Western Digital 250GB Portable Hard Drive USB2.0 £49.99 delivered
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Western Digital 250GB Portable Hard Drive USB2.0 £49.99 delivered

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Found 21st Aug 2008Made hot 22nd Aug 2008
Seems to be a great price for a 250GB USB-powered hard drive, delivery is free using supersaver delivery so £49.99 all in.

Product Description WD Elements Portable WDE1MS2500 - hard drive - 250 GB - Hi-Speed USB
Type Hard drive - external
Dimensions (WxDxH) 7.9 cm x 12.4 cm x 1.8 cm
Weight 155 g
Capacity 250 GB
Interface Type Hi-Speed USB
Data Transfer Rate 480 Mbps
OS Required Microsoft Windows 2000, Microsoft Windows XP, Apple MacOS X 10.3 or later, Microsoft Windows Vista
Power Source USB bus
Manufacturer Warranty 2 years warranty

23 Comments

Good find. These look very smart. Check reviews for reliability?

Original Poster

It's £62.99 at Amazon and Play.com and reviews on Amazon are good.

Great price! Voted hot.

Surprised this isnt hotter given how everyone was crawling over the ]Medion Aldi Drive last week.

Only complaint is it may be louder than other portable drives (from one buyer on Amazon).

Hot.

Great deal. I got a 160gb one of these a few months back for the same price.

Hold on there.... This is as [COLOR="DeepSkyBlue"]COLD[/COLOR].... as my freezer.... Whay get a 250Gb drive when you can get a 500Gb for exactly the same price.....?

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good price...... however on the same website, there's 500GB for £49.99

ebuyer.com/pro…iew

Its not portable, however if your like me and it sits in a drawer and you don't mind the bigger item..... it's a good deal.

:thumbsup:

i got the 160 a while back and it died within a week. loved the size and it was quiet but now too wary of this drive to buy another

JCnzzz;2799834

Hold on there.... This is as [COLOR="DeepSkyBlue"]COLD[/COLOR].... as my … Hold on there.... This is as [COLOR="DeepSkyBlue"]COLD[/COLOR].... as my freezer.... Whay get a 250Gb drive when you can get a 500Gb for exactly the same price.....?]http://www.ebuyer.com/product/128465



I was waiting for when a technophobe would come out with a statement like this.

There is a difference between an external harddrive and these tiny portable drives. The one you link to needs to be plugged in at the wall and is like carrying a brick.

JCnzzz;2799834

Hold on there.... This is as [COLOR=DeepSkyBlue]COLD[/COLOR].... as my … Hold on there.... This is as [COLOR=DeepSkyBlue]COLD[/COLOR].... as my freezer.... Whay get a 250Gb drive when you can get a 500Gb for exactly the same price.....?http://www.ebuyer.com/product/128465




lol at ur misunderstanding.
The 500GB is a 3.5" drive which requires an external power brick.

The 250GB is a 2.5" drive which is powered from the USB bus. We have a couple of these at work and they are godsend - make them bootable and store all our desktop images on them. No need to go crawling around searching for a spare power socket.

Nice drive but unfortunately the XBOX 360 won't recognise it, which is a pain.

Does anyone know if this drive needs a second USB socket to power it (Or is it just the single connection)

Usually a single one is enough, although cheapo laptops may struggle to supply enough power.

Everytime a 2.5" portable HD bargain gets posted there's always someone who votes cold and spreads FUD. You people need to read the description more carefully next time.

As previously said on another thread, perhaps the reason WD get a bad name is because they sell so many of them hence percentage wise they would have more failures.

Ive had my WD 2.5" 160GB version for a year now and travel extensively with it, so it takes a fair old bashing getting thrown around baggage carousels and the like, but continues to deliver no problems at all.
Having said that I also bought a 2.5" 120GB no brand version from flea bay 2 years ago and it still works flawlessly!

Too much emphasis on these threads about potential hard drive failures, hard drives are pretty reliable these days.

To answer the previous poster , yes only 1 usb connection required

I hope that helps

A soon as I work out how to vote hot I will :P

Original Poster

As others have said if you want a large desktop back-up drive that requires an AC power adaptor then buy the 500GB one at Ebuyer as it weighs 1kg and is fine if you don't want real portability.

However, if you want a small drive that only weighs 155g and is powered by a USB port then this is the best price I've seen for a 250GB 2.5" external drive that is a reliable make and reliable seller.

I also just received an email from Ebuyer saying mine has been dispatched today even though I only bought it yesterday using Supersaver Delivery which is usually within 5 working days!

JCnzzz;2799834

Hold on there.... This is as [COLOR="DeepSkyBlue"]COLD[/COLOR].... as my … Hold on there.... This is as [COLOR="DeepSkyBlue"]COLD[/COLOR].... as my freezer.... Whay get a 250Gb drive when you can get a 500Gb for exactly the same price.....?]http://www.ebuyer.com/product/128465




I second that!

JCnzzz;2799834

Hold on there.... This is as [COLOR="DeepSkyBlue"]COLD[/COLOR].... as my … Hold on there.... This is as [COLOR="DeepSkyBlue"]COLD[/COLOR].... as my freezer.... Whay get a 250Gb drive when you can get a 500Gb for exactly the same price.....?]http://www.ebuyer.com/product/128465



wot he said i got a 500 gb one £50 so cold

PCWorld has a 320GB WD passport Essential at £74.99... a good enough deal at that price... pcworld.co.uk/mar…727

Errr, why are people comparing Apples and Oranges?

Some people want mains powered ones and some don't. If this is what you are looking for it's a hot deal.

johnfla;2800343

Nice drive but unfortunately the XBOX 360 won't recognise it, which is a … Nice drive but unfortunately the XBOX 360 won't recognise it, which is a pain.



I have the 160GB version of this drive and it works fine with the Xbox 360. You just need to format it as FAT32, using a program like Partition Magic/Paragon Partition Manager. I have 2 partitions on the drive, a 60gb FAT32 for DivX movies on my 360 and the rest is an NTFS partiton for data backups.

The drive is near silent when in use the one annoyance is the bright blue activity light on it!

Very good price for a 2.5" USB Powered Drive. HOT HOT!

plain_lazy;2803861

I have the 160GB version of this drive and it works fine with the Xbox … I have the 160GB version of this drive and it works fine with the Xbox 360. You just need to format it as FAT32, using a program like Partition Magic/Paragon Partition Manager. I have 2 partitions on the drive, a 60gb FAT32 for DivX movies on my 360 and the rest is an NTFS partiton for data backups.



The only issue with FAT32 is the 4GB limitation. If you want to put HD content on it, you can guarantee it won't fit.

Solution: get a copy of MacDrive and format the drive as HFS+ (it won't let you multi-partition tho - you'd need to format it on a Mac for that).

Voilá - you can now store content over 4GB and it's still readable by the 360.

Go figure - the 360 doesn't support NTFS drives, but does support Mac formatted ones!!

Ordered!

Xb0xGuru;2805741

The only issue with FAT32 is the 4GB limitation. If you want to put HD … The only issue with FAT32 is the 4GB limitation. If you want to put HD content on it, you can guarantee it won't fit.Solution: get a copy of MacDrive and format the drive as HFS+ (it won't let you multi-partition tho - you'd need to format it on a Mac for that).Voilá - you can now store content over 4GB and it's still readable by the 360.Go figure - the 360 doesn't support NTFS drives, but does support Mac formatted ones!!



You could also use CompuApps SwissKnife and make a single partition formatted FAT32
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