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IOMEGA 500GB USB2.0 External Hard Drive - 62.99 Delivered @ Comet

£62.99 @ Testing
Note: It shows as £69.99 on item page but scroll down and you'll see a 10% off code 500GB storage capacity USB connection 8.5seconds Average seek time 34x120x222 size 1.3kg weight 8 Buffer siz… Read More
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Note: It shows as £69.99 on item page but scroll down and you'll see a 10% off code

500GB storage capacity
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The 10% off code is shown on item page: 10DATANET


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#2
I've got one of these and it's ok except in my experience of practical use, it's quite slow on transferring data, at least compared to a Seagate 500GB USB2 external I have connected to the same PC. Maybe I'm asking too much, but it's all too easy to overload it if you try to do too much with it at once like multiple transfers of files at once, its blue light will go out and then it just sits there and sulks, so you have to cancel the relevant processes and start again, being more gentle :)
#3
I have one of these and have had no problems with slow data transfer at all, the problem may be with your operating system. I use mine quite hard all day and it works great and the most important thing for me is it runs really cool and very quiet. Voted hot.
#4
Good reviews on Amazon. Better reviews than the Western Digital deal posted a few days ago.
#5
Voted Hot. A few quid more than the Amazon deal but you can still use the code and collect in store, so you don't have to wait days for the it to arrive. Reviews are good on this too.
#6
Zub
I have one of these and have had no problems with slow data transfer at all, the problem may be with your operating system. I use mine quite hard all day and it works great and the most important thing for me is it runs really cool and very quiet. Voted hot.


I've got a pair of these (and some 320 models) and would have no hesitation whatsoever in recommending them. I've also got a 500GB Freeagent and I find THAT to be slow and unwieldy to use, thanks to it spinning down after a few minutes on non use. Bit odd as these contain Seagate drives as well. (mine have ST3500830A and ST3500830AS < that was the last one I bought).
#7
Got one today from Comet.

Plugged it in and used it straight away. Virtually silent and looks very stylish. Thanks to the OP for posting.
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kevinyork
Got one today from Comet.

Plugged it in and used it straight away. Virtually silent and looks very stylish. Thanks to the OP for posting.


Check if its formatted to NTFS if you're using it on a XP. Pretty sure they comes formatted as FAT32 so a bit useless for huge files. (takes about an hour to reformat).
#9
I have the 320GB version of this, very impressed with it, voted hot, great price.
#10
kevinyork
Got one today from Comet.

Plugged it in and used it straight away. Virtually silent and looks very stylish. Thanks to the OP for posting.


Same here, I'm very impressed with this.Looks super next to my 22" monitor :thumbsup:

Shengis
Check if its formatted to NTFS if you're using it on a XP. Pretty sure they comes formatted as FAT32 so a bit useless for huge files. (takes about an hour to reformat).

Thanks for the tip!
#11
Shengis
Check if its formatted to NTFS if you're using it on a XP. Pretty sure they comes formatted as FAT32 so a bit useless for huge files. (takes about an hour to reformat).


I've always just performed a 'quick format' - takes a few seconds and I've never had any problems :thumbsup:
#12
titty
I've always just performed a 'quick format' - takes a few seconds and I've never had any problems :thumbsup:


You can do that but I wouldn't recommend it as it formats 'on the fly'. Bad news on a USB drive and it slows down a fixed drive quite nicely too.
#13
Shengis
You can do that but I wouldn't recommend it as it formats 'on the fly'. Bad news on a USB drive and it slows down a fixed drive quite nicely too.


well I never knew that (formats on the fly), cheers 4 the advice :oops:
#14
titty
well I never knew that (formats on the fly), cheers 4 the advice :oops:


Just to clarify, a full format also error checks the disk. Quick format does it later when it needs to write to each sector, hence the slowdown:thumbsup: I once did a quick format on a new install and ended up with no end of slowdowns, disk errors etc. So now I prefer to 'waste' an hour doing things properly ;-)
#15
Shengis
You can do that but I wouldn't recommend it as it formats 'on the fly'. Bad news on a USB drive and it slows down a fixed drive quite nicely too.

I’ve never heard of that and I thought a full format is just running chkdsk on the volume as well as formatting it. It’s a good idea to do this once on a new hard drive but otherwise it’s redundant really.
After the format I’m sure the O/S treats the drive in the same way when writing or reading regardless of whether you’ve run chkdsk.

Shengis
I once did a quick format on a new install and ended up with no end of slowdowns, disk errors etc. So now I prefer to 'waste' an hour doing things properly ;-)
This is likely because your drive had bad sectors which chkdsk detected and in affect put them out of operation.

If you are correct this suggests that one should do a full format each time you create a partition which is news to me and something that I never do unless it’s a brand new disk. Do you have any links explaining this process as I will start to follow it if it holds up.
#16
Agharta
I’ve never heard of that and I thought a full format is just running chkdsk on the volume as well as formatting it. It’s a good idea to do this once on a new hard drive but otherwise it’s redundant really.

This is likely because your drive had bad sectors which chkdsk detected and in affect put them out of operation.


I thought that was what I actually said? Maybe I wasn't clear enough lol. And as for my disk with errors in the example it was BRAND new. After reinstalling again with full format I had no more problems with it.

"It’s a good idea to do this once on a new hard drive"

Which is what i'm suggesting. Better to find out straight away if the drive you've just purchased is a pup, rather that 6 months down the line when you start getting read/write errors:thumbsup:

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;302686&Product=winxp

If you choose the Quick format option, format removes files from the partition, but does not scan the disk for bad sectors. Only use this option if your hard disk has been previously formatted and you are sure that your hard disk is not damaged.


Which is something you can never be with a new drive imho.

EDIT: Is this another 'format' war PMSL! :lol:
#17
Hi Shengis, I think it was your choice of wording that threw me when you mentioned that a quick format will ‘format on the fly’ which seems a terminology destined to cause confusion.

Sounds like we are agreed in that you should do a full format with a new disk. Do you do a full format if you re-install on a drive that isn’t new? I certainly don’t.
#18
Agharta
Sounds like we are agreed in that you should do a full format with a new disk. Do you do a full format if you re-install on a drive that isn’t new? I certainly don’t.


Depends on whether i've noticed/suspect a problem really, but in general, no. I do check my drives with NDD though (chkdsk is pretty ******). What I really want is a piece of software that allows you to manually 'lock out' bad sectors + the ones either side. Would be useful imho but never been able to find any.

And yeah it was badly worded:thumbsup: I'm a dinosaur and think in such terms :lol:
#19
For those that have this drive already, can you turn the blue light off on the front of the unit? I'd be using it next to my TV for 360/PS3, and the light looks to be very bright in the pictures. Thanks. :)
#20
broona
For those that have this drive already, can you turn the blue light off on the front of the unit? I'd be using it next to my TV for 360/PS3, and the light looks to be very bright in the pictures. Thanks. :)


Yeah there's a power switch on the back :lol:

Sorry, can't help myself. No you can't. Just chuck a bit of black electrical tape over it, or paint it black, if it really annoys you. I love it myself.
banned#21
hmm good deal
#22
need one with a power switch :(
#23
maradona
need one with a power switch :(


This has a small on off switch on the back.
#24
lockdown
I've got one of these and it's ok except in my experience of practical use, it's quite slow on transferring data, at least compared to a Seagate 500GB USB2 external I have connected to the same PC. Maybe I'm asking too much, but it's all too easy to overload it if you try to do too much with it at once like multiple transfers of files at once, its blue light will go out and then it just sits there and sulks, so you have to cancel the relevant processes and start again, being more gentle :)


No drive in existence can do multiple file transfers at a good speed.

Sounds like a problem with your pc rather than the hardware or you have a faulty one.
#25
its an ok price i got this drive a year ago in comet in for 69.99

Its a good drive
#26
Nicccceeeee Deal dude!! I've got 4 external harddrives and that is proberly the best looking, cheapest and biggest i'll have!! Nicely putting in my credit card details now!!! Heat and rep!
#27
I've got 2 of these... Sadly one of them won't turn on. No light no sound no nuffin' at all.

By no means am I saing they are bad drives, the 1st one I got it going strong, but buy 2... So you can baxk up your back ups!:whistling:
#28
And after all that just to find it wont post to a nothern ireland postcode........ Awww well i hope all your limey's enjoy your snazzy new hard drive!

Your wiggley wig

Shocked the evil cookie monster!!!
#29
And after all that just to find it wont post to a nothern ireland postcode........ Awww well i hope all your limey's enjoy your snazzy new hard drive!

Your wiggley wig

Shocked the evil cookie monster!!! :w00t:
#30
broona;1502575
For those that have this drive already, can you turn the blue light off on the front of the unit? I'd be using it next to my TV for 360/PS3, and the light looks to be very bright in the pictures. Thanks. :)


Actually in the pic it looks very bright and wide...it isnt. Its more of a blue dot about 0.7cm in width.
#31
Thanks - good price for an excellent drive. Go through Quidco for an extra 3.5%.
#32
Thanks OP - just picked one up from Mansfield :)
#33
Hello.

I have a laptop which only has USB 1.0. Will the drive be compatible?

Thank you.
#34
Thanks great drive
#35
They usually are... Just get the USB 1 speed rather than USB 2 speed, which in all honesty shouldn't make too much odds unless you hammer it!
#36
white_russian;1504790
Hello.

I have a laptop which only has USB 1.0. Will the drive be compatible?

Thank you.

They usually are... Just get the USB 1 speed rather than USB 2 speed, which in all honesty shouldn't make too much odds unless you hammer it!
#37
I just got one of these and I'm re formatting it to NTFS. The thing is, it's taken about 6 hours to format about 80% so far, which seems like a really long time. Does anyone know why this is happening as someone said it took about an hour to re format.
#38
frozeneyeball
I just got one of these and I'm re formatting it to NTFS. The thing is, it's taken about 6 hours to format about 80% so far, which seems like a really long time. Does anyone know why this is happening as someone said it took about an hour to re format.


Is it plugged into a USB2 port?
#39
Shengis
Is it plugged into a USB2 port?


It sure is! Nearly done now though, took 7 hours in total! I wonder if the ports on the front of my pc (where the drive is connected) are usb1 whereas the ports on the back of my pc are usb2? Maybe this could explain the slow reformat.

Edit - Nope I guess it must be plugged into a usb2 port as now that it's reformatted, I am transferring files at 25MB/sec.
#40
Looks a beautiful external hard drive and by previous comments I'm sure it will do the job. Please note that mine came with a 2 pin power cable so a conversion plug will be required which I don't have. Therefore I haven't yet been able to play with it! :-(

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