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Seagate Expansion Portable Drive - Add-on storage for your PC
This was one of those products that I knew I needed, but kept putting off buying. Despite losing four years worth of photographs when my laptop gave up the ghost, I was still putting off buying an external drive!
When I finally decided to take the plunge, I shopped around and found this Seagate Expansion Portable Drive on Amazon for under £40. This is a really great price!
The first thing I did when thee product arrived was back-up my photos. This was so easy - just attach one end of the USB to the drive, the other to your computer and you're away. I use Windows 7 and my computer recognised the drive straight away, so all I had to do was drag my files over to the folder and that's it! It's really quick, I must have transferred over 5gb in under 5 minutes. Apparently this would have been even quicker I had USB 3.0 - I think my laptop is USB 2.0.
The drive itself is very light and measures 8cm x 12cm. This makes it very handy for carrying around in a bag or laptop case. I also think it looks pretty stylish and modern.
A no-brainer for portable data storage.
I bought this product from Amazon because the brand was recommended by a tech-savvy friend and it seemed competitive price-wise. It is ideal for someone who needs easy to use back up without needing to move the device about.
The drive is about the size of a hard-backed book and weighs in at about a small bag of sugar. It will go into a bag if you need to transport it around but not with ease. This was fine for my needs to start with as I planned to back up my lap top files, store a lot of photos on it and keep second copies of my music collection. In time though, it became a bit frustrating carting it about in and out of work.
The drive comes with a separate power pack. This plugs in to the wall and then the drive itself has a USB connection to your computer. After that, it is really convenient to use as your computer just recognises the device as it would any memory stick. My mum was able to cope with this and she is very anxious when it comes to computing!
I kept the device for about 2 months but soon needed something lighter and smaller. Mum now keeps this one and uses it to back up photos and as a 'record collection' (as she calls it). There is a whole terabyte of space on there which is probably more than she will ever need in her life. I tried to explain that if she filled it with songs only and left them playing for a whole year, it would still not have run out of new music... Also, the hard drive looks quite slick on her shelf. She prefers the size as she is unlikely to lose it and, since she never takes it out of the house, the weight isn't an issue.
A good quality, basic product. Easy to use and no frills.
This has become to me like the black box recorder has become to the areo industry.
I purchased this item as my PC began to run quite sluggishly as I had nearly filled the hard drive, The size of this external hard drive being 1TB meant that I could fit around 320,000 high resolution digital photos which is more than I think I'll take in a life time but it's also fantastic for backing up all my documents, videos and also my music.
I recently had a computer that crashed completely and had I not backed up all my important documents and photo's on this little portable hard drive, they would be gone forever. Thankfully I had a neat filing system on my drive and I could copy everything I needed onto my new computer!
This little device has saved me from losing all of my work and personal photos and has also allowed me to transfer files from computer to computer which is important when working from home and the office and is much more trust-worthy and robust than a pen drive.
I would say if you don't want to lose any of your documents, music or photos then buy this and back it all up!
After trying to install a game on my computer and finding I didn't have enough hard drive space I knew it was about time I upgraded my computer. The 30GB hard drive I have is pretty poor and I considered upgrading my computers internal memory. My brother-in-law knows a lot about computers so I asked his advice, he told me about external hard drives and said it would be a good avenue for me to explore as I would probably want to think about upgrading my entire computer soon anyway and this way all my games and documents could be stored externally and easily accessed on a new computer when I got one.
I looked online and found that Maplin were having a sale on external hard drives. The 1TB hard drive was reduced to just under £60 and a quick look on other websites told me that this was a good deal for a hard drive this size.
The hard drive came well packaged in a cardboard box with those horribly squeaky polystyrene inserts to keep it all in place. It came with an adapter, a USB 3.0 cable for very fast data transfer and also various manuals, safety leaflets and the warranty booklet. The hard drive is covered if it develops a fault, by the manufacturer, for upto 2 years. Upon removing it from the box I found the design had been given some thought and it looks quite stylish, on the front it has a single LED and the Seagate logo, the rest of the hard drive is shiny and black. It has a curved front and the back tapers inwards. It would fit in quite nicely if you owned one of those modern pretty computers (something I unfortunately don't have).
It was very easy to install, they aren't kidding when they say it's plug and play,one you plug in the power cable and connect it via the supplied USB cable, it is automatically recognized by Windows, and is compatible with XP, Vista and Windows 7. After it has installed itself you are given the option to register it with Seagate to gain access to their customer support and I believe registering it covers you if you loose your paper warranty.
A Terabyte is a vast amount of storage space and I've been steadily adding games, music, photos and documents over the past 18 months and have not come anywhere near filling it. To give you an idea of just how big it is here are some approximate sizes of things you might store on it:
- A normal deffinition movie 1 GB
-A 5 minute song 5 MB
-A 12.5 megapixel photo 2.5 MB
so in theory you could store roughly 1,000 movies or 200,000 songs or 400,000 photos. It is worth remembering though that the software that the drive uses is stored upon it and this does reduce the size slightly although only by around 50GB
Up until purchasing this 1TB expansion drive, I had been using a 320gb Maxtor external hard drive. Just from opening the box you can tell that this is a quality bit of kit. Containing the drive itself and one usb 3.0 wire, it is eaxtremely easy to set up, and it will self install as soon as it is connected to your computer or laptop.
Simply copy/cut and pasting, or even dragging and dropping files, backing up of your data is quick and simple.
Although you can occasionaly hear it working away, it is very quiet considering how fast it processes information.
Actual true storage is nearer 930bg rather than the stated 1TB, however this is still plenty of room and should keep all your information safe.
Once you are finished working with your drive, select 'safely remove storage device' from your start menu and disconnect. It's a simple as that. Childsplay!
So as most people might do i went through a phase of wanting to be a dj, so i started building my music collection ripping every CD in the house to my laptop. Very quickly and with the help of photos and various other documents my little 250G hard drive became very full to the point windows was so sluggish it would take almost 15 minutes just to load up programs like itunes, not handy.
I had no idea what i could do with all this data, i did some research and heard about external hard drives so i thought oh that's handy. I went up to Comet to see what they had on offer and i noticed a reduced Seagate Expansion Drive 1TB!! at £49.99 i snapped it up. I rushed back home to begin a very long day of copying and moving files.
Once home i began un boxing, opening the box and removing the drive along with the warranty information user manuals. I also removed the usb connection cable and the AC power adapter. Both nicely packed and secured with a cable tie to avoid damage. Everything was also nicely packaged and sealed in protective plastic covers.
The drive it's self comes in a matte black finish which in my opinion i believe it can work with any environment whether its home, office or school. The drive also has a sleek smooth curve on the front of the drive. This stops it from being just another black box to be forgotten about but a piece of your computer system and set-up and something to look at.
This was my first time using an external device but after a flick through the paper work i noticed it was simply plug and play very simple and easy to set up and they weren't lying. I plugged in the power adapter and usb cable and connected it to my laptop. a small light popped on that i didn't even realise was there and the drive started firing up making a small faint "werring" sound.
The message popped up for installing the devices driver software, from no interacting from me except plugging it in. After about 35 - 40 seconds the drive was installed and i could use it. I started by coping a few documents, photos and they were on there super fast! I've got usb 2.0 which the drive fully supports however causes lower speeds but it can also be used with usb 3.0!
Pre-installed on the drive is some Seagate software which offers you a cloud based storage service as opposed to their own product. This can become very annoying as it loads whenever the device is started, however it can be disabled and used for extra special backing up of files.
It was then i started getting to larger files, bigger folders and after 5 weeks of use i noticed a change. The drive started becoming slower the more that went on it as i expected but not to this extent. It also started becoming slower for starting up and actually letting me get access to the drive. I've done some research and this is recurrent in 1tb + Drives.
Whilst running and even after weeks of use the noise pollution is still un-heard of. Apart from a slight sound as the drive is starting up you wouldn't even know it was there if it was tucked away. One downside of the drive is having to use the power adapter which isn't really helpful for laptop users on the go. But this monsterus sized drive has more than enough space to backup all of your families data if you wanted to set-up a storage system on your home network for instance.
For the price i paid this hard drive does wonders its not particularly helpful with laptop users on the go but smaller usb power drives are available. There is more than enough space for any files you may need on the drive, however i experienced slower speeds as it became more slow. Its sleek design compliments my desk and set-up and the black finish allows it too be used with any environment and still look at home. For a massive storage solution then i highly recommend this drive!
I picked up one of these to act as an external backup drive for my system, and I've been very pleased with it.
The capacity is enough to back up everything I am working on, including full-length home made DVDs e.g. weddings and family events, and my working files for these. The drive supports USB 3.0, but will work with slower speeds. My computer supports USB 2.0, but the drive transitions smoothly to this. It swaps smoothly from computer to computer, making it a good way to transfer large files if your network is slow or down. It has also been ideal to transfer the entire contents of a harddrive to a new machine as a clone, after a PC died unexpected.
Physically it is a small black box, rather heavy for its size, which sits on four rubber feet. The top is shiny plastic, with a small seagate logo on the front. Underneath it, on the bottom between the feet, there is a small panel with tech specs. Otherwise it is featureless, aside from the mini-USB port in the side and a seperate power connector. The drive connects by a single USB to mini-USB cable (supplied), which is used for everything from power to data transfer. When connected, a small green LED lights up at the back. This is inside the case and not obvious unless lit.
There is an AC adaptor for additional power, which should remove a problem with the older version of the drive not taking enough power from USB. However this requires an extra power point and to me, is a bit of a downside. It also limits where you can use it with a laptop (you need a mains supply), and really makes it not suitable for on-the-go use, unlike the earlier version. Otherwise, it is small enough, light enough and fast enough with data transfer to be very useful additional storage for such a machine.
To use, you simply put it on a flat surface and connect it up. Once it is running, you shouldn't really move it, as it risks damaging the drive. That said, I have had to move it, carefully, when running (coffee spill) and the drive still works fine. As with any harddrive however, it will require a bit of careful handling and I really wouldn't advise dropping it. When running it is very quiet, almost noiseless, which makes it ideal as an unobtrusive back-up drive. It is plug and play, simply adding itself to the next drive letter as an "Expansion Drive" on Windows. I have not tried this drive with Linux.
My only real irritation with the drive was the seagate software that came with it. While you don't have to install any software yourself, this annoyance came pre-installed on the drive, and kept trying to ask whether I wanted it to back my files up online with Seagate whenever I started the drive up (No!). Eventually I disabled this and just use it as an extra drive. This inconvenience, and the power issue, is why it gets four stars, not five.
In all this is good, cheap storage, ideal as extra capacity or for backup purposes. Small, quiet and unobstrusive, it's a nice piece of kit.