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I purchased this Seagate External Hard Drive for approx £80 from Curry's a few years ago. Having a quick look on the Curry's website shows that they are currently selling it at £59.99. Amazon have a range of similar Seagate 1 TB External Hard drives for sale from £50 plus. Maplin are also selling it for £55.99, Argos £54.99 and Dabs £49.97.
* Plug n' play -- no software to install
* Works with Windows Vista, Windows XP
* Simply drag-and-drop to save files
* USB powered
* Built-in power management ensures energy-efficient operation
The Hard Drive has a nice black glossy finish and is made from hard plastic material. It has a 2.0 Usb connection socket located on the right side of the device, and a LED light that lights up green when switched on. The Design is very simple, no overload of buttons and controls etc just a power indicator light and a connection socket.
I needed an external hard drive for my laptop as I was quickly running out of memory, and having to work from home from time to time, I needed extra memory for work and home files. Therefore this External 1TB Hard Drive from Seagate seemed ideal, as it as large amount of storage space and extremely portable which was perfect for using on a laptop computer which is frequently on the move. When connected it states it has approx 930 GB storage space available which is more than enough for me, and to be honest is way more than I would actually need, but for the price I thought it was well worth getting large storage drive to last me many years.
Its simple to use and set up, all you need to do is connect it via the supplied 2.0 USB cable to your computer and wait a couple of minutes for the external hard drive to be recognised and appropriate drivers to be installed which are all done automatically. The great thing about this hard drive is that it doesn't require any software CD installation or any real installation at all, it is really simple as plug in and go. Its quite clever really, as the Windows Operating System on the computer will automatically detect it and install if for you in minutes.
The green light indicator will light up once the device is active, and then you simply transfer your files over onto the external hard drive via selecting it in the computer option on the windows start up menu. You can either drag files into the external hard drive or copy and paste them, what ever is easer really, I tend to copy a number of files at once and paste them straight into the device.
The transfer rate is fairly fast from my experience, not taking much time to transfer a large number of photos and files etc. This is due to its 2.0 usb connection which allows files etc to be transferred efficiently and reasonably quickly. It is also hardly makes any noise at all during transfer rate, and stays relatively cool as I haven't experienced it overheating during prolonged use.
Overall this is a great reliable Seagate 1TB External Hard Drive that is easy to set up and really is a plug and go sort of device. No annoying software installation CDs to worry about, which is great for someone like me who isn't that technical minded. Therefore I would rate this an excellent 5/5, as it does exactly would it says on the box!
Today I am reviewing my external hard drive from Seagate. Now Im not a very technical person but here is some of the geeky stuff. Please not this was taken from the Seagate website.
Technical Details for Seagate External Desktop Drive 1 TB
Product Description Seagate External Desktop Drive - hard drive - 1 TB - USB 2.0
Type Hard drive - external ( desktop )
Capacity 1 TB
Form Factor 3.5"
Interface USB 2.0
Data Transfer Rate 480 Mbps
Spindle Speed 7200 rpm
Power Source Included AC adapter
Dimensions (WxDxH) 12.6 cm x 20.7 cm x 4 cm
Weight 1.02 kg
Localisation Middle East, Africa, Europe
Manufacturer Warranty 2 years warranty
This can be found at most computer shops and on the net and I'v found that the price really ranges from anywhere betweek £60-£100. So my advice is if you want to buy one, shop around a bit to get the best price.
I need a lot of music for my day job and Im always taking videos and pics of my work, so my computer is always completely packed. I needed some form of portable storage to help with this problem. I came across this hard drive when looking around in my local maplins, I had been wanting one for ages. Now Im not very good with computers at all! I should mention that now!! The one and only reason I bought this one was because it was £42.99 which I think everyone will agree s a great price for a 1 tablet hard drive. Now the packaging is white yellow and black and very informative.... if you do actually understand it! I had a few questions about it so I asked a worker in the shop. Yes, it will fit a laptop..... Yes the plug is international so I can use it abroad and home and Yes it is lightweight for carrying around. So thats it, hard drive bought and paid for. Phew, now comes the hard bit INSTALATION :( Oh no wait, all you do is plug it in, no disks, no regeristing, no anything, just plug it in and go. I was amazed at how easy it has been using it and Iv not had trouble with it once.
So, this harddrive is a beautiful shiny black box which has a sexy curved front and back. The wires plug into the back and there is a small green light on the front to signafy it is on and working. It comes with 2 wires, one usb cord which is about 2m long and also the plug adaptor cord which is the same 2m. Now I have to say the plug itself is massive, but it does come with interchangable prongs so you can swap and change whenever very easily.
Well for me it has certainly done its job. I'v had it close to a year now, and I'v got my whole life on there now. I use it much more than I though I would and because its so simple, you just plug and go I can use it everywhere. I like the design. It looks sleek and expensive, so when I get it out people think its quiet nice. The cords on the cables are long enough but not too long and the weight isnt too bad to carry around. In fact I carry it around a lot and have had no problems.
My only grumble is that it doesnt actually have an on/off switch. It just automatically turns on when you plug it in and off when you unplug it. This for me is unpractical and uses electric up. For example I plug it ito the tv to watch a film, then when the film finishes I just turn the tv off and forget to unplug the hard drive. Due to this Im taking off one star.
Apart from this, overall its good and I would recommend it. Its worked out great for me and it does its job.
Thanks for reading and rating.
This hard drive i bought only a few months ago, probably three or so, knowing seagate as a "reliable" brand of hard drives i took the plunge as i needed something to back up my college work as the file sizes were large and would take too long to upload to cloud servers.
I purchased the hard drive in good faith believing it would last, forever? Very wrong, after having it for about a month and a half I plugged it in one day to discover no pop up with the usual "click folder to explore files" or whatever it is that comes up. At this point I'm rather confused as to what's going on, as an IT student i thought i should be able to resolve this issue. I checked all the cables / wires ensuring that they had a good connection, they did. Next thing i noticed was a horrible plastic burning smell, as i brought the hard drive up to my face it seemed to just make a burning smell. After all this i thought, don't worry Ed, Seagate HDD's have a 3year warranty on all their products. Pointless. The process of trying to get a warranty claim was so long that i just gave up, it just wasn't worth it. In my opinion not the best external HDD in the world but then again maybe i was just unlucky.
Seagate warranty. The seagate warranty is actually very difficult process to undertake, you'll find that in fact there are a lot of things that void your warranty even the smallest of things can cause you to lose out, also as far as i am aware the device has to be sent off to the US so would cost quite a lot in postal charges.
In light of this review i still think that anyone looking for a reliable hard disk drive should consider Seagate as i use them for my internal drives on both my current PC and my previous ones and have no problems and have only good things to say about them, this has definitely been an unlucky occurance in my opinion
In summary of my review although my occurance was very bad and did damage my opinion of seagate as a company i have used there hard drives previously and had no problems whatsoever, i think that possibly what happened to me was unlucky and is a one in million chance of happening, although i don't think i would purchase another external i definitely would still buy my internals from them.
I bought this Seagate 1TB External Hard drive 2 years ago just before I went to university for use with my laptop as that just did not have the space to hold all my music, photos, films and whatnot.
Back then this cost around £80, but now you can get it for £60ish and if you buy it from places that do 10% student discounts, all the better.
It is quite a heavy lug and so I would not use this as a portable harddrive to carry to lectures if you have heavy data demand on your files (say if you are doing a media course) and the wire that holds the mains plug is quite fragile.
This external hard drive is more suited to sitting on a desk, connected to a computer desktop or laptop constantly and storing data heavy files for easy access. It does not heat up or make that much noise, it stirs when files are being accessed at first but then settles down again.
Also it takes around 10 seconds for the drive to be recognised on your laptop/PC when plugged in, so this could be improved and made faster.
The space on this drive is very good too, and I have only just reached over half of 600GB and this includes over 300 movies, 30 TV series, over 10000 photographs and it just keeps on going.
We needed to get a hardrive to store all of our thousands of tv shows and films on. As a film graduate, and my fiance an Animation student we watch a lot of films! This was £50 from maplin, which I think is a fairly good price for the size it is.
Its a good size too, not as bulky as some hardrives can be and lays down quite neaty next to the computer (or the ps3, which we used to plug it into). The 1TB obviously stores a lot on it, I believe we had around 300 films and about 100+ series' of tv shows. We also backed up both or laptops on it.
We mainly bought it for the price, we didn't research too much into it in all honesty! This hard drive is fine as long as you put it in just after you computer has logged in, otherwise the computer wont start up (I don't know if this is a secruity thing, so you don't have an illegal version of windows or something). It loads quickly, and isn't too noisy. I don't know if this next problem is world wide with all hard drives, just with my laptop, or a Seagate thing...but...it doesn't seem to like when you have other items plugged in. For example, we couldn't have a portable usb or the printer in at the same time - it seems to anger it! It won't come up, and makes itself invisible. Again, I don't know if this is a security thing or just a pain! I have a standard laptop, with Windows Vista.
And one thing that has sent this hard drive to the computing graveyard? Well, that would be me! When it was plugged in, I accidently unplugged it and it completely broke down. Ok ok, it was my fault yes. But surely something as simple as that shouldn't make a £50 hard drive to completely go to the big computer in the sky? So a bit annoyed at that in all honesty. Another thing is, it was still under warenty by Seagate, but they wouldn't replace it as it was my fault. Fair enough, but I can unplug my camera, portable usb and printer without safely removing it and them not dying....
Overall, ok. Just don't anger it by having anything else plugged in, don't knock it and don't plug it in before your computer is ready!
In a word, I would call this drive sturdy, if anything. However, in a few more words, I'd go on to say it's certainly of a fantastic quality, as far as freeplay drives go.
What attracted me to this particular drive was that there was only one cord, and this was the USB connection between the drive and computer/laptop. Several cheaper drives opt for a 2-cable design, one for connection to the computer, and one power cable. This limits your freedom in movement, as it means to use the drive, you always have to be plugged in.
Then, this sort of external hard drive is ideal for people who need to be able to move it around. I used mine on my laptop for storing all of my documents, music etc due to the fact any space on my C-Drive has been pretty much taken up by all my software installations.
With regards to space, you do get what you're paying for. Another reviewer, I note, mentioned you don't get the full 1tb, but that's to be expected after all the formatting, etc. Nonetheless, you do get sufficient space to last a long time.
The outward appearance is sleek and beautiful, but hard to keep intact. I didn't want to pay another £30 odd (which is what the store clerk was proposing I do to buy a case for it), but at the same time, I hated the idea that it would get all scratched up. I guess that is a fall-back with its initially pretty appearance: it's quite easily damaged, and without care, it will lose its attractiveness rather quickly.
Now I'll move on to the main reason I came to write this review. As I stated earlier, this drive for me was the storage space for all my documents and music. Up until this point, I've never bothered backing my drive up onto another drive (it seems ridiculous, doesn't it?), because I'm a careful person and I treat all my gadgets well. However, when you have other people in your house that welcome themselves to use your belongings, there's always this risk of damage. I left my hard drive plugged in and went away for the day, only to be called later by a family member and be told she'd broken it. This seems to contradicts my earlier statement that the drive is sturdy -- having dropped my drive, she'd managed to push the mini-usb port in to the box itself, rendering it unusable.
I was now met with a rather awkward predicament, and although I was promised the offer of a new, better drive, it would mean I had lost my data. Here, I note once more the drive's reliability: the fact that it had been dropped should have almost certainly meant the data was lost forever, but upon taking the drive to pieces, I found out all my documents were perfectly intact. I am in the process of rehousing the drive itself (a 3.5" drive, for anyone who needs to, or wishes to do the same) currently.
However, its sturdiness, which I have so far praised as its best feature, for me in my situation, was also a downfall. For most, it will be appreciated, but had to spend several hours trying to prise the drive casing open, using brute force, for the most part. For anyone needing to do the same, there are two screws covered by the rear 'feet' -- peel these off, and unscrew before trying to open. Also note that once open, 1) your drive will be out of warranty, and 2) several of the plastic clips that hold it together will snap, meaning that when put back into the same housing, it will not be as secure.
I end by saying that despite my enormous problems with the drive, I still stand by the view that it is fantastic. It was a quiet thing, very portable and practical, and its plug-and-play facility saved the bother of installation. And I'll continue to use the drive itself because in my view, it is still far superior to many other drives out there.
I bought this drive about a year ago for around £60 which was cheap at the time. The first thing I noticed was that it needed plugging into to a wall socket, which I probably should have known by reading about it but I didn't. I was slightly annoyed as it drastically reduced its portability but after plugging it in and booting it up I was more than happy. I got good transfer speeds out of it, around 20mb/s which was fast enough to move all of my data over to this. It was quite loud and seemingly turn itself on in the middle of the night and start making a whirring noise. The design was very nice and sleek with a glossy black finish but this did attract fingerprints too much for my liking making the top covered in them. There was no software to install, it was just plug and play basically. Now onto the negatives, firstly as you may already know, if you buy a 2GB flash drive it might in reality only be 1.9GB, no biggie. When you get into the 1TB region your supposed ~1000GB is actually more like 900GB so you've already lost 100GB. The next issue is that this drive died after a year. I didn't move it at all, no knocks or bumps but it just failed. Next is trying to return a product to seagate. First you must pay for the shipping, I was annoyed at this, but could deal with it. Then I read how it was supposed to be returned. In a corrugated cardboard box, in it's original packaging, surround by 2 inch think corrugated foam, no thicker, no thinner. In the end I ended up returning it to Amazon for a refund. I would never deal with seagate again.
Last year my husband started his own business running discos and karaoke and hosting quizzes and things in pubs. Doing this sort of thing of course, means having a lot of space for storing all the songs and karaoke tracks. Rather than buying a new laptop with tons of extra space, what we opted to do was to buy a couple of external hard drives to store things on. This particular one we bought as our main 'backup' drive for storing all the music files on.
Now obviously we needed a drive that was portable, but as we don't actually intend to use it outside the home unless the other one fails, it didn't need to be super small, or have a really strong casing or anything. Having searched the internet for what was available, this was the drive we chose.
Maplins were having a sale, and this was in it at £59.99 which for a 1 Terabyte Hard Drive from a brand we both recognised seemed like a damn fine deal to us indeed. Now there are times when we get it right, and times when we get it wrong, and I have to say I think this was one of those occasions where we definitely got it wrong.
Initially it seemed fine, we plugged it into the PC and it's instantly recognised, there's no software to install or anything. Hubby threw all the songs onto it, great, lovely, all superb. Everything transferred nice and quickly and stored well and the drive worked fine. It was quiet and stayed cool, and all was tickety boo.
A few days later on adding some additional music to his collection, my husband of course wanted to put it on here as well as on the drive he regularly takes out to gigs with him. Plugging both in to the PC at the same time was where we first encountered a problem. For some very odd reason this drive doesn't like it when certain other things are plugged in at the same time, and causes the PC to 'not see' them. We've had it happen with the second drive, and also with our printer meaning that hubby has to make sure he doesn't have this plugged in at the same time as trying to print, or download anything to the other drive.
It's quite a frustrating problem to encounter, and not one we ever expected. All we can assume is that it's some sort of weird compatibility issue. I should probably mention here that he runs a regular pc with windows XP home installed on it, and a laptop with the same, nothing fancy or unusual at all.
In terms of the drive itself what it does, and using it, for the most part everything is groovy. It uses high speed USB so if you plug it into a 2.0 USB port its nice and fast when you're transferring data. It's pretty sleek looking being black and very shiny. I'd say it's a good chunk larger than some of the drives - for example both my 250gb (Western Digital) and hubby's 500gb (Seagate) are both around 5x3 inches and only half an inch thick, whereas this is 5x8 inches and 2 inch thick. It's still quite portable, but not what you'd call pocket sized if you know what I mean. It came with a 2 year warranty which is fairly average for this size drive I think, and of course that only covers replacement of the drive not anything stored on it if there's a problem, which is one reason why we back everything up in triplicate these days - well anything relating to hubby's business anyway!
So overall are we pleased with our purchase? To be honest no, not overly. Yes we got a 1 Terabyte drive for under £60, but when you can't plug it in along side other peripherals without there being conflictions it's not the most useful device going. For a backup, we'll keep it, but I don't think we'll be looking at buying any more of these which had been our initial thought.
Would I recommend it to others? If you want something to back lots of data (music pictures etc.) onto and just want to do it once and leave them there for ages then yes, I'd recommend it. However, if you're planning on plugging it into your PC and writing to/from it regularly then no, I wouldn't recommend it as you may well find yourself with similar confliction issues to those we've had.
I'm a self confessed geek, especially when it comes to computer games and consoles, I thought I'd write a review for our "baby" i.e our external hard drive that holds everything my partner and I love. TV Shows, Movies, Hundreds of Photos and over a thousand music tracks. I call it our baby as I'd be absolutely gutted if I lost everything on it, especially the photos. If you're looking for a full on technical review of the product then this isn't for you, I'm going to be doing a basic view that your "average joe" could understand.
Why I Bought It:
My home computer was running desperately low on memory as I'd clogged it up like a plughole full of hair with movies, tv shows and music. I felt it was about time I invested in an external hard drive. I think my computer is thanking me for doing so as it seems to be running a hell of a lot faster than it did before. I was unsure of what size to get but my partner ensured me that 1TB was more than enough for what we do.
We were a bit short on cash and didn't want to spend too much money on a hard drive. We looked around, and found a bargain at Argos. OK so it's not a top brand like Samsung for example, but I'm not paying for a name I'm paying for a product that's going to do a job. Some people will argue and say that a certain brand means it will never fail you, but I don't think like that.
It cost £69.99 for the hard drive which came with a free 2GB USB pen, which was another reason why we bought it, you've got to love free stuff! USB pen drives always come in handy to transfer small amounts of data, or pictures from one place to another.
We've had the hard drive since just before Christmas and still got over 500GB left, there's hundreds of hours worth of TV shows, over a thousand songs, and about 100 or so films.
The best thing for me was that I just plugged it into my laptop and it worked straight away, no annoying installing or downloading required. And there's no fiddly software required for you to transfer things across to and from the hard drive, you simply drag and drop from the folder on your computer to the hard drive, or just download things from the internet straight onto the hard drive. It's so simple.
It is a high speed USB device, so when plugged into a 2.0 USB port it takes little time to transfer a large amount of files, which is also a good thing for me as I'm quite impatient and hate waiting for things to transfer.
I expected the hard drive to be quite bulky and heavy and was surprised to find that it's sleek, lightweight and easily portable, I often stick it in my bag when I'm going to friends houses to nab some of the stuff they download. Our hard drive is White, it was advertised as being Black in the Argos catalogue but i wasn't disappointed when I opened the box and found it was white. It has a set of lights on the front so you know when the hard drive is on, it also looks pretty funky too. The last good point I'm going to note is that the hard drive is super quiet, even if you're quite close to the hard drive you can't hear it at all. The only downside is sometimes the hard drive does get quite warm, but it's probably because I have it plugged in for at least 6 hours of the day.
I'd recommend this hard drive for anyone who is on a bit of a budget and doesn't mind not buying a top brand. Someone who downloads a few movies a week, or TV shows. I know people who would easily fill up a 1TB hard drive in a few weeks. I thought of myself as a big downloader of things until I spoke to some of my friends who giggled a bit when I told them I've only just managed to fill half of my 1TB hard drive so far.
With no need for annoying set ups or downloading required for the hard drive to work, I'd recommend it for its easy to use and simple drag and drop transfers etc. Shop around as you may be able to find it cheaper than I got it, but even at £69.99 I thought it was a bargain compared to most places like Currys and PC World.
Hard drives are a lot like records that use magnets and oxides on a platter and revolutions per second. They even have this awesome tiny little device, analogous to the needle head on a record player, that picks up the information from the magnetic oxide coating the platter. With this analogy in mind, it may help you care for your hard drive.
7200rpm is not the fastest of the hard drive speed about, you can get 15,000rpm on some of them. Now 15k is for a top end server that you'd probably find hosting Dooyoo or part of an array probably doing the google sites. 7,200RPM is mid range - you get really quite fast access times to your data on the hard drive and relatively low noise. It's mid range, so therefore the power consumption is mid range too. You may notice it after a few hours.;-;;-;;-;;-;;-;;-;;-;;-;;-;;-;;-;;-;;-;;-;;-;;-;
I picked my Seagate 1tb external for two reasons; Firstly, i needed something to keep my data on and Secondly, the price. You can buy one of these bad boys for £60 in Maplins and if desiring it, you can also ask for extended warranty. You get 1 years warranty with Seagate themselves.
It's quite a handsome piece of kit really, it's black, shiny and smooth. It's got some heft to it which isn't the worst thing in the world (maybe 500gms) considering the hundreds of movies, photo's and billions of books you can store on it. It is powered by a mains lead and has, i presume, a USB 2.00 connection. These are all plugged into the hard drive at the rear. When you turn it on, there's a little green light which blinks on the bottom left. Most reassuring. All that comes in the box is the drive, a plug, a usb cable and a booklet & maybe a CD. It's pretty straight forward. It's 'plug and play'. If you are running anything less than Windows XP, you need to upgrade. Even Windows XP is 10 years old (shocking right?)
Now, it does make a little noise - it is far from deafening though. Your PC's hard drive makes more noise. go on listen to it now; you hear that crunching put put sound, that means you need to defragment your hard drive. Go on. Do it now, I'll wait for you.
That's better. I will assume you did defragment your hard drive - you will need to do that with your external hard drives too to keep them in tip top shape, it also reduces the noise the drives make as the head searches across the platters looking for that data. It also helps if you keep the drive on a flat surface.
Most of the modern hard drives (external included) have quite sophisticated error correction codes but that does not mean that you can plug your hard drive in and then just yank it out. That is bad. Follow the usual procedure.
If you buy one of these, it may report in as considerably less than 1TB - this will depend on how you format it, I'd recommend NTFS rather than Fat32. The file size of all drives on a PC are determined by logical blocks and some space is kept hidden for the hard drive to keep a track of where the files are on the platters. If you're keen to know more then check the Wikipedia page - it will explain better than I can. However, your 1 TB will show up as a lot less, probably something more like 976gb. You haven't been ripped off. That's just how it goes especially with Windows, they use this floating decimal integer which...it is on wikipedia
It's probably not a good thing to leave the hard drive plugged in and on for seven or eight hours. I wouldn't leave anything plugged in for 7-8 hours other than the phone.
It's an external hard drive, it's worked really well, i have not had a problem with it and have filled it up to 900GB with no problem, I have travelled London with it (wrapped up a bit more securely though) and uploaded and downloaded from it with absolutely no problem. It's a solid little bit of kit, handy in as much as all stoarage devices go and so far after three months continuous use - 100% reliable. I reckon, if i take care of this drive it will last a few years.
If you chose to buy one of these, make sure you have it plugged into a surge protector. Whilst technology may or may not be robust, don't bother wasting money by taking chances. If you have the money to chuck around taking chances, give it to me - I need some new shoes.
This was bought for my dad who needed to back up an old computer.....the design leaves a little to be desired i find it quite large bulky with a strange curving design at the edges.
It comes at a good price for 1tb (1000gb) at around £59.99 but for this price you buy yourself a noisy unreliable drive that has a good chance of losing your data, seagate will not retrieve this for you under the products warranty. When transferring data especially large amounts it makes a loud clicking sound some may not mind this but when its louder than the noise coming from the computer it begins to irritate and i have never bought a hard drive that makes these noises so i find it kind of questionable the quality of parts put inside this drive. Three months later the drive begins to fail, will show up on my computer sometimes not others and would not transfer data, so we send it back to the company we bought it from and asked for credit and instead bought the freeagent 1tb for the same price which is a much better drive without the above problems
Before buying this desktop hard drive, I had heard from friends that Seagate were a really good brand so when I was looking and found this, I decided to give it a try. I bought it last year and I am yet to be disappointed. It is everything someone would need from a desktop hard drive; easy to use, quiet, quick and unobtrusive on your desk. There is one small disadvantage which I will get on to later in the review.
First, the box was delivered and came well packaged in a sturdy box. There was the usual film to protect it, which I always take off. Some leave it on but it's up to you. The drive has a glossy black finish which isn't the best for finger prints but I am sure the aesthetics are not why you would want to purchase this in the first place. Saying that though, apart from the glossy finish, it does have a nice sleek look and feel to it. It is pleasing to the eye and will go well on any desk top.
Set up is child's play. It very much uses the 'plug and play' concept which makes things easy for everyone. Sure, they could make you go through a bunch of installation and waiting but who really wants to do that? In this day and age where pretty much every household has a computer, and not every person is a computer geek, we need devices like this which are easy for everyone to use. It is a good idea for every household to have a backup of their information in case something goes wrong with their computer. This is the affordable (around £50 depending on where you shop) and user-friendly solution.
The one drawback is that it is mains powered. If this isn't a problem and you have a spare plug then great, but this may annoy a few people. I wasn't bothered because I read up on first and was fully aware the power was supplied by the mains. The adaptor has the option of two or three pins, meaning you can use it in the US as well. Useful for those who travel on business and need to take their desktop hard drive with them. This is a small complication which may put some people off buying it but overall I believe most people won't be too bothered. It is a good reliable drive, which is the main thing.
Set up just couldn't be any more simple. Attach to the mains and attach the USB. Plug and play! A screen will come up asking you to register your device but this isn't compulsory. Then it is just a case of drag and drop. Plug and play then drag and drop. Does it really get much simpler?! This drive has been made with simplicity in mind and this definitely helps. There is a green power light which comes on when you switch it on and this starts to flash when there is a transfer in progress.
In addition, this drive lies flat on your desk top rather than on its side. Such a simple yet effective idea. Side standing drives have the risk of falling over and being damaged, and even damaging the files inside it if it falls. So this was yet another simple addition to the design but one that works so well.
Overall, simplicity at its best!
I purchased this hard drive about 12 months ago. It worked out of the box which is good, however i had to create a new partition on it in order for it to work with my ps3 and mac.
I found that after a few weeks it started being quite loud, and was making quite a bit of noise every time i accessed files off it. Apart from being tedious this didn't effect the performance.
After about 6 months though, the hard-drive actually broke. The inside connector that your usb lead fits into fell out. This could of been easily fixed with a bit of soldering however getting inside of this device proved very difficult indeed. The hard drive is protected by a solid body which has no screws or any way of getting in. Because of this, in try to fix my product i cause more damage and eventually gave up.
The only reason i initially went for this model was the price. There are now a wider range of external hard-drives available in this size (1gb) that are also reasonably priced. So if i were to buy another 1gb hard-drive i wouldn't go for this one again.
I took the plunge and bought one of these about 8 months ago from Amazon after I finally accepted that my computer was bursting at the seams and needed some more storage space to expand and 'breath'. It had many good reviews and the price was very cheap (approx £60), so it seemed to be ideal for my requirements.
What do you get? The drive itself is actually quite stylish with a black shiny top cover which curves down across the front and hides a very discrete power on light on the front panel. A USB 2.0 connection cable and a power cable which both connect at the back are also included in the deal. 7200 rpm gives a fast performance and it also comes with a 2 year limited warranty.
Connect up to my machine and it was quickly recognised by my Windows XP system and from there on in, everything was simply 'drag and drop' onto the new drive. Transfers were all very fast and it is quite satisfying to see that after I had loaded it up with all my files, pictures, videos etc, there was still loads of space left to use. So all in all, I can't fault it.
However, one of the issues that did 'concern' me slightly from the reviews I read before I bought it was the dreaded clicking that sometimes occurs, and people saying that their drives had failed as a result. Within about a week of setting it up, I noticed the clicking on my drive - very faint and very rapid - but it was definitely there. It seems to come and go and doesn't seem to occur with any regularity - sometimes you use the drive and it occurs for a few minutes, other times it just happens when you are using something else. But it never seems to impact on the performance of the drive. It doesn't seem to slow things up, and I can still access everything on the drive OK. So I'm presuming it is some sort of 'bad' design feature, but in my opinion, nothing to worry about. To be honest, I don't even notice it now unless I actually listen for it and even then, it doesn't occur all the time.
In summary then, I'm still glad that I bought the drive and it has given me faultless service thus far. As for the 'clicking', well in my opinion, it isn't really an issue or a concern.
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The Seagate External Desktop Drive 1 TB version is a great external hard drive that has served me well. The whole terabyte of storage it contains is a huge amount of space for all but the most avid data hoarders, and I am yet to fill it.
The unit is fairly simple looking, but also aesthetically pleasing, with a curved design, and glossy black exterior. A light comes on to let you know that it is switched on and connected. One thing that I prefer to my other external hard drive, the Maxtor Basics Drive, is that the grip on the bottom is much better. You really don't want a hard drive sliding off your desk, and the Seagate holds its ground far better than the Maxtor, which slides all over the place.
As with all external hard drives, connecting it and installing is very easy, automatically installing on any Windows OS XP or above, and to be honest it may work on even older computers but I haven't tried it. The transfer speed is hardly astounding but at the same time it isn't bad. The power plug consists of just a slightly bulky plug, but besides that it is a simple wire. This is in contrast to my Maxtor Basics Drive which has a big power supply brick half way on the cable, which adds unnecessary bulk.
So far I have not had any problems with reliability, once again unlike my Maxtor, which corrupted after a couple of months. There is really little negative to say about this drive; they've obviously looked at what makes like Maxtor have done poorly and improved it in all areas. Overall then, if you are looking for an external hard drive to store or back up files, I definitely recommend the Seagate External Desktop Drive 1 TB.