Prices of 2.5in HDDs falling down: 1.5TB now available from £74.98, 2TB down to £104.87

You can now purchase a 1.5TB external hard disk drive storage with a 2.5in HDD for under £75 from Dabs; that’s around 5p per GB (compared to around 3p for 3.5in models).

The Toshiba 1.5TB Store.E Basics (otherwise known as the HDTB115EK3BA) is more expensive than the equivalent 3.5in model but it is also infinitely more portable and can be powered by a USB port.

This particular model is only 16.5mm thick, is compatible with USB 3.0, comes with a two years warranty and is presented into a bland-looking, bog-standard charcoal chassis.

Western Digital also has a 2TB model called the My Passport which costs just under £105 (around 5.25p per GB). It is on sale at Amazon, weighs a mere 340g and comes with a dual USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 interface.

It is also bundled with a number of utilities (SmartWare) that allows automatic, continuous backup of your data as well as its encryption.

The rise of 2.5in hard drives bigger than 1TB leads us to believe that mainstream laptops with more than 1TB storage should start appearing on the market sooner rather than later.