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EDIT: White is now out of stock but the Black Model is in stock but more expensive at £9.49

http://www.play.com/PC/PCs/4-/3256306/Maxell-8GB-Portable-Hard-Drive-Black/Product.html

This is perfect for storing pictures music videos and data. It features an extra high transfer speed and its pre-loaded Ceedo software enables you to immediately use your working PC environment from any computer giving the user access to his favorite programs and settings.

I brought the 12GB model a couple of years ago and these are super fast, its not a flash drive but a mini hard disk, when you plug it in you can hear it spin up.

If the packaging is the same as the 12Gb model then it should come with a USB extension cable, and a little pouch to carry it around.
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#1
The one customer review isn't encouraging!

(why not just carry a usb stick?)
#2
any advantages with this over a 8gb usb stick ?
#3
It IS a flash drive/USB stick, I think.
#4
No advantages at all,they are not as instantaneous as flash memory being a mechanical drive there is a lag in access of data whilst the drive spins up.
#5
the only thing in its favour is that it is cheaper than the normal USB stick. But it is twice the size (by photo).

It is not sold on me though. The only good thing is at least the company has not had employees saying they have bought it and given it great reviews!
#6
Chocolate firegaurd :p
#7
I bought the 12Gb version of one of these about a year ago and have had no problems with it. Ignore the single review and instead check out the (7) review on the black version [but dearer] for a better idea. http://www.play.com/PC/PCs/4-/3256306/Maxell-8GB-Portable-Hard-Drive-Black/Product.html#

Remember that these contain a tiny hard drive, so can not be thrown around the way some folks would treat a USB stick.

I'm quite happy with mine and think it's 'cool' and novel :)
#8
this is the 12GB model with so
zygo
The one customer review isn't encouraging!

(why not just carry a usb stick?)


The advantage is that is the read and write speed is much quicker than a flash usb stick as stated in one of the review on the 12Gb model...

http://www.play.com/PC/PCs/4-/3516346/Maxell-12GB-USB2-0-Portable-Hard-Drive-Black/ProductReviews.html
#9
cicobuff
No advantages at all,they are not as instantaneous as flash memory being a mechanical drive there is a lag in access of data whilst the drive spins up.

Horses for courses. I've had the 12GB version for over two years and use it heavily. The portable applications I have on that do a lot of writes and I'm not sure that flash memory would cope so uncomplainingly. A flash stick might be fine for such usage - but experience has taught me to regard flash sticks as disposable and to assume that data on them may suddenly become unavailable. I'm happy with the real-world speeds.

To lend credence to my opinion, I received this 8GB version this morning so have put my money where my mouth is (it does include a USB cable and pouch).
#10
JonBoy
cicobuff
No advantages at all,they are not as instantaneous as flash memory being a mechanical drive there is a lag in access of data whilst the drive spins up.


Horses for courses. I've had the 12GB version for over two years and use it heavily. The portable applications I have on that do a lot of writes and I'm not sure that flash memory would cope so uncomplainingly. A flash stick might be fine for such usage - but experience has taught me to regard flash sticks as disposable and to assume that data on them may suddenly become unavailable. I'm happy with the real-world speeds.

To lend credence to my opinion, I received this 8GB version this morning so have put my money where my mouth is (it does include a USB cable and pouch).


As you say horses for courses, bang for buck this is great in comparison to an 8GB Flash USB Drive, but it also does have its disadvantages, spin up time, mechanical longevity and also the biggest problem of all portability...you have to handle with kid gloves and not drop it. For around the home use or permanently connected to something this is great and for this use I am contemplating buying one, but when someone asks the question about what advantages these have you have to also weigh up the disadvantages.
#11
I will give one a try, could be handy for my transfering data between my netbook and pc, wonder if their bootable so i can install linux on it?
#12
is this a 2.5"drive or 1,8?
#13
bigjeremy
I will give one a try, could be handy for my transfering data between my netbook and pc, wonder if their bootable so i can install linux on it?

I don't see why not, I made a bootable Windows XP a while back.


fmushtaq
is this a 2.5"drive or 1,8?

Size (HxWxD): 60 x 36.5 x 11.7mm


Edited By: wingz on Jul 24, 2010 08:54: .
Edited By: wingz on Jul 24, 2010 08:54: .
#14
No ability to add to cart sadly, hot otherwise. Peoples complaint about reliability is a bit pointless considering the drives in this are likely to be the same Toshiba drives that ran older iPod and other DAP players a couple of years ago and I have never heard of anybody I know having their drive die.
#15
Fantastic drive, I got the 12Gb white variant, in march 08, been dropped on laminate more times than I care to mention, still going strong... transfer rate still faster than flash memory...

For those 'worried' about longevity, or treating with kid gloves well, I've had branded USB sticks fail at around a year old too, so nothing is certain

Speed wise: eSata > Maxell USB HDD > Flash USB stick

EDIT: Was gonna pick up another one but looks like they're all gone, damn!

Edited By: northernlights on Jul 24, 2010 10:15: edit
#16
fmushtaq
is this a 2.5"drive or 1,8?

As you can guess from the dimensions already quoted, it's a 1" drive.

The black ones are still available. No idea why they're more expensive - it was the same when I originally bought my 12GB though the difference was only a quid back then.
#17
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"This is perfect for storing pictures music videos and data"

FINALLY! This is what I've always been looking for but could never find. All those hard drives, usb sticks, etc. were completely useless at storing pictures music videos and data.
#19
Could someone with one of these (or the 12GB version) give some R/W speeds for large file transfers?
#20
Does anybody know whether it has a CompactFlash Type 2 card inside? The old microdrives used to work that way - and I could use one for a camera that expects CF.
#21
MrPuddington
Does anybody know whether it has a CompactFlash Type 2 card inside? The old microdrives used to work that way - and I could use one for a camera that expects CF.

No, this uses a micro 1" hard drive which spins like it's larger brothers - not flash memory.
#22
A hard drive?

Move along people - this is 2010.
#23
did anyone happen to grab a spare one of these (black or white) ? even if it is not spare and you decide you dont want yours i would be keen to get my hands on out or two for a small project i have that cant use normal usb sticks
#24
Is this supposed to make click noises now and then but stay quiet when transferring data?quite strange any info would be useful..

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