HITACHI Deskstar Internal 3.5" SATA Hard Drive - 3TB £109.99 @ Currys
942°Expired

HITACHI Deskstar Internal 3.5" SATA Hard Drive - 3TB £109.99 @ Currys

£109.99Currys Deals
131
Found 10th Dec 2011
3tb hard drive for £109.99, seems a decent price with current hard drive prices? Available at PC world, Curry's or Dixons

131 Comments

Seems like a VERY good price to me. 208 quid at ebuyer.

Check that your bios and OS can cope with 3TB drives before purchasing.

See this PDF from Hitachi for further information.

(Credit goes to Crazybob who previously posted this on a Deskstar 3TB post of mine. Useful info)

Edited by: "tightar5e" 10th Dec 2011

How good was the old days... 50 quid for 2TB...
3TB is just not ready yet (price), not buying until it drop below 80...

Anyway, Hot for this deal

Very hot deal! You can't get a 2tb drive for much cheaper than this.

seems out of stock at all local stores (around crewe and bham) but still good deal

Seagate has a single disk 4TB, but I doubt we will see that except for stupid money anytime soon.

Seagate GoFlex 4TB

Note this might be a bit technical, but might be useful to someone!

If you need to migrate an existing MBR (Master Boot Record, ie. max 4 Primary Partitions) install Windows 7 64Bit to a GPT disk format >2TB+ and UEFI, rather than standard bios, Paragon have just released a beta of Paragon Migrate to UEFI.

Paragon Migrate to UEFI is a simple four-step Copy Hard Disk Wizard that transfers a 64-bit Windows Vista/7 initially installed on an MBR disk in the BIOS mode to a GPT disk and the UEFI mode, thus opening up all benefits of the GPT+UEFI configuration, including support of a high-capacity 2.2TB+ hard drive for use as the primary system HDD

Its currently available for free under their early adopter program.
paragon-software.com/tec…fi/
paragon-software.com/sup…tml

I think its better to have a smaller <2TB drive as your priimary drive with 512K Sectors, and use a Mirrored NAS (Network Attached Storage Device) connected via a gigabit network to store files, but each to their own. That setup works with Windows XP, Windows Vista, Win7, Macs and Linux.


Edited by: "tightar5e" 10th Dec 2011

It's not known as the 'deathstar' for nothing. 3gb is hard to back up, so you want a reliable drive - and this is a million miles away from that.

Or simply wait until everything is back to normal.

good price for the size of HDD. not sure about Hitachi though. voted hot

007BobTodd

It's not known as the 'deathstar' for nothing. .


Sorry, but thats an idiotic comment - those reliability problems were literally years ago.

Every HDD manufacturer has had bad firmware/models in the past.

wow hot hot hot

007BobTodd

It's not known as the 'deathstar' for nothing. 3gb is hard to back up, so … It's not known as the 'deathstar' for nothing. 3gb is hard to back up, so you want a reliable drive - and this is a million miles away from that.



3gb is not hard to back up - should only take a couple of minutes

Anyway, where's your evidence for *this* drive not being reliable? The deathstar days were several years ago.

Wow, incredible price!!!!!

Could this be used as part of a media server set up? Thinking along that route after my recent hard drive mishap...

dont forget 10% quidco today.

10% quidco if you reserve and collect - would technically be a £100 a pop if anywhere actually had stock ...

no stock anywhere for collect.

007BobTodd

It's not known as the 'deathstar' for nothing. 3gb is hard to back up, so … It's not known as the 'deathstar' for nothing. 3gb is hard to back up, so you want a reliable drive - and this is a million miles away from that.


Lol.

Hitachi are one of the best in the industry. The only reason WD purchased them was to bring a little quality into their lines.

milton keynes have some.

007BobTodd

It's not known as the 'deathstar' for nothing. 3gb is hard to back up, so … It's not known as the 'deathstar' for nothing. 3gb is hard to back up, so you want a reliable drive - and this is a million miles away from that.


You are silly boy

Probably get cancelled like my last two orders from Currys/PC World, hoplesss bunch of muppets at DSG can't keep their stock levels up to date.

Steaming deal in the current market, perfect for backups or a media player.

mikerr

Sorry, but thats an idiotic comment - those reliability problems were … Sorry, but thats an idiotic comment - those reliability problems were literally years ago.Every HDD manufacturer has had bad firmware/models in the past.



I don't think it's an idiotic comment. I have had two of these recently and both already failed. I personally wouldn't touch hitachi drives again

5400 rpm - It'll be too slow.

flyingtomato90

5400 rpm - It'll be too slow.



You sure about that over 3tb ? 5400rpm on 2tb is fast

mikerr

Sorry, but thats an idiotic comment - those reliability problems were … Sorry, but thats an idiotic comment - those reliability problems were literally years ago.Every HDD manufacturer has had bad firmware/models in the past.



I'm responsible for several hundred computers, and I've seen more of these drives go than any other, right up to the present. Call me an idiot if it makes you feel better, but I am in fact speaking from (non-scientific, entirely subjective) personal experience. They're not as terrible as they used to be, but are still not up with the major players. Take or leave the advice as you see fit, I really do not care.

In any event keeping 3tb on a single drive is plain silly. It's too much to lose at once, and even the best of disks can die at a moment's notice.

EDIT: to the other fellow, asking my evidence for suggesting that this drive in particular is flakey - I have none. None whatsoever. They may have finally got to grips with the heat, noise, and worrying clicking sounds that have troubled their range in the past. I simply don't trust Hitachi any more, and see no reason to gamble, given that (until the recent Thai dampness) brands I have had better experiences with were available for much the same price.


Edited by: "007BobTodd" 10th Dec 2011

scott1andrews

seems out of stock at all local stores (around crewe and bham) but still … seems out of stock at all local stores (around crewe and bham) but still good deal



Home delivery is free though.

Good deal. Best price around.
Heat added.:D

dcx_badass

Are you having a laugh, if everyone said that we'd still be stuck with … Are you having a laugh, if everyone said that we'd still be stuck with 4GB HDD's.



What are you drooling about? Keeping your data on one 4gb drive is no more sensible than keeping it on one 3tb drive, and nothing I wrote can be construed as suggesting otherwise. I said *single* drive, irrespective of size. I have no opinion on how these drive would fare in a RAID array, as I wouldn't bother trying; either way, procuring enough of these drives to ensure the safety of your data is rather expensive. Buying one and crossing your fingers is, as I mentioned, daft. Don't keep more data than you can back up.

Also available at Dixons:
Here

What makes you think people buying a 3TB will have no backup ?

Running without a backup on any size or make of drive is silly.

BTW RAID is not backup.

mikerr

What makes you think people buying a 3TB will have no backup ?Running … What makes you think people buying a 3TB will have no backup ?Running without a backup on any size or make of drive is silly.BTW RAID is not backup.




Because typically, home users buying large hard drives buy one, stick it in a machine, and think 'oh goody, lots of space', only thinking about backup when it's rather too late.

You honestly don't need to try teaching me about RAID - as I mentioned, this is my job. Prior to that, it was my Masters degree. I'm no newbie. No, it is no an off-site backup, wouldn't pass an audit, but it *does* give you enough redundancy that you're not completely screwed if one disk dies, which was - if you scroll up, more or less my point. See that part where I specifically mentioned that storing data on a *single* drive was silly? Yeah, that.

Let me amend my suggestion so you can stop having yourself this masturbatory little "look how much I know" nerdgasm:

In my experience, over several years and several hundred machines, I have grown to dislike the Hitachi brand. Similar people may have horror stories about brands I *do* like, and that's fine - their experience, not mine. I am relating my own, and not suggesting in any way that it is interpreted as scientific fact; merely a few observations from someone's who's seen many, many drives. Whichever drive you get, ensure you have the capacity to back it up; this means that if buying a 110 quid drive, you should really set aside a minimum of 220 quid, unless you already have the capability to back it up. This is potted, and condensed advice for home users who may not be used to thinking in terms of backup, rather than IT-savvy individuals who will doubtlessly have it all covered.

Happy?

mikerr

What makes you think people buying a 3TB will have no backup ?Running … What makes you think people buying a 3TB will have no backup ?Running without a backup on any size or make of drive is silly.BTW RAID is not backup.



Depends what RAID setup you use. RAID 0 striping - isn't backup. Raid 1 is mirroring, if that isn't back up, I don't know what is!

I'm going to wait until they drop in price, not in a hurry.
Luckily I bought 4 x 2tb before the floods and they were 2 for £96.

007BobTodd

3gb is hard to back up, so you want a reliable drive - and this is a … 3gb is hard to back up, so you want a reliable drive - and this is a million miles away from that.



007BobTodd

I'm responsible for several hundred computers


...yet you think 3gb is hard to back up ?

Regardless of the funny mistype, 3TB still isn't "hard to backup".

You seem to be advising people buy more reliable drives (in your opinion) instead of having a backup ?!



[/quote]

007BobTodd

3gb is hard to back up, so you want a reliable drive - and this is a … 3gb is hard to back up, so you want a reliable drive - and this is a million miles away from that.



007BobTodd

I'm responsible for several hundred computers


...yet you think 3gb is hard to back up ?

Regardless of the funny mistype, 3TB still isn't "hard to backup".

You seem to be advising people buy more reliable drives (in your opinion) instead of having a backup ?!


007BobTodd

Whichever drive you get, ensure you have the capacity to back it up.


but you finally make some sense in the end.


Edited by: "mikerr" 10th Dec 2011

Yep, you can still get problems with Mirrored Raid but its a damn sight better protection than a single drive, if you get a problem. Most Raid arrays can shut down instantly on a mismatch, allowing you to retrieve data from the valid mirror. Mirrored Raid doesn't protect against say, a virus that started to encrypt your files without your permission, a user deleting a directory by mistake, though some devices pass these to a trashbox first, within the device, so they can be undeleted.

Edited by: "tightar5e" 10th Dec 2011

Shadow-360

Lol.Hitachi are one of the best in the industry. The only reason WD … Lol.Hitachi are one of the best in the industry. The only reason WD purchased them was to bring a little quality into their lines.



Doubtlessly there will be further flames for this, but WD is one of the brands I *do* like, and have had good experiences with - both in terms of reliability, and service in the event of failure (which is important if buying on a large scale). I'm favourably disposed to Seagate, and Samsung get an honorable mention. Toshiba can go die in a plague pit for all I care, as (again, in my experience) they tend to die fast and hard.

That said, Google's paper on the matter failed to disclose any major difference in reliability between different brands, and I completely accept that they may have seen one or two more drives than I have. However, this does not effect my personal opinion based on personal experience, which so far as I am aware I am free to share without seeking prior permission.

Edited by: "007BobTodd" 10th Dec 2011

007BobTodd

Because typically, home users buying large hard drives buy one, stick it … Because typically, home users buying large hard drives buy one, stick it in a machine, and think 'oh goody, lots of space', only thinking about backup when it's rather too late. You honestly don't need to try teaching me about RAID - as I mentioned, this is my job. Prior to that, it was my Masters degree. I'm no newbie. No, it is no an off-site backup, wouldn't pass an audit, but it *does* give you enough redundancy that you're not completely screwed if one disk dies, which was - if you scroll up, more or less my point. See that part where I specifically mentioned that storing data on a *single* drive was silly? Yeah, that.Let me amend my suggestion so you can stop having yourself this masturbatory little "look how much I know" nerdgasm: In my experience, over several years and several hundred machines, I have grown to dislike the Hitachi brand. Similar people may have horror stories about brands I *do* like, and that's fine - their experience, not mine. I am relating my own, and not suggesting in any way that it is interpreted as scientific fact; merely a few observations from someone's who's seen many, many drives. Whichever drive you get, ensure you have the capacity to back it up; this means that if buying a 110 quid drive, you should really set aside a minimum of 220 quid, unless you already have the capability to back it up. This is potted, and condensed advice for home users who may not be used to thinking in terms of backup, rather than IT-savvy individuals who will doubtlessly have it all covered.Happy?


[url=]Your text here[/url]

Quite a few of the reviewers at Reviews at newegg
have had a bad experience with this drive despite and overall 4/5 stars, However add in the toxic element of DSG and I'm afraid I'm out.
Post a comment
Avatar
@
    Text