WD My Book Essential 3.0 2 TB External Hard Drive (USB 3.0/2.0) only £89.99 from Amazon UK
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WD My Book Essential 3.0 2 TB External Hard Drive (USB 3.0/2.0) only £89.99 from Amazon UK

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Found 20th Dec 2011
I was looking for a good USB3 external hard drive and I came across this, I think it's a pretty good deal.
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Good deal, if only there was a 3TB somewhere near this price
I almost got excited for a minute as I thought it was the network edition. Still good deal heat added. Now do I buy another drive today ........
Edited by: "simplyjimbo" 20th Dec 2011
Heat for current price, but I'll wait it out until the market recovers
ShaunnyBwoy

Heat for current price, but I'll wait it out until the market recovers



+1 Please let it come soon. I noticed the drive i'm after dropped £15 so that's a start. Now just to drop another £30
ValueForMoney

+1 Please let it come soon. I noticed the drive i'm after dropped £15 so … +1 Please let it come soon. I noticed the drive i'm after dropped £15 so that's a start. Now just to drop another £30



A drop of £50 would be a lot nicer!
great price...
Good Price, but if you get one of these drives you gotta pay extra for a new enclosure as these drives have a terrible tendency to goto sleep all the time which is due to the enclosure.
I need somthing i can keep plugged into my sky broadband router so that all the wireless devices in the house can access. I guess i need something with an ethernet connection then do i?
So Solid Jedi

Good Price, but if you get one of these drives you gotta pay extra for a … Good Price, but if you get one of these drives you gotta pay extra for a new enclosure as these drives have a terrible tendency to goto sleep all the time which is due to the enclosure.



It's my understanding that it's down to the SATA to USB Bridge Module but I haven't used one of these newer models so I can't confirm for sure or whether it's also down to the firmware version present on the HDD as well.
wow, 0 to 200+ in less than 3 hours... this is the first time I posted a deal... cool
Cheaper drive, same space here....
amazon.co.uk/gp/…c=1

£5 cheaper, someone post and give me credit lol, can't be asked tonight
buckfast67uk

I need somthing i can keep plugged into my sky broadband router so that … I need somthing i can keep plugged into my sky broadband router so that all the wireless devices in the house can access. I guess i need something with an ethernet connection then do i?



Yes, it's called a NAS box that you're after (Or Network Access Storage). Basically it's an HDD enclosure with an ethernet port on it.
Chewyone

Cheaper drive, same space here....£5 cheaper, someone post and give me … Cheaper drive, same space here....£5 cheaper, someone post and give me credit lol, can't be asked tonight



Same space but not same speed capability

USB2.0 - op's one is USB2.0/3.0

Edited by: "jimmybo" 20th Dec 2011
There's an 1.5TB for £69.99 also!
neilcaldwell

Yes, it's called a NAS box that you're after (Or Network Access Storage). … Yes, it's called a NAS box that you're after (Or Network Access Storage). Basically it's an HDD enclosure with an ethernet port on it.



Lol - I think you mean attached
Heat added - I bought the same thing from Comet when their price was down about 2 months ago!
Def. worth it.
Formatted disk space is 1.8tb (NTFS)
So far so good!
Chewyone

Cheaper drive, same space … Cheaper drive, same space here....[url=http%253A%252F%252Fwww.amazon.co.uk%252Fgp%252Fproduct%252FB003IPC21Y%252Fref%253Dnoref%253Fie%253DUTF8%2526s%253Dcomputers%2526psc%253D1]http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B003IPC21Y/ref=noref?ie=UTF8&s=computers&psc=1[/url]£5 cheaper, someone post and give me credit lol, can't be asked tonight



USB 2.0 only... not 3.0. Good deal otherwise :-)
Chewyone

Cheaper drive, same space … Cheaper drive, same space here....[url=http%253A%252F%252Fwww.amazon.co.uk%252Fgp%252Fproduct%252FB003IPC21Y%252Fref%253Dnoref%253Fie%253DUTF8%2526s%253Dcomputers%2526psc%253D1]http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B003IPC21Y/ref=noref?ie=UTF8&s=computers&psc=1[/url]£5 cheaper, someone post and give me credit lol, can't be asked tonight



your nick & avatar made me smile thanks!
In spite of the shortages due to the Thailand floods, it looks like HDD's aren't excluded from the wrath of the "delivery now after Christmas" price reductions oO

Expect a few more good deals this week as onsellers cut their profits and abandon ship
thanks ordered one, considering the WD 1tb is the same price, this is a great deal
m3r84

USB 2.0 only... not 3.0. Good deal otherwise :-)



I know, but most people don't have USB 3, and storage space is at a premium atm..... also, the My Books don't actually have the best benchs in the world so this may be a better deal......

You can also rip this HDD out of the enclosure and it will be quicker than the one in this deal...
Edited by: "Chewyone" 20th Dec 2011
Chewyone

I know, but most people don't have USB 3, and storage space is at a … I know, but most people don't have USB 3, and storage space is at a premium atm..... also, the My Books don't actually have the best benchs in the world so this may be a better deal......You can also rip this HDD out of the enclosure and it will be quicker than the one in this deal...


You could always invest in a £9 USB 3.0 PCI Express Interface USB 3.0 Dual Expansion Card if you've got a spare PCI Express slot on your mobo and enjoy the USB 3.0 faster transfer speeds (_;)

And if you really want 3TB you could plug two x £70 1.5TB WD drives into the two new USB 3.0 slots

Edited by: "jimmybo" 20th Dec 2011
hot
£10 more off that slower WD 2tb drive and it'll be the same I paid last year!

Heat added for this deal though as USB3 a plus.
Good price for the way hard drives have risen in price, but back in may I got some of these drives for £69.99 each so thinks me bagged a bargain

Amazon.co.uk items (Sold by Amazon EU S.a.r.L.):

4 WD My Book Essential 3.0 2... £69.99 4 £276.96

Dispatched via Royal Mail Tracked (estimated arrival date: May 18, 2011).
USB2 is painfully slow for a 2TB drive - hopefully USB3 will help a lot
I use eSATA and even that can take a day to copy 2TB!
Mind - once copied, additional incremental backups should be OK for speed
What no Jacko DVD????
Personally I would never buy a Western Digital HD ever again after I purchased a similar 1TB USB 2.0 edition of this product and the drive failed after six months.

When it worked it was a good drive but be warned you still need to back up your data!
It's depressing, I still have working drives from ten years ago, but nothing lasts more than a few years now. I had one 1tb drive die last night, had it less than a year. Funnily enough it was the 2nd backup drive to die in a year and a half (the storage drive is still going strong).

You really need to buy a storage drive and backup drive now, and at these prices that'd be £180+ if you got 2x 2tb. No one should put data on a single point of failure. No drive is that reliable. Just look at Amazon reviews for even the most popular drives. For every 1000 good reviews, there's 100 fails. That's a minimum 10% fail rate within weeks of purchase (people rarely alter their review if a failure occurs months or years later and some dirves havent even been out that long).

The floods couldn't really have happened at a worse time. 3tb usb3 drives would be around this price now as standard. Because no one's buying drives, they're not getting used and tested, and reviewed. So it's totally uncharted territory as to what's reliable and what's not.

The best idea is to buy different manufacturers, that way if you Western Digital has a design flaw, your Samsung or Seagate may not, and will hold your data long enough to get the failed drive replaced under warranty.



Edited by: "nascent" 21st Dec 2011
There is no way there is a 10% failure rate, that is a ludicrous suggestion

Just looking back at the first external disks I bought after a tip off from Hotukdeals - December 2006

hotukdeals.com/dea…102

All are still running fine , despite being continually on and used for over five years
nascent

It's depressing, I still have working drives from ten years ago, but … It's depressing, I still have working drives from ten years ago, but nothing lasts more than a few years now. I had one 1tb drive die last night, had it less than a year. Funnily enough it was the 2nd backup drive to die in a year and a half (the storage drive is still going strong).You really need to buy a storage drive and backup drive now, and at these prices that'd be £180+ if you got 2x 2tb. No one should put data on a single point of failure. No drive is that reliable. Just look at Amazon reviews for even the most popular drives. For every 1000 good reviews, there's 100 fails. That's a minimum 10% fail rate within weeks of purchase (people rarely alter their review if a failure occurs months or years later and some dirves havent even been out that long).The floods couldn't really have happened at a worse time. 3tb usb3 drives would be around this price now as standard. Because no one's buying drives, they're not getting used and tested, and reviewed. So it's totally uncharted territory as to what's reliable and what's not.The best idea is to buy different manufacturers, that way if you Western Digital has a design flaw, your Samsung or Seagate may not, and will hold your data long enough to get the failed drive replaced under warranty.



I have got through many HDD in my time. Funnily enough i've gone contra to your idea because I think about the PSU also. I have one WD that I think has failed because the PSU has broken. I have therefore gone for the same backup drives so I can also use the PSU and drives interchangeably.

But I do have backups of my backups. And am going towards having a third backup so would need big doo doo to mess all that data up but its still possible.

tech

dc2447

There is no way there is a 10% failure rate, that is a ludicrous … There is no way there is a 10% failure rate, that is a ludicrous suggestion


Technically there's a 100% failure rate on every drive ever made. But out of experience as someone in the field, modern hard drives are in no way nearly as reliable as they were a decade ago.

Also personally, I have about 12 hdds, and 3 of those have failed, with varying manufacturers. 10% failure within 3 years seems pretty accurate.
Edited by: "nascent" 21st Dec 2011
Moneyspider

USB2 is painfully slow for a 2TB drive - hopefully USB3 will help a lotI … USB2 is painfully slow for a 2TB drive - hopefully USB3 will help a lotI use eSATA and even that can take a day to copy 2TB!Mind - once copied, additional incremental backups should be OK for speed


But surely you wouldn't copy 2TB at once? Can someone tell me what you all need 2TB of space for anyway?
ColdDealLarry

But surely you wouldn't copy 2TB at once? Can someone tell me what you … But surely you wouldn't copy 2TB at once? Can someone tell me what you all need 2TB of space for anyway?



Starts with P, ends with N and rhymes with corn...


That's right, hi definition pawn chess pieces seem to take up a lot of room on my hard drive, but very necessary.
ColdDealLarry

But surely you wouldn't copy 2TB at once? Can someone tell me what you … But surely you wouldn't copy 2TB at once? Can someone tell me what you all need 2TB of space for anyway?



May as well ask why you don't need 2Tb of space.
Comet have this for the same price.
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