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Seagate Expansion 5TB USB 3.0 Desktop 3.5 inch External Hard Drive for PC & Xbox One (Previous model)
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- Drag and drop file saving right out of the box
- Fast data transfer with USB 3.0 connectivity
- The Expansion external hard drive installs easily by plugging in two cords
- You can start saving your digital files to this hard drive within seconds of removing it from the box
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The Seagate Expansion External hard drive by Seagate offers an easy-to-use solution when you need to add data storage to your computer instantly.
The easy-to-use storage solution
The Expansion external hard drive can be installed easily by plugging in two cords. Start saving your digital files to this hard drive within seconds of removing it from the box.
Adds storage capacity instantly
Digital photos, video and music files can tax your computer’s storage, causing performance to decline as its internal hard drive fills to capacity.
Can be installed in seconds
Seagate Expansion External hard drive features make it easy to start using this drive within seconds of removing it from the box:
- Simply plug in the included power supply and USB cable
- The hard drive is automatically recognised by the Windows operating system — no software to install and nothing to configure
- Drag and drop to save files to the Expansion external hard drive
- Built-in power management automatically ensures energy-efficient operation"
USB 3.0 or USB 2.0 cable
Quick start guide
1-year limited warranty
From the Manufacturer
Expansion Desktop External Hard Drive
Terabytes More Storage
Instantly add terabytes of extra storage space without compromising system performance.
Plug and Play
With no software to install, you'll find installation has never been easier. Just plug it in and go.
Fast File Transfers
Works with USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 to deliver fast transfer speeds.
Add Space Immediately
Instantly add extra storage space without compromising performance with Seagate Expansion.
Ready to Use
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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Instantly add more storage to xbox one /ps4 3Tb for this price is a bargainPublished 19 hours ago by steven
I use this to record onto for my zgemma box.
It's ideal for the task as it has its own power supply, large capacity and looks pretty nice. Read more
Good product at a good price efficient and swift delivery plus well packaged, thanks.Published 1 day ago by M
Followed a short U Tube explanation on how to format to Mac and then worked perfectly. Excellent product.Published 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
HAD MANY PROBLEMS AND SEAGATE SAID I COULD NOT USE BACKUP SOFTWARE ON IT WILL NEVER BYE SEAGATE AGAINPublished 4 days ago by John Robson