Verbatim 47659 USB 3.0 External 3.5 Inch 2TB HDD - £77 Delivered @ Amazon - HotUKDeals
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Price dropped again to the lowest price yet from around £83.32 four weeks ago to this level.

Backwards compatible with USB 2.0

External plug powered

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#1
cheap for size and usb 3...but mixed reviews highlighting some reliability issues...mm
#2
I got mine at the end of Feb for £83, only opened it tonight.
I copied a 4.3gb iso file onto a Verbatim 2tb USB 2.0 first, the speed was 32mb per second, I then copied the same file onto the USB 3.0, the speed was 105mbps so, a lot faster, but not the "upto" 10x speed printed on the box.
But at 3 times quicker, I'm happy with that for now.
By the time I've filled the drive & need another, hopefully the speed of writing to the hard drives available with have increased.

On a side note, the price of USB 3.0 hubs is ridiculous- the cheapest 4 port hub I've seen so far is over £30. My PC only has two ports so I hope the price of USB 3.0 hubs comes down soon as well
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pat-w
I got mine at the end of Feb for £83, only opened it tonight.
I copied a 4.3gb iso file onto a Verbatim 2tb USB 2.0 first, the speed was 32mb per second, I then copied the same file onto the USB 3.0, the speed was 105mbps so, a lot faster, but not the "upto" 10x speed printed on the box.
But at 3 times quicker, I'm happy with that for now.
By the time I've filled the drive & need another, hopefully the speed of writing to the hard drives available with have increased.

On a side note, the price of USB 3.0 hubs is ridiculous- the cheapest 4 port hub I've seen so far is over £30. My PC only has two ports so I hope the price of USB 3.0 hubs comes down soon as well

'up to' is the theoretical interface speeds not the actual speed with every device. (480mbps vs 4800mbps so 10times)
usb2 only goes about half the theoretical maximum speed of the interface, usb3 is probably limited by the harddrive in the enclosure.
#4
For an extra £11 you can get a Trancend two port USB 3 add-on card bundled with it.
#5
If there is a known problem with this drive why buy it? (I have just looked at Amazon reviews, it is a problem seagate hdd with the "click of death") 2 TB is a lot of data to even mess about with irreplaceable or not.

Surely reliability is the most imortant thing? So what if it is a few pounds cheaper, I really don't get it, I am after something like this, but I am sure if I wait a few weeks I'll get one that works.

First cold vote.
#6
bollybobinson
If there is a known problem with this drive why buy it? (I have just looked at Amazon reviews, it is a problem seagate hdd with the "click of death") 2 TB is a lot of data to even mess about with irreplaceable or not.

Surely reliability is the most imortant thing? So what if it is a few pounds cheaper, I really don't get it, I am after something like this, but I am sure if I wait a few weeks I'll get one that works.

First cold vote.

I'd have to agree mate. Cheap price seems irrelevant if the whole lot could go up in smoke in a second, possibly destroying a huge amount of irreplaceable data.
#7
Often the so called "click of death" is nothing more than the drive struggling with a PC issue involving under powered or conflicted usb ports on the motherboard or add-on cards. Some motherboards have woefully implemented USB ports.
#8
If there is a known problem with this drive why buy it?

I've had a Verbatim 2tb USB 2.0 for over 18 months & never had any problem with it, that's why I was happy to buy the USB 3 model when I wanted a new one.
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bollybobinson
If there is a known problem with this drive why buy it? (I have just looked at Amazon reviews, it is a problem seagate hdd with the "click of death") 2 TB is a lot of data to even mess about with irreplaceable or not.


Having read what you said I went to read the reviews at Amazon.
There are only four reviews there, & three are positive, two 4 star reviews & one five star review.
So one person left a one star review & you call that a "known problem?

I don't really care if you don't want to buy this hard drive or not. Your money, your decision.

But choosing not to buy something because of just one poor review (& when there are three good reviews) seems somewhat short sighted.
#10
I see a lot of people are worried about losing x TB of data when a disk fails. All the disks listed on hotukdeals are the entry level reliability. Even WDC brand new can suffer the "click of death" upon arrival as I experienced last month. When the WDC customer service was contacted (in Feb 2011) you know that they are trained to say to customer:"I have never had a complaint about "click of death" before, yours is the first one!" For better backup at least use two different branded disks. If one is paranoid use 3 disks and safe keep the 3rd disk in another house. There is a lot to synch them up though.

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