Hitachi Deskstar 2TB Hard Drive SATAII 7200rpm 32MB Cache - £129.95 @ Ebuyer - HotUKDeals
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Was £159.99
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Now £129.95inc vat and delivery

The Deskstar 7K2000 hard drive delivers a colossal two terabytes of storage capacity and 7200 RPM performance in a standard 3.5-inch form factor.
Now in its fourth-generation, the 7K2000 is based on a robust mechanical design that continues to set the industry standard for quality and reliability. Through a patented ramp load/unload design, data heads are moved to a ramp away from the disk where they rest during periods of inactivity. This greatly minimizes the risk of shock damage by eliminating direct contact between the heads and disks, reducing wear and heat while improving overall drive reliability and power efficiency.
The Deskstar 7K2000 also incorporates Thermal Fly-Height Control (TFC) technology which uses an integrated heating element to precisely maintain a constant fly-height throughout read and write operations to enhance overall data integrity, drive performance and reliability.
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#1
Nice, I want 4 of these for my TeraStation. :-D
#2
ooh, that's big!!

nowhere near fillign my 1tb though, by the time I have, this will be sooo much cheaper!! lol

heat added.
#3
SUMMONER
Nice, I want 4 of these for my TeraStation. :-D


Have you written to Santa and told him? :roll:
#4
Bowler_man;6754082
Have you written to Santa and told him? :roll:

Naa... "she" would ask what I need all those GBs for.
#5
That's a good price, but I won't trust that 'was' price of £159.99.

It was actually £139.99 in the past couple of weeks. Not as big a saving as you may think.
#6
its good for a 2tb drive, but when you have 10x sata connections on the mobo like myself, ill just stick witht the samsung f3 1tb's for £55 -more performace and obvioulsy better value if you have the connections & space.

hot anyway!
#7
Nellster
its good for a 2tb drive, but when you have 10x sata connections on the mobo like myself, ill just stick witht the samsung f3 1tb's for £55 -more performace and obvioulsy better value if you have the connections & space.

hot anyway!


but 2x hard drives will cost literally double the power to run
#8
Boxrick
but 2x hard drives will cost literally double the power to run


but then you scan stick 2x 1TB drives in raid 0 striped for even more speed! Even buying an iomega external 2tb (2x 1tb) is cheaper than this.
http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/514479/iomega-2-tb-usb-2-0-external-desktohttp://www.pixmania.co.uk/uk/uk/2600178/art/iomega/2-tb-usb-2-0-external-des.html
#9
In real terms, how much space do you actually get to enjoy? 1.7Gb?
banned#10
Boxrick
but 2x hard drives will cost literally double the power to run


Vista puts hard drives that support it, into standby mode if not being accessed.
#11
Computerman
but then you scan stick 2x 1TB drives in raid 0 striped for even more speed![/url]


If you value your data DON'T do this!

RAID0 doubles your chance of data loss (if one of the drives fails all your data is gone even if the other one is fine). If you must use RAID, at least use a safer one like RAID1 (faster reads, marginally slower writes) or use a proper backup solution.

I suppose RAID0 is OK if you have a decent backup solution but it would probably be better to look into SSDs or something like that rather than risk losing data (it's still an inconvenience even with a backup). (If you do go for an SSD find a good one - the quality is very variable).
#12
Just bought a 1.5TB for £71 delivered. The 1TB drives were £64 so for the extra £7, it'd be rude not to.

Bit of a jump though from £71 to £129.95 for the next 500gb.
#13
xenept
In real terms, how much space do you actually get to enjoy? 1.7Gb?

2 TB is about 1.8 TiB, and your file system may take another 5% for directory structures and overhead. So 1.7 TiB net file capacity seems about right. Of course if you want good performance, you should not fill your file system to more than about 80% or 1.4 TiB, or fragmentation will rise sharply.

Still, compared to "double density" floppies with 140 kB back in the days that is a huge amount of data.
#14
Computerman
but then you scan stick 2x 1TB drives in raid 0 striped for even more speed! Even buying an iomega external 2tb (2x 1tb) is cheaper than this.
http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/514479/iomega-2-tb-usb-2-0-external-desktohttp://www.pixmania.co.uk/uk/uk/2600178/art/iomega/2-tb-usb-2-0-external-des.html


I wouldn't buy that Iomega as I used to have one! It's got 2 hard drives inside it which means its double the size so weighs a lot since the casing is completely metal. Then you have a loud fan on the back to try and keep it cool, and finally only USB 2.0 ports on the back.....

W1zz where did you buy the 1.5TB from?

Thanks.
#15
twe;6755700
I wouldn't buy that Iomega as I used to have one! It's got 2 hard drives inside it which means its double the size so weighs a lot since the casing is completely metal. Then you have a loud fan on the back to try and keep it cool, and finally only USB 2.0 ports on the back.....

W1zz where did you buy the 1.5TB from?

Thanks.

He was talking about buying the Iomega to rip it open and put the 2 drives inside it into the desktop computer. Personally I would rather spend a little more and get my 5years of warranty.

2TB USB drive? Arrrhhhhh. Please make the pain go away!
#16
SUMMONER
He was talking about buying the Iomega to rip it open and put the 2 drives inside it into the desktop computer.

2TB USB drive? Please make the pain go away!


Ah right! Well I guess the 2X1.5TB drives that W1zz mentioned would be even better value then....
#17
The 1.5Tb drives were from Scan - 1.5TB Samsung HD154UI Spinpoint F2 DT EcoGreen, SATA 3Gb/s, 32MB Cache, 8.9 ms @ £71.37

They're actually on TodayOnly http://www.scan.co.uk/todayonly/ @ £68.99 which also includes a 45cm Akasa SATAII Connector Cable.

Free delivery was via AVForums. Would work out at £77.03 delivered if you don't qualify through AVF.
#18
The spinpoint F2's only have a 5,400rpm spindle speed, compared to 7,200rpm of the F1 & F3 though - hence why it's cheaper per GB to get an F2. Personalyl im waiting for a 1.5tb F3 or something similar to come out.
#19
Overpriced at moment - will buy when drops under £100
#20
xenept
In real terms, how much space do you actually get to enjoy? 1.7Gb?

Firstly, learn to understand the naming scheme instead of complaining premptively.

2TB = 2,000,000,000,000 bytes
2TB = ~1.82 TiB or ~1863 GiB

"Directory structures and overhead" is literally an unnoticably small amount. The drive is split into blocks usually of around 4kB, and when you save a file that is smaller than 4kB it will still take up the whole 4kB (if you save one of 5kB, it will take up 8kB, etc). If you save a file that's 1MB, worst case it will take up 1.004MB. This is what the difference between "size" and "size on disk" is in Windows.
#21
Nellster;6756247
The spinpoint F2's only have a 5,400rpm spindle speed, compared to 7,200rpm of the F1 & F3 though - hence why it's cheaper per GB to get an F2. Personalyl im waiting for a 1.5tb F3 or something similar to come out.


I read the reviews before buying one and traded slight performance with efficiency and price.

My 1.5TB drive is basically a dumping ground for all the ISO's, MP3's and Movies which are either recorded, downloaded or transfered to via a USB drive.

My OS, is still on it's own faster drive.
#22
W1zz
Just bought a 1.5TB for £71 delivered. The 1TB drives were £64 so for the extra £7, it'd be rude not to.

Bit of a jump though from £71 to £129.95 for the next 500gb.


yeah - but thats a 5400 - energy saving one that wont be as fast as the 7200. if its just for data storage it wont be as bad - but if your using it as your OS drive you should get the faster drives
#23
quick question: can i buy any 3.5inch desktop HD like this on and put it myself into my external harddrives?
if yes, is it difficult? is it safe?
i got the lacie quadra d2 512gb and the samsung 1tb HD and an old 160gb lacie external..
#24
W1zz
The 1.5Tb drives were from Scan - 1.5TB Samsung HD154UI Spinpoint F2 DT EcoGreen, SATA 3Gb/s, 32MB Cache, 8.9 ms @ £71.37

They're actually on TodayOnly http://www.scan.co.uk/todayonly/ @ £68.99 which also includes a 45cm Akasa SATAII Connector Cable.

Free delivery was via AVForums. Would work out at £77.03 delivered if you don't qualify through AVF.


£68.99 is a good price

£71.39 from ebuyer with free delivery

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/166989

I'm really tempted...but if I dither a few more weeks, they will be even cheaper :-D

damnit, I just thought of a good reason to get 4 of these - to go into my USB caddy which holds 4 SATA drives and incorporates a fan. I would use this to store my whole collection of ISO backups of my original DVDs, so not worried about failing disk or slow access...I would then also have to buy a popcorn hour to play these images ...wahhh HUKD is costing me a fortune
#25
ta2
Firstly, learn to understand the naming scheme instead of complaining premptively.

2TB = 2,000,000,000,000 bytes
2TB = ~1.82 TiB or ~1863 GiB

"Directory structures and overhead" is literally an unnoticably small amount. The drive is split into blocks usually of around 4kB, and when you save a file that is smaller than 4kB it will still take up the whole 4kB (if you save one of 5kB, it will take up 8kB, etc). If you save a file that's 1MB, worst case it will take up 1.004MB. This is what the difference between "size" and "size on disk" is in Windows.



that's why i always format to 64K clusters - less wasteage due to unnecessarily large file table area and less 'slack' (ie save 5k file, waste 3k etc) since i mostly put on files >> 64K :-)
#26
A good price for 2TB, but 1.5TB HDs are still the best value for money!
#27
Alyosha
that's why i always format to 64K clusters - less wasteage due to unnecessarily large file table area and less 'slack' (ie save 5k file, waste 3k etc) since i mostly put on files >> 64K :-)


You've made the right choice but for the wrong reason. You'll lose such a small amount of space in the FAT and from cluster size that you won't even notice. Modern file systems are designed well, for instance on my 2.25TB array I have 238,964 files totalling 2,209,550,512,493 bytes and they're taking up 2,210,160,556,238 bytes. I'm losing 610,043,745 bytes or a whopping 0.028%. You can work out the theoretical average amount of space you'd lose with this formula:

Allocation unit size * number of files * 0.5
e.g.
4096 bytes (4KiB) * 238,964 * 0.5 = 489,398,272 bytes - so pretty close to what I'm actually losing. The real bonus is the drive random read and write speed. With larger block sizes the files are less likely to become fragmented because they can be written into a single block.
#28
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#29
davt99
Overpriced at moment - will buy when drops under £100


I agree the only problem with buying cutting edge is you end up bleeding through the wallet. :thumbsup:
#30
Now £124.99.

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