Friday, July 04, 2008

500GB for under £50

Ebuyer is currently selling the Western Digital Elements 500GB External Hard Drive for £49.99 including VAT and delivery. It's no looker, but the casing is slim and solid. And it houses a fast (7200RPM, 480Mbps, 8.9ms seek-time), quiet drive.

It is USB 2.0 only, so it won't work as a start-up drive for non-Intel Macs. However, if you're one of those people who is still putting off getting a backup drive, your excuses keep getting weaker.


Skep said...

Other than Western Digital having gone down the pan recently.

The second of the two WD drives you gifted me has finally snuffed it. First one suffered a master boot record failure, and this one suffered a mainboard corruption.

I'd love to believe that this 500GB external really is £50, but I have a horrible feeling you'll only get what you paid for. The better choice for now would be Seagate, in my heavily biased opinion. XD

brett jordan said...

Hi Skep

1. Sorry to hear about your experiences with Western Digital drives, however statistics seem to show they are about as reliable as most other makes

2. This drive has S.M.A.R.T. capabilities, so as long as your O.S. has the ability to recognise this, you should get warnings that your drive is going downhill

3. If the drive is being used as a backup, there is a good chance that you will still have all you data on your main drive if the backup drive does take a dive