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Seagate Expansion Portable 1TB – My HDDs Review Part 2

This is the second part of My HDDs review series. You can read 1st part here.

Packaging & Contents :

What’s in the box :

  • Seagate Expansion HDD 1TB
  • Generic Micro USB Cable
  • Quick start guide
  • Warranty Information

Specs :

  • Brand : Seagate
  • Model : Expansion
  • Capacity : 1TB [1000GB]
  • Ports : USB [upto USB 2.0]
  • Dimenstions : 6 x 3.3 x 1.1 inches
  • Weight : 160g
  • Spin rate : 5400 rpm
  • OS Supported : XP, Vista, Windows 7, Mac OS X v10.5 or later
  • External Power required : NO
  • Transfer speed : 480MB/s [USB 2.0]
  • Size : 2.5 inches
  • Warranrty : 3 years
  • Temperature (Metric)
  • Operating 5° C to 40° C
  • Non-operating -20° C to 65° C

Design :

The design,curving piano-black case, is quite good with not so good build quality. I wouldn’t say it is totally unreliable, but still, I feel it would have been much better.

The device has very little green LED activity indicator & I found it is blinking even when I was not using it.

Yes. It is lot bigger than my other WD Drive. with a width of 3.3 inches, a depth of 6 inches, a height of 1.1 inches, it is lot bulky to carry in pocket.

However I can easily sleek in my WD Passport in my pocket easily. The drive weighs around 150g.

Software :
Comes with NTFS pre formatted with total crapware of Maemo softwares. These are trial versions & are of no use at all. Nuf said.

It has prebuilt power management software for efficiency. If the device is not used for predifined minutes, it goes into stand by mode.

Performance :
Industry already moved to USB 3.0 & many devices come USB 3.0 packed with, no surprise USB 2.0 feels slow now.

I got speeds around 28-30MB/s which is quite good, but very less compared to USB 3.0 speeds.

Benchmarks :

 

Conclusion :

Pros :

  • Less weight
  • beautiful look
  • no external power supply
  • plug-n-play
  • built in power management for power efficiency

Cons :

  • Size
  • In house no back up software
  • lacks USB 3.0*
  • No on-site warranty
  • no power switch.
  • Not so good build quality
  • No activity light [useless little green light indicator].
  • Maemo dashboard bloatware

*In Jan 2012, when I bought HDDs, USB 3.0 in Seagate aren’t available in India at cheap price. Now they are available at 500 INR less compared to WD Passport. Still I’d buy WD Passport only because of compact size, on-site warranty etc. Read the full comparison here.

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