Replacement External Hard-drive

  wee eddie 09:10 28 May 2006

My Maxtor 500XT has just hit the floor. The kitten done it! I've forgiven him!

(The problem is that it produces a different Error Code on each Partition that I try to enter. I have even tried to Format one of the partitions and that will not complete. Unless someone has a good idea, I am assuming that it is dead.)

There was nothing but Back-ups on it, so nothing is lost, however I will have to replace it pretty soon.

So - a new one is necessary. Backing up 80GB to DVD is unreal.

If last months tests are to be believed, USB powered drives appear to be of dubious usability.

A method of turning it "On/Off" would be advantageous, the Maxtor had none and that was a drag.

Otherwise anything over 180GB would be considered.

Any ideas and experiences would be welcome.

  ICF 09:34 28 May 2006
  Taff™ 09:53 28 May 2006

click here - Cheapest Around.(If you have a local store phone them to check availability) I recommend these for online purchases click here

These external drives pop up at special prices all the time. PC World don`t have any specials at the moment but I think they had a £90 320 Gb Hitachi a couple of weeks ago. Might be worth hanging on for a couple of weeks and keep looking.

  ICF 16:18 28 May 2006

Taff™ how can Maplins be the cheapest around when misco & Ebuyer are cheaper.

Seagate Hard Disk Drive 250GB External £109.99
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Seagate Hard Disk Drive 250GB External £83.42 with delivery click here

Seagate Hard Disk Drive 250GB External with delivery £80.47
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  wee eddie 16:29 28 May 2006

is the only problem with the Seagate.

If your drive is permanently connected then you have a seriously increased Start-up period, also the constant consumption of power for something which will only be needed once a week or so.

That was one of the problems with the Maxtor, its "Close-down was somewhat erratic while using the "Safely Remove Hardware" function, and if I let close at the same time as the PC, it took forever.

  Smiler 17:29 28 May 2006

If you want a Maxtor look here click here

  ICF 18:21 28 May 2006

It does have a power switch
click here

  siouxah1 18:43 28 May 2006

click here
Have a quick look at this one. You will need to provide your own hard drive but that is easy.

Has USB 2 connection
Firewire connection
Own ac adaptor power supply
On/off switch
Supplied with all necessary cables.
In use indicater and power on indicater.

Does have a 250 GB drive size limit.

Am presently using this with maxtor 160 GB.


  Taff™ 20:27 28 May 2006

£69.99 inc VAT was always cheaper when I was at school!;-)) Admittedly Gb per £ you win hands down!

  ade.h 21:04 28 May 2006

What about this one click here It has a power button and an external power supply. It seems very good value.

  ICF 07:19 29 May 2006

The 160GB can't be considered because we eddie said :-

"Otherwise anything over 180GB would be considered"

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