Western Digital 500GB "My Book" PRO(Triple interface - USB2.0/Firewire400/800) Ext Hard Drive £120 - HotUKDeals
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* Triple interface FireWire 800, FireWire 400, and USB 2.0
* EMC Retrospect Express Powerful backup software that includes full system backup and recovery, easy scheduling, and encryption.
* Capacity gauge See at a glance how much space is available on your drive.
* Intelligent drive management features Automatic power-up, Safe Shutdown, and LED activity lights make this drive especially easy to use.
* Smart design The compact elegant case, iconic of a book, takes up less space on your desk, stacks horizontally, and allows two or more drives to nestle neatly together like volumes on a shelf.
* High quality hard drive Inside the case is an exceptionally fast (7200 RPM spin speed), ultra quiet, cool-running hard drive from WD...of course!
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#1
hot, I like this colour.
#2
#3
I have this drive, and for me the best feature is that it's quiet!
#4
You can purchase this for £94 at Amazon.co.uk
#5
silverknight
You can purchase this for £94 at Amazon.co.uk

this deal is at Amazon...so please explain silverknight?

unless you mean this
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Western-Digital-Essential-USB2-0-External/dp/B000EXZB0M/ref=sr_1_2/202-5660372-5907819?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1176717141&sr=1-2

the Essential version?
#7


I have had 3 Lacie drives fail. Could just be bad luck....
#8
thats not good, 3 failed?

I have one and fine for 1 year so far.
#9
Yep, over the space of 3 years, all bought at different times during that period. They start clicking badly and then just stop working. I use them a lot though for Audio/Video, though. But they should be able to cope with being used!
#10
Do they Lacie's come with a fan built in?, if not that could be a reason why they die - by overheating.

The ED drives are great, I have a 250gb.
#11
Yeah, the of the 3 that have failed, 2x 500Gb ones and 1x 250Gb. The Lacie drive I have at home is a 250Gb and has lower use but I am still a little worried about it. I think they all have fans in them. It sounds like a problem with the drive mech as they click away and never mount, then occassionally mount. Fortunately I managed to get most of the data off the failed drives before they completely died. I'm sure Lacie use many HD manufacturers, so it's probably a bit of bad luck on my part. Though I have read similar stories elsewhere, and a friend also had his fail.
#12
Thanks for the pointer Mike :) Also to currychops for the eBuyer link too ;-)
#13
extra cost is just becos of the firewire interfaces...very decent price..
#14
If you looking for serious hard drive firewire is the way to go, way faster than usb...

I have been looking for this triple interface for a long time now and I am very tempted by this. Does anyone have firsthand experience with it?

Best,
Cris

PD. Voted hot
#15
Looks good for laptops and Mac’s with Firewire 800 otherwise I’m cool on this.
At that price I’d rather buy a 500GB SATA drive and an Antec MX-1 eSATA/USB2 enclosure. eSATA is the fastest interface for external drives and the MX-1 comes with a bracket that allows you to convert an internal SATA port to an external eSATA port. You can buy these brackets separately very cheaply if you need more to convert multiple PCs.
The Antec runs very cool and quiet according to SilentPCReview: http://www.silentpcreview.com/article728-page1.html

You can buy 500GB SATA drives from about £67 and the Antec is listing at ~£32 but not in stock yet anywhere. You might end up saving £10 or more if you use eBuyer (Google Stores).
The only upside for this is that very few laptops have an eSATA port, but how many laptops use Firewire 800?
#16
looking for a storage backup device that will be accesed over a LAN and WAN, so whats faster over a WAN for accessing data specifically:

- this drive USB
- this drive Firewire
- a NAS drive

thanks
JK
#17
jklondon
looking for a storage backup device that will be accesed over a LAN and WAN, so whats faster over a WAN for accessing data specifically:

- this drive USB
- this drive Firewire
- a NAS drive

There are a lot variables involved so it’s hard to say without knowing your exact setup.
However, your network speed is likely to be the bottleneck especially for a WAN.
If you have a gigabit LAN then a NAS drive will likely offer the highest and most consistent performance. Remember that if you use one of these WD drives, as it is attached to a PC this may become the bottleneck if it is busy servicing other tasks. A NAS drive doesn’t suffer from this. Most people have a 100 Mbit LAN in which case this is the bottleneck.
#18
SmilingCrow
Looks good for laptops and Mac’s with Firewire 800 otherwise I’m cool on this.
At that price I’d rather buy a 500GB SATA drive and an Antec MX-1 eSATA/USB2 enclosure. eSATA is the fastest interface for external drives … but how many laptops use Firewire 800?
There is a WD My Book ES Edition too. I think the 17" MacBook Pro's might have a fw800.
#19
Great im looking for a decent external. Is this currently the best price/quality 500Gig out atm...?
#20
c-tali
Great im looking for a decent external. Is this currently the best price/quality 500Gig out atm...?

It depends what you need if you don't need firewire then the 500Gb Essential version is best and probably about £20 cheaper again at Amazon.
#21
Tenex
It depends what you need if you don't need firewire then the 500Gb Essential version is best and probably about £20 cheaper again at Amazon.


awesome thanks for the reply, ill prob go for the essential one then as i dont need firewire...!

Nice1...

Voted Hot..
#22
http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/108761

if you just want the Essential model then it's £87.99 using Google checkout at ebuyer.

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