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MAXTOR 500gb External Hard Drive £69.99
MAXTOR 500gb External Hard Drive £69.99

MAXTOR 500gb External Hard Drive £69.99

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This seemed like a good deal!

I have been on the look out for an external hard drive to store photos and music. I want to connect it to my USB.

I don't know a lot about computers - so can someone tell me if this is a good deal? I like the idea of getting it from a well known store.

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Great price for 500GB.

Hot deal!!

Only thing i would say, whoever designs the drives for Mator need a good talking too!!!!! They're ugly looking things

Original Poster

Thanks mate - so it seems like a good deal to you?
PC World seem very competitive these days (no I don't work for them!!)

Good if you want to pick up in store, if buying online might be worth considering this Lacie 500GB drive for 68 delivered:

ebuyer.com/pro…027

John

Very tempting, but have had too many maxtors die on me, rather pay a bit more for a western digital;-)

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cycleman

Very tempting, but have had too many maxtors die on me, rather pay a bit … Very tempting, but have had too many maxtors die on me, rather pay a bit more for a western digital;-)



Thanks useful to know, and enough to make me concerned... are the Lacie ones better?

Or is this one a safer bet:
click here]http//ww…761

meh maxtor votrd cold

glad25

this ]500GB Seagate External Hard Drive from Maplins is down to £74.99



Definitely go with Seagate. It's never failed on me.

verwoodspring

Thanks useful to know, and enough to make me concerned... are the Lacie … Thanks useful to know, and enough to make me concerned... are the Lacie ones better?Or is this one a safer bet:click here]http://www.ebuyer.com/product/108761



In my experience, everyone has a hard drive brand they dislike and will recommend against them and there's often no consistency between them - I've seen threads where each individual poster has recommended against one different brand each...

I've seen numerous drives of each type fail and aside from known bad production runs (such as the infamous IBM Deathstars) I don't hold it against the hard drive manufacturer - I have a desktop PC sitting here which had its Western Digital hard drive fail recently which itself was a warranty replacement for the original Western Digital drive which also failed. However it doesn't mean I won't buy a Western Digital drive again as I recently purchased a WD drive for my laptop. Also worth bearing in mind Maxtor is owned by Seagate these days.

For those reasons I tend to focus more on features, design of the case and other aspects such as how noisy the drive is primarily when considering a new hard drive. Lacie don't manufacture hard drives themselves, they build the external casing and then choose a hard drive to put in there.

John

Looks like a good deal but I'm now in the market for an external drive that supports RAID - ie. I'd like it to have two drives inside it which 'mirror' what's being written so if one drive dies, the data is still safely mirrored on the other drive. Anyone any recommendations?

After years of experience and returning hundreds back to my supplier I'd rather have the Mumps than own a Maxtor hard drive!

Bardo

Looks like a good deal but I'm now in the market for an external drive … Looks like a good deal but I'm now in the market for an external drive that supports RAID - ie. I'd like it to have two drives inside it which 'mirror' what's being written so if one drive dies, the data is still safely mirrored on the other drive. Anyone any recommendations?



No and pointless, RAID1\5 and all the redundancy type RAID stuff isn't for "keeping a safe backup". Its for buisnesses running time\mission critical tasks that may need a system restore at a moments notice. It eats CPU cycles for breakfast with no real gains.

Your better off just buying a drive like this and using it to backup to, you certainly can't make produce a RAID array with external or firewire based interconnect drives externally
Abit like a car with square wheels.

Maxtor are the most problematic drives I have ever used, unfortunately I wouldn't own one even if they paid me the £69.99 to have one, they are that bad

Just for the record...

Maxtor was bought out by Seagate
Lacie don't actually make drives just the enclosures
Hitachi drives were previosuly IBM drives
Western Digital are the other big name in HDDs

That aside - not a bad price for the unit, but if you're after something less ugly, pay a few extra quid (£72.98) for the ]WD 500GB MyBook Essential

I'm glad someone else agrees, Maxtor are by far the most Unreliable HDD's ever made and I speak as an IT supplier who has suffered as a result of the problems these drives bring. If you want good solid reliable performance stick With Western Digital.

robo989

No and pointless, RAID1\5 and all the redundancy type RAID stuff isn't … No and pointless, RAID1\5 and all the redundancy type RAID stuff isn't for "keeping a safe backup"


Really? I thought that was the WHOLE point - to have a backup of some sort!


robo989

Its for buisnesses running time\mission critical tasks that may need a … Its for buisnesses running time\mission critical tasks that may need a system restore at a moments notice. It eats CPU cycles for breakfast with no real gains."


Unfortunately, its never a "moments notice" to recover from a disk failure no matter what mission critical task you're running!!
Yes it does take a few ms longer to write data to a mirrored drive, but nothing the average user would notice especially on what is likely going to be a non-mission critical home PC.

robo989

Your better off just buying a drive like this and using it to backup to


Yes it's possible but time consuming as you have to normally do a lot of manual copying (all be it there is s/w out there (eg Windows Home Server)

robo989

you certainly can't make produce a RAID array with external or firewire … you certainly can't make produce a RAID array with external or firewire based interconnect drives externally

robo989

No and pointless, RAID1\5 and all the redundancy type RAID stuff isn't … No and pointless, RAID1\5 and all the redundancy type RAID stuff isn't for "keeping a safe backup". Its for buisnesses running time\mission critical tasks that may need a system restore at a moments notice. It eats CPU cycles for breakfast with no real gains.Your better off just buying a drive like this and using it to backup to, you certainly can't make produce a RAID array with external or firewire based interconnect drives externally Abit like a car with square wheels.



No idea what you're talking about - RAID 1 isn't just for business critical tasks, you can use it for whatever you want. Yes you can backup manually to separate external drives but when drives are relatively cheap these days RAID 1 external storage makes a lot of sense. It means everything you write to the external RAID array is automatically mirrored so at any point in time that the drive fails you know you have lost nothing. Furthermore you can take the failed drive out, send it back for warranty repair and your external drive will continue to function on its remaining drive. Then when the replacement comes back, in it goes and you're back to a mirrored array.

I think you've misunderstood the question as well, the user isn't asking for an external drive to mirror the internal drive he's asking for an enclosure which includes a pair of drives with RAID facility. These most certainly do exist.

John

I want a TB drive :P

Freecom Hard Drive 500GB 16MB External USB2
£69.98 with free next working day delivery
novatech.co.uk based in portsmouth:santa:

Johnmcl7

I think you've misunderstood the question as well, the user isn't asking … I think you've misunderstood the question as well, the user isn't asking for an external drive to mirror the internal drive he's asking for an enclosure which includes a pair of drives with RAID facility. These most certainly do exist.John

Yup - that's exactly what I was asking for! Anyone able to recommend one? Ideally I'm after a 500mb RAID1 unit (ie. 2 x 500mb drives). I already have a 500mb MyBook with a single SATA drive in it so I could rip the drive out of that and pair it up with a second 500mb SATA drive in a RAID1 enclosure but it would be nice to buy a unit with both drives preinstalled if the price wasn't too steep...

This one looks like a great deal.. but after reading the comments.. I am wondering which Brand to go far. As far as I see.. WD (Western Digital) has more positive comments ?

Is there I TB External HDD for a good deal? I better think I should buy a decent desktop with this external HDD!

Lemme know which brand to choose !

Cheers!

Much safer bet to go with the Freecom or Lacie models, both of which contain samsung drives

freecom one is avaliable at ebuyer for only £67.99 inc delivery.

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About right for a 500gb, I just paid that same price for a 320gb, but the extra was for a firewire interface which is faster.

Bardo

Yup - that's exactly what I was asking for! Anyone able to recommend one? … Yup - that's exactly what I was asking for! Anyone able to recommend one? Ideally I'm after a 500mb RAID1 unit (ie. 2 x 500mb drives). I already have a 500mb MyBook with a single SATA drive in it so I could rip the drive out of that and pair it up with a second 500mb SATA drive in a RAID1 enclosure but it would be nice to buy a unit with both drives preinstalled if the price wasn't too steep...



A NAS solution is ideal as it doesn't rely on any PC to be switched on, yet accessible over a network.
Most NAS enclosures come bare (no HDDs), but you're looking at ~£100 for that plus drives on top (long term with the right firmware you could obviously go up to whatever the manufacturer deems is supported by the unit (currently a lot of NAS units allow 2x 1TB HDDs to be installed)).
Look for Gb ethernet as a minimum.


WD do a 1TB NAS drive which can be split to use as 2x 500GB in RAID 1, but even that sets you back ~£215

TCLeics

About right for a 500gb, I just paid that same price for a 320gb, but the … About right for a 500gb, I just paid that same price for a 320gb, but the extra was for a firewire interface which is faster.



Firewire is not faster then USB2, but for average home use, you would not see muc difference between the two

SS381

Firewire is not faster then USB2, but for average home use, you would not … Firewire is not faster then USB2, but for average home use, you would not see muc difference between the two



Maybe peak rate but on sustained transfers firewire is the faster of the 2.
You will see it in home use if you transfer large files (like dv footage from your last holiday).

SS381

A NAS solution is ideal as it doesn't rely on any PC to be switched on, … A NAS solution is ideal as it doesn't rely on any PC to be switched on, yet accessible over a network.Most NAS enclosures come bare (no HDDs), but you're looking at ~£100 for that plus drives on top (long term with the right firmware you could obviously go up to whatever the manufacturer deems is supported by the unit (currently a lot of NAS units allow 2x 1TB HDDs to be installed)).Look for Gb ethernet as a minimum.WD do a 1TB NAS drive which can be split to use as 2x 500GB in RAID 1, but even that sets you back ~£215

Thanks for the info! Just what I needed to know...

I have to agree with Maxtor's unreliability, I've had quite a few of their HDD break. I don't know if they've improved since Seagate bought them but I'm staying clear off these.

SS381

Firewire is not faster then USB2, but for average home use, you would not … Firewire is not faster then USB2, but for average home use, you would not see muc difference between the two



Isn't Firewire 800 faster than USB2 though? Greater bandwidth or something like that. Also I read somewhere that USB is more dependant on CPU processing whereas Firewire doesn't, unless someone wishes corrects me?

Bardo

Yup - that's exactly what I was asking for! Anyone able to recommend one? … Yup - that's exactly what I was asking for! Anyone able to recommend one? Ideally I'm after a 500mb RAID1 unit (ie. 2 x 500mb drives). I already have a 500mb MyBook with a single SATA drive in it so I could rip the drive out of that and pair it up with a second 500mb SATA drive in a RAID1 enclosure but it would be nice to buy a unit with both drives preinstalled if the price wasn't too steep...




These are the brand to look for Bardo:

g-technology.com/Pro…cfm

We have used them at work - they specialise in raid array external drives. I'm not sure on prices, you'll have to look into stockists yourself



As for the USB Vs Firewire

Max theoretical rates:

Firewire 400 = 400mbits/s

USB 2 = 480mbits/s

In practice, firewire is definitely faster. And obviously Firewire 800 is faster still.

Gigabit Ethernet NAS enclosures, with USB ports to be used as "standard" mass storage devices, are the best bet as you can then just plug it into your router when using it at home and not worry about USB

madtriad

Isn't Firewire 800 faster than USB2 though? Greater bandwidth or … Isn't Firewire 800 faster than USB2 though? Greater bandwidth or something like that. Also I read somewhere that USB is more dependant on CPU processing whereas Firewire doesn't, unless someone wishes corrects me?



Yes it is, but to be honest there aren't that many devices out there that support Firewire II (Firewire800).

Johnmcl7

Good if you want to pick up in store, if buying online might be worth … Good if you want to pick up in store, if buying online might be worth considering this Lacie 500GB drive for 68 delivered:http://www.ebuyer.com:80/product/115027John



Awful drives, we bought 10 of them to dump backups on and they're painfully slow.

Best of luck getting this bunch to actually deliver and you will need to pray that you don't need to speak to their client support department if it doesn't turn up - I ordered the 500gb Maxtor one-touch from PCW on the 8th December, I have spent over an hour waiting for them to answer the phone then gave up and have sent numerous e-mails - still no drive Aaaaargh! - IMO they should just stick to the high-street.:whistling:
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