Product Type: Seagate External Hard Drive
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For when you need to store the entire works of Shakespeare 200,000 times!
Seagate Expansion External Drive 1 TB
Member Name: Jenny_Summers
Seagate Expansion External Drive 1 TB
Advantages: Huge, easy to set up, stylish, portable
Disadvantages: none that I can think of
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
Summary: A brilliant portable solution to the problem of storage space on your computer
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