Help with choosing 500gb portable hard drive

Hey guys, I'm looking at getting a portable hard drive. I figure I may as well get 500gb, seeing as it is not that much more expensive than 320. At the moment I'm looking at either:

Western Digital Elements portable - $150
Western Digital Passport Essential - $164
Seagate FreeAgent GO - $142

(all prices are in AUD)

Are all of these powered by USB? If they are, what is the difference between them, and which is the best bet to purchase for reliability and speed?

Thanks :)
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  1. Those are powered by USB. The last one seems to have a battery also.

    All External Hard Drive Charts

    http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/external-hard-drive-charts/benchmarks,26.html

    Fore better performance you can also build your own, by buying an enclosure and a hard disk. You can get one with eSATA, USB and Firewire ports if you like.
  2. evongugg makes a good point, build your own, while the link he provided is useless to you as they don't ship to Australia, here is an alternative.
    http://www.sycomputers.com.au/
    500GB 7200rpm SATA 32mb cache-----------------$90 Australian
    HDD enclosure 3.5in SATA/IDE USB2---------------$40
    or you can look around on http://www.getright.com.au/v2006ver1/ for more options. Both are in South Australia there are others in other states that would have similar offers.
  3. How would I go about building my own? Are there any good guides that might help, or any reviews of the different drives?
  4. peanut Bond said:
    How would I go about building my own? Are there any good guides that might help, or any reviews of the different drives?
    It's very simple - you just buy (a) an enclosure, and (b) a disk (such as the enclosure and disk suggested by Jonmor) and screw the disk into the enclosure.

    Make sure that:

    a) The enclosure size and drive size match (ie, 2.5" enclosure for a 2.5" drive)

    b) The disk interface matches (ie, an enclosure with a SATA disk interface for a SATA drive)

    c) The external interface is the type you want to use to connect to your computer (USB, eSATA, or FireWire). You can also buy enclosures with multiple interfaces (ie, USB and eSATA), although these tend to be more expensive.
  5. peanut Bond said:
    How would I go about building my own? Are there any good guides that might help, or any reviews of the different drives?


    For a little video on how to build your own external enclosure heck this youtube video out http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i-rK--3gSuM&NR=1

    Hope this helps :)
  6. peanut Bond said:
    Hey guys, I'm looking at getting a portable hard drive..... which is the best bet to purchase for reliability and speed?


    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817153071 HD Docking Station
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148433 HD

    Howz $118.98 for twice the storage (1 TB) and swap capability an USB as well as eSATA connection ?

    Cheaper than all of the above ($38.99 for the BlacX and $79.99 for the 1 TB 7200.12 w/ newegg promo code (sign up for newsletter to get)

    Jack
  7. JackNaylorPE
    What you are missing in regards to prices and where to buy is that he is in Australia as indicated by "(all prices are in AUD) " read Australian Dollars.
    So no he can't get it at $118 for twice the storage nor can he buy from newegg as they don't ship to Australia and if they did, the shipping would cost more then the hardware.
  8. Jonmor68 said:
    JackNaylorPE
    What you are missing in regards to prices and where to buy is that he is in Australia as indicated by "(all prices are in AUD) " read Australian Dollars.
    So no he can't get it at $118 for twice the storage nor can he buy from newegg as they don't ship to Australia and if they did, the shipping would cost more then the hardware.



    So he can't buy from newegg, all the forum's other readers can but he CAN use the numbers as a point of comparison .... to compare the relative price of 2 products, could be yen\, pesos or anything ya like.

    On newegg the Seagate listed is $129.99 or $13 cheaper than it is in Aussie bucks....or 130/142 = 9% premium. So with my humble apologies, he should be able to get it for $118 x 1.09 or $128.62 ... Looking for the 7200.12 on an aussie site, 1st hit was $101....again, $12 more than newegg's regular price or 13%

    Take the regular price of the drive at $90 and the BlacX at $39 and add 13% and you get $145.77 cheaper than 2 of his 3 alternatives, the other being $4 less but he gets twice the storage and can swap HD's at will. Even if the Thermaltake unit isn't available down under, the concept holds.....many manufacturers make similar devices.
  9. You don't get it, we can't buy at the same prices as US, it's not only a matter of converting currency. Just because you convert $118US to $128.62AUD does not mean we can buy it for that price.
    I live here and have been buying computer gear for 20 years in Australia.
    Prices on newegg do not translate to Australian prices, so you saying he should be able to buy at those prices, does not make it so.
    The prices I gave him come from Australian shops which he can use to compare with his nearest dealer or order online.
    When buying online add $10-20 for delivery.
    Why don't you have a look for yourself, one of the cheaper and reliable sites: http://www.getright.com.au/v2006ver1/
  10. Jonmor68 said:
    You don't get it, we can't buy at the same prices as US, it's not only a matter of converting currency. Just because you convert $118US to $128.62AUD does not mean we can buy it for that price.



    Sorry but it's you who just don't get it, or are trying not to. The fact is, yes you can. Do you use a search engine before responding ? If you did, it's time to try another one.

    I didn't do any "converting" and have no idea what the exchange rate is as I never looked it up.

    I was quoting an Australian on-line shop....the very 1st "hit" using a search engine ..... believe it or not, we can access those ya know even from the US ..... this "internet" thing apparently crosses country borders and even oceans.

    I may be wrong but don't on-line shops located in Australia list prices in Australian dollars ? Or is this again me "not getting it" ?

    http://www.mwave.com.au/newAU/mwaveAU/default.asp

    All those au's in the url do stand for Australia or am I still not getting it ?

    Here's the "pick up at store" address. I coulda sworn this address was in Australia but maybe I'm still not getting it.

    Mwave Australia's pick up location is:

    MWave
    Unit 5, 1-3 Nicholas St
    Lidcombe NSW 2141
    Australia

    Seems the 7200.12 is a whopping $96 for the 1 TB 7200.12 ..... $7 more in aussie bucks than newegg's price in US dollars. So again, ...... who's not getting what ?

    http://www.mwave.com.au/newAU/mwaveAU/productdetail.asp?CartID=mAU@XNUYV4GGUV3J6Q1NS5WPB787BZUZL4T5793L5QFD4IC5FM&sku=22040334

    My "math" was not based upon exchange rates, I simply didn't want to spend hours looking up brand names which may or may not be available everywhere. The 7200.12 was ez. Simply put ......

    If a Hard Drive that costs $89.99 at newegg in US and $96.99 from a shop in Australia, then it's reasonably safe to assume that similar components, namely a HD w/ enclosure, will go for roughly the same ratio.

    96.99 / 89.99 is 7.7 % higher in aussie bucks from a store in Australia, compared to newegg....I used 13% so I know I'm safe.

    But, hey, since it's an issue, let's check shall we ?

    Looking up HD enclosures on the same Australian site, they start at $25, hot swappable ones for $38.40 (gee, look at that ..... exactly the same price as the BlacX in newegg) . So I was in fact wrong. In Australia, you can get double the storage, hot swappable at that, for about $135 which, my mistake ..... instead of 2 out of 3, is actually less than all three of the alternatives originally listed.

    There it is $96.99 + $38.40 = $135.39 in aussie (not US) bucks.

    http://www.mwave.com.au/newAU/mwaveAU/productdetail.asp?CartID=mAU@XNUYV4GGUV3J6Q1NS5WPB787BZUZL4T5793L5QFD4IC5FM&sku=16040386

    Or, you could do this:

    http://www.mwave.com.au/newAU/mwaveAU/productdetail.asp?CartID=mAU@XNUYV4GGUV3J6Q1NS5WPB787BZUZL4T5793L5QFD4IC5FM&sku=16040405

    and throw two 7200.12's in there for 2 TB at 1/4 the cost per GB of the 500 GB job .

    And before the store's reliability becomes an issue, reseller ratings.com gives mWave a 9.21 rating here in US ( I have bought from them several times to my satisfaction) and a 10.00 in Australia. The reviews below are from Australians.

    "Dirt cheap prices with great customer service and super fast shipping. Will definately refer this store to my mates and friends."

    "Excellent website, smooth transaction, made an order that included an item on backorder so I thought I had to wait but the whole order arrived in less than a week including the backordered item! Will definitely buy from them again, highly recommended!"

    Getright.com isn't listed on resellerratings site and was about $42 more (almost 50% more) for the 1 TB 7200.12

    So, before chastising people, ..... to turn a phrase, "Why don't you have a look for yourself". It wasn't hard. I put the words "7200.12 australia buy" in the Yahoo search engine (google gave same results) and mwave was my very 1st hit. I obviously didn't look very hard and with persistence, maybe moving as far as "hit number 20", I'm sure I could have found even better prices.
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