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Freecom 250GB External Hard Drive USB 2.0 - £39.99 delivered @ Play.com !

Bargain price + 4% Quidco too.

Description : Freecom offers you the perfect storage upgrade for your computer: the new Freecom Hard Drive, a no-nonsense external hard drive in a stylish new design. No need to open your computer; just plug the Hard Drive into the USB (2.0 or 1.1) port of your PC or MAC and you instantly have a substantial increase in storage space. The Freecom Hard Drive is pre-formatted so you're ready to use your drive seconds after connecting it to your computer.
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#1
wonder how many people will pay 29.99 at PC world to get music and photos transferred to a new pc when this is available for only a tenner more :giggle:
#2
Would the cold voter kindly provide a reason pls ? Randomly pressing buttons without reason doesnt make sense ;-)
#3
Nice post...Voted HOT!

Been looking for one for a while now, just brought 500 gig iomega unit at Staples for £54.99 as it was priced wrong. I would have brought this unit had it been posted on Friday...

Cheers edi

B
#4
How do Play send stuff out? Royal Mail? In which case, I might wait a few days. Great deal though!
#5
I'm tempted by this deal, but at the back of my mind I know if I wait a few more months I'll probably get another 100GB for the same price.
#6
Does this power from the USB port, or by a separate mains lead?
#7
Does anyone have a feel for how reliable Freecom hard drives are?

Also, excuse my ignorance but how do I vote hot?
#8
In my experience Freecom drives are excellent, they use samsung sata drives inside and you dont get much better, quieter and reliable than that.

i have the 500gb model that i bought about 6 months and back then it was the best of the 500gb drives. built really solid and 2yr warranty

i'm waiting on them doing a terabyte version as i've filled up the 500 already


EDIT: i've got to emphasise how quiet this drive is, it has no fan and uses pretty much silent samsung drives inside, you only hear the occasional seek noise if its right next to you.
#9
coleaj
Does this power from the USB port, or by a separate mains lead?

mains lead, all really big capacity drives need mains power because they use big desktop drives inside.

they do make 250gb usb-powered external drives but you'll be paying about 3x as much, but it will be about a quarter the physical size.
#10
I suppose the advantage of putting a second drive inside the desktop is no separate power issues, but you lose the flexibility of a usb drive.

I think I'll go for this usb drive but I'll need to order another extension lead!

Thanks for the info.
#11
When it says

Stylish aluminium design, including LED hard drive capacity indicator.

Does that number change according to what space you have left? Or just a little light displaying 250GIG? Been trying to find this out for a while.
#12
It is really a firey hot deal as other sites sell it for £70:)
#13
I was going to buy an external drive yesterday but I just ended up buying a bigger internal sata one instead.
#14
hmm I dont this is a brill deal as got a 400gb one for £60 the other week from here
#15
is it hot swappable does anyone no? or does it have to start up with the os?
#16
Deal4Me
When it says

Stylish aluminium design, including LED hard drive capacity indicator.

Does that number change according to what space you have left? Or just a little light displaying 250GIG? Been trying to find this out for a while.

that would be neat, but no, its just a blue LED behind a cut out 250GB text
#17
gapster
is it hot swappable does anyone no? or does it have to start up with the os?

its usb plug & play so you dont have to restart etc

i dont think any drives nowadays need to start up with the OS
#18
ra_2000k
It is really a firey hot deal as other sites sell it for £70:)

worth mentioning that you can buy the 500GB version of this one for £70 delivered from a few places
#19
The larger drive you buy the cheaper price per gb ...........

£70 for 500gb = 14 pence per gb
£60 for 400gb = 15 pence per gb
£40 for 250gb = 16 pence per gb

The 250 gb drive is still very good value. You always get things cheaper when buying in bulk. The thing is do you really need the larger capacity?
#20
coleaj
The larger drive you buy the cheaper price per gb ...........

£70 for 500gb = 14 pence per gb
£60 for 400gb = 15 pence per gb
£40 for 250gb = 16 pence per gb

The 250 gb drive is still very good value. You always get things cheaper when buying in bulk. The thing is do you really need the larger capacity?


If you are like me - You can never have too much capacity !
#21
For an extra £10 or 2p per gb you can have one on the work pc and one on the media center pc though.

You could also have your really important files on both.
Anyone that has lost photographs on a crashed drive will know that you can never have too many backups ;)

Either way it's a sweet deal. Voted hot
#22
Excellent deal. Best designed external HD. Good passive cooling through aluminium case. Freecom support UK based and helpful. Drive is better spec than Play.com suggest.

Also importantly has power switch on unit.

Don't forget to quick format to NTFS before use.

Nice little back-up utility here
http://www.educ.umu.se/~cobian/cobianbackup.htm
#23
#24
Bertt
Excellent deal. Best designed external HD. Good passive cooling through aluminium case. Freecom support UK based and helpful. Drive is better spec than Play.com suggest.

Also importantly has power switch on unit.

Don't forget to quick format to NTFS before use.

Nice little back-up utility here
http://www.educ.umu.se/~cobian/cobianbackup.htm

What will formatting to NTFS give me over the normal pre-formatted drive?
#25
Pretty good deal, voted HOT! Rambox also doing the 500Gb version for £68 if you can stretch to that, had an email the other day.

http://www.rambox.co.uk/rambox.php?fn=viewcategory&category_id=49
#26
Bertt
Excellent deal. Best designed external HD. Good passive cooling through aluminium case. Freecom support UK based and helpful. Drive is better spec than Play.com suggest.

Also importantly has power switch on unit.

Don't forget to quick format to NTFS before use.

Nice little back-up utility here
http://www.educ.umu.se/~cobian/cobianbackup.htm


Bertt, I know I should know this, but why the format to NTFS before? Is it a max disc size issue?

Nige
#27
phatbhoy
If you are like me - You can never have too much capacity !

Is that a double-entendre Phatboy?:giggle: (sorry no offence meant)
#28
I have had the 160GB version of this unit for over a year...excellent value.
#29
coleaj
What will formatting to NTFS give me over the normal pre-formatted drive?

its a better/newer file system, the main advantage being that NTFS can store files bigger than 4GB, whereas FAT32 cannot.

although I have my drive formatted to FAT32 because i dont have files bigger than 4GB and most standalone media players only read FAT32 drives
banned#30
They spotted that one pretty quick! Now off sale.
#31
Also it only had a 2Mb cache - a lot less than the 8 or 16mb cache you get these days - which has a noticeably effect on the speed of the drive (all depending upon type of files stored of course and accessed).
#32
sold out i think.
#33
marcosdjcm
In my experience Freecom drives are excellent, they use samsung sata drives inside and you dont get much better, quieter and reliable than that.


Just received mine and looked in system properties to identify the model of hard drive - it is a Samsung SP2514N but this is EIDE ATA133, not SATA.

It is almost silent and the case is cool. It is FAT32 format so is read/write compatible with macs. If you reformat to NTFS then it will still be read/write for PCs but only read for macs.

I'm happy with mine at this price:-D and top marks to Play.com & Parcelforce for fantastically quick delivery!
banned#34
ordered mine yesterday lunch, it came at 8.00 this morning. nice one to play.com for not carrying on to use RM

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