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3TB Hitachi XL3000 USB2 External Hard Drive - £107.99 Delivered @ Scan
3TB Hitachi XL3000 USB2 External Hard Drive - £107.99 Delivered @ Scan

3TB Hitachi XL3000 USB2 External Hard Drive - £107.99 Delivered @ Scan

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£107.99 seems a decent price for a 3TB external hard drive (3.6p per GB). You will need to have a free delivery account to get it for this price. Google it if you don't know how to get a free delivery acocunt from Scan.

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yep good price

Wow that is some serious storage....great price for 3TB

Heat Added!!!

heated

Good Deal but think I would rather go for two of these that were posted here

P.S Im aware its 1-2 months delivery but in the past when I have ordered whilst the status is like this it took no longer than a week to dispatch ALSO, if you really wanted to you could order 2 of the same hard drive from Pixmania works out cheaper than the amazon option as well.

Edited by: "RichardRichards" 30th Mar 2011

Wow, fantastic price. Seems like only yesterday I was paying that for 130gb.

good find hot deal op

Just used 2 of these to get at the internal drives for my raid 5 HP microserver, fantastic performance, low power consumption and noise. If you're happy to take the risk of 3GB on a single drive, the power savings would pay for the drive in a couple of years compared to 2 external 1.5TB drives.

I've re-used one of the caddies to hold a smaller disk I had lying around, very easy to do.

mike

mbuckhurst

Just used 2 of these to get at the internal drives for my raid 5 HP … Just used 2 of these to get at the internal drives for my raid 5 HP microserver, fantastic performance, low power consumption and noise. If you're happy to take the risk of 3GB on a single drive, the power savings would pay for the drive in a couple of years compared to 2 external 1.5TB drives.I've re-used one of the caddies to hold a smaller disk I had lying around, very easy to do.mike


Thanks for the helpful post. Does it use a 5,400 rpm drive?

whoah - very nice I like

Agharta

Thanks for the helpful post. Does it use a 5,400 rpm drive?



Pretty sure it's 7200rpm, it's the same drive as the internal 3TB Hitachi, that's more expensive, you might invalidate the warranty if Hitachi keep a record of serials for which drive becomes external or internal, but given the price difference I can take a risk since for 3 drives you've practically covered the cost of a spare.

mike

mbuckhurst

Pretty sure it's 7200rpm, it's the same drive as the internal 3TB … Pretty sure it's 7200rpm, it's the same drive as the internal 3TB Hitachi, that's more expensive, you might invalidate the warranty if Hitachi keep a record of serials for which drive becomes external or internal, but given the price difference I can take a risk since for 3 drives you've practically covered the cost of a spare.mike


Scan have the internal SATA version which is 7200rpm for £125.96 – Hitachi Deskstar 3TB 7K3000

why oh why are usb2 still being used? why not usb3?

Do you need need a 64-bit Windows or Mac OS support to get access to its full capacity?

QuidProQuo

Do you need need a 64-bit Windows or Mac OS support to get access to its … Do you need need a 64-bit Windows or Mac OS support to get access to its full capacity?




I would imagine so, as partition table of 32bit NTFS is 2TB per volume. so even partitioned as 2 x 1.5TB wouldn't work, but 64bit OSes should be fine, its strange MS didn't have the foresight to implement a better File System with Win7 32bit as to at least allow 4TB limit.
Edited by: "haritori" 30th Mar 2011

deasyb

Wow, fantastic price. Seems like only yesterday I was paying that for … Wow, fantastic price. Seems like only yesterday I was paying that for 130gb.

No such thing as a 130gb hard drive so that could well be possible, 120gb or 160gb maybe?

QuidProQuo

Do you need need a 64-bit Windows or Mac OS support to get access to its … Do you need need a 64-bit Windows or Mac OS support to get access to its full capacity?


yes and no, maybe for the drive in question, but other manufacturers are getting round it:
Western digital for example:

special USB firmware that either presents it as a single drive using … special USB firmware that either presents it as a single drive using larger sector sizes or as more than one smaller drives to the host


And gigabyte have a thing for certain motherboards which all windows to see a 2tb drive and then another smaller drive for whatever is left over, but in general it would be better to just have 64bit! ha.

Hot

Hmm...3TB.. kinda risky though...if the hard drive kaput all your data gone oO

hashimotoyukari

Hmm...3TB.. kinda risky though...if the hard drive kaput all your data … Hmm...3TB.. kinda risky though...if the hard drive kaput all your data gone oO


People used to say the same thing about 2TB, 1TB, 500GB …50MB drives etc. If your data is important you back it up regardless of the size of the drive.

MIDURIX

No such thing as a 130gb hard drive so that could well be possible, 120gb … No such thing as a 130gb hard drive so that could well be possible, 120gb or 160gb maybe?



My first HDD was 249mb and that was big at the time, System Speaker, 486sx (later upgraded to a dx) 2mb ram (later upgraded to 4mb), although I did have one of the first VGA cards which was impressive to my freinds when showing them cannon fodder.

I think I paid £160.00 for the processor and memory upgrade.

I begged my dad for a sound-blaster card for my birthday, which I got :-), it was amazing playing wolfenstine with proper sound! think he paid £45.00 for it.

and last thing i bought for that PC was a 2x CD Rom drive, cost about £90.00

man i can still hear the thing clicking away, `cd windows`





Edited by: "haritori" 30th Mar 2011

mbuckhurst

Pretty sure it's 7200rpm, it's the same drive as the internal 3TB … Pretty sure it's 7200rpm, it's the same drive as the internal 3TB Hitachi, that's more expensive, you might invalidate the warranty if Hitachi keep a record of serials for which drive becomes external or internal, but given the price difference I can take a risk since for 3 drives you've practically covered the cost of a spare.mike


Scan have the internal SATA version which is 7200rpm for £125.96 – Hitachi Deskstar 3TB 7K3000[/quote]

That's still £18 difference, I didn't get mine from Scan so paid less and at the time the price difference was around £33. The prices on these drives is all over the place on a daily basis, I ordered 2 on successive days and saved £1.12 on the second one, but the price went back up more or less immediately. Scan's prices for the internal drive have gone up a bit since I bought my only intentionally internal version.

mike

Agharta

Scan have the internal SATA version which is 7200rpm for £125.96 – Hi … Scan have the internal SATA version which is 7200rpm for £125.96 – Hitachi Deskstar 3TB 7K3000



is that the same disc that's inside the external one?

i've been after a 3tb drive for a while, but waiting for the magic £99 price point, whilst 2tb drives hit the sub £55 point. this seems a great price, and it's crazy why the external version is cheaper than the internal. if i can easily remove the drive and use it as an internal, and have a sata caddy as a bonus for £8 more than my magic price point, then it's a bargain

is it easy to open these up and take the drives out? no funny screws and glue that means you need to break the caddy? if not i'll order today

mbuckhurst

Just used 2 of these to get at the internal drives for my raid 5 HP … Just used 2 of these to get at the internal drives for my raid 5 HP microserver, fantastic performance, low power consumption and noise. If you're happy to take the risk of 3GB on a single drive, the power savings would pay for the drive in a couple of years compared to 2 external 1.5TB drives.I've re-used one of the caddies to hold a smaller disk I had lying around, very easy to do.mike


mbuckhurst

Pretty sure it's 7200rpm, it's the same drive as the internal 3TB … Pretty sure it's 7200rpm, it's the same drive as the internal 3TB Hitachi, that's more expensive, you might invalidate the warranty if Hitachi keep a record of serials for which drive becomes external or internal, but given the price difference I can take a risk since for 3 drives you've practically covered the cost of a spare.mike


Hi Mike

Thanks for a very informative post.

I like you, am looking for drives to put in my HP N36L Microserver.

I was gonna use 5 x 2Tb Samsung SpinPoint F4

But I might use 5 of these instead now

A few things concern me though.

1) It look like the external doesn't just contain Hitachi's internal drive, unless numerous websites have the tech specs wrong (whichis entirely possible). The internal is a 4K sector drive and the external is reported to be a 512byte drive. This should increase compatibility with older OS'es (although the larger 2+Tb size may negate this). But reduce performace and perhaps more importantly error correction

2) It also appears to be a 7200rpm drive which would be good for a desktop but bad for a Server/NAS as it should increase power consumption.

3) Kinda related to above it uses 5 disc platters instead of the WD's 4. This again should mean it requires more power to move the 5 platters as compared to the 4.

4) Finally from photo reviews it looks like there is a void warranty sticker that needs to be broken to remove the drive, meaning a failure after even a month may not be honoured. A heat gun/hair dryer however may allow the stick to be removed intact

i ordered one. if i use it as an internal drive, won't i have a warranty for the drive itself, even if i take it out the caddy?

mind, if it did break, i'm not sure if i'd want to send it back for a refund with 3tb of home made pr0n

uni

i ordered one. if i use it as an internal drive, won't i have a warranty … i ordered one. if i use it as an internal drive, won't i have a warranty for the drive itself, even if i take it out the caddy?mind, if it did break, i'm not sure if i'd want to send it back for a refund with 3tb of home made pr0n



hehe - good point- I cant imagine many folks who fill a 3TB external harddrive would be happy to let anyone see what they had on it

The only problem with mutiple drives is it's an extra plug to find a socket for and wouldn't cost more electric to have two power up all the time
Edited by: "stphnstevey" 31st Mar 2011

haritori

My first HDD was 249mb and that was big at the time


Youngster :-) My first storage was 5 1/4" "double" density floppies - the first hard disk had 20 MB with MFM, or a whopping 32 MB using an RLL controller. 1 or 2 PCs later had a Quantum Bigfoot... those were the days.

Anyway, do we know whether a 7k3000 or a 5k3000 is in there? 7200rpm seems like a complete waste when the interface is only USB2 - but I am not saying it is impossible. And it has 5 platters? That is a bit excessive (although I do have a 1TB drive with 5 platters, and it works fine).

phatbhoy

hehe - good point- I cant imagine many folks who fill a 3TB external … hehe - good point- I cant imagine many folks who fill a 3TB external harddrive would be happy to let anyone see what they had on it


MythTV recordings?
Edited by: "MrPuddington" 7th Apr 2011
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