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IOMEGA 250GB PORTABLE HARD DRIVE £39.14 @ Comet

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banned7y, 11m agoFound 7 years, 11 months ago
Maybe not as good as the tesco deal which is now expired but still by far a very good deal for a 250gb PORTABLE drive by iomega.
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#1
Someone always get these portable drives mixed up with a regular external harddrive, so before someone does, note, this is a much smaller, self powered portable harddrive and not a brick like the other drives you have seen deals for.
#2
in the market for a portable hdd, trouble is the site wont let me add it to my basket, keep showing tempoary error. Give it now, shame as its a good price.
#3
essexgangsta
in the market for a portable hdd, trouble is the site wont let me add it to my basket, keep showing tempoary error. Give it now, shame as its a good price.


Same here !!!! I'll keep trying
#4
Had the same problem with trying to reserve or place in basket this morning :x...... decided to just go out and get one instead.......... so much easier :)
#5
Managed to reserve & collect, is this the best hd deal going at the moment? (whats the difference between an external hd and a portable hd?).
1 Like #6
cycleman
Managed to reserve & collect, is this the best hd deal going at the moment? (whats the difference between an external hd and a portable hd?).


Desktop external hard drives have 3.5" hard drives in them, 3.5" drives are are the sort that you get in desktop computers. Therefore desktop external drives are bigger and need more power and there for need an external power supply to power then up but on the plus side they are cheaper to make and cheaper to buy and are normally a faster.

Portable external hard drives have 2.5" hard drives in them and they are the sort of drives that are put in laptops. Portable external hard drives are a lot smaller and lighter then the desktop ones and also are powered straight from the usb port so need no external power supply but the downside is the cost more to make and therefore you get less GB's for your money and generally they have slower drives in them.

if your external hard drive is hardly ever going to be moved from one place go for desktop external hard drive as you will get a lot more storage space for your money. Else if you are on the move alot and a small memory stick is not enough storage space go for portable hard drive
#7
hay site now workin plus my local Comet is open till 6pm : )

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#8
Reserved mine, thanks to OP (can finally get round to wiping my HDD and saying byebye to all these chuffing viruses!!!)
#9
ye, working for me too, just ordered the 250gb with free delivery for the 5th, there was a 500gb on there aswell for about a tenner more but this will do for my needs at the mo.
thanks op.
#10
essexgangsta
ye, working for me too, just ordered the 250gb with free delivery for the 5th, there was a 500gb on there aswell for about a tenner more but this will do for my needs at the mo.
thanks op.

500GB 2.5" for a tenner more? I really doubt that.
#11
Adamo;3864909
500GB 2.5" for a tenner more? I really doubt that.


sorry its a 3.5 drive, used a very similar pic on the website.
#12
curofone
Desktop external hard drives have 3.5" hard drives in them, 3.5" drives are are the sort that you get in desktop computers. Therefore desktop external drives are bigger and need more power and there for need an external power supply to power then up but on the plus side they are cheaper to make and cheaper to buy and are normally a faster.

Portable external hard drives have 2.5" hard drives in them and they are the sort of drives that are put in laptops. Portable external hard drives are a lot smaller and lighter then the desktop ones and also are powered straight from the usb port so need no external power supply but the downside is the cost more to make and therefore you get less GB's for your money and generally they have slower drives in them.

if your external hard drive is hardly ever going to be moved from one place go for desktop external hard drive as you will get a lot more storage space for your money. Else if you are on the move alot and a small memory stick is not enough storage space go for portable hard drive


Thanks for that, answers all my questions! going for the 500gb for only £9 more:thumbsup:
#13
cycleman
Thanks for that, answers all my questions! going for the 500gb for only £9 more:thumbsup:


No problem, thats what we are here for, i would also take a look at http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/304444/seagate-500gb-external-hard-drive-w/ is a seagate drive and they make very good drives and is also a very fast drive plus all seagate drives come with 5 year warranties (goes down to 3 years in the year) £6 more than the desktop one you are talking about but in my opinion well worth it (i ordered mine yesterday)
#14
Dumb blonde here with lots of questions that you lot can hopefully help with:

Can I get one of these and install iTunes directly onto it so that I don't have to clog up my PC with it? Just got my first iPod and not sure how to go about setting it all up, but I don't want to have loads saved on the PC as I like to wipe the PC completely every few months to keep it clean and fast.
Would one of these, or a desktop external hard drive be better for putting iTunes onto (if I can do that at all)?
Lastly, the iPod is 120GB, so would I need much more than that to keep the same content on ITunes?

Thanks for any non-tech answers!
1 Like #15
You'd install iTunes onto the computer, not this external hard drive. But, you could use this to put all of your songs and videos on and point iTunes to it so yes, you can store all the files on it to save them getting deleted. :)
#16
panddda
Dumb blonde here with lots of questions that you lot can hopefully help with:

Can I get one of these and install iTunes directly onto it so that I don't have to clog up my PC with it? Just got my first iPod and not sure how to go about setting it all up, but I don't want to have loads saved on the PC as I like to wipe the PC completely every few months to keep it clean and fast.
Would one of these, or a desktop external hard drive be better for putting iTunes onto (if I can do that at all)?
Lastly, the iPod is 120GB, so would I need much more than that to keep the same content on ITunes?

Thanks for any non-tech answers!


The best thing to do would be to install Itunes on to your normal hard drive that is in your computer as when you install a computer program it creates the folder that you see in program files and then creates registry entries that you never normally see, so if you installed itunes on to the external hard drive when you reinstalled windows itunes registry entries would not be there and therefore you would have to reinstall itunes as well (hope that make sense to a none tech)

But like has already been said once you install itunes i believe it ask you for a folder where you want to save all of your files to and there is nothing to stop that being on this external hard drive or any other external hard drive.

So simple answer yes this will be fine for what you need, you just need to decide how much storage space you actually need and if you require a portabale or desktop external hard drive. To give you an indication of how much you can store on this 250gb drive (will actually appear as 232.5gb on your computer) it will store around around 60,000mp3, around 650 hour long tv shows or around 325 films
#17
Adamo
You'd install iTunes onto the computer, not this external hard drive. But, you could use this to put all of your songs and videos on and point iTunes to it so yes, you can store all the files on it to save them getting deleted. :)


Thanks! Is this the best thing for that then, or would the other sort of drive be better? If I wipe the PC, then do I just re-download iTunes to it again in the future and it recognises the music that's stored on the external drive?

Sorry for all the questions, I'm thick with this sort of thing. Or maybe just getting too old. Perhaps I'd be better just leaving it all to my 4 yr old to sort out for me.:oops:
#18
Posts crossed - thanks Curophone, think that answers just about everything. Going to see if Comet locally have one of these.

Edit - sorry, one last thing if I can be a supreme pain in the backside... if I do as suggested, have iTunes on the PC but store all the files on this drive, because it's portable, can I then have iTunes installed on a few different computers but have access to the music on all of them, and so also be able to use any computer for putting CDs onto the iPod? Or are the files that have been bought from iTunes doctored so that they only work on the PC that downloaded them (if that makes sense)?
#19
panddda
Posts crossed - thanks Curophone, think that answers just about everything. Going to see if Comet locally have one of these.

Edit - sorry, one last thing if I can be a supreme pain in the backside... if I do as suggested, have iTunes on the PC but store all the files on this drive, because it's portable, can I then have iTunes installed on a few different computers but have access to the music on all of them, and so also be able to use any computer for putting CDs onto the iPod? Or are the files that have been bought from iTunes doctored so that they only work on the PC that downloaded them (if that makes sense)?


The song that you download have DRM (digital rights management) built into them basically means that the songs that you download will only work on the computer the you downloaded it with, saying that if you then plugged your hard drive into another computer that has itunes installed and tried playing the song i believe it ask you for your itunes username and password and it will allow the song to be played on that one too but i think that each song can only be register to 5 pc's (i am sure someone will correct me if have my numbers wrong, has been a long time since i used itunes). If you were to rip your cds using itunes to your external hard drive then these can be plugged into any computer and played as they have no DRM on them and transfered to your ipod using any computer.

hope that is all clear, and thanks for the rep
#20
Thanks again - really helpful. Would leave more rep but it won't let me!

Going to order one of these for home delivery as it's free, and there are none in stock locally. Cheers!

Aaaaaaaaaaargh. After all that:
Sorry – this order has not been processed. There is a problem with your payment, which means we are unable to charge you for this item and complete the transaction. If you would like to contact us about this, please use the details below.
#21
panddda
Thanks! Is this the best thing for that then, or would the other sort of drive be better? If I wipe the PC, then do I just re-download iTunes to it again in the future and it recognises the music that's stored on the external drive?

Sorry for all the questions, I'm thick with this sort of thing. Or maybe just getting too old. Perhaps I'd be better just leaving it all to my 4 yr old to sort out for me.:oops:

This is the most ideal one. :) You only need to plug one cable it and that's it, whereas the bigger ones are huge in comparison and need a plug socket too! So yes, if you wipe the PC, your music will still be there. :) You can store all your other files on it too!

With iTunes, yeah, you download it again and then there's an option in the iTunes menu to point it to your music collection. :)
#22
panddda
Thanks again - really helpful. Would leave more rep but it won't let me!

Going to order one of these for home delivery as it's free, and there are none in stock locally. Cheers!

Aaaaaaaaaaargh. After all that:
Sorry – this order has not been processed. There is a problem with your payment, which means we are unable to charge you for this item and complete the transaction. If you would like to contact us about this, please use the details below.


I brought a hard drive from comet just before xmas and had exactly the same problem with the payment, i just gave them ring and it all went through, what i would say is do not try to checkout again I tried 3 time and when i rang up i infact found that i had ordered it 3 times and when i rang up i found out that 2 of the payments were later accepted but i managed to cancel one of them. Comets customer service was actually very good when i rang up (twice) got through to someone in under a minute and the call centre is uk based.
#23
Does anyone know if its possible to take the 2.5" drive out of the case easily? My laptop HDD just died so in the market for a replacement, and this one seems rather cheap.
#24
Looking at a picture of the case housing on Newegg site, it looks like two screws holding it together. So should be easy to take the drive out.

Would like to know the hard drive make/model if you do take one apart.
#25
Bought one - ideal for when I start back on the 5th Jan.:thumbsup:
#26
boonkoh
Does anyone know if its possible to take the 2.5" drive out of the case easily? My laptop HDD just died so in the market for a replacement, and this one seems rather cheap.


Yep. I got mine yesterday from the tesco deal & spent half the night swapping this drive with the one in my PS3. Removing it is easy, just remove the 2 screws from the front end & slide the inside cradle out from the rear. Then theres 4 screws underneath the cradle & it then slides out of the cradle easy.
Getting the old Ps3 drive to work in the new enclosure was a right pain though...
#27
Bought one from Glasgow. Excellent wee drive. Cheap as chips for a 250Gb if you ask me!

Ghod, to think I started computing with a 40mb hard drive..............
#28
g1bbuk
Yep. I got mine yesterday from the tesco deal & spent half the night swapping this drive with the one in my PS3. Removing it is easy, just remove the 2 screws from the front end & slide the inside cradle out from the rear. Then theres 4 screws underneath the cradle & it then slides out of the cradle easy.
Getting the old Ps3 drive to work in the new enclosure was a right pain though...


what drive was inside this?

Toybhoy
Bought one from Glasgow. Excellent wee drive. Cheap as chips for a 250Gb if you ask me!

Ghod, to think I started computing with a 40mb hard drive..............


lol my first computer i owned for an IBM 386 and i think it had a 300mb hard drive, dont how we would cope it was still like that today, i can download 300mb of the net in 5 mins. Reminds me of a when i was at uni a couple of years ago and a lecturer told us a piece of coursework had to be handed in on a floopy disk and then we all realised that none of us owned a computer with a floppy disk drive or a owned a floopy disk any more.
#29
curofone
what drive was inside this?


I didn't check to be honest, but it was deff SATA, & it was the same width as a laptop (I know some portable drives have slightly wider ones). Also the model no. started ST------ if that helps.

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