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80GB Power Freakz Portable Hard Drive - £19.99 @ Maplin

£19.99 @ Maplin
Picked one of these up earlier as it's a cheap and quick backup solution - bought it to stick next to my drive at work to keep backups on. Small so possibly not ideal for large data storage of videos …
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Picked one of these up earlier as it's a cheap and quick backup solution - bought it to stick next to my drive at work to keep backups on. Small so possibly not ideal for large data storage of videos etc but ideal for backup of work documents and the like. Speed is reaonable (SATA drive) so no cheap IDE drives here.

It is marked as a hard drive caddy/enclosure on the box - the only give away that there is a hard drive is inside it is that there is a small sticker saying 80GB.


2.5 inch Portable External storage
High Speed USB 2.0
Plug & Play via any USB port, No external power supply needed!
Compatible with PC Win XP, Vista, Win 7 and most Macs
Supplied in Orange or Green casing

Contents:
RIPPLE 80GB External Portable Storage device
USB 2.0 Cable

http://www.maplin.co.uk/80gb-power-freakz-portable-hard-drive-511310
- npo

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#1
This may be a good price for this item - the deal link doesn't take you direct to the deal - but I'm not sure that it's good value for money. Spend a little more either on a portable or an enclosure plus 2.5" internal drive and I'm sure you can get much more storage. This works out at 25p per Gigabyte, I'm sure you can do better without having to spend too much more. I'd certainly advise anyone thinking of buying this to check around first.
1 Like #2
Pay an extra £10 and get 320GB! Or £20 to get 500GB.

Clearly cold.
#3
To follow up on my previous post, scrolling further down the new deals page there's a Samsung 320GB Portable for £29.99!
5 Likes #4
All valid points you are making. Someone may need 320GB or 500GB and clearly paying an extra £10 or £20 makes sense. On the other hand, if someone didn't need that amount of storage and 80GB was ample for that person, I don't see the reason for spending more money on a bigger drive. Just my opinion, not wanting to upset the previous posters.
2 Likes #5
iand123
if someone didn't need that amount of storage and 80GB was ample for that person, I don't see the reason for spending more money on a bigger drive.


I agree, If someone can find 80Gig for less than £20 then show us the deal, Don't do a 'Gadget Show' and compare items of different values
4 Likes #6
rash
Pay an extra £10 and get 320GB! Or £20 to get 500GB.

Clearly cold.


I hate it when people do this.

Post links for Pete's sake! Don't just run in and act all superior like, "This is a terrible deal", and leg it without backing it up!

Your average person may not know that it's not that great a deal, or that there are other alternatives and would likely appreciate being pointed in the right direction.
2 Likes #7
I prefer to have a fairly low storage option for important files/docs as it stops me then filling up those drives with dubious material that'll probably one day corrupt everything :D
#8
There's a 'normal looking' 80GB drive in Zavvi's ebay store for £18 at the moment.

Already got enough storage (2.5TB in total), I just wanted a small cheap drive to connect to my Icecrypt PVR.
#9
Sorry, link seems corrupted by was fine when I pasted. Correct link should be
http://www.maplin.co.uk/80gb-power-freakz-portable-hard-drive-511310

Reason I went for this is as said, backup for work documents. No videos, no music, only Office documents, PDF's and database files (so to be honest, a USB stick might have done). Therefore spending another £10 on an item that is solely to backup this amount would be a waste of money.

I have 3.5TB at home, so it's not like I'm adverse to storage, I just thought this was a good deal to nip into a store and pickup (cheapest drives in local Currys were £35). Remember, I'm also paying more because it's ina store rather than webstore (not to confuse matters - it's £20 instore as well as online!) but expect to pay more in store, due to overheads.
1 Like #10
Hot from me - good post. I often use small size drives like this to take to various locations when I only need a few items on it. Hate taking 250+'s.
#11
would this work in an xbox 360 slot?
#12
Grimulus
rash
Pay an extra £10 and get 320GB! Or £20 to get 500GB.

Clearly cold.

I hate it when people do this.

Post links for Pete's sake! Don't just run in and act all superior like, "This is a terrible deal", and leg it without backing it up!

Your average person may not know that it's not that great a deal, or that there are other alternatives and would likely appreciate being pointed in the right direction.

I didn't post a link because the one for £30 from comet was the next link down.

Stop being lazy and use the search.

Edited By: rash on Apr 09, 2011 19:41: fghj
3 Likes #13
titanwars
Hot, just what I need a single drive for OS' images, couldn't care less if larger ones are a tenner more...


precisely, if you don't need to spend the extra money what's the point. It's a good deal for some people :)
#14
Why buy this when you can buy a 2Tb for £60 more!! Maplin 2Tb for £79.99 :p (joke)

Thanks op I'll be clonzilling on this tomoz...
#15
Maplin just combining their cheap plastic enclosures (play.com deal last year?) with their small s-ata drive that are surplus to requirements.

http://****.co.uk/CnM-Core-80GB-2-5-USB-2-0-External-Hard-Drive-/330551073662?pt=UK_Computing_HardDrives_RL&hash=item4cf6611b7e

The ebay link above makes this deal cold (or rather not hot!)

Edited By: theserpent on Apr 09, 2011 21:53
#16
I think for people considering a large usb flash drive around the same money, it would make sense to have this much larger drive. no?
#17
rash
Grimulus
rash
Pay an extra £10 and get 320GB! Or £20 to get 500GB.

Clearly cold.


I hate it when people do this.

Post links for Pete's sake! Don't just run in and act all superior like, "This is a terrible deal", and leg it without backing it up!

Your average person may not know that it's not that great a deal, or that there are other alternatives and would likely appreciate being pointed in the right direction.


I didn't post a link because the one for £30 from comet was the next link down.

Stop being lazy and use the search.


Did i say me? No i didn't.

Just recognize the fact that you were a doorknob in your first post, and an even bigger doorknob for the unnecessary attitude in your second.

I was only trying to be helpful.
#18
taylope1
would this work in an xbox 360 slot?

It will work in your mum's for sure
1 Like #19
80gb drives are still drives and so fill the niche of USB memory sticks.

When you go through a baggage scanner do you really want to take your 500gb disk with everything you hold sacred on it or would you rather risk a £20 bare essentials disk?
#20
zaphodbb - Apr 09, 2011 22:54
80gb drives are still drives and so fill the niche of USB memory sticks.

When you go through a baggage scanner do you really want to take your 500gb disk with everything you hold sacred on it or would you rather risk a £20 bare essentials disk?

Well said!
1 Like #21
Power Freakz just make the hard drive enclosures (hence the only mention of hard drive is an added sticker). I think if I was using this for backup of personal files I would want to know if Maplin are using new Hard Drives inside them, and not returned/reconditioned ones just to get rid of them.
It might be guaranteed and if it goes wrong you will get a replacement, but it wouldn't replace any lost files.
#22
Quite correct ! and I see no mention of this in the whole thread...

I buy the same enclosures for £4 and put all my old 60GB-100GB drives out of split laptops.... They then get sold on for £10-£25 each... Only because I cannot use these 3-5 year old drives anymore... and cannot even get a fiver for the bare drive...

For value for money, or to be classed as a good deal is a no go i'm afraid...

When was the last time you dashed out to buy a brand new 60GB/80GB Laptop drive ?

Spend the extra tenner and buy a BRAND NEW 320GB Samsung or equivalent and rest assured that your Data is safe....

COLD i'm afraid :(

maxmix

zeroHour2
Power Freakz just make the hard drive enclosures (hence the only mention of hard drive is an added sticker). I think if I was using this for backup of personal files I would want to know if Maplin are using new Hard Drives inside them, and not returned/reconditioned ones just to get rid of them.
It might be guaranteed and if it goes wrong you will get a replacement, but it wouldn't replace any lost files.
#23
taylope1
would this work in an xbox 360 slot?


It would, but you can only use a max of 16GB in each USB slot, so you'd be wasting 64GB's worth of drive
#24
maxmix - Apr 10, 2011 02:22
I buy the same enclosures for £4 and put all my old 60GB-100GB drives out of split laptops.... They then get sold on for £10-£25 each... Only because I cannot use these 3-5 year old drives anymore... and cannot even get a fiver for the bare drive...

For value for money, or to be classed as a good deal is a no go i'm afraid...

When was the last time you dashed out to buy a brand new 60GB/80GB Laptop drive ?

Spend the extra tenner and buy a BRAND NEW 320GB Samsung or equivalent and rest assured that your Data is safe....

COLD i'm afraid :(


Hot I'm afraid. What if everyone wasn't you? What if everyone couldn't get these old drives from laptops? What if you don't want 320Gb of storage? What if you haven't got an extra tenner and would rather have this over a more expensive (though admittedly pocket sized) USB Flash drive equivalent, say 32Gb?

Incidentally, I have no problem selling laptop drives for a fiver, depends on who you're selling to. Plus, the reason nobody buys 60-80Gb drives is that they are no longer manufactured as far as I know but I know they're difficult to source.
#25
If it fits your purpose then its a good deal :)
#26
From looking yesterday - it was a Fujitsu drive. I can find the exact drive serial if people want.

As far as backup goes, it's not my only backup but it is my local copy (ie, not my copy backed up on a server...)

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