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#1
Hmm. bought one of these from dixons November 2009. Stopped working February 2010.
#2
Was it the power pack though? Quite well documented on the web that some had power supply problems. WD customer service was very good when this happened to me (well a 640Gb one) and replaced it straight away.
#3
cdm22
Was it the power pack though? Quite well documented on the web that some had power supply problems. WD customer service was very good when this happened to me (well a 640Gb one) and replaced it straight away.

No, the little blue light would come on but the thing itself just made a clicking noise. Lost all my data. :x
#4
keyster;8371088
No, the little blue light would come on but the thing itself just made a clicking noise. Lost all my data. :x


As it happens, that does NOT necessarily mean the disk was bust..... in my experience it is more than likely to be the works in the case, they seem particuallry unreliable.

Easy enough to take the drive out and stick it either in another case, or hook up to the Motherboard to test. I am using a drive now in my PC case for Data storage that was originally in an External USB case.

Still, it's another textbook case why you need to backup data
One copy is not enough, & even two is just starting to get more secure! :-(
#5
its cheap, considering its PC World!

you can get 1TB PORTABLE drives for £45 from the likes of [url]www.ebuyer.com[/url]
#6
mugglesquop
its cheap, considering its PC World!

you can get 1TB PORTABLE drives for £45 from the likes of [url]www.ebuyer.com[/url]


Might wanna link one then as at that price its a major bargain!
#7
mugglesquop;8371504
its cheap, considering its PC World!

you can get 1TB PORTABLE drives for £45 from the likes of www.ebuyer.com


cdm22;8371518
Might wanna link one then as at that price its a major bargain!



You said it... this I want to see! :whistling:
#8
I can't see one that cheap on ebuyer, please point me in the right direction! :D
#9
nihcaj
You said it... this I want to see! :whistling:


I would also like to see, and expect serious sweltering heat if found!
#10
KitKatFox
I can't see one that cheap on ebuyer, please point me in the right direction! :D


+1
#11
I've got a 500gb version in silver of this... worked well so far...even treating it quite roughly
#12
KitKatFox;8371561
I can't see one that cheap on ebuyer, please point me in the right direction! :D


daddydeals;8371572
I would also like to see, and expect serious sweltering heat if found!


kennyt;8371573
+1


Come on... we all know it is only trolling tripe really!
#13
Many sources point that this particular drive from WD is unreliable.. I think better to avoid....... I have their 500GB and it is fine for 2 years now...
Better pay a few more quid for a good drive than loosing data..

mugglesquop
its cheap, considering its PC World!

you can get 1TB PORTABLE drives for £45 from the likes of [url]www.ebuyer.com[/url]


All i can find is a 1tb portable drive for £147.54 here ...http://www.ebuyer.com/product/172937

If you can get a link for £45 it would get super hot here....
#14
nihcaj
You said it... this I want to see! :whistling:


It simply doesn't exist. Cheapest external is just under £60. http://www.ebuyer.com/search?sort=pricelow&q=1TB&limit=10&page=1

Now it might be that the poster mistook a 1TB tape for an external hard disk drive.
#15
C'mon Troll , gives us what we want , a link !!!!!

Haha , found out .
#16
I bought the Amazon deal a few weeks ago for £6 more than this (WD Elements 1TB), and judging by the picture, this model on sale at PCWORLD has now been superceded by a new design (slightly smaller case). I've no idea if there are any other changes to the spec, but might be worth checking.
#17
Just ordered one using the discount code! Many thanks!
#18
Here is the tape culprit; http://www.ebuyer.com/product/123724
#19
ah my bad, its 500GB on ebuyer lol.

didnt know u could still get tapes!


Sorry for the confusion :whistling:
#20
Not ordered one yet, thinking of getting one and stripping it down for the drive inside. Does anyone know the model number of the hard drive that comes inside these?
#21
WD customer service was very good when this happened to me (well a 640Gb one) and replaced it straight away.


No good if you have lost all your precious photos/videos. Makes a bit of a mockery having external HDs when you have to have another one just in case the 1st one breaks down.
#22
rotti1967
No good if you have lost all your precious photos/videos. Makes a bit of a mockery having external HDs when you have to have another one just in case the 1st one breaks down.


replaced the power supply not the HD.
#23
siliconbits;8371628
It simply doesn't exist.


Of course it doesn't!
#24
all hard drives break. it might tomorrow or next week, 10 months or 10 years.

if you're serious about "proper" backup then pay for an online service like dropbox or carbonite. or buy 2 of the same hard drive and resist the temptation to start using the backup one as more storage ( very difficult :-)
#25
rotti1967;8371830
No good if you have lost all your precious photos/videos. Makes a bit of a mockery having external HDs when you have to have another one just in case the 1st one breaks down.



A mockery, quite the opposite, that's the whole point of them!

I would suggest that one copy of ANY data isn't a good idea, and a lot more copies of REALLY important stuff is needed, at a different place too, not just on a different disk!
#26
deepmenace;8371996
all hard drives break. it might tomorrow or next week, 10 months or 10 years.

if you're serious about "proper" backup then pay for an online service like dropbox or carbonite. or buy 2 of the same hard drive and resist the temptation to start using the backup one as more storage ( very difficult :-)


I think it was difficult in the past, but now large drives are so affordable, it's got easier, even if the size and amount of data has increased!
#27
As the IT World says "if the data doesn't exist in 3 places, then it doesn't exist at all!"
1 Like #28
I had a mate virtually in tears a couple of weeks ago because his drive died with all his pictures and movies of his daughter.
Step 1 - stopped him from doing a chkdsk to try and fix the drive and pointed him at recovery software (ontrack easy recovery is a good one)
Step 2 - recovered his data
Step 3 - smacked him round the head with the drive for having everything one disk and in one place.
Step 4 - got him to buy another drive, to be kept at work and told him to do a backup of his backup once a month.

People are insane, truly insane, having everything they hold dear in one place for the sake a few quid.
I've got loads of stuff - but in reality the really important stuff totals less than 500gb - costs around £40 for an external drive to back it up to. £40 - my mate was going to be happy paying £300 for a data recovery company to get his stuff back.
Think on. The digital age is great, but you can lose the lot instantly if it's in one place.
#29
Where does the code go??? Can't find any box in checkout:(
#30
Is this a 3.5" or 2.5" HDD internally ?
#31
Great. Just ordered one! Thanks
#32
PJR
Is this a 3.5" or 2.5" HDD internally ?


3.5" buddy
#33
PJR, from their website (http://www.wdc.com/en/products/Products.asp?DriveID=814) and comparing to their other external hard drives, my guess is 3.5"
#34
nihcaj

Easy enough to take the drive out and stick it either in another case, or hook up to the Motherboard to test. I am using a drive now in my PC case for Data storage that was originally in an External USB case.

Still, it's another textbook case why you need to backup data
One copy is not enough, & even two is just starting to get more secure! :-(


Was it just as simple as remove some screws then unplug the HD inside the enclosure? I have the Hitachi one and was hoping to be able to buy more HDs and put them in the enclosure.
#35
the182guy, it is generally as simple as that, yes. Un-do a few screws then all you do is unplug it from the board inside and it's just a regular hard drive.
#36
the182guy;8372357
Was it just as simple as remove some screws then unplug the HD inside the enclosure? I have the Hitachi one and was hoping to be able to buy more HDs and put them in the enclosure.


It usually is. Sometimes they hide screws or use tamperproof ones, but normally easy.

I can't think of many other situations when you would want to put a new HD in an older enclosure though... recently external drives have been CHEAPER than the standalone equivalents, or so little difference, it isn't worth even that much effort!
#37
I'd snap it up if it had e-sata
#38
Great. Just ordered one! Good price Thanks
#39
I've had one for 18 months and it still works fine, at one point it fell off my tower pc onto a hard floor but was saved by it's thick rubber end caps. No on/off switch only downer.
#40
Purchased this on the 12th April for this price and isn't the same as the one in the picture. Might be a mistake in my order or the picture, not sure.

http://www.wdc.com/global/images/products/img2/300/wdfElements_BAAU.jpg

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