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  • If your drive stops working, the Seagate Rescue data recovery plan will recover the data from the failed drive and return it to you on a new piece of external storage
  • Covers new single-disk external hard drives of any brand when purchased within 30 days (receipt must be retained for purchases not on the same transaction). Not eligible on enterprise class or multi-drive devices
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Seagate Expansion 500 GB USB 3.0 Portable External Hard Drive STAX500102

3.9 out of 5 stars 241 customer reviews
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  • Plug n' play - no software to install
  • Simply drag-and-drop to save files
  • USB 3.0, backwards compatible with USB 2.0
  • Built-in power management ensures energy efficient operation
  • USB powered,5400rpm Drive Speed
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Size: 500 GB
  • Brand Name: Seagate
  • Model Number: STAX500102
  • Hard Disk Size: 500 GB
  • Manufacturer Warranty Description: 1 year limited
  • Hard Disk Description: Portable
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Size: 500 GB

Product Description

Compact, portable computer storage. It's straightforward to use, just plug in a single USB cable and you're ready to go. Automatically recognized by Windows operating system — no software to install. Simply drag-and-drop to save files. Built-in power management ensures energy efficient operation. 1-year limited warranty.System Requirements: Windows XP, Vista, 7.

From the Manufacturer

Seagate external portable drives are compact and perfect for file storage and transfers on-the-go. Instantly add up to 1.5TB (depending on model) more storage space to your computer and take large files with you when you travel.

Seagate Expansion Portable Drive
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Seagate Expansion Portable Drive

Set-up is straightforward. Simply connect a single USB cable and you are ready to go. The drive is powered from the USB cable, so there is no need for an external power supply. Plus, it is automatically recognized by Windows operating system, so there is no software to install and nothing to configure. Saving files is easy too: just drag-and-drop.

It's not just easy to use, but it's fast and energy efficient too. Enjoy fast data transfer speed with USB 3.0 connectivity, backwards compatible with USB 2.0. Built-in power management ensures energy efficient operation.

USB 3.0 for Faster File Transfers
Seagate Expansion Portable Drive
Take large files with you on-the-go

Instantly add more storage to your computer with the Expansion's USB 3.0 interface. USB 3.0 performance offers vastly increased transfer speeds over USB 2.0, yet it's backwards-compatible with USB 2.0 ports--so it works with nearly all desktops and laptops.

What's in the Box

Seagate Expansion external portable hard drive, USB 3.0 cable, Quick Start guide, 1-year warranty.

Highlights
  • Plug and play--no software to install
  • Simply drag-and-drop to save files
  • Bus-powered USB 3.0, backwards compatible with USB 2.0
  • Built-in power management ensures energy efficient operation
  • Also available in a Desktop version
  • Seagate Expansion Portable Drive Specifications

    500GB1 750GB1 1TB1 1.5TB1
    Interface USB 3.0 USB 3.0 USB 3.0 USB 3.0
    Dimensions 3.15" x 0.69" x 5.38"
    (80.1mm x 17.60mm x 136.65mm)
    3.15" x 0.69" x 5.38"
    (80.1mm x 17.60mm x 136.65mm)
    3.31" x 1.06" x 5.97"
    (84.07mm x 26.92mm x 151.64mm)
    3.31" x 1.06" x 5.97"
    (84.07mm x 26.92mm x 151.64mm)
    Weight 0.35 lbs
    (0.16kg)
    0.35 lbs
    (0.16kg)
    0.69 lbs
    (0.31kg)
    0.69 lbs
    (0.31kg)
    How Much Will it Store?
    Digital Music Digital Music (Hours) 8,330 12,495 16,660 24,990
    Digital Photos Digital Photos (Files)
    Average file size using cameras highest resolution JPEG mode
    160,000 240,000 320,000 480,000
    Digital Videos Digital Videos (Hours) 500 750 1,000 1,500
    DVD Quality DVD Quality (Movies)
    Based on standard 2 hour movie
    125 188 250 362
    1One gigabyte, or GB, equals one billion bytes and one terabyte, or TB, equals one trillion bytes when referring to hard drive capacity.

    Product Information

    Size:500 GB
    Product Dimensions 3.1 x 5.4 x 0.7 inches
    Item Weight 5.6 ounces
    Shipping Weight 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
    Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
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    ASIN B0056YNA7U
    Item model number STAX500102
    Customer Reviews
    3.9 out of 5 stars 241 customer reviews

    3.9 out of 5 stars
    Best Sellers Rank #806 in Computers & Accessories > Data Storage > External Hard Drives
    Date first available at Amazon.com August 7, 2011

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    Size: 500 GB Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
    USB 3.0 is a major improvement over the older 2.0 version, with speed up to 5 Gigabits/sec (versus 480 Megabits/sec of USB 2.0). Computers with USB 3.0 are still relatively rare but this SEAGATE Expansion 500 GB USB 3.0 External Hard Drive STAX500102 is backward-compatible to USB 2.0, which is what I got in my HP desktop. There was no connectivity problem. The hard drive is plug-N-play; within seconds after I plugged it in, it was up and running. A USB 3.0 cable is included. It is different in construction from USB 2.0 cables. A tiny green LED lights up when the connection is made. Like most of the portable hard drives, power is drawn from the computer via the USB cable. No AC transformer or cord is necessary. This hard drive is cool to the touch, even after prolonged usage. This drive is highly portable, measuring 3-1/4" X 5-3/8" X 5/8" thick. A backup software called Memeo is included. I did not install it. Frankly, I was leery of cluttering up my hard drive with unfamiliar programs. I don't have USB 3.0, but I can see the logic of buying a USB 3.0 drive for a computer with USB 2.0, because USB 3.0 will be the standard in a few years. I can't speak to the drive's reliability, but I own two Seagate external hard drives and they have been very reliable.
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    Size: 500 GB Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
    I have quite a few external drives so I'm pretty familiar with their general specs, so honestly I wasn't expecting too much out of the Seagate Expansion drive. Other than the USB 3.0 connector, there's really nothing really "new" about this drive.

    The basics - it's a 2.5" 5400 RPM "green" drive - which means the disk has a habit of going to sleep when not in use, but it also means that it's pretty light on the power consumption. It's also quiet and has a very low heat signature. Average read/write speeds (over USB 3.0): 30/25 MBps (see "customer images" for my benchmark results).

    What it's good for:
    At 500GB, this drive is pretty small when compared to its 2-4TB neighbors. However this drive is nice because it's completely powered via USB and has a small footprint. The portability comes in handy when a USB memory stick just doesn't have enough room. And this is where the Expansion might be the best fit - as an IT Consultant it's nice to be able to have an extra hdd portable enough to take along on business trips. It's large enough that you can hold presentations, installation binaries and even a few movies or TV shows for the long flight (or boring hotel room).

    While the speed isn't phenomenal (you probably don't want to run graphically intense games directly from the drive) it is quick enough to handle playing 720p video without flicker or stuttering (I didn't try 1080p, sorry).

    The Bad:
    At 500GB, this thing is tiny by today's standards - and the 750GB version isn't much better. Unfortunately once you start looking at the 1TB and 1.5TB drives, they get physically larger and lose their compactness.
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    Size: 1 TB
    I have just returned my second failed Seagate 1 TB 3.0 USB External Drive.
    Both failed within 60 days of purchase (and one within 30 days). I have several of the USB 2.0 versions that work fine and have for quite a long time. Both failures of the 3.0 drive were total- the drive was not recognizable by my computer (or the other computer I tried them on), both power supplies were working fine and both cords were operational. The drive, when plugged in, would just start repetitively beeping and would not even spin up.

    I like Seagate drives- I have several FreeAgent drives which are first-class drives and the two Expansion 2.0 drives all of which have been great. The 3.0 model, however, is a dog and should be avoided. Go with the FreeAgent drives, which are dependable.

    The worse part of this was trying to deal with the manufacturer. I did the responsible consumer thing, went to the Seagate website and tried to create a return. The process would be stopped in the middle every time with a "due to technical problems, the website is unavailable". I tried every day for a week and I could never complete the return process, and I only got automated email replies referring me to go back and use the process on the website. Fortunately I had bought the drives from a reputable retailer who happily took them back and gave me a refund.

    In short- a bad drive, and a bad return process from the manufacturer. Try another drive.
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    By Ben on January 2, 2012
    Size: 500 GB Verified Purchase
    I've had this product for less than 2 months and it's already failed on me. It did its job in the meantime somewhat well, but now about 7 weeks later, it just decided to quit. It still spins up. The light still comes on. Windows gave me a single error about a usb device failure and advised me to reconnect it. But it's apparently just done working. It no longer shows up as connected anywhere. Alternate cords and ports and computers make no difference. My options at this point seem to be "lose all my data and get a new hunk of junk" or "void my warranty to try to save my precious data by prying the case off and hooking the drive up directly." Neither choice is particularly appetizing so I'm most likely to just never buy another Seagate product ever again.
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