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5.0 out of 5 stars Solid external HDD - easy to set up and use, 26 Jun. 2012
This review is from: Seagate STBV1000200 1TB Expansion USB 3.0 3.5 Inch Desktop Hard Drive - Black (Personal Computers)
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The HDD comes in a machined metal case that is impressively made with a solid feel to it that does give you confidence that the case will withstand most drops and knocks that might occur with external HDD's

In the box is the HDD itself which is approximately 18cm(l) x 12cm(w) x 3.8cm(d) which is barely much bigger than most 3.5" HDDs. Also in the box is the USB 3.0 cable which has a USB (A) type connector on one end and USB 3.0 micro type at the other.
On the underside are the heat ventilation holes along with 4 plastic feet which provide both grip and clearance for the internal heat to be dissipated. Speaking of which there appears to be an internal fan to cool the HDD as when you pick it up there is a detectable air flow from the bottom.

The power adaptor is a plug (smartphone style) adaptor which is light and small enough along with the size of the HDD means that the HDD is portable enough to be carried around if you need to. One of the things I like about this plug is it comes with both the EU 2pin and UK 3 pin adaptors that simply slide and click into the main power adaptor.

Set up of the HDD is very simple and quick with no external or special drivers, just plug in the power adaptor, then connect the HDD to the PC, Windows XP and 7 both detect the HDD and automatically install the drivers after which the drive can be viewed and used in the usual windows ways.

Already installed on the HDD is a little tool that allows you to register your HDD which automatically detects the HDD's model number and serial number making registering such a doddle that its silly not to do it.

In my use so far I have backed up 112GB of data from one of my PC's which even over USB 2.0 took barely over 1.5hrs which for the size of data transferred I feel is pretty impressive. As I type this review I am doing a back up using windows 7 to the external HDD on another PC. Windows 7 had no problem to detect and select the external HDD as the back up drive.

The HDD is silent, and I mean silent, unless of course you place your ear right next to it. But if like me you have it on the desk next to you it will cause no disturbance, the HDD inside my laptop and on the Sky box create far more noise.
Heat wise so far I've used the HDD for over 1.5 hours continuous and the drive was just warm on top but otherwise the metal case was easily comfortable to hold.

My only final thing is that the information at the top of this page says this is for a 1.0TB capacity, however the one I was sent is 3.0TB which I'm more than happy with as its more than I expected.

So in short, good, speedy, quiet, solidly built, light, portable external HDD.
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Initial post: 15 Sep 2012 20:11:15 BDT
Jay Bee says:
A very helpful review guide for those of us thinking of buying it...These comments are genuinely worthwhile, coming from a fellow consumer and - especially given the final comment - I think I'm convinced! Thanks.

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Sep 2012 22:55:08 BDT
Many thanks for the positive feedback, I'm glad the review was useful to you.

Posted on 17 Nov 2013 10:24:40 GMT
Hello - just had a quick scan over the reviews, but what kind of noise (fan) comes from the HDD? Great review, by the way.

Posted on 25 Nov 2013 02:55:03 GMT
Last edited by the author on 25 Nov 2013 02:55:19 GMT
How many USB sockets does it have?
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