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I have a number of different external HDD's, and my Tosh one is without a doubt the quietist (also the smallest).
It also has a power switch on the back which most people prefer.

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#1
And as always (as it dropped so much heat already), feel free to let us know WHY this is a bad deal.

Thanks.

Personally I think they need to make a way of preventing people from voting cold without a reason.
#2
jukkie
And as always (as it dropped so much heat already), feel free to let us know WHY this is a bad deal.

Thanks.

Personally I think they need to make a way or preventing people from voting cold without a reason.



Totally agree...

Cheapest internal 500Gb drive on scan.co.uk is 60.65, so this is a good deal for an external drive.

If your going to vote things cold, then at least take the time to put a reason down why, dont vote it cold because you dont personnally like the product, or have no need for it!!! Other people may do...
#3
E buyer do a much better seagate esata drive http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/140210/seagate-500gb-external-hard-drive-e/ well woth a £69.99 and runs so fast, you can also connect it via usb, although you need a little dongle that costs a few quid. That is a fast drive.

Although if your not fussed about speed and transfer times this deal is good !!!!
#4
greyhorse
E buyer do a much better seagate esata drive http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/140210/seagate-500gb-external-hard-drive-e/ well woth a £69.99 and runs so fast, you can also connect it via usb, although you need a little dongle that costs a few quid. That is a fast drive.

Although if your not fussed about speed and transfer times this deal is good !!!!


I have a 320GB seagate ext drive, they are big, ugly, and noisy. And although this tosh may not keep up with an esata drive, it's no slouch and performs better than both my seagate and Iomega ext drives (both also USB2.0).
#5
greyhorse
E buyer do a much better seagate esata drive http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/140210/seagate-500gb-external-hard-drive-e/ well woth a £69.99 and runs so fast, you can also connect it via usb, although you need a little dongle that costs a few quid. That is a fast drive.

Although if your not fussed about speed and transfer times this deal is good !!!!



Erm... Forgive me if I'm wrong (usually am) but...

If your motherboard doesn't support esata, then you need to use the PCI card. Which then limits the speed to only the PCI bandwidth of only 133Mbps, much slower than the USB 2 bandwidth of 480Mbps. If you do have esata then fair enough.

Now if you need to buy an extra dongle for USB 2 speeds, then this increases the cost, making this Toshiba drive better value.

P.S. I also prefer the look of this drive too :)
#6
I have 3 seagates, 1 usb & firewire, and 2 esata. They are not noist at all and not really that big. So I would disagree on that front. http://www.trustedreviews.com/storage/review/2006/11/16/Seagate-500GB-eSATA-External-Hard-Disk/p1
#7
Bought the 200gb version of this external drive about a year ago for about the same money from PCWorld. No complaints here its been a good little unit. £64.99 for 500gb gets the heat vote from me.
#8
I like the styling of the drive, and had the 320gb model.

Unfortunately it died after about 15months (and toshiba only give a 12month warranty not the 2-5year standard). Strangely it's not the drive that's dead (the drive is working fine in another enclosure, albeit with quite a few bad sectors) but the enclosure itself - it just won't recognise any disc that's inserted into it.
#9
It's a hot vote from me, great price.
#10
I have 2 320gb toshibas..they are great!
#11
Good price.. thanks jukkie :)
#12
Like Deleted I had one of these that turned up its toes after 15 months taking 30 or so hours of DV tape transfers with it. Never thought of taking it to bits though... that's my evening sorted out. However given that experience I would not buy another of these.
#13
droitwichdosser
Erm... Forgive me if I'm wrong (usually am) but...

If your motherboard doesn't support esata, then you need to use the PCI card. Which then limits the speed to only the PCI bandwidth of only 133Mbps, much slower than the USB 2 bandwidth of 480Mbps. If you do have esata then fair enough.

Now if you need to buy an extra dongle for USB 2 speeds, then this increases the cost, making this Toshiba drive better value.

P.S. I also prefer the look of this drive too :)



Hello

You will find that the PCI is MB and not Mbps

Andy
#14
Voted cold for me.

Reason and justification for doing so:

I had an identical 320GB version, and it failed after a few months of use. I had to remove / destroy outer casing to get IDE HD out (WD), which fortunately I was able to still use with a IDE USB caddy. Turned out to be the power supply, which a little googling found a couple of other users finding the same fault.

Did not return under warranty as did not want to risk losing contents and it was trashed once the HD was removed!

Otherwise, fairly noisy compared with the 500GB and 750GB MyBooks, which I have running 24/7. Also did not power up/down with PC, so often left on when PC was shut down.

Spend £4 more for this one: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Western-Digital-Essential-500GB-External/dp/B000WP0NM8/ref=pd_bbs_1?ie=UTF8&s=gateway&qid=1202228306&sr=8-1
#15
jukkie
And as always (as it dropped so much heat already), feel free to let us know WHY this is a bad deal.

Thanks.

Personally I think they need to make a way of preventing people from voting cold without a reason.


I think if rules were to be imposed (and they wouldn't work anyway - you could post garbage each time), it would need to work both ways. Mediocre deals get very hot with few people expressing concern as to why.

I would say that this particular price looks hard to beat, although the margins by which it is cheaper than other 500GB drives are fairly slim.
#16
I couldnt care if it passes a film in 2.3 secs or SETA or SATA or STATA.

This is cheap. My main concern and the main concern of any person IS, is it reliable??? Thats all. Will this drive die within a few months? Will it delete my much needed information.

My Book Western Digital 250gb needs replacing and that has been nothing but brilliant. I dont care wether its 1 or 12 decibels higher than one of the others.

Thanks
#17
I bought the 320GB version from PCWorld for £114.98 nearly 2 years ago. It failed after a couple of months but the replacement has been going strong since.

Very quiet drive, my only complaint is that the blue LED is utra bright so lights my room at at night! :roll:
#18
What a load of tosh.....iba. Good deal!
#19
flyingflea
I bought the 320GB version from PCWorld for £114.98 nearly 2 years ago. It failed after a couple of months but the replacement has been going strong since.

Very quiet drive, my only complaint is that the blue LED is utra bright so lights my room at at night! :roll:


I have one from pcworld too (I think about 300GB), and its been going strong since I bought it. Its on all the time, and as you say the blue led lights up the whole room at night.
I'm so used to seeing the light in that room seeping into the landing that I may have to buy a blue led and hook it up to a battery when the drive fails :p
#20
a pile of *****,

sorry to be blunt but mine died within 3 months and didnt return under warranty because i didnt want to risk losing my documents - it turned out ot be jsut the caddy that had died.

so if you are on a budget order a HDD caddy for about 15 quid and get a normal SATA or IDE hdd and put it in

Or just go for one of the seagate jobbies.

Adam
#21
Ad arm
it turned out ot be jsut the caddy that had died.

Hmm, seems it's a common problem - anyone ever find out exactly which component in the enclosure is dying? I quite like the style of it, and it has really quick access for swapping drives over. would be good if I could get it working again.


Or just go for one of the seagate jobbies.

just not a freeagent - they fail even more than the toshibas. The WD Mybook is quite good, as quiet as the toshiba but ugly as sin.
#22
Sorry, it's a good price but voted cold on this one. I had the 320gb from Dixons a while ago, it lasted about 8 months before the caddy / power supply failed. The internal drive was a Western Digital and is now doing fine in another caddy.

The controller board and power supply was branded "Dura Micro Inc" so none of the electronics is actually Toshiba.
#23
I myself received this email from ebuyer promoting this model this morning too. And for those of you who don't like this partiular model, i purchased the iomega 500gb from ebuyer last year (£69.99) and that is still going strong. Not to mention it looks the dogs danglies & is as quite as a mouse.

Cheapest i can see online at present is John Lewis (£69.95 + FREE del) Though i've not had a thorough scan,..

http://www.johnlewis.com/Technology/Software+and+Accessories/Cables+and+Networking/Drives/1172/230406228/Product.aspx?source=14798

With its predeccesor, the 320gb iomega coming in @ £99.95??! Hows that for madness?! :roll:

If out of stock by time this is posted call your local store and see if they have them in.

Anywho, the iomega 500gb, very highly recommended bit of kit! :thumbsup:
#24
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And enter code: 10DATANET to get it for £67.49
#25
droitwichdosser
Erm... Forgive me if I'm wrong (usually am) but...

If your motherboard doesn't support esata, then you need to use the PCI card. Which then limits the speed to only the PCI bandwidth of only 133Mbps, much slower than the USB 2 bandwidth of 480Mbps. If you do have esata then fair enough.

Now if you need to buy an extra dongle for USB 2 speeds, then this increases the cost, making this Toshiba drive better value.

P.S. I also prefer the look of this drive too :)


Yep, you are wrong.

USB2.0 does have 480megaBITS bandwidth

480mbits = 60megabytes (Note that they are prolly using the decimal version of "bit" to make the spec look faster so prolly more like 55megabytes....

Also note that that is if there is ONLY 1 DEVICE connected to the hub\chipset, its also the THEORETICAL limit...

In reality I've never seen a USB2.0 external drive do more than 30-35megabytes TOPS!

The PCI BUS will easily deliver 100megabytes and thats in practical use (My old Sil3114 RAID0 array says so)...

Sorry mate, wrong again hehe :)
#26
CountFilth
Sorry, it's a good price but voted cold on this one. I had the 320gb from Dixons a while ago, it lasted about 8 months before the caddy / power supply failed. The internal drive was a Western Digital and is now doing fine in another caddy.

The controller board and power supply was branded "Dura Micro Inc" so none of the electronics is actually Toshiba.


None of the electronics on the one you got from dixons will be the brand on the box either :)

I bought an Akasa enclosure (good make) the power supply was some chinease nonsense with a name i can't say, spell, or pronounce.
#27
I'm starting to feel greatful my other tosh has lasted nearly 2 years without a problem =\
#28
Vote Hot I had a 320GB version and was bought in 2004 Christmas and is still running fine but full
#29
i bought a hard drive from the states last year.. although it aint toshiba it looks exactly the same and it isn't very good. its not that reliable, quite often transfer data back from it and it is corrupt. also the power adapter is massive
#30
Im just going to buy it.. first time ever buying a external hard drive.. but did a search on all the websites and this sounded the best... I hope only could have get cash back from quidco too!! lol
#31
Got the 320gb version over 2 years ago and has been a good bit of kit. No problems and quiet and stylish enough to sit next to htpc. Decided to buy this 500gb version as such.

Hard drive and reliability is often down to usage and luck, so its unfair to say its a bad bit of kit from people who have been inlucky.
#32
It's nothing to do with luck (nor anything to do with the HD). The enclosure itself is the problem, for many people.
#33
HOT from me...

I've been using the 320GB version of this for three years absolutly trouble free.

Doesn't make a peep and the addition of a power switch is a small thing but makes a difference.

I'm curreently looking for a 500GB so this fits the bill perfectly.

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