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

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  • Fast file transfers with USB 3.0
  • Compatible with USB 3.0 and USB 2.0
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Technical Details

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: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,373 customer reviews)
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  • Date first available at Amazon.com: June 12, 2012

Product Description

Capacity: 500 GB

Seagate Expansion STBX500100 500 GB 2.5" External Hard Drive - Retail STBX500100 Hard Drives For Notebooks

From the Manufacturer

Expansion Portable External Hard Drive

Expansion Portable External Hard Drive

Expansion Portable External Hard Drive

Expansion Portable External Hard Drive

Terabytes More Storage

Neatly organize and store all your files, without having to worry about running out of space.

Plug and Play

With no software to install, you'll find installation has never been easier. Just plug it in and go.

Fast File Transfers

Works with USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 to deliver fast transfer speeds.

Expansion Portable External Hard Drive

Storage to Go

Sometimes adding extra storage isn't enough; you may need to take your files with you. The Expansion Portable external drive is perfect to take on the go.

Expansion Portable External Hard Drive

Ready to Use

With no software to install, the Expansion Portable drive is ready to use immediately. Simply attach the USB cable to your computer and you're ready to start sending files.

Expansion Portable External Hard Drive

USB 3.0 and 2.0 Compatible

Works with USB 3.0 to provide ultra-fast transfer speeds as well as USB 2.0, so you don't have to worry about hardware compatibility issues.

Customer Reviews

This is a very easy product to use just plug it in and it's working.
robert
I was able to back everything to this hard drive and now can take what I need with me...Was easy to use...
Magn
No AC Adapter is needed, since this drive is powered by a USB 2.0 or USB 3.0 port.
Chris D.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

620 of 661 people found the following review helpful By Ed TOP 500 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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171 of 183 people found the following review helpful By Jayhan on September 18, 2012
Size Name: 1 TB
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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546 of 610 people found the following review helpful By Half Fast Farmer TOP 1000 REVIEWER on July 5, 2012
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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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116 of 126 people found the following review helpful By John Williamson TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 27, 2012
Size Name: 1 TB 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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