So I visited the Apple shop at the weekend to try and mend my boyfriends laptop (Water+Keyboard do not mix...) and they informed me that they could not carry out a repair before first getting me to back up the computer on an external hard drive. After showing me one in store for £70 I was certain that this was the typical Apple rip off and you could in fact get one for a better price elsewhere. I was right, and bought this 320GB version by Seagate for £49.99 in PC world down the road. However, I am now kicking myself as I know you can get them for even cheaper than this online.
Slight waste of money aside, this hard drive is very easy to use and of course Mac compatible! Which was the main thing... To back up your files you simply plug in this device and wait for it to load. You select the "Time machine" logo in the top right hand corner of your screen if you are using a Mac, and choose this device to save your files to (once it has loaded up on your desktop as "External storage" or something of the sort.) Your files will then start downloading and depending how much stuff you have on your computer, it will take several hours at least so it is a good idea to leave your laptop on charge and in a safe place so it will not overheat. For anything other than a Mac, I am informed that it is simply a matter of "drag and drop" for all your files.
Either way a loading bar will appear on screen and your files will begin to download.
The device itself is lightweight and a stylish shiny black colour. I would recommend the Seagate brand as the process of transferring the files was easy enough and the product was not *as* expensive as some of the others I had seen, but obviously I should have shopped online! I was in a rush to get the repair done on the day but it turns out my efforts were in vain as it took so long to download the files!
It is usual for external hard drives to take a long time to download files, so that is not a negative feature of the product. Useful reasons for owning an external hard drive include the capacity to store music and photos somewhere other than your computers external memory which is especially useful if you have a lot of stuff.
Once you have finished, simply eject and then remove once it is "safe" to do so. When you want to access the data again just plug the device back in to your computer. After the hefty price tag, I will be keeping this one in a safe place and hopefully it will come in useful for me in the future too!
Recommended, easy to use external hard drive, shop around though!
Last year I have decided to update my desktop computer, as the old one had started to do funny things. And to be honest, there is only so many times I can take the side panel of the base so that the unit does not get over heated and switches my whole computer off.
Buying a new desktop computer presented me with problem of transferring all my files, documents and emails/email account to the new one. When I was researching on the internet I was left with 2 options:
a) to buy a cable which has to be attached to the new as well as old computer at the same time and is transferred through the cable or
b) to buy portable drive
I decided on the option b, because not only it transfers all the files, but is brilliant as a backup too (with option a, you can transfer but not save).
After browsing on PC World website I came across Seagate Expansion portable drive. Found the cheapest one that would do the job and went into the store to pick it up. It cost me just under £40
In the box was:
* Seagate Expansion portable drive 320GB
* quick start guide
* USB 2.0 cable
* 2 year limited warranty
* Windows XP,Vista
* Windows 7 operating system
* And USB port
First thing that took me by surprise is how small and compact it is. I expected something much bigger, so was pleased to find out that fitted in my handbag :) (8 cm x 14 cm x 1.5 cm). It is black and very light.
I almost panicked when I opened the box and saw instructions and no software to install. I had to look in the box again just to make sure that I haven't missed another set of instructions. These ones just showed a diagram with a laptop, USB cable and portable hard drive. Even I did not need instructions to tell me how to plug in the USB cable. However it did state that for all support and assistance you can visit www.seagtae.com website.
I plugged in the USB cable and I was amazed how simple the whole thing looked. It was just like using a memory stick. All I had to do is select the files, from my old computer, that I wanted to keep, click on them and drag them onto the portable drive. I did the same with my email account and all the photos that I kept in another section of my computer.
The nerve wrecking thing was, once I transferred all that on the hard drive...will it then transfer on my new desktop computer.
Me, being me, and not always trusting the new technology, had decided to keep the old computer while I set up the new one.
I couldn't believe how easy was to do the same process again, but this time from the portable drive to my new computer. All I had to do was to plug the portable hard drive through USB into my new computer. Same principle, click and drag. Even my email account and all my emails were transferred. Oh, and photos too. It was great. I was relived.
I now keep the portable drive as add on storage for my computer and it is great. It takes all the worries of ever loosing files,photos and emails if anything goes wrong with my computer. The only thing is now remembering to plug it in once amonth to update all the files and keep backup files up to date.
I would so recommend it.
It is small, compact and stylish, loads of storage and affordable.
I bought my Seagate expansion drive (320Gb) last December for around £25. I was a bit dubious at first because I saw a couple of almost negative reviews saying that it was difficult to connect and use.
Well, I am glad that I bought this. I have had no connectivity issues and in fact I even went so far as to buy another one because I loved what it gave me for the price.
I also had a Western Digital device which I bought because I believed there hype about all the extras you get with them. Well, to date, I haven't yet used any of those extra features. My advice is to go for the simpler, cheaper and in my opinion FASTER Seagate device.
I use mine to store Photos, Videos, and Music as well as scans of personal documents as a backup.
The 320Gb space goes quite a long way and I have thousands of files stored on there and it is only half full.
The supplied USB2 cable gives great transfer rates between the device and the PC. My only criticism here is that the cable is a bit short at just about 30cms long. If this is an issue for you, the cable can be easily replaced cheaply from any store (Maplin, PC World, Tesco etc).
I purchased the seagate 320 gb some weeks ago, when it became clear that one of my laptops would have to go in for a service. Let me add at this point that if something goes wrong with this product I will update this review.
Seagate have a pretty sound reputation as far as memory is concerned - to my knowledge they specialised supplying computers with internal hard disks and then moved into the portable hard disk market as it has expanded in the last few years.
This model is a very nice handy size that can fit in your pocket comfortably, it also looks pretty classy. It comes supplied with the usb cable necessary, but doesn't come with an installation disk. Then again its not necessary these days as they install themselves seamlessly. The packaging is relatively eco friendly - it is almost as small as the portable hard drive itself - a nice change from some of the wasteful packaging seen on electrical items.
So far it has permorfed exactly as I'd hoped. I've saved many files on it, backed up my entire laptop in fact and it was all there. Some months ago I bought a similar but even more highly rated Western Digital model, but this appears just as good. There are no extras on the seagate, ie special security or some super secure anti virus or something. But to be honest is that really necessary. The important thing is to keep your portable hard drive safe and undamaged. This one is small enough to hide if you are worried that somebody will access the info on it.
It is a pretty quick device to access, does not heat up to make you worried, and it barely vibrates at all.
The price - I notice that the prices listed here (internet purchase) are all more expensive than the price I paid. I bought mine at Argos for £39.99. In my opinion its a bit of a bargain.
So far so good, I'm only holding off from giving 5 stars because its still early days. Still, well done Seagate!