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Seagate Expansion 500GB Portable External Hard Drive USB 3.0 (STBX500100)

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500 GB
  • Instantly add 500 GB of storage space to your computer
  • Simple plug-and-play connectivity via USB cable
  • USB powered, no AC adapter required
  • USB 3.0 interface for extremely fast data transfer speeds (USB 2.0 compatible)
  • Drive is automatically recognized by Windows; no software installation required
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Capacity: 500 GB
  • RAM Type: DRAM
  • Hard Drive: 500 GB
  • Operating System: Windows
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Product Details

Capacity: 500 GB
  • Product Dimensions: 4.8 x 3.2 x 0.6 inches ; 5.9 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00834SJSK
  • Item model number: STBX500100
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,552 customer reviews)
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  • Date first available at Amazon.com: June 12, 2012

Product Description

Capacity: 500 GB

From the Manufacturer

Easy, Reliable Add-on Storage

The Seagate Expansion Portable hard drive offers an easy-to-use solution when you need to instantly add storage to your computer and take files on the go. Featuring drag-and-drop file saving right out of the box, USB-powered capability, and fast data transfer with USB 3.0 connectivity, it's simple add-on storage that goes with you.

Seagate Expansion Portable Drive
Simply plug the included USB cable into your computer--no external power supply needed

30 Years Experience
Seagate has delivered proven, reliable storage solutions for more than 30 years
The Easy-To-Use Storage Solution

The Expansion portable hard drive installs easily by plugging in a single USB cord. You can start saving your digital files to this external hard drive within seconds of removing it from the box.

Seagate Expansion Portable Drive
Easily expand your computer's storage capacity

Seagate Expansion Portable Drive
Start saving your digital files within seconds of removing the Expansion Portable from the box
Instantly Adds Storage Capacity

Digital photos, video and music files can tax your computer's storage, causing performance to decline as its internal hard drive fills to capacity. The Expansion portable hard drive helps remedy this situation by enabling you to free up storage space on your computer's hard drive.

The Expansion portable hard drive comes in a range of capacities, from 320GB up to the 1.5TB model offering enough data storage for:

  • Up to 1,500 hours of digital video
  • Up to 362 2-hour DVD movies
  • Up to 480,000 digital photos
  • Up to 24,990 hours of digital music
  • Installs in Seconds

    Seagate Expansion portable hard drive features like these make it incredibly easy to use this drive right from the box. Simply plug the included USB cable into your computer--no external power supply needed. The drive is automatically recognized by your Windows operating system; there's no software to install and nothing to configure. Drag and drop to save files to the Expansion portable drive. Built-in power management automatically ensures energy-efficient operation.

    Trusted Seagate Quality and Support

    Seagate has delivered proven, reliable storage solutions for more than 30 years. With more than one billion hard drives shipped, Seagate continues to stand behind its quality. Additionally, Seagate support is always available should you have questions or need assistance using your Expansion portable hard drive.

    What's in the Box?

    Seagate Expansion portable hard drive, USB 3.0 cable, quick start guide.

    System Requirements

    Compatible operating systems are Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP SP3 (32-bit and 64-bit).

    There's An Easy-to-use Seagate Expansion Drive Anytime You Need Simple Add-on Storage

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    Take along add-on storage.
    Capacities up to 1TB make is simple to
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    Product Description

    Easy, Reliable Add-on Storage

    The Seagate Expansion Portable hard drive offers an easy-to-use solution when you need to instantly add storage to your computer and take files on the go. Featuring drag-and-drop file saving right out of the box, USB-powered capability, and fast data transfer with USB 3.0 connectivity, it's simple add-on storage that goes with you.

    Seagate Expansion Portable Drive
    Simply plug the included USB cable into your computer--no external power supply needed

    30 Years Experience
    Seagate has delivered proven, reliable storage solutions for more than 30 years
    The Easy-To-Use Storage Solution

    The Expansion portable hard drive installs easily by plugging in a single USB cord. You can start saving your digital files to this external hard drive within seconds of removing it from the box.

    Seagate Expansion Portable Drive
    Easily expand your computer's storage capacity

    Seagate Expansion Portable Drive
    Start saving your digital files within seconds of removing the Expansion Portable from the box
    Instantly Adds Storage Capacity

    Digital photos, video and music files can tax your computer's storage, causing performance to decline as its internal hard drive fills to capacity. The Expansion portable hard drive helps remedy this situation by enabling you to free up storage space on your computer's hard drive.

    The Expansion portable hard drive comes in a range of capacities, from 320GB up to the 1.5TB model offering enough data storage for:

    • Up to 1,500 hours of digital video
    • Up to 362 2-hour DVD movies
    • Up to 480,000 digital photos
    • Up to 24,990 hours of digital music
    Installs in Seconds

    Seagate Expansion portable hard drive features like these make it incredibly easy to use this drive right from the box. Simply plug the included USB cable into your computer--no external power supply needed. The drive is automatically recognized by your Windows operating system; there's no software to install and nothing to configure. Drag and drop to save files to the Expansion portable drive. Built-in power management automatically ensures energy-efficient operation.

    Trusted Seagate Quality and Support

    Seagate has delivered proven, reliable storage solutions for more than 30 years. With more than one billion hard drives shipped, Seagate continues to stand behind its quality. Additionally, Seagate support is always available should you have questions or need assistance using your Expansion portable hard drive.

    What's in the Box?

    Seagate Expansion portable hard drive, USB 3.0 cable, quick start guide.

    System Requirements

    Compatible operating systems are Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP SP3 (32-bit and 64-bit).

    Which Seagate Storage is Right for You?

    Portable Storage & Backup Desktop Storage & Backup Mobile Storage Personal Cloud & Backup
    Model Seagate Expansion Portable Drive Seagate Backup Plus Slim Portable Drive Seagate Backup Plus Fast Portable Drive Seagate Backup Plus Desktop Drive Seagate Wireless Plus Mobile Device Storage Seagate Central Personal Cloud Storage
    Seagate Backup Plus Slim Portable Drive Seagate Backup Plus Slim Portable Drive Seagate Backup Plus Fast Portable Drive Seagate Backup Plus Desktop Drive Seagate Wireless Plus mobile device storage Seagate Central Personal Cloud Storage
    Description Add on storage for Windows PCs Portable backup for computers and mobile device content Desktop capacity and performance in a bus powered portable form factor Backup for computers and mobile device content Wireless Storage for your tablets and smartphones Back-up all your computers and access from anywhere
    Interface USB 3.0 USB 3.0 USB 3.0 USB 3.0 USB 3.0 Ethernet, USB 3.0
    Capacities Offered 500GB - 1TB 500GB - 2TB 4TB 2TB - 4TB 1TB 2TB - 4TB
    Colors Black Blue, Black, Red, Silver Black Black Grey Black
    Seagate Dashboard X X X X
    Network Connection X
    Mobile Apps X X X X X
    Portable Form Factor X X X X
    PC + Mac Ready PC Only X X X X X

    Customer Questions & Answers

    Customer Reviews

    Small, compact, and very easy to use.
    K. Skaflestad
    Easy plug and play system, didn't have to install any types of software to be able to use this.
    Feng-Wei C.
    No AC Adapter is needed, since this drive is powered by a USB 2.0 or USB 3.0 port.
    Chris Damon

    Most Helpful Customer Reviews

    459 of 481 people found the following review helpful By Ed TOP 100 REVIEWER on June 29, 2012
    Size Name: 500 GB Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
    I've purchased a lot of different hard drives over the years and used to build my own external drives using internal drives and external enclosures. It used to be cheaper to build your own external drives. These days, external hard drives are very competitively priced, like the Seagate Expansion drive.

    PROS:
    - Quiet
    - Stays cool
    - Fast USB 3.0 performance
    - Backwards compatible with USB 2.0
    - Works with Mac OS X 10.4.8 and up

    CONS:
    - Measly 1 year warranty

    DESIGN & BUILD
    The Seagate Expansion portable hard drive's enclosure is made out of matte plastic that feels pretty well made, though I'd prefer aluminum for durability and better heat dissipation. Glossy plastic enclosures are hard to keep looking good, so kudos to Seagate for using the matte plastic instead. The back of the drive has the USB 3.0 port and there's an itty bitty blue power/activity light on top of the drive, towards the back. Also, there are small rubber feet on the bottom, to keep the drive from sliding around on your desk. The USB 3.0 cable is short, so it's best suited for use with laptops.

    PERFORMANCE
    CrystalDiskInfo identified the internal drive as a Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012, which is a SATA II (3Gb/s) drive with a 16MB cache. It has a height of 7mm and runs at 5400RPM. 5400 RPM drives are the standard for portable external hard drives because they don't run as hot as 7200 RPM drives. 5400 RPM drives are perfectly suitable as storage drives.

    I tested the Seagate Expansion drive over USB 3.0 with CrystalDiskMark and got sequential read/write rates of 107MB/s read and 105MB/s write. That's likely about 3 times the rate of what you'd get over USB 2.0. So yes, the Seagate Expansion USB 3.
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    121 of 128 people found the following review helpful By Jayhan on September 18, 2012
    Size Name: 1TB
    I also have the big brother version of this drive (3TB external hdd, AC powered), and both were very easy to use, plug to the USB port, and then start transferring files.

    This is the portable version, which means no addition AC power supply needed, everything is powered by USB. Portable also means smaller compared to the AC powered external HDDs. Maximum capacity for portable HDDs right now is 1TB compared to 3TB for AC powered external HDDs.

    Besides media files, this is also perfect for backups, documents, etc., and if you have a laptop equipped with SSD, you'll gonna need more space and this is perfect.

    So far so good, no problems at all. Used it on my old HP laptop with usb 2.0 port, works good (slower transfer speed of course). Used it on an alienware m14x with usb 3.0 port, works good again and now with fast transfer speed. Used it on my LG 3dtv to watch full hd movies saved on the drive and it works great! I hope it stays like that, can't comment on the reliability yet..

    Warranty: Only 1 YEAR. Why did Seagate shorten the warranty? I have no idea.. If you want other drives with longer warranty, here's some options:
    Seagate Backup Plus 1 TB USB 3.0 Portable External Hard Drive STBU1000101 (Silver)
    Western Digital My Passport 1 TB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive - WDBBEP0010BBK-NESN (Black)

    PROS:
    - Portable, no external power supply needed
    - Maximum capacity of 1Tb for portable drives (as of now..)
    - Matte casing, so its not prone to scratching and fingerprints
    - Fast usb 3.
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    431 of 478 people found the following review helpful By Gracie TOP 1000 REVIEWER on July 5, 2012
    Size Name: 500 GB Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
    I am not terribly computer savvy. I use a computer for my work all day every day. But I do not understand how many things work. I don't understand most technical talk/gibberish. But I do know that I need to back up my files as my desktop is limping towards a slow and painful death.

    I was surprised at how tiny and light the drive was. I plugged it into the USB drive. It was silent. But here is where I ran aground. The interface is not in the least bit intuitive. The only thing that readily pops up to be done is registering the unit. I did that but since I actually wanted to save things to the drive rather than just registering it, I was a little frustrated. While there are a great many tech lovers in the world they are by no means the only people using these products. I was frustrated that there were no useful instructions or a program to help me use the drive.

    Eventually, I was able to figure out how to go through the control panel, back up my files, and set future back ups. It just isn't obvious up front.

    And yes, I know that people are laughing at my limited technical capabilities. But idiots use products too.
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    Size Name: 1TB Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
    An external hard drive like this Seagate Expansion 1 TB USB 3.0 Portable External Hard Drive (STBX1000101) is about as good a backup drive and portable solution as you can find. It's compact, very portable, and for those still using computers with USB 2.0 ports, it's a forward-looking device for when a computer with USB 3.0 is in the plans. But first, here are the basics...

    Likes:

    + Compact and sturdy; measures about 3½" wide x 4¾" long x ¾"high
    + USB 3.0; can be used with USB 2.0 computers
    + Works with Windows PCs (Vista or higher) and Macs (O SX 10.4.8 or higher)
    + Easy plug-and-play setup on both Mac OS and Windows systems
    + 1 TB (terabyte) capacity; about 930 Gb useable space formatted
    + Runs quietly; offers excellent performance
    + Reasonably priced; excellent bang-for-the-buck

    Dislikes:

    - No password protection, but this may not matter to many

    First Impressions:

    Packaging is very straightforward, as it comes in a box that's easy to open. Inside is the expansion drive, a USB cable, a simple IKEA-style quick setup sheet and a warranty statement (see note below). Looking at the drive itself, its semi-matte black case has a metal-shielded top over a rigid plastic base, and measures all of 3½"W x 4¾"L x ½"D, and it weighs less than 5¾ ounces. On the back is a proprietary USB 3.0 port, and it comes with an 18" USB cable that plugs into the USB 2.0/3.0 ports on the computer.

    In Use:

    We all have differing reasons for purchasing and using external drives like this. Some use these for video storage, others for photos, and some as a backup device for all files.
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