on 7 September 2015
Got this for my XBOX ONE works great just make sure you turn off ''when Xbox is off, turn off storage'' in the power & startup settings, found it would go to sleep when left for a while.
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.
(Update, December 2015: I just thought I'd say have been using two of these drives for well over three years now, and both are still performing perfectly. I'm very happy with them and my original review still applies.)
on 7 May 2015
Purchased one of these today in Argos, not here on Amazon as I needed the storage space immediately. I have had the older 4TB version of this Seagate Expansion series when it first came out a couple of years ago, but this one is totally silent when in-use. A nice change from before. Also the underside of the plastic case has many more perforations or holes allowing for significantly cooler running.
CrystalDiskMark standard drive test of 1000 MB of data x 5 test runs across all 4 test areas for both Read/Write was performed - see attached picture for the results. The WRITE speeds are pretty decent for a USB 3.0 external desktop HDD attached to my PC via a quad-USB 3.0 adapter.
In actual real use - copying many gigabytes of video data across from my PC, sustained write speeds average 90 MB/s which is still pretty good.
Eventually, I will dis-assemble this drive, remove the actual HDD from the plastic case & USB controller, and install directly in my PC tower, replacing one of my older Seagate Barracuda 1TB drives. Then I would expect continuous write speeds of between 170-180 MB/s.
Please note that PC Hard Drives are sold as 5TB = 5 Trillion Bytes (or 5,000 Gigabytes = 5,000 Billion Bytes), however computers use the binary number system (Base-2 not Base-10 the way humans count) where 1 Kilobyte = 1,024 Bytes or 2-to-the-power-of-10 (2x2x2x2x2x2x2x2x2x2) and 1 Megabyte = 1,024 Kilobytes, and 1 Gigabyte = 1,024 Megabytes ...
.... therefore your PC will see what is advertised as 5TB (which is how manufacturers advertise and sell computer products) as 4.6TB of ACTUAL disk space (5,000 Billion Bytes divided by [1,024 x 1,024 x 1,024 ]) as each Gigabyte is 1,073,741,824 bytes and not 1,000,000,000 bytes. PEOPLE CONSTANTLY DO NOT UNDERSTAND THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN HOW THEY COUNT AND COMPUTERS COUNT AND GIVE POOR RATINGS ON THE BASIS OF THEIR LACK OF KNOWLEDGE. So for the record 5TB for sales and marketing purposes (which is perfectly legal) is really 4,656.6 GB of computer storage space in reality and NOT 5,000 GB. Seagate are entitled to sell this product as 5 Trillion Bytes because it does indeed have 5 Trillion bytes of storage.
UPDATE: A few hours later...after > 600 GB of files transferred to this external drive, sustained transfer speeds now averaging 142 MB/s
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.
on 7 August 2015
I bought my Xbox One last month with a 500GB hard drive in it, because that was the only one available until Microsoft finally brought out the 1TB consoles now. It quickly filled up with games - physically and digitally. With big games coming out this month, I thought it was about time to upgrade my X1. What I like about Xbox is that it can use external hard drives while Sony's consoles can't. I thought about the Xbox 360's own external hard drive, and I wondering if there was one for the Xbox One. There isn't, but it doesn't matter because this one works on both the X1 and 360 consoles. Microsoft has announced that they are partnering with Seagate to have their own external hard drive for the X1 console with no power cord. Why does this need a power cord? That's what I don't understand. It's easy to set up. You don't need to go through all that crap of opening up a Sony console, and replacing the hard drive. You just plug in the USB and power cord. Turn on your Xbox console, format the hard drive, and it's ready to use. It's quick, easy, and hassle. It's really quiet. It makes some noise when a game is being installed, but that's how much noise it makes.
For the people who looking to upgrade their console, then you can't go wrong with this or any other external hard drive on this site. Some people have gave it bad reviews that I don't believe, they are probably making it up because they weren't looking after it properly. What people have said about it, doesn't mean it will happen to you. I've had it a few days, and it's doing fine up to now. I'll see how it's doing after a month.
I gave it a 4-stars for my purchase. If you want to upgrade yourself, then go for it, you'll be relieved that you have more space. If you are concerned about it, and it might go wrong for you, then you can wait for Microsoft's official external hard drive.
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
on 27 February 2015
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on 29 December 2015
The Seagate Expansion 5TB is a beautiful desktop external drive for all your files: photos, documents, music etc.
I've had this product for about 6 months and I have only good things to say about it. It's plug and play with no need for any software installation. I've permanently mapped it to a drive X: the drive letter doesn't change each time I switch it on; I switch it on only when needed.
It comes in a beautiful black casing that matches my desktop. It has worked with all my versions on Windows from 8 to 10.
It's a bit noisy when it starts, but goes quiet after the initial start.
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!
on 24 November 2014
There's a problem with reviews, as the joke goes:
There are 5 5* ratings and 1* rating for a tornado warning application, the 5* reviews all praise the user interface and design, the 1* review is from the guy who wasn't warned of a tornado.
This review doesn't express how impressed I was with the cable length, or how I could just drag and drop, it's serious and I hope it helps someone.
IMPORTANT UPDATE at the bottom, a drive failed one year and 3 months in, I lost just over 3.5gb of data but recovered the rest.
* Fast - 150mb/s read and 120mb/s write regularly seen (actual transfer speeds, not filesystem copying stuff) this is great
* Quiet - It doesn't click, it doesn't whir, it's quiet
* Stable - if you have it on a desk you can't feel a slight vibration - which is great
* Not green - this sounds silly but I did have a Seagate "green drive", if I allowed the drive to go into standby given even a 3 second chance it'd spin down, and then back up when you clicked a folder it was awful. This drive doesn't do that, which is great! (starting and stopping is actually bad for a drive, this green drive was amassing several thousand spinups a day it sucked - that is why "not green" is a huge plus!)
THE WORST THING ABOUT THIS DRIVE;
No SMART monitoring, this is not a "techie" thing to want, SMART monitoring means you get warned when the drive is showing signs of old age (like a large number of relocated sectors, unrecoverable reads, large spin up times...) and this drive lacks that; and it's really quiet, so you won't hear (if you are near it during its entire life) any signs either. I'm probably the only reviewer to mention this but seriously you won't know when its aging, so back stuff up. I've not lost data (and I've got one that's a year old, just purchased another) but I am going to make sure that if it goes I can shrug it off.
THE SECOND WORST THING:
The power-adapter makes this nasty hiss sound when the drive isn't plugged into a computer, this is a weird time for it to make it (it's fine in stand-by.... when it's spun down) but really really REALLY annoying. It's not a low hum, it's a weird hiss and if you unplug it the adapter makes this for a few more seconds. This isn't rare, but when roaming with it (when I travel) I unplug it when I turn my laptop off for this very reason.
This is a great drive, truly, well built, quiet and doesn't vibrate, well packaged (I have the box it came and use it for transport) sturdy and good build quality, and I do recommend it, but I warn you about unexpected failures too. When a drive starts to age your OS will tell you "SMART warning" and whatnot - you will not get that, suddenly the drive will be gone, or it'll stop reading certain parts, this could be a decade away depending on use for all I know but you won't get a warning.
So perfect for "expansion" I just warn you about backing up! USB 3.0 has lulled me into treating external storage like internal because it's so fast.
But yes £25 per 1Tb is great! 4 stars, I'd give it 5 if it had SMART
I hope this helps somebody.
I went home for Christmas (from Uni) and when I do I pack this drive in the original packaging, it's off and I go via train so there's no nasty bumps. It was fine before leaving, quiet, as always but when I got back and plugged it in it made this weird "beeping" noises, I quickly purchased another drive and used ddrescue to grab 3996gb of data, but about 700gb in I lost a 3gb swath, without warning. I shall be making a warranty claim and I will let you know how this goes.