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|Number of USB 3.0 Ports||1|
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Seagate Expansion 4TB Portable External Hard Drive USB 3.0 (STEA4000400)
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- System requirements : Windows 8, Windows 7 Operating System. Please note: For Mac compatibility this Hard Drive requires reformatting. Reformatting the drive will erase all content unless it is backed up to another drive. Refer to Application Guide for guidance.
- SuperSpeed USB 3.0 port (required for USB 3.0 transfer speeds, or backward compatible with USB 2.0 ports at USB 2.0 transfer speeds)
- Drag and drop file saving, right out of the box.
- USB powered
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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||4 TB||4 TB||4 TB||4 TB||4 TB||3 TB|
|Hard Disk Description||Portable||Portable||Portable||Desktop||Portable||Portable|
|Hard-Drive Size||4 TB||4 TB||4 TB||4 TB||4 TB||3 TB|
|Hardware Connectivity||USB 3.0||USB 3.0||USB 3.0||USB 3.0||USB 3.0||USB 3.0|
|Item Dimensions||4.61 x 3.15 x 0.82 in||4.4 x 3.2 x 0.82 in||4.51 x 3.07 x 0.81 in||7.07 x 4.65 x 1.48 in||4.33 x 3.21 x 0.85 in||4.7 x 3.1 x 0.83 in|
|Item Weight||0.52 lb||1.5 lbs||0.54 lb||2.06 lbs||0.54 lb||0.51 lb|
|Memory Storage Capacity||4 TB||4 GB||4 TB||4,000 GB||4 TB||3 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.
After purchasing this 2 Tb drive I moved about 600 Gb of data from my old drive to the new one over a period of several days. On Day 4, the drive developed a squeak when operating, which as it turns out signals the beginning of the end for the drive. After several hours of trying to copy the data to other media, the drive is now a stylish paperweight. I did a bit of research and it appears that these drives have a 15% failure rate. This isn't an issue if it fails during the original set-up - Amazon will replace it without question. I requested a replacement and it was at my door 2 days later. (BTW - Amazon gets 5-Stars for their customer service and replacement policy)
The challenge is that once you've spent a few days loading data on the drive, then find out you have purchased one that falls into that 15% failure category; plan on investing some more money to recover your data. Seagate's Marketing Team has you covered. They've developed a strategy to provide a recovery service that ranges in price from $79 (download on sale right now - YIPPEE) to nearly $600 if you want Seagate to recover your files. I figured that I'd click Seagate's little "Try Before You Buy" option, but it still doesn't recognize the drive. The implied solution is to try the "Technician Download" for more than $100. Spending more money is apparently my only option. Good for Seagate, bad for me.
BOTTOM LINE - Before purchasing this drive, PLEASE read the 1-Star reviews. I made the critical mistake of not reading the reviews before this purchase - I figured Seagate was a reliable option as it had worked for me in the past. When the drive failed on Day 4, I visited the Amazon page and found a significant number of recent 1-Star reviews who have experienced the same issue - CATASTROPHIC FAILURE after a few days to a couple of months.
My recommendation is that you spend a few more dollars and look at another brand before purchasing an external drive. Second, I realize now that I mistakenly assumed that I could move the files from my old external drive which had signs of failure to this one. Poor assumption on my part. If your system is operating and you can copy the files - do so. Otherwise be prepared to have Seagate's hands in your pocket or get used to the idea of losing your files. At least I've got a stylish paperweight as a reminder.