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12GB HDD Holds:Up to 3400 digital photosUp to 3000 songs (MP3)Up to 300 songs (uncompressed CD quality)Up to 1 hour of Digital Video (DV)Up to 5 hours of DVD quality videoUp to 1.5 hours of HD videoInterface: USB2.0Speed: 480Mbps
Description

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 their favourite programs and settings.

Also available in White. Link below.
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#1
http://images.play.com/covers/3516346x.jpg
#3
Anyone can comment on the write speeds? Am I correct that this is a mechanical disk rather than solid state memory chips?
#4
splender;1491530
Anyone can comment on the write speeds? Am I correct that this is a mechanical disk rather than solid state memory chips?


Don't know about read/write speeds.

Going by the proportions they are likely to be compact flash type 2 (A.K.A Microdrive) based, so yes mini hdd's.
#5
nearly commented that you had posted twice, teach me to speed read posts.....good find, voted hot.
#6
Handy that is matches the eee colours ;)
#7
Not a bad price, i paid about the same for an 8Gb USB stick from amazon a month ago.
#8
nice price
i suppose the downsides of a spinning hard drive is read/write speeds and also that you cant chuck it around as much.
12gb is a lot of space tho and in a nice package ... looks worth of a buy.
voted hot
#9
hmm, seems only play.com seel these ! No where to compare prices

http://www.google.co.uk/products?q=Maxell+portable+hard+drive&btnG=Search+Products&hl=en&show=dd
#10
I might get one to go with my EEE. Its good to download stuff onto them and play the videos on my 360 straight off memory sticks.
#11
So, I'm not getting the point of this rather than just a normal USB stick. Except if the software is capable of playing the music or videos on any computer without the need for software. Is that what it does? Here's a rather techie question. Could I store AAC music on this and connect it straight in to a seperate DAC with a USB input and play music? If so this could be the answer to all my prayers.

Edit:

I've just realised that even if it could I wouldn't be able to choose the tracks without some kind of display on either the hard drive or something that could connect to it like a remote.
#12
Cyrus
hmm, seems only play.com seel these ! No where to compare prices

http://www.google.co.uk/products?q=Maxell+portable+hard+drive&btnG=Search+Products&hl=en&show=dd


I searched high and low to find a comparison and could find no other seller (as you say) selling these. In fact I can't even find it on the Maxell site.

I did however find a comparable product and the retail prices were much much more, over £100 for the 12gb I think.
I'll try and find the comprison again but probably won't be until this afternoon.

Regards :)
banned#14
Would i be able to use this on my Xbox 360 to play Movies, Music etc off?
#15
Wonderful find. I don't even have a need for it, but 12GB mobile storage for 29.99 is just unbelievable.

The Ceedo Software looks interesting. Google it to read more about it.

I just ordered the black one. Who knows, i might even follow up with an EEE PC!

The only thing i hope is that it's detected as a USB mass storage device. It should do, otherwise defeats tht whole purpose of mobile storage.

Edit: No idea what the transfer speeds are ... Can someone who has one share some thoughts?
#16
k9plus1
Wonderful find. I don't even have a need for it, but 12GB mobile storage for 29.99 is just unbelievable.

The Ceedo Software looks interesting. Google it to read more about it.

I just ordered the black one. Who knows, i might even follow up with an EEE PC!

The only thing i hope is that it's detected as a USB mass storage device. It should do, otherwise defeats tht whole purpose of mobile storage.

Edit: No idea what the transfer speeds are ... Can someone who has one share some thoughts?


Have a quick look at this link. It's not the Maxell one but comparable I would have thought.
http://www.memoryc.com/externalharddrives/tone12gbusb2microdrive.html
#17
Not too shabby .. I was thinking whether I should have ordered a portable HDD instead, but looking at prices, you're looking at 20-30pounds more for one of them. The cheapest being the buffalo 80GB portable USB HDD for around 50 pounds.

The Ceedo software will be a bonus though. That's worth £15 on it's own. Hope it's not trial ... EEK !
#18
Still unsure how read/write speeds would compare to a standard usb stick?
#19
k9plus1
The Ceedo software will be a bonus though. That's worth £15 on it's own. Hope it's not trial ... EEK !


No need to pay for Ceedo when you can have PortableApps for free. It does exactly the same thing, with more or less the same applications, only for free... :p
You can try it out on your existing USB key!
#20
If you buy two of these 12gb hard drives you go could get 250gb portable hard drive for 60 :thumbsup:Quid
#21
Hmm, on reading about these portable apps and Ceedo .. it's not what i expected, it looks like not ALL applications are available to be used on the go. Most of the supported apps aren't ones that i use anyway .. I was hoping to have things like usenet applications which i can use on the move..
#22
BalSci
If you buy two of these 12gb hard drives you go could get 250gb portable hard drive for 60 :thumbsup:Quid


Yes, you're right. The only reason i can see for getting these over portable HDDs are robustness and size. Assuming that these microdrives are more robust than conventional HDDs.:thinking:
#23
toast
Still unsure how read/write speeds would compare to a standard usb stick?


if it were a proper 2.5" laptop drive then it would be limited only by usb2 speed of 30-40mbps for read and write, better than even the best usb sticks.

but as its probably an ibm microdrive (essentially compact flash) i don't know, probably maxing out at 2mbps, a lot slower than usb [flash] sticks which generally manage 16mb/read and 6mb/write.
#24
If you buy two of these 12gb hard drives you go could get 250gb portable hard drive for 60 Quid

yeh but you can't stick a 60 quid 250hd in your pocket and you'll need power for those as well
#25
does any one know if this can be used for the vista ready boost?
#26
:thumbsup: just get a 1 WMV - hd/ blue ray rip movie on it for my 360 ! COOL !!
cheap - hd 1080 movie without streamin :-D
#27
gsloman;1493941
yeh but you can't stick a 60 quid 250hd in your pocket and you'll need power for those as well
You can when it's a 2.5" portable which takes its power from USB... even if it's "only" 160GB (first link I found: http://www.play.com/PC/PCs/4-/3511945/Western-Digital-160GB-2-5-Passport-Portable-External-USB-Hard-Drive-Red/Product.html ) it's still better value per gigabyte...
#28
gsloman
yeh but you can't stick a 60 quid 250hd in your pocket and you'll need power for those as well


Yeah, although not quite £60 yet but it is getting close to it. This one http://www.ebuyer.com/product/132386 is £78 quid and can fit into a pocket with a case round it. And it does not need its own external power source but may need 2 USB ports. And besides this Maxwell is designed with miniaturisation in mind. [COLOR="Red"][SIZE="4"]It has the best price [/SIZE][/COLOR]per gigabyte per gramme per cm cube (over 4GB of storage). I agree it is not the best price per GB.
#29
[COLOR="SeaGreen"][SIZE="4"]For those who likes lowest price per GB as a definitive and absolute measure then you can get as much as want on the internet for FREE: megaupload, rapidshare etc..[/SIZE][/COLOR] Fair comparison based on simple units like £/GB is only useful to a reader when most commonly required features and usability exist in both products to be compared and it looks as though the £/GB is the only difference between the two products.
#30
sam1970
does any one know if this can be used for the vista ready boost?


I should not think so! Readyboost is designed by software engineers at Microsoft to use intermediate storage between solid state memory near to the CPU and the mechanical disk. Most hard disks spins now at 7200 rpm and it is extremely unlikely that this Maxwell miniature hard disk will spin any where near this speed! If it did it would not be at this price. This Maxwell will be a slooww disk relative to your hard disk. You will be better off with a 2 or 4GB flash stick which is rated at high speed. Any USB flash stick not marked with speed rating will probably be slow ones.
#31
CF II doesn't necessarily mean microdrive.

But the title - 'portable hard drive' - probably means they are microdrive, or similar.

This looks like a cracking price for something like this though, if it's good and reliable.
#32
splender;1495041
For those who likes lowest price per GB as a definitive and absolute measure then you can get as much as want on the internet for FREE: megaupload, rapidshare etc..
That's not quite the same; you can't store as much as quickly or access it anywhere with no restrictions. A better comparison might be a DVD-R(W) which gives a lower £/GB (which is about 2.5p/GB, BTW). A mini HDD and a portable 2.5" are similar products; a USB pen is different due to the fact it's SSD, is smaller, uses less power, is faster, and is more robust.
Fair comparison based on simple units like £/GB is only useful to a reader when most commonly required features and usability exist in both products to be compared and it looks as though the £/GB is the only difference between the two products.
Yes. A 12GB Microdrive and a 160GB 2.5" HDD provide similar functionality.
#33
Just been pointed out to me that this thread is a duplicate deal of one posted a month ago here:
http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/127739/maxell-usb-8-12gb-flash-drives-play/

Apologies to oozy I failed to find it on my search.
Thanks to bingsy for finding the original.

Reported to mod's as a duplicate.
#34
hottoshop
Just been pointed out to me that this thread is a duplicate deal of one posted a month ago here:
http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/127739/maxell-usb-8-12gb-flash-drives-play/

Apologies to oozy I failed to find it on my search.
Thanks to bingsy for finding the original.

Reported to mod's as a duplicate.


Although this is a dupe there's a lot of discussion here etc so I shall leave it be.
#35
i bought an 8gb one arrived but am not to sure if its healthy. it works fine but really does make a noise when accessing the drive. not exaclty the click of death but not the happiest of drives.

anyone have one and can comment on this issue?

thanks
#36
mine arrived yesterday. excellent little drive and has come in very useful!!!

only one query tho,

i used it to transfer some music files to my laptop from my pc, when i finished deletedthem from the drive. then i tried to trans a 4.7G wmv hd file i have onto the drive so i could watch it on the xbox360. but was told that the file was too big???!!! i checked and there is 11.1G free space!! how does that work??
#37
sounds like the file type of the HD is FAT - you'll need to convert it to NTFS if you want to transfer files larger than 4GB

:thinking:
#38
Just received mine today.
It is indeed FAT32 formatted so you need to reformat to NTFS in order to support files larger than 4GB.

Transfer rates are surprisingly fast. To write a 698 mb file took 90s which gives a 7.8 mb/s write speed. Read speed is faster, probably in the region of 9.3 mb/s. These speeds were achieved after formatting to NTFS.

Comes with a USB lead, a cute black pouch and alphabet stickers to personalise the drive.

All in all. Pretty satisfied.
#39
Would this work with transferring music, photos & other stuff to my PS3?

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