Western Digital 320GB Passport Essential Portable Hard Drive - Red . White £53.80 @ PCWorld - HotUKDeals
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I managed to get one of these a couple of days ago from my local PC World for a friend. I got myself the Toshiba 320 gb drive last week, but as that deal has expired this looks like a good alternative. The PC World usual selling price is £82.20, checking around on a few other sites this is still about £10-20 cheaper than they're selling it for and you can reserve and collect it yourself... which is good as I am impatient :-)
The offer applies to the Red and White drives (I assume Black and Blue plastic costs more to produce :-))... and in store only.
Powered off 1 USB 2.0 input, case seems sturdy enough, quite a handy piece of kit.
Not sure how this stacks up from a specification perspective against the Toshiba or the iOmega alternatives posted recently.. but I thought it was a good deal at the price.
... and it's less than £1 more expensive than the 250 gb they are selling.
First post, but hope that sorts someone out.
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#1
very poor deal, as you can get a 1tb for £60
#2
wickedteen
very poor deal, as you can get a 1tb for £60


oh dear some people shouldnt comment if they dont know what they are looking at
its a hot deal altho i cant find any near me so i'll have to settle for the Seagate version which is also 320gb they have for £59 which itself is not a bad deal

stock of the red or white version of this in Mansfield, Chesterfield and Sutton Coldfield if that helps anyone
#3
... this does not require mains power ...
#4
wickedteen
very poor deal, as you can get a 1tb for £60


Not for a portable drive - these things are amazing and great for when you're popping around your mates house to... err.. copy some Word documents off him ;-)

The drive listed is purely USB powered, very small, and not designed to be a desktop solution like the ones that you're talking about. The big 1TB hard disks that we've seen on here are huge things, powered by a wall socket plug.

They each have a purpose, and for 320GB this is a good deal.
#5
majhaar
oh dear some people shouldnt comment if they dont know what they are looking at
its a hot deal altho i cant find any near me so i'll have to settle for the Seagate version which is also 320gb they have for £59 which itself is not a bad deal

stock of the red or white version of this in Mansfield, Chesterfield and Sutton Coldfield if that helps anyone


The Seagate is actually a really nice drive, and I trust Seagate more than I trust Western Digital - they have a better heritage, every few years Western Digital goes through a spate of problems. Seagate, on the other hand, I still have drives from them which have lasted for years.

The Seagate Freeagent had issues where it required two USB connections to power it, but the newer drives don't and they look magnificent. For £60 it's a nice piece of kit.
#6
not a good deal.. price high..
#7
oh i see, sorry my mistake
#8
Great price I paid this for a 250gb as a Christmas pressie.
I spotted this early this morning but it wouldn't let me reserve one. None in stock near me but also same price in Comet and Currys so got one from Currys with Topcashback as well.
#9
wickedteen
very poor deal, as you can get a 1tb for £60


It is true when you compare gb per £. There is no technical reason why a 2.5" drive should be more expensive than a 3.5" drive but the industry takes advantage of the convenience a 2.5" drive offers over a 3.5" drive and exploits that. The only way to make 2.5" drives cheaper is if people refuse to pay the surcharge and stopped buying them. But this will never happen, even during the 'credit crunch' (which doesn't seem to effect people too badly after all), LOL. Don't buy this unless you really need one.
#10
morefun;3977749
not a good deal.. price high..

Can you show me where it is cheaper?
I have been checking the prices on these for months as I needed one for a Chrissie pressie I paid this for 250gb after hours of looking for cheaper!!
#11
Any one know the actual drive used inside? I am wondering if I can crack it open, put the drive in my PS3 then use the casing to hold the old PS3 40gb drive?
#12
Where can you get a 'usb powered'1tb for £60?
#13
a7awo
Where can you get a 'usb powered'1tb for £60?


sainsburys, check the threads
#15
aerotec
Any one know the actual drive used inside? I am wondering if I can crack it open, put the drive in my PS3 then use the casing to hold the old PS3 40gb drive?


You're probably better off with the Western Digital drive that's been listed on here many times for £49.99 from Play.com, and then get a different external housing if you really want the 40GB to go into an external drive. I bought an icybox external housing for my IDE hard disk for £8 from amazon, but the SATA ones will be a bit more expensive (about £14)

I'd go for the hard disk (from Play as it's the cheapest) just so you're ensured compatibility.
#16
aerotec
Any one know the actual drive used inside? I am wondering if I can crack it open, put the drive in my PS3 then use the casing to hold the old PS3 40gb drive?


The drive that is in it is the Western Digital Scorpio Blue Drive .... Model: WD3200BEVT :

http://www.wdc.com/en/products/Products.asp?DriveID=377

Exactly what i used mine for and been using for over 6 months now !! Works a treat in the PS3 ......just put the old 40gb in the enclosure.

One thing is ...it's a pian in the butt to get it out the enclosure if you don't know how it goes together.

The enclosure is like a Taco with clips alonf the open edge. Once unclipped the drives effectively slides out. Don't prise it apart of the case will snap .......just like a Taco shell ! :thumbsup:
#17
wickedteen
sainsburys, check the threads


No
#18
You can also get this exact same drive WITHOUT the enclosure from Play.com for £49.99 delivered !! :thumbsup:

http://www.play.com/PC/PCs/4-/3516598/Western-Digital-Scorpio-WD3200BEVT-320GB-2-5-Internal-SATA-Hard-Drive-Sony-Playstation-PS3-Compatible/ProductReviews.html
#19
Great price. But these don't seem to be in stock anywhere in London.
#20
Buffalo MiniStation Turbo USB 300GB Portable Hard Drive £49.98 Delivered

http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/304311/buffalo-ministation-turbo-usb-300gb/
#21
Mecoconuts;3978250
You can also get this exact same drive WITHOUT the enclosure from Play.com for £49.99 delivered !! :thumbsup:

http://www.play.com/PC/PCs/4-/3516598/Western-Digital-Scorpio-WD3200BEVT-320GB-2-5-Internal-SATA-Hard-Drive-Sony-Playstation-PS3-Compatible/ProductReviews.html

Yes, but without the enclosure means you can't just plug it into a USB drive and its more fragile carrying it around without the hard casing.

For me its an amazing deal, just a few quid extra than the "naked" hard disk inside.
#22
wickedteen
very poor deal, as you can get a 1tb for £60


wickedteen
sainsburys, check the threads


You didn't learn from your first numpty post i see. lol
#23
boonkoh
Yes, but without the enclosure means you can't just plug it into a USB drive and its more fragile carrying it around without the hard casing.

For me its an amazing deal, just a few quid extra than the "naked" hard disk inside.


I think the initial comment was for those who were thinking of buying this for a PS3
#24
pet2000
It is true when you compare gb per £. There is no technical reason why a 2.5" drive should be more expensive than a 3.5" drive but the industry takes advantage of the convenience a 2.5" drive offers over a 3.5" drive and exploits that. The only way to make 2.5" drives cheaper is if people refuse to pay the surcharge and stopped buying them. But this will never happen, even during the 'credit crunch' (which doesn't seem to effect people too badly after all), LOL. Don't buy this unless you really need one.


The components are smaller though and thus squeezing more GB onto the smaller platters takes more effort.

I've had one of these drives myself for a while (in blue) as well as one of the previous Passport drives, and they're very handy especially for carrying around with with your laptop.
#25
Awesome deal, heat added.

URGH @ the people saying you can get other externals for cheaper. If you want to carry around a big, noisy, heavy 3.5' external in an enclosure, complete with power brick, then thats fine.

This thing is tiny, and only needs a USB connection, and is a small, portable means of carrying an incredible amount of data.
#26
Excellent deal been looking at this drive for a while haven't seen it for cheaper than £65 will be getting one.

And you can get a 1TB drive for £60, but it wont be USB powered and the size of a small wallet.
#27
I paid £50 for the 250gb version before christmas, very good quality drive and works a treat :)

In stock at all my local stores aswel

HOT!
#28
morefun
not a good deal.. price high..


This is a 2.5" drive they cost more per GB
#29
anyone know if the hard drive is removable? i want to use this as my laptops main drive and my old one as the external one?
#30
Could i use this to boot xp onto my 99 quid Dell mini?
#31
gdap
Great price. But these don't seem to be in stock anywhere in London.


I had the same problem and ended up getting a blue one for a tenner more. As I needed it straight away.

Got mine from Catford's PC world.
#32
gapster
anyone know if the hard drive is removable? i want to use this as my laptops main drive and my old one as the external one?


http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/312624/western-digital-320gb-passport-esse/showpost.php?p=3978085&postcount=17


Had my 250gb for almost a year now and love it, its used on a daily basis. Its been dropped, subjected to extreme temps and generally abused and it still never misses a beat.
#33
gdap
Great price. But these don't seem to be in stock anywhere in London.


Yes, the only PC World store I can find with stock nearest to London is in the Romford, Essex store.
#34
griffinm7
Yes, the only PC World store I can find with stock nearest to London is in the Romford, Essex store.


The also have them for the same price to collect in Curry's .....
Not sure of their availability across the UK though...

http://www.currys.co.uk/martprd/store/cur_page.jsp?BV_SessionID=@@@@1287922075.1231343663@@@@&BV_EngineID=ccdcadegdljifedcflgceggdhhmdgml.0&category_oid=-33086&sku=620225&page=Product&fm=1&sm=11&tm=3
#35
none in stock in nottingham or derby,

Hot deal though!
#36
I bought the 250GB version for £55 on Amazon for Christmas so this is a pretty good deal. I can recommend it, really like the design and the fact it doesn't require external power. All in all a nice little device.
#37
pet2000;3977787
It is true when you compare gb per £. There is no technical reason why a 2.5" drive should be more expensive than a 3.5" drive but the industry takes advantage of the convenience a 2.5" drive offers over a 3.5" drive and exploits that. The only way to make 2.5" drives cheaper is if people refuse to pay the surcharge and stopped buying them. But this will never happen, even during the 'credit crunch' (which doesn't seem to effect people too badly after all), LOL. Don't buy this unless you really need one.


:w00t: Are you being serious?

A 3.5" drive has about 16 square inches of surface area to store data on per platter, and can fit upto 5 platters in an enclosure. A 2.5" has about 6 square inches per platter and until today could only fit 2 platters into a normal height enclosure; the costs of the interface, enclosure and heads are comparable so its obvious that a 3.5" drive will be able to hold significantly more for the same costs. The 'surcharge' you are talking about doesn't exist, its nonsense!
#38
raefil;3980386
Could i use this to boot xp onto my 99 quid Dell mini?


I've not checked for sure but it's highly likely.
Most/all notebooks will let you boot off a USB disk drive.

Anyway, it's out of stock at PCW and Currys in the Manchester area.
#39
Fantastic!!! I was going to buy the 250gb last week for this price!

Cheers muchly!!
#40
Ps... Ive heard this is full of badly written software - can you delete it all and use it as a drag and drop drive?

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