Maxtor external portable harddrive 250GB for only £39.99 @ Sainsburys - HotUKDeals
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Went to the eastbourne store and had seen two of the colleagues to reducing this to £39.99. They had plenty in store so it must be nationwide. Same Maxtor portable as this one on amazon:

I think, it is great deal for under £40.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Be aware of USB needs, 30 Sep 2008
By A. Woodfine (North Wales) - See all my reviews
Bought this a week ago and have used it successfully and without problem so far. It worked straight from the package without installation (Windows XP), with data transfers both ways being smooth and effortless. All this is as one would expect, but the main reason for this review is just to note that it requires TWO USB sockets on your computer. No idea if it will work via a multiway hub plugged into the one socket.
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1.0 out of 5 stars In the end, a very disappointing experience of this product, 21 Nov 2008
By Seymour "Seymour" (London, UK) - See all my reviews
On the basis of good reviews I bought this drive and initially my experience was very good, and I was very impressed; Sleek design, worked as expected straight out of the box, very quiet, and quick data access.

Unfortunately, my delight only lasted hours, as after just 3 hours plugged into my machine the drive (somewhat tragically) died. From this point on the drive light rather feebly winks once and goes out (although you can hear the disc still spinning), and it is no longer recognized by my PC (or any other PC for that matter!). Unfortunately since Maxtor was bought by Seagate there doesn't appear to be any UK support for this product, and the knowledge base on the Maxtor website gives 32 pages for things to try if your Maxtor "drive is unrecognized by Windows", so it looks like this may occur a lot with this brand. Incidentally, I tried them all (Windows USB power & sleep settings, different cable, different ports, different PC, voodoo dolls, ...) and non of this worked. No choice but to return this. Shame really, as it looks quite nice (and for that I've given it a star!).
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5.0 out of 5 stars 250GB of storage... Never lasts as long as you want!, 21 Nov 2008
By Sera69 - See all my reviews
So, i've had this little box of tardis like proportions (bigger on the inside, do you see?) backing up my music for a couple of months now and so far, so good.

Plug and play works perfectly. Initial connection to my Vista Home Premium packaged laptop took less than five minutes to install the drivers and recognise the Maxtor as drive F: in my Computer folder. All is done automatically, for you technophobes. It does occupy two USB slots, one for power and one for file transfers which seems strange but hasn't proved to be a problem. Subsequent connections see the drive recognised almost instantly.

The unit itself (3"x5"x1") is encased in sturdy black plastic and looks as if it will take the wear and tear of daily school or college use. I've transported it on a couple of holidays with no ill effects. There are no rubber edges for shock-proofing though, so any drop of significant height or force may see the casing crack (obviously i have not tested this yet!) And there is no on/off switch on the actual unit or seperate power input other than the USB which may upset some of you.

In use, file transfer is pretty fast. The unit comes in NFTS or NTFS, or whatever it is, format so there is no need to configure from FAT and I cleared up half the space on my laptop onto this in about fifteen minutes. That's 50 or 60GB getting transferred. It's quiet and doesn't seem to get to hot even after a few hours of connection.

I'll have to wait and see whether the unit will stand the test of time. As with all hard disk hard drives there is always the possibility it will fail. This review will be subject to change if anything happens but so far, so good, no complaints at all. Except that 250GB just isn't enough!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Product - Works with Vista , 22 Dec 2008
By William Antony "willem" (Wrexham, UK) - See all my reviews
My brother bought me an 80gb maxtor basics portable hard drive last year as a present. It was GREAT!!! File transfers were fast and transferring 42gb of video in one go happened in only 15 minutes.
I got me another 250gb one and like the previous one, it was fast in file transfer, however there are 2 USB ports required which a bit annoying as my laptop has 3 ports but it is enough when transferring videos from the maxtor hard drive to my ipod through itunes.
1 of the usb cables is for "power" and the other is for "data and power", the "data and power" one is vital for file transfers but I can remove the "power" cable for about 15 minutes before it stops working.
Overall, it is still a great product for the price and works efficiently. I will suggest this to anyone who has 2 USB 2.0 ports to spare.
one out of four died. i hope that's not representative. :)
Only this price or less till sunday as its in the January sale, i bought 3 from Middlesbrough store they had 2 left.
in my sainsburys they are 49.99 still
I bought one of these today without having read this thread. I didn't know that that it needed 2 USB connections, is this normal for portable drives? If not I might take this back, I haven't opened the packaging yet.
Is it a case that you only need the 2nd connection on some computers and not others, if so how do you know if you need it?
Reasonable deal.
Better deals around for bigger storage.
Reasonable deal.
Better deals around for bigger storage.

Both items linked to are 3.5" hardrives requiring a separate ac power supply, so more suitable for desktop use.
The maxtor drive is a 2.5" laptop drive in an external case. It draws all of its power from the usb sockets(hence requiring two sockets) and is more useful to the mobile user.
Same drive available at Netto today - see this post:
saw one of these in my local sainsburys, thought i'd seen it mentioned before. asked for a price check and it was 59.99 so must have gone back up :/

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