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Seagate Expansion 1TB Portable External Hard Drive USB 3.0 (STBX1000101) (Old Model) by Review Summary ,  Oct 7, 2015

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Seagate Expansion 1TB Portable External Hard Drive USB 3.0 (STBX1000101) (Old Model)
Report Date: 10/10/2015
Based on 3687 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.5
Returned or considering to return: 1.7%

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Frequently Mentioned by Customers:


Individual Feature Rating
Reliability5.0   exceptional
Price4.7   average
Transfer4.7   above average
Adapter4.6   above average
Installation4.6   above average
Silent4.6   average
Speed4.6   average
Weight4.5   average
Capacity4.4   below average
Quality4.4   average
Port4.0   above average
Case3.8   below average
Cost3.8   average
Power3.8   average
Windows3.8   above average
Connection3.7   above average
Service3.4   below average
Cable2.9   average
Warranty2.4   average
Connector2.1   average
Writing1.5   average
Partition1.3   mediocre


Quotes from the Reviews - What People Say about:

Adapter

Adapter:
"No power adapters or annoying software installations are necessary."
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"An added bonus was being able to use the USB adapter and external case from the Seagate drive for the 500GB drive that I removed from my PS4."
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"This product is good but it doesn't include an adapter for USB 3.0 to USB 2.0."
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"It is nice to not have the extra power adapter to plug in (less wire)."
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"No a c adapter required, sleek slim low profile design....GREAT!"
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"So I got a USB Y adapter and voila worked perfectly."
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Cable

Cable:
"Used to work well but has not survived a small fall caused by the inconvenient ultrashort connecting cable."
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"Only reason I gave it 4 stars is because you might want to get another cord to plug it in, because the one it ships with is a little faulty."
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"Includes 3.0 cable which saves you a hassle."
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"The usb 3.0 cable that comes with the hard drive is very flimsy"
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"But the USB 3.0 cable that it comes with was broken internally when it arrived."
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"Fortunately comes with its own usb cable, unfortunately it's a proprietary cable on one end, and not very long."
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"Super solid portable class external, slightly larger than a phone-in-case, powered solely by USB cable, a good solid drive for the space conscious traveler."
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"At first you might think, like I did, Oh great, now I have to carry this special cable around instead of using a standard USB micro like I've got for all my other devices!"
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"I would give this drive a 5 5 rating, but the cable is a large nuisance when Seagate could have easily included a longer one."
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"I can use another cable from a different hard drive and it works perfectly."
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"Easy to use...connected via the provide cable and was able to back up all of my files in less than 30 minutes."
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Capacity

Capacity:
"transfered all the data, pictures, music, etc that had my external hard drive full to capacity onto this and still have a ridiculous amount of space left!"
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"A previous external hard drive of nominally large capacity was a problem because the backups froze up in the middle of the drive...so this one replaces that one."
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"Small package with large capacity.2 problems1."
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"Theresponse time past one-thirds to two-thirds of capacity gets to be a problem, and this is not an issue if this isan archive source."
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"Superfast, easy to use (although, caveat, I'm tech savvy so am not sure if other peoples' complaints about needing more instructions are valid), high capacity."
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"It has even greater capacity than the 750gb External drive which I have reviewed earlier with all of the same features."
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"No problem quadrupling the capacity of our PS4 and cheaper than the internal versions I found."
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"Good performance and capacity."
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"Great deal for the storage capacity."
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"Great capacity for the price."
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Case

Case:
"But it's plastic case isn't as good as another one of it's similar aluminum models,"
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"My complaint is that the case seems flimsy and has very sharp edges."
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"They are so sharp that I am worried that it is going to tear the case that I just bought to put it in."
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"I am worried the case would not provide the drive inside adequate protection (the bare drives I have seen are not built to withstand pressure applied directly to the drive)."
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"However the case is cheap plastic and doesn't look very durable."
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"I would rate it 8 10 for the simple fact it does not write at 70mbps a metal case would have been nicer too the plastic case feels weak and very thin."
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"It was easy to disassemble the case remove the drive and install it in the PS4."
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"Also it fits perfectly into my PS4 and I put my ps4 drive into the case and am using the 500 gigs as a back up! "
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"Removing it from the case was really easy, took maybe a minute."
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"Was also able to put old 500GB HD removed from PS4 into the external HD case to be used as a backup HD."
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"Easy to remove from its case and install into a PS4."
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Connection

Connection:
"Used to work well but has not survived a small fall caused by the inconvenient ultrashort connecting cable."
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"So far working well, good speed, no connection problems."
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"I purchased the Seagate Expansion unit as a back up to my other unit and I am pleased with its performance but I am disappointed that it has the same USB connection at the unit."
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"I've had problems with other makes (WD Passports) that use a smaller connection interface that becomes loose over time, causing momentary loss of signal, and corruption of data."
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"It's brain dead simple to connect, just plug it in to an available USB port."
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"You'll have no other choice anyway because if you're using a USB 3.0 connection, you'll find that once the drive becomes unresponsive it also turns the mouse off!"
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"Its a good media harddrive connected to my router."
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"Easy connection and operation for off-line storage."
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"Seems to stay connected well, and as long as you are careful with it I anticipate it will last a long time."
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"connecting it was a breeze and it works perfectly with my XB1"
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"No problem with shut down and start up while connected, unlike my old HD, which would prevent normal boot and start if left on."
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Connector

Connector:
"The only drawback I have is the connector cord length, which is a bit short for my personal preference."
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"I bought it for a friend to replace the one that I borrowed and the connector broke the first time i tried to use it."
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"Good drive, with the only complaint being the USB connector on the drive is not really a standard micro USB you would normally find."
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"just got this hard drive today has soon has i got it i started to inspect it and noticed the small connector which could be a problem in the future with it holding tight in the port when connected.....i love the small size in which i can Velcro it on to my laptop and take it with me at all times it does run a little slow but it only a 3.0 so i figured that was going to happen.....i would definitely advise anyone to get the warranty on it from amazon which turns the 1 year to a 3 year"
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"It's not the most robust nor the most secure type of connector."
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"The only drawback I've found to this is the connector cord."
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"I have to try and find the perfect spot for the HD to get powered by my computer because the connector is all janky and loose."
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"Good drive, with the only complaint being the USB connector on the drive is not really a standard micro USB you would normally find."
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"This little guy would fit easily in a jacket pocket."
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"It is a small drive, just a bit larger than a typical smart phone, so there is no issue with slipping it into a jacket pocket or satchel."
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"It can fit into your jacket's pocket or jean's front pocket easily."
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Cost

Cost:
"works as stated backed up my computer I have tree of these Seagate drives a 500 gig a 1Terabyte and now a 2 T they all work great right out of the box running Toshiba windows 7 laptop I had problems with two WD drives and had to return them Seagate costs a few dollars more but works flawlessly"
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"How much would it cost you to replace the few drives that fail w an additional year (or two)."
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"(Yes I know cost cutting - not a good move for all consumers)."
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"However, for now, I can say that this is a nice little package at a very fair cost."
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"The performance to date has been perfect, and when factoring in the modest cost, this product certainly is a first-class value!"
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"This works great and cost me less than if I bought it from Channel Master."
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"It's amazing to me that this cost about half as much as the 40GB Seagate external hard drive I bought not so many years ago."
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"The Seagate Expansion 500GB was well worth the cost."
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Installation

Installation:
"Works great highly recommend no problem installing"
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"The pros of this unit are:-The hard drive stays cool during use-It is very quiet-It has a nice compact design-You just connect it and go, no software installation required-It has no problem with connecting to USB 2.0 computerThe only downfall is that you cannot open the case to expand the drive."
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"No power adapters or annoying software installations are necessary."
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"If your looking to upgrade your PS4 look nor further.... very easy installation, and YouTube can be very helpful! "
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"There are great tutorials on YouTube for installation."
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"No hassle installation."
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"Super easy installation, just download everything again and boom: Your PS4 is now a beast."
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"It has been working fine for 4 weeks now no problems so far and installation was very easy."
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Packaging

Packaging:
"Minor complaint, adore a shipped this in poorer packaging than Amazon does, the package cover was damaged in shipment but product was fine"
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"It has a tiny blue light on top and in the back, that shines when reading writing, but it is not at all disturbing or distracting ; )My only complaint is a little bit on the packaging (which compared to the WD My Passport 1 Tb which I bought too) because it is poor."
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"The Delivery was perfect, no delay, no damage on the package."
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"Small package with large capacity.2 problems1."
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"The one drawback, to me, is that the drive, as packaged, is not very friendly for people who aren't exactly sure what to do with an external hard drive."
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"Had it installed within 10 minutes of opening the package and so far it seems to be working seamlessly."
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"Minor complaint, adore a shipped this in poorer packaging than Amazon does, the package cover was damaged in shipment but product was fine"
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"Great deal, very slim packaging."
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"Price was attractive, packaging and shipping times were wonderful.."
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Partition

Partition:
"Drives formatted under Windows 7 or 8 tend to have partition table errors (partitions set in erroneous boundaries, etc)."
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"Partition table errors make it impossible to manage the partitions using standard tools such as Partition Magic."
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"So now I have two drives of the model from this manufacturer, both with a partition table error."
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"The drive came formatted and I found Partition Table Error # 105."
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"com to pass on a message requesting another and again asked it to be unformatted, and again I received a drive that was formatted with a Partition Table Error #105."
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"Sometimes it's good to make two partitions and one using MS-DOS fat if you might be transferring files to and from a Windows machine (I do this with my friends as many of them run Windows so I have a little partition for giving them video files and the like)."
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"Then click apply and your Mac will create all the partitions you wanted and you're good to go."
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"Great Hard Drive, use it as a backup with partition to store pictures and music."
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"I reformatted the STBX500100 to a single HFS+ partition to use with my Mac without any problems, as you would expect from just any ordinary USB drive."
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Port

Port:
"if you are like us you are running out of room for your xbox one games and having to delete and re download the game you want to play this stops that all together we have all of are games downloaded now and still have so much room even with all the BF and COD downloads* just hooks up to a usb port and its down very simple to use cant go wrong getting this"
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"For anyone looking to do the same, be aware I was not able to use the USB ports to reinitialize the PS4 system."
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"I realize it works perfectly fine with the USB ports built in the computers but not compatible with those USB ports on the keyboards, which are probably USB 2.0 or older."
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"Only one drawback - this has a proprietary cord from the drive to the USB port."
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"just got this hard drive today has soon has i got it i started to inspect it and noticed the small connector which could be a problem in the future with it holding tight in the port when connected.....i love the small size in which i can Velcro it on to my laptop and take it with me at all times it does run a little slow but it only a 3.0 so i figured that was going to happen.....i would definitely advise anyone to get the warranty on it from amazon which turns the 1 year to a 3 year"
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"Even with my 2.0 USB ports, I was able to copy large files to it reasonably quickly."
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"*Depends on adequate power being supplied by the USB port."
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"I love that it's small and powered by the USB port."
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"The USB 3.0 connection was fully backward compatible with the 2.0 USB port on my old computer, and performed ably in transferring files to the hard drive on the new desktop."
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"transfer speeds are very good in a 3.0 port."
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Power

Power:
"It does not have its own power cord so the only drawback is that it is best to use when you can plug in your laptop."
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"no problems at all just don't buy the Seagate drives over 1.5 tb...they crap out with any kind of power failure or computer bsod...."
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"Holy crap - well this is tiny and doesn't have a bulky power cord - how do you go wrong?"
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"No having to plus it into a power outlet, no confusing software, very simple."
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"My only complaint is the power transformer, which has a very flimsy wire apparently ready to break."
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"At this very moment, I'm on the hunt for a new case for my expansion drive because the litttle peice tgat hilds that power cord broke off from the circuit board."
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"It does not require AC power which is an advantage to me."
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"*Depends on adequate power being supplied by the USB port."
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"It does not have its own power cord so the only drawback is that it is best to use when you can plug in your laptop."
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"Talking about the drive being quiet and sleek and not requiring power -- these are all NICE TO HAVEs."
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"This hard drive is very fast, does not need external power supply, and is very small that fits nicely anywhere you place it!"
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Price

Price:
"I've had several Seagate external drives and so far haven't had issue with any of them so this is good quality at a great price."
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"Purchased for my son, no complaints, competitive price."
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"Design is not great it looks kinda cheap."
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"Very disappointed and upset with this product and having wasted money on shipping."
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"I love this hard drive, so much more reliable than WD, its transfer is quick, reliable and affordable without the stress of WD established problems that are not being addressed by the company."
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"Hope this helps someone that thinks their data might be lost but isn't and still there and not pay some company thousands to con you for data recovery which I have done myself for cheap on actual dead drives."
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"Great item for a great price."
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"Highly recommended for the size and price."
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"Great product for the price."
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"Works great with my Channel Master DVR and good price."
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"FANTASTIC PORTABLE AND CHEAP"
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Quality

Quality:
"I've had several Seagate external drives and so far haven't had issue with any of them so this is good quality at a great price."
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"There is one on the market that does this but the quality isn't as good as the Seagate product."
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"Last note, I always avoided Seagate portable drives due to their horrible, horrible quality issues (look at some of their past drive's reviews on Amazon) but I can't predict how long this will last."
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"This one seems to offer not only a great price, but a great quality as well."
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"Excellent quality and would buy abain"
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"Product is easy to use and is great quality."
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"I have purchased & used Seagate external hard-drives for several years & satisfied with their quality & service."
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"Good quality."
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"Quality product, great price and fast delivery! "
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Read

Read:
"1) NEVER buy anything from Seagate again and 2) READ THE NEGATIVE REVIEWS FIRST."
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"If I'd read the negative reviews first, I'd have saved myself an enormous amount of grief."
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"Converted this external USB drive to internal drive and after 24 days in use the drive started showing read errors and failed in smart drive tests and again I'm in the market for another drive"
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"I've read all the threads mentioning the problem (apparently, it's widespread) which, of course, they haven't responded to."
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"Haven't given me a single problem, write read is super smooth, really nice flat black external case, so no fingerprints issues."
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"Buyer beware, overheating is a known issue with these drives; but I failed to read reviews until it was too late, since I trusted the Seagate brand."
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"I love the Hard Drive, My TV actually read it."
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"reliable so far, and fast read write speed."
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"In the Black 5 to buy, the price is very favorable, read the disk speed satisfaction"
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"Has worked perfectly so far but I'm having trouble plugging it into my TV and getting it to read the videos."
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"He finally came over and read the box, Only compatible with windows 7, 8, and XP."
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Reliability

Reliability:
"SMART parameters look good, am expecting good reliability after I place them into service."
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"Transfer speeds are good over USB 3, but my highest priority is reliability: I've taken it around the world and carried it everywhere and it's still working fine."
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"The compact size and reliability of the product has been a nice addition to a 500GB Lenovo notebook we bought in 2013."
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"Both will be used for about the same duty cycle so it will be a good comparison to see which one wins the reliability race over the next few years."
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"Other than that the size, the speed, the reliability are all great! "
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Reliable

Reliable:
"A small, and reliable external HDD, I've had 0 problems since the day I bought it, would reccomend 10 10."
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"Have had it for like 2 months now and it has been working beautifly, no complains, it's speedy, silent, reliable, small (more or less like a medium size smartphone iPhone 4S Samsung galaxy mini).I will update in a couple of months."
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"Not a reliable product, buyer beware."
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"I love this hard drive, so much more reliable than WD, its transfer is quick, reliable and affordable without the stress of WD established problems that are not being addressed by the company."
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"I also have other brands of external hard drives, but, they are sometimes flaky, and not as reliable, but, won't mention their name."
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"Should this drive fail on me or malfunction I'll update this review, otherwise it has been reliable in the few weeks I've owned it."
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"Very effective and reliable drive."
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"A reliable storage unit, easy to instal and use."
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"Seagate is great for cheap storage and are very reliable in my opinion."
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"Excellent product, quick and reliable."
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"Seems very reliable, compact size makes it very easy to fit on the desk"
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Service

Service:
"Sea gate customer service has been very good to me with another of my failing drives that was just out of warranty."
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"So: not only do Seagate make terrible drives, but their customer service is all show and zero substance."
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"Seagate customer service website has proven to be inoperative and have not been able to find a customer service phone number on the web site to discuss problems with technical support."
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"I failed after 1 year of service."
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"This is my second Seagate harddrive - I have a 500 GB one as well - I should mention that Seagate has great customer service, when my 500 GB was malfunctioning, they let me send it back and sent me a free one! "
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"Service and shipping were great! "
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"I have purchased & used Seagate external hard-drives for several years & satisfied with their quality & service."
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"fast service and great product for my tablo"
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"SMART parameters look good, am expecting good reliability after I place them into service."
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"Service and dselivery was great."
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Shipping

Shipping:
"returned this, didn't serve my purpose, disappointed that I had to pay over $10.00 in shipping for a $49."
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"Very disappointed and upset with this product and having wasted money on shipping."
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"So I have the return shipping label but think I will keep it for now but from all the negative reviews I'm going to get another probably a Hitachi which has a really good endurance rating."
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"I did have to pay for shipping my device back in, so it's not perfect."
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"So now I have to pay for shipping and pay for data recovery from their faulty drive that is still under warranty."
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"Service and shipping were great! "
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"item is great and fast shipping thanks"
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"Plug and play all of your media, back up essential files, great for shipping important bulky information to from companies."
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"Price was attractive, packaging and shipping times were wonderful.."
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"Best with the ps4, great price, fast shipping."
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Silent

Silent:
"Have had it for like 2 months now and it has been working beautifly, no complains, it's speedy, silent, reliable, small (more or less like a medium size smartphone iPhone 4S Samsung galaxy mini).I will update in a couple of months."
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"I love this drive, it feels solid, its silent, and it works hard"
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"Have had it for like 2 months now and it has been working beautifly, no complains, it's speedy, silent, reliable, small (more or less like a medium size smartphone iPhone 4S Samsung galaxy mini).I will update in a couple of months."
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"Good price, Silent, quick, small, portable, light."
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"It is very discreet (silent, small and hides in the dark well being black)."
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"It is nice and small, silent, and fast."
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Speed

Speed:
"This may just be a driver issue and thus easily fixable, but troubleshooting has been slow and painful and Seagate's support has been less than helpful."
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"Where I live the internet speeds aren't that great and this entails the repeating of a 8+ hour process."
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"Fast and small so out of the way, no complaints yet."
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"Design is a little bit disappointed but I am satisfied with it size and performance.."
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"I give it 3 stars not because it sorta temporarily broke on me but rather because it's not a very fast external drive."
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"I purchased the Seagate Expansion unit as a back up to my other unit and I am pleased with its performance but I am disappointed that it has the same USB connection at the unit."
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"Got here fast, easy to install, great for extra space"
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"Great performance and a great price!"
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"Works well, nice, small and fast"
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"it's working well so far and seems nice and fast."
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"It works with great speed."
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Transfer

Transfer:
"What's great(+) Slim and light portable hard drive(+) Easily visible activity light on the top of case(+) Fast file transfers speeds with USB 3.0 capabilityWhat's not so great(-) No rubber anti-slip pads on the undersideOverall: 4 stars*."
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"I bought this about a month ago and used it to transfer my data from a broken computer."
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"(Keep in mind to have this hooked directly into your computer, as hooking this into an extension will just slow down connection data transfer)But one thing though... and I'm sure its my fault, but ever since I formatted the drive, its had an odd habit of automatically disconnecting itself then reconnecting itself (digitally, not physically, in case you though otherwise) and this can be annoying, but this only occurs over a long period of time so its not too bad."
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"We don't have USB 3.0 ports so can't enjoy the larger transfer speeds but for our needs it does the job."
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"While the transfer speed slows, transferring files in this manner is much faster than transferring the same files to one drive at a time, at least in my experience."
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"The caveat being that I need a computer to make that transfer."
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"Seagate is easy to use right out of the box to manually transfer data."
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"Transfer rates were great initially but now don't seem to be what they should be for USB 3 however the cause could be something unrelated to the physical drive itself (Microsoft? )"
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"Good Transfer speed."
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"IT department use these for file transfers and the ease of transport makes setting up remote locations easier for them."
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"Was able to transfer large files (29 GB) with ease."
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Warranty

Warranty:
"This wouldn't be such a HUGE issue, however the warranty and return policy for Seagate are absolutely ridiculous."
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"NOTE: This of course does void the warranty so if it fails it's the risk you are taking."
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"Unfortunately it failed within warranty period."
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"Sea gate customer service has been very good to me with another of my failing drives that was just out of warranty."
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"When drives fail beyond their warranty, I suspect most folks don't bother writing a review, but hopefully someone will consider my experience and the unacceptable performance of this unit."
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"Please note that removing the drive from its case will more than likely void the warranty in the event that it would ever fail."
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"It worked, but obviously that voided the warranty, however it was able to work with my ps4."
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"WARNING : I am not sure if doing this voids the warranty with Seagate (only 1 year warranty *cough*), however I would assume that it very well may."
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"Sea gate customer service has been very good to me with another of my failing drives that was just out of warranty."
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"You won't find a better external hard drive.. Great warranty"
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"While the drive is good, I don't like the short warranty."
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Weight

Weight:
"Other than that minor suggestion, the disk is nothing short of a miracle, extremely fast, so lightweight and small it is hard to believe a disk drive is in there, let alone a full terabyte."
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"I'll report back if I have any problems, but the specs, size, weight, performance are all spot-on."
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"When the package arrived for the Seagate Portable Hard Drive, it was so small and lightweight I thought I had been sent the wrong item."
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"Small, lightweight and easy to use."
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"It's small, lightweight, sturdy, and an excellent buy."
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"Hence, I have to say, based on dimensions and weight, the Seagate does reasonably well here."
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"Easy to use, no problems, small, compact, light weight, totally meets my expectations"
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"great slim lightweight drive"
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Windows

Windows:
"I thought that the Seagate drives work across both macs and windows devices, but I guess I was wrong."
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"Had problems using it to back up a Windows 8.1 computer."
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"It does not indicate that it is compatible for Windows and NOT a Mac."
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"works as stated backed up my computer I have tree of these Seagate drives a 500 gig a 1Terabyte and now a 2 T they all work great right out of the box running Toshiba windows 7 laptop I had problems with two WD drives and had to return them Seagate costs a few dollars more but works flawlessly"
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"New drive failed to install correctly on HP laptop with 64 bit Windows 7."
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"The experience reminded me of the bad old days when incompatibilities between Windows drivers was almost expected."
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"Placed the ps4's hard drive inside the enclosure and it works great as an external use drive after formatting with windows."
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"good pricegood compact sizecompatible with windows xp~windows 8usb 3 forward usb 2 backwards compatiblea good value for money product from seagate"
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"I backed up my windows laptop without a problem."
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"works as stated backed up my computer I have tree of these Seagate drives a 500 gig a 1Terabyte and now a 2 T they all work great right out of the box running Toshiba windows 7 laptop I had problems with two WD drives and had to return them Seagate costs a few dollars more but works flawlessly"
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"Set up is easy - only wish Windows Back-Up worked as well as the drive."
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Write

Write:
"Everytime I plug it in, my machine slows down and can no longer write to the local hard disk."
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"So, I cancelled my review and spent a week wondering if I should write a negative review."
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"Haven't given me a single problem, write read is super smooth, really nice flat black external case, so no fingerprints issues."
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"reliable so far, and fast read write speed."
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"Write speed is great, about 70 mb s for file sizes roughly 3 gb or less, and about 25-40 mb s for larger file sizes."
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"I would rate it 8 10 for the simple fact it does not write at 70mbps a metal case would have been nicer too the plastic case feels weak and very thin."
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"The enclosure is made of relatively nice plastic, but is nothing to write home about."
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"Has the USB 3.0 compatibility, I have found the read write speeds to be really good."
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Writing

Writing:
"Writing to the Hard Drive now starts out at about 130MB s, then it slows to a complete crawl, going to 20KB s, yes, that's right."
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"I even tried reformatting with the secure option of writing all 0s, which takes a long time, and it failed in the middle of formatting."
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"I reformatted the drive but I would get sporadic failures when writing large files (>1GB) to it."
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"This harddrive works, and as commodity space for people storing tons of media and ordering lots of drives I see it being fine, but the usb cord is not standard and I've twice had to reformat harddrive due to writing mistakes."
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"It has a tiny blue light on top and in the back, that shines when reading writing, but it is not at all disturbing or distracting ; )My only complaint is a little bit on the packaging (which compared to the WD My Passport 1 Tb which I bought too) because it is poor."
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"So now I'm sitting here at midnight, doing the only thing I can: writing a negative review on Amazon."
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"I arrive on a safe box with usb 3.0 cable, using it took more than a month, and it works perfectly, the speed of writing and reading are quite high, always more than 80mb s. (up more than 120mb s)highly recommended product!"
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"Writing speeds are also pretty good."
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"I wanted to wait a few months before writing my review to give accurate impressions."
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