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Seagate Expansion 2TB Portable External Hard Drive USB 3.0 (STEA2000400)
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- Easy and simple to use - plug it in and go
- Fast file transfers with SuperSpeed USB 3.0
- Compatible with USB 3.0 and USB 2.0
- Powered by USB port
- Drag and drop file saving for Windows, right out of the box.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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|Digital Storage Capacity||2 TB||2 TB||2 TB||2 TB||1 TB||2 TB|
|Hard Disk Description||Portable||Portable||Portable||Portable||Portable||Portable|
|Hard-Drive Size||2 TB||2 TB||2 TB||2 TB||1 TB||2 TB|
|Hardware Connectivity||USB 3.0||USB 3.0||USB 3.0||USB 3.0||USB 3.0||USB 3.0|
|Item Dimensions||0.6 x 4.8 x 3.2 in||3.21 x 4.33 x 0.85 in||2.99 x 4.47 x 0.48 in||3.2 x 4.4 x 0.82 in||3.1 x 4.7 x 0.59 in||2.99 x 4.47 x 0.38 in|
|Item Weight||6.4 ounces||0.54 lb||4.8 ounces||0.51 lb||0.51 lb||5.28 ounces|
|Memory Storage Capacity||2 TB||2 TB||2,000 GB||2 TB||1 TB||2 TB|
The Seagate Expansion portable drive provides extra storage for your ever-growing collection of files. Instantly add space for more files, consolidate all of your files to a single location, or free up space on your computer's internal drive to help improve performance. Setup is straightforward; simply plug in the included USB cable, and you are ready to go. The drive is automatically recognized by the Windows operating system, so there is no software to install or configure. Saving files is easy too–just drag-and-drop. Take advantage of the fast data transfer speeds with the USB 3.0 interface by connecting to a SuperSpeed USB 3.0 port. USB 3.0 is backwards compatible with USB 2.0 for additional system compatibility. System Requirements: Windows 7 or higher, SuperSpeed USB 3.0 port (required for USB 3.0 transfer speeds or backwards compatible with USB 2.0 ports at USB 2.0 transfer speeds, compatibility may vary depending on the user's hardware configuration and operating system). Box Contents: Seagate Expansion Drive, 18-inch USB 3.0 Cable, and Quick Start Guide.
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Edit: It had been a little over two months and its still working as intended. To answer a common question:
It works out of the box. Literally just plug it into your ps4 go to devices under settings then USB storage devices. It should pop up under there, select it then it will say "Format as extended storage" and select that. The support for external hard drives is absolutely great. If you have a TON of downloadable games then you can simply just have multiple external hard drives and download all you games to them. Then you can just plug in the external hard drive with the game you want and you're good to go. I highly recommend looking up how to set it up if you are still having trouble. It is very easy.
In my case - now that Nintendo Switch is coming - I wanted to download all digitally purchased games I have for Wii U and store them along with save games on one drive. Testing tech components is a hobby of mine and I've decided to go all in - purchasing 3 external HDD drives so I can test how they work and pick the best one. The drives I've tried out are:
WD 1TB Black My Passport Portable External Hard Drive - USB 3.0 - WDBYNN0010BBK-WESN
HGST Touro S 1TB 7200RPM High-Performance Portable Drive, Platinum (0S03694)
Seagate Expansion 1TB Portable External Hard Drive USB 3.0 (STEA1000400)
Now, on the Seagate drive I'm reviewing here - it's pretty solid HDD. Read/write statistics (90+MB/s) are great for the price. HGST (Hitachi) Touro beats it performance-wise but it's $30+ more expensive. What is more important are peripherals - HGST spins on 7200 rpm so it also draws more power. Which is quite important because of known problems with Wii U supplying enough power though it's USB ports. Y cable is a must for worry free operation regardless of which external drive you pick for your Wii U:
During normal usage I couldn't notice any difference between 3 HDDs on Wii U. Probable cause are 2.0 USB ports that are on Wii U - simply there is not enough throughput for performance differences to be visible.
The biggest issue I have with Seagate is historical fail rate. Few years ago Seagate drives had 15%+ fail rate which is catastrophic. I bought Seagate Central HDD in 2013 only to replace it a year later. That's also why I got WD and HGST to test - historically those brands have lower fail rates for their drives. HGST is way better than both Seagate and WD; but unfortunately you won't find it in stock here on Amazon as much as Seagate and WD. This is probably because WD owns HGST/Hitachi and wants to push WD as consumer brand.
In the end, my pick is WD 1TB Black My Passport. Looking at historic data, warranty info and number of 1 star reviews here on Amazon I felt more confident in storing data on that drive. Seagate HDD is solid pick and great value, but if for same amount of money you can get hard drive that has lower fail rate and better warranty - why wouldn't you buy it instead?
I avoid linking externally from Amazon because those often get edited out of review. But if you want more data - like historic fail rates, more testing info and answers to your questions, leave a comment on this review and I'll be glad to respond and help! And if this review helped you, please like it ;). Here are also answers to few questions that I see are often asked on this HDD:
* This drive will work as expansion storage for consoles. This includes Wii U, PS4, Xbox One. So will WD drive that I recommend.
* You can no longer use this HDD to replace PS4 internal hard drive. Seagate has removed internal SATA connection. I am somewhat confused why people were doing this. 7200 RPM laptop drives would be much better choice because of performance considerations. Like this one: https://www.amazon.com/Black-Performance-Mobile-Hard-Drive/dp/B01DOL05OC/ref=as_li_ss_tl?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1487707269&sr=1-3&keywords=wd+hard+drive+laptop&linkCode=ll1&tag=codeproject-20&linkId=c409c09ff004693c145d4790073d011e
* This drive is compatible with Mac OS X, backwards compatible with USB 2.0, etc. In a nutshell this is standard 2.5 inch (laptop) NTFS-formatted, 5400 RPM HDD with USB instead of SATA interface.
I have used a number of Seagate and Western Digital external USB 3.0 hard drives. Over time the newer drives tends to operate a bit faster than my older ones. That is my sense with this Seagate 2TB USB 3.0 drive when used with USB 3.0.
This drive has been used in a Windows environment and it plays very nice. Some older Seagate drives did NOT play nice on Linux systems unless the drive's sleep mode was disabled with the Seagate tools. If you plan to use the drive on Linux you may need to change the settings using Seagate tools on a Windows computer before use on Linux or sleep mode might cause loss of access until it is re-plugged.
In my casual testing (copying a 9GB folder of updates, iso files, and many mixed large and small files) performance is on a par with other recent Seagate and WD drives I have for my own business and for clients. At this point I think the USB 3.0 external drive market is pretty much a commodity space.
The drive fits easily in a pocket and as typical it uses a single cable for power and data making connections simple. The drive is compatible with USB 2.0, albeit at slower USB 2.0 speeds. The form factor for the drive is similar to the WD MyPassport Ultra and thicker than the WD My Passport Slim which are both more expensive. We are not talking about any big difference in size.
The drive comes packaged with the drive itself, a shortish USB 3.0 cable, a quick start guide, and 1 year warranty. No fancy premium software is included. Just the basics.
The Seagate Expansion 2TB is an economical commodity storage expansion. It clearly hits the target for the commodity USB storage market. Because it works quite well for a good price I'm giving this drive 5 stars.
UPDATE Nov 6, 2017:
In the just about 2 and a half years since getting this drive it still to works fine. First in it's role as a backup drive. Next as a carry along scratch drive in my kit for visiting clients. It has worked dependably as I was expecting for whenever purpose I've needed it. No problems.
Since this drive was released as a top performer at the price in March 2015 this model has done. Now there are newer drives I would pick today. I see very few 2017 model drives from Seagate (or their subsidiary LaCie). I've had very good luck with recent WD My Passport drives though they seem to have uglyfied their cases...
I think that while dated this Seagate Expansion drive has served me well and continues to do so. I still feel it deserves 5 stars..
Hope this helps someone.
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