IOMEGA 500GB EXTERNAL HARD DRIVE 3.5" Collect instore £49.99 @ Comet or + delivery for online - HotUKDeals
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500GB storage capacity
USB connection
8.5seconds Average seek time
34x120x222 size
1.3kg weight
8 Buffer size
avaliable in silver
http://www.comet.co.uk/shopcomet/product/371335/IOMEGA-500GB-EXTERNAL-HARD-DRIVE

or black
http://www.comet.co.uk/shopcomet/product/491098/IOMEGA-3.5inch-500GB-DESKTOP-HARD-DRIVE
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#1
Tesco are still doing the 1T version of this for £68.00 if anyone wants the larger size (instore)
#2
Good drive - I have one - has a separate power on/off switch and is fairly quiet too. I think the one Tesco's are doing for £68 is maybe a cheaper version but you can't argue with the larger capacity.
#3
Had one a few months...works fine. Only thing I miss is some type of power saver mode. You have to turn the unit off and on each time you switch the PC off and on.
#4
kevinyork
Had one a few months...works fine. Only thing I miss is some type of power saver mode. You have to turn the unit off and on each time you switch the PC off and on.

Yes - and it's not hot-plug-able. I have to power mine about 30s after windows launched...
that said. had it 2 years and and still works fine.
#5
had mine over a year, only use it as a secondary device to back up those precious photos

works a treat, very quite and looks great :)
#6
For an extra £18 the 1 TB version at tescos is a much better deal for essentially double the capacity. Voted Cold.
#7
Does anybody know the best online deal for 1 TB? Thanks ;o)
#8
Xeijin
For an extra £18 the 1 TB version at tescos is a much better deal for essentially double the capacity. Voted Cold.


Agreed - cold.
#9
ought
Does anybody know the best online deal for 1 TB? Thanks ;o)


http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/311204/iomega-1tb-desktop-hard-drive-avail/

I got one of these last week - tremendous deal.
#10
I picked up one of these from Comet for £36 after a major mixup (Twice) with the pickup service they offer.

Basically reserved the 250gb portable which was listed here, turned up to pick it up and they didnt have it in stock, guy told me there was a stocking error and i should try again next week... Which i did - and again they didnt have any.

Complained like hell and was offered one of these for the same price, so came away happy. This was Norwich store for reference.

Only downside for me is the need for mains power obviously, but on the flipside it's super quick - i can use it for both Video editing and Audio applications such as Cubase which i was really surprised at... I remember internal IDE drives that couldnt keep up with these applications in the past.

Can plug it in before boot and winxp picks it up fine, and also can plug and unplug while OS is running without problems.
#11
I've had one of these for about a year, very good drive, great transfer speeds and obviously reliable as one year on it's still going strong. It gets a lot of use from me probably on 4 times a week every week.

The only negative is that the blue light on the front is (in my opinion) very bright to the point of keeping me up when left on a night. This has been easily solved by sticking a bit of black tape over the front where the light is emitted.

hope that helps
#12
Surely OP it should be 8.5 milliseconds average seek time!?
#13
I got one of these 8 months ago.. sadly its going back to iOmega after the drive died on me last week. I've hardly used it..but it is full of data which is disappointing as it had it all sorted out.. but luckily i have most of it backed up to DVD.

Its a smart looking drive but searching around it seems i'm not the only one to have issues with this drive.
#14
Xeijin
For an extra £18 the 1 TB version at tescos is a much better deal for essentially double the capacity. Voted Cold.


Essentially double the capacity? Literally double...

Does anyone one know if the drive in this/the Tesco drive is SATA or not?
#15
I got one of these last time this deal was on. Great drive, never let me down. It is backing up my files as we speak. And good value for money.
Would recommend this. Not super fast transfer speed, but not too bad.
#16
Be warned that the drives in the Tesco models are Seagate and are currently subject to a major fault.

See info here:

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/01/18/barracuda_firmware_upgrade_and_recovery/

and here:

http://seagate.custkb.com/seagate/crm/selfservice/search.jsp?DocId=207931

As some 500GB drives are also affected, it's highly likely the one listed above is also affected.
#17
Voted cold - seems expensive to me
#18
Think I'll wait a bit longer...
#19
sokelly
Voted cold - seems expensive to me


And you have seen it/similar cheaper where? :?
#20
Cold. You can get double the capacity for around £70 in several places.
I bought a WD 1tb from Comet for £63.61 last week (I note they've since put the price up to £84.99, however), and of course there's the Tesco deal mentioned several times already.
#21
Houldey
Essentially double the capacity? Literally double...

Does anyone one know if the drive in this/the Tesco drive is SATA or not?


I say that because of the variations in drive size, and false marketing claims about the size of drives. It can vary quite a bit from one make to another, this is from personal experience.
#22
sokelly
Voted cold - seems expensive to me


We need a way of stopping people from voting something cold through selfishness and ignorance...

There's no cheaper 500Gb External Drive on sale atm that I'm aware of - and this STUPID idea that a higher capacity drive being less costly per Mb makes this a bad deal has to be stopped.

Someone who wants an external drive and doesn't actually need more than 500Gb shouldn't pay more than they have to - £68 for the 1Tb drive is £18 down the toilet if you'll never use the space...

Compare products like for like when considering value - highlight alternatives for more capacity (and less) of course - but stop comparing apples and oranges...
#23
It seems quite heavy and big when you can get ones that cost 20 pounds more and are the size of a passport.
1 Like #24
therealjohnpeat
We need a way of stopping people from voting something cold through selfishness and ignorance...



People post pointless deals and others happily vote them hot (e.g. Such and such a DVD is now 20p cheaper at HMV than anywhere else - woohoo!). No-one seems to get anywhere near as agitated about it, but those hot votes aren't really any more sensible than the cold votes you criticise.

The only reason cold voters get noticed is they are expected to justify their actions. People voting hot on a naff deal are under no such obligation.

Ultimately, this item is currently at 160 degrees (and with fairly good reason IMHO), so the cold voters aren't exactly ruining the deal.
#25
Xeijin
I say that because of the variations in drive size, and false marketing claims about the size of drives. It can vary quite a bit from one make to another, this is from personal experience.


Oh right. I thought you lost 7% after an NTFS format on every drive. Anyway, he's big whatever way you look at him, isn't he :)
#26
therealjohnpeat
We need a way of stopping people from voting something cold through selfishness and ignorance...

There's no cheaper 500Gb External Drive on sale atm that I'm aware of - and this STUPID idea that a higher capacity drive being less costly per Mb makes this a bad deal has to be stopped.

Someone who wants an external drive and doesn't actually need more than 500Gb shouldn't pay more than they have to - £68 for the 1Tb drive is £18 down the toilet if you'll never use the space...

Compare products like for like when considering value - highlight alternatives for more capacity (and less) of course - but stop comparing apples and oranges...


I see your point. But there is no way that two almost identical drives (except for the capacity) are apples and oranges, lol. They're both apples, it's just that one is bigger.
#27
Houldey
I see your point. But there is no way that two almost identical drives (except for the capacity) are apples and oranges, lol. They're both apples, it's just that one is bigger.

and both offer the same basic facilities but one is £18 cheaper - and £18 is £18...

Not everyone needs 1Tb of space etc. etc.
#28
therealjohnpeat
and both offer the same basic facilities but one is £18 cheaper - and £18 is £18...

Not everyone needs 1Tb of space etc. etc.


Yea, my point was soley, the 'apples and oranges' phrase doesn't really apply here. I think we need a new phrase which says, in effect, 'if you don't need it, no price is a good price'.
#29
therealjohnpeat
We need a way of stopping people from voting something cold through selfishness and ignorance...

There's no cheaper 500Gb External Drive on sale atm that I'm aware of - and this STUPID idea that a higher capacity drive being less costly per Mb makes this a bad deal has to be stopped.

Someone who wants an external drive and doesn't actually need more than 500Gb shouldn't pay more than they have to - £68 for the 1Tb drive is £18 down the toilet if you'll never use the space...

Compare products like for like when considering value - highlight alternatives for more capacity (and less) of course - but stop comparing apples and oranges...


Utter nonsense.
Where do you draw the line, then? Is it okay to compare a different brand 500gb hard drive with this one? What about different speed drives? Different noise levels? And so on...
Or should people only refer to the exact same model as that in the original post when posting in threads, and ignore other factors?
I missed the memo - please clarify the new rules...:roll:

Maybe there are a few people in the world who know they need to increase their memory by 500gb and would have absolutely no use for more than that. But I'll warrant such people would be in a minority. Most people who would be reading a hot deals thread about a 500gb drive will be people who find they currently need more hard drive space than they previously did and will be aware that that is a trend that's likely to continue. So it's perfectly legitimate to refer to offers where you can get 100% more of a product for only 30-40 percent more money. In fact I'd say it's not just okay to mention such alternatives - I'd argue that it's wholly necessary to do so, and excluding such comparisons would be contrary to the inherent nature of the site - that to save it's community money. I need more memory. I'd rather pay £63 for a 1tb drive now than pay £50 for a 500gb one now and then pay for another in a few months' time - which would result in more outlay and two external drives rather than one. I'm sure others will be in a similar position.

All credit to the OP for posting the deal. I'm sure it'll be of use to some people; and I have no problem with the deal or the thread. My problem is restricted to the ridiculous notion that comparisons to a larger drive are stupid / selfish / ignorant...
#30
Xeijin;4128504
For an extra £18 the 1 TB version at tescos is a much better deal for essentially double the capacity. Voted Cold.

I know that seems a lot better but the problem is that hard drives have a high risk of failure!!! imagine loosing 1TB of music, photos, documents etc!!
#31
Late
Utter nonsense.

That's exactly what you wrote - yes...

My point - which you've missed by a mile - is that you cannot vote this deal cold purely on the basis that a higher-capacity item is available at a better cost/Gb - because that's not the only reason someone would buy one of these (it's like voting it down because it's a color you don't like - it's not everyone's criteria).

The fact you call it 'memory' is also quite amusing :)

Deals should be rated on the value for money they represent - NOT the proportional value they represent against another item.

Other items should be listed in the comments for people to look into in their own way - but voting a deal cold based on YOUR requirements is no help to anyone else - stick to the objective value of the item please.
#32
To put this another way - people may come here looking for a good deal because they can't afford the item at it's full price (not just to save their money to waste on other things!!)

Someone who needs an external HDD but who's on a budget may be happy with 500Gb for £50 (or even 320Gb for £40) as it resolves their need - wheras £70 is more money to find...

There's a bit of a mentality here of "must get the most for my money so I can buy MORE THINGS" wheras I think a bit of "trying to do the best you can with the money you have" needs to apply here too.
#33
therealjohnpeat
To put this another way - people may come here looking for a good deal because they can't afford the item at it's full price (not just to save their money to waste on other things!!)

Someone who needs an external HDD but who's on a budget may be happy with 500Gb for £50 (or even 320Gb for £40) as it resolves their need - wheras £70 is more money to find...

There's a bit of a mentality here of "must get the most for my money so I can buy MORE THINGS" wheras I think a bit of "trying to do the best you can with the money you have" needs to apply here too.


I don't think I could have put this any better myself. Tens of thousands of people need a drive like this to back-up their pc. They are not addicted to porn or interested in any other material that arrives in 4.3 gig chunks. 500 gig is in fact larger than the hard drive in their desktop pc. I know several people in this category and - if you choose to be honest about it - so does every person reading this thread.
#34
therealjohnpeat

There's a bit of a mentality here of "must get the most for my money so I can buy MORE THINGS" wheras I think a bit of "trying to do the best you can with the money you have" needs to apply here too.


It's a catch 22 situation. One upon a time I paid £250 for a 20MB hard disk. Not GB, MB. It was all I would ever need...

Small drives are not good value, for anybody. Data volumes are increasing exponentially and I doubt many people couldn't fill a 500GB drive in it's expected lifetime. Digital photos alone can easily be 4 or 5MB each...we're talking kids photos not porn.

Doing the best you can with the money you have can be a real downward spiral. You have limited cash, so make a poor investment and then end up needing to replace the purchase sooner than you should have done. Which costs more money. So you end up worse off than if you'd bought the best value in the first place. So you have limited cash and have to make poor investments.
#35
ro53ben
Be warned that the drives in the Tesco models are Seagate and are currently subject to a major fault.

See info here:

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/01/18/barracuda_firmware_upgrade_and_recovery/

and here:

http://seagate.custkb.com/seagate/crm/selfservice/search.jsp?DocId=207931

As some 500GB drives are also affected, it's highly likely the one listed above is also affected.



I checked my Tesco 1TB drive last night using Seagate's tools, and it's not one of those listed as having an issue.

Phew!
#36
piggydude
I checked my Tesco 1TB drive last night using Seagate's tools, and it's not one of those listed as having an issue.

Phew!


Lucky you, mine are :(

Make sure you checked with Seatools, NOT driveinfo - driveinfo gives a false result.
#37
ro53ben
Small drives are not good value, for anybody. Data volumes are increasing exponentially and I doubt many people couldn't fill a 500GB drive in it's expected lifetime. Digital photos alone can easily be 4 or 5MB each...we're talking kids photos not porn.

Not to be over-frank but you're talking ***** (as we say around here!)

500GB is a MASSIVE amount of space - especially when you consider this is an external drive which you'd not want to put games, applications etc. onto (as it's slower to access than internal drives). You also need to consider that 320Gb is considered an above-average drive on desktops even now - and it's mahoosive by laptop standards...

External drives are used for Photos, Music, Videos, Documents - and I'm going out on a SLIGHT limb here and saying that 99% of people do not (and will not in the next 2-3 years) have 500Gb of legitimate material they will need to store in this way.

500Gb of 4Mb photos is 128,000 photos!
500Gb of 180Mb (high quality MP3 album) music is 2800+ albums!!
It's even 120+ DVD ISOs!!

Then there's the redundancy aspect - I'd rather have my data on 2x500Gb drives than 1x1Tb drive - if backup is my main interest esp.

So I contest that the argument that 'more is always better' is just nonsense in this case - the vast majority of those who need more than 500Gb are people who freeload pirated media - the rest of us would never fill that space in a month of sundays...

If you think you will - that's wonderful - but for the VAST majority of people, 500Gb would image their system twice over and some...
#38
Of course your opinion is right and everyone else's is wrong.

You argue that using two 500gb drives is better than using one 1tb drive; as you're less likely to lose all of your files. Then you say that you'd want a 500gb drive for backing up your info. Shouldn't you be using two 250gb drives then? Or better still, use dozens of 16gb drives. That'd be great, wouldn't it... :roll:

You're not making much sense.
#39
therealjohnpeat
That's exactly what you wrote - yes...

My point - which you've missed by a mile - is that you cannot vote this deal cold purely on the basis that a higher-capacity item is available at a better cost/Gb - because that's not the only reason someone would buy one of these (it's like voting it down because it's a color you don't like - it's not everyone's criteria).

The fact you call it 'memory' is also quite amusing :)

Deals should be rated on the value for money they represent - NOT the proportional value they represent against another item.

Other items should be listed in the comments for people to look into in their own way - but voting a deal cold based on YOUR requirements is no help to anyone else - stick to the objective value of the item please.


The thing is, say you knew there existed a 5TB drive for £10 more than this £50 500GB drive, would you still say this is a hot deal? I don't think you (or anyone sane) would. Therefore, you have to change your rules. I.e. Your rules don't really work.

Also, how do you determine an item's value for money if you cannot consider other items whilst doing so?
#40
therealjohnpeat


So I contest that the argument that 'more is always better' is just nonsense in this case - the vast majority of those who need more than 500Gb are people who freeload pirated media - the rest of us would never fill that space in a month of sundays...



I think you will find that 'the rest of us' is approaching the minority nowadays. The new generation is all about downloading TV shows and movies etc.. So yes, maybe in your generation 500GB is plenty.

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