Seagate 4TB Fast portable USB3.0 drive £199.00 @ Maplin (£230 - £245 at other retailers)
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Seagate 4TB Fast portable USB3.0 drive £199.00 @ Maplin (£230 - £245 at other retailers)

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Found 14th Jul 2014
Sick of slow speeds from my NAS box so decided to try a USB3 drive as an alternative home for my big iTunes library. This thing is unbelievably fast (>200 MB/s) and runs on only one USB3 port on my macbook (adaptor for using 2 ports if you need to included). A bit of a bargain for 4TB portable - although there's really nothing else on the market to compare it with. Maplin at least £30 cheaper than anywhere else.

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...Yes, before anyone asks, there is 2 x 2.5 inch drives in there.

Original Poster

Thats's what makes it speedy (_;)

Editor

Just out of interest, Is this one drive or 2 x 2.5 inch drives?

What if you have a 2.1TB file though?

Editor

toonarmani

What if you have a 2.1TB file though?



http://www.everyjoe.com/files/2009/12/Mass-Effect-2-Please-Insert-Disc-2-300x168.jpg

toonarmani

What if you have a 2.1TB file though?



Well the drives will be in RAID 0 so it won't be an issue.
Both drives will appear as one physical drive within the OS.

Ok so it has double the chance of data failure due to being a raid array. It's portable so transport damage increases the data risk.
Its a good idea for anyone who needs 4TB of data on the move but really who has a multitude of files that would require 4TB in one chunk ie bigger than 2TB each

Sorry cold from me due to cheaper large storage alternatives. I'd rather a Civil Servant lost only half my info than leaving it all on a train.

On the brightside the 'dorks' on this site do post more than one deal per 3 years, so maybe they can identify hot from cold.

Oneday77

Ok so it has double the chance of data failure due to being a raid array. … Ok so it has double the chance of data failure due to being a raid array. It's portable so transport damage increases the data risk.Its a good idea for anyone who needs 4TB of data on the move but really who has a multitude of files that would require 4TB in one chunk ie bigger than 2TB eachSorry cold from me due to cheaper large storage alternatives. I'd rather a Civil Servant lost only half my info than leaving it all on a train.On the brightside the 'dorks' on this site do post more than one deal per 3 years, so maybe they can identify hot from cold.



Fighting talk, I'd usually agree but a load of uncultured teenage fools that I'd hazard a guess can't even heat up baked beans voted cold my pressure cooker deal, taking that into account I'll go with the person only posting the cream of the crop deals and they are just too refined for standard HUKDers to appreciate.

Its a Seagate will probably die within 6 months.

robo989

Fighting talk, I'd usually agree but a load of uncultured teenage fools … Fighting talk, I'd usually agree but a load of uncultured teenage fools that I'd hazard a guess can't even heat up baked beans voted cold my pressure cooker deal, taking that into account I'll go with the person only posting the cream of the crop deals and they are just too refined for standard HUKDers to appreciate.


I just voted your pressure cooker hot so I hope you feel better soon, don't let them get you down!

spannerzone

I just voted your pressure cooker hot so I hope you feel better soon, … I just voted your pressure cooker hot so I hope you feel better soon, don't let them get you down!



lmao thanks my morale is restored

I don't really want a 4TB portable or a pressure cooker, but on the whole the pressure cooker makes more sense - so i gave that one the heat

and balance is now restored

I'm not sure 2x 2.5" HDDs even in RAID0 will be faster than 1 3.5" HDD, at the same rpm they are much slower. Unless they are 10k rpm 2.5" WD Raptors

RAID1 does make sense, though the controller itself may fail and then you'll need to find another enclosure to get your data.

Not sure about USB3 bus-power though, some 2.5" enclosures + 2.5" HDD sometimes have issues in some laptops - 2x 2.5" drives + RAID controller + SATA-2-USB3 controller will consume a lot more.
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