Product Type: Seagate External Hard Drive
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Decent reliable hard drive
Seagate Expansion External Drive 2 TB
Member Name: lloydb619
Seagate Expansion External Drive 2 TB
Date: 06/05/13, updated on 01/07/13 (9 review reads)
Advantages: Reliable, Plenty of space.
Disadvantages: Large/bulky, gives off a bit of heat.
I bought this hard drive 3 years ago when I started university; I didn't want to have all my university work all in one place in case my computer stopped working, a memory stick being too small plus the chance of losing it , and a DVD being too outdated (Yes, storing files on CDs and DVDs is outdated now!) led me to get an external hard drive.
--- Ease of Use ---
As with most external hard drives, it is plug and play. It comes with a USB cable that you plug into your computer or laptop, as well as another lead to the mains plug socket - it needs a mains source of power as the USB alone cannot provide enough power. Once you have plugged it into your computer you can use it in the same way you access memory sticks or other storage device; from the start menu, click My Computer, then the hard drive should appear (either with the name 'Seagate' or 'External Hard Drive' or similar). Once you have opened it (double click on it) you can copy/read files to/from it like you would a folder - drag files to it, save files to it, open files from it etc.
--- Capacity ---
It holds 2TB (but can also be bought in other sizes). To make clear, 2TB is a lot of space! Think of it in terms of pictures, given an average digital camera you would be able to put over 1 million (1,000,000) photos onto the hard drive before it ran out of space! Another way to look at it is in a text document, (assuming ASCII characters for those that know what I mean) 1 letter would be 1 byte, and 2TB is... a lot of bytes... 2,199,023,255,552... assuming an average word is 5 letters, you could write 439,804,651,110 words... yes I've confused you now, but what I'm saying is you could write a 440 billion word report and store it on this hard drive... luckily as a student I haven't been asked to write past a 10,000 word report yet... touch wood.
Yes I may have lost quite a few readers in that as numbers are not nice to read, and to be honest you don't really need to know all that, all you need to know is you can store a lot on this hard drive without fear of filling it up.
--- Reliability ---
External hard drives (not including solid state which are the ones which don't have a spinning disk in them) in general are very unreliable, but it greatly depends on how you treat them. Many of my friends have hard drives which have failed within the first year but not surprising really seeing how they get thrown around constantly and are shaking up and down in their backpacks while walking to university every day. This hard drive however is 3 years old now and still going strong; I have looked after it well and try to put padding around it when travelling to reduce the vibrations it goes through and maybe that has helped or maybe it is just a very well built hard drive. Honestly I wouldn't trust it with important files or those which I only have one copy of, I'd always back everything up on my computer when things go on the hard drive, but that's just common sense to be honest as these hard drives are mechanical devices and 100% will fail eventually, maybe it will last 1 year, 5 years, 10 years or even 20 years but the fact is it will one day stop working and when it does it is extremely hard and costly to get your files back, thus you should always have a back up of EVERYTHING!
--- Design ---
The shape is quite sleek and attractive, but quite big and bulky for todays standards. It is about the size and weight of an A5 bible... considering how small and light laptop hard drives are nowadays it's a shame this has failed to meet the same specifications. If you're just keeping it at home then it won't be a problem but if you want to use it as portable then perhaps a smaller model is better.
--- Noise ---
As with all of these types of hard drives (Again, not including solid state) they have moving parts in them, specifically a disk spinning at 10 thousand times per second, so of course they will make some noise. The noise it gives off isn't too bad but I have noticed it has got louder over the years. I wouln't say it's a problem as it is not loud enough to keep you awae it you're transfering files through the night etc but still significant.
--- Temperature ---
Again, a disk spinning at such high speeds as well as the circuitry inside a confinded space, it will heat up. This hard drive does heat up a lot more than I'd like, which makes me keep it unplugged when I'm not using it and I'd never let it transfer files without me being in as I am worried it may cause hard... yes I know worst case scenario it would simply stop working, but still something I am cautious about and a big disadvantage to this hard drive.
--- Overall ---
Although there are many disadvantages to this hard drive (namely its size and weight, as well as how hot it gets when plugged in) overall I am satisfied with its performance. It has lasted me 3 years and performs well at what it does, a generally average transfer rate and very easy to use, it shows no signs of breaking any time soon and if it did break I would consider looking at buying this same one again.
At a price of £75 3 years ago, the price hasn't changed much and that just shows people must be happy with it. (Usually if a hard drive has a high failure rate they will lower the price to get rid of them).
Would recommend to anyone needing a backup device in their home, but if you want to travel around with it a lot then would advice looking for something smaller or a solid state hard drive.
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Summary: Great hard drive for backing up lots of data but not ideal for traveling with.
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