WD Elements 5TB External USB 3.0 Desktop Hard Drive £119.99 incl free delivery @ ebuyer
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WD Elements 5TB External USB 3.0 Desktop Hard Drive £119.99 incl free delivery @ ebuyer

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Found 2nd Mar 2015
I bought the 2TB version of this for under £50.00 before the disaster hit & prices rocketed.

Mine is still going strong as a backup for my iMac so this is pretty tempting - seems an excellent price to me & ebuyer has always been a good retailer for me. This has an external power adapter - not powered by USB

Sorry could not get image to attach to this post - now done.

@ Ebuyer
- peters123

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Thanx @peters123

If you're taking the drive out of these then ignore this. The USB "bridge" circuit can cause major problems with these. The file system may be encrypted and so if the bridge circuit fails you lose the lot.

your saying these dont have a std sata connection on the inside?
I'm not sure that file system encryption would have anything to do with that?

GwanGy

your saying these dont have a std sata connection on the inside?I'm not … your saying these dont have a std sata connection on the inside?I'm not sure that file system encryption would have anything to do with that?

The box has a USB bridge circuit which is easily unscrewed and unplugged from the SATA port of the drive. This circuit does the encryption (as well as bridging the SATA connection to the external USB connection.)

Edited by: "Musicrab" 2nd Mar 2015

Cracking deal. Got straight in a PC.

Edited by: "fiatbravodriver" 2nd Mar 2015

So tempted but I'm going to get 2x 8TB Seagate HDDs when they are finally out and RAID them. That way if one fails I should be ok.

For the love of god, please make sure if you use this to store your stuff that you have something else to backup your important stuff. Something like this hotukdeals.com/dea…328 which you can unplug from the PC and store somewhere else.

Oh... cracking deal :-)

what speed are the drives?

what speed are the drives?

Good deal for that amount of storage. Heat added.

so is it confirmed the drive can be removed from this and fitted to a pc? Does anyone know which drive is in it?

SKOOBY

Surprised there haven't been any comments about not putting all your eggs in one basket.

For the same price you could get two of those 3TB Seagate drives from the Viking deal.

Then again WD is probably more reliable than Seagate... (_;)

I will pass, still waiting for the ultimate

dreadzone101

Surprised there haven't been any comments about not putting all your eggs … Surprised there haven't been any comments about not putting all your eggs in one basket.



Probably because people have finally realised that saying that is silly, it doesn't matter the amount of data it only matters that you have multiple copies of your data, be it 5TB or 5MB on a 128MB thumb drive you're still as screwed if you don't have a backup and it fails.

The golden rule of data storage for people who don't know: your drive will fail, no ifs no buts have backups!
Edited by: "redflash" 2nd Mar 2015

What model drive do they put in these?

Not sure what speed the internal drive is but does the 5400 vs 7200 matter so much these days? My last 5400 drive outperformed an older 7200 because the data is packed that much tighter on these modern drives?

BungalowBill

Not sure what speed the internal drive is but does the 5400 vs 7200 … Not sure what speed the internal drive is but does the 5400 vs 7200 matter so much these days? My last 5400 drive outperformed an older 7200 because the data is packed that much tighter on these modern drives?


Was looking at drives for the Xbox one and 5200 ones were as fast as the internal drives as far as load times were concerned, 7200 ones made an improvement generally.

redflash

Probably because people have finally realised that saying that is silly, … Probably because people have finally realised that saying that is silly, it doesn't matter the amount of data it only matters that you have multiple copies of your data, be it 5TB or 5MB on a 128MB thumb drive you're still as screwed if you don't have a backup and it fails.The golden rule of data storage for people who don't know: your drive will fail, no ifs no buts have backups!



People still say or imply it though with the bigger hard drive deals (_;)

The point people are making when they say that isn't to do with backups and their importance though. It's assuming that people don't create backups. Therefore one drive with all your info on it, if it were to fail would be more detrimental than if a person had all their data stored across multiple drives. If you had a backup of everything then of course it wouldn't matter where you store stuff. Whether it be on the same computer, external drives, discs, flash drives. But if a person has no backups then data spread across multiple drives is definitely preferable to all data on 1 drive. Hence not putting all your eggs in one basket...

Quidco seem to be offering 6% on external HD's for the next 6 days or 119 Nectar points if you prefer (59.5p I think). Topcashback appears to be 1.57% (For all other purchases)

redflash

Probably because people have finally realised that saying that is silly, … Probably because people have finally realised that saying that is silly, it doesn't matter the amount of data it only matters that you have multiple copies of your data, be it 5TB or 5MB on a 128MB thumb drive you're still as screwed if you don't have a backup and it fails.The golden rule of data storage for people who don't know: your drive will fail, no ifs no buts have backups!


It's about time someone stated "your drive will fail..." that's why backups (more than one) are important. (I know to many people who have lost valuable data for ever due to drive failure and didn't bother to backup. mostly Women; did I just say that )
This is a very good deal and looking at how the supporting software works, it would be worthwhile taking advantage of using Dropbox for additional security.

Have a Seagate drive for 4 years worked great with 3 partitions with different O/S's on then put ssd in to become main drive the hd had a hissy fit and decided not to be seen in Windows but seen in boot as a non lettered drive, it can boot a Linux live cd and was able to recover stuff.. Funny thing is when accessing drive via Linux on next boot it can be seen and accessed in Windows but on reboot gone again.
Edited by: "morrig" 2nd Mar 2015

morrig

Have a Seagate drive for 4 years worked great with 3 partitions with … Have a Seagate drive for 4 years worked great with 3 partitions with different O/S's on then put ssd in to become main drive the hd had a hissy fit and decided not to be seen in Windows but seen in boot as a non lettered drive, it can boot a Linux live cd and was able to recover stuff.. Funny thing is when accessing drive via Linux on next boot it can be seen and accessed in Windows but on reboot gone again.


Logic gates, go figure!
I love computers

Hot from me.

Just sold my 1TB to my cousin for his cctv box.

Free slot in the n36L!

But 3 x 5tb seagate added in the last few weeks, should I get this to back up, the back up!

Musicrab

The box has a USB bridge circuit which is easily unscrewed and unplugged … The box has a USB bridge circuit which is easily unscrewed and unplugged from the SATA port of the drive. This circuit does the encryption (as well as bridging the SATA connection to the external USB connection.)



Isn't that just on the WD My Book? WD Elements are more basic and don't come with encryption, right?

Anyone know what drive is inside these? And if the casing is easy to open?

I have a 2TB version of this. It has a standard WD Caviar Green 2TB Hard Drive inside.

You can open the case, but it is a bit fiddly. Below is a video showing how:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5DEFdA4--Xw

The hard drive worked perfectly fine outside of the USB enclosure, connected directly with SATA. No issues with encryption.

I assume the 5TB drive is the same, just with a larger drive in the enclosure.

Minlack

I have a 2TB version of this. It has a standard WD Caviar Green 2TB Hard … I have a 2TB version of this. It has a standard WD Caviar Green 2TB Hard Drive inside.You can open the case, but it is a bit fiddly. Below is a video showing how:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5DEFdA4--XwThe hard drive worked perfectly fine outside of the USB enclosure, connected directly with SATA. No issues with encryption.I assume the 5TB drive is the same, just with a larger drive in the enclosure.



Oh god not the green ones! I had a total of 6 2tb caviar wd elements. All but one failed!!!

does this drive operate at 5400rpm or 7200rpm
Edited by: "KRIS537" 3rd Mar 2015

First of all I work for an IT company and can't reiterate enough the need for good home backups. My advice is to duplicate your important data at home and have an off site external drive with this stuff too. For example I keep a 1 TB external drive with all my home videos, photos etc. in my drawer at work.

Why off-site I hear you ask? Because you don't want to find out after a fire at your home that you've also lost all your media as well as the contents of your home which are replaceable.

I know many of you are talking about raid5 etc. Don't rely on it is my advice. Always have another backup. Mirrors are better as if you lose a disk, you know the other disk should be OK. Its readable in another PC without the other drives. There's nothing worse than having a raid 5 array degraded due to a single drive loss, only to find out all of your data is junk when you replace the drive and it fails to rebuild.

I've bought two of these. I currently have a PC with 8TB of storage (as 4 x 2 TB) and I will save the difference in power. I also have green 2TB WD drives and they are fine. They are SATA III as this one will be. I reckon after I've sold my old drives which have no bad sectors etc. I won't be much worse off.

In addition don't forget to use a program like drivenuke to completely erase your data if you're ebaying you drives. This is the only way to guarantee that your data isn't recoverable by the buyer.

This is a great deal IMHO...

-Darren

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dreadzone101

People still say or imply it though with the bigger hard drive deals … People still say or imply it though with the bigger hard drive deals (_;)The point people are making when they say that isn't to do with backups and their importance though. It's assuming that people don't create backups. Therefore one drive with all your info on it, if it were to fail would be more detrimental than if a person had all their data stored across multiple drives. If you had a backup of everything then of course it wouldn't matter where you store stuff. Whether it be on the same computer, external drives, discs, flash drives. But if a person has no backups then data spread across multiple drives is definitely preferable to all data on 1 drive. Hence not putting all your eggs in one basket...



Aargh yet again.
If all your data is one a single drive you are more likely to loose all your data. If all your data is split between 2 drives, you are more likely to loose half of your data. Get it. Your likelihood to keep all of you data is lower if you split it between two drives than if you keep it all in a single basket. Basic probabilities.

Oh HUKD, bankrupting me softly with deals I just want for no rational reason

Minlack

...Isn't that just on the WD My Book? WD Elements are more basic and … ...Isn't that just on the WD My Book? WD Elements are more basic and don't come with encryption, right?

Yes, I may have jumped the gun there - no encryption with Elements. Different with My Book... What does this mean? If the USB3 interface goes down with this box, strip the disk out of the box and should work fine connected directly to SATA.

Now on Amazon at the same price. Have just ordered one. Prefer their customer service!

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Expired this deal as now £130 @ ebuyer
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