WD Elements Portable Hard Drive - 500GB Black £49.99 del @ PC World - HotUKDeals
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WD Elements Portable Hard Drive - 500GB Black online only for £49.99. they have the 320gb for £40. cheaper than the last post free delivery online too!
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#1
Reserve & collect as well as online. Just reserved mine. Hot

Don't forget 3.5% TCB! brings the price down to £48.25.
#2
A good price for 500GB.
Powered off USB port, no external power supply required.
#3
You may want to add to the description that this is a 2.5" drive? As opposed to "portable".
Just a suggestion as I only look for whether or not it's 2.5 or 3.5.
Nice find! Heat added!
#4
Nice, just picked up one from PC World.

Cheers
#5
Ordered the 320gb for £39.99 (3% Quidco). Free postage good deal. Thanks
#6
good deal
#7
nice drive, relatively quiet
#8
Any idea how many years is the warranty?
#9
I`m on my 3rd one of these. No probs had with any. Great little drives.
#10
For some reason the PC World site isnt showing my local store on the map even though it is their.
Is their any way around paying the £79.99 instore price if I went into the shop and just showed them the website page

EDIT - Just phoned CS and they said if a store doesnt appear on their stock checker then it means the store is closed for refurbishment so looks like I will be ordering on-line unless i see another self powered drive for cheaper

I presume this will be able to play movies through a PS3 like the WD passport hard drive rather than having to re-format the drive
#11
i keep thinking i should get one of these, but i still have my 120gb one which i havent filled up, i usually delete stuff frequently so never need anything bigger....but i want it hahaha. Perhaps when a 1tb comes to this price i will indulge :) nice find!
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NFS
I presume this will be able to play movies through a PS3 like the WD passport hard drive rather than having to re-format the drive


320gb version of this works fine with my PS3, can't remember if it was already FAT32 or NTFS out of the box but it now has a small FAT32 partition for the PS3 (NTFS doesn't work at all, and I haven't tried Mac filesystems).

Bear in mind FAT32 is 4gb max.

Just make a directory called VIDEO and place the files in there, to prevent having to select 'display all'.
#14
BlueDan
320gb version of this works fine with my PS3, can't remember if it was already FAT32 or NTFS out of the box but it now has a small FAT32 partition for the PS3 (NTFS doesn't work at all, and I haven't tried Mac filesystems).

Bear in mind FAT32 is 4gb max.

Just make a directory called VIDEO and place the files in there, to prevent having to select 'display all'.


Didn't realise you could do that, might give it a go with the 320gb I bought last week.
#15
Do anyone know if it is possible to have some sort of dual usb lead so i can hook it up to my pc and ps3 at the same time instead of constantly switching back and forth?

Good find, heat added, cheers :)
#16
cold.

1TB hard drves are going for around this price
#17
lancashirerock
cold.

1TB hard drves are going for around this price


you cant leave a post like this without telling us where?
#18
lancashirerock
cold.

1TB hard drves are going for around this price


2.5" usb-powered? no? ok thanks for playing
#19


They must have dropped the price because it was something like £64.99 this morning.
#20
Thanks. Reserved one.
#21
The HDD inside these - I'm just guessing is SATA (Can anyone confirm please)

- Was after a cheap(ish) 500Gb PATA IDE for my Topfield but I need IDE.
#22
neilcaldwell
The HDD inside these - I'm just guessing is SATA (Can anyone confirm please)

- Was after a cheap(ish) 500Gb PATA IDE for my Topfield but I need IDE.



The use of IDE drives in any hard-drive situation is dying down rapidly. I can't guarantee that it isn't but i'm 99% certain that they are SATA, otherwise it'd be relatively slow

and on that note, its actually cheaper to buy the external HDD, then remove the dock and use the HDD in other things, such as laptops or a PS3
#23
Vstriper
Do anyone know if it is possible to have some sort of dual usb lead so i can hook it up to my pc and ps3 at the same time instead of constantly switching back and forth?

Good find, heat added, cheers :)


Probably not. Think of the potential for disk corruption if the two machines tried to write different things to the disk at the same time as an example of the reasons why not.
#24
triobot
The use of IDE drives in any hard-drive situation is dying down rapidly. I can't guarantee that it isn't but i'm 99% certain that they are SATA, otherwise it'd be relatively slow

and on that note, its actually cheaper to buy the external HDD, then remove the dock and use the HDD in other things, such as laptops or a PS3


Certainly some of the WD USB drives don't have a separate interface to SATA or IDE inside. The drive electronics circuit board has the USB connector directly on it to save costs and prevent cheapskates getting cheap disks by gutting portable external units.
#25
Just reserved one,

I love my 2nd gen 500gb Passport, but this is £30 cheaper than one of them

Held one back at PCworld for tomorrow
#26
could i switch this with the ps3 HDD and use my 80gb in the case?
#27
xenny;8774593
The drive electronics circuit board has the USB connector directly on it to ... prevent cheapskates getting cheap disks by gutting portable external units.
Why would they want to do that?
#28
Geez, I waited and waited to spend my £50 gift voucher, then decided to take the plunge last week and bought teh Iomega 500gb for £62, now I find one for £49. Trust my luck :(

Heat + for the price tho.
#29
xenny
Certainly some of the WD USB drives don't have a separate interface to SATA or IDE inside. The drive electronics circuit board has the USB connector directly on it to save costs and prevent cheapskates getting cheap disks by gutting portable external units.


Prevent cheapskates from getting cheap disks by gutting portable external units? Sorry, what? External units are generally more expensive so this makes so sense.
#30
Good price. Was going to go for a 1TB, but these things are so much easier to use.
Cheers OP
#31
JustExtreme
Prevent cheapskates from getting cheap disks by gutting portable external units? Sorry, what? External units are generally more expensive so this makes so sense.


why doesn't it make sense? why would anyone buy the more expensive drive when they can buy the same thing cheaper with an easily removable enclosure?
#32
nice find. bought one of these for much more. mine has a wd5000bevt drive inside which i swapped for my laptop drive. only thing is the drive gets somewhat hot when inside the laptop.
#33
brilly;8776038
why would anyone buy the more expensive drive when they can buy the same thing cheaper with an easily removable enclosure?
Because generally they are not cheaper with an enclosure.
#34
triobot
but i'm 99% certain that they are SATA, otherwise it'd be relatively slow

Hard drive sustained transfer rates barely exceed PATA133, and even the slowest PATA (or SATA) drive is way, way, way faster than USB2 could ever hope.

SATA is used in external drives simply because PATA is dead technology, not because they are any faster.


The last few hard drives I've bought have been externals, which I've then removed the drive from. These days it is often cheaper to buy an external than an internal oem drive. Plus you get a handy usb2sata/usb2ide adapter.
#35
Is it just me or these dont work with windows 7? I picked one up and have tried it in both my windows 7 pc and laptop but it does not appear to work at all :(.

I looked on the compatible operating systems on the box and it doesnt mention window 7. Or could it just be that the one I got is faulty?
#36
EXPOSITUK:

I would say that yours is faulty, I have W7 ultimate and it works fine
#37
expositouk;8780989
Is it just me or these dont work with windows 7?
No, I don't work with Windows 7 either - I've been mercifully free of it and its predecessors for years.
#38
Got mine today from the store, Still priced at £79.99 instore!!

Crap thing is you take the box to them off the shelve and they go into the back and put the hard drive in the box that was on display so technically they have already been opened by someone, for all you know you could be getting a returned one!!
#39
brilly
why doesn't it make sense? why would anyone buy the more expensive drive when they can buy the same thing cheaper with an easily removable enclosure?


That is not what I meant.
#40
Steve-O 2008;8782232
Got mine today from the store, Still priced at £79.99 instore!!
That won't change. The same thing happened last year. There are enough people who don't have a clue or just impulse buy that they will sell plenty at that price.

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