Western Digital External USB Hard Drive 1TB only £109.99 delivered at Amazon. - HotUKDeals
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I think this is a great price indeed for a well reviewed hard drive.

Technical Details

* Easy to set up, easy to use - Installation is a snap because you don't really install this drive, you just plug it in and it's ready to use
* USB 2.0 interface - A simple connection that offers convenience and compatibility among multiple computers
* Fits right in - Takes no more space than a paperback book. Collect two or more and they nest neatly together like volumes on a shelf
* Smart and energy efficient - Turns itself on and off with your computer
* PC and Mac compatible - Works with both Windows? 2000/XP/Vista and Mac? OS X 10.4.8 or later

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banned#1
Been looking for one of these, voted hot, will in all probabilities order one later today
#2
Bought this from Amazon last week for £114.99.
Very pleased with it.
Also more pleased when I applied for and got my £5 refund as part of their post-order price guarantee :thumbsup:
#3
is this mains powered?
1 Like #4
sharkalos
is this mains powered?


Yes I would think so
1 Like #5
sharkalos;2430922
is this mains powered?


Yes.
#6
Took 4 hours to re-format to NTFS!
#7
shame this hasn't got a ethernet port!
#8
Hot price. PC World will do you a price promise so you should be able to get it cheaper :)
#9
speg
Took 4 hours to re-format to NTFS!


why not quick format? its not like there's anything on the drive :roll:
#10
voted hot and the temp went down from 124 to 123 lol.

really good price as its external and from own experience the best harddrive make on market.
#11
Voted same as ramiuk1 and it went down to 119?
#12
How loud are these when running?
#13
ramiuk1;2431516
voted hot and the temp went down from 124 to 123 lol.

really good price as its external and from own experience the best harddrive make on market.


dontdothatagain;2431535
Voted same as ramiuk1 and it went down to 119?



lol, lots of people clicking cold, maybe! :whistling:
#14
I have two of the 750gb versions and find them to be great. They spin down when not in use and you can hear them spin up but beyond that they are very quiet (I think)
#15
i had the 500g version a while back and they pretty quiet,i dont even plug mine in until i need it,thats the joy of external.
1 Like #16
This is a cracking little drive - I've got one full of movies connected to my Xbox and it works a treat. I've just filled up my 500GB internal on my main PC too...very tempted to get this.
#17
Ive got a 250gb one of these. You have to reformat it to NTFS because otherwise you could not save any file larger than 4Gb (which defeats the object of this as a drive for backups), but this didnt take long for me. Other than that, very happy thus far. Quiet and fast transfer speeds. Happy customer.
#18
I got the 500gb version last year for just a bit less. Great price. Very quiet drives and I've never had any problems. Also its WD never had any problems with their harddrive. I have an 80gb one that's still going strong after 7 years of constant use.
#19
I hope Seagate comes up with a new 1TB external drive, their current external drive design is terrible
#20
SentineLxx
How loud are these when running?


Quite loud, but they spin down after a while of inactivity. All in all I'm pleased with mine - 1TB of storage is very handy. It's just a shame that I paid £200 for it last year :(
#21
I wish it was white so I could have it on my desk and not have to hide it.

Will probably order two of these soon .WD are my most trusted maker of HDDs.
#22
good price, hot!
banned#23
I too was looking at pumping up my space.

The best option for me is 2 x 750GB spinpoint F1's for £116.52 as opposed to buying 1 x 1tb spinpoint at £95.16.

An extra 500GB for £21.36
#24
Expansys have a 1TB USB 2.0 drive for about 98 quid delivered if you have one of their vouchers, banner at top of the homepage..

This isnt that good a price really.

Storage prices are dropping like stones at the moment
#25
I have the 500GB version works well and is now nearly full. My complaint is the build quality of the enclosure isn't great, it is totally plastic and feels quite cheap, which is a shame!

If you are looking to make a DIY USB external drive I recommend this ICY Box http://www.scan.co.uk/Product.aspx?WebProductId=776532 (posted here the other week) which has room for 2 SATA drives and has a far superior enclosure build quality compared to the Western Digital My Books. You could buy two 500GB SATA Samsung drives from ebuyer to fill the enclosure and the total price would still be around the price for a 1TB external hard drive. I'd feel happier spreading such a large amount of data over two drives.. if one does happen to fail then I only (lol) lose 500GB.
#26
how do you format these to ntfs? is it easy?
#27
beni
how do you format these to ntfs? is it easy?


when its connected to a pc right click the drive and select format, tick ntfs and quick format and it'll complete very quickly.
#28
brill cheers
#29
mrkipling
Quite loud, but they spin down after a while of inactivity. All in all I'm pleased with mine - 1TB of storage is very handy. It's just a shame that I paid £200 for it last year :(


i find mine v quiet as do most peolpe, looks like you have a noisey one.
#30
okokok now wats better then gettin this or doin steves way buyin 2 500gig + enclosure casue i need a 1tb storage and would like to order it 2night but not sure which way to go few comments and ideas would be very greatful thanx :)
#31
What's the warranty? One year?
#32
2StepSteve
I have the 500GB version works well and is now nearly full. My complaint is the build quality of the enclosure isn't great, it is totally plastic and feels quite cheap, which is a shame!

If you are looking to make a DIY USB external drive I recommend this ICY Box http://www.scan.co.uk/Product.aspx?WebProductId=776532 (posted here the other week) which has room for 2 SATA drives and has a far superior enclosure build quality compared to the Western Digital My Books. You could buy two 500GB SATA Samsung drives from ebuyer to fill the enclosure and the total price would still be around the price for a 1TB external hard drive. I'd feel happier spreading such a large amount of data over two drives.. if one does happen to fail then I only (lol) lose 500GB.


I'd also do it this way - just spread the load and anything important copy to both drives.

Also, notice the fan - how loud is the entire unit when powering up 2 drives? Out of stock though.

Edition: None
Colour: Black
Material: Aluminum
Size of HDD: 3.5"
Internal HDD Interface: SATA
External Interface: 1 x USB 2.0/1.1
USB Powered: No
Card Reader: No
Access LED: None
Power LED: N/A
Cooling Fan: Yes
Desktop stand: Yes
File Formats Supported: N/A
#33
I'm thinking of getting a 2TB drive for my iTunes instead now.

I've got four 500GB at the moment, 1x Music and TV Shows, 1 x H.264 Films, 2 x Backup of each.

Having one device connected for my entire Media Library would be so much less hassle. Then I could use all four 500GB's as backups, 1 x Music, 1 x TV, Spilt the Films A-L on one and M-Z on the other. Just connect them individually say once a week to make copies of newly added content.

Just need to find a good price for one. Anyone help?
#34
I'm interested in purchasing a 1TB drive or two 500GB drives and do the ICY box thing, however as good as hard drives can be they can also fail and would have to lose my MP3 collection.

What sort of solution could I do so say one 500GB drive was a backup for the other, i.e rebuilds the missing data (like RAID i believe)

Is the cost reasonable?
#35
I almost bought this last week but after reading the reviews I was put off... seems there are problems with the drive failing within the first year.
Instead I went for the Seagate Freeagent 1TB unit for £119.99 plus quidco - and I am very happy with it, it's small and very quiet.

http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/199210/seagate-1-tb-freeagent-desktop-3-5-/
#36
I can't remember if it was Currys or Comet, pretty certain it was Currys - it was in white and the same price as Amazon.
#37
sparky.shark
I'd also do it this way - just spread the load and anything important copy to both drives.

Also, notice the fan - how loud is the entire unit when powering up 2 drives? Out of stock though.

Edition: None
Colour: Black
Material: Aluminum
Size of HDD: 3.5"
Internal HDD Interface: SATA
External Interface: 1 x USB 2.0/1.1
USB Powered: No
Card Reader: No
Access LED: None
Power LED: N/A
Cooling Fan: Yes
Desktop stand: Yes
File Formats Supported: N/A


Ah I just noticed it is out of stock. I haven't installed any drives into the enclosure yet so can't say how warm it gets. I have just ordered one of these http://www.ebuyer.com/product/130454 for it. Reviews claim that it is a very cool drive so should suit the enclosure well.

Regarding backing up.. I would not trust single hard drives as a backup for important data, RAID is the only way to use harddrives in such a way. RAID isn't something i've gone down the road of.. i'm not sure why, maybe as its the intial expensive and it kinda irratates me that I have another drive sitting there that could be used as extra space ;-)

I use high quality DVDs to make backups.. being non mechanical they still are a good backup method.. if treated well and stored correctly! I am very very eagerly awaiting blu ray media to come down in price! Once it does then i'll jump on blu ray!
#38
dawn1e
I almost bought this last week but after reading the reviews I was put off... seems there are problems with the drive failing within the first year.
Instead I went for the Seagate Freeagent 1TB unit for £119.99 plus quidco - and I am very happy with it, it's small and very quiet.

http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/199210/seagate-1-tb-freeagent-desktop-3-5-/

I like Seagate, but i dont know what they were thinking with that enclosure, the design is odd and too big
#39
dawn1e
I almost bought this last week but after reading the reviews I was put off... seems there are problems with the drive failing within the first year.
Instead I went for the Seagate Freeagent 1TB unit for £119.99 plus quidco - and I am very happy with it, it's small and very quiet.

http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/199210/seagate-1-tb-freeagent-desktop-3-5-/


There are just as many problems with the Freeagent as there are with this WD Drive :whistling:

I'm also in a 'pickle' as to get the external enclosure or this - just the bad reviews of the F1 drives are puttin me off at the minute.
#40
bigup
shame this hasn't got a ethernet port!


if you want higher speed then go for the Home edition which has esata and firewire. if you want a nas then there are some device that you can hang drives off such a wireless routers.

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