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Western Digital 160GB Passport V2 External USB 2.0 2.5" Hard Drive NOW £59.90 Delivered!

£59.90 @ Amazon
You can never have enough hard drive storage space with so many devices to back up these days and the Western Digital Passport V2's are great value for money. I have the 120gb version which cost almos… Read More
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9y, 9m agoFound 9 years, 9 months ago
You can never have enough hard drive storage space with so many devices to back up these days and the Western Digital Passport V2's are great value for money. I have the 120gb version which cost almost as much as this 160gb one when I first bought it, that's 160gb USB powered portable hard drive for £59.90 including free SuperSaver delivery at Amazon.Co.UK

Features: WD Passport WDXMS1600 - hard drive - 160 GB - Hi-Speed USB * Type: Hard drive - external * Form Factor: 2.5" * Dimensions (WxDxH): 8 cm x 13 cm x 1.5 cm * Weight: 105 g * Capacity: 160 GB * Interface Type: Hi-Speed USB * Connector: Mini-USB * Data Transfer Rate: 480 Mbps * Average Seek Time: 12 ms * Spindle Speed: 5400 rpm * Buffer Size: 2 MB * OS Required: Microsoft Windows 2000, Microsoft Windows XP, Apple MacOS X 10.1.5 or later * Power Source: USB bus
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#1
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Pack up your office files and take them home. Carry thousands of songs or pictures. These drives are simple to use, light and easy to carry, and require no power adapter - they are powered directly through the USB cable.Installation is a snap because you don't really "install" this drive; you just plug it in and it's ready to use. There is no CD to install; the included software loads from the drive the first time you plug it in. Powered by the USB bus, so no separate power supply needed. This ultra-portable drive fits easily in your pocket or purse, weighs only a few ounces and holds tons of valuable data.

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High-performance portable storage for your Mac and PC. Light andrugged, it’s easy to carry and no external power adapter isneeded. Comes with sync & encryption and Google software. WDXMS1600TE
#2
hot !
#3
It gets some pretty bad revies on Amazon.
#4
Is this better (Western Digital as a company) than the other offer?

Formac 160GB External 2.5" Hard Drive (pocket-sized) - £54.99 delivered @ ebuyer
http://www.hotukdeals.com/forums/showthread.php?p=936472
1 Like #5
Amazon also has the 120GB version for £50... Personally I would splash the extra tenner for an extra 40GB, but the £50 one may be more in your budget.

I have a 60GB laptop drive (The ~£23 one from eBuyer ages ago with the Google discount) but its just not big enough... dont think I want portable 160GB enough to spend £60 on it...yet - but it's a decent price for those that do.

Next drive will be a 500GB external for desktop, and then i'll think about a laptop drive :P

edit: Quaver, WD is one of the biggest players in the hard drive market... I would put a lot of trust in them rather than go with Formac, a company I have never heard of before.
#6
I have heard bad things about these. They normally last 6 months and die.

I can't see the logic in buying a product like that. I bought a Seagate Freeagent (250GB) which has a good warranty for around the same price. I know it's not as small but it doesn't take up much space.
#7
As someone who owns several of these passport drives (120gb, 160gb and 250gb) I'm very happy with the performance of them. I'd give them 5/5 stars. Touch wood, none have failed on me. They are totally silent, look amazing and do the job.

...however you shouldn't really be trusting critical data on a 2.5" portable drive. ...and a backup isn't really a backup unless you have 2 backups. If your data is important then keep a 2nd backup on a 3.5" drive (perhaps a WD MyBook?).
#8
I agree. Or use another PC like myself!

I also have flash pens, you can never have enough backups in the design business!:thumbsup:
#9
woohoomoo
edit: Quaver, WD is one of the biggest players in the hard drive market... I would put a lot of trust in them rather than go with Formac, a company I have never heard of before.

Thanks:)
1 Like #10
I'm using a 120gb at the moment - great little machine, bought it to replace my old 40gb el-cheapo portable. I've not had a simple tech-guy or above-average computer user see it yet and not go 'oooh' (Worth paying more for alone...) :)

My WD 120gb has had very few problems in the past 8 months or so I've had it - occasionally if you've crashed your machine while it was still on, on the next boot up it will take a few minutes to sort itself out (which may be why some people think these Die, perhaps not waiting long enough) but its always come back on for me.

Oddly enough, I do back mine up to a 250gb My Book, which has also never failed me. Problem is, I want a 160gb passport too - and I can't back BOTH up to the Mybook, so I need a bigger one of those too...!

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EDIT: For anyone interested, I bought mine from Pixmania at the time, in a bundle with a Case Logic case:

http://www.pixmania.co.uk/dev/gui_web/common_dsp/popup_fiche_article_xhtml.php?lgu=uk&lgpu=uk&article=00028717&itag=6613

The case is fairly solid, fits the drive really well, elastic strap to hold it in place, with an elasticated pouch on the other side too (which would hold another Passport if you like). Mines holds a 52 card reader and USB cable - making a very handy little set.
#11
hi guys

i need one of these only to put some movies on, which one is better out of this, lacie and formac ones that have recently been posted?

99% the only thing that will be on it is movies :)
#12
The ForMac and LaCie drives look good value for money.

My preference is for Western Digital, not because I posted this one but they've always been very reliable for me. These will fit neatly into a Nintendo DS Lite case too and if ever you need ot replace a laptop drive, they're easily removed from their casing for that.

Basically whichever brand you choose should be fine for backing up movies though.
#13
Anyone knows whether it is SATA or IDE in the inside?
#14
StevieA
I can't see the logic in buying a product like that. I bought a Seagate Freeagent (250GB) which has a good warranty for around the same price. I know it's not as small but it doesn't take up much space.


You really cannot compare... The folk who go for 3.5" externals are mostly those who own desktop computers - the drive will just sit in the same spot for months. The folk who buy these 2.5" drives are either:

1. Laptop owners who need more space on the go (a 3.5" needs a power supply, which just isnt convenient for said users)
2. Folk who want to carry a mass of data from one PC to another (again, a 3.5" is inconvenient - heavier, bigger, power supply)
3. Folk who dont want a power supply because its ugly, they have limited desk space, or they have no extra power outlets

So really, a 2.5" drive is for MUCH different people than a 3.5" one so making any kind of comparison at all is useless.
1 Like #15
Be aware that bus-powered 2.5" drives like this can have quite high power draw requirements. Some low-powered hosts, including a number of laptop brands and non-powered hubs won't be able to supply a high enough current to actually enable it to function. You might want to double check before ordering.
#16
thanks Stoo, was just about to ask about this :thumbsup:
I've got a 20gb 2.5" drive, with some cables it doesn't work (not enough power) properly, and with a couple i have its fine.

if the one i already have now just needs a normal cable 1:1, would this one be any different?

Stoo
Be aware that bus-powered 2.5" drives like this can have quite high power draw requirements. Some low-powered hosts, including a number of laptop brands and non-powered hubs won't be able to supply a high enough current to actually enable it to function. You might want to double check before ordering.
#17
Fair enough. I have been and done the whole laptop thing though and it only ends in tears!

I suppose if you are on the move all the time then this is a good deal for such a drive. They are smaller and won't need a power supply BUT I do think they will cause problems with some pc's and I would research these drives before purchasing one.

Also I have to say the Freeagents power supply is only slightly larger than an average A/C adapter plug. I can see where you are coming from though.
#18
Stoo
Be aware that bus-powered 2.5" drives like this can have quite high power draw requirements. Some low-powered hosts, including a number of laptop brands and non-powered hubs won't be able to supply a high enough current to actually enable it to function. You might want to double check before ordering.


Hi guys,

I was thinking of getting this external drive for my Laptop which is a Acer Aspire 3694wlmi BL50, with 80gb.

Does anyone know if this will work with it as i have read above that some Laptops don't have enough power supply?

The link to my Laptop can be seen below:
http://www.hotukdeals.com/forums/showthread.php?p=869772

Cheers

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