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4TB HGST USB3 External drive - £110.88 + £4.98 p+p @ Scan eBay
4TB HGST USB3 External drive - £110.88 + £4.98 p+p  @ Scan eBay

4TB HGST USB3 External drive - £110.88 + £4.98 p+p @ Scan eBay

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Fab price on a 4TB USB3 external HGST (Western Digital) HDD.
Inside the casing is this drive:

amazon.co.uk/HGS…W4/

which retails £140, a fab HDD that runs full speed 7200 and has a MTBF of 2,000,000 hours, way more than Western Digitals standard Red/Green HDD.

There are plenty of How To stuff via goggle if you want to rip the HDD out the case to put in your PC/Mac.

£110 is a great price for the external, I got mine down to £95 using an eBay 15% off code, haven't included it as not sure if its a generic code or just for me but check your eBay emails in case you also have one.

Opt for pick up at any Argos for free shipping.

Feel free to rip the deal or me or both, thick skinned Scotsman so wont be any teary eyed boo hoo 'I'm such a sensitive type' response

One last holler to the England team for the fab entertainment provided of late......

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My brother's 2tb touro which he has had for about 10 months has packed in. No noise coming from it whatsoever so could be the power supply.

HGST != Western Digital

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Roger_Irrelevant

HGST != Western Digital



yeah 3 years since they bought them out, some very good HGST drives now the result of this with HGST enterprise experience.

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Drumilly

My brother's 2tb touro which he has had for about 10 months has packed … My brother's 2tb touro which he has had for about 10 months has packed in. No noise coming from it whatsoever so could be the power supply.



Should still be under warranty?

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that's the drive arrived for pick up at Argos, now to rip it out for my microserver - fingers crossed!!

Warranty cant get your terabytes of data back

superflyguy

that's the drive arrived for pick up at Argos, now to rip it out for my … that's the drive arrived for pick up at Argos, now to rip it out for my microserver - fingers crossed!!



Great price for a great drive. So you reckon these are better for a microserver than WD Reds? I haven't bought any drives yet so still considering my options. I know the main selling point for WD Reds are that they're apparently optimised for servers and can be left on 24/7. I'm not sure if that's just a marketing gimmick though. Do you think these drives will be OK to run 24/7?

stemcell

Warranty cant get your terabytes of data back



lifehacker.com/598…-up

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MisterMadHatter

Great price for a great drive. So you reckon these are better for a … Great price for a great drive. So you reckon these are better for a microserver than WD Reds? I haven't bought any drives yet so still considering my options. I know the main selling point for WD Reds are that they're apparently optimised for servers and can be left on 24/7. I'm not sure if that's just a marketing gimmick though. Do you think these drives will be OK to run 24/7?



It's a wee bit confusing they are WD owned

Apparently WD run them separate entities and Hitachi have had good kudos in the Enterprise storage field.

This particular model drive has better Stop/Start cycle longevity than the WD Red's and a MTBF of 2 million hours which is phenomenal on a consumer drive at this price.
Only 2 year warranty on it as an external drive but that shouldn't matter, anything's going to go wrong its usually the first month or so, if not it'll last ad infinitum.
Of the 9 drives in my current server only an 11 year old Seagate shows signs of drive surface errors and pending replacement.
I think WD Raptors are the next closest MTBF, these are higher priced almost-Enterprise-class drives.

The HGST appears to be a bargain in this guise, the bare drive unit retails £20 more.
High 7.2k spin speed, 64MB cache and Sata 3 / USB 3 interface make it fast enough to serve HD media via a NAS or the external box its in.
Mine's going in a microserver and likely to be used as the media server element.

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stemcell

Warranty cant get your terabytes of data back



Basic IT skill - backup backup backup...

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Opt for pick up at any Argos to save the postage fee

superflyguy

It's a wee bit confusing they are WD owned Apparently WD run them … It's a wee bit confusing they are WD owned Apparently WD run them separate entities and Hitachi have had good kudos in the Enterprise storage field.This particular model drive has better Stop/Start cycle longevity than the WD Red's and a MTBF of 2 million hours which is phenomenal on a consumer drive at this price. Only 2 year warranty on it as an external drive but that shouldn't matter, anything's going to go wrong its usually the first month or so, if not it'll last ad infinitum. Of the 9 drives in my current server only an 11 year old Seagate shows signs of drive surface errors and pending replacement.I think WD Raptors are the next closest MTBF, these are higher priced almost-Enterprise-class drives.The HGST appears to be a bargain in this guise, the bare drive unit retails £20 more.High 7.2k spin speed, 64MB cache and Sata 3 / USB 3 interface make it fast enough to serve HD media via a NAS or the external box its in. Mine's going in a microserver and likely to be used as the media server element.



Nice one, thanks for that detailed reply. It's interesting information and I think you've sold it to me

Hot price. Bit cheaper than my deal here. Never had any issues with Scan myelf + they do pack their stuff for delivery really well.
Edited by: "veedubjai" 26th Jun 2014

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MisterMadHatter

Nice one, thanks for that detailed reply. It's interesting information … Nice one, thanks for that detailed reply. It's interesting information and I think you've sold it to me



Whats your plans for the drive, you using it in a NAS box?

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veedubjai

Hot price. Bit cheaper than my deal here. Never had any issues with SCan … Hot price. Bit cheaper than my deal here. Never had any issues with SCan myelf + they do pack their stuff for delivery really well.



Yeah it was Scan and the option to save on shipping that was the bait for me.

Thought the 4TB's would've dropped a bit now the 6TB and 5TB's are here and there haven't been any disasters of late to push up the price.

Alas the baskets are still milking it

superflyguy

Whats your plans for the drive, you using it in a NAS box?



I'm planning on installing Windows 8 on it (as I've read it has much of the same server capabilities as Windows Server) and then using it as a NAS for storing and backing-up. I'm also going to run a Plex server on it to stream to my Pi and Android box. I'll probably install some VMs on it too, although I'm not 100% sure why but it seems to be a popular thing to do

Got one. Quite noisy in a weird hissing Sid type fashion. Alright for NAS drives that are out the way.

Cold for being an England hating Scotsman....... is there any other type, Just kidding, HOT from me.

Am looking forward to seeing Murray crash out of Wimbledon next week.

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rich139luck

Cold for being an England hating Scotsman....... is there any other type, … Cold for being an England hating Scotsman....... is there any other type, Just kidding, HOT from me. Am looking forward to seeing Murray crash out of Wimbledon next week.



would've been good to see them go further but just wasn't going to happen.
would be good for Murray to twin again but cant see it, not sure how the new trainer is going.
Nadal has strengthened and seeing him against Federer would be another great match.

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encaser

Got one. Quite noisy in a weird hissing Sid type fashion. Alright for NAS … Got one. Quite noisy in a weird hissing Sid type fashion. Alright for NAS drives that are out the way.



cant notice it at the mo while transferring files over USB3 before ripping it out the case.
Sounds more like yours could be a fan?

superflyguy

cant notice it at the mo while transferring files over USB3 before … cant notice it at the mo while transferring files over USB3 before ripping it out the case.Sounds more like yours could be a fan?


Nope. That's what I thought at first but unplugged sata/power leads in case to it and near silence again.

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encaser

Nope. That's what I thought at first but unplugged sata/power leads in … Nope. That's what I thought at first but unplugged sata/power leads in case to it and near silence again.



that would crack me up, would need to replace screws and washers with rubber grommets to silence any resonating sounds and check there are no loose innards.

superflyguy

that would crack me up, would need to replace screws and washers with … that would crack me up, would need to replace screws and washers with rubber grommets to silence any resonating sounds and check there are no loose innards.


I put it on a piece of industrial anti-vibration mat and had no vibrations as such resonating from it but still a spinning hissing Sid airflow type sound. Ran various tests on it which all report it's fine. It's either going in my games machine or buried in my back yard - but I bet I'd still hear it complain, to oft-quote GnR.
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