Western Digital  1TB External Hard Drive £68.48 @ PCW
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Western Digital 1TB External Hard Drive £68.48 @ PCW

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Found 24th Dec 2008Made hot 24th Dec 2008
If you missed out on the Tesco deal...

The Western Digital Elements 3.5 has a massive 1TB capacity hard drive, so you can store over 320,000 digital images or over 250,000 MP3 songs. 1TB storage capacity
Back up important files and data
Store over 320,000 digital images
Store up to 250,000 MP3 songs
Connects via USB 2.0

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Original Poster

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Great Drive for backing up all your HD movies etc. :thumbsup:

Good post deanos, i've got one of these from last year (500MB) for the same price (silver colour). Great drive :thumbsup:

Nice find - I actually bought one of these from PCW for £78 this morning which I still thought was a bargain - luckily work are paying for it and not me, else I'd be gutted!

thanks just bought this been looking out for a TB ever since I missed the last one.

rated hot :thumbsup:

Nice, but I'm waiting on the 1TB WD My Books to get down to sub £75 as I think they look much better.

I would vote hot if it had Firewire

Hot!

Just ordered one. Icing on the cake is free delivery in 3-4 days because I'll probably be unable to drag my turkey laden ass to my nearest PCW for [email protected]

My neighbour paid £79.99 for one of these from PCW on Sunday just gone, just sent him this info, he will be gutted I should think lol

Does anyone know if this HD is bus powered or external power is required?

Bus powered is usually allot better when your down on spare plug sockets

Definitely not bus powered.

Not powered by usb as you can see a power slot. the big ones are never usb powered. nice price.:thumbsup:
http://www.hdotd.com/hubble/dd055f53a45702fe05e449c30ac80df9.gif

adamkhan;3856610

Does anyone know if this HD is bus powered or external power is … Does anyone know if this HD is bus powered or external power is required?Bus powered is usually allot better when your down on spare plug sockets

Fantastic deal - ordered 4

very tempting:thumbsup:

Just ordered,been looking for one for a while now,and thought I had miised out on a 1tb extenal hard drive from tesco earlier today,voted hot.

Voted hot as it's a good price but wouldn't buy it myself as theres no power switch.

Good deal. I have just ordered one. Great value and good reviews online. The only downside apparently is the lack of an on / off rocker switch, but for the price its too good to miss. Topcashback used to reduce the price even further. Thanks for posting.

Banned

Ive already got one of these bad boys. paid about £20 more a few months ago, not sure if to wait till jan as think everything will come down quickly soon. think £50 by end of Feb. but a great drive.

Also found this link for the geeks: addonics.com/pro…asp make any usb drive a NAS drive!!! it should be $20 so when it comes out, shouldnt be too exepnsive. TOUCH!!

Be warned.....

the power units supplied with these WD hard drives are cheap rubbish!

I asked my techie nerd geekoid mate who works in IT Storage for some advice and he said for the general market he prefers drives in the following order:

1) Western Digital
2) Toshiba
3) Seagate

When I asked him about the drives made by his company, Hitachi, he said "No comment!"

Kezzie;3857334

Be warned.....the power units supplied with these WD hard drives are … Be warned.....the power units supplied with these WD hard drives are cheap rubbish!



really like this , but this comment is putting me off as my data is very important .. any others out there which cuts it ?

Luksi;3857836

really like this , but this comment is putting me off as my data is very … really like this , but this comment is putting me off as my data is very important .. any others out there which cuts it ?

The reason i know.....have two of the 500Gb version's of these drives....and believe it or not both the power packs went within three weeks of each other....

after much searching around the web found that this seems to be a common problem with this drive.
the actual drive itself is okay...but the power pack WD ships with them is cheap rubbish...
(do yourself a favour don't go near WD support... the word incompetent springs to mind when dealing with them) :x

Luckily....found someone on Ebay sell selling power packs that do the same job... cost me £40 for the two (£20 each)...
when they arrived i noticed they were much more heavy and sturdy than the one's WD supplied with their drive.....
...which were light and i suppose you could say toy like.

Out of curiosity i got in touch with a few people who had bought the same power pack as me from the same Ebay seller..
and low and behold.....
you guessed it... :whistling:

they were replacing power packs from WD Elements external hard drives that had died.

Thanks for the info mate, much appreciated.. im not sure, i need a 1tb drive, think i might just wait..

are you sure the 1tb version comes with the SAME powerpack

also your ebay replacement, were they generic power packs or WD ?

Luksi;3858718

Thanks for the info mate, much appreciated.. im not sure, i need a 1tb … Thanks for the info mate, much appreciated.. im not sure, i need a 1tb drive, think i might just wait..are you sure the 1tb version comes with the SAME powerpackalso your ebay replacement, were they generic power packs or WD ?

Yep...quite sure the 1Tb comes with the same pack....
and...
the power packs i bought off Ebay were generic...and better quality.

good deal...i only just (well, a month ago) paid £58 for a 560gb drive so a tenner more for 440gbs worth is excellent value!
FWIW the PSU with my 560gb drive was a strange 'wall wart' type and you just slotted in the 3 pin adaptor but certainly had no problems with it and it turns off automatically when PC goes off and goes into standby after about 20 minutes of it not being used...

LordTemple;3857294

Ive already got one of these bad boys. paid about £20 more a few months … Ive already got one of these bad boys. paid about £20 more a few months ago, not sure if to wait till jan as think everything will come down quickly soon. think £50 by end of Feb. but a great drive.Also found this link for the geeks: http://www.addonics.com/products/nas/nasu2.asp make any usb drive a NAS drive!!! it should be $20 so when it comes out, shouldnt be too exepnsive. TOUCH!!





Now that is indeed an interesting little widget. I just emailed them to see if they will ship to UK - I'll let you know the response. Shame the pound lost so much against the dollar..

Tom Pickering;3856051

Good post deanos, i've got one of these from last year (500MB) for the … Good post deanos, i've got one of these from last year (500MB) for the same price (silver colour). Great drive :thumbsup:



500mb? hope you mean gb ;-)

adamkhan;3856610

Does anyone know if this HD is bus powered or external power is … Does anyone know if this HD is bus powered or external power is required?Bus powered is usually allot better when your down on spare plug sockets


This will require a plug as it's a 3.5" Drive. As far as I know 1TB drives havn't made it onto the laptop sized 2.5" drives (Which can be bus powered)

Original Poster

weiran;3856397

Nice, but I'm waiting on the 1TB WD My Books to get down to sub £75 as I … Nice, but I'm waiting on the 1TB WD My Books to get down to sub £75 as I think they look much better.




Your prayers have been answered


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Thanks. Voted hot, just ordered 2 to pick up.

Decided on this basic "Elements" 1TB drive, as there are far too many problems reported on the 1TB "My Book" version (check out amazon.co.uk!)

Someone else has commented that the power supply of these elements drives can go, but that's an easy thing to sort out (i.e. get another power supply, from warranty or ebay replacement)...but if the drive enclosure/controller itself goes I wouldn't be happy!!

FIngers crossed I won't get the Friday afternoon lemon build versions... :roll:

J

barbiegirl;3860219

Now that is indeed an interesting little widget. I just emailed them to … Now that is indeed an interesting little widget. I just emailed them to see if they will ship to UK - I'll let you know the response. Shame the pound lost so much against the dollar..



Aria already stock these USB/NAS adaptors

aria.co.uk/Pro…845

only 100Mb ethernet though. gigabit would have been useful.

To be fair, most USB hard drives have nasty power supplies ... I've had 2 maxtor ones with nasty power supplies so I can't see WD being worse (probably equally poor).

When you consider the prices of these things the saving has got to come in somewhere... you aren't paying much more (sometimes less) than OEM or Hitachi DeathStar internal drives of the same size....

when mine died i just stripped the case off and bunged it inside my PC and all the data was still there and the drive has been fine so its not all bad if the PSU does go.

LordTemple;3857294

Ive already got one of these bad boys. paid about £20 more a few months … Ive already got one of these bad boys. paid about £20 more a few months ago, not sure if to wait till jan as think everything will come down quickly soon. think £50 by end of Feb. but a great drive.Also found this link for the geeks: http://www.addonics.com/products/nas/nasu2.asp make any usb drive a NAS drive!!! it should be $20 so when it comes out, shouldnt be too exepnsive. TOUCH!!



Looks good you running one?

I'm tempted to buy one of these - I can't seem to find any guides on how to remove the drive from the casing, has anyone done this?

Also - what hard drive is inside? 32mb cache?

The drive says its a WD10EAVS

Not had chance to do much with it yet, but its VERY quiet.

Unless I'm mistaken it turns itself off while its not being used too, but only opened it a few minutes ago.

Got mine yesterday sooo pleased with it. :-D I have just gone back to rate your scales too.

The last time I bought a drive it was a buffalo 320gb for £70 a couple of years ago which was a bargain then.
EDIT I have just checked and I actually paid £89.99 for a 300gb SATA buffalo drivestation! Which was a hot deal in Oct 2006.

This drive is a lot smaller in size than I thought it was going to be from the picture - especially compared to my baffalo. The new drive is very quiet and unobrusive too. I practically want to jump up and down and do cartwheels and I am so chuffed (I really needed more space) :thumbsup:

Editor

Good deal deanos Thanks for the reminder too Moxx of Balhoon

Voted hot as it's a good price but wouldn't buy it myself as theres no … Voted hot as it's a good price but wouldn't buy it myself as theres no power switch.



My 500gb version turns itself off automatically when either the computer shuts down, or you unplug the USB - I far prefer this to a rocker switch in some ways.

Power pack with my 500gb version has been great, it's the same power pack that was supplied with an Iomega drive which also is fine. I'd guess they changed suppliers or something, or you hit a bad batch.

I'll buy buying two, one to put in my server, and an external one for backup. We'll see how good the power supply is ...

Just to add, my 500gb version is the best external drive I've ever owned - quality feel, no noisy fan, no noise infact from the hard disk, cool temperature even when heavily used and rubber surrounding on end regions to prevent slipping on table / vibrations (I think??)

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