Hitachi 4TB Touro Desk Pro USB 3.0 Hard Drive £169.99 Ebuyer
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Hitachi 4TB Touro Desk Pro USB 3.0 Hard Drive £169.99 Ebuyer

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Found 13th Aug 2012
The stackable Touro Desk Pro external drive provides superb ease of use, two levels of protection and 3GB of cloud storage.
Enjoy two levels of data protection, with both local and cloud backup, to help keep your photos, movies, music and documents not only safe but available anytime, anywhere, from any smartphone or computer web browser. You can even share your online content with others by simply sending a web link.

Includes fast USB 3.0 interface.

Need more online storage?
Upgrade to a paid account and receive 250GB of cloud storage along with iPhone and iPad mobile digital device apps. - So much more than an ordinary hard drive

Stackable desktop design looks great in a style-conscious workspace
Two levels of data protection, with preloaded local and cloud backup software to help keep your content safe
Cloud backup enables anywhere, anytime remote access
Upgrade to a paid account and receive 250GB of cloud storage along with iPhone and iPad mobile digital device apps
USB 3.0 interface + 7200RPM HDD delivers fast transfer speeds

Inside the box:

Touro Desk Pro external hard drive
Preloaded local and cloud backup software
USB 3.0 cable (backwards compatible with USB 2.0)
AC power adapter
Quick Start Guide

Specification
Interface: USB 3.0 compliant, USB 2.0 compatible
Data Transfer Rate: USB 3.0: up to 5 Gbit/sec; USB 2.0: up to 480 Mbit/sec
Operating Temp: 41 – 95F (5 – 35C)
Relative Humidity: 20-80% non-condensing
Operating Systems: Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Mac OS X (10.5 or newer)
Web Browsers: Internet Explorer (7 or newer), Mac Safari (4 or newer)
Dimensions: 129mm x 183mm x 60mm
Weight: 2.1lbs (0.97kg) estimated

Price £169.99 (free delivery)
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Edited by: "SUMMONER" 13th Aug 2012
can you really entrust 4TB of data to one hard drive? i dont think i could ever recover from losing 4TB of stuff if the drive ever failed
cubed

can you really entrust 4TB of data to one hard drive? i dont think i … can you really entrust 4TB of data to one hard drive? i dont think i could ever recover from losing 4TB of stuff if the drive ever failed


It is the same as loosing one big bank account. Can you recover from that?
If is something important to you then back up your data.That's it.

Edited by: "DownHill911" 13th Aug 2012
DownHill911

It is the same as loosing one big bank account. Can you recover from … It is the same as loosing one big bank account. Can you recover from that?If is something important to you then back up your data.That's it.



No its not.
DownHill911

It is the same as loosing one big bank account. Can you recover from … It is the same as loosing one big bank account. Can you recover from that?If is something important to you then back up your data.That's it.



Having a bank account and a hard drive with valuable data on are quite different things don't you think? However if we stick to that analogy then the FSA recommends that you spread your money across different banks if any single account will have more than £80k in it because thats all they guarantee to return to you per account if the bank goes bust. So if I was a millionaire then it would be foolish to put it all into one single account.

I guess what you're suggesting is that you need two of these 4TB hard drives and make them exact duplicates of each other which kind of makes it expensive and tedious to do everytime you want to store something.

Personally I don't know why Blu-ray re-writers haven't taken off because then you could nicely spread your storage across several discs and they would never 'fail' to lose the data. If somehow one of them did fail due to whatever reason then you've only lost that portion of data (i.e. that disc) and everything else is safe.
I'm waiting for the 2TB drives to get back to £60ish each, then save to them in pairs.
Not sure why, but I trust a disk drive more than I trust a Blu-ray.
And backing up one 2TB drive is simpler than backing up 40 Blu-rays (at 50GB a disk)
cubed

can you really entrust 4TB of data to one hard drive? i dont think i … can you really entrust 4TB of data to one hard drive? i dont think i could ever recover from losing 4TB of stuff if the drive ever failed



Stupid comment if you think just a little longer before unleashing the contents of your brain

The size of the hard drive and data is irrelevant if you have that data backed up. Trusting ANY data and not backing up is stupid if that data is important to you.

People said exactly what you did about 2TB drives, 1TB drives, 500GB drives, 100GB drives, 20GB drives, 2GB drives, 500MB drives, 250MB drives.

It's all relative.

I really can't fathom the ignorance of comments like yours, yet they seem to be perpetuated by some know-all every time a high capacity hard drive deal is posted.



If you NEED 4TB and have limited space then you NEED 4TB in one drive, take a NAS for example. I have 2 x HP Microservers with 6 x 2TB drives in each, there is no more room for anymore drives. I want to increase storage....

So what WTF should I do smarty pants!?

Buy ANOTHER 2 Microservers!? So I have 4 servers simply for storage, no I'll buy a load of 4TB drives thanks, also your argument runs the other way too...

2 x 2TB drives are more likely to fail than 1 x 4TB drives, besides in a NAS people use RAID5 which admittedly is no replacement for a 1:1 backup of mission critical data where 24\7 uptime is essential. But it is a damn good for if a drive stops working. You can copy the data off the server and rebuild with very little risk of data loss.

Read, digest, and don't misinform again
cubed

Personally I don't know why Blu-ray re-writers haven't taken off because … Personally I don't know why Blu-ray re-writers haven't taken off because then you could nicely spread your storage across several discs and they would never 'fail' to lose the data. If somehow one of them did fail due to whatever reason then you've only lost that portion of data (i.e. that disc) and everything else is safe.



No that's just ridiculous. People use these drives generally on a NAS as a backend for storing tv episodes and movie rips FROM bluray disks along with PC game and application ISOs that they can mount and install over a network and also for recording satellite tv using questionable sky subscriptions, you then have a front end low powered box with a graphics card that can run xbmc and it's all at your finger tipes

You want to try searching through 10,000 different tv episodes or a couple of thousand films through your bluray library, how much do you think that would cost to store factoring in BD-R disks degrade very quickly over time, unless you re-do your disks every 18 months or so you run a good chance of losing that data, have no resale value and are basically a nightmare in high numbers.

How fast is the transfer rate on a BD disk?

Then you need a BD drive on each front end.

Get a clue or at least try XBMC, be converted and realise your idea sounds like something from the 90s
Edited by: "robo989" 13th Aug 2012
robo989

Stupid comment if you think just a little longer before unleashing the … Stupid comment if you think just a little longer before unleashing the contents of your brain :)The size of the hard drive and data is irrelevant if you have that data backed up. Trusting ANY data and not backing up is stupid if that data is important to you.


No, the size of the HDDs affects the rebuild time. If you have a NAS full of 3TB HDDs in RAID 5 and one dies then you'd better hope like hell that a second drive won't die during the long, long rebuild. By the way, there's no need to be rude.

robo989

If you NEED 4TB and have limited space then you NEED 4TB in one drive


Limited space? What, like a desk too small to take 2 external drives?
robo989

take a NAS for example. I have 2 x HP Microservers with 6 x 2TB drives in … take a NAS for example. I have 2 x HP Microservers with 6 x 2TB drives in each, there is no more room for anymore drives. I want to increase storage....So what WTF should I do smarty pants!?Buy ANOTHER 2 Microservers!? So I have 4 servers simply for storage, no I'll buy a load of 4TB drives thanks, also your argument runs the other way too...2 x 2TB drives are more likely to fail than 1 x 4TB drives, besides in a NAS people use RAID5 which admittedly is no replacement for a 1:1 backup of mission critical data where 24\7 uptime is essential. But it is a damn good for if a drive stops working. You can copy the data off the server and rebuild with very little risk of data loss.Read, digest, and don't misinform again



There's a lot wrong with your post, but the worst of it is the attitude. You should know that having 2 servers for personal use is unusual, but you act as if it's normal and has anything in common with most people's needs.
cubed

Personally I don't know why Blu-ray re-writers haven't taken off because … Personally I don't know why Blu-ray re-writers haven't taken off because then you could nicely spread your storage across several discs and they would never 'fail' to lose the data. If somehow one of them did fail due to whatever reason then you've only lost that portion of data (i.e. that disc) and everything else is safe.



They are not a good backup method as writing data is very slow, harder to access (must find right disc) and the equivalent amount of GB's + drive would cost more.
4TB of 25GB re-writable Blu-ray's would cost over £250 + the cost of a drive (£60+). Even more for 50GB discs.

It's just not feasible or convenient.

For that price you could almost buy 2 of these and mirror your data.
pjlhot

I'm waiting for the 2TB drives to get back to £60ish each



Good luck, you'll be waiting at least 2 years.
what drives are inside?
robo989

Stupid comment if you think just a little longer before unleashing the … Stupid comment if you think just a little longer before unleashing the contents of your brain :)The size of the hard drive and data is irrelevant if you have that data backed up. Trusting ANY data and not backing up is stupid if that data is important to you.

robo989

If you NEED 4TB and have limited space then you NEED 4TB in one drive

robo989

take a NAS for example. I have 2 x HP Microservers with 6 x 2TB drives … take a NAS for example. I have 2 x HP Microservers with 6 x 2TB drives in each, there is no more room for anymore drives. I want to increase storage....So what WTF should I do smarty pants!?Buy ANOTHER 2 Microservers!? So I have 4 servers simply for storage, no I'll buy a load of 4TB drives thanks, also your argument runs the other way too...2 x 2TB drives are more likely to fail than 1 x 4TB drives, besides in a NAS people use RAID5 which admittedly is no replacement for a 1:1 backup of mission critical data where 24\7 uptime is essential. But it is a damn good for if a drive stops working. You can copy the data off the server and rebuild with very little risk of data loss.Read, digest, and don't misinform again



He wasn't talking about rebuilding. In fact he wasn't even talking about redundancy of data. He was talking about Backups. Two completely different concepts. He is correct in stating that no matter how big your hard drive is, not making a backup is stupid. RAID is not a backup replacement.

Also, having 2 servers for personal use is NOT unusual if you have 'mission critical data'. I have two also. RAID is one thing, but if you have 2 servers that are 1:1 'mirrors' (mirrors technically being the wrong word) of each other (whereby one copies data to the other on a scheduled basis, by rsync or other means). That means you have a backup. Therefore having 2 of everything is essential if you are data security conscious. - Admittedly, the "average" user does not care about data security to the extent of having to spend double! But you don't know what kind of data he may be storing. (Nuclear codes....porn....)





Edited by: "xeroc" 13th Aug 2012
I ordered one last week - it's sweet. 110MB/s over USB3
Hitachi were bought by Western Digital, but then sold to Toshiba, but WD made drives under contract until Toshiba got sorted.
Toshiba though are building drives using WD equipment it bought, and to WD specs.

So who knows
theinquirer.net/inq…ive

It's a pretty chunky looking box - is it really 2x2TB, but a clever interface to make it look like 4TB?

Just found:
pcadvisor.co.uk/new…ed/
from here: hotukdeals.com/dea…e=2
4TB is a lot of stuff to lose in one hit, as has been argued for & against (rudely & politely) above

IMO if used just as a backup drive for ..Whatever it should be fine.
I would use it to take a rolling drive image of my PC / PC's, or/also copy music, photo, video, documents etc. to the 4TB.
Then disconnect it and stick it somewhere safe .i.e. not at your home address, say your parents.

Then every-now and again do the same. I am aware that this is not the best backup (BU) solution on the planet far from it, but for some ...at least it’s one backup.

I personally have such a convoluted & over complicated BU setup, part cloud, disk Image based, dual location, multiple USB disks, and needless to say Raid 5 and mirror sets - that I sometime wonder if the above rough and ready solution might not be so bad for some?

I found that BU Paranoia can set in - to the point that you back up so often, to so many places, with little structure - that before long you copy Old BU over NEW.

Sometimes simple, and in this case a really big BU might pay off.

Your (polite) thoughts appreciated

Edited by: "kinell" 13th Aug 2012
had the 3tb on order for £123. but not any more. gone for this one. hot
gsf600y

Hitachi were bought by Western Digital, but then sold to Toshiba, but WD … Hitachi were bought by Western Digital, but then sold to Toshiba, but WD made drives under contract until Toshiba got sorted.Toshiba though are building drives using WD equipment it bought, and to WD specs.So who knows :Dhttp://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/2197780/toshiba-uses-western-digitals-plant-to-make-3tb-hard-driveIt's a pretty chunky looking box - is it really 2x2TB, but a clever interface to make it look like 4TB?Just found:http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/news/storage/3355614/hitachi-4tb-hard-drives-tested/from here: http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/4tb-hitachi-touro-desk-pro-usb-3-0-hard-drive-2yrs-warranty-ebuyer-174-99-free-delivery-1263087?page=2



No its one drive.
Will this work with WD TV Live ? I read somewhere that drives over 2.2TB need GPT support and so will only work on certain OSs. I would like to use the drive on my WDTV live and use the whole 4TB as a single partition. Anyone tried this ?
cubed

can you really entrust 4TB of data to one hard drive? i dont think i … can you really entrust 4TB of data to one hard drive? i dont think i could ever recover from losing 4TB of stuff if the drive ever failed


Very easy recovery, just implement the principle of redundancy on any single point of failure (=buy 2 and duplicate your data then recovery time can be as good as instant).
jeremy113

Will this work with WD TV Live ? I read somewhere that drives over 2.2TB … Will this work with WD TV Live ? I read somewhere that drives over 2.2TB need GPT support and so will only work on certain OSs. I would like to use the drive on my WDTV live and use the whole 4TB as a single partition. Anyone tried this ?


I cannot verify if this drive will work but I use a 3GB Seagate drive and that works fine.
It's 180 now, was there a special code to use or?
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