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Use Google Checkout to get £10 off the original £49.99 price, making this a bargain external self-powered HDD.

Plain and simple, this portable hard drive is an easy way to add storage to your PC or Macintosh notebook computer. Is it reliable... of course, it's from Western Digital.
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#1
I wonder how long until another ignoramus comes along saying you can get 320gb usb for this price, not realising how small/usb powered this is etc:)
#2
This one is cuter for a few extra pounds...
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/119016
#3
Specs:

Average read seek 12 ms (average)
Rotational speed 5400 RPM
RoHS compliant Yes
Warranty 1-year
Height .70 in. (17.80 mm) ± .10
Length 4.89 in. (124.4 mm) ± .10
Width 3.09 in. (78.6 mm) ± .10
Weight .34 lb. (.155 kg)
One external “B” 4-pin USB receptacle
Preformatted as FAT32 for immediate use
#4
Yes it should be noted that this is a Laptop Harddrive. A very small one with no need of power adaptor. Hot offer.

Please do not reply saying you got 500 GB cheaper which was Dektop / Externally powered one.
#5
webkami
This one is cuter for a few extra pounds...
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/119016
Shiny black finish is very scratch prone and it's 40gig smaller.
#6
anyone know if this is a sata or pata drive?
#7
Most likely it's this http://www.wdc.com/en/products/Products.asp?DriveID=312 drive inside the caddy.

Amusingly the naked drive is £68.45 Inc. VAT on ebuyer's website.
#8
Those voting this cold, why are you?
#9
Hi, I hope this is not a silly question, but can I use this on a desktop despite being designed for laptops? Is it just the fact it is USB powered?
#10
juliakill
Hi, I hope this is not a silly question, but can I use this on a desktop despite being designed for laptops? Is it just the fact it is USB powered?
Yes it works on laptop's, desktops, ps3's and xbox's (so long as the usb can supply the rated 500mA current, you may run into problems if you have devices sharing one port).
#11
Spies
Shiny black finish is very scratch prone and it's 40gig smaller.


You are right.
But I keep mine in a pouch designed for something else. :)
#12
Spies
Those voting this cold, why are you?



There will be no real answer, most posts have some thicko's voting it cold for no apparent reason, it's just one of those things if someone has a valid reason to vote cold then they should give a reason:x :x :x

Just like that V3 deal recently posted on here, it is a fantastic deal but someone won't like Orange or Motorola, so they vote it cold!!!


PS voted HOT!!
#13
Bisto34
There will be no real answer, most posts have some thicko's voting it cold for no apparent reason, it's just one of those things if someone has a valid reason to vote cold then they should give a reason:x :x :x

Just like that V3 deal recently posted on here, it is a fantastic deal but someone won't like Orange or Motorola, so they vote it cold!!!


PS voted HOT!!


At start of deal there was stock of 1000 for that V3
Now it is about to finish.

So technically it should get very very hot....
Cant understand cold votes
#14
Chances are you will require two USB ports to power this thing. I have yet to see a 2.5" drive caddy powered by just one USB slot, and for the bigger 160Gb, definitely not.
#15
TeddyT
Chances are you will require two USB ports to power this thing. I have yet to see a 2.5" drive caddy powered by just one USB slot, and for the bigger 160Gb, definitely not.
The internal drive power requirements are 500mA which is the same as the USB can supply, the only reason this drive wouldn't work off a single port is if that port is being shared, the usb cable you're using is too long, or your motherboard is just poor.
#16
TeddyT
Chances are you will require two USB ports to power this thing. I have yet to see a 2.5" drive caddy powered by just one USB slot, and for the bigger 160Gb, definitely not.


I have the 120 one and I move around a lot.
I have yet to see a system which would not power this smaller one.

Not sure about the 160 one.
#17
It has got 2MB Cache and FreeCom at Similar price got 8MB which one would you suggest??
#18
naru6705
It has got 2MB Cache and FreeCom at Similar price got 8MB which one would you suggest??
It is 8MB cache.
#19
if i can get confirmation its a SATA i'm tempted to buy one to rip out for my laptop :>
#20
Does anyone know if this has a 8mb cache or 2mb cache like the WD passport?
#21
wish price of external drives and portable drives be same...:? that would then give 500GB portable drive at 50£ :p
#22
flux
if i can get confirmation its a SATA i'm tempted to buy one to rip out for my laptop :>
I'm fairly confident it's going to be a PATA disc. Can't find any reviews anywhere though.
#23
I emailed WD days ago and they should have responded within 24hours, but instead closed my query without a reply...maybe they don't know what type of drive they use either!

If anyone has one of these drives and can look in the case I would appreciate it! Assuming the case opens!:giggle:
#24
I also wouldnt mind finding out if its a SATA as I wanna slip this 160gb into the PS3...
#25
Basically, if you want portable storage then this drive is ideal, if your plan is to rip it apart and use the drive for something else, then maybe look elsewhere.

I can't see it being a SATA drive in a USB 2.0 caddy, it seems a waste.
#26
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Originally Posted by TeddyT
Chances are you will require two USB ports to power this thing. I have yet to see a 2.5" drive caddy powered by just one USB slot, and for the bigger 160Gb, definitely not.

Re Power requirements.
I have the 250GB version of the "shiny black" WD and it works perfectly fine on one USB conection. Had for 6 months and it's powered up every single time via ONE usb port without fail.
I know of at least 7 other contractors who have these 250GB drives and have heard no problems either.
http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/317aj-2cwQL._SS500_.jpg

Re the scratch comment.
I use a Nintendo DS lite case which the WD fits really snuggly into, the WD drive is the same dimensions (close to) as the bottom half of a DS lite.
I travel abroad for work 6-7 months of the year and work in a fairly industrial enviroment (telecoms) and it has not got a single scratch on it yet......
Like this one but minus the mario and nintendo markings.
http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41FYolhz1fL._SS500_.jpg
#27
Thanks, just ordered one! Will receive it happily, fill it full of 'goodies' and give it to the girl for Christmas. :)
#28
springbok
Quote:

Re the scratch comment.

I travel abroad for work 6-7 months of the year and work in a fairly industrial enviroment (telecoms) and it has not got a single scratch on it yet......

Like this one but minus the mario and nintendo markings.
http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41FYolhz1fL._SS500_.jpg


Just as well you got the 'minus the Mario marking' remark in!

I was picturing you going into your 'industrial environment' with a DS case emblazoned with Mario. Your colleagues would rip you to shreds! :-D


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#29
:-D
Indeed I aint that stupid to have one with a mario logo on it. Although I do have a black ds lite to pass the time on those broing long haul flights, shhhhh don't tell anyone, it'l ruin my street cred with the guys :whistling:

Anyway I am sat in Puerto Rico at the moment bored to tears baby sitting an upgrade on a system, so here is a pic of how the WD 250GB fits snuggly into a ds case.
http://www.rallyphoto.co.uk/temp/case1.jpg
http://www.rallyphoto.co.uk/temp/case2.jpg
#30
You can get nice 2.5" ones on ebay.

Do a search on "WD WESTERN DIGITAL PASSPORT DRIVE TRAVEL/STORAGE CASE!" I've got one and it protects lovely!

Jon.
#31
TeddyT
Chances are you will require two USB ports to power this thing. I have yet to see a 2.5" drive caddy powered by just one USB slot, and for the bigger 160Gb, definitely not.

i've always been able to power these drives from 1 port, from laptops anyway

desktops can be annoyingly cheap on powered front ports
#32
I've never had a problem powering from one USB port with my Maxtor 60Gb, WD 120Gb and 160Gb versions on various PCs :w00t:

Jon.
#33
Ordered, and voted hot. Thanks very much op!:thumbsup:
#34
Howdie
Does anyone know if this has a 8mb cache or 2mb cache like the WD passport?

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I believe that it has 0MB cache. The Western Digital web site does not state it has cache at all in the product specification. This means that the device is geared towards data storage rather than data of frequent access. 8mb cache is worth at least £5 for a drive of this capacity.
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#35
splender
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I believe that it has 0MB cache. The Western Digital web site does not state it has cache at all in the product specification. This means that the device is geared towards data storage rather than data of frequent access. 8mb cache is worth at least £5 for a drive of this capacity.
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A hard disk drive will have minimum of 2mb cache.
#36
I also think this has a 2MB cache, surprising its not mentioned on Western Digitals website tho'
#37
Howdie
Does anyone know if this has a 8mb cache or 2mb cache like the WD passport?

[SIZE="4"]
I believe that it has 0MB cache. The Western Digital web site does not state it has cache at all in the product specification. This means that the device is geared towards data storage rather than data of frequent access. 8mb cache is worth at least £5 for a drive of this capacity.
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http://wdc.custhelp.com/cgi-bin/wdc.cfg/php/enduser/std_adp.php?p_faqid=1339&p_created=1112714974&p_sid=3jT4A_Pi&p_accessibility=0&p_redirect=&p_lva=&p_sp=cF9zcmNoPTEmcF9zb3J0X2J5PSZwX2dyaWRzb3J0PSZwX3Jvd19jbnQ9MSwxJnBfcHJvZHM9JnBfY2F0cz0mcF9wdj0mcF9jdj0mcF9zZWFyY2hfdHlwZT1zZWFyY2hfZm5sJnBfcGFnZT0xJnBfc2VhcmNoX3RleHQ9V0RFMU1TMTYwMEJF&p_li=&p_topview=1

Does not state any cache at all. However all the other disks on the web site do state cache. So unless someone has such a disk and the hardware info reports cache then I still believe there is no cache!
#40
lmfao 0mb cache, no drive has 0mb cache haha.

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