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Hi,

just saw one of these on the internet, but its available in store aswell.

Ive reserved one to collect @ my local currys

forgot to mention also available @ pcworld, online and instore

Enjoy
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#1
Capacity 320 GB
Interface USB 2.0
Transfer Rate Up to 480 Mbps
Size 124.4 x 78.6 x 17.8 mm
Weight 0.155 kg
Required Configuration Available USB port
Windows 2000/XP/Vista or Mac OS 10.3+
Content External hard drive, USB 2.0-certified cable, Quick Install Guide
#2
2.5" self powered? or 3.5" corded?
Anyone know?
#3
2.5 Self powerd
#4
So is this a real good deal or just a not bad price? Never bought a portable drive before so wouldn't know a great price if I saw one.

I could do with one but not in any rush so can wait for the right deal.
#5
kevchad
2.5 Self powerd


does it require 2 USB ports though, like the Medion one from Aldi I bought
#6
Looks to me like it's the wrong picture - the one showing is the desktop [3.5"] version AFAIK, though it mentions in the description that you don't need a power supply.

I've reserved one in PCW for collection tomorrow. Cheers OP :thumbsup:
#7
I expect it's not the posh passport version, but reckon it's still a single powered 2.5 external disk... http://www.wdc.com/en/products/products.asp?driveid=674 heat added!
#9
It's going to be the same price at pc world as it's the same company.

Just picked mine up today at the arndale centre in Manchester. They asked what colour I wanted... And gave me a 320gb passport essential instead of an elements!!!
#10
Same price in Staples, bought one today.
banned#11
3.5% topcashback too
#12
I've had a few of these drives when modding wiis. Single USB lead, work fine and had no problems with any of them. They've been the cheapest decent drives that I've been able to pick up locally recently, they normally have them on 'offer' for £44.99
#13
fryster
I've had a few of these drives when modding wiis. Single USB lead, work fine and had no problems with any of them. They've been the cheapest decent drives that I've been able to pick up locally recently, they normally have them on 'offer' for £44.99


yep, same here - work great with wiiflow.

hot.
#14
I bought one a week ago for 44.99, can I claim the diff back?
#15
I was going to buy this from Argos but for an extra £10 I bought the Seagate 500 GB hard drive-£49.99, for an extra £1 bought some lught bulbs and got the £5 voucher plus quidco of course.
#16
saayinla
I bought one a week ago for 44.99, can I claim the diff back?


No but you can kick yourself :w00t:
banned#17
kashyap421
I was going to buy this from Argos but for an extra £10 I bought the Seagate 500 GB hard drive-£49.99, for an extra £1 bought some lught bulbs and got the £5 voucher plus quidco of course.

Can you please link the Seagate Hard Drive?
#18
Hot from me too :)

in terms of using it for wii I have a partition for games and one for mplayer files.

It has been rocksteady so far and very unobtrusive.
#19
Worst portable hard drive I have ever bought. Had three replacements from WD via RMA, not a single one of them worked for over a week. The replacements took the full 40 days every time. I lost hundreds of GBs of data after the drives failed some of which was extremely important.

The actual hard drive, on the most recent replacement only, actually still works fine but only when plugged directly in to my computer via SATA. I would never put anything more important than some meaningless files that you have backed up elsewhere on one of these.

These as portable harddrives, in my opinion, are absolutely disgraceful and I strongly urge you to consider something more reliable.

[COLOR="Red"]EDIT: Here is a small selection of the emails to WD. This is all I could fit on the screen regarding all the issues I had. There were about 3 times that many emails.

I blanked out the RMA numbers because it brings up my address when entered on their site.[/COLOR]

http://i41.tinypic.com/2whdsfr.jpg

You can also see they incorrectly diagnosed a lot of the problems such as "faulty data transfer cable" and "dead on arrival".
#20
abx
Worst portable hard drive I have ever bought. Had three replacements from WD via RMA, not a single one of them worked for over a week. The replacements took the full 40 days every time. I lost hundreds of GBs of data after the drives failed some of which was extremely important.

The actual hard drive, on the most recent replacement only, actually still works fine but only when plugged directly in to my computer via SATA. I would never put anything more important than some meaningless files that you have backed up elsewhere on one of these.

These as portable harddrives, in my opinion, are absolutely disgraceful and I strongly urge you to consider something more reliable.

[COLOR="Red"]EDIT: Here is a small selection of the emails to WD. This is all I could fit on the screen regarding all the issues I had. There were about 3 times that many emails.

I blanked out the RMA numbers because it brings up my address when entered on their site.[/COLOR]

http://i41.tinypic.com/2whdsfr.jpg

You can also see they incorrectly diagnosed a lot of the problems such as "faulty data transfer cable" and "dead on arrival".


They haven't it's called fault finding untill the fault is found of course.
#21

Er, that's because it's the same company. Not surprising that it's same price under the other Currys brands.
#22
pcombo
They haven't it's called fault finding untill the fault is found of course.


Fault finding is not the same as randomly choosing things to be wrong.

I clearly explained that the units worked at first and then malfunctioned after a few days which is obviously not dead on arrival.

And at no point did I say anything was wrong with the data transfer cable. They actually sent out a UK mains power plug for a completely different device similar to the one pictured below which shows their incompetence in general as well as their incompetence at "fault finding".

http://www.power-adapters.co.uk/images/desk.jpg
#23
abx


I clearly explained that the units worked at first and then malfunctioned after a few days which is obviously not dead on arrival.



While their fault finding is lousy, I'd suggest that for that many units to fail, you're doing something that's breaking them, albeit without realising it.

With regard to data loss, surely you had some backup of this 'extremely important data' ?
#24
xenny
While their fault finding is lousy, I'd suggest that for that many units to fail, you're doing something that's breaking them, albeit without realising it.

With regard to data loss, surely you had some backup of this 'extremely important data' ?


Unless you class plugging it in to my laptop and unplugging it via the normal method of "Safely Remove Hardware" me doing "something to break it without realising it" then you are wrong.

I have a Buffalo external drive, it's not quite as compact as it requires a PSU but I have had it for years and it works perfectly every time. As do I have numerous USB flash drives all of which work fine.

Whether or not I had a backup of my data is completely irrelevant to my point so I'm not sure why you would bring that up in your unusual post. As far as I'm concerned; the device failed and caused me to lose data, which I consider completely unacceptable.

While your suggestion that I might have broke EVERY one would is utterly stupid I can understand why you might have taken the time to post such a suggestion. However I have been using portable storage methods for many years, almost every day of my life in fact and only this particular model has failed.
#25
abx
Unless you class plugging it in to my laptop and unplugging it via the normal method of "Safely Remove Hardware" me doing "something to break it without realising it" then you are wrong.

I have a Buffalo external drive, it's not quite as compact as it requires a PSU but I have had it for years and it works perfectly every time. As do I have numerous USB flash drives all of which work fine.

Whether or not I had a backup of my data is completely irrelevant to my point so I'm not sure why you would bring that up in your unusual post. As far as I'm concerned; the device failed and caused me to lose data, which I consider completely unacceptable.

While your suggestion that I might have broke EVERY one would is utterly stupid I can understand why you might have taken the time to post such a suggestion. However I have been using portable storage methods for many years, almost every day of my life in fact and only this particular model has failed.


I think the "something without realising it" pretty much sums this up.
#26
whohasmyname
I think the "something without realising it" pretty much sums this up.


So do you have any suggestions as to what you think I might be doing without realising it because I'd love to know :thumbsup: ...
#27
It's prob fair to say that this isn't the only drive you've ever had a problem with either. You appear to have had problems with other products too...

http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/593456/western-digital-elements-500gb-exte?page=2
#28
Or this one....

http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/462383/western-digital-1tb-external-hard-d?p=6050728#post6050728

I appreciate you have had proems with WD external hard discs but explicitly which model(s)?
#29
whohasmyname
Or this one....

http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/462383/western-digital-1tb-external-hard-d?p=6050728#post6050728

I appreciate you have had proems with WD external hard discs but explicitly which model(s)?


All are the same model called "Elements".

The first one I received was 250GB which was replaced for 320GB which I appreciated as it was either a generous good will gesture or a mistake from WD.

In one of those other posts other people mention they also have had very similar issues.

I'm only telling people my opinion based on my experiences and suggesting they look about so they don't run the risk of experiencing the same problems I had with my faulty products, I'd like to know if people had been having problems with a particular item before I bought it. I don't think there's anything wrong with that, do you?
#30
Here are some people in one of the threads you posted with issues: http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/593456/western-digital-elements-500gb-exte?


royals

agreed western digitals rma turnaround and customer service is appaling - took about 3 months to send a drive

lacie drives are bad (lasted a week, WD drive last 4 months) but their cust service is good...sent disk and received a replacement in less about 1-2 weeks




freebie5

I have one of these and used it to back up all my important photo's/ music.
Needless to say lost a load of it, transferred what i could and then lost the rest, found a lot of it with chkdsk but seemed to lose the directory structure. Happened a few times now.

Yes they get very hot, PSU and Drive. Quite a compact drive for its age.

i use it now just for quick jobs.



mikey_j_uk

I had one, it went belly up. Not PSU as light on, but when plugged in it went out. I assumed it was the voltage regulator within the metal case, so dismantled and stuck the HD into my PC and "Bob's your uncle" Yes it was still under warranty but it had all the good stuff on, so I did not want to send it off!



kristianity77

keep an eye out on these! I bought one! Hard drive inside is ok, but the caddy wont last you much longer than when you get it home! There is a known fault with the power supply on these and in the end you end up putting the drive in another caddy. Better off getting a different model




tonikeys

Would never buy one of these again. Have had two in the past and both caddies/power supplies have packed in.




WillieGophar
The 1TB version of this drive which I bought from eBuyer stopped working (power supply) after - you guessed it - 13 months
#31
But this is the 2.5 inch host powered version. Which will be a totally different drive as found in the external 3 and a half inch mains powered version.

If you have had 4 of the 2.5 inch drives fail on you then your comments are VERY valuable. If it's about a completely different drive with a similar name I'm not sure it is as useful.
#32
whohasmyname
But this is the 2.5 inch host powered version. Which will be a totally different drive as found in the external 3 and a half inch mains powered version.

If you have had 4 of the 2.5 inch drives fail on you then your comments are VERY valuable. If it's about a completely different drive with a similar name I'm not sure it is as useful.


This one is the non-mains-powered unit. The same as the ones I've had.

EDIT: Actually, the other 2 posts had a separate power supply too judging by one of the posts saying the power supply got very hot when in use.

EDIT 2: I have 2x 1TB WD HDDs in my computer right now and have had them in previous computers and they haven't failed. I'm just stating that I had a lot of issues with this particular product from WD.
#33
But most, if not all, of the issues you have quoted above relate to the psu. This drive doesn't even have one!
#34
whohasmyname
But most, if not all, of the issues you have quoted above relate to the psu. This drive doesn't even have one!


I didn't notice the other 2 posts were for the powered version or I wouldn't have bothered posting on them.

Everyone's free to ignore everyone else's comments I have just had such a series of problems with this that I thought I would mention it.
#35
Anyone tried extracting the drive out of one of these? May need a drive in a hurry and this is a good price.

John
#36
Nice enough price got one reserved for pick up tomorrpw
#37
Good price and 3.5% quidco....ordered for delivery to get the quidco.

Hot!
#38
Nice find!
#39
PIcked one up today from PC World. Thanks OP.
#40
£44.99 now (currys & pc world)

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