Seagate Expansion 2TB Portable External Hard Drive USB 3.0 (STEA2000400)

Seagate Expansion 2TB Portable External Hard Drive USB 3.0 (STEA2000400)
From Seagate

List Price: $66.00
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Average customer review:
(4.0 stars, based on 7272 reviews)

Product Details

  • Size: 2TB
  • Color: Black
  • Brand: Seagate
  • Model: STEA2000400
  • Fabric type: na
  • Aspect ratio: Unknown
  • Format: CD-ROM
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: 3.20" h x .60" w x 4.80" l, .40 pounds
  • Hard Disk: 2TB

Features

  • Easy and simple to use - plug it in and go
  • Fast file transfers with SuperSpeed USB 3.0
  • Compatible with USB 3.0 and USB 2.0
  • Powered by USB port
  • Drag and drop file saving for Windows, right out of the box.

The Seagate Expansion portable drive provides extra storage for your ever-growing collection of files. Instantly add space for more files, consolidate all of your files to a single location, or free up space on your computer's internal drive to help improve performance. Setup is straightforward; simply plug in the included USB cable, and you are ready to go. The drive is automatically recognized by the Windows operating system, so there is no software to install or configure. Saving files is easy too–just drag-and-drop. Take advantage of the fast data transfer speeds with the USB 3.0 interface by connecting to a SuperSpeed USB 3.0 port. USB 3.0 is backwards compatible with USB 2.0 for additional system compatibility. System Requirements: Windows 7 or higher, SuperSpeed USB 3.0 port (required for USB 3.0 transfer speeds or backwards compatible with USB 2.0 ports at USB 2.0 transfer speeds, compatibility may vary depending on the user's hardware configuration and operating system). Box Contents: Seagate Expansion Drive, 18-inch USB 3.0 Cable, and Quick Start Guide.


Customer Reviews

Most helpful customer reviews

629 of 640 people found the following review helpful.
5Working as intended for PS4.
By Amazon Customer
I bought the 2TB version and it does work with the PS4 (current version 4.50). At first it said it didn't support it but after I restarted my PS4 it worked. Currently works as intended. There's 1.84TB usable after formatting. It took 19 minutes to transfer 3 games (118.3 GB) over from the internal hard drive to this external hard drive. Will update if anything arises.

Edit: It had been a little over two months and its still working as intended. To answer a common question:
It works out of the box. Literally just plug it into your ps4 go to devices under settings then USB storage devices. It should pop up under there, select it then it will say "Format as extended storage" and select that. The support for external hard drives is absolutely great. If you have a TON of downloadable games then you can simply just have multiple external hard drives and download all you games to them. Then you can just plug in the external hard drive with the game you want and you're good to go. I highly recommend looking up how to set it up if you are still having trouble. It is very easy.

1187 of 1234 people found the following review helpful.
3Good choice, but there are better alternatives. DETAILED info for Wii U, PS4, XBOX owners!!
By Nobody
I've often complained about Amazon rating system for tech products and external USB hard drives are great example of the problem. Simply, it's saturated market with lots of viable options, while impact of "picking wrong" is quite profound. You can wake up one day and find out that your data is gone. Reviews here don't help much: you read 1 star review saying "drive arrived dead", then you have 5 star review saying "drive is great". Which one to trust? Especially since I would prefer "dead on arrival" HDD to one that dies after 1 year of working.

In my case - now that Nintendo Switch is coming - I wanted to download all digitally purchased games I have for Wii U and store them along with save games on one drive. Testing tech components is a hobby of mine and I've decided to go all in - purchasing 3 external HDD drives so I can test how they work and pick the best one. The drives I've tried out are:

WD 1TB Black My Passport Portable External Hard Drive - USB 3.0 - WDBYNN0010BBK-WESN
https://www.amazon.com/Black-Passport-Portable-External-Drive/dp/B01LQQHI8I/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ll1&tag=pers0nal-20&linkId=8ae37a7d7b9d5f8cf95b8b36f9e0e5e1

HGST Touro S 1TB 7200RPM High-Performance Portable Drive, Platinum (0S03694)
https://www.amazon.com/HGST-High-Performance-Portable-Platinum-0S03694/dp/B00IVFDQFM/ref=as_li_ss_tl?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1487637450&sr=1-1&keywords=hgst+external+1tb&linkCode=ll1&tag=pers0nal-20&linkId=d813ac13cad5cfa89dd1cbc0bd5e087e

Seagate Expansion 1TB Portable External Hard Drive USB 3.0 (STEA1000400)
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00TKFEEAS/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ll1&tag=pers0nal-20&linkId=760fd69a7e53bfff98e624d465627daf

Now, on the Seagate drive I'm reviewing here - it's pretty solid HDD. Read/write statistics (90+MB/s) are great for the price. HGST (Hitachi) Touro beats it performance-wise but it's $30+ more expensive. What is more important are peripherals - HGST spins on 7200 rpm so it also draws more power. Which is quite important because of known problems with Wii U supplying enough power though it's USB ports. Y cable is a must for worry free operation regardless of which external drive you pick for your Wii U:

https://www.amazon.com/Micro-B-External-Seagate-Toshiba-Hitachi/dp/B005M0ICG2/ref=as_li_ss_tl?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1487708286&sr=1-1&keywords=y+cable+wii+u&linkCode=ll1&tag=codeproject-20&linkId=cbd46736cfae87a00345b789f6fc5907

During normal usage I couldn't notice any difference between 3 HDDs on Wii U. Probable cause are 2.0 USB ports that are on Wii U - simply there is not enough throughput for performance differences to be visible.

The biggest issue I have with Seagate is historical fail rate. Few years ago Seagate drives had 15%+ fail rate which is catastrophic. I bought Seagate Central HDD in 2013 only to replace it a year later. That's also why I got WD and HGST to test - historically those brands have lower fail rates for their drives. HGST is way better than both Seagate and WD; but unfortunately you won't find it in stock here on Amazon as much as Seagate and WD. This is probably because WD owns HGST/Hitachi and wants to push WD as consumer brand.

In the end, my pick is WD 1TB Black My Passport. Looking at historic data, warranty info and number of 1 star reviews here on Amazon I felt more confident in storing data on that drive. Seagate HDD is solid pick and great value, but if for same amount of money you can get hard drive that has lower fail rate and better warranty - why wouldn't you buy it instead?

I avoid linking externally from Amazon because those often get edited out of review. But if you want more data - like historic fail rates, more testing info and answers to your questions, leave a comment on this review and I'll be glad to respond and help! And if this review helped you, please like it ;). Here are also answers to few questions that I see are often asked on this HDD:

* This drive will work as expansion storage for consoles. This includes Wii U, PS4, Xbox One. So will WD drive that I recommend.

* You can no longer use this HDD to replace PS4 internal hard drive. Seagate has removed internal SATA connection. I am somewhat confused why people were doing this. 7200 RPM laptop drives would be much better choice because of performance considerations. Like this one: https://www.amazon.com/Black-Performance-Mobile-Hard-Drive/dp/B01DOL05OC/ref=as_li_ss_tl?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1487707269&sr=1-3&keywords=wd+hard+drive+laptop&linkCode=ll1&tag=codeproject-20&linkId=c409c09ff004693c145d4790073d011e

* This drive is compatible with Mac OS X, backwards compatible with USB 2.0, etc. In a nutshell this is standard 2.5 inch (laptop) NTFS-formatted, 5400 RPM HDD with USB instead of SATA interface.

342 of 359 people found the following review helpful.
1Complete Failure at Seven Months
By Regina Hart
I purchased this drive on August 25, 2016. It failed on March 1, 2017. After exploring all solutions with Seagate, they confirmed that the drive was dead. The only option they offered was a $500+ file recovery. Until I asked, Seagate did not even mention honoring the product's warranty.

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