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WD 500GB My Passport Essential USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive £47.09 @ Ebuyer

£47.09 @ Ebuyer
Product Description £47.09 for 5day delivery or £51.49 for next day. Less than scan at £51.68 http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/500gb-dane-elec-so-mb5500u3-so-mobi/814056 The Western Digita…
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£47.09 for 5day delivery or £51.49 for next day. Less than scan at £51.68

http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/500gb-dane-elec-so-mb5500u3-so-mobi/814056

The Western Digital WDBACY5000ASL My Passport Essential 500GB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive is the world's number one selling portable drive which offers high capacity storage with both USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 connectivity. Put your digital life on the stylishly small Western Digital My Passport Essential, with WD quality and leading-edge technology, this drive is designed for today with tomorrow in mind.

Key Features
Dual USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 compatibility: A single drive with universal compatibility today and next-generation speed for tomorrow. Use it with USB 2.0 now and step up to USB 3.0 speed when you're ready.
Up to 3x faster transfer rates: When connected to a SuperSpeed USB 3.0 port the Western Digital My Passport Essential WDBACY5000ASL lets you access and save files up to 3 times faster than USB 2.0. Transfer a 2-hour HD movie in just under 5 minutes instead of 14 minutes
WD quality inside and out: For over 20 years, millions of people worldwide have trusted their data to WD hard drives. We are successful because we understand the importance of your data and our first concern is keeping that data safe.
WD SmartWare software: You're in control of your backup. Install all the features, select just the components you need, or if you prefer, choose not to use the software at all.
Automatic, continuous backup: Works quietly in the background to protect your data using minimal PC resources. Whenever you add or change a file it's instantly backed up.
Password protection for privacy: Gain peace of mind knowing that your data on your Western Digital My Passport Essential USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive is protected from unauthorised access with password protection and encryption.
USB powered: Powered directly from the USB port on your PC. No separate power supply is needed.
Planet friendly: We designed a small box to minimise waste and used recycled material. We encourage you to recycle it.
Western Digital WDBACY3200ABK My Passport Essential USB 3.0 Holds:
Up to 100,000 digital photos
Up to 125,000 songs (MP3)
Up to 12,000 songs (uncompressed CD quality)
Up to 38 hours of Digital Video (DV)
Up to 190 hours of DVD quality video
Up to 60 hours of HD video
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1 Like #1
good deal - its worth buying an extra item to take it over £50 for free delivery
#2
i'll wait couple mins for amazon.

**LOOK** AMAZON pricematch time.
#3
Would a drive like this even benefit from USB 3.0 speeds?
I thought I read that conventional hard disks can't saturate usb 2.0 speeds?
#4
I thought of purchasing and posting this yesterday, but the model number (WDBACY3200ABK) listed on Ebuyer is actually the 320GB version. I very much doubt the 500GB will be delivered, but this is stll a very good price for a 320GB USB 3.0 portable drive.

I guess you could always argue with Ebuyer that their description says 500GB after they deliver the 320GB version. Perhaps they will send you the unit described, or provide some type of refund.



Edited By: Orville on Dec 01, 2010 09:50: speling
#5
bobmorley
Would a drive like this even benefit from USB 3.0 speeds?I thought I read that conventional hard disks can't saturate usb 2.0 speeds?
USB 2.0 will limit reads/writes to ~30MB's but USB 3.0 will allow a realistic 60-70MB's. So long as your motherboard sports USB3.0 ports, you should see 2-3x the performance. This will certainly be much faster and provide higher capacity than any current USB pen drives.
#6
fairly hot and decent price 500GB small drive and USB 3.0

powered by USB too!
#7
Orville
I thought of purchasing and posting this yesterday, but the model number (WDBACY3200ABK) listed on Ebuyer is actually the 320GB version. I very much doubt the 500GB will be delivered, but this is stll a very good price for a 320GB USB 3.0 portable drive.

I guess you could always argue with Ebuyer that their description says 500GB after they deliver the 320GB version. Perhaps they will send you the unit described, or provide some type of refund.



But then that is false advertising!
#8
psd99
Orville
I thought of purchasing and posting this yesterday, but the model number (WDBACY3200ABK) listed on Ebuyer is actually the 320GB version. I very much doubt the 500GB will be delivered, but this is stll a very good price for a 320GB USB 3.0 portable drive.I guess you could always argue with Ebuyer that their description says 500GB after they deliver the 320GB version. Perhaps they will send you the unit described, or provide some type of refund.
But then that is false advertising!
The 500GB version with the correct model number is listed seperately on Ebuyer for £55.21.

Anyone who orders this will certainly be sent the 320GB version..

Still a good price for the 320GB version.

Edited By: Orville on Dec 01, 2010 10:08
#9
bobmorley
Would a drive like this even benefit from USB 3.0 speeds?
I thought I read that conventional hard disks can't saturate usb 2.0 speeds?


I'm also curious about this point
#10
Orville
bobmorley
Would a drive like this even benefit from USB 3.0 speeds?I thought I read that conventional hard disks can't saturate usb 2.0 speeds?
USB 2.0 will limit reads/writes to ~30MB's but USB 3.0 will allow a realistic 60-70MB's. So long as your motherboard sports USB3.0 ports, you should see 2-3x the performance. This will certainly be much faster and provide higher capacity than any current USB pen drives.
You didn't actually answer his question.
#11
I ordered without reading the comments and it added to my basket as 500gb and it never crossed my mind it would be 320gb - confirmation e-mail says 500gb too. I do realise now that it is a misprice but when ordering there was nothing to suggest it was 320gb!

If they contact me I will cancel the order but surely they can't send me a 320gb drive after confirming that it is the 500gb I will receive?!
#12
lets hope amazon price match it anyway :)
#13
pibpob
Orville
bobmorley
Would a drive like this even benefit from USB 3.0 speeds?I thought I read that conventional hard disks can't saturate usb 2.0 speeds?
USB 2.0 will limit reads/writes to ~30MB's but USB 3.0 will allow a realistic 60-70MB's. So long as your motherboard sports USB3.0 ports, you should see 2-3x the performance. This will certainly be much faster and provide higher capacity than any current USB pen drives.
You didn't actually answer his question.
Yes I did. This drive will allow read/writes at about 70MB's so long as you connect it via usb 3.0 ports. If you use a USB 2.0 connection it will only allow tranfers of ~30MB's. Modern 2.5" rotational discs are more than capable of exceeding USB 2.0 limitations so USB 3.0 will provide a large and very noticeable boost for large file transfers.

Edited By: Orville on Dec 01, 2010 10:19
#14
Orville
Yes I did. This driver will allow read/writes at about 70MB's so long as you CONNECT IT VIA usb 3.0 ports. If you use a USB 2.0 connection it will only allow tranfers of ~30MB's.
Erm, no you didn't. He wasn't asking about whether USB3 or 2 ports are being used. nor was he talking about pen drives.
Modern 2.5" rotational discs are more than capable of exceeding USB 2.0 limitations so USB 3.0 will provide a large and very noticeable boost for large file transfers.
Ah, now that's more like it. I'd be interested to see some real-world figures though.

Edited By: pibpob on Dec 01, 2010 10:21
#15
pibpob
Orville
bobmorley
Would a drive like this even benefit from USB 3.0 speeds?I thought I read that conventional hard disks can't saturate usb 2.0 speeds?
USB 2.0 will limit reads/writes to ~30MB's but USB 3.0 will allow a realistic 60-70MB's. So long as your motherboard sports USB3.0 ports, you should see 2-3x the performance. This will certainly be much faster and provide higher capacity than any current USB pen drives.
You didn't actually answer his question.
I bought 2 seagate GoFlex drive which has both interfaces and i can confirm there is a performance boost of around 30mb's + .. however this totally depends on the sizes of files being transfered. Just a word of warning the Seagate Go Flex drives are shockingly bad.. both failed within a week of purchase!!!
#16
pibpob
Orville
Yes I did. This driver will allow read/writes at about 70MB's so long as you CONNECT IT VIA usb 3.0 ports. If you use a USB 2.0 connection it will only allow tranfers of ~30MB's.
Erm, no you didn't. He wasn't asking about whether USB3 or 2 ports are being used. nor was he talking about pen drives.
Modern 2.5" rotational discs are more than capable of exceeding USB 2.0 limitations so USB 3.0 will provide a large and very noticeable boost for large file transfers.
Ah, now that's more like it. I'd be interested to see some real-world figures though.
You have misread my comments. The pen drive comment was used for comparison, to illustrate that this 2.5" hard disk is a better buy than non-rotational hard disks that are limite by their MLC/SLC IC speeds. Current USB pen drives cannot make use of USB3.0 speeds, but rotational hdd's can.

Edited By: Orville on Dec 01, 2010 10:25
#17
I have this drive, bought on amazon a week or so ago. Can confirm that the speeds on USB 3.0 are good on my XPS 15. Here are the results of a one test:

7GB ISO produced 60MB/s average speed writing from desktop to external hdd and 68mb/s in the other direction. Tried the same file on my M1330 with USB 2 and was averaging less than half those speeds.
#18
Ebuyer have upped the price by £3.

..and now shows up as 320GB.

Edited By: Orville on Dec 01, 2010 10:41: 320GB
#19
it now shows as a 320GB when you add to the basket!!
#20
Offer has expired.

Price has gone up and 500GB naming error has been corrected. It was always going to be the 320GB version because of the model number.

Edited By: Orville on Dec 01, 2010 10:51
#21
Orville
Current USB pen drives cannot make use of USB3.0 speeds, but rotational hdd's can.


This is absolutely untrue.
#22
gash drive if you need to do backups outside of the windoze environment

the passports are backup drives that have drivers, WD dont seem to want to listen to users that suggest there should be the option for it to be a 'bare drive' without the backup s/w drivers getting in the way
#23
These are £49 in currys/pc world, blue and red just walk in and buy. 500gb as well. Saw last night and thought it was a bargain.
#24
sianlouisa
These are £49 in currys/pc world, blue and red just walk in and buy. 500gb as well. Saw last night and thought it was a bargain.


Most of the Portable Western digital's in PCWorld are USB 2.0 rather than 3.0, hence the lower price. Looking on the Web I can't see any USB 3.0 WD portables, but they could well be hidden. :-)
#25
Orville

Still a good price for the 320GB version.

No, it's really not. I bought the 500GB USB3 from Amazon for ~£50 last week. It was posted on here, can't be bothered to find the post

Rudidudi
gash drive if you need to do backups outside of the windoze environment

the passports are backup drives that have drivers, WD dont seem to want to listen to users that suggest there should be the option for it to be a 'bare drive' without the backup s/w drivers getting in the way

That doesn't match my experience at all. You do not have to use the software provided. You can just plug the drive in and drag/drop files to/from it. Assuming your OS has read/write support for NTFS, which is what it comes formatted as. If NTFS is no use to you, you can just re-format the drive to some other file system. I re-formatted mine to several FAT32 partitions since I make regular use of Windows, Mac OS X and Linux.
#26
sianlouisa
These are £49 in currys/pc world, blue and red just walk in and buy. 500gb as well. Saw last night and thought it was a bargain.
I bought one last night from the local pc world for £50, guessing the difference between usb2 and usb3 is faster transfer speeds? I bought it to back up all of the photos and videos of my children off the laptop as my laptop has started playing up recently, it took about 30 mins to copy about 30 gigs worth which I was happy with!

Edited By: MeGaMaN on Dec 01, 2010 12:43
#27
spraint
Orville
Current USB pen drives cannot make use of USB3.0 speeds, but rotational hdd's can.
This is absolutely untrue.
Please post a link to USB Pen drives that have 70MB's read/write performance. The one you list is no faster than USB 2.0 can support, Just because it lists USB 3.0 connectivity does not mean it can run at USB 3.0 speeds. This is a limitation of the SLC/MLC memory used within cheap USB Pen drives.

The currecnt limitation for USB Pen drives is ~30MB's read and write which is below USB 2.0 speads. Even the fastest Patriot Xporter and Corsair GT drives can only write at ~20MB's.

Do not say things like "absolutely untrue" unless you know what you say is "absolutely true".





Edited By: Orville on Dec 01, 2010 13:05: more info
#28
Ebuyer are sending out the 320GB even the acknowledgement clearly states 500GB.
#29
Orville
spraint
Orville
Current USB pen drives cannot make use of USB3.0 speeds, but rotational hdd's can.
This is absolutely untrue.
Please post a link to USB Pen drives that have 70MB's read/write performance. The one you list is no faster than USB 2.0 can support, Just because it lists USB 3.0 connectivity does not mean it can run at USB 3.0 speeds. This is a limitation of the SLC/MLC memory used within cheap USB Pen drives.The currecnt limitation for USB Pen drives is ~30MB's read and write which is below USB 2.0 speads. Even the fastest Patriot Xporter and Corsair GT drives can only write at ~20MB's.Do not say things like "absolutely untrue" unless you know what you say is "absolutely true".


LOL. What part of Read 240MB/s and Write 184 MB/s do you not understand? And just when did £70+ for a 16GB pendrive become 'cheap'.

Here is test result for a slow USB 3.0 pendrive. Matches the WD Passport

http://www.hexus.net/content/item.php?item=26703&page=2

Here, have some test results for the Super Talen USB 3.0 pen drives that the rest of the world knew about already. Feel free to browse Anandtech and Ars Techica for some more. Jeez!
#30
spraint
Orville
spraint
Orville
Current USB pen drives cannot make use of USB3.0 speeds, but rotational hdd's can.
This is absolutely untrue.
Please post a link to USB Pen drives that have 70MB's read/write performance. The one you list is no faster than USB 2.0 can support, Just because it lists USB 3.0 connectivity does not mean it can run at USB 3.0 speeds. This is a limitation of the SLC/MLC memory used within cheap USB Pen drives.The currecnt limitation for USB Pen drives is ~30MB's read and write which is below USB 2.0 speads. Even the fastest Patriot Xporter and Corsair GT drives can only write at ~20MB's.Do not say things like "absolutely untrue" unless you know what you say is "absolutely true".
LOL. What part of Read 240MB/s and Write 184 MB/s do you not understand? And just when did £70+ for a 16GB pendrive become 'cheap'.Here is test result for a slow USB 3.0 pendrive. Matches the WD Passporthttp://www.hexus.net/content/item.php?item=26703&page=2Here, have some test results for the Super Talen USB 3.0 pen drives that the rest of the world knew about already. Feel free to browse Anandtech and Ars Techica for some more. Jeez!
Dude, you are correct. My mistake and I eat humble pie.

But as you say, 16GB pen drives for £70 cannot compare with 320GB mini hdd's for £50.
#31
PC World and Currys are selling the 500gb WD Passort Essential for £49. I bought one two days ago for £44.
Get yourself a copy of the instore Guift Guide and use the code at the back of the catelogue to register for a £5 off voucher.
#32
I've been in both PC World and Currys recently and although both were selling a WD Passport Essential 500GB for £49.99, with a big sign above telling you what a great bargain it is because it's £30 cheaper than it was, it was NOT the same one as alluded to in this deal. The version I saw in store was the USB 2.0 only version. They are obviously trying to clear stock because they're obsoleted by the USB3.0+USB2.0 version which some places (including Amazon) are already selling for around £50.

So go to PC World or Currys if you want, but if you're bothered about getting the USB 3.0+USB2.0 version, take the time to read the box before you buy to make sure it is that version. I expect it probably don't be.

There's really no point buying the USB 2.0 only version. Even if you don't have USB 3.0 on your computer right now, you will do in future. So it's worth getting the one that supports USB 3.0 given that it's available for the pretty munch the same price.
1 Like #33
I have eSATA/USB 2.0 combo external enclosures. The eSATA is able to read/write 2X that of USB 2.0 in my configuartion. 20MB/s using USB 2.0, but 40MB/s using eSATA. I read in Wiki that the limitation of the USB 2.0 in Windows was a max practical speed of about 33MB/s. Therefore USB 3.0 (and eSATA) is going to be a benefit to those who need to read/write frequently in the application, such as running databases on an external disk, putting large sound fonts on an external disk so that the main disk's disk activity is lowered. In every day archive and copying of files the time saving e.g. 30mins to copy 30GB is reduced to 10-15 mins ain't going to justifying replacing all USB 2.0 with USB 3.0 overnight. Of course if you have 1TB of data that you need to frequently move then USB 3.0 is worthwhile as this is normally about 8 -14 hours copy time in USB 2.0.

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