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Ebuyer are doing free delivery over £99 still, and dont forget quidco!

Iomega provides solutions that help people manage their important information - anywhere. Iomega's award winning products are preferred by millions of computer users for sharing, transporting, sorting and backing-up their critical information.

Simple, cost effective storage - Iomegas 500 GB - 3.5 Hard Drive is the affordable way to save your precious memories save up to 2,000,000 photos, 9,250 hours of music, or 750 hours of video. Not only is this drive economical but it is very easy-to-use and preformatted for simple set up just plug and play.
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banned#1
Looks like a good deal, and with the free shipping it's even better:thumbsup:
#2
That seems like a good buy. Dont think you could get a bare 500gb drive for 99quid delivered.
#3
Hi,

Does anyone know if the drive used for this is a Seagate PATA drive like the 320gb version ?

Regards,
Paul.
#4
Excellent find. I just bought one. Voted HOT.
#5
I had a look around and it looks that it IS actually the cheapest 500GB HDD around, delivered....
#6
This is the best price I've seen in terms of capacity - 20p/GB - good find.
#7
can any one comment on its reliability??
#8
Good deal for a 500GB drive; voted +
#9
it is cheaper to buy that external drive and then just unscrew the case and sell it on ebay for cheap 8-)
#10
Dont internal drives come with a 5yr warranty though?
#11
siliconbits
I had a look around and it looks that it IS actually the cheapest 500GB HDD around, delivered....

Could be..! That's impressive. You can get a better price in terms of p/GB for smaller drives, but for a 500GB drive that's quite something.

I've yet to find a PATA 500GB drive at all... Although I think this probably is a PATA drive.
#12
Damn! I posted this deal this morning, and it was £109.21! It must have come down a tenner over lunchtime!

That's an amazing deal!
#13
FadeOUT
Could be..! That's impressive. You can get a better price in terms of p/GB for smaller drives, but for a 500GB drive that's quite something.

I've yet to find a PATA 500GB drive at all... Although I think this probably is a PATA drive.



http://www.aria.co.uk/ProductInfoComm.asp?ID=26078
#14


That's SATA - although it's a very good price for a SATA of that size.
#15
Jon, you legend!!!
#16
ure all too kind! ;)
#17
It is even better than buying TWO separate 250GB drives ;-)
#18
Does anyone know who manufactures the drives?

(I'm talking about the internal bit.)

I can't find a review of this exact drive, but similar Iomega drives seem to have very good reviews and are generally rated as being very quiet. The only criticism (apart from the cost - hardly an issue here) was of slow USB 2.0 transfer performance. I've no idea if that's an issue here or not, but it might be worth doing a speed check if you get one and this is a critical factor for you.
#19


Can anyone confirm this is indeed the drive inside this IOMEGA? :?

Wondering as I'm after SATA...
#20
marcuslee
Can anyone confirm this is indeed the drive inside this IOMEGA? :?

Wondering as I'm after SATA...


well i wouldn't touch an ibm drive, but if what's inside is indeed a seagate sata then i'm all over this deal! it does seem there are not [m]any 500gb pata's about.....

probably ebay the enclosure as i'm no big fan of iomega - never forgave them for zip's click-o-death.

on a related note, has ibm buying hitachi made their drives any better than the deskstar, hitachi are supposed to be pretty good. seagate buying maxtor i am less enthusiastic about....
#21
marcuslee
Can anyone confirm this is indeed the drive inside this IOMEGA? :?

Wondering as I'm after SATA...


I don't think anyone even suggested that that is the drive - it's just an example of a cheap 500GB drive (I may have misread that, though).

My guess is it's a PATA - but which one, I have no idea.
#22
sej7278
well i wouldn't touch an ibm drive, but if what's inside is indeed a seagate sata then i'm all over this deal! it does seem there are not [m]any 500gb pata's about.....

probably ebay the enclosure as i'm no big fan of iomega - never forgave them for zip's click-o-death.

on a related note, has ibm buying hitachi made their drives any better than the deskstar, hitachi are supposed to be pretty good. seagate buying maxtor i am less enthusiastic about....


Officially, there's no such thing as an IBM drive, anymore - they're totally Hitachi, now. But Hitachi owned a big chunk of the manufacturing part of IBM drives for ages, anyway - so they've been Hitachi for a good while. I must admit I've always thought they were OK; most of the drives we've replaced here have been due to noise and lack of space (old drives) rather than failure. I've got a 256MB (yes, MB) IBM drive on my desk that's still fine and well - although it was made by IBM UK ltd in the UK.

Hitachi IBM buyout: http://www.digit-life.com/articles2/ibm-180gxp/index.html

As for Seagate and Maxtor - I guess we'll just have to hope Seagate dump Maxtor's systems and refit them with Seagate gear. :)
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Just phoned Iomega Europe Sales and they said they cannot guarantee what manufacturer the drive itself will be.

The guy hinted that it's usually Hitachi, but can be Fujitsu or Maxtor.

It is a PATA drive, not SATA.
#24
sej7278
Just phoned Iomega Europe Sales and they said they cannot guarantee what manufacturer the drive itself will be.

The guy hinted that it's usually Hitachi, but can be Fujitsu or Maxtor.

It is a PATA drive, not SATA.


Thanks for the info!
#25
So after much discussion have we established if this is a decent drive? ;-)
#26
It can not be Fujitsu as they are not in generic 3.5" HDD business. The IOmega guy should learn its own products before talking to customers.
#27
Kommunist
It can not be Fujitsu as they are not in generic 3.5" HDD business. The IOmega guy should learn its own products before talking to customers.

You'd really expect their customer services guys to know about every component of every product? Sounds like you're expecting pretty expensive support!

Besides, they may have sourced the drives from Fujitsu.
#28
sej7278
Just phoned Iomega Europe Sales and they said they cannot guarantee what manufacturer the drive itself will be.

The guy hinted that it's usually Hitachi, but can be Fujitsu or Maxtor.

It is a PATA drive, not SATA.

Nice one - I didn't even think of doing that..!
#29
FadeOUT
You'd really expect their customer services guys to know about every component of every product? Sounds like you're expecting pretty expensive support!

Besides, they may have sourced the drives from Fujitsu.
They can not source drives from Fujitsu simply because they don't make them anymore (since 2004?). AFAIK, Fujitsu only produce 15K and 10K SCSI and SAS drives for enterprise applications (I am only talking about 3.5" market of course).
As to support - I am working in tech support and I have to say that if they don't know their own products, then they should look for another job.
#30
Kommunist
They can not source drives from Fujitsu simply because they don't make them anymore (since 2004?). AFAIK, Fujitsu only produce 15K and 10K SCSI and SAS drives for enterprise applications (I am only talking about 3.5" market of course).
As to support - I am working in tech support and I have to say that if they don't know their own products, then they should look for another job.

I'm guessing you're talking about a hunch, though, when you have a product like that with no user-serviceable parts; there's no reason why tech support would know or care what's inside an external drive like that. Besides, if I was buying one of these I'd get the idea that it was a Fujitsu unit: http://mediaatlantic.com/product.php?xProd=103564

Anyway, it sounds like it's not a Fujitsu unit in this case. As for the other two options - well, I'd say Hitachi were pretty good and that Maxtor have performed pretty poorly for us. So I guess it would be down to luck - if that guys hunch is actually anything to go on at all.
#31
Fujitsu Siemens are not HDD makers - they are PC assemblers/integrators (if we are talking about PC market), just like Dell, so this disk could be made by anyone. Fujitsu itself quit HDD desktop business almost six years ago. Here is the list of their current HDD range.
The tech support guys should know what is inside because this is how drive could be seen in Windows. For example, Buffalo Drivestation 250GB seen as WD250.. (don't remember the actual number) and that's implies there is WD drive inside.

Back to track - did anyone actually received their drive? Can they please confirm on what drive is inside?
#32
Back to track - did anyone actually received their drive? Can they please confirm on what drive is inside?[/quote]

I've ordered one yesterday - will let you know when it arrives. I took the free-shipping option though so it might be few days before I get it.
#33
Thank you :) Hope they'll still have drives in stock by the time.
#34
can anyone confirm if this is more reliable than the seagate hd deal i posted? as i need to know wether to return it and order this one? :?

http://www.hotukdeals.com/deal/17534/400gb-seagate-external-usb-2-0-hard
#35
n1tul
can anyone confirm if this is more reliable than the seagate hd deal i posted? as i need to know wether to return it and order this one? :?

http://www.hotukdeals.com/deal/17534/400gb-seagate-external-usb-2-0-hard

Seagate are good, IMHO - I'd stick with that if you've ordered already.

The Iomega is a better deal in terms of p/GB, but you're paying more for it and the drive is an unknown.
#36
Kommunist

The tech support guys should know what is inside because this is how drive could be seen in Windows. For example, Buffalo Drivestation 250GB seen as WD250.. (don't remember the actual number) and that's implies there is WD drive inside.

You don't remember?? Pah! That's no good. Call yourself a Techy?? :p
#37
Just ordered one although I tried to register with Quidco yesterday and I've still not received my account activation email link despite going on the site today and clicking to get it re-sent.
#38
FadeOUT
You don't remember?? Pah! That's no good. Call yourself a Techy?? :p

Yeah, I do not remember the actual drive name but then I don't work for Buffalo :p If you need the actual Buffalo drive model number, I'll post it later today when I'll get back home.
#39
Mine just showed up, Seagate Barracuda drive inside.


http://homepages.nildram.co.uk/~mr2006/iomegathumb.jpg
#40
And here are the specs from the Seagate web site - nothing impressive but still excellent value for money I would say:

http://www.seagate.com/ww/v/index.jsp?vgnextoid=c95f99f4fa74c010VgnVCM100000dd04090aRCRD&locale=en-US#

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