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2.5" Portable 500GB HDD USB 2.0 2.5"-- Host Powered £68.99 @ Novatech
2.5" Portable 500GB HDD USB 2.0 2.5"-- Host Powered £68.99 @ Novatech

2.5" Portable 500GB HDD USB 2.0 2.5"-- Host Powered £68.99 @ Novatech

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Just got one of these. Not as compact as I expected, but good value for money. Cheapest 500GB (unformatted size) I could find.

Recommend it for backing up etc. Its got a Samsung HM500LI inside, SATA type.
Below is the description from the website. At this price, its cheaper that buying just the drive it self!

Labelled as NoTouch (TM)

Comes with Software on the drive itself, which I have not used yet...

Hope this is of some use.


- 500 GB USB external hard disk with small size for exceptional portability
- USB powered; no bulky power adapter required
- 5400 rpm spin rate; 8 MB cache; and transfer rate of up to up to 480 Mbits per second
- Includes USB 2.0 cable and power-sharing cable, 1-Click Backup Software (Windows/Mac), Synchronization and Encryption Software (Windows only), and SilverKeeper Backup Software (Mac)

SPECS:

General
Width 81 mm
Length 128 mm
Height 15 mm
Weight 0.255 kg
Enclosure Colour Black

Expansion / Connectivity
Interfaces 1 x Hi-Speed USB

Manufacturer Warranty
Service & Support 1 years warranty
Service & Support Details Limited warranty 1 year

Miscellaneous
Cables Included 1 x USB cable
MTBF 50,000 hour(s)

Power
Power Device Power adapter - external

Software / System Requirements
Software Included Drivers & Utilities
OS Required Windows® 2000/XP/Vista, Mac OS
Available USB port
Mac® OS X 10.4.8+
Peripheral / Interface Devices CD-ROM
System Requirements Details Intel Pentium III / AMD Duron 900 MHz or higher, 256 MB RAM (Vista: 512 MB RAM) or higher, CD-ROM drive, available USB 2.0 or USB 1.1 port, Windows 2000 / XP / Vista
MAC : PowerPC G3/G4/G5, Power Book G3/G4 or Intel Mac, 256 MB RAM or higher, CD-ROM drive, available USB 2.0 or USB 1.1 port, Mac OS X v10.3 or higher

Environmental Parameters
Min Operating Temperature 5 °C
Max Operating Temperature 55 °C

Hard Drive
Type Standard - 2.5"
Buffer Size 8 MB
Capacity 1 x 500 GB
Rotation Speed 5400 rpm

15 Comments

Novatech "own" hardware is usually rubbish. Best to get a good brand name (despite the internal Samsung drive). Sorry to be negative.

Original Poster

Yes but the drive inside is what matters, which is Samsung. The outer case is not that important.. and is marked NoTouch.. may be ok.

mrcoxexcel;5093918

Novatech "own" hardware is usually rubbish. Best to get a good brand … Novatech "own" hardware is usually rubbish. Best to get a good brand name (despite the internal Samsung drive). Sorry to be negative.



I've used Novatech own brand stuff without issue. But I guess it does depend on what the device is.

It's a 2.5" 500GB drive at a decent price ... heat from me. Might want to edit your title to mention the 2.5" factor.

Banned

Is it a standard 500gb drive? or the thicker 12mm version?

Zootaga;5094332

Is it a standard 500gb drive? or the thicker 12mm version?



standard is 3.5" = 8.9mm
portable is 2.5" = 6.24mm

this one is a portable 2.5"

Original Poster

pet2000;5094405

standard is 3.5" = 8.9mmportable is 2.5" = 6.24mmthis one is a portable … standard is 3.5" = 8.9mmportable is 2.5" = 6.24mmthis one is a portable 2.5"




Hello, where did you get these numbers from? 6.24mm is incredibly thin.

The drive inside is HM500LI (according to Control panel) which is 9mm in thickness..

pet2000;5094405

standard is 3.5" = 8.9mmportable is 2.5" = 6.24mmthis one is a portable … standard is 3.5" = 8.9mmportable is 2.5" = 6.24mmthis one is a portable 2.5"



No 2 types of 2.5" drive, 12.5mm and 9.5mm

How do you know the model of the drive inside. Hvae novatech had these drives a while? If so do they always use the same internals. If it is the model stated apparently it's 9.5mm, so will fit in laptops and the PS3.

ashfaqjuna;5094019

Yes but the drive inside is what matters, which is Samsung. The outer … Yes but the drive inside is what matters, which is Samsung. The outer case is not that important.. and is marked NoTouch.. may be ok.



Are you certain it is Samsung? Looking at the site there is no mention of the drive name etc.:

Details are:
Type Standard - 2.5"
Buffer Size 8 MB
Capacity 1 x 500 GB
Rotation Speed 5400 rpm

No mention at all of Samsung that I can see.

My dealings with Novatech suggest they purchase whatever is cheapest in the marketplace at the time of manufacture and put it into their own branded hardware (probably assembled in Hong Kong, actually). If you are lucky then you may get Samsung or better. Good luck.

Original Poster

Well, u get the information 2 ways:

1. plug in the usb and if you are fast enough, you can see the model name of the drive pop up for a few seconds.

2. after it has installed itself, open Control Panel -> Administrative Tools -> Computer Management->Storage-> Disk Managment (local)

you should then see a list of the Disks installed, named Disk 0, CD-ROM 0, Disk 1 etc... depending on the number of drives on your system.

Right-click on the drive in question and selectr Properties and it should then display the model of the drive.

thats the model of the drive in my case anyway.. I am not going to open the case and void warrant!

mrcoxexcel;5094823

Are you certain it is Samsung? Looking at the site there is no mention … Are you certain it is Samsung? Looking at the site there is no mention of the drive name etc.:Details are:Type Standard - 2.5"Buffer Size 8 MBCapacity 1 x 500 GBRotation Speed 5400 rpmNo mention at all of Samsung that I can see. My dealings with Novatech suggest they purchase whatever is cheapest in the marketplace at the time of manufacture and put it into their own branded hardware (probably assembled in Hong Kong, actually). If you are lucky then you may get Samsung or better. Good luck.



Just out of interest, what's the worst you could get ?? !!

heated. Good price

jpearn;5101079

Just out of interest, what's the worst you could get ?? !!



Try Googling - lots of references. Not all drives, even from the same manufacturer, are made equal. Maxtor drives were notorious over a period of time for failing, I recall. Have a look at: driveservice.com/bes…htm.
Something as important as your data (usually backup data if stored externally) should be stored on the best possible device - I would not trust something branded Novatech - but each to their own..

mrcoxexcel;5102428

Try Googling - lots of references. Not all drives, even from the same … Try Googling - lots of references. Not all drives, even from the same manufacturer, are made equal. Maxtor drives were notorious over a period of time for failing, I recall. Have a look at: http://www.driveservice.com/bestwrst.htm.


Lol, that link is SEVEN YEARS old.[FONT=Arial] [SIZE=2]:roll:[/SIZE][/FONT]

Drives have moved on a bit since then.
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