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(OLD MODEL) Seagate Expansion 3TB Desktop External Hard Drive USB 3.0 (STBV3000100)
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- Easy and simple to use - simply plug in the power adapter and USB cable
- Fast file transfers with USB 3.0
- Compatible with USB 3.0 and USB 2.0
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From the Manufacturer
Expansion Desktop External Hard Drive
Terabytes More Storage
Instantly add terabytes of extra storage space without compromising system performance.
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.
Add Space Immediately
Instantly add extra storage space without compromising performance with Seagate Expansion.
Ready to Use
The Expansion Desktop is ready to use, no need to install software. Simply attach the USB cable to your computer and plug in the power supply. Your computer automatically recognizes the new drive, and you can begin sending files.
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.
Top Customer Reviews
The target market of the Seagate Expansion Desktop line seems to be people who want to add a performance drive, but don't want to, or cannot, install an additional internal drive, that is, this is a drive they won't be moving, at least not frequently. For example, a laptop where the extra storage can happily stay behind in the office. Or a small-form-factor PC (mini-PC, HTPC, "nettop") that doesn't have space. There are other lines of external drives from Seagate (and others) targeting more transient/mobile uses.
For a range of potential buyers of this drive, the product information provided may be too sketchy. The focus of this review is to fill in some of the missing info, and it is structured to facilitate your skipping details that don't interest you. Note: At the time of this review, the product information here at Amazon is more than you will find elsewhere, including Seagate's website (no spec sheets, ...).
The drive in the enclosure is the same model used for internal drives in performance desktops (details below).
With USB 3.0, transfers to this drive are slightly faster than the same transfers between the (older) internal SATA drives in my current computer (details below).
The drive has the performance needed to benefit from USB 3.0: In my experiments, USB 3.0 transfers are 60-200% faster than USB 2.0 (details below).
Heat is the enemy and can shorten the lifespan of drives.Read more ›
Connected via the USB interface, the drive appears to Windows as an external drive, much as any other external USB drive. Bundled software for the "Expansion" series is limited to product registration software, and is pre-loaded on the drive, which comes factory formatted as a single NTFS partition with a Windows reported capacity of 1.89TB. According to Seagate's warranty checker, the internal drive was sold as a system component, and warranty service is obtainable from the system OEM. The complete drive carries a nominal 1 year warranty. My drive (purchased in August, 2013) is stated to be under warranty until October 2014.
The outer casing is two-piece, ABS plastic, held together entirely by snaps. It's fairly easy to open the casing using a flat-blade screwdriver, utility knife or spudger. Once the plastic casing is removed, the drive is attached to an aluminum carrier and attached USB-SATA interface circuit board by four screws on the side. The casing design is such that it can be opened non-destructively, and re-assembled, though in the process it will likely suffer cosmetic damage that will belie the fact that it was opened.
The internal drive is a Barracuda model ST2000DM001, which is a 6GBps SATA drive with 64MB cache and 7200 RPM spin speed. The drive can be re-purposed as an internal drive without having to wipe it first, and the casing functions nominally with a different hard drive installed in it. Installed in a Core i5-2300 desktop with 8GB of RAM, it managed a Windows Experience score of 5.9 (as the sole drive installed in that PC at the time).
This drive is large enough and priced low enough that you can backup multiple computers for not a lot of money.
However, if you're looking for an expansion drive - a second drive to augment a laptop or desktop - that you will use intensively, consider options with cooling and perhaps backup, especially if you will use the drive for your only copy of files.
A DESKTOP DRIVE: This is a desktop drive, not a truly portable drive. You could use it to backup multiple computers around a home or office, but you're not going to enjoy carrying the drive and the power supply.
A FAST CONNECTION: USB 3.0 really is fun to use, if you have the right port on your computer to use it. No more sitting around watching file transfers - the speeds are similar to those of a built in drive.
KEEP A BACKUP: One of the keys to happiness in modern life is to keep at least two copies of every computer file you need. If you have anything you would rather not have vanish tomorrow, get a hard drive - any hard drive - and make a copy. Right now. Err on the side of caution.
ALL HARD DRIVES FAIL - SO REPLACE THEM BEFORE THEY DO: Hard drives are complex mechanical devices. They will absolutely, inevitably fail. So manage them accordingly.
I replace all my drives after about three to four years (if they survive that long). It's much easier to replace a drive before it fails - it's very easy to copy a readable drive.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This Seagate has alot of space on the hard drive. If you need alot of extra space for whatever reason. The five terabytes will come in handy for all your needs. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Anthony
I've had it for a year and a half now and so far there have been zero problems. It's being used as an external Xbox One HDD and it has functioned admirably.Published 4 days ago by Amazon Customer
It worked for about a year, then dead. I rescued it by taking it out of the case and using an Orico external hard drive adapter. Read morePublished 12 days ago by BillyPat