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Western Digital My Passport Essential Portable Hard Drive - 500GB - RED £49.99 at PCWorld

£49.99 @ PC World
Although WD elements has been around 49.99 - 55 for a long time, my Passport (or my book) hasn't been below 50 in a long time as far as I know, New and first post so go easy etc, you know the d… Read More
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Although WD elements has been around 49.99 - 55 for a long time, my Passport (or my book) hasn't been below 50 in a long time as far as I know,

New and first post so go easy etc, you know the drill :)

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#1
Blue and White also same price ...
#2
Inc delivery plus 3% possible quidco, although did not see any option to pick up at store.
#3
ORDERED 1 FOR COLLECTION AT LOCAL PC WORLD DOES GIVE YOU OPTION AT CHECKOUT , THANKS HEAT ADDED.
#4
thewse are great, especially for storing all those naughty videos ;P
#5
Good price for this model - the Red is the same price at Amazon. Amazon also have Seagate and
Buffalo 500Gb for a few pounds less.
#6
I can see the price of these dropping a bit more ready for the usb 3 versions shortly. Hot for the best current price though

Edited By: loopie on Nov 11, 2010 14:15
#7
loopie
I can see the price of these dropping a bit more ready for the usb 3 versions shortly. Hot for the best current price though


Not so sure about them dropping in price. I paid 45 for black passport a while back. USB 3 is pretty much useless for such drives. USB 2 is capped at 60MB/sec, which is unlikely to get from storage drive. You have to remember that this drive did not pass quality control to be sold as notebook drive.
#8
I bought the 250gb version from play the other day but after I read some reviews on amazon about the bundled software on it being unremovable and slowing down your pc I'm now regretting ordering it and the drive was gidpatched shortly after I ordered so I can't cancel it. Can anyone confirm the software issue and would I be able to remove it even if it meant reformatting the drive. Thanks in advance
#9
are you saying that a notebook drive is usually quicker?

Are any drives quicker than the USB2 limit?
#10
thanks
1 Like #11
Also available in all colours from Curry's, same deal... ;-)
#12
Hmmm what would be advisable a shock proof or this one ??
#13
(_;)Superb buy picked one up 250gb few years ago for 70! so this is great heat added
#14
CTPAHHIK
loopie
I can see the price of these dropping a bit more ready for the usb 3 versions shortly. Hot for the best current price though
Not so sure about them dropping in price. I paid 45 for black passport a while back. USB 3 is pretty much useless for such drives. USB 2 is capped at 60MB/sec, which is unlikely to get from storage drive. You have to remember that this drive did not pass quality control to be sold as notebook drive.

Nah USB3 will make a difference. Real world throughput of USB2 is 25 - 35MB/sec, not 60. Using a 5400rpm old 160GB drive in an esata housing I can achieve 35 - 40MB/sec, so there is definitely potential for USB3 drives to beat this.
#15
GFunk
CTPAHHIK
loopie
I can see the price of these dropping a bit more ready for the usb 3 versions shortly. Hot for the best current price though
Not so sure about them dropping in price. I paid 45 for black passport a while back. USB 3 is pretty much useless for such drives. USB 2 is capped at 60MB/sec, which is unlikely to get from storage drive. You have to remember that this drive did not pass quality control to be sold as notebook drive.


Nah USB3 will make a difference. Real world throughput of USB2 is 25 - 35MB/sec, not 60. Using a 5400rpm old 160GB drive in an esata housing I can achieve 35 - 40MB/sec, so there is definitely potential for USB3 drives to beat this.


Only if you've USB3 ports on your computer though.
#16
qwerta369
GFunk
CTPAHHIK
loopie
I can see the price of these dropping a bit more ready for the usb 3 versions shortly. Hot for the best current price though
Not so sure about them dropping in price. I paid 45 for black passport a while back. USB 3 is pretty much useless for such drives. USB 2 is capped at 60MB/sec, which is unlikely to get from storage drive. You have to remember that this drive did not pass quality control to be sold as notebook drive.


Nah USB3 will make a difference. Real world throughput of USB2 is 25 - 35MB/sec, not 60. Using a 5400rpm old 160GB drive in an esata housing I can achieve 35 - 40MB/sec, so there is definitely potential for USB3 drives to beat this.


Only if you've USB3 ports on your computer though.


Maybe somthing like the Seagate GoFlex is a good option for laptop users; the 500GB was under £48 on Amazon this morning (now up to £50) - you can get adapters for that for USB 3, Firewire 400/800 or powered eSata.

Looking at reviews it's disappointingly slow although maybe still a little better than USB 2 - the 1TB version is faster.
#17
wombat6025
Maybe somthing like the Seagate GoFlex is a good option for laptop users; the 500GB was under £48 on Amazon this morning (now up to £50) - you can get adapters for that for USB 3, Firewire 400/800 or powered eSata. Looking at reviews it's disappointingly slow although maybe still a little better than USB 2 - the 1TB version is faster.

The adaptors are £25 quid though! Crazy money!

Edited By: autofires on Nov 11, 2010 18:45
#18
CTPAHHIK


Not so sure about them dropping in price. I paid 45 for black passport a while back. USB 3 is pretty much useless for such drives. USB 2 is capped at 60MB/sec, which is unlikely to get from storage drive. You have to remember that this drive did not pass quality control to be sold as notebook drive.


This used to be the case with WD. The Passport drives were limited to 2MB of onboard cache, while the Scorpio notebook drives got the full 8MB. The last iteration of Passport drives before they went to an onboard USB controller apparently had Scorpio Blues inside.

Not so easy to tell the quality of these drives now as you can't pop them in your laptop to test.
#19
Sure I read a while ago that the later passports had USB reliability issues - something to do with the connector when they changed from mini-B type to micro-B sockets
#20
autofires
wombat6025
Maybe somthing like the Seagate GoFlex is a good option for laptop users; the 500GB was under £48 on Amazon this morning (now up to £50) - you can get adapters for that for USB 3, Firewire 400/800 or powered eSata. Looking at reviews it's disappointingly slow although maybe still a little better than USB 2 - the 1TB version is faster.


The adaptors are £25 quid though! Crazy money!


The esata adapter is less than £13 delivered, but yes the USB3 and firewire are over £20.
#21
Thanks, exactly what I needed. Picked one up in Currys Ballymena. They had a few more left!

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