Reviews and Problems with Seagate Expansion 2TB USB 3.0 (STAY2000102)
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Disappointed - Seagate Expansion 2 TB USB 3.0 Desktop Exernal Hard Drive STAY2000102
26 December 2011
Summary: 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.
Summary: 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.
Summary: 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.
Summary: Ive never been a fan on external drives , so every time i buy one of these i just crack the plastic case and rip out the drive itself. the casing is cheap plastic , much better off installing it in a machine or an external SATA drive cradle that way you are not relying on the cheap plastic case , limited circuit boad to control the power adaptor.
Summary: While the disks are nothing short of excellent, the casing and cheap power-supply drag down the quality of the units as a whole (stories abound about unit failures near 1 year mark; although disks are still good inside when extracted).
Summary: Ive only owned it for ONE WEEK but it's already had multiple issues. I tried to use it for the second time and it wouldn't show in My Computer. Luckily I was able to fix it after an hour of online forum searching, but I'm expecting future problems after what Ive read. ONLY buy this if you have a backup of a backup - if you just rely on this you will likely lose ALL your data.