Western Digital 120GB Passport Portable Hard Drive USB powered $59 @ Auspost

30 January 2009

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28 comments

  • nod
    great price for a 120gb. These are really handy. I started to use a 250gb when I am on the move and it is fantastic. Means you always have a back up without lugging the 500gb or 1TB around
  • nod
    They have the III 120GB Mini Hard Drive for $59.00 for those that prefer maxtor
  • admin EDITOR
    I'll vouch for the fact that the little 2.5 drives are very very handy.
  • kingyubbo
    I think the Passport is nicer to look at and also from comments, the WDs are more reliable than Maxtors. I heard Maxtor branded products have Seagate Hard Drives in them these days, and recently they haven't been up to scratch.
  • jackyblue
    Good info kingyubbo ... ties in with what fishmonkey was saying about Seagate drives. Check out his post (thread below) from Off on a Tangent. ]http://www.buckscoop.com.au/forums/showthread.php?t=13591
  • Tran
    i recently got a maxtor 120Gb passport hdd. uses 2 usb ports to power it, but was on clearance (not catalog) at DSE for $30.
  • spodosaurus
    Tran;79334
    i recently got a maxtor 120Gb passport hdd. uses 2 usb ports to power it, but was on clearance (not catalog) at DSE for $30.
    which DSE?
  • kingyubbo
    They would have been very old drives they had left over. I know they also sell HP Pocket Media drives which also take 2 USB ports to power. They're going for around the same price for an 80GB. To be honest, if you're using them with a laptop, 2 USBs is too many if you're going to use a wireless mouse amongst other things attached to the computer. Going to pick up a passport 120GB drive. Good value considering an extra $40 gives you only 40GB.
  • spodosaurus
    At OW pay 1/6 more and you get 1/3 more storage: 160GB for $69. That said, the 160GB at OW is the elements, not the passport, which is a bit nicer looking and slightly smaller.
  • kingyubbo
    The passport design is much nicer to lug around and the casing is more solid. The elements are reasonably flimsy things in my opinion. I didn't actually know OW had the 160GB elements for that cheap.
  • fishmonkey
    jackyblue;79312
    Good info kingyubbo ... ties in with what fishmonkey was saying about Seagate drives. Check out his post (thread below) from Off on a Tangent. http://www.buckscoop.com.au/forums/showthread.php?t=13591
    Seagate is apparently lowering their warranty from 5 years to 3 years now... the quality of hard drives (like anything else) is more to do with which countries and factories the equipment is being manufactured in... from what i hear, it is perhaps the Seagate drives which are made in China which have a higher failure rate (which is unfortunate, since i just installed one in my laptop)... oh well, i keep good backups...
  • fishmonkey
    kingyubbo;79311
    I think the Passport is nicer to look at and also from comments, the WDs are more reliable than Maxtors. I heard Maxtor branded products have Seagate Hard Drives in them these days, and recently they haven't been up to scratch.
    the story is that Maxtor was not so long ago bought by Seagate...
  • fishmonkey
    that 2.5" WD Elements is damn ugly! it's like an emaciated version of the 3.5"...
  • spodosaurus
    The elements aren't bad - one usb port to power, rubber grips on the end to lessen any jarring when setting them down or moving them around.
  • fishmonkey
    not bad, just ugly! i like my tech gear (and everything else) to look and feel good too... otherwise, well, i just feel dirty....... haha
  • spodosaurus
    fishmonkey;79369
    not bad, just ugly! i like my tech gear (and everything else) to look and feel good too... otherwise, well, i just feel dirty....... haha
    hehe I like mine to look like if my daughter got her hands on it there'd be a good chance it'd still work afterwards :)
  • joelwilliam
    fishmonkey;79369
    not bad, just ugly! i like my tech gear (and everything else) to look and feel good too... otherwise, well, i just feel dirty....... haha
    spoken like a true mac user... lol :p
  • jackyblue
    spodosaurus;79373
    hehe I like mine to look like if my daughter got her hands on it there'd be a good chance it'd still work afterwards :)
    classic spodosaurus ... spoken like a true parent.
  • fishmonkey
    joelwilliam;79374
    spoken like a true mac user... lol :p
    hehe, the square aluminium look i can do without... now, a curvy purple anodised MBP, that'd be something i really would pay a premium price for!
  • nightowl79
    nod;79267
    They have the III 120GB Mini Hard Drive for $59.00 for those that prefer maxtor
    Price for the above 120GB Maxtor is now $39ea. Purchased 2 today for a total of $78 (1 for me, 1 for sis). Tried purchasing the WD yesterday at local post office, however they didn't have any. Went into GPO today and purchased the Maxtor instead as they were $20ea cheaper. I'm only using the drive to back up music so don't have a brand preference. Also noticed they have the Maxtor III 500GB hard drive for $69ea. Thanks for the deal! :D
  • admin EDITOR
    They're almost disposable at that price :)
  • bt34
    nightowl79;79645
    Price for the above 120GB Maxtor is now $39ea. Purchased 2 today for a total of $78 (1 for me, 1 for sis). Tried purchasing the WD yesterday at local post office, however they didn't have any. Went into GPO today and purchased the Maxtor instead as they were $20ea cheaper. I'm only using the drive to back up music so don't have a brand preference. Also noticed they have the Maxtor III 500GB hard drive for $69ea. Thanks for the deal! :D
    Great price. I would be going for the Maxtor if it wasn't for the Y cable.
  • nightowl79
    bt34;79650
    Great price. I would be going for the Maxtor if it wasn't for the Y cable.
    Thankfully my computer is powerful enough to only use 1 USB port, so I don't need to use both connectors of the Y cable.
  • admin EDITOR
    :D - the drive is described as large in ]Cnets review in 2006. I had to go check what you were referring to with the Y-Cable bt34 - I've never seen one before. From what I can make out it should be fine running off just the one USB cable provided your using USB2.
  • bennib0i
    nightowl79;79645
    Price for the above 120GB Maxtor is now $39ea. Purchased 2 today for a total of $78 (1 for me, 1 for sis). Also noticed they have the Maxtor III 500GB hard drive for $69ea. Thanks for the deal! :D
    Wow really? 500gb for $69? thats amazing. Which post office did u see this? Wonder if its for all auspost?
  • eggles
    nightowl79;79645
    Price for the above 120GB Maxtor is now $39ea. Purchased 2 today for a total of $78 (1 for me, 1 for sis). Tried purchasing the WD yesterday at local post office, however they didn't have any. Went into GPO today and purchased the Maxtor instead as they were $20ea cheaper. I'm only using the drive to back up music so don't have a brand preference. Also noticed they have the Maxtor III 500GB hard drive for $69ea. Thanks for the deal! :D
    whoah that is an amazing price! what is the catch? :twisted:
  • eggles
    bennib0i;79879
    Wow really? 500gb for $69? thats amazing. Which post office did u see this? Wonder if its for all auspost?
    usually they have the same prices over them all
  • fishmonkey
    admin;79732
    I had to go check what you were referring to with the Y-Cable bt34 - I've never seen one before. From what I can make out it should be fine running off just the one USB cable provided your using USB2.
    it's not really a USB 1 or 2 issue... it's just that some drives require more power to start up than the USB spec provides for... and some laptops in particular also put out lower than maximum USB spec power... and this may vary from port to port on the same computer...

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