WESTERN DIGITAL My Book II Home Edition 500 GB External Hard Drive - USB 2.0/Firewire/eSATA £66.30 + £4.68Del - HotUKDeals
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I meant to post this last week when I ordered it but it has gone down £2.60 since then, so an even better bargain.

This deal is for people who want an high speed ext HDD rather than one with only a rubbish slow USB2. Sure you can get more storage for your money if you go for the cheaper interface but once you have this drive you can always install a larger drive at some point and continue to benefit from the fast firewire and blisteringly 6x faster eSATA interfaces. A USB2 port is also included just in case you need to connect it to a less well-equipt PC or device.

Note that quite a few video devices are comining out with eSATA interfaces so that you can enable PVR functionality, great idea if you want to easily move it to your PC for transfering files.

Both links for Pixmania, one through Amazon Marketplace.
£66.30 + £4.68 Del
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Western-Digital-Book-Home-500GB/dp/B000WP5VGG/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1214582424&sr=1-1

£66.30 + £ 8.30 Del
http://www.pixmania.co.uk/uk/uk/638805/art/western-digital/my-book-ii-home-edition-5.html

Western Digital's Spec sheet
http://www.wdc.com/en/products/products.asp?driveid=355
or
Amazon's blurb....
Product Features
HDD 500GB MYBOOK2 HOME EDITION
USB2 FIWI 400 ESATA IN
Easy to set up, easy to use - you just plug it in and it's ready to use
Automatic backup - Set it and forget it
every time you save something it's automatically backed up
Flexible triple interface - USB 2.0 , FireWire 400 & eSATA 3 Gb/s
Smart and energy efficient - Turns itself on and off with your computer
Technical Details
Main Specifications
Product Description: My Book Home Edition WDH1CS5000 - hard drive - 500 GB - FireWire / Hi-Speed USB / eSATA-300
Type: Hard drive - external
Dimensions (WxDxH): 5.4 cm x 13.7 cm x 16.6 cm
Weight: 1.17 kg
Localisation: Middle East, Africa, Europe
Capacity: 500 GB
Interface Type: IEEE 1394 (FireWire) / Hi-Speed USB / eSATA-300
Data Transfer Rate: 400 Mbps (FireWire)/480 Mbps (Hi-Speed USB)/3.0 Gbps (eSATA)
Buffer Size: 16 MB
OS Required: Microsoft Windows 2000, Microsoft Windows XP, Microsoft Windows Vista, Apple MacOS X 10.4.8 or later
Power Source: Included AC adapter
Power: AC 120/230 V ( 50 - 60 Hz )
Manufacturer Warranty: 3 years warranty
Extended Specifications

General
Width: 5.4 cm
Depth: 13.7 cm
Height: 16.6 cm
Weight: 1.17 kg
Localisation: Middle East, Africa, Europe
Device Type: Hard drive - external

Expansion / Connectivity
Interfaces: 1 x Hi-Speed USB - mini-USB Type B ¦ 2 x IEEE 1394 (FireWire) - 6 PIN FireWire ¦ 1 x eSATA-300 - 7 pin external Serial ATA

Manufacturer Warranty
Service & Support: 3 years warranty
Service & Support Details: Limited warranty - 3 years

Miscellaneous
Compliant Standards: EPA Energy Star, RoHS
Package Type: Retail
Cables Included: 1 x USB cable ¦ 1 x IEEE 1394 cable

Power
Power Device: Power adapter
Voltage Required: AC 120/230 V ( 50 - 60 Hz )

Software / System Requirements
Software Included: Google Software Pack, Memeo AutoBackup
OS Required: Microsoft Windows 2000, Microsoft Windows XP, Microsoft Windows Vista, Apple MacOS X 10.4.8 or later

Environmental Parameters
Min Operating Temperature: 5 °C
Max Operating Temperature: 35 °C

Hard Drive
Interface Type: IEEE 1394 (FireWire) / Hi-Speed USB / eSATA-300
Buffer Size: 16 MB
Capacity: 500 GB

Performance
Interface Transfer Rate: 400 Mbps (FireWire)/480 Mbps (Hi-Speed USB)/3.0 Gbps (eSATA)
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#1
If anyone knows of a voucher that can be used with Pixmania then let me know, I personally went through Amazon as I had a pile of Vouchers to use including my MatchHunt one!
#2
with a less well equipped PC???

Correct me if i'm wrong but not many, in fact hardly any PC's, will currently be shipped with an esata port so you would need a PCI card first????

Like I said I could be wrong been about a year since I last bought a PC but that was my understanding. Not detracting from the deal just a flag for those who many not be quite so informed re port types
#3
ms2005
with a less well equipped PC???

Correct me if i'm wrong but not many, in fact hardly any PC's, will currently be shipped with an esata port so you would need a PCI card first????

Like I said I could be wrong been about a year since I last bought a PC but that was my understanding. Not detracting from the deal just a flag for those who many not be quite so informed re port types


I think the OP made it clear that this drive has both the fast esata and slower Firewire and USB connections.


Edit: The sustained transfer rates of the interface are not particularly relevant:
Performance
Interface Transfer Rate: 400 Mbps (FireWire)/480 Mbps (Hi-Speed USB)/3.0 Gbps (eSATA)

Has anyone been able to test one of these drives? (I can't see any benchmark figures on the web).
#4
ms2005
with a less well equipped PC???

Correct me if i'm wrong but not many, in fact hardly any PC's, will currently be shipped with an esata port so you would need a PCI card first????

Like I said I could be wrong been about a year since I last bought a PC but that was my understanding. Not detracting from the deal just a flag for those who many not be quite so informed re port types


I've got firewire on my laptop and people with older PCs may have added a SATA card with eSATA. I never said that eSATA is a standard interface, the idea is to be future proof rather than just plump for the biggest drive.
#5
wombat6025
I think the OP made it clear that this drive has both the fast esata and slower Firewire and USB connections.


Edit: The sustained transfer rates of the interface are not particularly relevant:

Has anyone been able to test one of these drives? (I can't see any benchmark figures on the web).


Why would sustained transfer rates not matter when eSata is designed to perform at the same speed as an internal SATA?

Personally I have not tried the eSATA interface yet as I have only used it to with my laptop, if I get the chance I will post results here.
#6
Is this not that same drive at PC World for £59.99?

If so you can order it online and collect in store so no delivery charge.

Sorry my mistake its the Esseantial edition not Home edition, what is the difference?
#7
Staroffurby
Is this not that same drive at PC World for £59.99?

If so you can order it online and collect in store so no delivery charge.

Sorry my mistake its the Esseantial edition not Home edition, what is the difference?


essentials only has a USB connector.
#8
BTW, this comes with some backup software that is nothing to get excited about, you can get Cobian backup for free which is much better.
banned#9
tommyturnip
Why would sustained transfer rates not matter when eSata is designed to perform at the same speed as an internal SATA?


The drive itself will more often than not be the limiting factor, not the interface transfer rate.
#10
Oh yes, for some reason it only comes with a USB and Firewire cable, there is no eSATA cable so I'll be on the lookoout for a cheap one, if anyone can suggest a deal then let me know.
#11
vixygwim
The drive itself will more often than not be the limiting factor, not the interface transfer rate.


I think the real difference with interface speed comes down to the fact that USB interfaces put a load on the PCs processor whenever they read/write where as Firewire and eSATA have dedicated controllers that do not

It will always come down to whether you want the cheapest £s per Gb or whether you want a more flexible and future proof drive.
#12
Please don't bother to read the following if you are one of the clueless people who voted cold because you do not understand or just because you only have a USB interface. Never mind, you can always blindly go for the biggest cheapest drive.

Here's a test on the Western Digital that shows that the interface IS important for performance, note that USB2 get as kicking as I have said from the beginning.

ESATA 2 Benchmarks
Transfer Rate Average : 62.5 MB/sec
Access Time : 13.7 ms
Burst Rate : 37.7 MB/sec
CPU Usage : 1.6%

Firewire 800 Benchmarks
Transfer Rate Average : 61.5 MB/sec
Access Time : 13.4 ms
Burst Rate : 54.7 MB/sec
CPU Usage : 3.7%

USB 2.0
Transfer Rate Average : 29.0 MB/sec
Access Time : 13.8 ms
Burst Rate : 21.8 MB/sec
CPU Usage : 15.1%
#13
Cold for being Pixmania.
#14
vixygwim
The drive itself will more often than not be the limiting factor, not the interface transfer rate.


Please read my previous post, sorry to correct you but if you read up on it then you'll understand more about how this stuff works, its not straight forward at all!
banned#15
I know how this stuff works, I just didn't expect USB2 to be as poor in comparison.

I haven't voted either way fyi.
#16
Amazon.co.uk - £59.69 delivered
#17
Oroles
Amazon.co.uk - £59.69 delivered


No it's not!

The Home Edition is £74.06 delivered. I've had it in my basket for several weeks watching the price.
#18
Jefft
Cold for being Pixmania.


Could you explain why, I've not had any issues with Pixmania? My drive arrived in a few days with no issues.

There are some other places also doing it around the same price if you search, unless its really just because you just don't like the deal?
#19
vixygwim
I know how this stuff works, I just didn't expect USB2 to be as poor in comparison.

I haven't voted either way fyi.


No problems mate, I'm surprised you didn't know about the slowness of USB2.0. USB3.0 is currently in final testing and is expected to be in new device by the end of the year, I am sure that will suck less.

Didn't mean to come across as having a go at you but I am shocked about the way this deal has bombed almost as if there is a negative attitude to the HDD for being of a slightly higher spec/price than the usual vanilla devices.
#20
SirHugo
No it's not!

The Home Edition is £74.06 delivered. I've had it in my basket for several weeks watching the price.


Same here but decided that after buying the fuji8000 from a deal on here that I couldn't wait any longer. It would suck if my PC melted whilst I was trying to save a few quid!

I figured that I could move the 500gb drive into the PC if a good deal came up on a 750mb+ drive, for me it was about geting a great case first knowing that I'll be future proofed with the eSATA.
#21
Is this 5400 or 7200?

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