- Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 12.6 x 3.9 cm ; 1.2 Kg
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 Kg
- Item model number: STAY1000102
- ASIN: B0056YNA2U
- Date first available at Amazon.ca: Jan. 29 2012
- Average Customer Review: Be the first to review this item
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #250,530 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
Seagate Expansion 1 TB USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive STAY1000102
- 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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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.
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.
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.
Seagate Expansion Desktop Drive Specifications
|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)
|How Much Will it Store?|
|Digital Music (Hours)||16,660||33,320||49,980|
| Digital Photos (Files) |
Average file size using cameras highest resolution JPEG mode
|Digital Videos (Hours)||1,000||2,000||3,000|
| DVD Quality (Movies) |
Based on standard 2 hour movie
|1One gigabyte, or GB, equals one billion bytes and one terabyte, or TB, equals one trillion bytes when referring to hard drive capacity.|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
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.
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.
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.
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.
--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: [...]