Formac 160GB External 2.5" Hard Drive (pocket-sized) - today for £54.99 delivered ! - HotUKDeals
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Formac 160GB External 2.5" Hard Drive (pocket-sized) - £59.99 delivered @ ebuyer !

Edit: £54.99 delivered (DOTD)

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Features : Award Winning - PC Pro 5 Star | Whisper drive operation | Stylishly designed and Fully stackable with other disk mini drives | Compact Ultra portable fits easily into a shirt or briefcase pocket | Fast 5400 RPM hard drive, 8MB Cache | Smart Powered by the USB bus | Tough suspension system and shock-tolerant drive.
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#1
Cheaper at Dabs £59.40 (free delivery with verified by visa) + quidco. There is a thread somewhere about the free delivery from Dabs.
http://www.dabs.com/productview.aspx?Quicklinx=4JNG

Dabs' delivery, usually next day is by far quicker than ebuyer's 5 days super saver delivery.
#2
Thanks for the pointer quadxpress :)
#3
A 'for info' - I got the 120gb one of these for about the same price a few months ago, they're very lightweight (meant in the positive sense) and really surprisingly quick.
#4
Also a good alternative at Scan who sell a 160Gb LaCie 2.5 inch (pocket-size) one for £57.43, which is probably a better alternative if you qualify for free delivery from Scan (I gather lots of us do thanks to a past deal)http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/ProductInfo.asp?WebProductID=561876

To compare the sizes of the two drives the Formac one is quoted at W:129; D:92; H:22 and the LaCie one W:135; D:75; H:15 (millimetres)

If size is not an issue, I think this is an excellent deal at the minute too at Scan: 320Gb ATMT external drive one for £45.57 (exc delivery) http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/ProductInfo.asp?WebProductID=653454
#5
i was thinking that rather then buying external hard drives on high price why donnt we buy an internal hard drive with usb adoptor(USB to IDE Cable For HDD/DVD) .
like this 1 http://www.ledshoppe.com/Product/com/CA4004.htm
isnnt it gona b more cheaper?
#6
advance
i was thinking that rather then buying external hard drives on high price why donnt we buy an internal hard drive with usb adoptor(USB to IDE Cable For HDD/DVD) .
like this 1 http://www.ledshoppe.com/Product/com/CA4004.htm
isnnt it gona b more cheaper?


The link you've given is not self powered so you'll have to plug it into the mains as well as the usb socket. Also this is a lot smaller and more shock resistant.
#7
advance
i was thinking that rather then buying external hard drives on high price why donnt we buy an internal hard drive with usb adoptor(USB to IDE Cable For HDD/DVD) .
like this 1 http://www.ledshoppe.com/Product/com/CA4004.htm
isnnt it gona b more cheaper?


What's the point? External hardisk is meant for you to store/backup your PC data, or for others moving/transfering data from one comp to another etc......btw, if you were to buy the adapter, enclosure/HD caddy and HD seperately, it would probably cost you more than buying one like this.
#8
n00b
The link you've given is not self powered so you'll have to plug it into the mains as well as the usb socket. Also this is a lot smaller and more shock resistant.


Thanks for the info & welcome to HUKD n00b :)
#9
edi
Thanks for the pointer quadxpress :)



You are welcome, Edi. Thanks for posting the deal at the first place anyway.
I was just contemplating of sharing another mean to get this slightly cheaper (although not a lot) for other HKUD members.
#10
quadxpress
..I was just contemplating of sharing another mean to get this slightly cheaper (although not a lot) for other HKUD members.


Thats what this site is for :-D
#11
Hmm... why would anyone pay £60 for a 160gb drive when just £5-10 more gets you 500gb?

http://www.hotukdeals.com/forums/showthread.php?t=92693
#12
You can also remove the actual hard disk and use it in a laptop assuming you have an IDE internal disk.
#13
ManicHawk
Hmm... why would anyone pay £60 for a 160gb drive when just £5-10 more gets you 500gb?

http://www.hotukdeals.com/forums/showthread.php?t=92693


You are comparing a Cow & Calf :)

Formac 160GB is a portable pocket drive (2.5") which sits nicely in ur palm. The Lacie 500GB is bulky & not portable !
#14
And their are still the 320gb MyBook ones at some Asda stores for £54.98. I bought one this week.
1 Like #15
thelatics
And their are still the 320gb MyBook ones at some Asda stores for £54.98. I bought one this week.


2.5" ones ??
#16
Haha everytime someone posts a portable 2.5" disk, people compare it to external 3.5" non-portable ones and say its expensive !!

Portable 2.5" hard disk: If you are using a laptop in the street you can use the portable hard disk as it only needs a USB cable for power.

Non-Portable 3.5" hard disk: If you are using your laptop in the street there is no plug available to power the external hard drive....useless.


When people post a good deal for a laptop does everybody say its a 'rip off' because you can get much better spec desktop PCs?? Nope.

Hot deal by the way (I went for the £65 160gb Western digital passport from Amazon)
#17
reply to n00b
well if you look into picture 2 in same link you will realised that there is some thing els included aswell. as i was thinking that with 60-70 pounds you can have bigger space.
#19
Be careful though - I bought one of these and after only 2 months of carrying around (no drops or anything) it stopped working on USB. Now it only works with a firewire connection, making it rather less useful.
#20
Nice find - voted hot!
#21
I looked at this the other night and although very tempted I decided to go for the 320GB External 3.5" @ £44 on there, I suppose its deciding whether to choose space over mains powered/weight or not!!
#22
tamper
Be careful though - I bought one of these and after only 2 months of carrying around (no drops or anything) it stopped working on USB. Now it only works with a firewire connection, making it rather less useful.



If that happened to me I would simply walk into PC World and ask for a replacement or a refund.

I have never had any trouble exchanging an item I wasn't happy with or getting a refund, especially when dealing with PC World.
#23
advance
reply to n00b
well if you look into picture 2 in same link you will realised that there is some thing els included aswell. as i was thinking that with 60-70 pounds you can have bigger space.


I saw it but as someone said before; its like comparing a cow and calf.
#24
Probably not the right place to ask this but I was thinking of getting an external HD to back up a laptop which is on it's last legs. Reading the posts here made me wonder - is there any way I can (easily) convert the laptop HD into a usb HD. (The reason laptop is dying is unconnected to the HD.)

Apologies in advance if I upset anyone by asking that here.
#25
im thinking of getting one for my 360,
performance wise is the lacie or formac one better?

don't think i qualify for free shipping
#26
This is a great price for a properly portable/pocketable, powersupplyless hdd

Zero comparison to the bulky 3.5" external comparisons that require massive power supplies too, this just needs usb cable and you're off.
#27
Simulacra
You can also remove the actual hard disk and use it in a laptop assuming you have an IDE internal disk.


How would i know if i could do that lol? sounds very interesting and a great idea but im not technical so dont know if i could use it this way
#28
LadyLuck
Probably not the right place to ask this but I was thinking of getting an external HD to back up a laptop which is on it's last legs. Reading the posts here made me wonder - is there any way I can (easily) convert the laptop HD into a usb HD. (The reason laptop is dying is unconnected to the HD.)

Apologies in advance if I upset anyone by asking that here.


Yes, you have a couple of options - you can get a USB 2.5 inch caddy and house the laptop hard drive which would allow you to get the data off it to another machine and you could keep it in there if you wanted to use it as external storage. This setup is essentially the same as the deal here is.

If you're looking for a temporary solution, you can buy a small usb converter which allows either ide or sata hard drives to be connected in through USB. There's no casing and the cable is probably a little more pricey than just a bog standard caddy but can be handy if you're wanting to transfer data from a few different types of hard drive.

As for 2.5in vs 3.5in hard drives, I don't think some people realise just how much smaller the 2.5 inch drives are - they're barely bigger than the power supply for a 3.5 inch external hard drive never mind the hard drive itself.

John
#29
Johnmcl7 is correct, 2.5" is so much smaller
3.5" = purse sized
2.5" = wallet sized realy

For anyone thinking of upgrading their laptop hdd I would make three very important notes;

1) Your laptop should have a neat little cover for where the hard drive area is, most laptops have this, this cover will protect where the hard drive is, remove it by unscrewing the cover mounting then you might need to unscrew the hdd mounting inside the laptop to pull the harddrive tray out, from here you can unscrew the old hdd from the mounting and put in it the new one and put it back into the laptop and screw it all back in. There is a good chance doing this might void your warranty so you have been warned, however generally speaking since 2.5" drives are nicely standard on laptops with regard to dimensions (not interface) I reckon 90% of laptops have the ability to do what I just described.

2) Check if this drive has a pata (ide) or sata connection and ensure it corresponds to your laptops hard drive connection or you'll end up with putting a pata drive into a sata laptop mobo or visa versa.

3) Ensure your laptop manufacture has available all the drivers for your laptop for when you reinstall windows or whatever operating system you use and of course that you have that OS CD/DVD to hand to do this, it's not for the novice users of computers really.
#30
£54.99 delivered today :)

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