ALDI: 1TB External Hard Drive $79

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1000GB 3.5" hard disk drive capacity. eSATA connector. Transfer rate: 1200Mbit/sec. USB 2.0 connector. Special buys from Thurs 29 July 2010 - hurry, limited stocks in store.

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    What are the chances of it still being in store when I get there Thursday evening?

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      Zero — or less ;)

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      Go Wednesday night, they usually put out the stock around 6pm, and the store is nearly empty.

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        I thought that was a secret ;-)

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          it is, dont tell anyone ;)

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    eSATA — yay! Archiving for the impatient.

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    yeah.. this deal is nice.

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    I think I read somewhere in Ozbargain that the hard disk inside "medion" is Samsung or WD right? can someone confirm? thanks!

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      My Medion 3.5" 250Gb drives, which are at least 5 years old now, are WD. They might use a different company now!?

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      Previous 2.5" drives have been seagates. Not sure about 3.5" though.

      esata makes this an excellent deal. I find esata to be around 3 times faster than usb in real world performance.

      Worth noting though is that not all MB support hot swapping of esata drives. My AM3 MB, does not allow hot swapping so I have to uninstall the drive in device manager everytime I go to disconnect, otherwise windows reports delayed write failures.

      Edit: Has anyone had experience swapping out the internal drive with the previous medion deals? WARNING: Also refer to my post below regarding 1TB seagate drives.

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    Amazing price. Imagine if Aldi started selling computer parts :)

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    It can only be either a Samsung, Hitachi, Toshiba, fujitsu, Seagate or Western Digital

    These are the only companies on earth that make hard drives. ;);)

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      Fujitsu makes HDDs? Wow you learn somthing new everyday.

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        Not anymore. Hitachi bought them out last year I think it was.

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      IBM? Maxtor?

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        Seagate owns Maxtor…I don't know anything about IBM drives.

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          IBM made the Deskstar series of hard drives. Also Quantum makes them still.

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            Facts here.

            "…as of 2010, virtually all of the world's HDDs are manufactured by just five large companies: Seagate, Western Digital, Hitachi, Samsung, and Toshiba."

            Quantum Corporation - sold hard disk drive business to Maxtor in 2000
            IBM - hard disk drive business acquired by Hitachi in 2002
            Maxtor - acquired by Seagate in 2006
            Fujitsu - HDD division acquired by Toshiba in July 2009

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    Wow nice price, I might have to get the better half to get in there nice and early on Thursday week.

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    The next time i see somethign at aldi no matter how cheap it is i have made up my mind to never buy stuff there again. Past the 60 days they want to have nothing to do with u.

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      Keep the docket and you should be fine. Expect a full refund rather than replacement.

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      I bought a TV there at the end of last year. A month ago it packed up. After calling the distribution company (details supplied with warranty card) they promptly had it picked up, fixed and returned in the week.

      While I can't speak for everyone's experiences, mine have so far been good.

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      I bought a dryer from Aldi - within 2 months it broke down. A guy came out and fixed it promptly. Aldi itself doesn't do warranties - they outsource to a third party technician. No probs here with after sale service.

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        well had a very bad time. bought a circular saw only to find out that i wasnt supplied with the required spanners to change the blade. now i need to change the blade and im stuck. ALDI says they have nothing to do after the 60days. the supplier says its not their problem

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          Well then can't u claim that it doesn't do iot's purpose then you are entitled to a full refund?

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          Is that something to expect? While these things are nice, I wouldn't expect that manufacturer to supply everything. Unless it is a very specific tool, then I don't see the need to include it. However if it is something particular to the device, they should have supplied it.

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    eSATA makes this a top deal
    Now to line-up next Thursday :)

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      Ohhhh that's why this deal is so good. I was thinking it's just another 1TB external deal big whoop. Thanks for clarifying… I blame the alcohol :)

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    do these need to be plugged into an external power source aswell??

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      Nah dude. It's eSata so it can be powered wirelessly.

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        You are a funny guy.

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        funny mate but it says its usb aswell and last time i checked you could get usb hard drives that dont need an external power supply??

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          Only 2.5 inch ones.

          This is a 3.5 inch HDD and requires a power source.

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          hence why you see no 2.5" hard drives with esata ports since esata cannot provide power through the cable like USB. USB win!

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            Common sense is underrated isn't it? Matty, this hard drive definitely needs external power supply, and also don't watch Inception. It involves some thinking to be done. =)

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            Actually you can get 2.5" hard drives with eSATA connectors - I've got one. However, eSATA only works if you use the supplied power cable (which just converts the 9V DC connector to a USB plug anyway.

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    LOL.

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    esata should be around the same speed as a normal internal sata, making it even faster as an external drive, but has anyone seen this unit? it says it has both esata and usb2.0, typically the better enclosures have both connectors

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      esata should be the exact same speed as internal sata, esata just got a more robust plug.

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    1000gb is a bit misleading :P just kidding, I won't be an ass… Really great deal, but last time I went for something special in aldi, I was one week late lol.

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      Does the daddy know? ^_^

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    This is the same drive that Aldi were selling back in October 2009 for $129. This was reported to have a Seagate drive inside. The exact model and speed was not mentioned.

    http://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/17121

    This deal only comes with 1 year warranty. Same drive sold in Europe comes with 3 year warranty

    http://aldi.ie/ie/html/offers/special_buys3_13501.htm

    User manual of the external hard disk drive Medion MD 90131.

    Medion AG
    English User Manual
    Supply date 11.11.2009

    http://www1.medion.de/downloads/index.pl?op=detail&id=8051&t...

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      It still cost around $129 dollars now.

      €89.99 = $130.00 Australia dollars

      http://aldi.ie/ie/html/offers/special_buys3_13501.htm

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      If it's got a 1TB seagate drive, I'm going to give this offer a miss. I'd rather not have seagate's self-bricking functionality!

      http://forums.whirlpool.net.au/forum-replies-archive.cfm/112...

      http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/1050374/seagate-bar...

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        You can update the firmware to prevent the problem. If it's too late you can still jump start the drive using a Nokia data cable and then update the firmware.

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        That fault didn't apply to external hard drives as they aren't involved in the boot up sequence.
        All hard drive manufacturers have a bad batch once in a while. Admittedly Seagate communication and handling of the problem was quite poor.
        I'll still buy certain Seagate drives because of their longer warranty.

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      if you pay with visa gold CC you get an extra 1 year manufacturers warranty by visa.

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    im gonna buy one for sure.

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    hmm time to buy another 1TB hd, also time to upgrade my laptop since it doesnt have esata port :(

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    According to the user manual link (thanks g12345567) the esata cable is not included. Not a biggie but something to add to the price if you are going to use esata (between $4-$10 on ebay delivered)

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    If I were to open the case, would the hard drive have a SATA connection or would it be like those WD 2.5" ones with the soldiered connectors?

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      And if I were to open the case and say there was a Seagate drive, would I be able to claim warranty on Seagate's 3 year, if the hard drive failed in like 2 years time?

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        No. The drives sold to OEMs have serial numbers that aren't valid for warranty service direct from consumers.

        But it's most likely a SATA drive plus a SATA-ESATA+USB bridge inside the case, since for now that's most likely cheaper if you're not manufacturing the drives yourself.

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    well now, got Aldi 5minute from my house, I'll be there when it opens :D

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    Nice, my wife's a manager at Aldi. I'll be getting one (or two) of these on Wednesday methinks ;)

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      Lucky you.

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    Was there any limit on the number of drives per customer?

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    Looks like a good deal.

    Quick question: Is it possible to connect an external drive like this to a wireless broadband router (I've got a Billion) so that it can be shared and wireless available to the two laptops that are in and out of my place all day? Or, do I need to have another PC (a server) setup that is always on?

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      Only if your router has the software to facilitate it. If there is no mention in your router specs/manual then you can assume you will need a NAS server or PC to provide a solution.

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        Thanks daydream for the info. :-)

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    Seagate drive might be the dealbreaker for me.. otherwise looks like an excellent deal!

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    sold out yet?

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      On sale from tomorrow mate

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    My cousin just picked up two units about an hour ago. He just asked the staff and they went to the back and got it for him. After that more people started asking and now the manager is probably pissed off and probably hold it till tomorrow.

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      Could u please have a look see whether it is a WD or Seagate drive? THX

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        IT IS A SEAGATE DRIVE

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      I tried yesterday. The staff got it from the back, scan it, then said couldn't sell it to me because the computer did not have record of it yet.

      Have to come back today. Hope they still have some left.

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    Can someone let us know what HD is inside the casing? Thanks.

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    Just got two from the Broadbeach store. Didnt look like they had a lot out the front, then again they may have had more out the back.

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    Any confirmation on which brand drive it is?

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    hey does any one know if it comes with a usb and esata cable?

    thanks

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      comes with USB cable and power supply.

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        thanks i got one sitting at home for me just gotta pick up a esata cable:D

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    Noones brave enough to pry her open, eh? :-)

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    got a pair of these - they're selling it at register, just ask.
    planning to use it to store old movies that were too good to go but not good enough to stay :p
    the pack includes 1yr warranty, desktop stand, AC adapter, USB cable and the HDD.

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    I have just bought & opened up this Drive.

    INSIDE:

    One 1 Terabyte SEAGATE BARRACUDA 7200

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      Thanks

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      Seagate 7200.12 (not the evil 7200.11)

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    does any anyone if its compatible with wii to "backup" games.
    could not find a exact match on compatibility list.

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    just came back from Bankstown Aldi.
    SOLD OUT.

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    I just happened to find out how fast these went at some of the ACT stores.

    • Holt, ACT - 2.5 hrs
    • Gungahlin, ACT - 2 hrs
    • Canberra Centre, ACT - 15 mins
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    all sold out by 10:30ish morn at the franklin st in melbourne city aldi store. damn, so missed this one!

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    What a piece of garbage. I will be returning it tomorrow. I had nothing but problems.

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      What kind of problems?

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        Drive would only be recognized at different times even though it was connected, tried on several computers. Would work fine moving a few gigs then crap out. Never had any good luck with Seagate hard drives.

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    There are none left at either Lutwyche, Qld or Chermside, Qld. :+)

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    I too missed out on getting one, I did not get there till about 9am. If you are like me, I have looked around the internet and find that anypc.com.au have 1TB external HDD's from about $75 upwards.

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    I arrived at Aldi 10 minutes after opening time on Thursday and they were all sold out - And this was a small store in Brisbane. A staff member phoned around to four other Aldi stores nearby and they were all sold out. It wasn't like there were hundreds of people in the shop buying arm-fulls of these drives so they couldn't have had more than a few in stock. I love Aldi, but I really think this was just ploy to get people into their stores. -1 to Aldi.

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    got one and it's working great! had to line up 10mins before opening time at the Carindale Aldi (QLD)..can't believe how many people line up and wait for the store to open, and all these people fighting for these hard drives..it was crazy….

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    This Thursday sale at Aldi is as you say crazy, Why can't they have enough stock to satisfy the expected number of customers. I know that it is to attract customers to the store, but I don't think that it does Aldi any good. My wife and I are aged pensioners, and really the rush when the doors are opened, is a case of survival of the fittest. It is like the stupid Myer Boxing day sales, which should be banned. If they are unable to get a reasonable amount of items to each store for a Thursday. Then they should give up the crazy idea altogether and sell their products at a competitive price all the time.

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      At the Aldi I went to (Gold Coast), I arrived 10 minutes before opening and there was at least 30 plus people waiting to go in. To my surprise there was none of the crazy "survival of the fittest", but a respectable entrance by everyone without any pushing or que jumping. I guess this all depends on the store you go, to and to my surprise the majority of the people there on the day were there for the golfing gear.

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    Tried all three stores in Ipswich, Zero stock. :( And I really wanted one to fill up with Commodore 64 software. :( Oh well… .-.-.

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      wouldn't a floppy be sufficient? LOL

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