Western Digital Elements 640GB USB2.0 External Hard Drive - Retail - £49.98 Delivered @ Ebuyer.com !! - HotUKDeals
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Plain, simple, reliable add-on storage. This external USB 2.0 drive is preformatted for immediate use. Simply plug it in to a USB port and youve got instant storage your PC or Macintosh.
* High-speed USB2.0 - For maximum performance,backward compatible with USB 1.1 ports
* Plug and Play - Just plug it in, connect the cable and you have got extra storage for both desktop and notebook computers
* Rugged Metal Case - Compact, durable metal case for extra data protection
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#1
http://image.ebuyer.com/UK/R0146069-06.jpg
#2
hot deal but these keep dropping in price maybe some even better deals after :santa:

voting hot but will buy later rather than now :thumbsup:
#3
Would never tocuh a western digital.
At Uni 1 in 3 students always have problems with their WD hard drives.

I had 2 fail on me in 1 year,
ask yourself this..........Are your files important? if yes then WD is not for you.
I would recommened a seagate hard drive, have had 2 seagate externals and 1 internal and the drives have so far been PERFECT 10/10 (touch wood)
#4
With hard drives and flash memory rapidly dropping in price, I wonder if the next gen memory storage is due soon
#5
i got 2 lacie one. the 500 has failed twice! and you know what? i hate the after service of lacie. email contact only. its so fustrating not being able to contact somebody when you really need it.

i've always heard good things about WD...
#6
If you want a much faster E-SATA one then Aldi have one this week for around £63
#7
I got one when it cost around £60 I think.... I do wonder from some's comments if it is safe though as Im putting quite alot of unbacked up stuff on there (over 300GB so far). If anybody has heard of this drive having problems let me know because I would rather be safe then sorry and lose all my files.
#8
jg213
I got one when it cost around £60 I think.... I do wonder from some's comments if it is safe though as Im putting quite alot of unbacked up stuff on there (over 300GB so far). If anybody has heard of this drive having problems let me know because I would rather be safe then sorry and lose all my files.


Not to back up your files is always very high risk no matter what make of HD you are using. I always back up everything on DVD (two copies when the files are important).
#9
pet2000
Not to back up your files is always very high risk no matter what make of HD you are using. I always back up everything on DVD (two copies when the files are important).


Same here, would deffo reccomened backing your important files on DVD's and keeping it in a safe place.

volcom883
i got 2 lacie one. the 500 has failed twice! and you know what? i hate the after service of lacie. email contact only. its so fustrating not being able to contact somebody when you really need it.

i've always heard good things about WD...


LOL i have only experienced the bad side of WD.
#10
we need blu rays to back up our files. 4.7gb limitation is a joke!
#11
volcom883
we need blu rays to back up our files. 4.7gb limitation is a joke!


Its funny when you say that, I had 1.44Mb limitation through uni I managed OK :p
#12
jg213
I got one when it cost around £60 I think.... I do wonder from some's comments if it is safe though as Im putting quite alot of unbacked up stuff on there (over 300GB so far). If anybody has heard of this drive having problems let me know because I would rather be safe then sorry and lose all my files.


Probably not worth if for backing up masses of gigs of data, but you may want to look into Amazon's Jungledisk for scheduled backups of particularly important files. Not only are your files backed-up, but they're stored off-site, so if you're burgled or suffer a house fire then the data's safe as Amazon have it backed up for you.

I have about a gigabyte of data stored on Amazon's Jungledisk and it sets me back a whopping 10 pence a month!

As I said, it's not worth it for backing up masses and masses of data, but for REALLY important files it's well worth a look.
#13
WD are a good make, voted hot.
#14
I got the 500MB version of this for same price in July. It has performed flawlessly since then.
#15
Western Digital are the best!
#16
ultrak3wl
I got the 500MB version of this for same price in July. It has performed flawlessly since then.


500MB for £50? u got ripped of there :? lol
#17
the badger
hot deal but these keep dropping in price maybe some even better deals after :santa:


stating the obvios here. HDD's will always drop in price. Wait long enough and you'll be able to buy a 2TB drive for £10. Point is, this is the cheapest, right now.
#18
patrickyuis
500MB for £50? u got ripped of there :? lol


In July, not a bad price.
#19
Good deal brought this for £60 back a few months ago
#20
Is this USB powered, or does it require a separate power supply/cable ?

Thanks
Daniel
#21
intranix
In July, not a bad price.


but isnt 500MB = 0.5GB? :?
#22
patrickyuis
but isnt 500MB = 0.5GB? :?


Sure, but obvioulsy he meant 500gb :roll:
#23
djblamire
Is this USB powered, or does it require a separate power supply/cable ?

Thanks
Daniel


Will require (and come with) a power supply yes.
#24
ultrak3wl
I got the 500MB version of this for same price in July. It has performed flawlessly since then.


Should hope so, it's only 4 months old!!!
#25
Just had the 500GB version of this die on me last week(£72 just over a year ago). Can't be repaired. Looking forward to a whole weekend ripping 600+ CDs.
#26
thedynasty
Would never tocuh a western digital.
At Uni 1 in 3 students always have problems with their WD hard drives.

I had 2 fail on me in 1 year,
ask yourself this..........Are your files important? if yes then WD is not for you.
I would recommened a seagate hard drive, have had 2 seagate externals and 1 internal and the drives have so far been PERFECT 10/10 (touch wood)


everyone has different experiences with hard drives, and at different times. I personally (with > 20 years experience with hard drives) have found seagate the least reliable of drive manufacturers, overall. However there have been periods of time when maxtor drives failed alot, or ibm "death" stars... WD drives are probably the least likely to fail imo, but everyones experience is different.

Add on top some people just dont know how to treat hard drives properly, they are not invincible!
#27
I've been using Seagate drives for years (currently have 2 internals 3 years old and one external, year-and-a-half old) and have never had a problem whatsoever. I'll definitely buy Seagates again when shopping for an additional external.
#28
ive always used WD and Samsung never had any probs.

i think lacie use samsung hdds now but i could be wrong
#29
Everones opinion is different.
I have used a lot of different make Hard Drives in new build and replacement pc's
I have had Hatachi, Samsung, Seagate and Western Digital's fail.
I think its an even playing field in all fairness, after all they are just a platter of discs spinning at 7200 rpm storing your data in magnetic format :w00t:
Bigger the disc = more data to potentially lose. I use a raid setup on my pc to be safe
Roll on solid state drives or bring back tape lol
#30
In any case, you can never be sure your drive will never fail, whatever the make. If your data is THAT important (as it is for most of us), don't ever rely on just one copy. I learnt that the hard way when one of my IBM "Death" Star (if Intranix doesn't mind my borrowing of the expression, very appropriate, lol) crashed some years ago. Professional recovery got me back a fair share of my data but some was lost forever, including some files I still regret losing today.

Back up, back up, back up!
If you can, buy 2 of those and set them to work as mirrors, or at least buy a small storage unit with enough space for the most important files. Now with USB sticks affordably coming in sizes up to 32GB (and more but for the price you can get a hard drive), you have no excuse.

And remember that sh#t happens, fires, thieves, water, lightning surges, the list is long and open, think about remote backup, online for instance. Somebody mentioned Amazon, but there are lots of other options, some even free (I'm using BT Vault for free and no, you don't need to be a BT customer as I'm not) so there again, no excuse.

Anyway, good find, WD is a very good brand, up there with the best. They're as reliable as the others, as their record with storage professionals will demonstrate. They are no.1 for external drives and still in the top for internal drives, along with Seagate/Maxtor and Samsung. If it's good enough by industry standards, it's surely good enough for us.
Voted hot.
#31
Check out the reviews on the Amazon site!! Lots of failures and poor support from WD:whistling:
#32
intranix
stating the obvios here. HDD's will always drop in price. Wait long enough and you'll be able to buy a 2TB drive for £10. Point is, this is the cheapest, right now.


stating the what??????:whistling::p
#33
i have a WD my book and have never had an issue. perhaps the people who complain are the kind of people who unplug it without using "safely remove hardware" option
#34
The only problem with these drives...(i have two of the 500gb versions)...is that the power pack WD supply is absolute cheap rubbish!! :x

Both my drives failed :w00t:....
or at least i thought they did!!...
till i did a bit of digging and found out that the chances were that my drives hadn't failed just the power packs.....(there were a lot of people in the same boat)

Replaced the power packs (DA-30C01)....
(forget WD... they didn't want to know:x) ...

and Bob's ya uncle...
both drives up and running again!:thumbsup:
#35
Hi. Just bought one of these. Only says 600gb not 640gb when installed!
Can anyone tell me why?:?
Cheers
#36
You never get the full amount on any drive, do a google seacrh for the explination as i dont know it, just that it does !
#37
You never get the full amount on any drive, do a google seacrh for the explination as i dont know it, just that it does !
#38
[email protected]
Hi. Just bought one of these. Only says 600gb not 640gb!!!
Can anyone tell me why?:?
Cheers


read the bit about "Gigabytes vs. gigabits"

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gigabyte

also a useful read ere :)http://www.scan.co.uk/TekSpek/Index.aspx?ArticleId=22

its all down to the HD manufacturers stating the size in decimal, and computers using binary. Kind of cheeky really, but thats the way its always been :thinking:
#39
Thanks for the help!

Will do some reading!
#40
currently 1TB external HDDs are sold at £80, I reckon it's cost 8p/GB, so 640GB x 8p = £51.20. This external HDD with £50 isn't cheaper much

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