to a usb2 enclosure) i'd prefer esata, ethernet or fw800,

Amazon have the new My Book World Series 500Gb Gigabit NAS for £136.


sej7278
anyone know if its a sata drive inside (i.e. can i put the 500gb in my computer and fit an old wd 250gb in the enclosure?)

I believe its PATA have a look here http://www.wdmybook.com/en/editions/

There is an eSATA My Book FWIW.
#29
Andrewolu

Are they noisy?

Thanks.

I have 2x Premium's and they are virtually silent in use. All you hear is spin up/down.
#30
save your money, get a USB2 only one, with the £10 difference get teabags, then make a cup of tea when ur waiting for files to transfer....
[admin]#31
Depends what the application is. I don't think video editors would agree with you :)

However, in my case I also like firewire because it means I can boot off of it which I can't do with USB2 (well not without some hacking)

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