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26-01-2010, 02:32 PM
anyone had any exeperience good/bad with Iomega hdds??

dick smith has a 320gb usb powered one for $99
(im after a 500gb usb powered one if i can get a good price)

26-01-2010, 02:40 PM
we have a.. 160gb? i think, Iomega drive at work. It seems fine, not especially fast, but have been using it for about a year, no trouble. I'd still look at WD or Seagate personally, though.

26-01-2010, 03:17 PM
Try Warehouse Stationery. They have a Seagate 500gb external hard drive in current mailer for $99.00

26-01-2010, 03:22 PM
Try Warehouse Stationery. They have a Seagate 500gb external hard drive in current mailer for $99.00

is it usb powered though?

26-01-2010, 03:26 PM
from the seagate site:

"Just the essentials.

Plug and play. Connect your USB cable and you’re ready to go. Capacities range from 250GB to 2TB.
On your desk or on the go."

26-01-2010, 03:36 PM
the one you specified has to be plugged into mains. i want USB powered

26-01-2010, 04:54 PM
I am no expert but I would have thought an externally powered one would put less strain on your system. Especially if it's a laptop.

26-01-2010, 05:00 PM
not much good at a picnic though!

Speedy Gonzales
26-01-2010, 05:06 PM
It'll probably run by power, / and have USB, whether you use a desktop or laptop. Or it may not work properly (if its not powered as well)

26-01-2010, 05:09 PM
not much good at a picnic though!

x2, the reason i want a usb powered one is for my laptop at university etc

at DSE they had a WD my passport hdd(500gb) for 148, but it was only availiable at two stores :(.

they had the newer model for $199. bit much for me at this point.

26-01-2010, 05:23 PM
You might find it needs to be plugged into 2 USB ports (with a Y cable, had a look at DSE's site, doesn't say :rolleyes:) to get enough power to run (which could be awkward on your laptop).

26-01-2010, 05:49 PM
what drive are you talking about?

my laptop has 4 usb ports, 2 on each side(although one doubles as a esata port)

26-01-2010, 06:16 PM
This one :)

26-01-2010, 06:28 PM

26-01-2010, 06:40 PM
So you need to be looking for a drive that's 2.5" or laptop size HDD for it to be USB powered as far as I know all 3.5" drives need power

26-01-2010, 06:41 PM
thats what im after :)