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WD Passport 250, 2.5" external USB: What's in it?


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Does anyone know what mechanism is inside WD's 250gig 2.5" 'Passport' drive enclosure?

I'm wondering because I'm thinking of upgrading my laptop with a 250gig WD Scorpio 250gig 2.5" SATA ... If this enclosure has the Scorpio inside as I suspect, I could put that in my laptop and use the Passport enclosure to take the old 80gig drive.

The 2.5" 250gig passport is available right now at a pretty good price so it'd be a great solution for me if it turned out to have the Scorpio inside.....


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Just popped mine open for you - it is indeed 250 gig scorpio with Sata interface.

A WD2500BEAS drive to be exact.

Cheers - much obliged. I was going to pay the cost of a passport for just the SATA drive itself, so this means I get a nice external 2.5" enclosure for free.

(raw drives are designated WD2500BEVS .. wonder what the difference is?)


edit: A quick google found the answer: The BEAS is 2mb cache, the BEVS is 8mb cache. Hmmmmmmm.... tempted by the better performance of the 8meg version.


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Been very pleased with mine thus far - though only using externally.

I might secure another for internal use - any pointers to the cheapest lcoation - mine was a weekend PC world special a month or two back and appears to be no longer available.


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ebuyer were advertising the 750GB Passport at £98 until yesterday.........:eek:

I couldn't believe it; by the time I'd done a bit of research to make sure it wasn't an old PATA interface......... Went back to order one and they've gone ! :suicide:

Back up to £138 :thumbsdow

Hey Ho........


EDIT; just looked a bit harder and found a 750GB Mybook for £100.............. Don't know what's going on......... can't find a raw drive for that...........


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