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Tiniest & quality. Those unknowingly comparing this to a 1.5TB large brick plus power adaptor on the cheap please note this is a different category, ie: a portable drive not an external drive. Mac, PC, PS3, etc. or half a TB of portable library in your shirt pocket. 99p Cheaper at ebuyer where I got mine, might prefer Amazon (£94 there till a few days ago) for quicker delivery or service. But costs more elsewhere. To make it a portable USB drive, just search ebay for: 2.5" SATA enclosure. Go for new small ones at about £5/6 from Hong Kong. Make sure it supports up to 500GB before ordering and it's SATA not IDE which are smaller. Got mine at 11.8cm (L)x7.2cm(W)x1.0cm(H) which is just bigger than the drive and I believe the overall volume is even smaller than the rubbish qualty Freecom XXS (Samsung) drive with it's soft shell.

* Product Description: WD Scorpio Blue WD5000BEVT - hard drive - 500 GB - SATA-300
* Type: Hard drive - internal
* Form Factor: 2.5" x 1/8H
* Dimensions (WxDxH): 7 cm x 10 cm x 9.5 mm
* Weight: 117 g
* Capacity: 500 GB
* Interface Type: Serial ATA-300
* Data Transfer Rate: 300 MBps
* Spindle Speed: 5400 rpm
* Buffer Size: 8 MB
* Manufacturer Warranty: 3 years warranty

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/150515
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#1
Amazon or Ebuyer ?? !!
#2
What is the difference between SATA and IDE? Sorry, not up to scratch with the latest technology. Thanks.
#3
the speed but more over you're going to struggle to find high capacity IDE drives. With a laptop though (2.5") you're either stuck with sata or IDE - most modern laptops will be sata.

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#4
ide or sata for ps3??
#5
PS3 is SATA 2.5"
#6
IDE is old and will fade out, SATA is the new and better protocol and the rarer PATA is for process control (machinery) AFAIK and is chunky anyway. Slide your old PS3 SATA drive into a small cheap enclosure to use as a tiny portable USB Hard Drive. ebuyer says over a week for free delivery but got mine in about 4 days last week when they only had 6 left at £82 and restock went up to £84.
#7
washere
IDE is old and will fade out, SATA is the new and better protocol and the rarer PATA is for process control (machinery) AFAIK and is chunky anyway.


My vote for description of the week !! Sorry m8, just made me chuckle on a Sunday night :)
#8
Life is a struggle against chunkiness :-D

http://icanhascheezburger.files.wordpress.com/2007/11/funny-pictures-japanese-cat.jpg
#9
washere
IDE is old and will fade out, SATA is the new and better protocol and the rarer PATA is for process control (machinery) AFAIK and is chunky anyway. Slide your old PS3 SATA drive into a small cheap enclosure to use as a tiny portable USB Hard Drive. ebuyer says over a week for free delivery but got mine in about 4 days last week when they only had 6 left at £82 and restock went up to £84.


For laptop drives IDE stopped at 250GB, anything larger is SATA. PATA is just another name for IDE (Parallel Advanced Technology Attachment as opposed to Serial ATA).
#10
From what I remember the old IDE (ATA to be precise) will be continued to be developed and thus renamed as Parallel ATA (PATA) for time critical systems (robotics, production lines, complex machinery control etc.) and in that reincarnaation will probably change too. But for normal desktop users SATA (S for serial) with it's smaller controller requirements and higher capacity and much faster in the future and hot swappability is what will be known to the general public mainly.
http://www.harddrivereport.com/pata_vs_ata_vs_sata_vs_ide.html
http://www.webmasterworld.com/forum105/319.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AT_Attachment
#11
[FONT="Verdana"]Good work there mate finding this deal - heat & rep added! :-D

Cheers, Scotty Boy! :thumbsup:[/FONT]
#12
It's a good deal, and I'm very tempted, but these will go down even more when the 7200rpm 500GB drives arrive... which will be very very soon.

I think paying a little extra for the performance increase is well worth it, especially with Windows Vista running the show on most laptops (although the tradeoff is then your battery life).

For Macs, or PS3's, this 5400rpm drive is the dogs danglies though!
#13
washere
IDE is old and will fade out, SATA is the new and better protocol and the rarer PATA is for process control (machinery) AFAIK and is chunky anyway. Slide your old PS3 SATA drive into a small cheap enclosure to use as a tiny portable USB Hard Drive. ebuyer says over a week for free delivery but got mine in about 4 days last week when they only had 6 left at £82 and restock went up to £84.


Can you recommend a small cheap enclosure for my old PS3 drive?
Cheap being the operative word.

Cheers in advance.
#14
Can anyone recommend a where to get the cheapest 7200rpm 2.5" drive? All ive seen so far are 320gb drives for £65. Thanks.

to poster above:
Enclosures can be found cheap on e bay
#15
kev_gordon
It's a good deal, and I'm very tempted, but these will go down even more when the 7200rpm 500GB drives arrive... which will be very very soon.

I think paying a little extra for the performance increase is well worth it, especially with Windows Vista running the show on most laptops (although the tradeoff is then your battery life).

For Macs, or PS3's, this 5400rpm drive is the dogs danglies though!


Bare in mind that the performance increase gained with a 7200rpm drive is at the cost of battery life, which can be quite significant if accessing the HD regularly. Just to bare that in mind.
#16
Best place for a cheap enclosure?
#17
Works on the PS3

user review from ebuyer:

"Ordered on free delivery, 2 days in my hand (excellent Ebuyer).

Fitted straight in, ps3 formatted the drive no problem.

Restored backup that I had done before changing my 40gb for this one again no problem.

All in all really impressed.

Thanks Ebuyer for great service once again."

- is this currenty the largest capacity for a 2.5" SATA drive?
#18
OCUK will have the 500gb 7200rpm drive from seagate soon for Over £100

the WD drive 320gb 7200 rpm i currenlty havedoes heat up a lot compared to the seagate 200gb 72k i have still.

if u want quick access and faster loading times do go for 7200RPM drives but yes of course will take some battery out more than the 5400rpm. If you have the extended battery in your lappy then idrecommed a 7200rpm drive anytime!!

VERy good buy for this 500gb 5400rpm out,:thumbsup:
#19
robpears
Best place for a cheap enclosure?


I've just brought one off Ebay as suggested on this thread.
Cost including shipping was £5, so a bargain....as long as it turns up!! Shipped from Hong Kong apparently.

Comes with a leather pouch but the overall product is bound to be of cheap quality given the price, so it probably needs handling with care.
#20
zaft
Can anyone recommend a where to get the cheapest 7200rpm 2.5" drive? All ive seen so far are 320gb drives for £65. Thanks.

to poster above:
Enclosures can be found cheap on e bay


Id like to see some 7200rpm drive offers also... I do a lot of editing/graphics on my laptop and the 320gb drives have been £60-70 for a long time now.
#21
dickslash
What is the difference between SATA and IDE? Sorry, not up to scratch with the latest technology. Thanks.


spraint
For laptop drives IDE stopped at 250GB, anything larger is SATA. PATA is just another name for IDE (Parallel Advanced Technology Attachment as opposed to Serial ATA).



PATA is not another name for IDE. A few other here have got it wrong too so apologies for taking your example, Spraint - it's not a case of singling anybody out but a case of answering Dick's question correctly.

IDE stands for integrated drive electronics and any drive that includes its own drive electronics are said to be IDE drives. This includes both PATA and SATA drives - if you look at the SATA settings in the BIOS you will see that it can run in AHCI mode or IDE mode so for people here to give a dichotomy between IDE and SATA is incorrect.

Now Parallel ATA and Serial ATA are interface standards (IDE is NOT). PATA transfers data via a series of wires in parallel. SATA as its nomenclature suggests is a serial form of transfer where data is sent and received along a single channel rather than multiple channels in the case of PATA. PATA may appear to be quicker with a wider bandwidth but bear in mind that the closeness of the 40 wires of a PATA do cause interference. PATA devices on a single channel also require master and slave settings - SATA devices do not require this as only one SATA device connects to one channel.

Other advantages of SATA is that their cables are smaller and easier to connect, resulting in better airflow within a computer chassis. Also the voltages used to transmit the signals in a SATA connection are lower than that of PATA. SATA hard drives, by the way, are not faster than PATA hard drives though. The speeds of the hard drives do not currently exceed either PATA or SATA interface speeds.
#22
[email protected]
I've just brought one off Ebay as suggested on this thread.
Cost including shipping was £5, so a bargain....as long as it turns up!! Shipped from Hong Kong apparently.

Comes with a leather pouch but the overall product is bound to be of cheap quality given the price, so it probably needs handling with care.


i managed to get mine from a uk seller,,,, be warned thou if the leather case is anything like mine was its not real leather and absolutely stunk, smelt like diesel and makes your hands stink so bin it,,, the drive enclosure itself is tops for the same price you paid,,,,,, its got my 500GB 5400rpm drive in it,,,, i bought a 7200rpm western digi for my dell xps, it flies along now, and i use the 500GB for back ups,,,,:-D
#23
You can get the new Seagate Momentus 7200.4 500GB SATA Hard Drive which is 7200rpm. The cheapest I have seen is £100 here http://www.computers4everyone.com/INU_Products/INU_ProdDetailsL4.ASP?ref=50605153

But not in stock :(
#24
I bought the WD 320gb 7200rpm drive from amazon last Thursday for £73.01. It is a great drive compared to the seagate 160gb 7200rpm drive I had in my XPS laptop - very quiet, cooler and a good deal faster.

I was unsure how difficult it would be to swap over but I bought a little Icybox caddy from amazon and got a copy of acronis true image home 2009 and it was a doddle to switch over!

Feels like I've got a new laptop...
1 Like #25
[email protected]
Can you recommend a small cheap enclosure for my old PS3 drive?
Cheap being the operative word.

Cheers in advance.

See you already bought one :thumbsup: £5 to £6 from HK. For the smallest took me sometime but this one below is at 11.8cm (L)x7.2cm(W)x1.0cm(H) and the guy was nice and changed my order color next day saying 'no problem'. Another guy was selling them but can't find his link and is probably the same guy anyway. A couple of others picture the same drive but don't list dimensions. Before ordering make sure it's SATA NOT DE, 2.5" not big 3.5" and supports up to your GB, this new one supports up to 1TB and he's got them in black silver blue & red:
http://shop.ebay.co.uk/merchant/reganneville_W0QQ_sopZ2?_nkw=USB+2.5+SATA+hard+drive+HDD+External+Enclosure+-caddy+-1S+-1B&_sacat=0&_fromfsb=&_trksid=m270.l1313&_odkw=USB+2.5+SATA+hard+drive+HDD+External+Enclosure+-caddy&_osacat=0

There are hundreds of styles:
http://shop.ebay.co.uk/items/__2-5-sata-enclosure_W0QQ_nkwZ2Q2e5Q20sataQ20enclosureQQQ5ftrkparmsZ72Q253A1690Q257C66Q253A2Q257C65Q253A12Q257C39Q253A1QQ_trksidZp3286Q2ec0Q2em14QQ_sopZ10QQ_scZ1

If you need it quick and not tiny you can buy from UK ebayers and if you need fancy ones at regular sizes and not as small as poss, check out Icybox:
http://www.raidsonic.de/de/data/products/externeGehause/IB-283/ib-283_picdet_01.jpg
http://www.raidsonic.de/en/pages/products/external_cases_gal.php?search=25inch
Cheap Icyboxes:
http://www.cclonline.com/product-listings.asp?category_id=505&manufacturer_id=142&showallchildproducts=true&cpage=1&mode=s&perpage=99
http://www.scan.co.uk/Index.aspx?NT=1-0-19-407.461-0
Get the smallest you can though and the price of 7200rpm ones will be more and power hungry & not as suitable for netbooks/lappies which is what these tiny drives are aimed at anyway. A typical good use of 7200rpm drives is if one has a powerful expensive laptop (not netbook) with a 9-cell battery and needs to edit video or load up huge files in adobe apps (photoshop, After Effects etc.) but then that's what cheaper & more powerful desktops+3.5"SATAII drives are for. These Sata-II drives are native and perfect for Acer Aspire Ones etc. The price won't drop that much and might go up with or without weaker pound too. In the States these were cheapest at Amazon.com @ $94 till last week, this week they've gone up to $109!
1 Like #26
Thanks Washere for the info...have some rep.
I order this one ( item no. 280309115284 ), slightly larger case than 11.8 at 12.5 by 7.5. Supports up to 300gb.

Thanks again for the extra info, most helpful.
#27
[email protected]
Thanks Washere for the info...have some rep.
I order this one ( item no. 280309115284 ), slightly larger case than 11.8 at 12.5 by 7.5. Supports up to 300gb.

Thanks again for the extra info, most helpful.


Not much bigger and a better older best seller caddy though, more solid & light for one thing doesn't stick out.
#28
washere
Not much bigger and a better older best seller caddy though, more solid & light for one thing doesn't stick out.


[FONT="Verdana"]Cheers Washere, I got your message about the hard disk over here in the US - off to take a look tonight, to see what the score is with it.

Cheers, Scotty Boy! :thumbsup:[/FONT]
#29
Scotty Boy
[FONT="Verdana"]Cheers Washere, I got your message about the hard disk over here in the US - off to take a look tonight, to see what the score is with it.

Cheers, Scotty Boy! :thumbsup:[/FONT]


Good luck mate :thumbsup:
#30
voted hot! tempted to get one for my laptop and to build a portable drive with! as for amazon vs ebuyer i always found that even using ebuyer's free 5 days service i normally get it within 1-2 days!
#32


Thanks for the link.

"Supported Operating Systems

Windows 2000
Windows XP
Windows ME
Windows 98SE
Windows 98"

Not Vista!?!

Good job I bought this for my PS3 & I shouldn't need the "Data Lifeguard Tools" :)

BFN,

fp.
#33
Think the XP one works in Vista anyway, does it in about 2 minutes. Set it to NTFS and can use your spare PS3 old drive in a caddy as a portable or stick it in a PC/lappy with SATA i/f.

P.S. The caddy I recommended is 11.8x7.2x1 (=84.96 cm^2) which means it's the smallest portable HD. Freecom XXS which is slightly shorter but wider & thicker at 11x7.95 x1.35 (much bigger @ 118.0575 cm^2) with a rubber shell that is no protection and an inferior drive and is wrong to claim it's the smallest @£110+. In fact the super slim caddy I received is EVEN slightly smaller than the given dimensions! Go for black, bend in the edges for a super tight fit and push in the light (not pull) from the 2 sides by gently resting a screwdriver on the edge and firmly & carefully push it inside in a few stages, takes a minute.

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