Toshiba HD 4TB Stor.E Canvio USB 3.0 3.5 Inch Desktop Hard Drive - Black @ Amazon - £89.98
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Toshiba HD 4TB Stor.E Canvio USB 3.0 3.5 Inch Desktop Hard Drive - Black @ Amazon - £89.98

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Found 6th Sep 2016Made hot 7th Sep 2016
Portable peace of mind

Extra hard drive protection

High-capacity storage

A stylish design

Faster transfer speeds

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good value, heat

I have a few of these gd drives but I did buy the wd my book 5tb at £95 a while back and I'd be looking to spend no more on another 5tb, I won't vote either way but I feel these should be £75-£80 now and the 5tb should be £85-£95 with 6tb being £110 and 8tb being £150.

Until then I have plenty of drives I can re-use watch old stuff and delete, it's only a matter of time till prices drop and I won't buy below 5tb drives now (currently 80+tb) smaller drives take up space as I need more of them, price dependant though I can see me buying a half dozen 8tb drives for an upgrade and some future proofing I'm waiting on the right prices and I know many in my position are doing the same thing.

I need a hard drive to connect to my tv, are these good? I have no idea about the different spin speeds etc

revolver31

I have a few of these gd drives but I did buy the wd my book 5tb at £95 a … I have a few of these gd drives but I did buy the wd my book 5tb at £95 a while back and I'd be looking to spend no more on another 5tb, I won't vote either way but I feel these should be £75-£80 now and the 5tb should be £85-£95 with 6tb being £110 and 8tb being £150.Until then I have plenty of drives I can re-use watch old stuff and delete, it's only a matter of time till prices drop


But is it? IMO for instance, most new laptops are now routinely supplied with drives of 1 terrabyte, operating systems programs etc typically occupy a few tens of gigabytes. Most casual buyers probably can't see the reason to buy bigger
revolver31

and I won't buy below 5tb drives now (currently 80+tb) smaller drives … and I won't buy below 5tb drives now (currently 80+tb) smaller drives take up space as I need more of them, price dependant though I can see me buying a half dozen 8tb drives for an upgrade and some future proofing I'm waiting on the right prices and I know many in my position are doing the same thing.


I wonder if they will, with the devaluation of the pound against foreign currencies following Brexit, which I don't think we've felt the full effects of, yet, I don't think it's inevitable.

jumpinoffthbed

I need a hard drive to connect to my tv, are these good? I have no idea … I need a hard drive to connect to my tv, are these good? I have no idea about the different spin speeds etc


No no no no no

Spin speeds are pretty much irrelevant for what you want, BUT, most TVs and players etc will NOT recognise anything above 2TB. This is because drives above 2TB use a partitioning format called GPT (GUID Partiton table), which whilst great for a computer, screws it up royally for everything else.

To play safe you should stick to drives of 2TB and below, and IMO stick with portable drives as opposed to 3.5". It really really does become a pain when you start moving them about to update them etc if they aren't portable.

For maximum compatibility you *MIGHT* also want to format the drive to FAT32 as opposed to NTFS, although that does limit the file-size you can put on it to about 4GB I think. FAT32 though is the most commonly recognised format going, and I have yet to find a TV / DVD Player / Blu Ray player that will not read a FAT32 drive (Assuming it has USB etc), whereas most of mine have not recognised NTFS drives. More recent TVs though will now accept the NTFS format, so always worth trying first.

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ghostm4n

No no no no noSpin speeds are pretty much irrelevant for what you want, … No no no no noSpin speeds are pretty much irrelevant for what you want, BUT, most TVs and players etc will NOT recognise anything above 2TB. This is because drives above 2TB use a partitioning format called GPT (GUID Partiton table), which whilst great for a computer, screws it up royally for everything else.To play safe you should stick to drives of 2TB and below, and IMO stick with portable drives as opposed to 3.5". It really really does become a pain when you start moving them about to update them etc if they aren't portable.For maximum compatibility you *MIGHT* also want to format the drive to FAT32 as opposed to NTFS, although that does limit the file-size you can put on it to about 4GB I think. FAT32 though is the most commonly recognised format going, and I have yet to find a TV / DVD Player / Blu Ray player that will not read a FAT32 drive (Assuming it has USB etc), whereas most of mine have not recognised NTFS drives. More recent TVs though will now accept the NTFS format, so always worth trying first.




Thanks, shame about the tb limit I'll look for something smaller. Might still get a bigger hd to move stuff over to for editing the adds out and keeping.
Edited by: "jumpinoffthbed" 7th Sep 2016

Anybody know what the drives in these actually are? Looking to bung a cheap but good 4TB in a nas.

I use one of these on my Sony Bravia 4k TV and there is no issues TV recognised it and I was able to format and use it to record

ghostm4n

This is because drives above 2TB use a partitioning format called GPT … This is because drives above 2TB use a partitioning format called GPT (GUID Partiton table), which whilst great for a computer, screws it up royally for everything else.



Is this definitely correct? I have a 4TB Seagate Expansion Desktop which I connect to a laptop running Windows XP - and Windows XP does not support GPT AFAIK...

Pc world have the 1tb version in 2.5 inch, in for £49.99 with £10 CB after 30 days,so effectivly £39.99. I bought on for my PVR
Edited by: "garbageguy" 11th Sep 2016
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