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External Hard Disk Drive eSATA 1TB - £79.99 @ Aldi

Kahlon Avatar
7y, 9m agoFound 7 years, 9 months ago
The best price I've yet to see for a 1TB eSATA hard drive. don't get confused with USB external hard drives... eSATA is a hell of a lot faster than that of a USB 2.0 connection,
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#1
good price
#2
what does it plug into if not USB? Thanks
#3
Robbieeee2k
what does it plug into if not USB? Thanks


http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/4/47/Sky_HD_Box.jpg/180px-Sky_HD_Box.jpg

esata is external sata... some reckon it will be fairly redundant with usb 3.0 coming out.
#4
bellamy_47
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/4/47/Sky_HD_Box.jpg/180px-Sky_HD_Box.jpg

esata is external sata... some reckon it will be fairly redundant with usb 3.0 coming out.


http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/03/20/usb3_esata/ saw that earlier
#5
Sounds good, any ideas which drive is inside the box?
#6
At a guess , Western Digital
#7
Does it requires additional power supply ?
#8
gaurav.rewari
Does it requires additional power supply ?


Yes, it does.

From the above linked article:

"In January 2008 the SATA-IO group said it would extend the specification to have the connecting Power Over eSATA cable deliver power to the external device as well as carry data. Such a POeSATA standard is still not here, meaning eSATA devices continue to need a separate power cable."
#9
like the look of usb3
#10
The Medion range of base units at Aldi have a cradle/bay fixed on their top surface - this has the eSata connections, including power supply. The eSata External Hard Drive simply slots into the bay (very simple, neat and tidy). I have a Medion base unit as well as a 500GB eSata External Hard Drive. It is very fast indeed - as fast as my internal hard drive. I will most definately be buying this - excellent price. I paid £70 for the 500GB version almost 6 months ago.:p
#11
johnmac
Sounds good, any ideas which drive is inside the box?

The 2 I have bought previously have contained Seagate drives.
#12
warranty?

edit: Just found out - 3 years. Pretty good.

Can it connect with USB?
#13
I have one of these drives and would seriously advise against it .. not that there is anything 'wrong' with it; but for the simple fact that its noisy and not that great to use.. and one of those drives that has no obvious "power" buttons but instead decides to spin-up/down depending on your PC usage. This results in it waking up more often than it should.. and then spinning down again when it decides to.. and then waking up a half a dozen or more times a day. Fine if you intend it to.. but not so when you don't (and this is when all sleep functions have been set in Windows!)

Now, I purchased the Tesco Iomega drive and have to say that this is a beauty.. its on as long as u want it to be and quiet.

Yes this Aldi drive does have SATA (and mine is connected directly to my medion machine.. slotted in) .. and as a result will be a little faster than USB2 .. but not so much that in your daily use your going to go "wow.. its sooo much better than USB2" (as its not!) ..

Build wise, if u can get the Iomega for £65 (seems to have gone up to £75 now) then do .. its better build, quiet.. and runs as u want it to .. not when it decides to!
#14
Sorry Viva I have to disagree with you there, eSATA is a lot faster than USB 2.0 480Mbit/s to at least 1.5Gbits/s or 3Gbits/s is quite a difference, especially when backing up very large file sizes, as you most definately will need on a 1TB HDD. Mine will be for use in a laptop. still debating on this or a lacie one I have also seen at a good price HERE...

As for USB 3.0 its going to be at a huge expense for a long time first... and lets face it most external devices don't even have speeds to suit its spec... a hard drive can only write as fast as its own RPM. unless of course it was a solid state HDD which aren't exactly that cheap

Of course this is my opinion and I'm sure there is much more I don't know. But at least you get my idea... so for those who think this one mabye is a little too "budget" maybe try the LaCie external hard drive.
#15
I have external caddies/toasters that HD drives slot into; these use eSATA or USB 2.0 connections. It's a fact that eSATA wipes the floor when transferring files. Especially movies.

If you have never tried it you can't appreciate the difference or comment. It's like a class 2 memory card compared to a class 6 or 8... or Your internal SATA HD compared to a USB external.

SAS will be the new internal standard after SATA 3 anyhow, but externally eSATA is the best we have until USB 3.0 gets sorted.

http://www.dslreports.com/forum/r19322821-eSata-vs-Sata-II-vs-USB2

Why spent your life watching a green bar ;-)

Hot Deal btw... Might invest... but I have way too many drives kicking about... I hope the 2TB drives drop in price very soon!
#16
stapsell
warranty?

edit: Just found out - 3 years. Pretty good.

Can it connect with USB?



No
#17
Yes it can conect via USB as well.
#18
This is an excellent price - wouldn't be too bad for USB, let alone eSATA! If anyone is able to identify what drive is inside, I'd be very glad to know.
#19
Kahlon
Sorry Viva I have to disagree with you there, eSATA is a lot faster than USB 2.0 480Mbit/s to at least 1.5Gbits/s or 3Gbits/s is quite a difference, especially when backing up very large file sizes, as you most definately will need on a 1TB HDD. Mine will be for use in a laptop. still debating on this or a lacie one I have also seen at a good price HERE...

As for USB 3.0 its going to be at a huge expense for a long time first... and lets face it most external devices don't even have speeds to suit its spec... a hard drive can only write as fast as its own RPM. unless of course it was a solid state HDD which aren't exactly that cheap

Of course this is my opinion and I'm sure there is much more I don't know. But at least you get my idea... so for those who think this one mabye is a little too "budget" maybe try the LaCie external hard drive.

I agree with Kahlon's theory of hard drives - eSATA is a lot faster than USB. However, I would also agree with Viva that this drive does tend to spend a lot of time spinning up and down - but this doesn't bother me. The speed gain more than offsets the annoyance of it spining up and down and being slightly noisier.
#20
HSpin
This is an excellent price - wouldn't be too bad for USB, let alone eSATA! If anyone is able to identify what drive is inside, I'd be very glad to know.


I have the 500GB version of this drive - it is a Seagate ST3500820AS
#21
HSpin
This is an excellent price - wouldn't be too bad for USB, let alone eSATA! If anyone is able to identify what drive is inside, I'd be very glad to know.

The 2 PC's I've had from Aldi and the 2 external drives have all contained Seagates so I would hazard a guess that's what it will be. In any case, they don't tend to use poor quality components so you should be fine.
#22
viva
I have one of these drives and would seriously advise against it .. not that there is anything 'wrong' with it; but for the simple fact that its noisy and not that great to use.. and one of those drives that has no obvious "power" buttons but instead decides to spin-up/down depending on your PC usage. This results in it waking up more often than it should.. and then spinning down again when it decides to.. and then waking up a half a dozen or more times a day. Fine if you intend it to.. but not so when you don't (and this is when all sleep functions have been set in Windows!)

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We will have to agree to disagree -)

I have a number of external hard-drives connected between Firewire, USB2 or eSata.. and I am a fairly typical user; I do push the drives in terms of video-editing, streaming, large files, etc.. and I can quite easily get away with doing any operation fine on any of the drives without having to worry that one is going to do it a little quicker than the other. It's the fact that some people get caught up in the whole "speed increase" that it becomes an obsession and they forget that *other* things matter far more.

In my view what matters far more is that the drive is QUIET and that it has a good BUILD quality and is more than capable of running 24/7 with low-temperatures. The Tesco Iomega drive has all these features over the Medion/Aldi drive - and for me this is far more important. I simply hate drives that are powered by 'usage' such as when they are accessed. Windows and all the programs we need to be running with it often 'accidentally' wake up the drives.. only causing them to spin down again 10 minutes later. Having your drives do this daily puts far more stress and ware on said drive than one running 24/7. - My Freecom (Spinpoint) 500GB has been running for 2 years with low-temps 24/7 and is as quiet as a mouse and a workhorse.

I once again would advise people to consider far more than merely the 'speed' of the drive.. typical usage would be better suited to a different drive.
#23
It depends on what you are going to use it for i guess, i need one just to back up the pc so it will only be used once a week
#24
viva
We will have to agree to disagree -)

I have a number of external hard-drives connected between Firewire, USB2 or eSata.. and I am a fairly typical user; I do push the drives in terms of video-editing, streaming, large files, etc.. and I can quite easily get away with doing any operation fine on any of the drives without having to worry that one is going to do it a little quicker than the other. It's the fact that some people get caught up in the whole "speed increase" that it becomes an obsession and they forget that *other* things matter far more.

In my view what matters far more is that the drive is QUIET and that it has a good BUILD quality and is more than capable of running 24/7 with low-temperatures. The Tesco Iomega drive has all these features over the Medion/Aldi drive - and for me this is far more important. I simply hate drives that are powered by 'usage' such as when they are accessed. Windows and all the programs we need to be running with it often 'accidentally' wake up the drives.. only causing them to spin down again 10 minutes later. Having your drives do this daily puts far more stress and ware on said drive than one running 24/7. - My Freecom (Spinpoint) 500GB has been running for 2 years with low-temps 24/7 and is as quiet as a mouse and a workhorse.

I once again would advise people to consider far more than merely the 'speed' of the drive.. typical usage would be better suited to a different drive.


Can't you set your drive spin down time in control panel > power management?
If you don't want it to keep spinning down then set it to never

Or are you saying there is hardware in the drive casing causing it do this against your wishes, even when windows is configured how you want?
#25
bellamy_47
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/4/47/Sky_HD_Box.jpg/180px-Sky_HD_Box.jpg

esata is external sata... some reckon it will be fairly redundant with usb 3.0 coming out.


does this really have ETHERNET and HDMI ? does this mean it's NAS and a media player?
#26
i have the 750GB version and it is a pain to have to keep removing the plug from the socket as it does not power down.... There is no power switch for it.... I connect it via USB though..... Emailed Medion and they said that it does not mention that on the packaging and so I have to live with pulling the plug/switching it off from the mains..... Luckily got it for £40 when they were being cleared out.... Anyway you need to check what it does if it powers itself down or not....
#27
Not sure what to do with this one then, may actually go for the LaCie drive instead... for the extra £20, just not sure if paying an extra £20 is worth the speed gain when you can get 1TB usb drives for about £65 :/

The power does put me off it a little bit, though I would most probably leave it turned on anyway. decisions decisions!
#28
jonathan_d
Can't you set your drive spin down time in control panel > power management?
If you don't want it to keep spinning down then set it to never

Or are you saying there is hardware in the drive casing causing it do this against your wishes, even when windows is configured how you want?


I'm saying that regardless of what you do with your power-management settings the drive will power itself on at random times if left connected your system; purely as a matter of windows accidentally tripping the ignition and causing the drive to spin up and then down countless times per day..

I am not a fan of Medion drives (having two of them!) .. I now know better!
#29
viva
I'm saying that regardless of what you do with your power-management settings the drive will power itself on at random times if left connected your system; purely as a matter of windows accidentally tripping the ignition and causing the drive to spin up and then down countless times per day..

You mean exactly like hard drives in Vista machines do anyway?! Mine has been whirring away for the last 30 minutes and all I'm doing is wandering around the net, it's more of a Windows rather than this Medion drive issue.
#30
Picked one up this morning.... it doesn't even come with a eSATA cable :\ how annoying!
#31
Can you take a picture of the connectors and post it?
#32
andycraze
does this really have ETHERNET and HDMI ? does this mean it's NAS and a media player?


that's a sky+ HD box :roll:
#33
2mm2uk
Can you take a picture of the connectors and post it?

It has an eSATA and a large USB connection on the back, then the power supply.
#34
Kahlon
Picked one up this morning.... it doesn't even come with a eSATA cable :\ how annoying!

No cable? You're kidding ... that'd mean a trip to PC World as well. Grrr. How annoying!
#35
Your telling me! just formatting now... didn't tick quick format so its gonna take ages too :(
eSATA cables aren't exactly pennies either just thought I'd let everyone know so they're not let down like I was.
#36
Kahlon,

I'm grateful for the information, thanks very much! It'll mean a detour on the way home tonight as I couldn't bear the thought of buying something that I couldn't use straight away. Have gadget, must use!
#37
For info the drives in these are WD10EACS 16mb Cache :)

Might buy a few more of these, and flog the enclosures
#38
They have never come with a Esata cable, you can get them on Ebay for around £3
#39
Bah, both local stores sold out before I could get one.

Pants!
#40
Does it have a seperate external transformer (a power brick)?

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