The great Amazon external hard drive price crash! (1TB from £45, 3TB from £79, 4TB from £95)
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The great Amazon external hard drive price crash! (1TB from £45, 3TB from £79, 4TB from £95)

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Found 30th Oct 2014
OK, so I was looking at drives this morning (using camelcamelcamel) and found that quite a few drives had dropped in price today. Not sure what's going on, but as there were a few drops I thought it would be good to compile the best prices going in the hope that it helps people out!

I've stuck to external drives and basic NAS for now (only had enough time over lunch to do that!) but if this proves popular I'll add in SSD, internals and more NAS and keep the listed updated regularly.

The lists below are in capacity/price order. The code at the end is the Amazon code. Just stick it in the search box and the drive will pop up.

Basic portables (2.5" USB powered):
1TB - Seagate Expansion - £44.99 (B0093RFBO6)
1TB - Samsung M3 - £45.99 (B008PABFX8)
1TB - Toshiba Basic - £45.99 (B005X7AXXE)
1TB - WD Elements - £47.97 (B00CRZ2PRM)
2TB - Seagate Expansion - £64.99 (B00ILALU9G)
2TB - Toshiba Canvio - £66.99 (B00KWHJVCY)
2TB - WD Elements - £69.97 (B00D0L5BH8)
2TB - Samsung M3 - £69.99 (B00FZU9JYI)

Premium portables (2.5" USB powered):
1TB - WD Passport Ultra (4 colours) - £48.97 (B00CRZ2DTC)
1TB - Seagate Backup Plus Slim (4 colours) - £49.95 (B00FP50KFA)
2TB - Seagate Backup Plus Slim (4 colours) - £74.99 (B00G7LQA1E)
2TB - WD Passport Ultra (4 colours) - £79.00 (B00CSH1AOS)
4TB - Seagate Backup Plus Fast - £201.87 (B00IGSB2ZK)
4TB - WD Passport Pro - £331.26 (B00IZFX5OA)

Basic desktop (3.5" main powered):
2TB - Seagate Expansion - £59.75 (B0084LZI5Y)
2TB - WD Elements - £59.98 (B00HOC75SC)
2TB - Samsung D3 - £59.98 (B00C9TEL46)
3TB - Seagate Expansion - £78.99 (B0084LZJ1M)
3TB - Samsung D3 - £79.98 (B00C9TEOCA)
3TB - WD Elements - £79.99 (B00HOC6K24)
4TB - Seagate Expansion - £94.99 (B00BP5RL10)
4TB - Samsung D3 - £106.99 (B00HZDRCRO)
4TB - WD Elements - £109.99 (B00JGV8M9A)
5TB - Seagate Expansion - £149.99 (B00JV1YQY0)

Premium desktop (3.5" mains powered)
2TB - WD My Book - £67.99 (B00G28Y9BU)
2TB - Seagate Backup Plus - £69.99 (B00HSYI3VY)
3TB - WD My Book - £87.99 (B00G28Y9CY)
3TB - Seagate Backup Plus - £98.00 (B00HSYI4I6)
4TB - WD My Book - £114.99 (B00G28Y96K)
4TB - Seagate Backup Plus - £119.98 (B00HSYI58U)
5TB - Seagate Backup Plus - £174.99 (B00IT2K1QE)
6TB - WD My Book - £226.17 (B00LXZ164U)

Basic single-bay NAS (3.5", ethernet, mains powered)
2TB - Seagate Central - £89.99 (B00BP5RJ76)
2TB - WD My Cloud - £99.00 (B00FOKN7FG)
3TB - Seagate Central - £109.99 (B00BP5RJRG)
3TB - WD My Cloud - £119.99 (B00FOKN7B0)
4TB - Seagate Central - £143.19 (B00BP5RKIE)
4TB - WD My Cloud - £149.00 (B00FOKN7D8)
6TB - WD My Cloud - £289.99 (B00LIRUZGS)

Internal HDD 2.5"
500GB - Samsung M8 (9.5mm) - £34.97 (B0052T7HUA)
500GB - Seagate Laptop HDD (7mm) - £34.99 (B008BG62A2)
500GB - WD Blue - £34.99 (B00C9TECFO)
500GB - WD Black (9.5mm) - £39.95 (B00DSUTWMQ)
500GB - Seagate Laptop Ultrathin HDD (5mm) - £57.82 (B00E4NXO2K)
1TB - WD Blue (9.5mm) - £45.73 (B00C9TEBJQ)
1TB - Samsung M8 (9.5mm) - £46.29 (B0053YLTBC)
1TB - WD Red (9.5mm) - £62.00 (B00EHBES1U)
2TB - Samsung M9T (9.5mm) - £87.99 (B00I8O6OQ4)
2TB - WD Green (15mm) - £97.00 (B00COFNBPA)

Internal SSHD 2.5"
1TB - Seagate Solid State Hybrid drive (9mm) - £68.00 (B00BHRWHNI)
1TB HDD + 120GB SSD - WD Black2 (9.5mm) - £170.63 (B00GSJ9X4Q)

Internal SSD 2.5" (r = read in Mbps / w= write in Mbps)
120GB - Kingston V300 (r: 450 / w: 450) - £44.00 (B00A1ZTZOG)
128GB - Crucial MX100 (r: 550 / w: 150) - £51.68 (B00KFAGD88)
120GB - Samsung 840 - £54.39 (B00E3W15P0)
128GB - Samsung 850 Pro (r:550 / w: 520) - £87.99 (B00LMXBN78)
240GB - Kingston V300 (r: 450 / w: 450) - £64.98 (B00A1ZTZNM)
256GB - Crucial MX100 (r: 550 / w: 500) - £77.33 (B00KFAGCWK)
250GB - Samsung 840 - £91.71 (B00E3W1726)
256GB - Samsung 850 Pro (r: 550 / w: 520) - £146.49 (B00LMXBOP4)
512GB - Crucial MX100 (r: 550 / w: 330) - £149.98 (B00KFAGCUM)
480GB - Kingston V300 (r: 450 / w:450) - £156.39 (B00FXJWO5C)
500GB - Samsung 840 (r: 540 / w: 520) - £159.99 (B00E3W19MO)
512GB - Samsung 850 Pro (r: 550 / w: 520) - £259.98 (B00LMXBMZG)
1TB - Samsung 840 (r: 540 / w: 520) - £294.99 (B00E3W16OU)
1TB - Samsung 850 Pro (r: 550 / w: 520) - £469.98 (B00LJ3PYFS)

151 Comments

Nice, thanks for posting!

Hi. Can someone please explain whats the diff bw USB powered and mains powered hard drives? Apart from the way they draw power.

thank you very much, that's very helpful, I was looking for one

Any decently price Laptops ,netbooks with SSD as standard ;dont like buy moving part Hard drives & then having to pay to upgrade ,just seems like a waste of money ?

Thanks for the great listing Heat added

2tb portable is now £59.99

Original Poster

Jiwani80

Hi. Can someone please explain whats the diff bw USB powered and mains … Hi. Can someone please explain whats the diff bw USB powered and mains powered hard drives? Apart from the way they draw power.



The USB powered drives are traditionally described as 2.5". They're smaller than the more traditional (3.5") hard drives. As they're smaller in size, they're easily portable but generally lower capacity, more expensive per GB, consume less power, have less cache and often will spin at a slower RPM. Whether any of that is important is very dependent on what you want to use the drive for.

For standard data storage and backup purposes, I can't imagine you'd see any noticeable performance difference between the two types of drive. If you need sheer volumes of data, go for a mains powered, especially as the cost per GB is significantly lower. If you want something that you can stick in a bag or pocket and take with you, go for a USB powered drive.



Edited by: "Gem1ni0" 30th Oct 2014

2tb portable coming up at £59.99
Edited by: "stamfordblue" 30th Oct 2014

Thanks for taking the time and effort, OP. Heat added.
Need to check the HDD size limit of my NAS now.

Original Poster

stamfordblue

2tb portable coming up at £59.99



Ahem, oops. Have just edited the comment... Good spot, thanks.

2TB portable - what's the difference between basic and premium and secondly there's none coming up at

£44.95

Jiwani80

Hi. Can someone please explain whats the diff bw USB powered and mains … Hi. Can someone please explain whats the diff bw USB powered and mains powered hard drives? Apart from the way they draw power.


Portable external hard drives use 2.5" HDDs inside - ie laptop drives. They are powered directly via the USB cable.

Desktop externals use desktop 3.5" HDDs inside. They're bigger, heavier, faster (generally) and require their own power supply.

2.5" drives are physically smaller so naturally they don't hold as much. 3.5" drives go up to 6TB now whereas 2.5" drives top out at 2TB.

In the case where they both hold the same - eg 2TB - then the 2.5" drive is at the cutting edge of platter density while the 3.5" drive probably uses a platter density that is more mature. The more mature platter density is usually more reliable, but that's not a guarantee.

Is this a crash? The 5TB was £10 cheaper a week ago, and £20 cheaper through flubit (i purchased one)...

Original Poster

sowotsdis

2TB portable - what's the difference between basic and premium



I've defined basic as literally a standard drive with a USB cable. The Premium drives are the more expensive versions, with backup and/or encryption software, available in multiple chassis and made of more expensive materials.

For example:

WD Passport Ultra is in 4 colours and has automatic backup and encryption capabilities.
Seagate Backup Plus has a part-metal case, automatic Facebook/Mobile/PC backup, and the 2TB is the slimmest of all the 2TB portable drives available.

sowotsdis

secondly there's none coming up at £44.99



Yeah that was my bad. Mistype on my comment, but I've corrected it now. £59.99 is the lowest priced portable, £54.99 is the lowest priced desktop.

Looking for some new internal drives so would appreciate a list of those, especially if they would be good for a RAID0.

Nice compilation. I now just need to decide how you got a picture of my wallet bursting into flames.
This site saves and spends so much of my cash.

Original Poster

delusion

Is this a crash? The 5TB was £10 cheaper a week ago, and £20 cheaper t … Is this a crash? The 5TB was £10 cheaper a week ago, and £20 cheaper through flubit (i purchased one)...



5TB was the one the kind of stood out. Yeah it was £129.99 earlier in the week - in fact it's still listed for £129.99 at Currys/PC World, but you'd need to go to see if they have stock (it's OOS online).

2TB portable @ £59 is good (all other brands are £67+), £55 for 2TB desk looks strong, 3TB is down, 4TB is down another pound on the price earlier in the week.

redbiro

Any decently price Laptops ,netbooks with SSD as standard ;dont like … Any decently price Laptops ,netbooks with SSD as standard ;dont like buy moving part Hard drives & then having to pay to upgrade ,just seems like a waste of money ?


irrelevant!!!!

reddragon105

Looking for some new internal drives so would appreciate a list of those, … Looking for some new internal drives so would appreciate a list of those, especially if they would be good for a RAID0.


A single SSD would be far faster than two HDDs RAID 0'd.

Original Poster

reddragon105

Looking for some new internal drives so would appreciate a list of those, … Looking for some new internal drives so would appreciate a list of those, especially if they would be good for a RAID0.



I'm going to work on standard internals, SSD and hybrids shortly. Will be up later today!

aceuk

A single SSD would be far faster than two HDDs RAID 0'd.


Really, where can I buy a 12TB SSD drive?

Finally the prices are becoming reasonable. Thanks!

^ They've been reasonable for a while, now they are hitting 'cheap' territory. We're well below pre-flood prices here.

I'm still refusing to buy one until until I really need to have one. Hopefully prices keep crashing.

Oneday77

Really, where can I buy a 12TB SSD drive?


aceuk

A single SSD would be far faster than two HDDs RAID 0'd.


Precisely - I know how fast SSDs are - I've got 2 of them - and you're technically not wrong but I have a 2x 1tb RAID0 that I'm looking to upgrade to at least 2x 2tb RAID0 because I need that kind of storage and it's just not feasible to use SSDs for that. I'd run out of physical space to put them in my PC. Besides, as I use them for video editing, I'm more concerned with sequential read speeds than burst rates, and two decent mechanical drives in a RAID0 will at least come close to SSD speeds at a much lower price.


Gem1ni0

I'm going to work on standard internals, SSD and hybrids shortly. Will be … I'm going to work on standard internals, SSD and hybrids shortly. Will be up later today!


Cheers mate - much appreciated! Just had a quick look and can't see any great bargains myself. Might be cheaper to buy some externals and crack them open, as long as I know what drives are inside beforehand!

can you add the RPM speed to each of the drives?

Thanks for your time and effort OP. Also appreciate the explanation re USB versus mains.

Just purchased a Wii U and need external drive (preferably mains as limited USB ports). Required for non Nintendo game saves. 1TB will be more than adequate from research I have done. I'm a complete novice at anything like this. Which one would you suggest from your list please ?

delusion

Is this a crash? The 5TB was £10 cheaper a week ago, and £20 cheaper t … Is this a crash? The 5TB was £10 cheaper a week ago, and £20 cheaper through flubit (i purchased one)...


No, it is not a price crash. Two prices are quite good, the Seagate 2TB portable and the Seagate 4TB. But i would avoid Seagate if possible.

sowotsdis

2TB portable - what's the difference between basic and premium

sowotsdis

secondly there's none coming up at £44.99



I have always wondered this and if the extra is worth it, so say for example the encryption, is the encryption software or hardware based? and can a end user save the pound difference with the basic and install there own encryption software e.g. bitlocker it?

Great Post, Thank you
Shame I bought 2 toshiba hard drives from ebuyer 2 weeks ago very tempting though

Out of all the external desktop hard drives, which one would you guys recommend?
I have a seagate one but lately i've read some not so great reviews
Edited by: "Diamond_Studd" 30th Oct 2014

sam4554

can you add the RPM speed to each of the drives?



Portable drives will be 5400RPM.

Another vote for an internal drives list :).

Cheers OP.

cheers for the effort OP

Outstanding post thanks OP!!!

rev6

Portable drives will be 5400RPM.



Unless they are 7200 rpm!

Heat & thanks for effort, OP

Thank You
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