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'Whitebox' Hitachi Deskstar 3TB Internal 3.5'' SATA Hard Disk 64MB Cache 7200rpm £120 inc del @Dixons
'Whitebox' Hitachi Deskstar 3TB Internal 3.5'' SATA Hard Disk 64MB Cache 7200rpm £120 inc del @Dixons

'Whitebox' Hitachi Deskstar 3TB Internal 3.5'' SATA Hard Disk 64MB Cache 7200rpm £120 inc del @Dixons

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£120 with Free Delivery. By Whitebox I assume Dixons mean OEM.
Specifications:
6Gb/s
64MB Cache
7200rpm
3TB Storage Capacity.

This is currently the cheapest 3TB Hard disk I can find now, due to sharp price increases earlier today. Its cheaper than what Ebuyer are now charging for a 2TB Hard disk. And its in stock, 2TB Drives are currently restricted in the supply chain. So this is actually looking good value for money, though may be too large for most users.
This is pretty much at 'pre increase' prices. Also you may need to check compatibility, as this is advanced format 4K Sector Drive and > 2TB.

Check ebuyer prices before voting cold.
***EBUYER PRICES NOW A MASSIVE £130 FOR SAMSUNG 2TB,WD 2TB and Hitachi 2TB!!! ***

Ebuyer have the CHEEK to say the samsung was previously £156, reduced by £26 to £130! (more like previously £56 last week, not £156)

ebuyer.com/237…4ui

ebuyer.com/264…arx
(was £130 earlier, now £129.99)

Note: these prices shown are for 2TB Drives, not 3TB.

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Original Poster

Have also listed a 3TB External Seagate GoFlex Drive from Cooperative Electrical with Free Rapid Chosen/Specific Day Delivery, which is currently £129 reduced from £149.
Ebuyer is currently charging £227 (after increased hard disk prices today)
hotukdeals.com/dea…229

ebuyer.com/225…200
Edited by: "tightar5e" 26th Oct 2011

good deal if was a better brand like Seagate or Western Digital, hitachi sadly are not a good brand for hard drive reliability.

CrazyBob

Check that your bios and OS can cope with 3TB drives before … Check that your bios and OS can cope with 3TB drives before purchasing.See this PDF from Hitachi for further information


Thanks for posting link to info about HDD bigger than 2.2TB

Original Poster

Regarding Reliability, its a very large drive to storage data without either mirroring, or having an additional backup of some sort.

The biggest factor in Disk Failure is its environment. Temperature being the key, make sure plenty of air circulation around Hard disk and make sure they are operating in the temp range specified. If the drive is over temperature, the odds of failure are a lot higher. Stats regarding this have been collated from Google's Cloud Systems.

I can't find any current data (2010/2011) on failures that said these were better or worse than either WD or Seagate. If you have a personal preferance thats fair enough.

Edited by: "tightar5e" 26th Oct 2011

Cold, it's a 5 platter drive; it's also an Hitachi.

Original Poster

bluespace77

Cold, it's a 5 platter drive; it's also an Hitachi.



At 3TB they are all going to be 5 Platter drives.
5*600MB per platter, I think you'll find thats pretty much the maximum ariel density of any drive at the moment give or take, the Samsung 2TB is a 3 Platter drive with an ariel density of 666MB per platter.

HItachi is now owned by WD.




Edited by: "tightar5e" 26th Oct 2011

tightar5e

At 3TB they are all going to be 5 Platter drives.5*600MB per platter, I … At 3TB they are all going to be 5 Platter drives.5*600MB per platter, I think you'll find thats pretty much the maximum ariel density of any drive at the moment give or take, the Samsung 2TB is a 3 Platter drive with an ariel density of 666MB per platter.HItachi is now owned by WD.


Don't know much do you?

The Western Digital drives have 4 platters and the Seagates now have 3!

This was over a year ago theregister.co.uk/201…tb/

Why would someone want a 3TB 5 platter drive?
Edited by: "bluespace77" 26th Oct 2011

and for the record, Western Digital DO NOT OWN Hitachi. That deal still has to been approved by the regulators. uk.reuters.com/art…004

Not only that, this Hitachi drive would have been designed before those neogations had started.

Hitachi drives are arguably the best reliability wise.

CCL are now charging £132 for the 2TB F4 so a Good price in comparison, Heat.

Original Poster

Look bluespace77 I'm posting cheap deals for a 3TB Hard disk for consumers, not working for Nasa on a mission critical space operation, where the platter density might be an issue.

(But just for you, and you alone: The Platter density of 750GB per platter is the highest currently and its on 3.5'' 5400rpm drives, NOT 3.5'' 7200rpm, such as this. There isn't a 3TB, 3 Platter 1TB density per platter on the market, as far as I'm aware, so no your right I don't know much)

Regarding Hitachi, WD must have seen some merit in their technology to want to purchase it.

Put the thing in context, whether WD own Hitachi or not is no big deal to most people, if it is to you - fair enough, but most including me couldn't give a toss. Warranty length is probably far more important and any reports by users to common symptoms, which I know of none.







Edited by: "tightar5e" 26th Oct 2011

The Seagate Barracuda 3TB 1TB per platter is a 7200RPM drive, that drive is in the goflex line of external drives. So sorry, but you are talking rubbish.

Seagate have been shipping 3TB 1TB per platter 7,200 RPM drives for months. You can buy one of these in an external exclosure from Amazon for just £2.99 more than these Hitachi. So I repeat, why would anyone want a 5 Platter 3TB drive? A 3 platter drive will be far more relible, having a warrenty on a drive is great but that warrenty won't bring back your data when that drive fails.

Not only that, Segate are now shipping a 4TB drive with 4 platters. Again, that's a 7,200RPM Drive.

storagereview.com/sea…100

As for people caring that WD don't own Hitachi, you brought it up that WD 'owned' Hitachi and made a point of it. I countered that because what you posted was wrong and may have lead people to think that WD may have had an influence on either the manufacture or design of this drive. It's you that seems to care about that, not me.

If you don't know what you are on about, don't post!

tightar5e

Look bluespace77 I'm posting cheap deals for a 3TB Hard disk for … Look bluespace77 I'm posting cheap deals for a 3TB Hard disk for consumers, not working for Nasa on a mission critical space operation, where the platter density might be an issue.(But just for you, and you alone: The Platter density of 750GB per platter is the highest currently and its on 5400rpm drives, NOT 7200rpm, such as this. There isn't a 3TB, 3 Platter 1TB density per platter on the market, as far as I'm aware)Regarding Hitachi, WD must have seen some merit in their technology to want to purchase it.Put the thing in context, whether WD own Hitachi or not is no big deal to most people, if it is to you - fair enough, but most including me couldn't give a toss. Warranty length is probably far more important and any reports by users to common symptoms, which I know of none.


Edited by: "bluespace77" 26th Oct 2011

Have some heat OP and many thanks for taking the time to post.

Original Poster

@bluespace77
As said, 'on the market', that means available online (and preferably at price less than £120). The Seagate Barracuda XT 3TB Internal Drive you talk about isn't any of the above.

As said, I'm posting cheap deals for 3TB Hard disk for consumers, for most likely, storing ripped movies/music, not data critical small buisness/enterprise applications, this is hotukdeals, afterall.

If you want to try and make a fool of me, fair enough but your doing a far better job of making a fool of yourself.

By tomorrow evening I doubt this offer will exist, you know that (of all people posting here)- so why vote it cold?


Edited by: "tightar5e" 26th Oct 2011

tightar5e

@bluespace77As said, 'on the market', that means available online (and … @bluespace77As said, 'on the market', that means available online (and preferably at price less than £120). The Seagate Barracuda XT 3TB Drive you talk about isn't any of the above.As said, I'm posting cheap deals for 3TB Hard disk for consumers, for most likely, storing ripped movies/music, not data critical small buisness, this is hotukdeals, afterall.If you want to try and make a fool of me, you doing a far better job of making a fool of yourself.


Are you on something?

You posted a deal for 3TB 7,200RPM 1TB per platter tonight hotukdeals.com/dea…229

You also claim these drives do not exist, aren't availible online, not for consumers etc. What drive is in that enclosure again of that deal you posted? Let's see, a 7,200RPM consumer 1TB per platter 3TB drive; the Seagate Barracuda XT.

Here's the Seagate press release for the goflex line seagate.com/ww/…CRD

That 4TB drive is also part of the goflex line, so is obviously targeted at consumers and not businesses.
Edited by: "bluespace77" 26th Oct 2011

amazon marketplace have hitachi 3tb external drives for less than £110 delivered. you can remove the discs from the caddy and use internally. i'd suggest avoiding the cheapest option thats less than £100 before delivery, a company that starts with a P as they don't have good feedback if you google them

Thanks for posting the deal OP - heat from me as one of mates was looking for a couple of cheap 3TB hard disks.

@bluespace77 - Calm down heh, the OP's found a reasonable deal (especially with the current price increases on the go) - agree to disagree and leave it at that.

Original Poster

bluespace77, thanks for finding a cheaper price for my posted deal:
hotukdeals.com/dea…229, two hours after I posted miine, thats what this site is all about, coincidence you were looking too - funny that.

Yep, your right - I didn't find what out 'exactly' what the internal drive was within the External Drive. It wasn't an issue - I listed a 3TB External Drive, most people don't care whats inside. It's AN EXTERNAL 3TB USB DRIVE. I didn't know ripping an External Drive apart and finding out its internals was a prerequist to listing on Hotukdeals.com, must remember that.

I also listed this internal 3TB SATA drive here too for £120. Your comparing the Hitachi 3TB drive I listed here to ripping open the Seagate 3TB external drive listed above, and using the 3TB Seagate XT within it? Right? Its not something everyone is comfortable in doing, it also invalidates the warranty on the external device.

Regarding the Seagate XT as a standalone drive sold alone -I didn't find the Seagate XT as a dedicated internal drive availabe in stock at any vendor, and reports that it became available as a internal drive sold separately on its on, on the 4th Oct, so assumed it was unreleased, i.e. not available.

If you want to use an External Drive for the purpose of rippiing it apart for the internal drive, thats your choice, its fine to recomend it -but not reason to vote this deal cold, as its not something most are willing to do - and its not a direct comparison. But yes, it works - if you willing to do that.

As there is no comparable internal drive available at £120 or cheaper, by means of having a warranty intact and standalone.. I stick by what I said.

You even state yourself you don't know for sure it is a Seagate XT Drive internally, but **should** be, let hope it is, as for the price you found at Amazon it would be a good deal. And yes, you were right about the ariel density, but again in the scheme of things I still don't see it as a big deal. This is a £120 drive. If your going into that much detail, maybe you shouldn't be reading unpaid posts by the joe-public, looking for advice.

I commend you for your level of knit picking, given the amount in question is £120, but you're obviously intent on proving a point.

Original Poster

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tightar5e

bluespace77, thanks for finding a cheaper price for my posted … bluespace77, thanks for finding a cheaper price for my posted deal:http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/seagate-3-0tb-freeagent-goflex-desktop-usb-2-0-external-hard-disk-drive-was-149-1045229, two hours after I posted miine, thats what this site is all about, coincidence you were looking too - funny that.Yep, your right - I didn't find what out 'exactly' what the internal drive was within the External Drive. It wasn't an issue - I listed a 3TB External Drive, most people don't care whats inside. It's AN EXTERNAL 3TB USB DRIVE. I didn't know ripping an External Drive apart and finding out its internals was a prerequist to listing on Hotukdeals.com, must remember that.I also listed this internal 3TB SATA drive here too for £120. Your comparing the Hitachi 3TB drive I listed here to ripping open the Seagate 3TB external drive listed above, and using the 3TB Seagate XT within it? Right? Its not something everyone is comfortable in doing, it also invalidates the warranty on the external device.Regarding the Seagate XT as a standalone drive sold alone -I didn't find the Seagate XT as a dedicated internal drive availabe in stock at any vendor, and reports that it became available as a internal drive sold separately on its on, on the 4th Oct, so assumed it was unreleased, i.e. not available.If you want to use an External Drive for the purpose of rippiing it apart for the internal drive, thats your choice, its fine to recomend it -but not reason to vote this deal cold, as its not something most are willing to do - and its not a direct comparison. But yes, it works - if you willing to do that.As there is no comparable internal drive available at £120 or cheaper, by means of having a warranty intact and standalone.. I stick by what I said.You even state yourself you don't know for sure it is a Seagate XT Drive internally, but **should** be, let hope it is, as for the price you found at Amazon it would be a good deal. And yes, you were right about the ariel density, but again in the scheme of things I still don't see it as a big deal. This is a £120 drive. If your going into that much detail, maybe you shouldn't be reading unpaid posts by the joe-public, looking for advice.I commend you for your level of knit picking, given the amount in question is £120, but you're obviously intent on proving a point.



i can confirm it is the same drive inside. whether you want to save £10 and gain an external caddy, but lose the warranty, or spend £10 more and keep the warranty is personal choice

what i would say though is to raise the question as to whether someone would realistically return a drive of such a size full of personal data to the manufacturer or retailer if they had a problem with the drive. would you really want up to 3tb of personal data availble for others to potentially be able to look through

or in real terms, for most consumers considering the size of the drive, would you really want to send it back with your "backed up" movies and music etc on it?

personally, if i drive with my personal data failed, i wouldn't send it back for someone to potentially gain access to all sorts of email and work related data, but of course others would, so it's very much a personal choice

if you look online and take your time, it is easy enough to open, albeit the largest amount of screws i've seen in pulling apart an external drive

the £120 price is still a good one though, no doubt

Original Poster

@bluespace77
This from theregister, 01/11/2011 this pretty backs up my original reasons for stating it was probably a 5 platter drive. Seagate haven't starting shipping the 3 Platter 1GB per Platter till this month, but then even theregister can get things wrong.
theregister.co.uk/201…rs/
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