USB 3.0 ... YEP 3.0 Lacie 500gb Portable Drive for £64.99 @ Play
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USB 3.0 ... YEP 3.0 Lacie 500gb Portable Drive for £64.99 @ Play

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Found 10th Sep 2010Made hot 11th Sep 2010
Not much more than USB 2 and it backwards compatible....

The World's Smallest USB 3.0 Mobile Hard Drive. It combines the fastest interface on the market with perfect portability.

500GB HDD Holds:
Up to 142,000 digital photos
Up to 125,000 songs (MP3)
Up to 12,000 songs (uncompressed CD quality)
Up to 38 hours of Digital Video (DV)
Up to 200 hours of DVD quality video
Up to 60 hours of HD video
Ultra-small
Ultra-fast USB 3.0 performance
Huge capacity
Made of resistant aluminum

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Shame it doesn't appear to come with an Express Card USB 3.0 controller.

Express Card USB 3.0 wouldnt fit my desktop PC and not seen any other external USB drives that come with a controller card! Good deal.

STONE COLD

Since this is a 2.5inch hard drive inside, an eSATA connection would be more than enough to deal with it's maxiumum transfer rate.

Marketing rubbish, I know the rating should be based on the item itself and not it's features\how crap it is, but this item is literally just throwing money away.

wont this depend on whether the device you are connecting to has a usb 3 input and without it then its a waste of money? Do any laptops have usb 3 or any media devices? Tend to agreed with robo above. Will be better when usb3 is standard,

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robo989

STONE COLDSince this is a 2.5inch hard drive inside, an eSATA connection … STONE COLDSince this is a 2.5inch hard drive inside, an eSATA connection would be more than enough to deal with it's maxiumum transfer rate.Marketing rubbish, I know the rating should be based on the item itself and not it's features\how crap it is, but this item is literally just throwing money away.



I don't your thinking this through ....

1. I already have a 2TB verbatim desktop drive and a USB 3 port on my PC.....

2. I am also looking for a fast portable drive to and as I already have a USB3 port wouldn't it make more sence? The desktop drive is 8 times fast than USB2 (I tested with transfering 50gb of files).

3. Esata is a dying connection now USB 3.0 is out, so you'd be buying a technology that wouldn't be easy to use in the future (except on your own PC with en esata port)...

4. Laptops are already being released with USB 3.0, although my vaio has an esata port the new vaio I am thinking of buying doesn't, it only has USB 2.0 and USB 3

5. Find a 2.5" 500gb drive with esata for this price? I did and the cheapest decent branded one I found was £68 plus delivery....

6. USB 3.0 will be standard in PC's and laptops as of next year and so I can take this to friends etc and get access there at high speeds.

All in all this is a hot deal and I think you should thinks things through before you comment as such.
Edited by: "mrpremium" 11th Sep 2010

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999tigger

wont this depend on whether the device you are connecting to has a usb 3 … wont this depend on whether the device you are connecting to has a usb 3 input and without it then its a waste of money? Do any laptops have usb 3 or any media devices? Tend to agreed with robo above. Will be better when usb3 is standard,



As a graphics designer I work from home a lot and have to transfer 200gb+ files each day to take to the office so for some people it's worth while buying now. I hate having to wait 2 hours for files to transfer to take to work.

Right now I have a 2TB desktop but it's annoying having to plug it in all the time and carry that big a$$ thing...

So this is PERECT for me.... and will no doubt be good for others too.....

This WILL become standard so it makes sence to buy this over esata

It's future proof

I kind of agree with mrpremium here, more sensible to opt for the future tech over the older... plus USB 3.0 is still in it's infancy at the moment, sure you won't get the 5gbps as transfer speed, but that's more to do with the abilities of the hard drive than the USB... so as drives get faster USB 3.0 will come into it's own.
I personally have never bothered with e-sata, I have a pci bracket, but when I got that e-sata drives were so expensive I never bothered and stuck with usb2... plus as was said earlier it's not a lot of help having an e-sata drive if your friends/colleagues/work only has usb... so unless you opted for the drive with both usb2 and e-sata then you're out of luck.
My next build I have planned is with a gigabyte motherboard which comes with usb3 onboard too, so then no need for a pci card... will keep an eye on these for when I have usb3.

mrpremium

I don't your thinking this through ....



Irony!

rob989

Marketing rubbish, I know the rating should be based on the item itself … Marketing rubbish, I know the rating should be based on the item itself and not it's features\how crap it is, but this item is literally just throwing money away.



If you mean the voting on a deal thread, then this can be based on anything you like (apparently):

[ hotukdeals.com/fee…610 ]

BFN,

fp.

eSATA isn't dying!!! It's going to be around for another 5-10 years at least.

eSATA isn't for everything so it's no use for a digital camera etc as it's not that kind of interface. Any SATA port can be converted to an eSATA port with a simple adaptor that costs a few £.

Still


I agree, compared to USB2 you're going to be getting around 60-70mb\s as opposed to 25-30mb\s. But eSATA can easily handle any speed only limited by your SATA controller, even the worst ones based on PCI tech can do 70-80mb\s...hence my comment on this not saturating the BUS and therefore entirely unnessacary on a 2.5inch drive.

The USB3.0 Verbatim one you're talking about is a different kettle of fish, it's a 3.5inch drive, much higher transfer rate, but even there...I'm dubious over the actual benefits over eSATA.

The real benefit is that it's backward compatible with USB2 but that's pretty much it, a very useful feature but are all the pepple voting HOT voting for that reason or the fact they are seeing "USB3.0" WOWwwwww!!! kinda thing

Just thought of something else.. with usb 3.0 it should now be possible to have portable 3.5" drives too without the need of an external power source as USB 3.0 can deliver a lot more power through the connection... and yes I know they would still be big and heavy to some extent, but in terms of affordability would be much better, you can buy a 1.5TB drive for approx £60 delivered at the moment (bare drive I mean, not an enclosure)

Edited by: "paddy.stone" 11th Sep 2010

robo989

STONE COLDSince this is a 2.5inch hard drive inside, an eSATA connection … STONE COLDSince this is a 2.5inch hard drive inside, an eSATA connection would be more than enough to deal with it's maxiumum transfer rate.



eSATA doesn't provide power though, USB3 does - and this is a portable usb powered drive.

In practice this drive will be 2-3x faster than USB2, the SAME speed as an eSATA version, no worse.

Not really a hot deal though, as scan have this 500GB USB3 portable drive for £50.98 :


http://static.scan.co.uk/Images/Products/1305899-a.jpg
http://www.hotukdeals.com/dea…557



Edited by: "mikerr" 11th Sep 2010

fanpages

If you mean the voting on a deal thread, then this can be based on … If you mean the voting on a deal thread, then this can be based on anything you like (apparently):[ http://www.hotukdeals.com/feedback/can-we-please-have-the-rules-guidel/743265?p=9247610 ]BFN,fp.

Oh dear god, still banging on about that are you fp? X)

The site works, by and large, without strict voting guidelines or intervention. Your inability to grasp the logic behind why is your own failing, not the admin's.

Rubisco

Oh dear god, still banging on about that are you fp? X)The site works, by … Oh dear god, still banging on about that are you fp? X)The site works, by and large, without strict voting guidelines or intervention. Your inability to grasp the logic behind why is your own failing, not the admin's.



No, I was offering the member the benefit of a link to this information as they may not have seen it, but thanks for reiterating the point.

BFN,

fp.
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