Western Digital Elements 500GB USB2.0 External Hard Drive - £59.99! - HotUKDeals
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This one just came down in price from Amazon, but is now available at ebuyer for £59.99 with free delivery. It's the cheapest around, as far as I know..
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Are they any good? WD is one of the few i've not had an external from.
Ive got one of these, absolutely no complaints whatsoever. I got it for £65 delivered.
Whats the speed like? I just ask as I have a Maxtor external and its complete **** compared to all the others. Don't want to buy a pup (I normally stick to Iomega these days). Also whats the build quality like (on/off switch etc).
Whats the speed like? I just ask as I have a Maxtor external and its complete **** compared to all the others. Don't want to buy a pup (I normally stick to Iomega these days). Also whats the build quality like (on/off switch etc).

Well I think its pretty fast but then Ive can only compare it to my other external hard drive - home made one. I bought an enclosure for a spare IDE drive I had. This little beast is usb2 so shouldnt be that slow, not sure the speed of the drive though, 5400rpm or 7200rpm, I suspect its the latter.

build quality is good, has rubber on the edges to help support so actual disk case doesnt touch.

there is no on/off switch - it powers down automatically when you disconnect - remember, always disconnect with "safely remove hardware". I believe there is some wind-down utility as well, so it sort of sleeps after so many minutes of inactivity.

I partitioned mine into 3 seperate drives, always like to do this with my large drives.
I am surprised that this external drive is sold cheaper than ebuyer's cheapest 500Gb internal drive. One might even buy this, dismantle the case, use the drive internally and sell the branded enclosure for a tenner or so on Ebay.
Some less than favourable reviews from Amazon buyers for this drive with quite a few reporting either DOA or failing later on.

Out of the many drives I've had over the years the only one that failed me after 2 years was a WD bought from Komplett which was replaced under warranty with a refurb drive.
The company I work for also undertook a swapout of WD drives in every back office server for the Burton group some 7 years ago because they were falling over regularly. Ok, it was a few years ago but that and my own WD failing makes me wary of that make.

I know there are many horror stories for other makes so it's pot luck.
I'm looking for additional storage myself but the hugh sizes of these things is getting ridiculous if you have a failure. How much data is that you've lost?
I think I'll stick with a couple of 250gb and spread the risk.
Anything gets bad reviews on amazon usually people with to much time on there hands if you ask me don't read to much in to it western digital are one of the best in the game when it comes to hard drives internal or external
Theres some bad reviews on Play as well. Bit 50/50 really. Think i'll give it a miss though due to the size>risk ratio.
I have two of these and they are absolutely brilliant in my opinion, wouldn't hesitate to recommend them
Is there any site that accurately compares the speeds of external hard disks (as everyone can have a horror story with any hard disk) - would be handy to help deciding whether to take the plunge if you can compare head to head...? (same applies to USB flash drives).
The best IDE drive I have ever had has been the Hitachi. Never any issues. Ive had a WD IDE internal drive for 2 years now and so far no problems. I had a Maxtor before and it died on me, saying that my current SATA drive is Maxtor. Some issues, more to do with how windows handles sata drives.

I have recommended this drive to others. Like with all things you purchase, it may be dead on arrival. You could buy a pioneer tv and it fail inside a week!
I've had lots of hard drives and Samsung are my current pick. Quiet, cool and fast. Seagate drives seem to be good too. I've not had a western digital fail but I have had several IBM/Hitachi and Maxtors go bad. Often failures seem to relate to a particular drive model.

This drive seems like a real bargain.
Some reviews state it runs hot and is of low build quality compared to some.
how fast are these drives at transfering data? Like a 5gb file?
I can recommend these hard drives, got a 250gb and its very quite and quick!!HOT!!
how fast are these drives at transfering data? Like a 5gb file?

I'm interested too as this is surely the major factor when purchasing rather than the disk spin speed.

Was just about to post this, good thing I've finally got the hang of the search :lol:

Voted hot! :thumbsup:
had this and dropped it once, doesnt work now :(
I have the Western Digital MyBook 500GB, i don't know what the differences are, but it is good
Still around.. thanks for the pointer JayJaz :)
Second bump due to number of dupe posts :)
In response to a question on one of the deleted threads:

This one is available at Amazon if you require over 200gb (this is 250gb) without having to carry round a large drive and have to plug it into the mains.


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