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776 of 815 people found the following review helpful
Size: 2TBStyle Name: DesktopVine Customer Review of Free Product( What's this? )
For my purposes, this drive is excellent: extremely simple to operate, huge memory capacity and relatively compact and unobtrusive. No doubt there will soon be reviews here which deal expertly with specifications and comparisons. I am just an ordinary computer user who cannot advise on all that, but I hope this review will be helpful to other non-techies who, like me, want reliable and easy-to-use extra memory.

The drive is about the size of a 400-page small-format paperback book. It is quite heavy (about 1kg all told) but would be easy to transport if you needed to. It sits flat and needs to be plugged into the mains. The supplied connecting lead to your computer's USB port is about 1 metre long, so you have some flexibility about where to put it. When switched on it is, to my ears anyway, silent (hurrah!) and has a discreet blue LED to indicate that it is working. In short, it is the compact, unobtrusive drive I was hoping for.

In use it is exceptionally simple. I plugged it into my slightly elderly Windows XP laptop and, as promised, it was automatically recognised by Windows and was ready to use within a few seconds. If you like, you can turn it off at the mains at any time it's not actively in use so it doesn't have to run all the time, and it only takes a couple of seconds to wake up when switched on again. You add files by simply dragging-and-dropping and the transfer speed seems very quick to me (my initial backup of my entire "My Documents" folder, about 14GB, took well under half an hour). Files (like music or photos) run from the drive just as if they were on your internal hard drive and it is easy to copy or move files between the drive and an mp3 player or memory stick. It really is like having a huge internal hard drive.

I am rather nervous about computer technology and have been dithering over whether to get an external drive so that I can convert more of my music collection to digital format. I am thrilled to have received this one. It is small and unobtrusive and does exactly what I want extremely simply. I can recommend it very warmly to the technologically timid.
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293 of 309 people found the following review helpful
on 6 January 2014
This hard drive is not formatted for a Mac but takes less than 30 seconds to achieve this. When I was looking for a Mac formatted portable hard drive to act as a Time Machine for my MacBook Pro I noticed that they cost much more than this one. Seagate is famous for its Hard Drives and at £30 less than a Mac equivalent I decided to order. Feels good, tactile and very quiet but out of the box your Mac will not read it.

You need to follow this link [...] which explains exactly how to format it for the Mac.

How to Erase an internal or external drive that is 500 GB or larger and has already been setup with NTFS

Open the Disk Utility.
Select the drive.
Click Partition.
Under Volume Scheme, choose 1 Partition.
Choose Options.
Choose Apple Partition Map.
Click OK.
Click Apply.
Click the Partition button.
The drive will Erase. When it completes, the drive will mount on the Desktop.

Takes less than 30 seconds. Job done.
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288 of 309 people found the following review helpful
on 2 December 2012
Purchased this hard drive to use as a 'time machine' backup for my iMac; very good for the price. Worked straight out of the box. The Mac reformatted it, but that didn't cause any problems and easy enough to do if you follow the onscreen prompts. Generally runs quietly. Future-proof as it has USB 3.0. Overall very pleased.
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254 of 276 people found the following review helpful
Size: 500GBStyle Name: PortableVine Customer Review of Free Product( What's this? )
Seagate's own product description (above) gives an accurate, no-exaggeration summary of this hard drive and I really can't take any issue at all with the claims they make for it. This is an attractive, pocket-sized, silent and unobtrusive drive that needs no drivers etc and simply works efficiently and without external power (it is powered by the supplied USB cable). In fact it is so discrete in operation the only clue you have it's 'on' is the glow of the LED on the front of the unit. I've heard many times the claim 'it works straight out of the box' but in this case it is perfectly true. Also it's worth noting that it is also USB 3 compatible (but will work with 1 and 2 also) so it is future-proofed too. Finally Seagate are a brand to be trusted in data-storage products so there is peace of mind there also. A quality product at a fair price.
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795 of 865 people found the following review helpful
on 6 November 2013
I purchased this product in July 2013, delivery was prompt and the drive worked really well for the best part of 4 months. I primarily used this product as a add storage drive for my DD-WRT router. Last week, I tried to access a file over my network and got no response. I checked the drive - dead no LED... powered the drive down/up still dead.. Being an electronics design engineer, I got my fluke volt meter out and measured the voltage from the AC to 12V DC adapter. This measured OK at 12Volts... so definitely, something within the hardware was dead and not the AC mains adapter...

Although the product was technically still under warranty, I could have just sent it back for a replacement. I guess because this drive held all my personal photos and files, I didn't want the drive to leave my house! I felt competent enough to go fault find the PCB board myself.

Found the fault in no time - There is a component on the SATA to USB board (ASM 1053) that converts the 12V DC to 5VDC.
(Techie term for this is a DCtoDC convertor or switcher). This IC or a component around it had failed as there was no 5Volts present on the board.

Dropped Seagate an email telling them that their board had failed. They replied to basically say I had voided my warranty as I attempted to repair it myself . OK fair enough I did... and I deserve to be punished! .but I also asked them whether they could just sell me a replacement board..they said no...

For a company that big, I would have thought their after sales would be a bit more helpful - Note - I even offered to PAY for a replacement board!! I am sure I am not the first customer to which this has happened.

Anyway to cut a long story short, I purchased a Inateck USB3.0 docking station from Amazon and was able to recover all my data from the drive no problem.

To conclude, the STBV2000200 2TB works, but if you were to suffer a hardware failure your options are to return the drive if still under warranty or do what I did and buy a third party docking station.

I am certainly put off purchasing a Seagate product again...Customer service not good in this instance.

Hope my review was helpful
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
on 29 December 2012
This product was delivered promptly and has performed faultlessly. Installation on my Windows 7 64-bit laptop required no effort and worked without problems from the time of first connection. The connecting cable is quite short but that suits my working environment. The device is very quiet in operation. I am very pleased with my purchase.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on 16 January 2014
When attached to a USB3 connection the unit is very fast indeed. I also found it quiet. I now have two with one sat atop the other for backups, Recommended!
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44 of 48 people found the following review helpful
on 27 December 2014
This product is brilliant for use with an Xbox One console. I received it this morning, and didn't even need to read the instructions - it comes with a power plug (which can be plugged into both English and American plug sockets), and a USB cable. Plug in the power supply and connect the USB to the Xbox One when turned on, and the console pops up with 'Do you want to format this?' Clicked 'yes' and it was done within twenty seconds. I then decided to install Destiny, quite a hefty game, which I had also received this morning. It's easy to switch the choice between installing games to internal or the external hard drive, and to set this hard drive as the default for installations. Once Destiny was done, I clicked and moved over some other pre-installed games. So easy and convenient, no issues at all in relations to an Xbox One console - ready to use straight out of the box. Thank you, well worth the money!
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121 of 133 people found the following review helpful
Size: 500GBStyle Name: PortableVine Customer Review of Free Product( What's this? )
External USB drives make a lot of sense. I have 3 in the house and they are used to transfer work databases, media files to the media centre, backup photos and as a time machine backup for my Mac. We also use them at work for off site backup. 5 disks, each for a different day of the week.

However which model to choose? There are ones that come with the caddy only where you have to buy a disk yourself, ones that take 3.5" hard disks and smaller ones like this one. It is incredibly simple to use. Plug it into a Windows or Apple PC and it just pops up as a new disk drive. Plug it into a Plasma TV or Blu Ray player and again it is instant storage. It is self powering from the USB cable which is included.

Seagate are a great name in hard disks. I have used them for years without issue.

This 500GB model is ultra slim, easy to use and doesn't get hot. It is also USB 3 for high speed if you have it. It works fine on more common USB 2 sockets which look the same.
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91 of 100 people found the following review helpful
on 14 August 2012
I was surprised at the speed of this drive. It works straight out of the box, and is lightning fast. I get speeds of about 150 megabytes per second via USB 3.0 on average, and I've seen it go as fast as 200. So I copy entire mp3 albums in about a second. It's an attractive, portable drive which was much smaller than I expected. If you're looking for a fast, portable, simple drive, get this one.
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