Buffalo 3TB DriveStation USB 2.0 Desktop Hard Drive £89.98 @ Dabs
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Buffalo 3TB DriveStation USB 2.0 Desktop Hard Drive £89.98 @ Dabs

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2.0 will take a decade to back up.

rsmorbitsound

2.0 will take a decade to back up.


It's around 9 hours per TB, so just over 1 day.

what drive is inside - they used to be wdc greens.

why people whining about these usb2 taking hours to fill? not like you have to sit there watching it. Just let it do its thing and get on with something else...or sleep.

This is cheaper than pretty much any 3tb bare drive I can buy I've just bought a 4 bay NAS box and need drives for it; is there any reason why i shouldn't just buy 4 ot these and take them out of the cases?

Jeezeypeeps

This is cheaper than pretty much any 3tb bare drive I can buy I've … This is cheaper than pretty much any 3tb bare drive I can buy I've just bought a 4 bay NAS box and need drives for it; is there any reason why i shouldn't just buy 4 ot these and take them out of the cases?



Was just going to say that. The prices of HDD have edged up again. 3TBs are now over £100. I've been semi monitoring 2TB prices for a new build but the prices have gone up. Anybody heard why the prices are rising again ?

If the drives are hard soldered to the case you won't be able to extract them to put into a NAS/internal PC.

No way they can justify these 3 tb drives being anymore than 70 quid. As usual the average consumer is being taken for a mug. I bet the markup for these drives is at least a 100%.

Jeezeypeeps

This is cheaper than pretty much any 3tb bare drive I can buy I've … This is cheaper than pretty much any 3tb bare drive I can buy I've just bought a 4 bay NAS box and need drives for it; is there any reason why i shouldn't just buy 4 ot these and take them out of the cases?



Yes, there's no reason you couldn't just strip the drives out of the enclosure except the fact you'd be almost certainly breeching your warranty conditions. The standard warranty for these devices is, I believe, 2 years. You MIGHT get away with putting a defective drive back into its enclosure to return to Buffalo but they might have methods to detect this and to get at the drives you might have to breech a warranty seal.

EXCELLENT deal, by the way - £50 cheaper than Amazon!

These 3tb drives don't work with those wdtv media players do they?

What are dabs return policy like?

Does anyone know if this will work with Sumvision Cyclone Micro 3?

I heard that some players (such as the PS3) cap the storage space that it can work with on external hard drives at 2TB.

Cheers

A1M

[quote=Jeezeypeeps] If the drives are hard soldered to the case you won't … [quote=Jeezeypeeps] If the drives are hard soldered to the case you won't be able to extract them to put into a NAS/internal PC.



The last Buffalo Drivestation I had packed in and on opening it the drive just disconnected.

shopkeeper

No way they can justify these 3 tb drives being anymore than 70 quid. As … No way they can justify these 3 tb drives being anymore than 70 quid. As usual the average consumer is being taken for a mug. I bet the markup for these drives is at least a 100%.



given that decent 2tb 7200rpm drives were £50-55 before the price fixing (sorry, "floods") then 3tb should be £75-80

i suspect these are naff wdc greens - so you'll need your warranty!

btw, soldering drives in enclosures is absolute BS.
Edited by: "sej7278" 19th Jan 2013

Heat added although im indefinitly skint could do with something like this to do my computer back ups plus put my steam games on to

sej7278

given that decent 2tb 7200rpm drives were £50-55 before the price fixing … given that decent 2tb 7200rpm drives were £50-55 before the price fixing (sorry, "floods") then 3tb should be £75-80i suspect these are naff wdc greens - so you'll need your warranty!btw, soldering drives in enclosures is absolute BS.



I agree - still expensive

_Wilson

I agree - still expensive



where and when can i get the 3 tb @ £75-80 ?
Edited by: "cipher00" 19th Jan 2013

Jeezeypeeps

This is cheaper than pretty much any 3tb bare drive I can buy I've … This is cheaper than pretty much any 3tb bare drive I can buy I've just bought a 4 bay NAS box and need drives for it; is there any reason why i shouldn't just buy 4 ot these and take them out of the cases?



Not worth the bother for saving of a tenner in exchange for voiding your warranty. Might as well just buy 2nd hand.

It's not the same as the 4TB drives where buying one in an enclosure will save you a good £35-£40 per drive.

Great price for 3tb.... HOT

Still expensive though good for what you get, heat added

arienlad

Still expensive though good for what you get, heat added


It's fairly good for 3TB, I don't know what's expensive about it to you.
Edited by: "pankomputerek" 19th Jan 2013

Good price for the size, but I second avoiding it for USB 3 instead. If you're just filling it once then that's fine, but if you're writing and reading large files from it regularly, USB 3 is most definitely the way to go. Over the life of the drive you'll save yourself hours of sitting around waiting for files to be read/written. USB 2 gets around 20-30 Megabytes a second. USB 3 you'll be looking at double or treble this.

I have been waiting for the price of 3tb drives to come down for 2 years
and got sick of waiting

I ordered two today for my Linkstation LS-QVL
and will order another two matching drives when prices finally come down most prob in another two years

Im hoping they are WD Greens as i dont want 7200 rpm drives really
I will disable head parking before fitting them if they are

Will let people know what drives where inside next week
that are interested

I suspect we are going to be made to wait until the summer for sandisk and samsung to 99 quid their 256gb drives......Really longing it out!

As for mech drives... who knows what they are doing. I thought the introduction of 10000rpm drives would be making the lesser drives cheap as chips. I guess its just a case of being patient. I dont know who is controlling this market

I got a lovely Lenovo S10-3 nebook on the cheap and its fabulous for 100 quid. I put the HD decoder in for 30 and again amazing. It has 2gb Ram and a 160GB HD with recovery partitions in place with 1 stop recovery bloatware by lenovo. The only ever bloatware that is actually bloody good.

My problem is I don't want to spend more than i spent on the machine to fit an SSD. It needs to be bigger than 160GB to get all the partitions cloned properly else it will bodge up so the options are intel 160gb 180gb or the samsung sandisk 256GB all of these coming in over £100
So I basically am going to have to wait another year until 250gb are like 90 quid and even that is alot compared to the price I paid for the machine.
Any suggestions would be appreciated. I was hoping I could clone across to a 128GB drive as they are well priced for around 55 quid but I cant see how I can copy across lenovos partionings and softwares to a smaller drive...bummer
Edited by: "Bashop" 19th Jan 2013

Plus delivery at 98p

If you're regularly reading/writing get internal drives, external drives (for me) are for backups.
This is a good price, forget what people think they 'should' cost, its how much they do cost that matters.I'd bet buying 2 but I've got a TB left to fill yet.
I've got 6 buffalo drives (ok, WD), reliable and silent, the only drive I won't buy is seagate because they click like hell.

Bashop

I suspect we are going to be made to wait until the summer for sandisk … I suspect we are going to be made to wait until the summer for sandisk and samsung to 99 quid their 256gb drives......Really longing it out!As for mech drives... who knows what they are doing. I thought the introduction of 10000rpm drives would be making the lesser drives cheap as chips. I guess its just a case of being patient. I dont know who is controlling this marketI got a lovely Lenovo S10-3 nebook on the cheap and its fabulous for 100 quid. I put the HD decoder in for 30 and again amazing. It has 2gb Ram and a 160GB HD with recovery partitions in place with 1 stop recovery bloatware by lenovo. The only ever bloatware that is actually bloody good. My problem is I don't want to spend more than i spent on the machine to fit an SSD. It needs to be bigger than 160GB to get all the partitions cloned properly else it will bodge up so the options are intel 160gb 180gb or the samsung sandisk 256GB all of these coming in over £100So I basically am going to have to wait another year until 250gb are like 90 quid and even that is alot compared to the price I paid for the machine.Any suggestions would be appreciated. I was hoping I could clone across to a 128GB drive as they are well priced for around 55 quid but I cant see how I can copy across lenovos partionings and softwares to a smaller drive...bummer



What is wrong with resizing partitions?

Just a heads up, I've got the 2TB DriveStation from Dabs and it's lasted about 3 months before the hard drive stopped being readable, have managed to send it off for replacement under warranty though, but if the build quality of the internal drive is the same as the 2TB drive then it might be worth holding fire on this one

chaplin

why people whining about these usb2 taking hours to fill? not like you … why people whining about these usb2 taking hours to fill? not like you have to sit there watching it. Just let it do its thing and get on with something else...or sleep.



It was a major issue for me when I was backing up my HP Microsever with 4x 3TB, before changing the disk layout from RAID 5 to RAID 1 x 2. I had to use 2x 3TB USB2 drives and one 4TB USB3. The whole process took about a week, especially as some of the process required manual intervention so it would sit there waiting, unless it coincided with a point I was watching the progress.

I also am very nervous when doing the initial full backup, if it takes a long time, because if there's one law about losing data, it's always going to happen before you get your backup sorted or during the first backup. Once you've got a good backup strategy you'll never have another HD failure X)

mike

Jeezeypeeps

This is cheaper than pretty much any 3tb bare drive I can buy I've … This is cheaper than pretty much any 3tb bare drive I can buy I've just bought a 4 bay NAS box and need drives for it; is there any reason why i shouldn't just buy 4 ot these and take them out of the cases?



As mentioned you will need to physically dismantle the case and void any warranty on the drives - if one out of the 4 dies your bargain becomes a bit costly and you would have squeaky but time on the other 3 ...

2 x 3TB internal Seagates hard drives can be purchased from Scan for £183.59 = £91.79 each.;)

olmer

What is wrong with resizing partitions?



Their is a recovery partition of 15GB with a backup of the OS in its original state and lenovo software controlling it all. I think I will destroy it if i try anything other than a clone

btw, soldering drives in enclosures is absolute BS



Not all HDDs in external enclosures are removable. Some have USB interfaces connected direct to the drive assembly (some WDs and if you look at the Toshiba 1TB stor.e thread, some of these too).

Hootwo

Not all HDDs in external enclosures are removable. Some have USB … Not all HDDs in external enclosures are removable. Some have USB interfaces connected direct to the drive assembly (some WDs and if you look at the Toshiba 1TB stor.e thread, some of these too).


Could you solder on a different connector or is the whole PCB different too?

For a couple of quid more you can get a USB 3.0 drive, making this deal cold for me.

ro53ben

For a couple of quid more you can get a USB 3.0 drive, making this deal … For a couple of quid more you can get a USB 3.0 drive, making this deal cold for me.



Do you have a link?

I bought one of these the other day for £92.99

amazon.co.uk/Sea…8-1

Definitely worth £3 more and, for me, worth the extra tenner on top of this deal. Went rather hot on here when it was originally posted:

hotukdeals.com/dea…632

Got x2 of these to stick in my syno NAS - open up very easily and have found WD30EZRX in them both that currently retail at £110 each at Eb*yer and the famous rain forest place - so once again - a cracking deal ATM.

make sure you disable head parking they park every 8 secs
expect around 2 million parks in a year on a linux based nas
if you dont disable it



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