500Gb Hard Drive

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James lundy
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Maplin are doing 500Gb external hard drives for £99.99. Don't know if you could get a better deal anywhere.

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Pete Allen
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They are doing one at www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=HD-143-WD for ??78.71 inc v.a.t, 500gb usb2

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JerryLE
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Novertech do a 500GB USB2 for £89.77 inc VAT.

http://www.novatech.co.uk/novatech/specpage.html?FRE-28604

tom hardwick
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It's amazing, 500 gigs for 80 quid. Not so long ago a one gig Compact flash card cost £450. Mind you, considering that it was stuffed full of moving parts, I was pretty impressed.

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That's nothin' lad, t'first hard drive I bought cost £500 (for a BBC micro) and stored the truly enormous 20Megabytes. And we had to sleep in a cardboard box on the M1.

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Alan Craven
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If I remember correctly, my early efforts at producing school timetables on a BBC micro in the mid-eighties involved a 120kB floppy disk drive (£120), with 51/2 inch floppies at £8 each.

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I know we've veered off-topic, but...

The disks were 5.5" 100k single-sided. Double-sided ones came out later. My version #1 colour software ran in 32k (with a complicated bit of overlay swapping) and the whole software suite fitted comfortably on one disk. The latest version of the software (#44) is 35.5k lines of code, needs 2Meg to run, and a bit over 12Meg hard drive space. Small by today's standards, but I've written every byte of it myself, and it works :D

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Gavin Gration
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I just bought an 80GB USB2.0 drive for 9.95 incl. VAT from a Staples bargain bin - that'll be Jam all round!

H and M Video
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Alan your memory is OK
Alan Craven wrote:
If I remember correctly, my early efforts at producing school timetables on a BBC micro in the mid-eighties involved a 120kB floppy disk drive (£120), with 51/2 inch floppies at £8 each.

Quite correct. Our college upgraded to a MAC with a 20 MB HD. 100+ lecturers had access to it and we were told that it would last us for ever!

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Barry Hunter
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When we went from Standard VideoMachine (Fast) cost around 2k to the NLE version in `97 using a 166 machine the cost was £4995 + vat but it did include a pair of 4gb SCSI HD`s

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nash
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PCWorld are doing the Western Digital 500Gb for £79.99 too.

You had a shoebox. Luxury! We lived in cats eye in't middle of the road. All 27 o' us. Dad beat us and we used to work 25 hours a day at Mill and't pay Mill owner for't privilage. Kids of t'day don't know their born!

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paultv
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Amazon - £59 - 500 gig Maxtor 7200rpm usb - who'll do the first £20, 500 gig - any bets??

Paul

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In 1995 I bought FAST Video Machine, NLE complete with 9gbs for £13,500 !! Twelve months later bought another 9gbs for £3,500, twelve months later another 9gbs for £1,500 A BARGAIN !!

Just taken the lot to the tip last month !!!

Peter

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I know I must have said this a dozen times before, but the one and only HDD to star on a Computer Video cover was a Quantum BigFoot - it deserved it's billing, too, cos it was the first 12GB HDD to sell for under £300.

That was issue 6 (Mar/Apr 88) and some lucky bugger won two of them in a competition we ran, too, as I recall.

Just for the record, the last HDD I bought (tail end of May) was a 750GB Seagate USB/FireWire/eSata jobbie and cost £162 inc VAT.

And the relative costs per gig of the BigFoot and the Seagate?

£25 vs £0.216 (thanks to Rob for pointing out my initial error of saying the cost for the Seagate was £4.63 per gig)

Oh and paultv, got a URL for that drive on Amazon? I couldn't find and I'm sure that some folk will fancy a punt.

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Rob James
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According to my calculations that should be:

£25 vs £0.216 per gigabyte

I think you divided the 750m by £162 not the other way around.

Even more scary?

Rob The picture is only there to keep the sound in sync

paultv
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This is the Amazon drive

https://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_ss_w_h_/026-3384295-2370858?url=search-alias%3Delectronics&field-keywords=Maxtor+500GB+USB+2.0+Hard+Drive&Go.x=12&Go.y=13

BUT it was £59 plus vat making £69 and free delivery - sorry I got my numbers mixed up - still, a very good deal. I bought 2!

Paul

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paultv wrote:
This is the Amazon drive

https://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_ss_w_h_/026-3384295-2370858?url=search-alias%3Delectronics&field-keywords=Maxtor+500GB+USB+2.0+Hard+Drive&Go.x=12&Go.y=13

BUT it was £59 plus vat making £69 and free delivery - sorry I got my numbers mixed up - still, a very good deal. I bought 2!

Paul

Paul,

Thanks!

Interestingly, there are three reviews on Amazon.

One is from someone who clearly didn't realise before he bought that HDD makers think of a Gigabyte as being rather smaller than the rest of humanity does (so he was complaining about how the capacity was way less than 500GB)

Another was from a Mac user who'd not realised that the drive would come pre-formatted for Windows, rather than Mac OS. This person also reported a problem with the drive losing data but I kind of suspect that might be related to lack of knowledge of how to properly format a drive under OS X - though that may be doing him a disservice.

Cheers

Bob

paultv
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Well, mine arrived, and pre formatted, gives around 470 gigs of real space - used trhem on a shoot yesterday to download files from 2 XDCam HD 350's - all works a treat!

Paul

Mahesh
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Barry Hunter wrote:
When we went from Standard VideoMachine (Fast) cost around 2k to the NLE version in `97 using a 166 machine the cost was £4995 + vat but it did include a pair of 4gb SCSI HD`s

Some people have more money than sense. My VM upagrade to NLE was 18 months before you Barry, and the card cost £6000 + VAT and 2 x 4.GB SCSI HDD were 900+ VAT each.
A much cheaper upgrade was, an external floppy drive forr my TRS80 which only cost £350. Bargain:D

Regards Mahesh crestvideo.co.uk