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My Passport recertified 2TB USB 2&3 Portable Hard Drive - £54.99 delivered @ Western Digital

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£54.99 @ Western Digital
Available in; Blue Black Red Orange Yellow White Capacity 2TB Original price £94.99 Now: £54.99 Free delivery Interface USB 3.0 / USB 2.0 compatible Additional Details • Aut… Read More
Available in; Blue Black Red Orange Yellow White Capacity 2TB Original price £94.99 Now: £54.99 Free delivery Interface USB 3.0 / USB 2.0 compatible Additional Details • Aut…
sinxa Avatar1d, 4h agoFound 1 day, 4 hours ago27 Comments
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Ordered for my son for his Xbox one, many thanks.
I bought a 2TB portable USB 2/3 for £45 from tesco.
I'm just getting Payment Authorisation Failed... tried paypal and credit card directly
cb-uk
pablomalin
3tb mate, new drive. Brexit bites.
What complete tosh! You do realise these drives are manufactured in China, not Europe don't you? To save you looking even more foolish, let me give you the FACTS directly from the IT community..
In essence, most major hard drive manufacturers (located in CHINA) decided to switch their production lines from manufacturing mechanical hard drives (like these portables) to SSDs. However, there was subsequently a worldwide shortage of NAND chips (used to make SSDs). Thus, fewer SSDs can be produced and prices have sky-rocketed.
Because SSD prices are now a lot higher, many consumers have resorted to buying conventional mechanical HDDs instead. But since less mechanical HDDs are now being made, prices for them have sky-rocketed too.
If you bother doing any research at all (clue: it's that Google thingy), you'll find that hard drives prices all over the world are now more expensive than they were 12 months ago.That's the trouble with "Bremainers" - their glasses are always half-empty ;)
More info here: http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/ssd-hdd-shortage-nand-market,news-54328.html
It's Brexits fault I'm old

Seriously though, I wouldn't buy one of these drives and only have a single copy of data on it. Ok for external storage for a games console, because you can get all that data back, but not a single backup from a camera that you've just wiped and have no other copies of...
pablomalin
3tb mate, new drive. Brexit bites.

What complete tosh! You do realise these drives are manufactured in China, not Europe don't you? To save you looking even more foolish, let me give you the FACTS directly from the IT community..

In essence, most major hard drive manufacturers (located in CHINA) decided to switch their production lines from manufacturing mechanical hard drives (like these portables) to SSDs. However, there was subsequently a worldwide shortage of NAND chips (used to make SSDs). Thus, fewer SSDs can be produced and prices have sky-rocketed.

Because SSD prices are now a lot higher, many consumers have resorted to buying conventional mechanical HDDs instead. But since less mechanical HDDs are now being made, prices for them have sky-rocketed too.

If you bother doing any research at all (clue: it's that Google thingy), you'll find that hard drives prices all over the world are now more expensive than they were 12 months ago.

That's the trouble with "Bremainers" - their glasses are always half-empty ;)

More info here: http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/ssd-hdd-shortage-nand-market,news-54328.html
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Seagate Backup Plus Hub 8 TB USB 3.0 Desktop, 3.5 inch External Hard Drive for PC and Mac with Integrated 2 Port USB Hub £204.27 del @ Amazon

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Two integrated high-speed USB 3.0 ports on the front allow you to connect and recharge your other USB devices Formatted for Windows computers out of the box Install the provided NTFS driver for Mac Read More
Two integrated high-speed USB 3.0 ports on the front allow you to connect and recharge your other USB devices Formatted for Windows computers out of the box Install the provided NTFS driver for Mac
OllieSt Avatar3d, 16h agoFound 3 days, 16 hours ago3 Comments
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does this work underwater?
Had the 3TB and 4TB.... all makes.........most have had problems
Always found the 2TB to be the best, cheapish, quick, and for keeping data safe...will only use these for now

No longer trust these HUGE drives of any make...... ;)
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Seagate 2TB Portable USB 3.0 Hard Drive £49.99 @ Amazon

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2TB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive. From the picture is seems its the version that includes a 2 year data rescue service. In stock on April 28, 2017. Seems a reasonable price for 2TB portable driv… Read More
2TB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive. From the picture is seems its the version that includes a 2 year data rescue service. In stock on April 28, 2017. Seems a reasonable price for 2TB portable driv…
topss Avatar6d, 4h agoFound 6 days, 4 hours ago11 Comments
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ordered 23 of them and listed on eBay

Following postage, eBay/ PayPal fees and fraudulent buyer claims you MAY make a small profit. Congratulations. :{
I managed to get one, delivery date pending around the 29th of april. Thanks for posting dude :)
BuzzDuraband
vassy4u
Welcome back topss. A deal after 10months.
2 months :p
Either way, welcome back mate :)
Lol
ordered 23 of them and listed on eBay
vassy4u
Welcome back topss. A deal after 10months.

2 months :p

Either way, welcome back mate :)
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Seagate Backup Plus Desktop External Hard Drive 4TB £84.99 (Click&Collect) or £88.94 delivered @ Argos eBay Shop

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Seagate Backup Plus Desktop External Hard Drive 4TB only £84.99 at eBay Agros Shop. Limited stock only. It still selling at Argos website for £124.99. Read More
Seagate Backup Plus Desktop External Hard Drive 4TB only £84.99 at eBay Agros Shop. Limited stock only. It still selling at Argos website for £124.99.
minnie77 Avatar1w, 14h agoFound 1 week, 14 hours ago6 Comments
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A few more appeared this morning.
Annoyingly, Click&Collect is not selectable for these - you have to pay £3.95 carriage for each item.
Something strange is happening today, Argos seems add the stock one by one. There were 3 stocks added, but they seem add it one by one hourly. Oos again.
Not as super as the £57 ones from amazon, but ok price
just notice they have 1x 8TB for £159.99.
All gone - but thanks.
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My Book Mac 3TB (£50.00) & My Book 3TB (£53) instore @ Tesco (Birmingham)

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Right I know this is going to be a wild goose chase for some but for those in the Birmingham area (Spring Hill Tesco) it might be worthwhile. I saw a Tesco post for a 1TB for £15 on here and though… Read More
Right I know this is going to be a wild goose chase for some but for those in the Birmingham area (Spring Hill Tesco) it might be worthwhile. I saw a Tesco post for a 1TB for £15 on here and though…
Knottyboy Avatar1w, 3d agoFound 1 week, 3 days ago43 Comments
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Mentos
rred88
Firstly when I took the box to customer services, response was, 'this box should have not been outside!! wonder who put it out!!, I checked it couple days back for another customer and it's not in stock'. Then decided to go to stores and I followed her up to the store door, where she asked someone about it and found the item. Then when I asked her to confirm that price is £50 as per tag (showing the tag as aisle is close to the stores), she asked another staff member who came to the stores at that moment and I over heard, that person confirm that it was her that printed the labels two days back & its usually over £100 but now £50 and they got loads of them left. At paying for the item at the customer service till, she said something about it being the 'last' in stock. So it seems like they rather not sell the reduced items to the public, maybe they get it @ £0 once things don't move even at reduced price.
From what I understand they aren't allowed to buy on shift. So they sometimes put them aside for when their shift finishes.
Also it won't reduce to £0. But may go down some more. So they may leave them in stockroom waiting for it to hit the min price before they get shipped to another store or something.
Just ask for the manager next time. It's clearly not on and not good for the company either.

Hi, thanks again for the good tips, I should do better next time.
rred88
Firstly when I took the box to customer services, response was, 'this box should have not been outside!! wonder who put it out!!, I checked it couple days back for another customer and it's not in stock'. Then decided to go to stores and I followed her up to the store door, where she asked someone about it and found the item. Then when I asked her to confirm that price is £50 as per tag (showing the tag as aisle is close to the stores), she asked another staff member who came to the stores at that moment and I over heard, that person confirm that it was her that printed the labels two days back & its usually over £100 but now £50 and they got loads of them left. At paying for the item at the customer service till, she said something about it being the 'last' in stock. So it seems like they rather not sell the reduced items to the public, maybe they get it @ £0 once things don't move even at reduced price.

Hi, thanks for the sharing, such expands my knowledge as I thought these only happened at my store.

Edited By: dealchaser888 on Apr 23, 2017 18:03
rred88
Firstly when I took the box to customer services, response was, 'this box should have not been outside!! wonder who put it out!!, I checked it couple days back for another customer and it's not in stock'. Then decided to go to stores and I followed her up to the store door, where she asked someone about it and found the item. Then when I asked her to confirm that price is £50 as per tag (showing the tag as aisle is close to the stores), she asked another staff member who came to the stores at that moment and I over heard, that person confirm that it was her that printed the labels two days back & its usually over £100 but now £50 and they got loads of them left. At paying for the item at the customer service till, she said something about it being the 'last' in stock. So it seems like they rather not sell the reduced items to the public, maybe they get it @ £0 once things don't move even at reduced price.

Mentos
I would advise anyone that finds such an item (and actually wants it) to ask for the manager. Have you ever been refused a full price item when the barcode is missing? For me they always find a way to sell me the full price item. The shenanigans only start when the item is on offer. I live very close to a Tesco Express, so pop in regularly and often hear the staff asking those reducing to put items aside before they hit the shelves.

Hi, thanks for the good tips, I should do that next time. Last time there was a long queue behind me at the till and the cashier just tight-lipped starring at me (for the camp light) so I just gone home. I should do better.
rred88
Firstly when I took the box to customer services, response was, 'this box should have not been outside!! wonder who put it out!!, I checked it couple days back for another customer and it's not in stock'. Then decided to go to stores and I followed her up to the store door, where she asked someone about it and found the item. Then when I asked her to confirm that price is £50 as per tag (showing the tag as aisle is close to the stores), she asked another staff member who came to the stores at that moment and I over heard, that person confirm that it was her that printed the labels two days back & its usually over £100 but now £50 and they got loads of them left. At paying for the item at the customer service till, she said something about it being the 'last' in stock. So it seems like they rather not sell the reduced items to the public, maybe they get it @ £0 once things don't move even at reduced price.

From what I understand they aren't allowed to buy on shift. So they sometimes put them aside for when their shift finishes.

Also it won't reduce to £0. But may go down some more. So they may leave them in stockroom waiting for it to hit the min price before they get shipped to another store or something.

Just ask for the manager next time. It's clearly not on and not good for the company either.
Firstly when I took the box to customer services, response was, 'this box should have not been outside!! wonder who put it out!!, I checked it couple days back for another customer and it's not in stock'. Then decided to go to stores and I followed her up to the store door, where she asked someone about it and found the item. Then when I asked her to confirm that price is £50 as per tag (showing the tag as aisle is close to the stores), she asked another staff member who came to the stores at that moment and I over heard, that person confirm that it was her that printed the labels two days back & its usually over £100 but now £50 and they got loads of them left. At paying for the item at the customer service till, she said something about it being the 'last' in stock. So it seems like they rather not sell the reduced items to the public, maybe they get it @ £0 once things don't move even at reduced price.
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Lenovo Tab 2 A10-70F Full HD, 16Gb storage ,2GB RAM, Dolby Atmos Sound - Midnight Blue or Pearl White - £129.95 + Free case worth £29.99 @ John Lewis

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I got John Lewis to Price Match Currys, who were selling the Pearl White Lenovo Tab 2 for £129.99. John Lewis have now dropped the price for both the Midnight Blue and Pearl White Lenovo Tab 2 A10-… Read More
I got John Lewis to Price Match Currys, who were selling the Pearl White Lenovo Tab 2 for £129.99. John Lewis have now dropped the price for both the Midnight Blue and Pearl White Lenovo Tab 2 A10-…
Soosma88 Avatar2w, 4d agoFound 2 weeks, 4 days ago15 Comments
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dwl99
Guys, you shouldn't be spending 130 quid on a tablet that's essentially stuck on Kitkat. There will be loads of security vulnerabilities that have been fixed in later versions.
Maybe I'm in the minority here but personally I spend a bit of time to research and install custom roms on my devices to sidestep slow/unwilling manufacturers
I put custom firmware on almost all my devices too but I usually find it better to stick to a few brands that have good community support at xda, e.g. Samsung, Xiaomi, Motorola. I'm not sure if there is much in the way of AOSP or Lineage ROMs for this tablet.
dwl99
Guys, you shouldn't be spending 130 quid on a tablet that's essentially stuck on Kitkat. There will be loads of security vulnerabilities that have been fixed in later versions.
Maybe I'm in the minority here but personally I spend a bit of time to research and install custom roms on my devices to sidestep slow/unwilling manufacturers

Edited By: JustExtreme on Apr 11, 2017 16:06
smk77
The one at Argos for £119 is 2Gb but not same resolution.

I guess you mean this one - http://www.argos.co.uk/product/6779469?cmpid=GS001&_$ja=tsid:59158|cid:200223050|agid:12488286530|tid:aud-144400486596:pla-279968784158|crid:66128551490|nw:g|rnd:6870472907955927135|dvc:c|adp:1o1&gclid=CjwKEAjw2qzHBRChloWxgoXDpyASJAB01Io0ewlDJIhitlbV4LJwquUm1_97YpRy6imvkfxeKUDLPRoCKVvw_wcB

It's got slower Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU's and it's not Full HD.
But it's got Android Marshmallow installed, that the TAB 2 A10-70F will never have.
I'm even tempted
dwl99
SleepyChris
dwl99
Guys, you shouldn't be spending 130 quid on a tablet that's essentially stuck on Kitkat. There will be loads of security vulnerabilities that have been fixed in later versions.
Totally didnt know this. So any device that isn't running the latest android is vulnerable? Considering the regularity of windows updates and the irregularity of Android updates wouldn't this be a major major issue?
Try this one for starters https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stagefright_(bug)


That's a worry then...maybe I should stick to doing my banking on my PC

Edited By: SleepyChris on Apr 07, 2017 22:04: More info
SleepyChris
dwl99
Guys, you shouldn't be spending 130 quid on a tablet that's essentially stuck on Kitkat. There will be loads of security vulnerabilities that have been fixed in later versions.
Totally didnt know this. So any device that isn't running the latest android is vulnerable? Considering the regularity of windows updates and the irregularity of Android updates wouldn't this be a major major issue?
Try this one for starters https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stagefright_(bug)
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WD My Passport Ultra Exclusive Edition Portable Hard Drive - 1TB, Berry - £39.91 @ Currys

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WD My Passport Ultra Exclusive Edition Portable Hard Drive - 1 TB, Berry £39.91 Save £10.06 Was £49.97 (from 29/12/16 to 14/03/17) Possible Cashback ( Quidco, TCB ) Also comes with 5 years Read More
WD My Passport Ultra Exclusive Edition Portable Hard Drive - 1 TB, Berry £39.91 Save £10.06 Was £49.97 (from 29/12/16 to 14/03/17) Possible Cashback ( Quidco, TCB ) Also comes with 5 years
yukselunver Avatar2w, 5d agoFound 2 weeks, 5 days ago18 Comments
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Collected 15 today going straight on ebay
Ultra exclusive edition.. :)
Deal doesn't exist as no stock anywhere.
this still going?
waynersheridan
Has Western still got a bad name ?


Did they have a bad name in the first place? I'd rather have WD than Seagate....
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HP Microserver Gen8 Intel Celeron G1610T Dual-Core, 4GB RAM, No HDD £115.94 after £70 cashback £4.95 next day shipping @ Serversplus - £190.89

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HP Microserver Gen8 Intel Celeron G1610T is a good entry level server. It was available for £60 cashback last month, but now it's available for £70 cashback. Good Deal & good way to start your eas… Read More
HP Microserver Gen8 Intel Celeron G1610T is a good entry level server. It was available for £60 cashback last month, but now it's available for £70 cashback. Good Deal & good way to start your eas…
nmohapatra Avatar2w, 6d agoFound 2 weeks, 6 days ago60 Comments
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Finally got mine how I want it. i5 2390t, hd 6450, 16gb ram, Esxi 6.5 November with passthrough to my bedroom Tv to watch films Its a backup server for my main server didn't want it just sitting there backing up every now and then so using it to watch films and remove a computer from the bedroom although it is in the loft because it's too noisy to put anywhere else. I just picked up some 2tb sky boxes with Wi-Fi and got the 2tb western digital green drives out of them they are all fine been on for ages so prove the test of time and dirt cheap around £15 a drive if you keep checking around little bit slow 5400rpm but great for vm's and backing up. These servers are still great will get a quad core cpu at some point I expect as the gen8 is so reliable and ilo and watchdog on my phone is amazing
Ordered before the cashback expires.

Anyone found and cheap memory? Looking to get an 8GB DIMM initially then bump to 16GB with another 8GB DIMM if needed (Xpenelogy plus Open VPN server plugin).
Maximum storage capacity: 16 TB

That seems pretty low nowadays. Anyone managed to increase this? 10TB single drives now less than half price.
tezray
sfsorrow
Off topic, but does anyone know if in the HP mini tower referenced elsewhere in the thread you could replace the Pentium G4400 with the G4560?
GoNz017
sfsorrow
GoNz017
These are dog slow nowadays, you can get the gen9 mini tower for £30 more, seems a no brainer to me being a former owner of this model for about 6 months before I gave up on it and sold it to my brother.
Gen9, later chipset, DDR4, more room to expand and a 300w PSU.
You've got my interest. Do you know if it takes a standard ATX PSU? I've got a 450w Corsair and HD 7870 sitting around. Could potentially give me a bit of gaming in my living room - I'm still finding Steam streaming a bit crap.
It should never be bought as a gaming PC as you need a decent chip as well, as for the PSU, I have no idea, it may need an adapter cable. Best to go ask on a forum that deals with it like homeservershow.
You're probably right - the G4400 looks good for general use but a mismatch for even the 7870, which is now well out of date itself. Best eBay the GPU and stick to streaming from the actual gaming machine.
So... the HP mini tower or buying this and an old CPU from CEX?
Trouble with the Hp tower is the ddr4 ram it is mega expensive at the moment. if you shop around for ddr3 ecc ram it is cheap I picked up 2x 8gb a year ago for £20 and can see similar prices even on eBay for the ram now. the gen 8 can be very powerful depends how much you want to spend on it I nearly picked up a low profile 750ti for £50 The other day that works in it and you can put a 1050ti I think that's the newer similar model to the 750ti in it obviously the fan will go mad if gaming. you can also put very powerful Xeon cpus in it if you have the money or find a server with the chip cheap and add a fan to the cpu. they are great for space saving compared to the larger computers and have ilo and two nics which is great also vmware finally updated their watchlist app after two years of not working so it's even better. Only major issue is 16gb max ram if you need more you need a tower that can take 32gb plus.

I've just picked up a 4GB ECC DIMM for my N54l (as per my previous post) and was planning to grab a Gen8 and put the 4GB DIMM from that in the N54L to bring it upto 8GB (I know people say it can take 16GB, but only running xpenology plus openvpn plugin, so stability is more important IMO).

I'll need some new DIMMS for the Gen8 so would really appreciate a pointer to the eBay Dimms you are referring to. I've been looking around and DDR3 prices seem to have gone crazy over the last year :/

Edited By: Mentos on Apr 15, 2017 14:43
I've had a N54L sitting around for a few years. Just in the process of switching the CCTV from analogue to IP Cams at both my parents house and my new house, so thought i'd found a use for it.

Plan is to upgrade the N54L to 8GB (avoiding 16GB as I want rock solid stability), install xpenology and chuck some WD Reds in there. It will just be serving as a NAS for couple of laptops, storage for 4 4MP cams and OpenVPN.

I then need another one for second house and was planning to grab this.

Presume the threads recommending the mini tower wouldn't apply to me? Surely the N54l and Gen 8 will be fine for this application. I don't need transcoding. Just general NAS use OpenVPN server via Xpenology.

I already have the N54L so might aswell give that a shot. But before I buy this has anyone got any alternative recommendations I should consider for my requirements?

Its going in the eaves and running 24/7. So small, quiet, efficient and not a radiator is preferable over power I won't use.

Edited By: Mentos on Apr 15, 2017 14:35
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Maxtor M3 1TB External Portable Hard Drive £49.99 @ Argos

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The Maxtor M3 Portable External Hard Drive delivers handy portable storage. It is easy to take wherever you go, and has ample capacity of up to 4TB. The durable black design stands up to the rigors of… Read More
The Maxtor M3 Portable External Hard Drive delivers handy portable storage. It is easy to take wherever you go, and has ample capacity of up to 4TB. The durable black design stands up to the rigors of…
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Jonno42
This would be really hot on the "ColdUKdeals" sister website.
Amazing banter...
This would be really hot on the "ColdUKdeals" sister website.
asadjani2016
Cold coz 1 year ago I got it for £35

A: Do you have a time machine and

B: OP already explained they made a mistake and thought this was 2TB
Cold coz 1 year ago I got it for £35

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TOSHIBA Canvio Ready Portable Hard Drive - 1 TB, Black £49.99 @ Currys

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Sorry posted earlier this is the correct link http://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/computing-accessories/data-storage/data-storage/toshiba-canvio-ready-portable-hard-drive-1-tb-black-10140568-pdt.html# Seem… Read More
Sorry posted earlier this is the correct link http://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/computing-accessories/data-storage/data-storage/toshiba-canvio-ready-portable-hard-drive-1-tb-black-10140568-pdt.html# Seem…
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Why cold?
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TOSHIBA Canvio Ready Portable Hard Drive - 1 TB, Black £49.99 @ Argos

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Seems a good deal with a 5 year warranty included. correct link http://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/computing-accessories/data-storage/data-storage/toshiba-canvio-ready-portable-hard-drive-1-tb-black-101405… Read More
Seems a good deal with a 5 year warranty included. correct link http://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/computing-accessories/data-storage/data-storage/toshiba-canvio-ready-portable-hard-drive-1-tb-black-101405…
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My granddad bought a 4 bedroom house in london for 12 grand in the 60's maybe i should put that on here as a deal, following your logic
Derpp
Smartguy1
DoctorDeals
Smartguy1
Paid £34.99 for the 1tb one from tesco a while back so this is never going to be hot for me.
You're wrong there
So I was. It was actually £34.00
Tesco
Items £34.00
Delivery charge FREE
Subtotal £34.00
Total £34.00
Clubcard Vouchers
........KYTD £2.00
........M9M7 £1.00
........TDQK £1.00
........FDVP £1.00
Tesco chevron Paid on card:
£29.00
This one, it's £52.00 nowhttps://www.tesco.com/direct/toshiba-1tb-usb-30-external-hard-drive-black/363-2371.prd?action=acknowledgement
Unless that deal is still on, which it isnt. your post is useless.

No it isn't useless. Deals come on all the time. Do your history on here and see for yourself. It's the same as the Lenovo Tab 2 that keeps popping up. Price always comes back down again. This isn't even anywhere near the deal I got, nearly 50% dearer which to me makes it not a deal at all. It doesn't matter if Argos is selling it the cheapest today the fact remains that it was available for less and no doubt will be again in the future but if you want to go and waste your £49.99 on an item that could be 35 quid again next week then be my guest. judging by the excessive heat it would appear this is not just my opinion.
Smartguy1
DoctorDeals
Smartguy1
Paid £34.99 for the 1tb one from tesco a while back so this is never going to be hot for me.
You're wrong there
So I was. It was actually £34.00
Tesco
Items £34.00
Delivery charge FREE
Subtotal £34.00
Total £34.00
Clubcard Vouchers
........KYTD £2.00
........M9M7 £1.00
........TDQK £1.00
........FDVP £1.00
Tesco chevron Paid on card:
£29.00
This one, it's £52.00 nowhttps://www.tesco.com/direct/toshiba-1tb-usb-30-external-hard-drive-black/363-2371.prd?action=acknowledgement

Unless that deal is still on, which it isnt. your post is useless.
DoctorDeals
Smartguy1
Paid £34.99 for the 1tb one from tesco a while back so this is never going to be hot for me.
You're wrong there

So I was. It was actually £34.00

Tesco
Items £34.00
Delivery charge FREE
Subtotal £34.00
Total £34.00
Clubcard Vouchers
........KYTD £2.00
........M9M7 £1.00
........TDQK £1.00
........FDVP £1.00
Tesco chevron Paid on card:
£29.00

This one, it's £52.00 now

https://www.tesco.com/direct/toshiba-1tb-usb-30-external-hard-drive-black/363-2371.prd?action=acknowledgement

Edited By: Smartguy1 on Apr 01, 2017 23:28
Smartguy1
Paid £34.99 for the 1tb one from tesco a while back so this is never going to be hot for me.


You're wrong there
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3TB External USB3 Canvio Desktop for £79.97 at Ebuyer

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3TB External USB3 Canvio Desktop for £79.97 at Ebuyer Looks £10.00 cheaper than any other 3TB USB3 external desktop in the market...... Read More
3TB External USB3 Canvio Desktop for £79.97 at Ebuyer Looks £10.00 cheaper than any other 3TB USB3 external desktop in the market......
njwilson Avatar3w, 5d agoFound 3 weeks, 5 days ago1 Comment
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Hot. Need one of these. 1.5% topcashback too.
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WD 8TB My Book USB 3.0 External Desktop Hard Drive (cheapest 8TB disk) £214.99 @ Maplin instore

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OrribleHarry
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David_e
Not voted on price but if this is the cheapest per Gb price around currently then prices aren't falling. Might be a Brexit thing. Pretty sure my last HUKD hard drive purchase was less per Gb and that must be more than a year ago.
This is cheaper per Gb :http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/wd-3tb-book-for-mac-external-hard-drive-71-14-tesco-alloa-2646548
There are probably two factors
- Brexit and hence the hammering of the pound (unless you read the Daily Express in which case it's doing fine)
- This: http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/ssd-hdd-shortage-nand-market,news-54328.html
I bought most of my electronics at the end of last year ready for when the Brexit effect kicked in, even though the pound got trashed there's a lead time on most goods of 6 months or so, hence inflation only now starting to kick in
Political propaganda is all "Brexit" is, the actual Brexit hasn't happened yet....
And yet the pound tanked in fear of it happening... wonder what will happen to it tomorrow, or in two years time...

Are you one of these people that believes money will vanish post Brexit? Do you also believe that the rich should always be rich and the poor should always be poor?
OrribleHarry
Shard
OrribleHarry
Shard
OrribleHarry
Shard
David_e
Not voted on price but if this is the cheapest per Gb price around currently then prices aren't falling. Might be a Brexit thing. Pretty sure my last HUKD hard drive purchase was less per Gb and that must be more than a year ago.
This is cheaper per Gb :http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/wd-3tb-book-for-mac-external-hard-drive-71-14-tesco-alloa-2646548
There are probably two factors
- Brexit and hence the hammering of the pound (unless you read the Daily Express in which case it's doing fine)
- This: http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/ssd-hdd-shortage-nand-market,news-54328.html
I bought most of my electronics at the end of last year ready for when the Brexit effect kicked in, even though the pound got trashed there's a lead time on most goods of 6 months or so, hence inflation only now starting to kick in
Political propaganda is all "Brexit" is, the actual Brexit hasn't happened yet....
Article 50 is tomorrow. The financial markets are faith based, hence UK households losing $1.5tn in 2016. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/brexit-latest-uk-finances-pound-value-stocks-2016-credit-suisse-a7431366.html
I never had $1.5tn so that's simply not true :p.
But one thing I do know is I'm better off this year than last...
I didn't lose money therefore no one did, got it
Ah! so you didn't loose money either, see I told you it was press propaganda.

No, no money loosed
Shard
OrribleHarry
Shard
OrribleHarry
Shard
David_e
Not voted on price but if this is the cheapest per Gb price around currently then prices aren't falling. Might be a Brexit thing. Pretty sure my last HUKD hard drive purchase was less per Gb and that must be more than a year ago.
This is cheaper per Gb :http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/wd-3tb-book-for-mac-external-hard-drive-71-14-tesco-alloa-2646548
There are probably two factors
- Brexit and hence the hammering of the pound (unless you read the Daily Express in which case it's doing fine)
- This: http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/ssd-hdd-shortage-nand-market,news-54328.html
I bought most of my electronics at the end of last year ready for when the Brexit effect kicked in, even though the pound got trashed there's a lead time on most goods of 6 months or so, hence inflation only now starting to kick in
Political propaganda is all "Brexit" is, the actual Brexit hasn't happened yet....
Article 50 is tomorrow. The financial markets are faith based, hence UK households losing $1.5tn in 2016. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/brexit-latest-uk-finances-pound-value-stocks-2016-credit-suisse-a7431366.html
I never had $1.5tn so that's simply not true :p.
But one thing I do know is I'm better off this year than last...
I didn't lose money therefore no one did, got it

Ah! so you didn't loose money either, see I told you it was press propaganda.
OrribleHarry
Shard
OrribleHarry
Shard
David_e
Not voted on price but if this is the cheapest per Gb price around currently then prices aren't falling. Might be a Brexit thing. Pretty sure my last HUKD hard drive purchase was less per Gb and that must be more than a year ago.
This is cheaper per Gb :http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/wd-3tb-book-for-mac-external-hard-drive-71-14-tesco-alloa-2646548
There are probably two factors
- Brexit and hence the hammering of the pound (unless you read the Daily Express in which case it's doing fine)
- This: http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/ssd-hdd-shortage-nand-market,news-54328.html
I bought most of my electronics at the end of last year ready for when the Brexit effect kicked in, even though the pound got trashed there's a lead time on most goods of 6 months or so, hence inflation only now starting to kick in
Political propaganda is all "Brexit" is, the actual Brexit hasn't happened yet....
Article 50 is tomorrow. The financial markets are faith based, hence UK households losing $1.5tn in 2016. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/brexit-latest-uk-finances-pound-value-stocks-2016-credit-suisse-a7431366.html
I never had $1.5tn so that's simply not true :p.
But one thing I do know is I'm better off this year than last...

I didn't lose money therefore no one did, got it
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WD 3TB My Book for Mac External Hard Drive £71.14 Tesco Alloa

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Picked one up tonight at Abingdon Extra in Oxfordshire. Still 2 or 3 on the shelf when I left.
picked one up yesterday at aberdare store, i think there was one more left.

thanks thetoad :D

will be cracking it open soon will report back.
tomwatts
These are WD Red drives incase anyone is interested in stripping them down. The normal 'MyBook' ones aren't, but the ones for Mac are and they have extra warranty too!

will the warranty apply if you strip out the drive ?
paulkerr
I live in alloa :O)

Never mind.
wish I lived round there, then I'd be Alloa this deal.
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100 GB Free Cloud Storage 1 User & Lifetime Protection For Your External Drives & Data

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interesting .. i appear to have filled up my storage space already when I know full well that I only have around 50gb of music on my PC ..
I've just backed up 70gb of photos and showing as 70gb used. Have you selected option to backup external hard drive, if that contains same 50gb music then you will reach free 100gb limit ;)

I just selected the option to backup the default music directory.
MacPhisto
HankHandsome
interesting .. i appear to have filled up my storage space already when I know full well that I only have around 50gb of music on my PC ..
I've just backed up 70gb of photos and showing as 70gb used. Have you selected option to backup external hard drive, if that contains same 50gb music then you will reach free 100gb limit ;)

Never had an issue before with it showing anything other than accurate information. If you login to the website it will show exactly what folders/drives are being backed up so you can easily check.
HankHandsome
interesting .. i appear to have filled up my storage space already when I know full well that I only have around 50gb of music on my PC ..


I've just backed up 70gb of photos and showing as 70gb used. Have you selected option to backup external hard drive, if that contains same 50gb music then you will reach free 100gb limit ;)
interesting .. i appear to have filled up my storage space already when I know full well that I only have around 50gb of music on my PC ..
I'll stick with Microsoft One Drive and Google, neither of these are going anywhere. I use https://www.cloudhq.net/ to sync automatically between the two. Yes, it costs a couple of £ per month for the Tier 1 accounts but on the grand scale of things, IMHO, its money well spent.

It amazes me that people would use anyone other than a tier 1 vendor to store their photo's AND as people have said, never trust one Tier-1 vendor for everything.
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Portable Charger RAVPower 22000mAh Power Bank 5.8A Output 3-Port External Battery Pack (was £28.99) £20.29 @ Sold by Sunvalleytek-UK and Fulfilled by Amazon

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No1_VIPER Avatar4w, 2d agoFound 4 weeks, 2 days ago21 Comments
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Can confirm just returned and took this on holiday, went through all security fine in UK, Thailand, NZ and Cook Islands.
Begize
davidbrent
shahg
Guys, this is not suitable for flights.
A 20,000 mAh power bank (equal to 100Wh) is the FAA limit.
I'll be checking it in with hold luggage so not a problem for me.
Be careful, a lot of airlines are not allowing them in hold luggage at all.

That's how I lost my last one. Forgot to take it out of my hold luggage.. Got ok out Japan to Istanbul but it was from Istanbul to UK.

Edited By: rachelandgromit on Mar 30, 2017 17:00
davidbrent
Begize
davidbrent
shahg
Guys, this is not suitable for flights.
A 20,000 mAh power bank (equal to 100Wh) is the FAA limit.
I'll be checking it in with hold luggage so not a problem for me.
Be careful, a lot of airlines are not allowing them in hold luggage at all.
I'm flying with Thomas Cook airlines to the US, I haven't found any mention of powerbank on the restrictions yet.has anyone flown with TC before with powerbank?

Probably OK then, a I said we were just in Thailand and all the airports had big signs up explaing you could only take them in hand luggage so they could be inspected.
Amazon won't ship this to Northern Ireland.

Shame as it's a good offer :-(
Begize
davidbrent
shahg
Guys, this is not suitable for flights.
A 20,000 mAh power bank (equal to 100Wh) is the FAA limit.
I'll be checking it in with hold luggage so not a problem for me.
Be careful, a lot of airlines are not allowing them in hold luggage at all.

I'm flying with Thomas Cook airlines to the US, I haven't found any mention of powerbank on the restrictions yet.has anyone flown with TC before with powerbank?
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5.5" Fusion5 Gen II Dual Sim-Free Unlocked 4G Android Mobile Phone 6.0 Lollipop Smartphone - 2GB RAM - 16GB Storage - Dual-SIM - High Res 5.5 Inch IPS Screen 1280*720 QHD - 5MP and 13MP Cameras - Fingerprint Sensor Touch Screen Smartphone £84.97

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This sounds like a good deal but theres too many cheap phones now. Looking at motorola g4 , samsung j5, p9 lite, lenovo p2 or wiley swift 2. All cost more but good buget phones with good cameras.
I bought one of these a few months ago. Decent phone, the only thing that let's it down is the camera, which would still be OK to a large number of users. At £85 this is a decent buy.
Black or white case to accessorise with your clothing or your mood - what a choice -what bs.
Seems a reasonable phone for the money and the reviews are ok. It seems almost too chilly here.
Does not even list frequency bands in the specification.
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Seagate Wireless Mobile Storage Portable Hard Drive, 500GB - £49.98 @ John Lewis

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Reduced to clear at John Lewis - Seagate Wireless Mobile Storage Portable Hard Drive, 500GB with 2 years JL Warranty. Read More
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I had one of these - the software is quite flaky, it keeps dropping the connection. Also the drive has a USB2 interface so it takes an age to populate the drive with media from a PC. Nice price, but avoid, I'd say.
This is a decent price not a bad price.
I think people who voted cold for this do not realize that this is a "WIRELESS" small form factor hard drive not an ordinary 3.5" drive.
AJ92
johneb
AJ92
johneb
AJ92
I wouldn't mind 1 of these but it's just 500GB. I recently purchased a 2tb portable for £45 so gonna wait for memory increase and price decrease.
where from?
Amazon
go on?

poison3k
AJ92
I wouldn't mind 1 of these but it's just 500GB. I recently purchased a 2tb portable for £45 so gonna wait for memory increase and price decrease.
link?
they are £70 for 2tb in the amazon warehouse let alone brand new... and this has wifi built in, pretty good for the price!
The 1 I bought for £45 was a normal 3.0 which has now gone up in price since: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/B00ZSG03W6/ref=mp_s_a_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1490360721&sr=8-3&pi=AC_SX236_SY340_FMwebp_QL65&keywords=verbatim+2tb&dpPl=1&dpID=511%2B86EFgbL&ref=plSrch


But that's not wireless.
johneb
AJ92
johneb
AJ92
I wouldn't mind 1 of these but it's just 500GB. I recently purchased a 2tb portable for £45 so gonna wait for memory increase and price decrease.
where from?
Amazon
go on?

poison3k
AJ92
I wouldn't mind 1 of these but it's just 500GB. I recently purchased a 2tb portable for £45 so gonna wait for memory increase and price decrease.
link?
they are £70 for 2tb in the amazon warehouse let alone brand new... and this has wifi built in, pretty good for the price!
The 1 I bought for £45 was a normal 3.0 which has now gone up in price since: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/B00ZSG03W6/ref=mp_s_a_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1490360721&sr=8-3&pi=AC_SX236_SY340_FMwebp_QL65&keywords=verbatim+2tb&dpPl=1&dpID=511%2B86EFgbL&ref=plSrch

Edited By: AJ92 on Mar 24, 2017 13:06
If you have an existing drive then something like the HooToo portable router has worked very well for me
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WD 2TB Elements Portable External Hard Drive, USB 3.0 - £59.99 @ Amazon - lightning deal

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Amazon lightning deal - 36% off. Seems a good price for a portable 2TB. Perfect for PS4/XBOX :) Ends 2pm this afternoon, so be quick!
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richie4874
I nearly fell for it until I noticed the spelling mistakes!!! This is the real link
http://www.ebuyer.com/512891-wd-elements-2tb-usb-3-0-portable-external-hard-drive-black-wdbu6y0020bbk-eesn

Looks like somebody might be trying to promote a fake site!!!
It's £75


I wasn't promoting any fake site!I mentioned Ebuyer in post but yes mistakenly fell for ebuy2016 and posted it without realising it wasn't Ebuyer.
Hmm my post was deleted...
paule23
all gone.

You can still add your name on to the waiting list until 2pm. You might then get lucky based on payment failures, cancelled orders, etc.
all gone.
The drive is noisy, but it keeps the coffee warm while gaming.
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Seagate FireCuda 2TB 2.5" Solid State Hard Drive (SSHD) £79.99 @ Amazon

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Its just a mechanical hard drive with a small cache. Nothing special about this at all. Its the price you expect for 2 tb drive.
Damn it, literally just went looking for one of these, searched here to find this bargain price in my opinion, only to click through and now over £100 on Amazon.
CampGareth
4Real2016
CampGareth
4Real2016
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Cherried
why do u keep mentioning 8gb? its a 2Tb drive...did i miss something?
"Solid State Hard Drive" means a small solid state drive and a big hard drive are combined into one unit and appear as one unit to whatever it gets plugged into. The solid state portion is 8GB, the hard drive is 2TB. You see a 2TB drive but up to 8GB of data can be accessed way faster than a regular hard drive. Unfortunately 8GB is an absolutely tiny amount of data so these drives are barely better than a pure hard drive in real world use.
Yes it only has 8GB of NAND, but do you know what the purpose of a load screen is during a game?
Games use loads screens to read what's needed into memory (RAM) first and how much memory does a PS4 have, 8GB.
So it shouldn't be to difficult to understand why these drives have there use, reading data into memory from NAND is much faster and is exactly what's happening in the video above.
Except that has problems in practice, like how does the drive know to cache the next level? It doesn't understand what a level is, it only knows blocks. It can guess that maybe if you read 1MB of blocks that maybe the following 1MB of blocks would also be useful so it can load that, but if that first 1MB is the start of a 50GB read then caching that little bit extra isn't useful. For all of that huge read btw it's spending all its time waiting for the HDD portion to come back with data, the interface to the computer is a few times faster than the HDD so every time it loads a block it immediately gets sent over to the computer, the cache is totally useless there.
One of the places it does work are when you're writing less than 8GB and not asking for a sync to HDD. In that situation you get SSD-writing speeds which aren't great because, well, it's a terrible SSD, maybe 1 flash chip being written to instead of the 8-16 simultaneously of a full-blown SSD.
The other place is in re-reading frequently accessed data that fits in the cache, maybe for a page file? Not much to say here, if you've accessed it once it'll probably still be in cache when you access it again assuming you don't wait too long.
Here's a review to back this up (reviews are kinda hard to find): https://youtu.be/4kRswpJfJhQ?t=262
The results? It's the same or worse than a regular HDD. I'm surprised it doesn't benefit in the areas outlined above. The PS4's a weird case btw, it seems like it's terrible at HDD accesses. Like seriously awful. Why on earth should it take more time to load low resolution textures from an SSD than it takes a PC to load high resolution ones from the same SSD. There's a bottleneck somewhere there and it isn't the drive.
Maybe you should read all posts in a thread including mine, or watch the video I posted above, I never said it was a psychic drive, of course it doesn't know in advance what level is coming next.http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/seagate-firecuda-2tb-2-5-solid-state-hard-drive-sshd-79-99-amazon-2644072?p=30343880
I'm also only talking about PS4 use, I couldn't care less about anything else when you can use an SSD, PS4 isn't going to be loading anything above 8 GB during an in game load.
They have very limited use, but personally I don't want to wait forever when I die in a game.
FYI - Most of those tests that guy runs in the video are pointless with SSHD, at least without more info on previous loads, Crystal Disk Mark would only ever test the mechanical part of the drive.
Well since they're not advertised as being exclusively compatible with games consoles maybe we should evaluate their usefulness in other scenarios? I wouldn't judge a car exhaust on its ability to be a chimney for a house but this is a generic, plain old hard drive that'd fit in nearly any computer made in the last decade or two.
My use case is as a NAS drive since 2.5" drives that could spin down the HDD and use the SSD as a write cache until that fills up would be ideal for saving power. The random write performance could be pretty great, random reads could be better than normal if it eagerly reads surrounding blocks. While it could do all of this it is instead junk for this usage because they've chosen an unsuitable algorithm. C'mon seagate, rename this brand "gamercuda" and bring out an enterprise version (not too expensive mind you) with a good algorithm for servers.

I think you misunderstand how these drives work, in any case would you really want to use an SMR drive in a NAS?
4Real2016
CampGareth
4Real2016
CampGareth
Cherried
why do u keep mentioning 8gb? its a 2Tb drive...did i miss something?
"Solid State Hard Drive" means a small solid state drive and a big hard drive are combined into one unit and appear as one unit to whatever it gets plugged into. The solid state portion is 8GB, the hard drive is 2TB. You see a 2TB drive but up to 8GB of data can be accessed way faster than a regular hard drive. Unfortunately 8GB is an absolutely tiny amount of data so these drives are barely better than a pure hard drive in real world use.
Yes it only has 8GB of NAND, but do you know what the purpose of a load screen is during a game?
Games use loads screens to read what's needed into memory (RAM) first and how much memory does a PS4 have, 8GB.
So it shouldn't be to difficult to understand why these drives have there use, reading data into memory from NAND is much faster and is exactly what's happening in the video above.
Except that has problems in practice, like how does the drive know to cache the next level? It doesn't understand what a level is, it only knows blocks. It can guess that maybe if you read 1MB of blocks that maybe the following 1MB of blocks would also be useful so it can load that, but if that first 1MB is the start of a 50GB read then caching that little bit extra isn't useful. For all of that huge read btw it's spending all its time waiting for the HDD portion to come back with data, the interface to the computer is a few times faster than the HDD so every time it loads a block it immediately gets sent over to the computer, the cache is totally useless there.
One of the places it does work are when you're writing less than 8GB and not asking for a sync to HDD. In that situation you get SSD-writing speeds which aren't great because, well, it's a terrible SSD, maybe 1 flash chip being written to instead of the 8-16 simultaneously of a full-blown SSD.
The other place is in re-reading frequently accessed data that fits in the cache, maybe for a page file? Not much to say here, if you've accessed it once it'll probably still be in cache when you access it again assuming you don't wait too long.
Here's a review to back this up (reviews are kinda hard to find): https://youtu.be/4kRswpJfJhQ?t=262
The results? It's the same or worse than a regular HDD. I'm surprised it doesn't benefit in the areas outlined above. The PS4's a weird case btw, it seems like it's terrible at HDD accesses. Like seriously awful. Why on earth should it take more time to load low resolution textures from an SSD than it takes a PC to load high resolution ones from the same SSD. There's a bottleneck somewhere there and it isn't the drive.
Maybe you should read all posts in a thread including mine, or watch the video I posted above, I never said it was a psychic drive, of course it doesn't know in advance what level is coming next.http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/seagate-firecuda-2tb-2-5-solid-state-hard-drive-sshd-79-99-amazon-2644072?p=30343880
I'm also only talking about PS4 use, I couldn't care less about anything else when you can use an SSD, PS4 isn't going to be loading anything above 8 GB during an in game load.
They have very limited use, but personally I don't want to wait forever when I die in a game.
FYI - Most of those tests that guy runs in the video are pointless with SSHD, at least without more info on previous loads, Crystal Disk Mark would only ever test the mechanical part of the drive.
Well since they're not advertised as being exclusively compatible with games consoles maybe we should evaluate their usefulness in other scenarios? I wouldn't judge a car exhaust on its ability to be a chimney for a house but this is a generic, plain old hard drive that'd fit in nearly any computer made in the last decade or two.

My use case is as a NAS drive since 2.5" drives that could spin down the HDD and use the SSD as a write cache until that fills up would be ideal for saving power. The random write performance could be pretty great, random reads could be better than normal if it eagerly reads surrounding blocks. While it could do all of this it is instead junk for this usage because they've chosen an unsuitable algorithm. C'mon seagate, rename this brand "gamercuda" and bring out an enterprise version (not too expensive mind you) with a good algorithm for servers.
Why did you have to go and post this, when I was enjoying a nice peaceful Friday evening, not a care in the world. Now you've got me fuming, wishing I had waited a couple of weeks and saved £20. Incidentally, I gave this heat. Haven't a clue why it's not hot!
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Seagate Backup Plus Desktop Storage / Hard Drive 4TB £84.99 instore @ Argos Craigavon

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argos told me they no stock anywhere. so this really should be expired now
Not available within the Store (Rayleigh) that I tried unfortunately

Edited By: baz84 on Mar 23, 2017 18:15: .
Yeah - I found a tear-down for the device. 100% a single drive.

Still a stonking deal (given current market rates).
theQube
Do we know if this is a single 3.5" drive or two 2.5" drives in RAID 0? (In stock locally... very interested, but need RAID 1 in my system and can't stretch to £170 for two.)
Seems like a single drive (which makes sense at this price)... still very tempted.

Definitely one 3.5"
Sorry theqube really not sure about that. I tried googling to see if could help but didn't see anything.
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Western Digital My Passport Wireless Pro - £149.99 (Deal Price) @ Amazon

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Had one of these on my wishlist for quite a while due to the unique SD card reader functionality, allowing you to download the contents of an SD card without the need of a computer - useful for photog… Read More
Had one of these on my wishlist for quite a while due to the unique SD card reader functionality, allowing you to download the contents of an SD card without the need of a computer - useful for photog…
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looks good id want 4tb for that price
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Seagate Backup Plus Hub 8 TB USB 3.0 Desktop, 3.5 inch External Hard Drive for PC and Mac with Integrated 2 Port USB Hub - £194.99 @ Amazon

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How to get it £194.88. I ti s shown £209.99 on Amazon page
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Stu.C

The read speed is good for the Seagate Archive drives, but the write speeds really slow down after the first few minutes, which is attributed to the fact this is a shingled drive. It is great for dropping music and movies, etc, onto and then only reading, but I also do daily and weekly backups from my desktop to my server (running WIndows Home Server), so I also want a drive with good write speeds... if the Archive drive and Ironwolf are similar prices, I see no good reason for anyone to pick the Archive drive.

Ah fair enough, I use an SSD as a staging area for larger files like system images or uncompressed rips etc., my system automatically moves files to the HDD after being copied to the SSD, so write speed isn't an issue for me.
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Stu.C
I'm not saying SMR disks are all bad... I have a one of these Seagate Archive drives in my microserver, but I use it as an archive drive (i.e. as intended). However, I would never use one of these in my main desktop, because I think performance is poor compared to other drives.
However, based on current pricing, I would spend the extra money to get a Seagate Ironwolf if I was buying another 8TB today for my microserver.
I agree, I don't use anything less than an SSD for my desktop - but you specifically recommended a drive for NAS usage, and it's pointless unless you have 10Gbps connection at home, even then, I struggle to believe anyone has content that needs a faster read speed than 1Gbps (at home).
These drives are no more or less reliable as storage disks than a WD Red


The read speed is good for the Seagate Archive drives, but the write speeds really slow down after the first few minutes, which is attributed to the fact this is a shingled drive. It is great for dropping music and movies, etc, onto and then only reading, but I also do daily and weekly backups from my desktop to my server (running WIndows Home Server), so I also want a drive with good write speeds... if the Archive drive and Ironwolf are similar prices, I see no good reason for anyone to pick the Archive drive.
Stu.C
I'm not saying SMR disks are all bad... I have a one of these Seagate Archive drives in my microserver, but I use it as an archive drive (i.e. as intended). However, I would never use one of these in my main desktop, because I think performance is poor compared to other drives.
However, based on current pricing, I would spend the extra money to get a Seagate Ironwolf if I was buying another 8TB today for my microserver.

I agree, I don't use anything less than an SSD for my desktop - but you specifically recommended a drive for NAS usage, and it's pointless unless you have 10Gbps connection at home, even then, I struggle to believe anyone has content that needs a faster read speed than 1Gbps (at home).

These drives are no more or less reliable as storage disks than a WD Red
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great deal for a great hard drive. act fast lightning deal.
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adilimam1
Seagate fail rate is 3 times higher than WD, I don't think WD has been lower.
Citation required.
http://lifehacker.com/the-most-and-least-reliable-hard-drive-brands-1505797966
citation provided.

Nope. That link actually says the opposite of your post. Which is, within their experience, overall WD is worse than Seagate though they mention a specific older Seagate drive from 2013 that was particularly bad.
and none of the Seagate Drives in that survey were 2TB versions ie as in the OP. Failure rates for particular models/same manufacturer can vary considerably. In that link. one Seagate 4TB is poor but the other Seagates fare better than WD and some Toshiba.
In other words sweeping statements that certain manufacturers have a high failure rate do not stand up to scrutiny.
Certain drives from all manufacturers may have a higher failure rate.





Edited By: Patr100 on Mar 28, 2017 12:19: -
Patr100
adilimam1
Seagate fail rate is 3 times higher than WD, I don't think WD has been lower.

Citation required.


http://lifehacker.com/the-most-and-least-reliable-hard-drive-brands-1505797966

citation provided.
adilimam1
Seagate fail rate is 3 times higher than WD, I don't think WD has been lower.

Citation required.
Magnets
I Paid £45 for a seagate 2TB a few months ago, and there was a WD 2TB @ Game for around that price a few weeks ago

It was the exact same drive as this one.
Magnets
I Paid £45 for a seagate 2TB a few months ago, and there was a WD 2TB @ Game for around that price a few weeks ago


I bought the game one, awesome price!
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If you're in a hurry to own this then by all means grab it now but as it was £53 not that long ago in Argos and Amazon I'm sure it will drop again.

Use 3 camels to track the price.
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dealchaser888
Hi, I am on amazon lighting deal page but could not find this deal (but it did show lighting deal features on the item page). Please could you advice why I could not see it on lighting deal page, thanks
I noticed this a week or so ago when another hard drive lightening deal was posted. Same as you - this deal does not show up in the lightening deals on my Mac - in any web browser. However, it is there on my phone using the Amazon app. I don't know why this is, but it's bloody annoying - probably missing all the best deals.
Hi, thanks to your kind reply, as I keep thinking I am the only one having such problem and all is my fault. I had just finished report such to amazon and I hope they could understand what I am saying and help out.
It might be a good idea to invest in one of these to improve your chances of being understood by Amazon.
:p
dealchaser888
SirHugo
dealchaser888
Hi, I am on amazon lighting deal page but could not find this deal (but it did show lighting deal features on the item page). Please could you advice why I could not see it on lighting deal page, thanks
I noticed this a week or so ago when another hard drive lightening deal was posted. Same as you - this deal does not show up in the lightening deals on my Mac - in any web browser. However, it is there on my phone using the Amazon app. I don't know why this is, but it's bloody annoying - probably missing all the best deals.
Hi, thanks to your kind reply, as I keep thinking I am the only one having such problem and all is my fault. I had just finished report such to amazon and I hope they could understand what I am saying and help out.
It might be a good idea to invest in one of these to improve your chances of being understood by Amazon.
SirHugo
dealchaser888
Hi, I am on amazon lighting deal page but could not find this deal (but it did show lighting deal features on the item page). Please could you advice why I could not see it on lighting deal page, thanks
I noticed this a week or so ago when another hard drive lightening deal was posted. Same as you - this deal does not show up in the lightening deals on my Mac - in any web browser. However, it is there on my phone using the Amazon app. I don't know why this is, but it's bloody annoying - probably missing all the best deals.

Hi, thanks to your kind reply, as I keep thinking I am the only one having such problem and all is my fault. I had just finished report such to amazon and I hope they could understand what I am saying and help out.
This is a decent enough deal but just remember other 2tb hdd's like the maxtor are around £65 normally. Just so you dont get rushed into an impulse buy. Thats probably why this deal is only 29% claimed.
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Seagate = cold
Madstacks83
What would be better for Storing and playing PC games from? this one or the slimline 2.5" deal, as far as i can see this one is 7200RPM and that one is 5400RPM, but this ones mains and bigger, Not fussed about size but performance. anything else I should know?


if you want a faster portable drive then the Seagate xbox 2.5" drive is just a 2tb portable drive but it's 7200rpm, it's also green
Madstacks83
What would be better for Storing and playing PC games from? this one or the slimline 2.5" deal, as far as i can see this one is 7200RPM and that one is 5400RPM, but this ones mains and bigger, Not fussed about size but performance. anything else I should know?

Gave a more detailed answer in the other thread but the short answer is this one, the desktop drive. That said I think this is a poor price for a desktop drive so I'd shop around as you could probably get cheaper or a 3 or 4TB for not that much more.

Voting this one cold as it's dear for a desktop 2TB drive IMHO. I know storage prices are lousy lately but a lightening deal should be something special, which this is not....
What would be better for Storing and playing PC games from? this one or the slimline 2.5" deal, as far as i can see this one is 7200RPM and that one is 5400RPM, but this ones mains and bigger, Not fussed about size but performance. anything else I should know?

Edited By: Madstacks83 on Mar 18, 2017 20:09
this is surely crazy - just checked and i posted a deal for a 2TB WD external drive for a tenner less..... over 5 years ago!
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I just used this table to calculate what was the best Passmark I could get for the same 35W TDP, then bought the i5-2390T. It properly sports virtualization as well which I don't need right now, but...
Looking to buy a server in the next week or two, hoping for a cashback offer on something cheap and Xeon like the basic Dell T20.
Don't worry op nobody got the Xeon 16gb & even if they did it would have cost £250.
Great Box .. would say the 4gb (vs 2gb) is probably better than the HD.. but the HD they normally supply are quite fast , but too small at only 250gb??
Parallax
nipstyler
No mention of hard drive. Any idea?

It's a shame they messed about with form factor of these. I have an N40l and N54L which have more expansion and more space for hard drives. Plus you have to used ECC ram in these new ones. You just get a faster processor and 2 USB 3.0 ports


No drive. I'm going to borrow one I got from a previous Microserver. :D Agreed on the issues with these, but remember you do get iLO built in.


Fair enough. Just struggling to see a reason for anything faster than the 54l. It's a bit of a scank not giving you a drive. The old ones came with a 250GB drive which is still going strong in my always on server.
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wd red or blue?


I ordered and found it has blue drive. I have put that on QNAP NAS drive. Not sure if I should have put Red one rather than blue
niceguyrick
lucyferror
Damn got 4tb for 71.99 :(
That's pretty good, £18 per TB compared to this deal which is £18.33 per TB, where did you get that?

I got my 3GB WD MyBook Mac from Tesco Extra (INSTORE only).It was on the shelf for £109, got them to price check and it came up as £71.14. I have reformatted for Win10, as it acts as a backup for my NAS and PC. Brand New Sealed Box with full 12 months warranty.
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David_e
I'm no Martin Lewis but I can't see how a "30 day warranty" on a drive costing £110 is legal!
Think he means 30 DAY MONEY BACK GUARANTEE and usual 12 month consumer rights.
It's a 6 month warranty on recertified drives. Recertified Products (right at the bottom)
WD recertified products may consist of customer return units and may be repaired. All products are tested and determined to meet WD's stringent quality standards before they are sold as recertified. Please note that some recertified items may have marks, scratches, or other slight signs of wear.
All recertified products carry manufacturer's limited warranty of 6 months.
I've just returned a NAS as the fan failed on the enclosure.

I bought a 3GB model last year and RMA'd it directly with WD after the limited warranty expired they sent me a 4GB replacement no questions asked. I suspect they're aren't tracking which drives are sold as recons, and as long as said drive is still under the original warranty they will honour it.

Edited By: Ego-X on Mar 18, 2017 08:25
Refurbished hard drive is like saying condom, used once

Edited By: AndrewJ41 on Mar 18, 2017 00:53: typo
Ah well, so much for the "Notify me when back in stock" link on the WD website. Still, I've learned that this only applies for 60 days and then they remove you from the list, so something to be aware of for next time.
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Was looking at this drive just last month.

Seems decent for the price, i'd rather spend £20 more for a WD than a seagate/maxtor. The lowest this goes on amazon is £103 when on offer. So might be worth waiting if you're not desperate and then maybe doing a flubit.
Got mine for £120 from Pc world the other month, cracking hard drive. Plugs in my Tv to play all my mkv films

https://youtu.be/J480l719eqA
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love how the photo is 'in trolley ' though..... just to rub it in. have some heat !!
You'd feel a right pillock if, while you were reaching into your pocket for your phone to snap a pic of it on the shelf, someone were to come up behind you and snaffle it! :p
Haha bragging rights.
i love how because someone bought the last one from a single store it means all stores are automatically out of stock
love how the photo is 'in trolley ' though..... just to rub it in. have some heat !!
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Long generic - pass (after 12 hours lol)
My Seagate folder is 26/10/16 01.53 - all the other file dates are the same.

I'll try the longer test tomorrow.

Edited By: Dave_dave69 on Mar 13, 2017 23:41
Newbold
That's all very interesting, and it may well explain the high number of failure reported on Amazon. Why can't these companies do their own testing instead of expecting buyers to do it for them? That's why we lost the UK motor industry.

I think it would too time consuming, the long generic test takes hours and there would only
be a small percentage of bad drives found (in comparison to total output), it's probably cheaper to pay out for returns/replacements than employ people to test the drives with software.

Given the increase of bad reviews and the two drives I've received, I would say it's most likely a bad batch.
Yesterday I took a screen shot of the Seagate folder (first drive I received) for the date and time, the date is 19/12/2016 and the time is: 04:24 The replacement drive has the same date: 19/12/2016 and the time is: 04:25, a difference of one minute. Unlike the other visible files (same date and time because they are used by all expansion drives) the Seagate folder has it's own unique file written to the drive, it's a xml file containing the drive serial number for use in registration, the date and time being so close means the drives are from the same batch/run.

Screenshot:
http://i.imgur.com/Nei4ixw.jpg

Dave_dave69
Strange - did you try just a simple Windows disk check?

I didn't, if it wasn't new I would have been checking it with everything. I've already wrapped up the replacement drive otherwise I would check it now.

Dave_dave69
@ TickingTock
Just an update to my post at #22. I realised that after the first failure I had moved the drive to USB 2 whereas it was originally connected to USB3.

I have now changed it back to USB3 (a different port than the first one) and it has passed the test again - although when I plugged it in Windows took an age to find it and show it in "my PC".
My DOM is also 11/2016 and the firmware version is 9401

I would be a little concerned with it failing once and Windows not showing it as fast as normal. Have you run the long generic test?

I forgot to add both the drives I received failed during the first percent of the "Inner Scan" stage of the short generic test.
@ TickingTock

Just an update to my post at #22. I realised that after the first failure I had moved the drive to USB 2 whereas it was originally connected to USB3.

I have now changed it back to USB3 (a different port than the first one) and it has passed the test again - although when I plugged it in Windows took an age to find it and show it in "my PC".

My DOM is also 11/2016 and the firmware version is 9401
TickingTock
Dave_dave69
That's strange a similar thing happened to me today. However I closed down, connected it to a different USB port and then ran the Short Generic test again and this time it passed all phases.
I then noticed that Seatools had discovered my disk twice - once as NA8FB and also NA8FB3TQ - so I did the test on that as well and it again passed. I also did a Windows scan disk and no errors.
I ran the test a few times and it still failed. I always run tests with both Seatools and Data Lifeguard (Western Digital) regardless of the hard drive manufacture, out of curiosity I ran the short test with Data Lifeguard and surprisingly it passed.
Today I received the replacement drive and it also failed :( lol, I think there must be a problem with the current batch of 4TB drives, both boxes have a date of manufacture of 12/2016. Just last month I ordered two 5TB drives both of which passed all tests (date of manufacture 11/2016). Rather than risk any more 4TB drives I'll wait until the 5TB drives drop in price and buy a couple.

Strange - did you try just a simple Windows disk check?
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FYI, these drives are not SATA inside, the USB connector itself is soldered directly onto the disk drive's circuitry. You cannot bust them open to use them as a regular internal PC hard drive.
The price is not good for a effectively a 2nd hand drive. New ones are only a few £ more. Voting cold
lewisriley
They are a good price for what is out at the moment - unless you can find a reduced deal in store (impossible)
I've had re-certified before - no problems whatsoever.


i second this. I have 2 WD recertified drives and both are still running great. Had my 4tb nas and 3tb desktop for a few years with no issues whatsoever.

However, I've seen better prices from them in the past and this comparitively isn't a great deal
never had any problems with these drives and have 5
They are extremely good. No problems what so ever
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Thanks for the help guys, just arranged a return and refund this time!! Bad luck this time...
mickael28
Strawdog
My original drive was delivered to my work and I'm not in this week so unsure if a replacement has been sent out yet or not (not had any emails to say one's been sent out).
I'll not be best pleased it they send a tatty refurb, I'll be running TestDisk/PhotoRec (http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk) on it, to see how clean it is, if it's not new.
Hey Strawdog, never used that TestDisk tool before, but I run it on the drive and it's got a log with around 3000 lines with the following messages. Do you know if that means it's definitely faulty? I think so, but wanted to ask you in case it sounds familiar...
file_pread(5,1,buffer,3519070000(486401/83/3)) lseek err Invalid argument
file_pread(5,1,buffer,3519071913(486401/113/26)) lseek err Invalid argument
file_pread(5,1,buffer,3519069865(486401/80/57)) ReadFile The request could not be performed because of an I/O device error.
file_pread(5,1,buffer,3519069866(486401/80/58)) ReadFile The request could not be performed because of an I/O device error.
file_pread(5,14,buffer,3519069867(486401/80/59)) ReadFile The request could not be performed because of an I/O device error.

Not an expert, but that looks like faults on the hard drive to me (especially the "I/O device error" lines). Have you run the SeaTools long test on the drive? That should test every sector and should indentify any dodgy ones. Personally, I would be thinking about returning the drive...
TestDisk is primarily intended for file recovery/partition repair rather than physical testing despite the software's name.

I/O errors can indicate physical faults but they could also be due to entries within the allocation table (the directory of the locations of the files on the disk) that are pointing to data that is no longer present.

It appears it's a second hand drive as it's finding bits of files and/or references to them still on the drive.

Edited By: Strawdog on Apr 12, 2017 15:50
K0smopolitan
Testing with SeaTools it passed though so I decided not to return.Could be that the Drive Manager program is just ****.

That's what I was thinking as well... although it was strange as it seems Drive Manager just recognizes this drive and not others, so in theory, I thought it should be more reliable with the results.

After running that TestDisk programme though, I got around 3000 lines of errors, so I'm with my doubt again about trying to return it or not.

But at the moment I don't feel too comfortable putting 4TB of data in this drive, so most likely is that I'll try to arrange a refund this time and just avoid BT shop in the future for fragile things...
mickael28
K0smopolitan
I get exactly the same message after the test hangs at about 60%. Re-ran it something like three times overnight.
Really? Was that your 1st drive or the replacement as well?
I didn't contact them today thinking about keeping it or just return it for a full refund, I think I'll do the later and just buy from a different shop in the future...

Mah first one - I couldn't be bothered to return, mine was delivered to an office so no dropping through the door post hole, but still badly packaged and likely have suffered rough handling. Testing with SeaTools it passed though so I decided not to return.Could be that the Drive Manager program is just ****.
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PS4 compatible. Bought. Thanks OP.
Won't even need to open it up soon.
With the 4.50 update, you can install games to external drives.

Thats ugly & slower. One of the reasons I dumped my Xbox.
unidentified
Speculator
I stocked up on the 2tb Toshiba portables when they were around £30 with bespoke offers + TCB/Quidco.
When was this? You have a link?
over 15 months ago when Flubits partnership with Barclays ended.
Speculator
I stocked up on the 2tb Toshiba portables when they were around £30 with bespoke offers + TCB/Quidco.

When was this? You have a link?

Edited By: unidentified on Mar 05, 2017 13:19
4Real2016
This should have a Seagate drive inside as it's an Ultra Slim, it's thin because it will be one of their SMR drive's, I have a 2TB firecuda in my PS4 Pro also SMR and it's only 7mm thick.
Expect slower write times with SMR drives.
oh i missed just how thin it is, speculator is back in the room with his seagate woes! X)
This should have a Seagate drive inside as it's an Ultra Slim, it's thin because it will be one of their SMR drive's, I have a 2TB firecuda in my PS4 Pro also SMR and it's only 7mm thick.

Expect slower write times with SMR drives.
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Annoyed you can't use Amazon vouchers on prime now. Anyone know a work around?
...has ample capacity of up to 4TB ???? How come?

BTW the 4TB drive is £104 with £10 off.

Edited By: pet2000 on Mar 03, 2017 16:16