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Recommend me a small portable HDD
WetWired
Brisbane, Queensland
5896 posts
I'm having difficulty tracking down smaller disk spaced portable HDD for use with a new car stereo for MP3s, we don't need much more than a 250Gb, if that. But I'm having trouble finding any decent brands in anything smaller than 500Gb.
12:31pm 24/01/12 Permalink
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m3nt4l
Brisbane, Queensland
2106 posts
I would also like the same information for the same use, one with no power cords and only one usb cord needed.
12:32pm 24/01/12 Permalink
skythra
Brisbane, Queensland
5128 posts
Shouldn't you be buying for budget, not capacity? A 320gb drive is going to be no smaller than a 500gb one physically.

One more thing to mention; you've double checked that your 'new car stereo' can actually handle large file systems? I know my pioneer 600 dollar headunit made in 2009-2010 doesn't handle more than 32gb in fat32.
12:34pm 24/01/12 Permalink
Clubby
Brisbane, Queensland
755 posts
$79 2TB Portable External USB Hard Drive or $149 for Two, Delivered Nationwide ($249 Value)


Groupon from this morning. Not sure on quality etc but pretty cheap.
12:34pm 24/01/12 Permalink
WetWired
Brisbane, Queensland
5897 posts
No i'm not talking about physical size, I'm talking about disk space, no point paying for a 500Gb drive if I'm only going to use 100Gb.

I'll have to check the manual when I actually get the car, it's a brand new 2011 model car so I should hope it can handle NTFS
12:36pm 24/01/12 Permalink
Clubby
Brisbane, Queensland
756 posts
Oh my bad :P ... disregard the above post.
12:37pm 24/01/12 Permalink
WetWired
Brisbane, Queensland
5898 posts
Yeah that's actually what got me posting here clubby, my wife sent me that one but I told her I wouldn't trust a no name brand HDD to sit in the car all day every day and not s*** itself after 6 weeks.
12:38pm 24/01/12 Permalink
skythra
Brisbane, Queensland
5129 posts
No i'm not talking about physical size, I'm talking about disk space, no point paying for a 500Gb drive if I'm only going to use 100Gb.

So you want to buy a rare/extinct HDD which is not only old, but massively more expensive than a modern 5x capacity version?

I'm not understanding something, are you worried about cutting down too many trees? Wastage of materials?
12:42pm 24/01/12 Permalink
Clubby
Brisbane, Queensland
757 posts
Yeah I have like 10 of these things (not that brand but the smaller drives) all WD passport ones and I have never really had any issues ... and I am not gentle with them at all. I think I might even have an old 320Gb one laying around somewhere still.
12:44pm 24/01/12 Permalink
WetWired
Brisbane, Queensland
5899 posts
So you want to buy a rare/extinct HDD which is not only old, but massively more expensive than a modern 5x capacity version?

I'm not understanding something, are you worried about cutting down too many trees? Wastage of materials?


no, I want to know if anywhere stocks smaller HDDs in decent brands that I would obviously be cheaper than a 500Gb, as if I'd pay more for less space you tard.
12:49pm 24/01/12 Permalink
jmr
Brisbane, Queensland
7545 posts
Just buy the cheapest one available from gmart or whatever

As if it is worth your time to run around trying to save $10
01:04pm 24/01/12 Permalink
deadlyf
Queensland
2377 posts
CA have a 250GB LG 2.5" for $50. I wouldn't buy anything other than Seagate or WD for a portable drive but if you are just using it to store some MP3's for the car I guess if it breaks you won't lose much.
01:07pm 24/01/12 Permalink
parabol
Brisbane, Queensland
6712 posts
Groupon from this morning. Not sure on quality etc but pretty cheap.

Do NOT buy that drive!

It's a scam, at least one of the deal/coupon sites caught on and removed it from their listings. The business "selling" that moves around a lot and the ONLY sites you find when googling that hdd brand is deal/coupon sites - the brand can't be found elsewhere because it doesn't exist.

Read the user comments from this page: http://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/61972
01:23pm 24/01/12 Permalink
teq
Brisbane, Queensland
12351 posts
why not just take the risk
worst case it f**** up and you get them to replace it
best case you've saved time + money + it just works fine

I think people over estimate the failure rate for drives
01:42pm 24/01/12 Permalink
skythra
Brisbane, Queensland
5130 posts
no, I want to know if anywhere stocks smaller HDDs in decent brands that I would obviously be cheaper than a 500Gb, as if I'd pay more for less space you tard.

But that's wrong, the less space does NOT equal cheaper. The less space ones were designed using more expensive materials on a s***tier process and are totally dead. Noone makes them.

At all.

What you're asking for is a figment of your own logic which is flawed.
01:48pm 24/01/12 Permalink
Ickus
Perth, Western Australia
208 posts
Another thing to watch is what version/type of USB the car has, specifically if it can supply the extra power required to handle a 2.5" harddrive.

For example my Samsung TV has two USB slots, only one can drive my USB 2.5" drive but both will use a flash drive fine.
01:53pm 24/01/12 Permalink
skythra
Brisbane, Queensland
5131 posts
Luckily Ickus, most modern ones can because they're designed to also charge iphones/etc off them which require that 5v from the usb
01:55pm 24/01/12 Permalink
thermite
Brisbane, Queensland
8786 posts
I don't understand this thread. Walk into d*** smith, the first product you see, probably on sale, will meet your needs exactly. 250GB usb powered drives are everywhere.
02:00pm 24/01/12 Permalink
Hogfather
Cairns, Queensland
11739 posts
Is it just me or is skythra getting a bit persnippetty lately?
02:04pm 24/01/12 Permalink
WetWired
Brisbane, Queensland
5900 posts
so I have flawed logic for thinking there might be someone who stocks an older\smaller HDD for cheap? like the LG one mentioned above
02:07pm 24/01/12 Permalink
Hogfather
Cairns, Queensland
11741 posts
Your logic, sir, is flawed. I demand satisfaction.

Pistols at dawn.
02:54pm 24/01/12 Permalink
Whoop
Brisbane, Queensland
19284 posts
Yeah that's actually what got me posting here clubby, my wife sent me that one but I told her I wouldn't trust a no name brand HDD to sit in the car all day every day and not s*** itself after 6 weeks.

I wouldn't trust ANY hard drive in a car 24/7. It gets hot in there and there's tonnes of vibrations.

http://www.computeralliance.com.au/parts.aspx?qryPart=13207

It's $50, how much cheaper do you want?
07:42pm 24/01/12 Permalink
ara
Sydney, New South Wales
3430 posts
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m3nt4l
Brisbane, Queensland
2122 posts
Do either of those need external power or are they just powered with one usb cord?
12:23pm 25/01/12 Permalink
Raven
Melbourne, Victoria
6425 posts
Agree, SSD only in a car. Can the Samsung Galaxy Player mount as a disk?
12:24pm 25/01/12 Permalink
skythra
Brisbane, Queensland
5136 posts
Most things with external SD cards and an internal SD card (like how the SGS and SGS2 are) don't work in many types of cars. This is mostly because they mount as kind of a usb hub with two separate drives so the device doesn't understand what to mount I suppose.
12:28pm 25/01/12 Permalink
fade
Brisbane, Queensland
7300 posts
I have a 1tb western digital usb powered drive. Highly recommend.
12:44pm 25/01/12 Permalink
scuzzy
Brisbane, Queensland
15113 posts
I have a 1tb western digital usb powered drive. Highly recommend.
Product name/model number?
01:20pm 25/01/12 Permalink
fade
Brisbane, Queensland
7301 posts
Western Digital 1TB My Passport Essential SE 2.5" USB3 External HDD
USB 3.0, Backwards compatible with USB 2.0, 1TB Capacity, PN WDBACX0010BBK-PESN

http://www.computeralliance.com.au/parts.aspx?qryPart=12622
01:38pm 25/01/12 Permalink
funky
Brisbane, Queensland
1510 posts
i have the exact same hdd as fade, and it rocks. of course i don't use it in the car or leave it in the heat or anything.
01:50pm 25/01/12 Permalink
m3nt4l
Brisbane, Queensland
2124 posts
Is it powered by only a usb cord?
02:18pm 25/01/12 Permalink
hardware
Brisbane, Queensland
9965 posts
so the OP is wanting an assurance that some piece of low-end consumer electronics is going to be almost assuredly reliable in a high heat/stress/sun environment based on the purely anecdotal recommendations from people who don't really know what they're talking about and have never used it in a similar environment?


probably just a typical qgl thread really
02:28pm 25/01/12 Permalink
WetWired
Brisbane, Queensland
5909 posts
That's kinda my point hardware, I don't want to put a bigarse 500Gb+ drive in that thing when it's only ever going to hold 100Gb or so of music, I'd rather find somewhere that has an older smaller disk space drive that is cheaper so I'm not out of pocket that much if it decides to keel over on me.

At this point however I'm tempted to use one of my old 320Gb externals in it and buy a bigger one for myself to replace it.
02:35pm 25/01/12 Permalink
hardware
Brisbane, Queensland
9967 posts
that wasn't my point at all
02:38pm 25/01/12 Permalink
hardware
Brisbane, Queensland
9968 posts
besides, you want reliability but aren't happy to pay $90 for something that probably has a 3yr warranty?
02:41pm 25/01/12 Permalink
m3nt4l
Brisbane, Queensland
2125 posts
I just want someone to say yep, it is powered by one usb cord, and then I will go and buy it.
02:44pm 25/01/12 Permalink
Mantorok
Brisbane, Queensland
6342 posts
I just want someone to say yep, it is powered by one usb cord, and then I will go and buy it.
Pretty much every 2.5" external HDD is bus-powered. It's the 3.5" drives that need external power.
02:59pm 25/01/12 Permalink
m3nt4l
Brisbane, Queensland
2126 posts
Excellent, off to the shop I will venture if the road isn't flooded anymore.
03:01pm 25/01/12 Permalink
Whoop
Brisbane, Queensland
19291 posts
That's kinda my point hardware, I don't want to put a bigarse 500Gb+ drive in that thing when it's only ever going to hold 100Gb or so of music, I'd rather find somewhere that has an older smaller disk space drive that is cheaper so I'm not out of pocket that much if it decides to keel over on me.

At this point however I'm tempted to use one of my old 320Gb externals in it and buy a bigger one for myself to replace it.

What the hell is "it" that you don't want to put a 500 gig drive in? the car, or a usb enclosure? The LG one from CA is only 250gig and it's only $50. Seriously, are you looking for a $10 drive or something? I really don't understand what you're trying to find.

Are you trying to find JUST a hard drive because you already have an enclosure? An enclosure + drive? What? How "cheap" do you want? F*** size, if you can get a 500 terrabyte drive for $20 then you'd buy it, I don't care how much s*** you want to put on it or how much you think you'll need, how much money are you willing to spend?
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