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I have been looking for a 500GB external hard drive to store my films, music etc. on. But as I know very little about hard drives, I thought I would ask here to see if anyone can help :) I have nar… Read More
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9y, 6m agoPosted 9 years, 6 months ago
I have been looking for a 500GB external hard drive to store my films, music etc. on. But as I know very little about hard drives, I thought I would ask here to see if anyone can help :)

I have narrowed it down to the following 5:

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/108761http://www.ebuyer.com/product/108761

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/136212http://www.ebuyer.com/product/136212

http://www.maplin.co.uk/module.aspx?ModuleNo=217655&doy=6m12#overviewhttp://www.maplin.co.uk/module.aspx?ModuleNo=217655&doy=6m12#overview

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/132409http://www.ebuyer.com/product/132409

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/131331http://www.ebuyer.com/product/131331

Can some one please tell me which is the best deal and will suit my needs best :thumbsup:

Or if anyone knows of any better deals to be had, please let me know :thumbsup:

Thanks in advance :thumbsup:
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9y, 6m agoPosted 9 years, 6 months ago
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1 Like #1
Well theres not much in it, all much the same spec wise.

So it comes down to which box you like the look of!

One advantage of the maplin one is if it breaks it will be easy to return. But as they change lines more often than ebuyer if it does then you will end up getting something better or a refund which will buy you more in the future.

If you sign up for maplins new letter you will get a code for £3 off this and its free delivery.
#2
Ok thanks for the advice. :thumbsup:

Seasons greetings :stocking: :gift: :santa:

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edit: Admin get your smilies in order!!

edit2: WTF ...ah well all working now..
banned 1 Like #3
This works well, and is a player/recorder, but you need to add the drive (upto 500GB), better than just a box for data :)

http://www.maplin.co.uk/Module.aspx?ModuleNo=221173&C=Maplin&U=SearchTop&T=emprex&doy=6m12
1 Like #4
soupy
This works well, and is a player/recorder, but you need to add the drive (upto 500GB), better than just a box for data :)

http://www.maplin.co.uk/Module.aspx?ModuleNo=221173&C=Maplin&U=SearchTop&T=emprex&doy=6m12



Thanks, thats an interesting looking peice of equipment. Would work out too pricy for me though :-(, and I only really need the storage.

Does anyone know if Maplin will stock more stuff instore than is on their website?
1 Like #5
simplygifted
Thanks, thats an interesting looking peice of equipment. Would work out too pricy for me though :-(, and I only really need the storage.

Does anyone know if Maplin will stock more stuff instore than is on their website?


No instore they will have only whats on their website. very occassionally thet will have a web only offer but never as far as I know a store only offer.

A useful feature they do have is at the bottom of every item page is a Store Stock Finder, just enter your postcode to see which local shop have it in stock (although they will all order it from the warehouse if not in stock).
1 Like #6
Best way is to buy the enclosure then buy the HDD you want.
banned 1 Like #7
Hi Simplygifted,

I have had a 320GB Western Digital External Harddrive for about a year now, and it has been fantastic. Whenever someone asks me about external HDDs, I recommend Western Digital, so I will do the same here and say I recommend the first 2 you have listed.
1 Like #8
I'd say buy a Seagate, simply because they are a top brand and come with a 5yr warranty.....

I have a Western Digital one which is good, but given the choice now I think I'd prefer the seagate for the peice of mind of the extra 2yrs warranty
#9
Thanks for the advice everyone :thumbsup:

I ended up getting the maplin seagate one instore, because I needed it quickly. Was lucky I rechecked the stock today, because last night it was at one so I wasn't going to bother..then this morning 28 :w00t:

Anyway, thanks again and I hope you all have a great christmas :santa:
#10
Im looking at a Freecom 5oogb media hd (£160), these look good as they can connect to the web and download software updates
banned#11
Just for data, there ain't much in it, 8mb cache or 16mb cache, used 'em both and didn't see any difference.

Personal fav for storage is the seagate :)

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/136212
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/128603

Or the same on maplin
http://www.maplin.co.uk/Module.aspx?ModuleNo=217655&source=1&DOY=6m12
Plus the £3 off :)
#12
If you get the maplin one in store they should give you a free catalogue, which offers more vouchers etc. Plus if you get a kind sales assistant they usually give you £3 off on top of the harddrive also lol

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