Maxtor 1.5TB Basics Desktop USB2.0 Hard Disk Drive £99.99 Delivered @ Amazon - HotUKDeals
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Product Features

* Easy set-up
* USB 2.0 and 1.1 compatible
* PC and Mac compatible
* Use the extra capacity to free up space on your PC
* Three-year warranty

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Pentium III, 500Mhz equivalent processor or higher
Windows Vista, 2000 Professional, XP Professional,
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#1
HOT! Ebuyer is doing same price as well (according to the email this morning).

Sin
#2
Why don't they use eSata on drives this big!
#3
UberTiger
Why don't they use eSata on drives this big!


more people have usb ports? making it both eSata and USB would cost too much?
#4
I realise nearly everyone in the world has USB now...but do you realise how long it would take to copy 1.5GB of data over a USB 2.0 connection? I'd pay an extra £5/6 if it had eSata....but I suppose like you say, if it costs too much more it's not worth it.
#5
Isn't most of the bottleneck with the drive itself rather than the USB interface?
#6
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#8
JoYork
Isn't most of the bottleneck with the drive itself rather than the USB interface?

No. The drive should have a sustained data rate of about 120 MB/sec. USB gets a maximum of about 40MB/sec through, although usually the rate will be lower because of overhead and slow controllers. eSata can handle 150MB/sec even in version 1.
#9
I have had bad experience with this drive - it failed within a week and I got my money back from amazon
#10
misco are also doing this and that deal was on here earlier. That got deleted for some reason, I wonder if this one will get deleted too. Hot Uk Deals seem to have something against External 1.5 TB hdds.
#11
USB 2.0 maximum data transfer rate is 480Mb per sec.
Most interfaces can not handle this speed however.
#12
UberTiger
I realise nearly everyone in the world has USB now...but do you realise how long it would take to copy 1.5GB of data over a USB 2.0 connection? I'd pay an extra £5/6 if it had eSata....but I suppose like you say, if it costs too much more it's not worth it.


I think most people would want one of these to fill with a growing media collection over time that can be carried with them.
#13
UberTiger
I realise nearly everyone in the world has USB now...but do you realise how long it would take to copy 1.5GB of data over a USB 2.0 connection? I'd pay an extra £5/6 if it had eSata....but I suppose like you say, if it costs too much more it's not worth it.


I lookforward to USB 3.0 becomming main stream.

http://www.engadget.com/2007/09/19/intels-usb-3-0-and-wireless-usb-1-1-target-speeds-announced-so/
#14
slharbron
USB 2.0 maximum data transfer rate is 480Mb per sec.
Most interfaces can not handle this speed however.


Indeed it is but you are more likely to get 300 at best and that is in bits. so /8 to convert to bytes and we have 37.5 MB a second

This drive has 1,500,000 megabytes on it sooooo

1,500,000 / 37.5 = 40,000 seconds

/ 60 = 666.66 minutes

/60 = 11.11 hours to fill this puppy.

This is still pretty optimistic
#15
will this work with wii usb loader ?
#16
good price, but the bigger drives get, the more you lose when they fail. They're only useful if you have, for example, all you movies/music on CD, and you rip them all to put on this. Anyone putting their data solely on this drive is asking for trouble. I learn't that in the past with a 250gb drive... now, I mirror/raid 5 all my drives.. too much to lose otherwise.
banned#17
I've rather get 3 of the tesco deal drives for £25...
#18
jamesdew
misco are also doing this and that deal was on here earlier. That got deleted for some reason, I wonder if this one will get deleted too. Hot Uk Deals seem to have something against External 1.5 TB hdds.


I saw the ebuyer deal this morning and it got deleted with a comment "seller banned for self-promotion".

Seems everybody is selling this Maxtor for £99, which makes it regular rather special. Since you can get 1tb drives for less than £70, it's not such a surprise.
#19
jamesdew
Indeed it is but you are more likely to get 300 at best and that is in bits. so /8 to convert to bytes and we have 37.5 MB a second

This drive has 1,500,000 megabytes on it sooooo

1,500,000 / 37.5 = 40,000 seconds

/ 60 = 666.66 minutes

/60 = 11.11 hours to fill this puppy.

This is still pretty optimistic


damn i hate USB - its so fricking slow.

USB on a HDD this size should be a crime - but i suppose there isn't an alternative..
#20
maxtor hard drives are shocking!

i had a 500gb one and filled it, after a week it overheated when i switched it on one day and it never worked again, awful smell of burning from it, i have heard alot of reviews the same!!

Lost everything on it!
banned#21
Broonie_11
maxtor hard drives are shocking!

i had a 500gb one and filled it, after a week it overheated when i switched it on one day and it never worked again, awful smell of burning from it, i have heard alot of reviews the same!!

Lost everything on it!

i don't know about this one but i've had two 500gg ones since the sainsbury's deal and they have been fine
#22
Any idea what drive is inside to take out ?? !!
#23
K1LLER HORNET
damn i hate USB - its so fricking slow.

USB on a HDD this size should be a crime - but i suppose there isn't an alternative..


There is! esata!
#24
Broonie_11
maxtor hard drives are shocking!

i had a 500gb one and filled it, after a week it overheated when i switched it on one day and it never worked again, awful smell of burning from it, i have heard alot of reviews the same!!

Lost everything on it!


I also had the 500GB Maxtor, and a few days out of the 2 year warrenty and with about 400gb of files on it, it's blown... the power lite comes on, but I have been unable to trace the drive in device management..

Now looking to get 1 or 1.5TB desktop HD and a 320 passport... any suggestions?

I want to try and avoid MAXTOR, only ever heard bad reviews even since owning one. wish i had researched before buying originally!!

ALSO.... WHATS eSATA?

And....... What are the £25 Tesco drives mentioned earlier in this thread?

Thanks guys and OP! This is still a great buy, but not for me ;)
#25
I just buy two of every drive now so that I can have a backup! Tis a bit costly, but if I can only afford two 500GB as opposed to a single 1TB I do it - waaay too much frustration if something goes wrong and there's no backup.

eSATA is another standard like USB and SATA, it's now becoming standard on lots of motherboards next to all the other I/O ports on the back of a PC, so you can plug in devices like external hard drives and theoretically have much faster transfer rates - as if it was installed internally in the computer by standard SATA.
#26
In the past ten years, I've had about 6 Maxtor hard drives fail on me. I've probably had to deal with at least twice that number if I include my friends' and relatives computers.

I've learned my lesson well! LOL
#27
I dont like the thought of storing 1.5tb of "STUFF" on anything that starts with the word basic.
#28
mrvot
I also had the 500GB Maxtor, and a few days out of the 2 year warrenty and with about 400gb of files on it, it's blown... the power lite comes on, but I have been unable to trace the drive in device management..

Now looking to get 1 or 1.5TB desktop HD and a 320 passport... any suggestions?

I want to try and avoid MAXTOR, only ever heard bad reviews even since owning one. wish i had researched before buying originally!!

ALSO.... WHATS eSATA?

And....... What are the £25 Tesco drives mentioned earlier in this thread?

Thanks guys and OP! This is still a great buy, but not for me ;)


i have a buch of freecom ones and they are brill, they have been dropped, stood on, even dents in the casings and they still work! I wouldnt buy anything else!

:thumbsup:
#29
dcx_badass
lots and lots of crap in this thread, open the drive up,it's a seagate inside and not a maxtor....


Ah ha.
So it's a Seagate drive.

What is the warranty period on this thing?
#30
sunama
Ah ha.
So it's a Seagate drive.

What is the warranty period on this thing?


The drive inside will be a ST31500341AS and has 3 years warranty. I have 2 one internal one external (Buffalo case) nice and fast (than my sammy F1 1tb) and quiet, but do get quite warm.
#31
So is the drive itself treated like an OEM drive, when it comes to warranty? Have you checked its serial number on Seagate's website, to confirm its warranty?

I ask this, because I have no need for an external drive, but would like to use this as an internal drive.

Thanks
#32
wow, this is seriously hot for an external drive. hey even if this was internal its still a bargain

great find, heat and rep added
#33
I have 4 of these, and although none have failed, i'm not filled with confidence.
There was a big hulabaloo a few months ago about seagate/maxtor 1TB and above drives firmware.
They were failing left right and center, thay have since sorted this, so they say!!!!!

I used mine with my Popcorn hour for HD films, but found that 20-30 minutes into the films it's not able to buffer the data fast enough, same film on a 2.5" passport works fine.

They are cheap, paid £120 for mine, but just wish Western Digital or someone else would make a 1.5TB drive at this price.
#34
GAVINLEWISHUKD
The drive inside will be a ST31500341AS and has 3 years warranty. I have 2 one internal one external (Buffalo case) nice and fast (than my sammy F1 1tb) and quiet, but do get quite warm.


sunama
So is the drive itself treated like an OEM drive, when it comes to warranty? Have you checked its serial number on Seagate's website, to confirm its warranty?

I ask this, because I have no need for an external drive, but would like to use this as an internal drive.

Thanks


same here, could you check the serial on their website please? In the past I've bought an external toshiba drive (standard 1 year warranty) but the drive inside doesn't come with a warranty, having checked the serial.

cheers
#35
Doesnt matter about a warranty! if the drive packs up you lose everything on it!!! You could have a lifetime warranty and its still no good!!!
#36
Huh? Stop talking nonsense. If you've backed things up then losing data isn't going to be your first concern; getting a replacement hard drive is. Hard drives don't grow on trees after all. Might as well save yourself some money and get a free replacement.

Please ignore him Gavin, my original question still stands
#37
so any comments from new purchasers? been reading about power problems when rebooting your pc and the hard drive switching itself off, then you got to physically switch it back off and on again?
#38
Will be getting this, thanks.
#39
sweet! just bought one of these and took out the 7200.11 Seagate drive inside to check the drive's warranty online. It has 5 years on it! Not bad considering they've started issuing 3 year warranties on new drives, and the external drive itself only has a 3 year warranty.

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