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Officeworks: Maxtor basics 250gb 2.5" external drive $109

Posted By: Donkey, posted 2009/02/04 19:29
A good price for the drive if your able to get into an officeworks store and pick it up. Its about a 33% discount on what the same drive would cost you elsewhere.

I cant deeplink into the officeworks site so do a search for product code MXT3010 when you get to the site.
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$109.00
  • nod2009/02/04 21:33:23
    In the latest Kmart catalogue they advertise a Maxtor 500gb for $119. $10 more for twice the capacity seems like a much better deal - page 21 of the catalogue. No details of speed though
  • fishmonkey2009/02/04 22:21:05
    i haven't seen the ad, but a 500GB for $119 is likely to be a 3.5" drive... both enclosures will be USB 2.0 only, so the actual speed of the drive inside is kinda moot...
  • Tran2009/02/04 23:12:11
    as i have said in the other thread, i'm pretty sure this uses 2 usb ports to power it. just something to consider before buying.

    i have the 120G version that looks exactly the same.
  • wheadle2009/02/04 23:16:19
    Tran
    as i have said in the other thread, i'm pretty sure this uses 2 usb ports to power it. just something to consider before buying.

    i have the 120G version that looks exactly the same.


    No external power source then Tran? Your 120gb any good?
  • Tran2009/02/04 23:23:54
    it needs two usb ports to power it, and does not come with an external power source (no dc adaptor or any port to put one in).

    some people have said it works with 1 usb port, but mines a pretty new computer and it doesnt work. (with one it makes this beeping noise)

    it heats up a lil bit after a long time of usage, but should be ok.

    it works fine overall. i have plenty of ports on my home computer so doesnt bother me much.
  • admin2009/02/04 23:26:53
    is the USB port on your machine USB1 or 2 tran ?
  • eggles2009/02/04 23:44:32
    convenience factor zero if you have to take up two usb ports.
  • Tran2009/02/05 00:01:11
    mine are usb 2.0. i only built it last year
  • admin2009/02/05 09:08:09
    hmmm.....

    if a Y cable is the same as a V cable then yep its a dual plug one.
  • admin2009/02/05 09:14:46
    Interesting to see what the same model of drive is called between countries. In Switzerland its a Jade as opposed to a Cobalt.

    Basic specs on it are that its a 5400 spin with 8 meg cache, SATA, 60Mb transfer speed.

    Still cant figure out why they'd have used a Y cable on it - surely you could just get the same form of single USB that you use to power other drives and it would work.... Have you tried that Tran? You've got me intrigued now.
  • queenshrew2009/02/05 10:07:25
    Oops.. posted on the wrong thread..need to stop watching monty python when I post on forums lol ;)
  • fishmonkey2009/02/05 11:51:53
    admin;79781

    Basic specs on it are that its a 5400 spin with 8 meg cache, SATA, 60Mb transfer speed.


    sorry to labour the point, but when there is a USB bridge between the drive and your computer, pretty much any new drive will never be pushed anywhere near its maximum performance...

    you would need a Firewire 800 or eSATA connection to approach or exceed 60MB/s transfer speeds...

    if there was a 10,000RPM drive in there with a 32MB cache in most cases you wouldn't notice any difference...
  • fishmonkey2009/02/05 11:55:41
    admin;79781

    Still cant figure out why they'd have used a Y cable on it - surely you could just get the same form of single USB that you use to power other drives and it would work.... Have you tried that Tran? You've got me intrigued now.


    it depends on how much power the drive needs, and how much power your USB ports can put out (which can also vary from port to port on the same computer)... you might find that a powered hub will do the trick...

    often the real issue is that a single port cannot provide enough juice to spin the drive up from a standstill... and of course, the amount of power required to do that varies from drive to drive...
  • Tran2009/02/05 14:05:11
    yup, i had tried the single usb wire (the type used for cameras), it still doesnt spin fast enough cos theres not enough power.

    (but it does spin faster than using a single usb connection on the y cable.)
  • admin2009/02/05 19:04:40
    fishmonkey;79799
    it depends on how much power the drive needs, and how much power your USB ports can put out (which can also vary from port to port on the same computer)... you might find that a powered hub will do the trick...

    often the real issue is that a single port cannot provide enough juice to spin the drive up from a standstill... and of course, the amount of power required to do that varies from drive to drive...


    Yea - but my point is that there is no shortage of other 2.5 drives around that run off a single cable so its not as if they have to make some huge step forward in technology to be able to do it.
  • admin2009/02/05 19:06:48
    Tran;79808
    yup, i had tried the single usb wire (the type used for cameras), it still doesnt spin fast enough cos theres not enough power.

    (but it does spin faster than using a single usb connection on the y cable.)


    :D - so what does it do? Does it appear as a device on the machine but just wont allow read/write or it just sort of semi spins and read/write fails as a result.
  • dan04ben062009/02/05 19:22:07
    i've just bought the Seagate Free Agent 320G $148 at OW. They got WD & Seagate same price $148. I chose Seagate because of Seagate 5yrs warranty where WD only 3yrs
  • Tran2009/02/05 20:01:06
    it doesnt get detected at all. the drive just starts spinning underspeed and makes this annoying scratching/beeping noise.
  • fishmonkey2009/02/05 20:15:55
    admin;79838
    Yea - but my point is that there is no shortage of other 2.5 drives around that run off a single cable so its not as if they have to make some huge step forward in technology to be able to do it.


    agreed... most likely those 2 cable units have older drives that use more power...

    my speculation is that the rash of cheap 2.5" drives is the manufacturers dumping stocks of older low capacity laptop drives that will now never see the inside of a laptop...
  • admin2009/02/05 23:46:36
    Yea - seems that way doesnt it.
  • fishmonkey2009/02/06 00:17:40
    dan04ben06;79843
    i've just bought the Seagate Free Agent 320G $148 at OW. They got WD & Seagate same price $148. I chose Seagate because of Seagate 5yrs warranty where WD only 3yrs


    note that Seagate have recently downgraded their warranties on some drives, mostly consumer level bare drives... their "warranty matrix" can be viewed here:

    http://www.seagate.com/www/en-us/support/warranty_&_returns_assistance/product_warranty_matrix/

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