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Seagate Expansion 1 TB USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive STAY1000102

by Seagate

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  • Hard Drive Type:External
  • Hard Drive Capacity:1 TB
  • Hard Drive Spindle Speed:5400 RPM
  • Width:125.91 Mm
  • Depth:207.08 Mm
  • Height:37.79 Mm
  • Hard Drive Interface Type:USB 3.0
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 12.6 x 3.9 cm ; 1.1 Kg
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 Kg
  • Item model number: STAY1000102
  • ASIN: B0056YNA2U
  • Date first available at Amazon.ca: Jan. 29 2012
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #95,686 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
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Product Description

Amazon.ca Product Description

EXPANSION 1TB 3.5E USB3.0 BLACK

From the Manufacturer

Seagate external desktop drives provide extra storage for your ever-growing collection of files. Instantly add up to 3TB (depending on model) more space for more files, images, music, and movies. Consolidate all of your files to a single location, or free-up space on your computer's internal drive to help improve performance.

Seagate Expansion Desktop Drive
Instantly add more storage space to your computer.
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Seagate Expansion Desktop Drive

Set-up is straightforward. Simply plug in the included power supply and USB cable and you are ready to go. It is automatically recognized by Windows operating systems, so there is no software to install and nothing to configure. Saving files is easy too, just drag-and-drop.

It's not just easy to use, but it's fast and energy efficient too. Enjoy fast data transfer speed with USB 3.0 connectivity, backwards compatible with USB 2.0. Built-in power management ensures energy efficient operation.

Seagate Expansion Desktop Drive
Free-up space on your internal hard drive to increase computer performance
USB 3.0 for Faster File Transfers

Instantly add more storage to your computer with the Expansion's USB 3.0 interface. USB 3.0 performance offers vastly increased transfer speeds over USB 2.0, yet it's backwards-compatible with USB 2.0 ports--so it works with nearly all desktops and laptops.

What's in the Box

Seagate Expansion external desktop hard drive, USB 3.0 cable, Quick Start guide, power adapter, 1-year warranty.

Highlights
  • Plug and play--no software to install
  • Simply drag-and-drop to save files
  • USB 3.0, backwards compatible with USB 2.0
  • Built-in power management ensures energy efficient operation
  • Also available in a Portable version

Seagate Expansion Desktop Drive Specifications

1TB1 2TB1 3TB1
Interface USB 3.0 USB 3.0 USB 3.0
Dimensions 8.17" x 4.96" x 1.54"
(207.5mm x 126mm x 39.1mm)
8.17" x 4.96" x 1.54"
(207.5mm x 126mm x 39.1mm)
8.17" x 4.96" x 1.54"
(207.5mm x 126mm x 39.1mm)
Weight 2.74lbs
(1.24kg)
2.74lbs
(1.24kg)
2.74lbs
(1.24kg)
How Much Will it Store?
Digital Music Digital Music (Hours) 16,660 33,320 49,980
Digital Photos Digital Photos (Files)
Average file size using cameras highest resolution JPEG mode
320,000 640,000 960,000
Digital Videos Digital Videos (Hours) 1,000 2,000 3,000
DVD Quality DVD Quality (Movies)
Based on standard 2 hour movie
250 500 750
1One gigabyte, or GB, equals one billion bytes and one terabyte, or TB, equals one trillion bytes when referring to hard drive capacity.

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Amazon.com: 507 reviews
261 of 293 people found the following review helpful
Sara Plain and Tall Aug. 10 2011
By Rex Kullmann - Published on Amazon.com
Vine Customer Review of Free Product
This external drive lives in the plainest of black plastic cases. On the front is an all white Seagate logo and next to that a small green LED power/busy light. Plug it in and you'll find few files stored in it. A back-up utility, some set-up files, user guides and not much else. Just a lot of empty space. No stands, no back-lit logos, no extra inputs. On the back you'll find a power input and a USB 3 jack. In the box you'll find the USB cable and power adapter that plug into those jacks, as well as a quick start sheet and warranty card all packed in eco-friendly packaging. This is as simple and plain as it gets.

I started by plugging this into a netbook running Windows 7. Windows recognized it immediately and asked if I'd like to use it as a back-up drive which I did. It was easy and problem-free.

The Seagate Expansion hard drive is set-up for Windows computers, but if you're willing to take a minute to reformat it, it'll work fine for Apple users too. I did just that.

Sara Plain and Tall has to be a good girl, no misbehaving allowed! Unfortunately, previous versions of this drive have a reputation for poor reliability, so I set out to get this drive to fail. I programmed my Mac to fill it up completely, erase it, and fill it up again, over and over. I kept this drive reading and writing continuously for several days. The Seagate remained a quiet workhorse. I couldn't find any hint of distress. No hotspots, no strange noises, nothing but its tiny green LED pulsing serenely letting me know it's busy. I haven't thrown it against the wall, but by every fair measure it's been a solid drive so far.

I promise to update this review if I run into a problem.
110 of 122 people found the following review helpful
Disappointed - Seagate Expansion 2 TB USB 3.0 Desktop Exernal Hard Drive STAY2000102 Dec 26 2011
By Starkid - Published on Amazon.com
Verified Purchase
First of all, a big thumbs-up for Amazon's return policy - without it I would have been kicking myself for purchasing this hard drive. 5 Stars plus for Amazon!

Now on the hard drive. It arrived on a Thursday. The physical appearance was appealing, and the size was great. The USB 3 connector on the unit looked distorted, but the cable was plugged in with no problem. Eagerly I plugged it into my ASUS desktop with Windows 7 64-bit, and kept my fingers crossed - had read so many reviews about the clicking sound and DOA, and wished mine would not be like that. Alas, nothing happened - nothing bad that was. The drive showed up immediately on the desktop and there was no clicking sound. I renamed it and transferred a few files to it, everything looked good. So I decided to put it under some stress test by mobilizing Norton Security Suite to backup my C and D drives (combined about 800 GB) and transferring about 300 GB of digital movies at the same time from another external HD. It took a bit over 12 hours to complete the whole thing. The computer was shut down and restarted 8 hours later. Everything showed up fine. So was the third start-up after a shut-down.

Then came Monday. When I booted up my computer, the Seagate showed up as usual, but when I tried to open it, only the top level folders could be seen, but they became inaccessible - the folders took forever to open up. I tried to reboot the computer, but it just hung on there and could not shut down, so I had to manually turn it off. After rebooting, the Seagate's drive name was gone and replaced by a generic "Local Drive", and it became inaccessible, period - double clicking on the drive letter resulted in freezing up of the computer (Windows Explorer, even internet access); removing the Seagate by unplugging the USB cable solved the problems instantly. I tried to open Disk Management but the computer froze up. The device manager showed that the USB worked fine, and the drive was displayed as "USB Mass Storage" (I had two other Western Digital drives hooked up and they were perfectly fine). After doing some online search and exhausting my options, I decided to return the drive.

A couple of weeks later, I purchased a Western Digital My Book Essential 2 TB and another WD Element 2 GB. Both drives have been working without any problems for a month now. So I have to conclude that the legend is true: Seagate hard drives (at least the Expansion line) cannot hold up to their reputation, but WD drives can - at least for me.
130 of 152 people found the following review helpful
Reasonable speed, poor construction. Aug. 26 2011
By Nicholas E. Johansen - Published on Amazon.com
Vine Customer Review of Free Product
When I received the box, I realized something was wrong. It rattled -- never a good sign with an electronic component. Something was loose within the hard drive's casing. Nonetheless, it seemed to work fine, powering on when I plugged in the power adapter. When I inserted the USB cable, Windows 7 recognized the drive just fine. I formatted the drive, removing all of Seagate's pre-installed software and proceeded to copy over 50 GBs of music. This took approximately an hour, at a speed of 16 mb/s over USB 2.0; not blazing fast, but acceptable.

So far, rattling aside, it seemed to be a reasonable product. I was going to test USB 3.0 when I copied the files back to my PC after a fresh Windows 7 install. I unhooked it from my computer and removed the power cable to turn the drive off.

The enclosure never powered back on. It was not asleep -- it was dead. No amount of unplugging and replugging the power cord back in would bring it back. The only option to get my data was to pry open the case. It should be mentioned that the case is NOT designed to be easily opened by the user, and, as such, you pretty much have to rip it apart to get to the hard drive. After much prodding with a screwdriver, I popped the case off and removed the HD, a Seagate Barracuda Green 2TB HD. These drives retail by themselves for around $70 - $80, so this external HD would appear to be a good deal, given the USB 3.0 support. If only it was more durable.

I'm going to throw the drive into a Thermaltake BlacX. The physical drive seems fine; the enclosure they put it in seems cheap and flimsy. When I opened it up, it turns out that a piece of the plastic case had broken off during shipping -- hence the rattling.

In summary, the performance is perfectly reasonable, the drive inside is of good quality, but the enclosure itself leaves a lot to be desired. The lack of eSata support may be a problem for some as well. If you do pick one of these up, I'd be very, very careful moving it about.

Update Aug. 30: I put the drive into the Thermaltake BlacX and attached it to my computer. Windows 7 immediately identified the drive. My data was intact, and I was able to copy all of files without any problem back to my primary drive. This confirms that it was a malfunction with the enclosure, which is a bit of good news: if the enclosure fails, at least the drive (hopefully, as in my case) will keep on going so you can get your data back.
28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
Believe the negative reviews they are true Oct. 27 2011
By James The IT Guy - Published on Amazon.com
Verified Purchase
I bought this drive despite all the negative reviews, thinking how bad could it possibly be, it's made by a Seagate, right? Wrong, immediately after getting it out the box I plugged it in, it works fine, but the power supply connection issue is definitely real. All you have to is wiggle the power cord, not even the barrel plug just a little bit and the drive restarts. You would think Seagate had better QC than this, guess not. They are going to have fix the defect and recall the bad drives or they will eventual end up with a class action on their hands.
44 of 50 people found the following review helpful
Lost all data after 3 days of purchase Nov. 11 2011
By Costi - Published on Amazon.com
I got the 3TB drive couple of days ago. Everything was fine: connected, installed, formatted NTFS, copied about 1.5 TB on it. Disconnected and re-connected the drive couple of times and everything seemed to work fine until today when I got a message: you must format the drive in order to access it.

Restarted the computer, checked the disk management (Win7) and the drive seemed to have the partition lost. So I had to reformat it. I just lost some data which was temporarily only on this drive. I couldn't imagine you can loose the partition so easily on a portable drive.

The drive was only on my desk and always disconnected with Safe Remove Hard drive.

Very disappointed of this drive :(

The WD rocks, it took so many hits and still work fine.

Costi

--update Dec 4th
After I formatted the drive and created 2 partitions (2TB and 1TB), and copied 1TB in the larger one, today I just lost one 500 GB folder. The used space is still 1TB but I can't see the folder anymore. I checked the drive with a data recovery tool and indeed the files are there. But if I try to recover, they'll have Recover_xxxxxx.extension names, which I don't like. So much pain with this drive.

Best thing is to wait until technology matures, so you don't loose data and time trying to recover it.

--update 2: Dec 4th
Seagate recommends to use their recovery tool. Pay another $99 to recover something from their hard drives :)))))). They should give you a licence to recover your lost data as courtesy. An indeed the data is there waited to be recovered. Their tool see the data and can recover it in the original folder structure. But I won't pay $99 - same as I almost paid for the drive.

"If your data is important and it is not accessible, I would first try our data recovery software to see if this helps to recovery the data. Here is a link to this utility: [...]

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