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iQon 500GB Ext. USB/e-Sata Hard Disk Drive - £78.83 del. + Free 256mb USB Pen!
iQon 500GB Ext. USB/e-Sata Hard Disk Drive - £78.83 del. + Free 256mb USB Pen!

iQon 500GB Ext. USB/e-Sata Hard Disk Drive - £78.83 del. + Free 256mb USB Pen!

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£73.98 + £4.85 Delivery from Tesco

Supplied with free Buffalo 256MB USB 2.0 Flash Drive!

Store up to 195,000 photos with the iQon 500GB Hard Disk Drive - a large capacity portable storage device with USB 2.0 connectivity allowing quick and easy plug and play connection. Download and upload at twice the speed of conventional HDD's with the E-SATA PCI Upgrade Kit. The hard drive runs at a speed of 7200rpm, features an aluminium case for faster cooling and produces low noise and low power consumption.

Accessories Included E-SATA cable, E-SATA PCI Upgrade Kit, USB Cable, Power Cable
Brand iQon
Features of Product 500GB E-SATA External HDD, USB 2.0 connection, E-SATA PCI Upgrade Kit, Plug & Play, Hot Swappable
Hard Drive Size 3.5"
Interface SATA
Product Depth 3
Product Height 13
Product Width 21
Rotational Speed 7200rpm
Storage Capacity 500GB E-SATA External HDD, USB 2.0 connection, E-SATA PCI Upgrade Kit, Plug & Play, Hot Swappable

Don't forget your 5% QuidCo Cashback!

25/07/2007 @ 17:02: Also available for collection at a limited number of stores.

Plus get a further £10 off using this code: TDXR-DTD50
- Code expires 30/07/2007
- Dappy

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good price, given the eSATA pci card included

I concur. Voted hot.

any reviews on these?
is eSATA pci card connection better than usb - presumsbly faster? (providing you have space for the card)

Can anyone tell me how this works...

Is it either USB or eSATA or both? I guess it still needs external power either way???

Another good spot from Dappy the Tesco deal baron - keep 'em coming.

I've used one of these for a while and not had any problems. If you use the esata interface it looks as quick as an internal HDD - much faster than USB. It's a bit more complicated than just plugging into the USB socket though (which you can do with the iQon as well).

Get inside your computer. Attach the esata adaptor to a spare sata socket on your motherboard and mount the plate on the back of your computer. This gives you an esata socket which you can get at from the outside.

Close your computer. Attach the iQon drive to the new esata socket with the cable supplied - not forgetting the power supply as well of course.

Tell your computer that you have a drive on that sata interface - on my machine it's by pressing F2 on bootup and going through the menu.

Reboot or tell it to 'scan for hardware changes' in device manager/disc drives.

I like the iQon so much i've ordered another two.

Hi, This seems a good price for an external 500Gb hard disk with eSATA interface. J9STL, here's a comparison for eSATA against USB2, Firewire etc. (from the excellent Wikipedia):-

eSATA
Speed (Mbit/s) 2400
Max. cable length (m) 2
Power provided No
Devices per Channel 1 (5 with port multiplier)

USB2.0
Speed (Mbit/s) 480 (burst)
Max. cable length (m) 5
Power provided No
Devices per Channel 16

Hope this helps.

Just so there's no confusion, the iQon is BOTH eSATA AND USB2. You don't have to use the eSATA interface if you don't want to, it's just quicker. Write your files with eSATA, take it to another PC, access them through USB, or vice-versa.

good price for the spec. but never heard of iQcon before, neither Google has.

does anyone know more about the company and perhaps a more detail spec page for this product?

what is the refund policy and warrantee?

Very interested in this, already have eSata on my machine. Could you please tell me-
[LIST=1]
[*]Is there an on/off power switch? If so, where is it located?
[*]Is the casing real metal and how hot does it get (effective ventilation?)
[*]Any idea what make/model HDD is inside?[/LIST]thanks a lot.


dp1503

Another good spot from Dappy the Tesco deal baron - keep 'em coming.I've … Another good spot from Dappy the Tesco deal baron - keep 'em coming.I've used one of these for a while and not had any problems. If you use the esata interface it looks as quick as an internal HDD - much faster than USB. It's a bit more complicated than just plugging into the USB socket though (which you can do with the iQon as well).I like the iQon so much i've ordered another two.

hotdealseeker

good price for the spec. but never heard of iQcon before, neither Google … good price for the spec. but never heard of iQcon before, neither Google has.does anyone know more about the company and perhaps a more detail spec page for this product?what is the refund policy and warrantee?



Hi, From what I've gathered iQon are a brand name that Tesco use (possibly a brand name that they use themselves only-not 100% sure). Their Philips Consumer Electronics Desktop PCs are generally branded iQon.

Hope this helps.

according to google, iQon is "Ireland's largest indigenous PC manufacturer & 3rd largest exporter" or some such guff... behind Dell of course and... well some other huge co. i guess

hotdealseeker

good price for the spec. but never heard of iQcon before, neither Google … good price for the spec. but never heard of iQcon before, neither Google has.does anyone know more about the company and perhaps a more detail spec page for this product?what is the refund policy and warrantee?

e-sata is way faster than USB, but you need a motherboard that has the socket or a plugin card (which someone has indicated). I've got an enclosure at home having usb 2 and esata and esata is greta for data transfer.

I'd google around for the manufacturer of the hard disk itself (most likely inside it is one of the big manufacturers - western digital, seagate etc).

This is the one that Aldi were offering recently minus the pen drive.

My local store still had a couple left last week at £89.99, so good buy.

Elsewhere they have been reporting the drives inside to be Samsung HD501LJ, please don't take this as gospel and blame me if not, it's just what I read.

Yeah iQon is a safe name. As mentioned they're an Irish PC manufacturer, and they've been working for Philips for a while too.

eSATA is the external version of Serial ATA that is gradually replacing our good old parallel ATA hard drives. Its speed is much higher than USB 2.0, and puts it on a level with professional solutions such as SCSI for a much more affordable price.

Now, finding a kit that includes the PCI adapter for this price is simply amazing, heat and rep added!
Cheers

[could this be a misprice?]

Does the E-SATA PCI Upgrade Kit convert the SATA on your mobo to eSATA or does it add eSATA by means of PCI slot? Also how many channels does the esata give? 1 or more?

Just wanted to double check on what the pci sata card does. If it just gives you an external sata port by connecting to your internal sata then saying it's PCI is very misleading. Or did you just do it that way becuase you alread had a spare SATA connection?

Also, are the esata connections daisy chainable or do you need one of these cards on the back of your PC for every external disk?

warrenp

This is the one I bought two months ago; doesn't look any different but who knows:
On/off switch on the end of the unit next to power input.
Case is metal - just gets warm - can't see a fan - grills both ends
Has a stand so it can stand on its edge
Not opened it but 'properties' reports Samsung HD501LJ

eSATA adaptor is not PCI. It just extends the motherboard SATA socket to the PC backplate.
One-to-one. Motherboard SATA socket -> adaptor -> drive.
Does not multiply. Does not daisy-chain.

ok - the big question - how do you know if your mobo supports this sata?
(be gentle please if this a stupid question)

[SIZE=2]Sounds good. thanks for the info - much appreciated[/SIZE]

Lets hope its still instock when I get home at 9!

Hi, Like the idea that there's a Samsung SATA300 500Gb 16Mb Cache hard disk fitted into this offering from iQon (from what others are saying here).

Slightly off-subject but does anyone know of any discount codes or clubcard codes that works on an order for one of these as tried several ones found on Hotukdeals but none of them are working unfortunately :-(.

Thank you.

Kiddson, the PCI adapter comes with the kid :thumbsup:

J9STL

ok - the big question - how do you know if your mobo supports this … ok - the big question - how do you know if your mobo supports this sata?(be gentle please if this a stupid question)



Hi, Not a stupid question at all. Here's what an eSATA connector should look like on the back of your mainboard providing it has on-board eSATA. This interface isn't required on-board though as this bundle includes a PCI card with eSATA interface. Basically as long as there's one vacant PCI slot on your mainboard this item should work.

http://www.conser.com.tw/manager/upload/200606011122202.jpg

Hope this helps.

thanks newbie2linux
I have 4 SATA sockets on my mainboard inside the pc (1 used for HDD)
Does this give option of link cable instead of pci card?

Here's the official manufacturer's page:
]iQon QDrive Extreme
Well, at least it looks like it could be the same model, just seen from the other side!

They say clearly there is a PCI upgrade kit with it though, so it's got to mean that there's a PCI-to-eSATA host bus adapter and therefore you wouldn't need an existing internal SATA port. In this case that would be just an extension cable with a plate on one side...
If not, they wouldn't be delivering what they promise, and they would give serious cause for complaint.

Cheers to OP and all info contributors - ordered one via quidco.

J9STL

thanks newbie2linuxI have 4 SATA sockets on my mainboard inside the pc (1 … thanks newbie2linuxI have 4 SATA sockets on my mainboard inside the pc (1 used for HDD)Does this give option of link cable instead of pci card?



Hi, No problem. The 4 SATA sockets that are on your mainboard are for connecting internal SATA devices such as hard disk drives. The PCI adapter with eSATA connector would still need to be used if there aren't any eSATA connectors on the rear of your mainboard where the Input/Output connectors are (external connectors). From what I've gathered SATA and eSATA are slightly different specification however eSATA isn't used on-board for internal SATA devices instead eSATA has been designed for external devices such as this offering from iQon.

Edited: PDF manual can be downloaded from here:-
iqon.ie/fil…pdf

iQon Technical Support telephone gleamed from the above PDF:-
UK: 0800 279 9808

Hope this helps.

Check the wiki page out about eSATA, it's designed for external SATA hardrive, and offer far more superior transfer speed than USB2.

en.wikipedia.org/wik…ata

apologies - slightly off topic, but any suggestions on best back-up software?

The two connectors are physically identical.
However a standard SATA connector is only designed to be inserted/removed a hundred or so times.
Wheras an eSATA connector is much more ]robust and is designed to be removed many times more often .

newbie2linux

Hi, No problem. The 4 SATA sockets that are on your mainboard are for … Hi, No problem. The 4 SATA sockets that are on your mainboard are for connecting internal SATA devices such as hard disk drives. The PCI adapter with eSATA connector would still need to be used if there aren't any eSATA connectors on the rear of your mainboard where the Input/Output connectors are (external connectors). From what I've gathered SATA and eSATA are slightly different specification however eSATA isn't used on-board for internal SATA devices instead eSATA has been designed for external devices such as this offering from iQon.Edited: PDF manual can be downloaded from here:-http://www.iqon.ie/files/20070412120954_Manuel-QDrive%20Extrem.pdfiQon Technical Support telephone gleamed from the above PDF:-UK: 0800 279 9808Hope this helps.

You can get up to another £15 off by using the Tesco Direct codes ]here

However both codes are targeted, I believe, so they may not work for you.
The £10 code worked for me though ;-)

pants

You can get up to another £15 off by using the Tesco Direct codes … You can get up to another £15 off by using the Tesco Direct codes ]hereHowever the £10 code was targeted I believe so it may not work for you, it did for me though ;-)



Hi, Agreed the SATA connectors for both SATA and eSATA are identical. eSATA being more robust. Regarding the coupon codes (they're not working unfortunately) I'd thought that stacking them was not allowed (using two or more)?. Guess you were lucky to get 15-off-55.


Sorry, the code ‘TDR-5LDTD5’ could not be accepted as you do not qualify for this promotion. Tip: Please ensure that your account has your most up to date Clubcard details set in the ‘My Account’ section to ensure that we verify your details correctly. Ref: EC1007

Clubcard details are correct but codes won't work. Guess that they're account specific :-(.

Regards :-).

DealMe

Elsewhere they have been reporting the drives inside to be Samsung HD501LJ



Hmmm, never had much luck with Samsungs.

Holy **** the pci card is Mac compatible, I'm all over this like a rash!!!

Pretty much all modern hard drives are of very, very similar quality in terms of reliability. There are only a few manufacturers in the whole world, and modern processes and competing technologies over many years of refinement mean these products are generally of an incredibly high standard.

Of course sometimes problems happen, sometimes with one particular batch meaning you get a bunch of duds one after the other and that's when you hear people dissing a particular brand, even though it happens (sometimes) to all the major brands. So if you ask 5 different people, one will say samsung is ****, another will hate WD, the other will detest Fuji, etc etc...

Just don't ever put your only copy of important data on a single drive- it's asking for problems **at some point** no matter what brand you're buying. Best to have 2 HDD copies and a set of DVDs at home, plus - INCREDIBLY VITAL - an external backup too. If your place is burgled/flooded/burns down you'll want that external backup. Storage is cheap, memories (photos etc), work & financial data etc can be irreplacable.

Sorry didn't mean to rant, but as for samsung, again, they're no worse than seagate or WD or fuji or hitachi/ibm or... you get the idea. plus this model is quite fast & very quiet! bonus.


Stompa

Hmmm, never had much luck with Samsungs.

Just bought two

Thanks OP

K

PS - Hope the pci's fit in my g5 !?!?

kevingattaca

Just bought twoThanks OPKPS - Hope the pci's fit in my g5 !?!?



I think that the PCI cards might be passive ie you need to have an existing SATA connector to plug them into on the computer side, but I could be wrong?

See post #13

dp1503

eSATA adaptor is not PCI. It just extends the motherboard SATA socket to … eSATA adaptor is not PCI. It just extends the motherboard SATA socket to the PC backplate.One-to-one. Motherboard SATA socket -> adaptor -> drive.Does not multiply. Does not daisy-chain.

Anyone found any working discount codes to use ?

Thanks

Ali
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