WD Elements External Desktop Hard Drive 3TB USB 2.0 £92.99 @Amazon
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WD Elements External Desktop Hard Drive 3TB USB 2.0 £92.99 @Amazon

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If only it had USB3.

I wonder how much more it cost a manufacturer to put USB3 in instead of USB2... Shame

Whining about USB3 when it's like 2 seconds faster lmao.

same as at ebuyer i ordered one today to swap hard drive with a smaller one in my nas drive

ether707

Whining about USB3 when it's like 2 seconds faster lmao.



you are funny ,try filling it up for archiving purposes and see how long it takes to fill up 3 TB !

USB3 is a good few times faster.. and considering the size of the drive, it's worthwhile. Although I am very tempted to get it regardless

I have USB2 drives and it's fast enough for my purposes. Although i'm looking at setting up a NAS now so I could wait..

ether707

Whining about USB3 when it's like 2 seconds faster lmao.



I get 118MB/s from USB 3 and maybe 40MB/s USB, It's 3 times faster. When your transfering files 10gb+ you sharp notice the difference in them.
Good for people who don't have USB 3? But the WD My Book 3tb USB 3 was only £99.99 before Christmas.
Edited by: "Toon_army" 17th Jan 2013

ether707

Whining about USB3 when it's like 2 seconds faster lmao.



If you are doing a large backup it can make a massive difference.

Saying that I've had nothing but trouble with (different) USB 3 hard drives and random disconnects. The problem seems to be with Renesas controllers, after messing around with firmware, power saving, drivers and cable I gave up and plugged into USB 2.0.

I come to look at this drive because it is a good deal. Guess who else come too? The whingers.

At a rough guess, I would think that at least 75% of users still have only USB 2, and we talking storage space here. To fill it is going to take hours, so unless you are sad enough to sit there and watch it happening why worry?? Traditionally I have always backed up overnight, a habit dating back to tape drives etc.

If you want it faster connect it direct to a sata port.

Plus if you don't want USB 2, you needn't go beyond the title, it clearly says USB 2.

Are people buying these to take the internal drives out?

bindadesi

Are people buying these to take the internal drives out?


Well backblaze did to be able to make storage pods with 135TB for $7k USD (About £4.5kGBP).. Banned from costco though.
forbes.com/sit…ge/

Thats a lot of porn!

bindadesi

Are people buying these to take the internal drives out?



I would be if I had the ddoolllaaaaa!
Already did a few months back but that was £99 >_< (I do indeed need the space!)

I'm still on a 6 year old 80gb harddrive.. Never understand why you would need all of that space..

To be honest, taking the drive out and saving the electronics to work as a "dock" for other random drives tends to work rather well with these. Not sure if the WD ones are picky about the drive (only work with WD drives) or if it's just a standard USB3 to sata bridge chip. Anyone know?

bindadesi

Are people buying these to take the internal drives out?



I took the drive out when I got mine, very easy to do.

discowill

I wonder how much more it cost a manufacturer to put USB3 in instead of … I wonder how much more it cost a manufacturer to put USB3 in instead of USB2... Shame


In real term 50p at the most, the cost in China. In the shops here Big Business will put an extra £20 on the price tag if not more

kenwebb1953

I come to look at this drive because it is a good deal. Guess who else … I come to look at this drive because it is a good deal. Guess who else come too? The whingers.At a rough guess, I would think that at least 75% of users still have only USB 2, and we talking storage space here. To fill it is going to take hours, so unless you are sad enough to sit there and watch it happening why worry?? Traditionally I have always backed up overnight, a habit dating back to tape drives etc.If you want it faster connect it direct to a sata port.Plus if you don't want USB 2, you needn't go beyond the title, it clearly says USB 2.


I use my hard drive to transfer video files from PC , so can watch files on my media streaming device, and USB whilst not vitally important, is definitely a great addition.
I have the USB 3 version of the 1tb edition of this drive, and since I installed new motherboard with USB 3, I can't imagine going back tbh. files that used to take several minutes or more are done in thirty seconds.
if you haven't got it USB 3, you can live without it easily, but for those with it, no point buying version without it

taiko

you are funny ,try filling it up for archiving purposes and see how long … you are funny ,try filling it up for archiving purposes and see how long it takes to fill up 3 TB !



My Humax PVR will only recognise USB2 so hopefully USB2 will be around for a while!
I bought a USB3 drive before becoming aware of this so now have to save to the USB2 drive and then transfer to the USB3 drive - a right PITA!

ahh baaa hambug, i had purchased the pc world 1 tb offfer for £50.00 and was going to return it today. But I ended up opening it. This would have been perfect. huge 3tb would have been the trade off for it being so bulky and more for your buck.

wd is ****, as I said earlier.

ether707

I'm still on a 6 year old 80gb harddrive.. Never understand why you would … I'm still on a 6 year old 80gb harddrive.. Never understand why you would need all of that space..



theyre all filthy porn addicts

alecb

My Humax PVR will only recognise USB2 so hopefully USB2 will be around … My Humax PVR will only recognise USB2 so hopefully USB2 will be around for a while!I bought a USB3 drive before becoming aware of this so now have to save to the USB2 drive and then transfer to the USB3 drive - a right PITA!



Thanks - I'd forgotten you could shift stuff from a Humax to a hard drive. Should have read the manual! Are we talking Fox T2? Does it work well? What's the format?

If you can strip these to get a standard SATA 2+ 3TB HDD (to then plonk in a free raw HDD slot in your PC) - then heat!

I'm on xp and an internal 3tb drive can cause problems I've heard. Is there a problem with having an external 3gb hard drive like this?
TIA.

"Simply plug it into a USB port and start saving your photos, music, video, and files."

Does this need to be plugged into the mains?

simonbrowne

I'm on xp and an internal 3tb drive can cause problems I've heard. Is … I'm on xp and an internal 3tb drive can cause problems I've heard. Is there a problem with having an external 3gb hard drive like this?TIA.


Yes you can use 3TB hard drive under XP, but you must make some changes to it before it will be recognised. This is done from xp and doesn't involve using any tools X)

Here is a link that will show how to do it, don't be put off, it is really easy: overclockers.com/for…938

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dorito

If you can strip these to get a standard SATA 2+ 3TB HDD (to then plonk … If you can strip these to get a standard SATA 2+ 3TB HDD (to then plonk in a free raw HDD slot in your PC) - then heat!


doing so you lose warranty, better pay a few quid more and buy an internal one with 2/3 yrs 3TB Internal HD WD30EZRX £96.75

oolla

doing so you lose warranty, better pay a few quid more and buy an … doing so you lose warranty, better pay a few quid more and buy an internal one with 2/3 yrs 3TB Internal HD WD30EZRX £96.75



Hmm, not available near me or the 9 closest scores

I agree. If you are backing up large amounts of data, and not doing it overnight, you are simply a moron!

dorito

If you can strip these to get a standard SATA 2+ 3TB HDD (to then plonk … If you can strip these to get a standard SATA 2+ 3TB HDD (to then plonk in a free raw HDD slot in your PC) - then heat!

oolla

... better pay a few quid more and buy an internal one with 2/3 yrs 3TB … ... better pay a few quid more and buy an internal one with 2/3 yrs 3TB Internal HD WD30EZRX £96.75 ...



No, you don't ! It's very easy to extract the drive and put it back WITHOUT WDC knowing !!!



Nice try - but your posted deal should really be expired since no one can find any stock !

why is wd **** eveywhere.

now oos

ether707

Whining about USB3 when it's like 2 seconds faster lmao.



actually usb 3.0 is advertised at being 10 TIMES FASTER.

ether707

I'm still on a 6 year old 80gb harddrive.. Never understand why you would … I'm still on a 6 year old 80gb harddrive.. Never understand why you would need all of that space..



Usually people buy a larger hard drive because of the data they have takes up more than 80gb, yours its probably fine for you but for people who download 80gb is peanuts.

kenwebb1953

I come to look at this drive because it is a good deal. Guess who else … I come to look at this drive because it is a good deal. Guess who else come too? The whingers.At a rough guess, I would think that at least 75% of users still have only USB 2, and we talking storage space here. To fill it is going to take hours, so unless you are sad enough to sit there and watch it happening why worry?? Traditionally I have always backed up overnight, a habit dating back to tape drives etc.If you want it faster connect it direct to a sata port.Plus if you don't want USB 2, you needn't go beyond the title, it clearly says USB 2.



78.5% of all statistics are made up

scott1andrews

78.5% of all statistics are made up




oO What!! Yes I agree 100%! I think. When you look back over the past 15 years or so and look at the figures thrown around regarding USB01, USB1.1, USB02, Firewire and its derivatives and now SSD and USB3, it makes you think.

Dunno what happened to eSata, the speed difference between USB3 and eSata is minimal with no change needed in protocols as with USB.

I have around 1.7tb of grateful dead live shows and around .8tb Jerry Garcia band live shows. This drive will be ideal for me as it allows one drive for GD shows and the second for Jerry Garcia shows. At some point I may need more, but this will keep me good for another year or two.
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