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2 things - Nintendo DS Lite & a portable hard drive!!

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Found 26th Jun 2008
Hey up -

I'm after any handy hints because i'm in the market in the next week or so for the following:

1- A Nintendo DS Lite - preferably in pink for our 10 yr old sprog. Don't mind if its on its own or as part of a bundle. I've checked out the current argos bundle packages which are pretty good & best I've found yet - ( console, access pack & a game for £109) so if anyone can show me better i will be well chapy as larry!

2- An external hard drive thing. Preferably a skinny portable one, must be 160gb + but the cheaper/bigger the better. Must be a reliable make cos i will be using it to store karaoke tracks & mp3 audios which i will be using professionally.- seen a few makes - Maxtor, western digital, buffalo etc - everyone seems to have a different opinion on which are best. Advice/deals appreciated please.

Can buy online or instore but I do live in Cornwall & the idea of retail parks hasnt really got this far down England yet so online preferred,

Second -hand/used/refurbished considered but must be worth my while & in as- new nick!
If i dont answer straight away etc then i'm not being ignorant - I've got a weekend full of gigs & a mrs who is ready to drop sprog No2 at any moment so it's all go!!

Cheers

Col.

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I think there is a deal with ASDA at the moment a DS Lite + 2 games for £95, this is excellent value.

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grwill67;2399674

I think there is a deal with ASDA at the moment a DS Lite + 2 games for … I think there is a deal with ASDA at the moment a DS Lite + 2 games for £95, this is excellent value.



cheers - i'll have a look!

if you type DS Lite into the search box it will take you to the ASDA post.

In the HDD what sort of level of reliability are you looking for? The standard ones use laptop hard drives so if treated well they'll last a few years at least.

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EndlessWaves;2400196

In the HDD what sort of level of reliability are you looking for? The … In the HDD what sort of level of reliability are you looking for? The standard ones use laptop hard drives so if treated well they'll last a few years at least.



I need it to be as reliable as poss because i will be using it to store karaoke tracks (mp3 & CD+g files) & mp3 music files.These will be used in a dj program on my laptop at discos, nightclubs etc for parties etc.

karaokecolin;2400288

I need it to be as reliable as poss because i will be using it to store … I need it to be as reliable as poss because i will be using it to store karaoke tracks (mp3 & CD+g files) & mp3 music files.These will be used in a dj program on my laptop at discos, nightclubs etc for parties etc.



How about something like the ]LaCie Rugged Drive 200GB 7200rpm. It's got shockproofing and at 7200rpm it should have one of the better and more reliable laptop drives inside. It isn't cheap though at £200 for 200GB and because USB isn't that fast you may not see the extra speed over a 5400rpm drive unless you use firewire.

The normal rugged Lacie, iOmega eGo and Buffalo 250GB drives can be had for £70-80.

There's also drives with long warranties like the Western Digital Passport Elite with a five year warrenty (£80 for 250GB again) and the Seagate Freeagent Go also with a five year warrenty. (£55 got 250GB)

The other issue with hard drives is that they draw nearly as much power as USB can provide so while PCs generally have no problem powering them if you want to connect it to printers, karaoke machines or any other DJ devices then it might be worth getting one that can use a mains power supply if you can find one (I know Western Digital do a US version for their passport drives).

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EndlessWaves;2401132

How about something like the ]LaCie Rugged Drive 200GB 7200rpm. It's got … How about something like the ]LaCie Rugged Drive 200GB 7200rpm. It's got shockproofing and at 7200rpm it should have one of the better and more reliable laptop drives inside. It isn't cheap though at £200 for 200GB and because USB isn't that fast you may not see the extra speed over a 5400rpm drive unless you use firewire.The normal rugged Lacie, iOmega eGo and Buffalo 250GB drives can be had for £70-80.There's also drives with long warranties like the Western Digital Passport Elite with a five year warrenty (£80 for 250GB again) and the Seagate Freeagent Go also with a five year warrenty. (£55 got 250GB)The other issue with hard drives is that they draw nearly as much power as USB can provide so while PCs generally have no problem powering them if you want to connect it to printers, karaoke machines or any other DJ devices then it might be worth getting one that can use a mains power supply if you can find one (I know Western Digital do a US version for their passport drives).




Thanks for this friend - very informative & useful - i will check it out Saturday daytime when im not as tired!
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