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Iomega Prestige 500GB £29.99 3.5" @ Currys/PCWorld eBay outlet
Iomega Prestige 500GB £29.99 3.5" @ Currys/PCWorld eBay outlet

Iomega Prestige 500GB £29.99 3.5" @ Currys/PCWorld eBay outlet

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Yayy! Another hard drive.

Reduced by 10 squid to make this pretty bloomin cheap for a 500GB 7,200rpm with a sexy Mac style metal case.

Find a review here;

expertreviews.co.uk/ext…0gb

I have so much blimmin storage now I can pretty much back up the internet if i wanted.

Over 160 available at time of post. Free Delivery and 12 month warranty.

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Not bad, was hoping it was a compact 2.5" hdd instead of a 3.5" hdd, hence needing an external powersupply.

sexy case? you need to get out more


but heat for price

scottyjim

sexy case? you need to get out more but heat for price



have you seen your own profile picture? sir, i think YOU need to get out more

Original Poster

Guan

Not bad, was hoping it was a compact 2.5" hdd instead of a 3.5" hdd, … Not bad, was hoping it was a compact 2.5" hdd instead of a 3.5" hdd, hence needing an external powersupply.



Thanks i've added the size now, forgot that bit.


scottyjim

sexy case? you need to get out more but heat for price



lol, I pick all my stuff so my office looks nice. I don't want some ugly hard drive sat there! This goes nicely with my Mac pro.

Great drive, great looks, great price....HOT from me.

500Gb in a portable 2.5" drive would be hot.

These look great next to a mac

Had one of these for 18 months and can confirm they are really good and do look class with the metal case

Looks ideal for backing up my music collection to Having spent days tagging/naming everything properly etc. I'd rather not loose it all!

Elec

Looks ideal for backing up my music collection to Having spent days … Looks ideal for backing up my music collection to Having spent days tagging/naming everything properly etc. I'd rather not loose it all!



I'm thinking the same. Been ripping all my DVD's to MP4 too. Would rather not lose them all.

not portable?

meh

160 available sounds plenty

Would this be supported by my Xbox 360?

great deal have had a few of these and the enclosure alone is a good deal.

I picked one of these up from Tesco for £24.97

Probably store specific but may be worth a look.

I've been thinking I need a hard drive to hook up to my mac and backup photos and videos so wen it dies I still have them. Is this a good bet or do I need like a 1tb one? I never bought a hd before...

HOT! I've got one of these in black - yeah, it's a quality drive AND looks and feels much nicer than most other external drives out there - which may not be a requirement for some, sure. It might not be portable but it's faster and at this price I'm getting another - thanks for posting, Steluca.

justingalore

I've been thinking I need a hard drive to hook up to my mac and backup … I've been thinking I need a hard drive to hook up to my mac and backup photos and videos so wen it dies I still have them. Is this a good bet or do I need like a 1tb one? I never bought a hd before...



If you have more than 500mb of photos, videos and razz then you'll need a 1tb drive. If you have more than 1tb you'll need 2tb and so on and so on..

500GB is a little small. The only reason I would go that low if it was 2.5".

Banned

PC World? cold, you're funding an evil corporation by buying this product...




Edited by: "JackDeth" 12th Jun 2011

500GB for £30 in 3.5" isn't a good deal really.

What exactly is the need for an external when almost all new pcs/laptops come with 1tb or so already inlcuded.

aston_martin_own

What exactly is the need for an external when almost all new pcs/laptops … What exactly is the need for an external when almost all new pcs/laptops come with 1tb or so already inlcuded.



Backing up data... Portable storage to share between machines with ease, for people who haven't got 1TB in their machine? Loads of applications, bit of a silly comment

I have the 1.5TB model and it is brilliant, very high quality case, recommended. Only downside is no esata/USB3/FireWire connection but USB2 is fine for most.

Longman240

Would this be supported by my Xbox 360?


a big fat NO
sorry

good drive, got one myself back when they were £35ish had no problems at all with it, heat from me.

thesaint

500GB for £30 in 3.5" isn't a good deal really.


If it's not exactly what you want (GB/£, portable, brand, quality, design, warranty, p&p etc.) then I guess you are right.

Elec

Looks ideal for backing up my music collection to Having spent days … Looks ideal for backing up my music collection to Having spent days tagging/naming everything properly etc. I'd rather not loose it all!


the words 'iomega' and 'backup' dont sit well together, lousy drives in my experience

kingcobra1

a big fat NOsorry


What's the max I can put into my 360?

Longman240

What's the max I can put into my 360?



You can use it for watching films and stuff, needs to be formatted as FAT32.
tokiwa.qee.jp/EN/…er/

That works a treat, proper simple. There's no size limit to what you can use, I've got 1tb on my xbox.

I dont think you can use it to install games on to though - has to be "official" xbox hard drives. Or it makes a partition for Xbox use - like 16GB? can't remember though.

Longman240

What's the max I can put into my 360?



You can use it for watching films and stuff, needs to be formatted as FAT32.
tokiwa.qee.jp/EN/…er/

That works a treat, proper simple.

I dont think you can use it to install games on to though - has to be "official" xbox hard drives. Or it makes a partition for Xbox use - like 16GB? can't remember though.

thesaint

500GB for £30 in 3.5" isn't a good deal really.



Agreed

dan91

You can use it for watching films and stuff, needs to be formatted as … You can use it for watching films and stuff, needs to be formatted as FAT32. http://tokiwa.qee.jp/EN/Fat32Formatter/That works a treat, proper simple.I dont think you can use it to install games on to though - has to be "official" xbox hard drives. Or it makes a partition for Xbox use - like 16GB? can't remember though.


I have a 250 GB Xbox so I just want it to play music and films off, not for game installs, so it would be suitable to use just for that?

I have a 250 GB Xbox so I just want it to play music and films off, not … I have a 250 GB Xbox so I just want it to play music and films off, not for game installs, so it would be suitable to use just for that?



Yeah, will work fine - mines plugged in on the USB port.

Press the xbox button, brings up the xbox guide. Then it's media, then video media, removeable storage/device.
Edited by: "dan91" 12th Jun 2011

Cold - for the same money, you can get a bus-powered 500GB drive that's vastly more convenient and far smaller. Iomega isn't an especially good company (they just bundle the cheapest part sourced from one company with the cheapest part sourced from another company, then put their own brand name on the box), 7200RPM is pointless in a drive like this since speeds are severely limited by USB 2.0 anyway, and, well, it's just ancient tech on clearance.



lol, I pick all my stuff so my office looks nice. I don't want some ugly hard drive sat there! This goes nicely with my Mac pro.[/quote]

A mug and his money are soon parted!

Edited by: "Besford" 12th Jun 2011

Original Poster

A mug and his money are soon parted!



I know, because i like my office to look modern and be a nice environment to work in, i'm a right mug.


dxx

Cold - for the same money, you can get a bus-powered 500GB drive that's … Cold - for the same money, you can get a bus-powered 500GB drive that's vastly more convenient and far smaller. Iomega isn't an especially good company (they just bundle the cheapest part sourced from one company with the cheapest part sourced from another company, then put their own brand name on the box), 7200RPM is pointless in a drive like this since speeds are severely limited by USB 2.0 anyway, and, well, it's just ancient tech on clearance.



How long did you run Iomega for since you know so much about it?

They made a good looking metal case, and they put a hugely popular seagate hard drive in there.

Are you suggesting all 3.5" external hard drives are useless? Wow.

I bought this, because i want a hard drive sat on my desk that has a stand, that looks nice and that is cheap. I don't mind paying a couple of pounds for a metal case.

Edited by: "steluca5" 13th Jun 2011

steluca5

How long did you run Iomega for since you know so much about it? They … How long did you run Iomega for since you know so much about it? They made a good looking metal case, and they put a hugely popular seagate hard drive in there.Are you suggesting all 3.5" external hard drives are useless? Wow.I bought this, because i want a hard drive sat on my desk that has a stand, that looks nice and that is cheap. I don't mind paying a couple of pounds for a metal case.



Is this just one of those posts where someone asks a series of stupid questions in a weak attempt to justify to themselves that they haven't made a bad purchase decision? Whatevs, though:

1) I've had my Iomega external drive for about two years. Bought it for £20 more than this, and it's of double the capacity. Obviously, I've had it open, and since it's on my desk right now, I can tell you that the connectors are made by Foxxconn, the controller chip is made by JM, the internal harddrive is made by Seagate, and I can't be bothered finding out who made the power supply. Iomega's name doesn't appear anywhere on the insides of the device, because they didn't manufacture any of it. They're just an assembler.

Also, FWIW, the design of the electronics is poorer than my Western Digital external drive. This Iomega drive needs a power switch. The WD intelligently switches itself on only when it detects that its host PC is switched on, and automatically powers itself down when it's not in use. This whole thing about using a power switch seems a tad low-tech by comparison.

2) I doubt they made the metal case, more just designed it, and had someone in China make it. The Seagate drive is okay though, and thankfully predates all of the subsequent models that've featured crippling firmware flaws.

3) I didn't even get close to suggesting that. 2.5" drives are useful for portability and low power consumption, 3.5" drives are useful for sheer capacity and price. Except this 3.5" harddrive is neither higher in capacity or lower in price, making it entirely pointless next to its 2.5" equivalent.

4) You bought it because you're a mug.

Original Poster

dxx

Is this just one of those posts where someone asks a series of stupid … Is this just one of those posts where someone asks a series of stupid questions in a weak attempt to justify to themselves that they haven't made a bad purchase decision? Whatevs, though:1) I've had my Iomega external drive for about two years. Bought it for £20 more than this, and it's of double the capacity. Obviously, I've had it open, and since it's on my desk right now, I can tell you that the connectors are made by Foxxconn, the controller chip is made by JM, the internal harddrive is made by Seagate, and I can't be bothered finding out who made the power supply. Iomega's name doesn't appear anywhere on the insides of the device, because they didn't manufacture any of it. They're just an assembler. Also, FWIW, the design of the electronics is poorer than my Western Digital external drive. This Iomega drive needs a power switch. The WD intelligently switches itself on only when it detects that its host PC is switched on, and automatically powers itself down when it's not in use. This whole thing about using a power switch seems a tad low-tech by comparison.2) I doubt they made the metal case, more just designed it, and had someone in China make it. The Seagate drive is okay though, and thankfully predates all of the subsequent models that've featured crippling firmware flaws.3) I didn't even get close to suggesting that. 2.5" drives are useful for portability and low power consumption, 3.5" drives are useful for sheer capacity and price. Except this 3.5" harddrive is neither higher in capacity or lower in price, making it entirely pointless next to its 2.5" equivalent. 4) You bought it because you're a mug.



Ok, you've numbered your responses. I'm out. You win, i'm a mug.

I have more important things to do with my day. Enjoy yours!

Edited by: "steluca5" 13th Jun 2011

I bought this in 2008 and the drive died. I ended up buying a 2.5" 500GB drive by mistake. Anyway as it is SATA if fitted in the unit and it works. Even better it powers on just with the USB lead plugged in. I no longer need to use the power plug. So with any of these 3.5" external drives, you can just put in a 2.5" disk and it will work without the power supply.

Does it need external power? Is it not usb powered then?
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