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Best price I can find for a 1TB portable drive. WD seems one of the most reliable brands although inevitably some people will have had problems.

To clarify, this is a 2.5" USB powered portable drive.
- spoony100
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#1
Very cold, try looking in Tesco. About £80 for an IOMEGA of the same size.
#2
Unless there's something special about this drive, that is a high price for a 1tb external.

Edit - just noticed it's a portable. About 5 quid cheaper than Amazon. Not voting.
#3
ro53ben
Very cold, try looking in Tesco. About £80 for an IOMEGA of the same size.


The WD one looks to be a 1TB 2.5 inch (laptop) drive, is there an Iomega one for £80 that is also a 2.5 inch drive? Or is the Iomega a 3.5 inch HDD?

This might interest some people...http://www.engadget.com/2009/07/27/wd-ships-industrys-first-2-5-inch-1tb-hard-drive/
#4
ro53ben
Very cold, try looking in Tesco. About £80 for an IOMEGA of the same size.


I highly doubt Tesco are selling a 1TB 2.5 inch for £80, unless you can provide some proof?

I voted hot, good price if you need that amount of space on a portable
#5
Theres NO way there was a 1TB 2.5" portable drive for £80. That would have been a Desktop drive(3.5").
#6
ro53ben
Very cold, try looking in Tesco. About £80 for an IOMEGA of the same size.


There's always one ... :whistling:

The IOMEGA might be the same capacity, but certainly won't be the same SIZE - it'll be a 3.5" desktop drive with a separate power supply

SirHugo :thumbsup:
#7
I think people are missing the point that this drive is a 2.5 inch that is powered from the USB port and will slip into your shirt pocket with ease, It is not a 3.5 inch brick with a seperate power supply to lug around!
#8
1) There was no mention of 2.5 when I posted the comment, wasn't in the title or the description.

2) It's still not in the description

3) The £80 from Tesco is certainly portable anyway. I have 5 of them.
#9
ro53ben
1) There was no mention of 2.5 when I posted the comment, wasn't in the title or the description.

2) It's still not in the description

3) The £80 from Tesco is certainly portable anyway. I have 5 of them.


it's amazing what info you can get by clicking the link :whistling:
#10
If I needed 1TB of portable storage I would personally get 2x500GB portable WD drives (works out £10-15 cheaper too) and have some redundancy built in, instead of a single 1TB drive. After all these drives weigh so little that carrying two 500GB ones in a laptop bag is hardly going to be noticeable.....

However it would be nice to have a 1TB drive in a netbook with all the multimedia files (movies, music, etc) on it though! It would be like having a huge capacity HDD-based portable DVD player...
#11
spoony100
it's amazing what info you can get by clicking the link :whistling:


I read via RSS - amazing what a proper description can do.
#12
ro53ben
I read via RSS - amazing what a proper description can do.


"USB powered" was always in the title - amazing what reading can do for your understanding
#13
Nowt to do with the deal, but these portables at such capacity are great for people like me who travel on planes etc. to deliver training abroad. All has to go in hand luggage and saving a kilo or so not having a big drive and power brick is ideal. £130 is a bit steep but same as I paid for 1Tb about 3 years ago for a full size 3.5in drive. Encouraging.
#14
crazymacaque
"USB powered" was always in the title - amazing what reading can do for your understanding


:)

thanks op nice find
#15
ro53ben
1) There was no mention of 2.5 when I posted the comment, wasn't in the title or the description.

2) It's still not in the description

3) The £80 from Tesco is certainly portable anyway. I have 5 of them.


In fairness to the OP, it does say portable in the original description, albeit spelt incorrectly. Portable generally accepted as meaning 2.5".
#16
moob
In fairness to the OP, it does say portable in the original description, albeit spelt incorrectly. Portable generally accepted as meaning 2.5".


Cheers - rectified my spelling
#17
WD Site: http://www.wdc.com/en/products/Products.asp?DriveID=722

Already owning one, check out this article first: http://www.wdc.com/wdproducts/updates/?family=wdsmartwareutilities it shows up in Windows as a CD driver (much like 3G USB dongles) that tried to install drivers. This can be turned off but it won't show up on my PS3 when plugged into a USB port, older WD drives do. That may be because of it's capacity, I've not looked into the issue much as I use a 16GB USB stick to transfer large files to my PS3.
#18
As I mentioned in the other thread with this drive in here you'll need this page here to remove the awful Virtual CD partition which launches each time you plug it in. It turns it back into a 'normal' external drive
#19
I find the CD partition and the utilties that come on the drive useful actually :) it secures the drive against unauthorised access, syncs and backs up the data, etc. I agree however that WD should provide a simple way of removing this partition for those that dont want it !
#20
ro53ben
Very cold, try looking in Tesco. About £80 for an IOMEGA of the same size.


Ya numpty :roll:
#21
ro53ben
1) There was no mention of 2.5 when I posted the comment, wasn't in the title or the description.

2) It's still not in the description

3) The £80 from Tesco is certainly portable anyway. I have 5 of them.


1) Click the link as said

2) The picture clearly shows it's a portable drive

3) £80 for a 1tb 2.5" drive from Tesco......no. Provide proof at least.
#22
simate
1) Click the link as said

2) The picture clearly shows it's a portable drive

3) £80 for a 1tb 2.5" drive from Tesco......no. Provide proof at least.



Like I said, the description never mentioned 2.5" when I posted...the horse already left the stable before the OP closed that gate.

Anyway, £74.97 USB 1TB drive here http://direct.tesco.com/q/R.204-6510.aspx
#23
ro53ben
Like I said, the description never mentioned 2.5" when I posted...the horse already left the stable before the OP closed that gate.

Anyway, £74.97 USB 1TB drive here http://direct.tesco.com/q/R.204-6510.aspx


I think "USB powered" is a pretty big clue that this is a, er, USB powered drive and therefore not comparable to cheap desktop drives on Tesco or elsewhere.

I'd bow out of this thread gracefully, if I were you.
#24
Have you read the description on the Tesco item?
#25
the nob squad have spammed this already!
#26
AMAZING HOT DEAL! These are by far the most portable and reliable drives around!
#27
furq
I think "USB powered" is a pretty big clue that this is a, er, USB powered drive and therefore not comparable to cheap desktop drives on Tesco or elsewhere.

I'd bow out of this thread gracefully, if I were you.


I'd take furq's advice - it says 3.5" in the product description of that Tesco link. Meaning it's not USB powered.
#28
Seems to have gone up to £145.41inc. vat now! Shame, as it was a good deal.
#29
ro53ben
Have you read the description on the Tesco item?


From the tesco website : USB Host Powered Yes-Single port

I think the description is wrong.

I have the exact Iomega drive, bought from Tesco about 6 months ago for around £60 and I can confirm that it is not usb powered. And as far as I know there is no external 3.5" drive that is USB powered :whistling:

P/S: My Iomega just died last month. A quick search on Google showed that the hard drive used was problematic & need a firmware update. Too late for me to do the update..... :cry:
#30
atambo

P/S: My Iomega just died last month. A quick search on Google showed that the hard drive used was problematic & need a firmware update. Too late for me to do the update..... :cry:


It should still be fixed under warranty.
#31
For those who missed out, it's a similar price at PriceLover.com after VAT and delivery.

:pirate:CJ:pirate:
#32
ro53ben
Like I said, the description never mentioned 2.5" when I posted...the horse already left the stable before the OP closed that gate.

Anyway, £74.97 USB 1TB drive here http://direct.tesco.com/q/R.204-6510.aspx


Yeah, but as pointed out, it said PORTABLE thereby meaning 2.5".

You made a mistake, move on.

This has now gone up in price however, meaning it's not so hot anymore - cheaper at Amazon:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Western-Digital-Passport-Essential-Portable/dp/B002KQ1Z3I
#33
It's also 138 quid collect at store in PC World in case anyone wants to pick one up rather than order it.
For those that have the drive, when the WD software is removed does it appear as just a standard drive to the operating system? I've been trying to find a definite answer on this but any comments I've found conflict.

John
#34
Johnmcl7
It's also 138 quid collect at store in PC World in case anyone wants to pick one up rather than order it.
For those that have the drive, when the WD software is removed does it appear as just a standard drive to the operating system? I've been trying to find a definite answer on this but any comments I've found conflict.

John


I do not own this drive but it is extremely unlikely that you wont be able to format it via windows thus removing any WD software pre installed. Anyone who says different probaly didnt format it correctly.
#35
Johnmcl7
It's also 138 quid collect at store in PC World in case anyone wants to pick one up rather than order it.
For those that have the drive, when the WD software is removed does it appear as just a standard drive to the operating system? I've been trying to find a definite answer on this but any comments I've found conflict.

John


John, pretty sure you could format it using this program, I've used it for FAT32 and it works in about 90 seconds. Can't see any reason why it wouldn't just be another external HDD thereafter.
#36
ro53ben
Like I said, the description never mentioned 2.5" when I posted...the horse already left the stable before the OP closed that gate.

Anyway, £74.97 USB 1TB drive here http://direct.tesco.com/q/R.204-6510.aspx


Oh dear :thinking:

1TB portable USB powered drive compared to this...hmmm, keep digging!
#37
Just a heads-up for anyone thinking of buying this drive to rip out the HDD and put it into your laptop or netbook. It might not fit!
I'm not certain but I think the drive is 12.5mm high instead of the standard 9.5mm, so watch out as it might not fit in your laptop.
#38
rags2riches;7719225
Just a heads-up for anyone thinking of buying this drive to rip out the HDD and put it into your laptop or netbook. It might not fit!
I'm not certain but I think the drive is 12.5mm high instead of the standard 9.5mm, so watch out as it might not fit in your laptop.


The drive can't be removed at all, there's no standard sata connection on it according to information I've found - the 750GB drive is a standard sata drive though.

John
banned#39
rags2riches
Just a heads-up for anyone thinking of buying this drive to rip out the HDD and put it into your laptop or netbook. It might not fit!
I'm not certain but I think the drive is 12.5mm high instead of the standard 9.5mm, so watch out as it might not fit in your laptop.
That is a pity. I would have bought one for my laptop. Are there any drives around this money that would fit in a laptop ?
#40
Was a good deal until price went up!

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