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I was looking for a new hard drive after a western digital drive I bought was defective straight out the box, so I decided to go with seagate again as I have never really had many problems with their products.
I purchased the drive from argos as I needed it that day, and the store was close to my office. I was deliberating between 2 drives, this one and a more expensive model, but ultimately concluded that a hard drive is a hard drive is a hard drive, and as I was merely using it for backup saving some money would be good, and I wouldn't really be missing out on anything.
Upon opening the box I could tell i'd bought the cheaper drive- the case feels sturdy, but is made of a cheap feeling plastic, where as other seagate drives i've owned have been made from better quality materials, and have also looked better- as this drive is extremely utilitarian looking.
In terms of performance I was very happy, the drive is USB 3, and run's pretty quick compared to other drives I own when I benchmarked them with blackmagic disk speed tests. usb 3 is worlds faster than usb 2 or firewire drives, and if you're still using usb 2 (but have a usb 3 compatible computer) then I urge you to get usb 3 drives, and even if your pc doesn't have usb 3 ports still make sure you buy a usb 3 drive as you will regret staying with usb 2 if you upgrade your pc- usb 3 is backwards compatible with usb 2, in fact they use the exact same plug. The drive is plug and play on windows, but can also be formatted for mac.
overall I recommend this as a budget drive, in fact with the cost savings you should buy 2, so you have a backup of your external hard drive
The Seagate Expansion 2TB is an external usb Hard Disk Drive (HDD) with a 3.inch form factor, with USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 compatibility. A true plug and play solution this comes with all leads required to get you started.
The HDD has dimensions of 39.79mm x 125.91mm x 207.08mm, so it is not the smallest external drive on the market, but is still easily portable, and is fairly light at 939 grams. The HDD seems to have no problems being thrown around inside a bag all day. The drive is almost silent most of the time, but can hum in large transfers.
The black unit is quite leek and looks great, however seems to collect dust a little too easily and may need a wipe from time to time.
In the box is everything you need to get started. The HDD, 1.2 metre USB 3.0 SS B cable, power cable with both 3-pin and 2-Pin adaptor, diagrams for instructions and details of the manufacturers warranty, covering the drive from manufacturing defects for 2 years.
There are so many uses for this product it would be hard to name them all! Everything from backing up treasured files to using in a media centre, this has got you covered, and as it is powered it will show in most TV's etc, something a pen drive etc may not.
The drive uses an SS B USB 3.0 lead, which provides good transfer speeds if you have a compatible port on your computer, if not it will work with USB 2.0, and I havent found a system it wouldn't connect to.
The HDD will need to be formatted to work with a mac, however this is a painless process and after that you can easily transfer between Windows and OS X without problems.
One problem i have found is that there is no power switch, so it is hard to tell if the unit is on if it malfunctions. For example it could just be a broken power lead, but you do not know this as the light will not come on until connecting and transferring with a device.