Toshiba Mini 320GB (Mini, PORTABLE External Hard Drive) - was £92.96 now £53.12 @ PC World - HotUKDeals
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NOTE: This is a PORTABLE External Hard Drive. This means that it can be powered by your laptop's USB port (it doesn't need a mains power supply) and it's a lot smaller than conventional external hard drives, making it a lot more favourable.

PC World have the "Toshiba Mini" external hard disk, with 320GB capacity, reduced from £92.96 to just £53.12. Delivery is £4.95, although you can pick up instore for free.

With it's lightweight and stylish aluminium design, this USB-powered hard drives is the perfect storage solution for your digital videos, photos and music files.

* 320GB Hard Drive Capacity
* Store over 133000 photos or 245 movies
* Holds over 40000 MP3 songs
* Ideal for those on the move
* Stylish silver design
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#1
Awesome deal!

I bought the 250GB Iomega one from Comet but for those that has big storage needs and missed out on the Comet deal., this is a goodie!
#2
Don't see this as that hot, not compared to the £40 Comet deal for 70Gb extra.
Its a large reduction from an originally inflated price.
#3
except that this is a 2.5" hard drive and the other was 3.5". Good deal.
#4
Good price, but this one is bigger and cheaper

http://www.novatech.co.uk/novatech/specpage.html?NOV-U500
#5
Gadgetman
Good price, but this one is bigger and cheaper

http://www.novatech.co.uk/novatech/specpage.html?NOV-U500


It's not comparable - this is portable and the one you linked to isn't.
#6
Gadgetman;3905999
Good price, but this one is bigger and cheaper

http://www.novatech.co.uk/novatech/specpage.html?NOV-U500


It is also a completely different product. This is a thread for a USB POWERED PORTABLE hard drive. You have posted an AC POWERED external desktop hard drive. Yours is physically bigger (3.5" drive instead of 2.5") and needs a plug.

We have this mistake every time a portable hard drive is posted.

BTW this seems a good deal - can't find one for a similar price and a good make too.

trf197.
#7
I'll add some more info about the portable hard drive stuff to the OP, to avoid confusion.
#8
#9
I despair sometimes, I really do.

Good deal
#10
buzby22
except that this is a 2.5" hard drive and the other was 3.5". Good deal.

the comet deal is 2.5 in drive
#11
Hard Drive Capacity 320GB
Interface High Speed USB 2.0
Spindle Speed 5400 rpm
Buffer Cache 8 MB
Internal Transfer Rate Up to 480 Mbps


can anyone comment on this? i am only recently aware of the speeds that come from hard drives, in the past i havn't bothered looking, im aware that 5400 isnt really that fast (compared to the ones for inside your pc) but taking into consideration its a mobile HD without an a/c adaptor, is this good? or are there better ones out there?

comment on the bold information if anyone can, im interested in buying this!!

heat added
#12
myksterx
Hard Drive Capacity 320GB
Interface High Speed USB 2.0
Spindle Speed 5400 rpm
Buffer Cache 8 MB
Internal Transfer Rate Up to 480 Mbps


can anyone comment on this? i am only recently aware of the speeds that come from hard drives, in the past i havn't bothered looking, im aware that 5400 isnt really that fast (compared to the ones for inside your pc) but taking into consideration its a mobile HD without an a/c adaptor, is this good? or are there better ones out there?

comment on the bold information if anyone can, im interested in buying this!!

heat added


Portable USB hard drives are usually 5400 rpm as this reduces power requirements, heat and vibration. Speedwise it will be slower than most internal 3.5" drives but unless you plan to run a server from it it will be plenty fast enough. Looks like a good deal to me.
#13
You'll never come close to 480 Mbps over USB, worth keeping that in mind :).
#14
abomination
You'll never come close to 480 Mbps over USB, worth keeping that in mind :).


You'll never come close to 480 Mbps over IDE or SATA unless you're using some sort of RAID system. 480 Mbps is just the maximum transfer rate for USB2 - don't know why they bother stating it as it's irrelevant for this.
#15
Eh? You don't need RAID to achieve 480 Mbps (60 MBps) over an internal interface.
#16
Good deal! :thumbsup: I've just reserved one for pickup.

Cheers

EDIT

Same price now at both Dixons [postage extra of course] and Currys http://www.currys.co.uk/product.php?sku=938573&camp_id=froogle
#17
Buffalo MiniStation Turbo USB 300GB Portable Hard Drive is £49.98 at Amazon:
http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/304311/buffalo-ministation-turbo-usb-300gb/Buffalo MiniStation Turbo USB 300GB Portable Hard Drive

Ive got the 500gb version and its great. So which is best? I know the build quality of Toshiba laptops is not great.If this is a guide then Buffalo wins against Toshiba
#18
HOT HOT HOT!!! Ive been swithering about an external drive for ages and finally decided to take the plunge with this one. I love the fact it only reqiures USN connection and it suits my needs fine.
#19
gekkoa
Buffalo MiniStation Turbo USB 300GB Portable Hard Drive is £49.98 at Amazon:
http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/304311/buffalo-ministation-turbo-usb-300gb/Buffalo MiniStation Turbo USB 300GB Portable Hard Drive

Ive got the 500gb version and its great. So which is best? I know the build quality of Toshiba laptops is not great.If this is a guide then Buffalo wins against Toshiba


I would go for the Buffalo external USB hard disk for the quality factor plus its better for travelling with IMHO.

Cheers, Scotty Boy! :thumbsup:
#20
Tesco are doing an Iomgea 250gb 2.5 usb hd for £39ish instore which i thought was a good deal.
#21
Link to the actual hard drive inside it.

http://www.wdc.com/en/products/Products.asp?DriveID=377

Only problem with this portable Hard Drive is that you need 2 usbs ports to run it. (1 for data & 1 for power)

Max transfer rate i am getting at the moment with it is 21.2MB/sec
#22
Hi, could anyone tell me if you can take this drive out and put it in a Macbook Pro laptop (late 08). If so, are these easy to dismantle?

Thanks for any help

Done a bit of research and it seems that it can.

Amazon selling the drive only for £49.99 here: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Western-Digital-Scorpio-Internal-OEM/dp/B0011U65F2

Seems to get some good reviews.
#23
I take it its a sata 2.5" drive inside? as I really need to buy a ide one myself.
#24
Quicklite
I take it its a sata 2.5" drive inside? as I really need to buy a ide one myself.


It's difficult to tell until you open it. Toshiba is not good for providing technical details.
#25
Cozworth806


Don't see this as that hot, not compared to the £40 Comet deal for 70Gb extra.
Its a large reduction from an originally inflated price.


This is true if 250gb is enough for you. If not, you have to carry two drives which is less convenient.
#26
Scotty Boy
I would go for the Buffalo external USB hard disk for the quality factor plus its better for travelling with IMHO.

Cheers, Scotty Boy! :thumbsup:


agreed - I have the 80gb version of the Buffalo drive - great piece of kit, will get one of these as well :thumbsup:

they hook up just fine to my PS3 :-D
#27
phishwak;3906890
You'll never come close to 480 Mbps over IDE or SATA unless you're using some sort of RAID system.

I think you are confused on terms.

480Mbps = Mega BITS per Second.
Thats around 50 MegaBYTES per second, which any internal drive is easily capable of managing, most modern internal drives sustain 60+ meg/sec

480 Mbps is just the maximum transfer rate for USB2 - don't know why they bother stating it as it's irrelevant for this.
In reality this, and all USB drives are limited by the USB interface to around 30 megabyte/sec.
#28
You can get extremely portable USB memory sticks upto 16GB for under £20, and the data transfer speed can easily beat a 2.5" HDD.
If you're thinking of buying one of these because your laptop's hard drive is nearing capacity and you need more space, then it's a good move - changing your hard drive for a higher capacity model would go a long way in preserving your laptops battery life, and you wouldn't have to carry around a peripheral device, and they're actually very easy to swap on almost all laptops, but you would have to backup all your data to a third data storage device, re-install the operating system and your programs onto your new internal drive... a lot of effort, much easier just to get one of these for most.
Of course, if you rarely carry your laptop around with you, and there's space enough in your laptop bag for a "proper" external drive, then get one - you can get ~300% more space by spending ~20% more :).
#29
wagster
Link to the actual hard drive inside it.

http://www.wdc.com/en/products/Products.asp?DriveID=377

Only problem with this portable Hard Drive is that you need 2 usbs ports to run it. (1 for data & 1 for power)
Max transfer rate i am getting at the moment with it is 21.2MB/sec


Assuming you're talking about the Toshiba, I read that in the manual too, but found that I only needed 1 USB connection as with all my other [smaller] external drives :)

The second connector will give extra power where needed. It's all going to depend on what you're connecting it to.
#30
Faythur;3912881
Assuming you're talking about the Toshiba, I read that in the manual too, but found that I only needed 1 USB connection as with all my other [smaller] external drives :)

The second connector will give extra power where needed. It's all going to depend on what you're connecting it to.


Yes i read that in the manual too.

I have used it with just 1 usb connection and it did work just dropped the transfer rate down really.
#31
cheap + nice ..... rep + heat added
#32
is duplicate of my post http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/297744/toshiba-portable-tiny-slim-hard-dri/

i already post this 2 weeks ago!!!
#33
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#34
Does anyone know what power input is required to power this hard drive? I bought it as an in-car hdd for my Pioneer head unit but that's not pushing out enough power through the USB to power this Toshiba. Was thinking of using a cig lighter adapter....
#35
lutherinlondon;3942766
Does anyone know what power input is required to power this hard drive? I bought it as an in-car hdd for my Pioneer head unit but that's not pushing out enough power through the USB to power this Toshiba. Was thinking of using a cig lighter adapter....


Electrical Specifications
Current Requirements
5 VDC
Read/Write 500 mA
Idle 400 mA
Standby 50 mA
Sleep 20 mA

Power Dissipation
Read/Write 2.50 Watts
Idle 0.85 Watts
Standby 0.25 Watts
Sleep 0.10 Watts

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