Western Digital 500GB "My Book" Essential 1U External Hard Drive USB2.0 - £116.99 Delivered! - HotUKDeals
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This is my first deal, but saw this and bought myself one and had to become a member to let others know, £129.99 then down to £116.99 with the attached voucher, for a 500GB external hard drive is a brilliant price and also it's western digital!

The Western Digital USB 2.0 is an external hard drive both Hi-Speed USB 2.0. It is ideal for backing up valuable data, music, photos and movies; this drive has USB front and rear ports, for easy connection of multiple USB peripherals, a front-mounted power button with a Safe Shutdown feature. With the Western Digital External USB Hard Drive you add more storage to your PC. The device can be position horizontally or vertically.

And thanks to a few members who have pointed out that you can also get 4% QuidCo on this which knocks another £5.20 off bringing the price down to £111.79!
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#1
Great Price, voted HoT!

Welcome to the Forumsjay2kay99
#2
Nice one jay2jay99 :-D Welcome here from me too!
#3
You just have to laugh - add a firewire interface and the price of the same drive at Play goes to £199.99 .....
#4
I agree it's ridiculous :roll:

Thanks for the post jay2jay99 and Welcome to HotUKDeals by the way :santa:
#5
Cheers all, good to be here, can't wait for my drive to turn up now! :)

:santa: Happy Christmas To All :santa:
#6
Play deliver fairly quickly concidering they send from Jersey :) Maybe a week to wait I expect but worth it :santa:
#7
Don`t forget the 2% Quidco
#8
voted hot + rep :-D
#9
Any ideas why Quidco only pay 2% for Play.com orders?

Buy.at and Affiliate Window pay affiliates 4% on Play.com 'gadgets' (does this cover a hard drive?) - and 2% on other stuff. Wonder why this 4% for gadgets isn't offered to Quidco members?

By the way - thanks to the OP for this brilliant deal. I think I'm addicted to buying these Western Digital hard drives. In my opinion, you can never back up too much and at this price it's insane not too.

A good bit of advice would be to make a backup of your data (digital photos etc) and leave the drive in a different location (parents house for example) - in case of fire at your own property.
#10
I guess it's because they sell more entertainment media like DVD's, CD's for example and gadgets need more of an incentive to buy? I could be wrong though :santa:
#11
I agree on the backing up of "special" data such as family photos or movies too. Much more important to than whether a computer will work if it has problems...

:santa:
#12
kowalski
Any ideas why Quidco only pay 2% for Play.com orders?

Buy.at and Affiliate Window pay affiliates 4% on Play.com 'gadgets' (does this cover a hard drive?) - and 2% on other stuff. Wonder why this 4% for gadgets isn't offered to Quidco members?

By the way - thanks to the OP for this brilliant deal. I think I'm addicted to buying these Western Digital hard drives. In my opinion, you can never back up too much and at this price it's insane not too.

A good bit of advice would be to make a backup of your data (digital photos etc) and leave the drive in a different location (parents house for example) - in case of fire at your own property.



I take it all back.... just looked on my Quidco and the order has tracked at 4% commission

Play.com Order: £129.99
Quico Commission: £5.20

tracked at £129.99, even though the 10% voucher made it £116.99

Final cost of 500gb drive = £111.79
Amazing deal :)
#13
Very nice :) Thanks for the feedback kowalski :santa:
#14
09 Dec 2006 play.com 129.99 5.20 tracked ~ Feb 2007
#15
kowalski
A good bit of advice would be to make a backup of your data (digital photos etc) and leave the drive in a different location (parents house for example) - in case of fire at your own property.

For photos I'd suggest opening a Photobox account and storing them there too - think of the fail safe arrays they have for their business.
#16
Uploading the data though can be a near impossible task on most UK home connections!
#17
If this had firewire at this price, I'd snap one up pretty quickly!
#18
MattC
Uploading the data though can be a near impossible task on most UK home connections!
That's true, not everyone has broadband connection speeds.
#19
MattC
Uploading the data though can be a near impossible task on most UK home connections!

On dial-up perhaps but even the slowest broadband would be OK just set it to run all night or do it over a few nights. I think its definitely worth the effort.

I don't think it's worth buying a HDD to store off site but definitely send DVDs full to parents to keep.
#20
dark_shadow
If this had firewire at this price, I'd snap one up pretty quickly!


USB 2.0 is a 480 Mbps interface and FireWire is a 400 Mbps interface unless your motherboard supports Firewire 800 i don`t think its a problem.

Please correct me if im wrong here ppl
#21
Its not a problem but firewire generally sustains higher throughput than USB and of course they can be daisy chained, which for me means I have 2x 320Gb My Books and a camcorder plugged into one port of my firewire hub.

One of my USB hubs has two printers and a HDD and I end up swapping cables constantly to attach iPod or other MP3 player.
#22
USB is faster on a PC than on the Mac,again all depends on what its connected and used for.
#23
n0chex
USB is faster on a PC than on the Mac,again all depends on what its connected and used for.


How on earth do you figure that out? Both run at up to 480Mbps! You said nothing in your original post about particular use.

I can't say I've noticed any great difference between my Shuttle PCs and my iMac.
#24
n0chex
USB 2.0 is a 480 Mbps interface and FireWire is a 400 Mbps interface unless your motherboard supports Firewire 800 i don`t think its a problem.

Please correct me if im wrong here ppl

On top of my PC, I have a Macbook. I'd want a firewire at the very least to boot off if I broke OSX (Which has happened twice so far)
#25
Tenex
How on earth do you figure that out? Both run at up to 480Mbps! You said nothing in your original post about particular use.

I can't say I've noticed any great difference between my Shuttle PCs and my iMac.



Am i wrong again did Apple Computers invent the FireWire, or IEEE 1394....?
#26
what has the invention of a different technology got to do with the purported speed of USB on different platforms?

IEEE1394 is an international standard not an Apple invention. Apple utilised it in firewire.
#27
Tenex ....Ok thanks for the info.
#28
now showing as out of stock...
#30
3% back from quidco as well
#31
Tenex
On dial-up perhaps but even the slowest broadband would be OK just set it to run all night or do it over a few nights. I think its definitely worth the effort.

I don't think it's worth buying a HDD to store off site but definitely send DVDs full to parents to keep.


I have around 100gb of digital photos (I'm a professional photographer, and have 5 years worth of pix to keep archived) so uploading them to Photobox wouldn't be an option. My BT broadband has a monthly cap of 30gb, and Photobox only offers 200MB of storage space initially.

For people with a smaller archive then yes, it would probably be a decent idea.
#32
kowalski
A good bit of advice would be to make a backup of your data (digital photos etc) and leave the drive in a different location (parents house for example) - in case of fire at your own property.


I do this, I back up all my photos and documents etc and keep the external drive in the glovebox of my car, be damn unlucky to loose your house and car to a fire etc in the same day :)
#33
kowalski
I have around 100gb of digital photos (I'm a professional photographer, and have 5 years worth of pix to keep archived) so uploading them to Photobox wouldn't be an option. My BT broadband has a monthly cap of 30gb, and Photobox only offers 200MB of storage space initially.

For people with a smaller archive then yes, it would probably be a decent idea.

Place the smallest order with Photobox and they increase your storage each time by 50 Mb (there's an offer this month of an extra 500Mb I think). I have fewer than you obviously but because of multiple orders I have around 1.5Tb of potential storage there despite the fact I don't use that much!

But seriously, my suggestion was not intended for professional photographers - if your livelihood depends on it I'm sure its wise to buy off site online storage as well as HDDs located in safe places.

As to a monthly cap - get a better provider :thumbsup: :santa:
banned#34
jay2jay99
I do this, I back up all my photos and documents etc and keep the external drive in the glovebox of my car, be damn unlucky to loose your house and car to a fire etc in the same day :)
Unless of course the car is in the garage attached to a house that's on fire in which case... :oops:
#35
jay2jay99
I do this, I back up all my photos and documents etc and keep the external drive in the glovebox of my car, be damn unlucky to loose your house and car to a fire etc in the same day :)

Am I the only one who thinks a car isn't a particularly secure place to keep a hard drive? :-D

Aside from the potential vibration etc it would be a prize for any pimply car thief or what about accidents?

Saw a BMW 5 series drive up and over a parked car the other day and the BMW was moving pretty slow - bizarre accident.
#36
Repo
Unless of course the car is in the garage attached to a house that's on fire in which case... :oops:


:giggle::evil:
#37
I for one would not leave this in my car ;)

Get a fire proof safe if you have too, or buy another one and keep it up your mums house.
#38
Hi
Does anyone know how fast this is at reading. Would I have to transfer a file from the external hard drive to my hard drive before I could watch a video file or would it play ok from the my book.
Also the box looks like it comes with a my picture book on the side is this the correct model?
Thanks in advance
#39
it acts exactly as a internal hard drive would so u can watch and view normally

i think these are actually better than internal drives

1.u can take them anywhere
2. discreetly hides ur files until u actually wanna access them (unlike internal where 100gb of films etc are spread on ur desktop)

so now i have the bare minimum i need on my internal

then everything else gets moved to the my book!

fanastic!
#40
Tenex
Place the smallest order with Photobox and they increase your storage each time by 50 Mb (there's an offer this month of an extra 500Mb I think). I have fewer than you obviously but because of multiple orders I have around 1.5Tb of potential storage there despite the fact I don't use that much!


1.5TB ... !?
did you mean 1.5gb ?

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