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I bought this drive around 6 months ago.
Since then, the device has come in handy on hundreds of occasions. From re-installing my operating system to transferring files from computer to computer, everyone needs an external hard drive. When I saw this Seagate 500GB one on Amazon for just £34.99, I simply could not help but purchase it (timing was fortunate, as this was just before the price of all hard drives skyrocketed).
Installation is easy, it is quite literally plug and play and is powered by a single USB to mini USB cable. It could not be simpler. It is also very durable, as there are no noticeable blemishes or marks, and it works perfectly, despite being dropped from medium height on numerous occasions.
Transfer speeds are average, somewhere around 20-30mbps however it can fluctuate quite a bit. All in all a worthy purchase for sure. Buy this drive if you can find it for under £50 and are in the market for an external hard drive.
So this product was bought around three years ago now for my dad to back up his computer onto. At the time this was one of the cheapest good quality brand HDD's available that stored a reasonable amount of data so we went for it. Delightfully it is still working today and takes pride of place next to his computer.
---OUT OF THE BOX---
After purchasing this on the internet from play.com it arrived all packaged up and I was eager to open it. After my dad beating me to the door we opened the box and saw a very shiny black HDD that really looked the part. Nowadays this product is slightly large in comparison with other HDD's on the market (14.1 x 8 x 1.8cm) and weighs in at a slightly heavy 159g.Eager to use the product we plugged it in.
After plugging in the drive to a power supply we connected the USB cable to a computer and after a quick install the drive popped up and was available to use. A great feature of this hard drive is that you don't need to install software to run it. As mentioned on the box you can just simply drag and drop files to the drive just like a memory stick or internal drive.
With regards to energy consumption I am not sure if the 'built-in power management' works but I would say that is it slightly annoying to have to plug this into the wall and ideally it should take power from the USB port.
Now there is a newer version of this product available which states to have USB 3 technology but this drive is very fast and can back up our whole computer (100 GB) in less than an hour. Available in many different storage capacities this is actually an excellent choice of hard drive that has proven to us its reliability over many years of use.
As mentioned this product is slightly bulky so fitting it in your bag isn't as easy as some of the newer and thinner models. Also as this product needs both a USB and a power cable you have to transport both of these around with you as well. At times we have found it annoying that you need to have an external power supply for the HDD as when used with a laptop it is difficult to find a power socket when on the move.
If you want a reliable hard drive that is going to sit in your home then this is a great buy and it will easily outlive its two year warranty. Due to the large size and need for a power supply however it is not a product that you can take with you easily. This Seagate Hard Drive is a stylish product that performs well but only decent for some users.
For me the cost of this external HD worked out at about £10 per gigabyte, although that was 8 or so months ago and it was on offer.
I liked the sleek black design, and it goes with my desktop tower and monitor. Connection is achieved via USB which is included in the box. It is a lot smaller than other models I looked at which means I can carry it around in the inside pocket of my jacket. This is very useful if you're wearing a suit as the slender design means you're not ruining the line of your suit with big bumps etc.
Setup software is accessible on the HD straight away, although these appeared to be drivers rather than applications as I've never had to use dedicated software to access the HD, I've just gone in through the operating system using drag/drop like any other storage device.
Despite being only made out of plastic I have to note that this model is very durable. Once I was carrying it in my coat pocket and I fell off a climbing frame from about four feet up and landed straight on it (I'm 190lbs). There appeared to be no damage and the next day I tested it and it worked fine. Perhaps I got lucky.
I bought this hard drive as a back up storage device so that I could put my computer back to factory settings to get rid of a few bugs. I found it in a sale at Argos for £35 which I thought was a great deal, it also came with a handy protective case. The box is quite small, about the size of a large men's wallet. It has a little light that shows it is on and also runs very quietly.
The drive was very easy to use, I just plugged it was instantly found as a storage device on my computer. I collected all my files and just dragged and dropped them into the Seagate file box. The files took a little while to transfer over; this was to be expected when moving the 250 GB of data that was on my internal laptop hard drive. Even after the transfer there was still another 250 GB of storage space left which meant that I could leave the data on the drive as a backup having restored it onto my laptop after the reset. I still have plenty of space for music other files; my friend is even using me and my spare drive as a backup for his honeymoon pictures.
One added advantage that I didn't expect is that not only is it compatible with my laptop and other household computers; it has also made friends with my Xbox 360. This means that I can easily transfer data from my computers with out saving it in two places at once (laptop hard drive and Xbox hard drive). I can now watch saved films and play saved music through my television via my Xbox which is very handy. In fact the hard drive spends much of it's time plugged into my Xbox.
I am very happy with this device; it has done exactly what I have asked of it with a few extra bonuses. It looks very well made, although I'm not intending on being rough with it, but I should think it will last a very long time. If it can be found at the right price it is a brilliant option if you would like a little extra storage. For storage purposes my Cd's take up about 60-80 MB of space and films can take from 650 MB to 2.5 GB depending on the length of the film. This means that the 500 GB drive will store around 200 films, 500 GB = 512000 MB so that is over 6000 audio CD's worth of storage.
It performs exactly as I hoped and worked straight out of the box, as soon as I plugged it in by the single USB2 cable provided. The cable is a little on the short side but replacing it with another - say 1 metre long - is both very inexpensive and easy.
Installation is unbelievably easy because there is no installation! You just plug it into your machine and straight away it is detected as a storage device and is ready to go. A proper plug and play which is perfect for me as a non technical person. The drive does not have to be formatted. My only grumble is that the supplied USB cable is a little short, as mentioned above.
As soon as the drive is detected a green LED is illuminated on the drive to indicate it is now active, and the light flashes whenever there's any disk activity. The drive is also completely silent.
The drive is very much a no-frills affair and does not come with any software. Everything about this drive is straightforward and no nonsense, the packaging wasn't overly crammed with pointless leaflets, sales brochures or general clutter. Within the box you just get the hard drive, a USB cable, installation instructions, and the 2yr Seagate Limited Warranty.
All in all this is an excellent external USB drive. Its ease of use is true plug and play and the build quality is of a very high standard, just what you'd expect from a brand like Seagate, I would definitely recommend this product.
This is an amazing product and at 49.95 its a pretty good deal too !! I keep all my photos,music, videos and any files i can't afford to lose on this gem. To give you an idea of how much space 500GB is, it stores 160,000 digital photos or 12,497 hours of digital music (MP3) or 500 hours of digital video.
It does come in 250 and 320GB and the bigger 1 or 1.5TB but the latter 2 require you to plug the drive into a wall socket while its being used whereas the portable does not. This makes it great to use while you're on long plane or train journeys.
This Seagate 500GB portable drive is very light, the stats put it at 1kg but it feels much lighter than that. Its 8cm in width, 12.5cm in length & 1.5cm in depth and it comes in a black colour which makes it look very sleek!
It connects to your laptop/PC via a 2.0 USB and doesn't require any sort of software to set up or anything like that. You just attach the cable between the port and the drive, wait a few seconds and you're good to go! If you have an older system with a 1.1 USB it will be considerable slower. It works with Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 7 or Mac OSX 10.4.8 or higher. Files transfer incredibly quick, so there's no hassle with waiting. Just copy & paste or drag & drop !
Finally, the original price is 69.99 so you're saving quite a bit . I bought mine from Maplins and they offer free delivery with this item and a 2year limited warranty. If you go into the Maplins store ask them how much you have to spend before they sell you the Catalogue book for a pound because there are 3 and 5 pound vouchers in there that you might be able to use with the drive.
IN FIVE YEARS TIME...
Several years ago, after much deliberation and painstaking research, I made a very astute purchase for my new Dell desktop PC. Forking out £150 for an external, powered, 250GB hard drive seemed an excellent investment, and so it has proved. The reason for buying it, at the time, was to have a quick and easy back-up facility for all of the precious, irreplaceable files on my PC, particularly photos and files.
This venerable old Maxtor drive is still doing the business, tucked away unobtrusively behind my PC monitor. Technically, it is portable, but in reality it is anything but - it doesn't work away from the mains and the unit itself weighs a way too much to be a practical travelling companion. However, five years is a very long time in the world of technology, and to paraphrase a famous old crooner - "the times, they are a changin'".
We now have three computers in the house - a desktop PC, a laptop and my netbook - and the number of media files we use - which tend to be quite large - seems to have multiplied accordingly. As such, some additional, truly portable storage was called for so that we could swap files between computers with the minimum of hassle. I dipped my toe back into the PC peripheral market and was astounded at how much things had moved along.
In short, I found I could get double the storage for a third of the price, at a quarter of the size and at roughly a tenth of the weight. After checking out a few reviews and eyeballing a few models at my local PC World, I took a shine to the Seagate Expansion Portable Drive which was retailing at just over £80. Never one to put speed of acquisition before cost savings, I was pleased to find the same 500GB USB 2.0 model immediately available on Amazon for just under £55.
WHAT'S IN THE BOX
The Seagate comes in a sturdy small, unfussy and fully recyclable cardboard box which contains the unit itself, a quick start guide, a short 40cm (15 inch) USB 2.0 cable and details of a two-year limited warranty. The drive is securely packaged in a refreshingly easy to open plastic enclosure. This a USB-powered unit which provides pure plug and play functionality, so there are no further instructions needed and no software to install.
LOOK & FEEL
The first thing that hits you is how compact and light the unit is - 3" wide x 5" long x 0.5" at its thickest, and weighing in at a remarkable 188g. It has a sleek, classy, minimalist look about it, accentuated by its high-gloss black finish on the top surfaces. The rest of the unit is a slightly dimpled matte black, with only the pin-hole sized centred green LED light toward the back of the unit and the discrete white Seagate logo at the front to interrupt its graceful looking architecture.
There is a small USB plug on the left hand side of the unit, and four rubber domed discs on the bottom to help it grip any surface and provide stability for the working parts. This is a very desirable looking bit of kit. Another great feature is its near-silent operation. At times, its hard to believe this isn't a glorified USB flash drive given the only noise you ever hear during operation is a barely audible hum. I guess, in a slightly strange way, it is a practical, discreet operator with an attention-seeking disorder.
EASE OF USE
This is a very simple drive to use. With no software to install, it takes seconds from the time you plug it in to a compatible USB 2.0 port (which most computers manufactured in the last three years ship with as standard) before your operating system picks it up and runs through the usual procedure of recognising new hardware. That's it. You're good to go.
To save files to it, you can simply drag and drop the icon onto the drive folder. I tend to be organised about what I save and where, so I don't tend to use this feature much. We run this drive with three operating systems - Windows XP, Vista and the new Windows 7 - and there is no discernable difference in performance.
Transfer speeds are impressive. I recently downloaded an entire twelve episode TV series (won't tell you which - that's my secret) to my desktop PC, before transferring all four (4) Gigabytes of it over to this drive in around three minutes and thirty seconds (3:30). With our media stored mainly on this drive, we can move it between PC's exceptionally easily and can run applications and content directly off of it instead of copying it over to the computer hard drive.
I am very happy with my purchase, especially at the price (currently £54.99 on Amazon at last look) which, for 500GB of hassle-free storage is a real bargain. My only complaint is an aesthetic one. Although the glossy top really looks the business, it is a fingerprint magnet and invariably ends up with loads of smudges from my greasy mitts.
I have taken to carrying a micropore cloth around with it to give it a bit of a buffing every now and again (Ooooh. Shiny!). On the flip-side, despite its reflective sheen, the unit has proven remarkably robust and scratch-proof. I toyed with the idea of getting a special case for it, but decided against it in the end. So, if you are looking for a discreet but slick-looking, truly portable, plug and play USB powered external drive, this 500GB pocket-sized dynamo is a real winner.
Seagate 2.5" Hard Disk Drive
USB 2.0 Interface
5400 RPM performance
OS: Windows XP, Vista & 7
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