WD Elements External Hard Drive - 500GB @ PC World (online only) £39.99 - HotUKDeals
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The 500GB capacity of the black Western Digital Elements External Hard Drive is a great choice for backing up your important data, storing music, photo or video collections, or just freeing up some space on your computer. Simply connect the included USB cable to your computer and transfer. Whether Mac or Windows based (Mac users should easily reformat for their system of choice) the 500GB WD Elements External Hard Drive is the perfect choice.

Capacity 500 GB
Interface USB 2.0
Performances Information not provided
Transfer Rate Up to 480 Mbps
Buffer Memory Information not provided
Size Approx. 203 x 36 x 125 mm
Weight Approx. 1.02 kg
Required Configuration Windows or Mac computer supporting USB mass storage (pre-formatted for Windows)
Free USB port
Content External hard disk drive, USB cable, power adaptor
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#1
damn I wish if a portable would be available at this price & capacity.
good find tho
#2
Seriously its just the going price. Unless you only need 500gb then for £16 more you cna double your storage to 1TB. It wont be long and the 1TB drives will be £50.
In contrast the 500gb 2.5" portable drive at £42 was a great bargain.
#3
If you can't find a bargain going as above poster notes you can still just buy a 500GB 2.5 hard drive for £45 odd and an enclosure for £4.99 from amazon with free delivery and use that.

No need for a power supply :)

Cold deal really imo.
#4
http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Delectronics&field-keywords=Sunwire

£47

Then add one of these (you even get to chose from some nice colours...wooooooo!)

http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Delectronics&field-keywords=Sunwire+SATA+enclosure

£4.99

All sold by amazon and don't need a power cable.
#5
Cold, not cheap for a 500gb non portable hard drive.
#6
RoBad
Cold, not cheap for a 500gb non portable hard drive.


Exactly. Except I just voted it hot because I assumed at 80 degrees, it must be a 2.5". (My bad) However a 3.5" in the title would have ensured this deal was at -80 by now, so I'm far from being the only one
#7
I also want a 500gb WD portable but can't live on here for a deal that that's 30 minutes.
#8
Again, just like the Buffalo drive from earlier, which has somehow got to 238 degrees, i've no idea why this would be considered a good deal! As already mentioned, around £15 more gets you double the storage!
#9
Thanks for posting, OP - while a lot of people on here clearly disinclined it's a fine deal for those of us looking for a big brand, mains powered, 500GB capacity drive from a known seller for less than £40.
2 Likes #10
HOT

for those who want a portable :
WD_Elements_Portable_500GB_Amazon
#11
Shine600
Thanks for posting, OP - while a lot of people on here clearly disinclined it's a fine deal for those of us looking for a big brand, mains powered, 500GB capacity drive from a known seller for less than £40.


the point people are trying to make is it isn't a very good deal its just average as everywhere charges about this price. A few £ more you will get you a much better ratio of £ per gb it would seem silly not to get that.

If you want reliability then all these basic external hard drives are cheap for a reason, they dont use the best models or construction available so they are more likely to fail. WD is one of the better if not the best brand it still doesnt mean its cheapest barebones hard drive isnt just that. If data security is important then buy a higher specced 3.5" internal drive and put it in an external casing. We all like bargains, but trying to eek out the last few £ is sometimes false economy.

If you just wnat to store media fair enough. If its valuable and irreplaceable photos, documents etc, then use at least one other backup method, pen drive hard burn or online as well.
#12
Thanks 999tigger for your advice, particularly for the explanation of shopping and how if you pay more you get more which I had often wondered about ; )
#13
Shine600
Thanks for posting, OP - while a lot of people on here clearly disinclined it's a fine deal for those of us looking for a big brand, mains powered, 500GB capacity drive from a known seller for less than £40.


I just don't really get it. In this day and age, if you need 500GB, you'll probably need more sooner or later. Always buy as much storage you can afford so why not add on another £15 and double up with this : Same "big brand" from a "well known seller" HDD - just more for your money
#14
Hi, Axum

I know what you're saying. Maybe it's just me but ideally I'd prefer to buy a handful of 100GB drives at say £25 a time (if someone made them) for image storage - (simply as handy back up to the main archive on DVDs) - to one 1TB+ monster. Most drives eventually fail and I just don't see the sense in putting all your eggs in one basket. Just the way I see it.
#15
Shine600
Thanks 999tigger for your advice, particularly for the explanation of shopping and how if you pay more you get more which I had often wondered about ; )


No worries shine you seemd to be having difficulty with the fact of what represented good value for money and a good deal and the fact that even though a make can be a reasonable sign of quality, hard drives vary, which funnily enough is why they charge more for some drives than another. This site is all about bargains and good deals. this deal is decidely average.
#16
wnofal
HOT

for those who want a portable :
WD_Elements_Portable_500GB_Amazon


That's not my definition of portable. I like a lot of us actually want the Passport hard drives.
#17
sparc
wnofal
HOT

for those who want a portable :
WD_Elements_Portable_500GB_Amazon


That's not my definition of portable. I like a lot of us actually want the Passport hard drives.


Passport is a higher grade than Element...just like MyBook is higher than Element

this Elements is USB-powered, hence the name Portable!
if you prefer it really small, then you'll have to pay more, I'm afraid!
#18
Now it's only about £12 extra for double the storage! A no-brainer really!

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