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Categories > Portable External Hard Drives > Seagate > Seagate 2TB Backup Plus Ultra Slim Portable External Hard Drive with 200GB of Cloud Storage & Mobile Device Backup USB 3.0 Model STEH2000100 Platinum

Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5 Very impressive
Pros: The packaging was really nice and let you see the product color and size and texture. It looked tough enough to protect it from basic impacts as well. The 2 year warranty is clearly stated on the box as well.

As soon as the drive was plugged in, it mounted as a 2TB volume with no stupid emulated devices or software to install first to "unlock" the device like other manufacturers do. It was formatted properly with NTFS and was basically all set to use.

The PDF containing the warranty information is right on the drive itself in the root directly, which is fantastic (unless it were to fail and you couldn't read it but you can make a copy of the PDF as soon as you receive the drive.)

There is an autorun script on the drive to run the "setup" software but autoruns are blocked in most versions of Windows. You can easily run the setup file yourself though. Unfortunately it's not actually a software setup installer, it's just a link to the registration page. It does pre-fill the serial number though, which is nice. It also requests that I download the Seagate Dashboard software, which I don't think is designed very well and I prefer to use my own suite for backing up, etc. The final page reveals that the 200GB of free cloud storage is actually with Microsoft's One Drive which is nice if you use that service. It's a 2 year duration and it'd be nicer if it was forever but that's reasonable.

On a modern USB 3.0 controller, this drive tested at 134.1 MB/s read speed and 133.4 MB/s write speed. The scattered reads were an unimpressive 0.498 MB/s and 1.422 MB/s scattered write but those numbers are only important if you're running an operating system off the drive. Those speeds overall indicate that it is the ideal drive for backup and storage of large files and that's what it is built to do.

After some heavy activity, the drive only reached 29 degrees celsius, which means the enclosure is cooling it very effectively. Overall I'd say this is the perfect 2 TB portable drive and is superior in every way to the large, bulky 3.5" versions that require a power plug on a wall outlet.
Cons: The drive only spins at 5400RPM according to its SMART and device data in Crystal Disk. That has a small impact on the speed but almost all 2.5" drives are in fact 5400RPM. It's safer from a failure rate and heat standpoint though.

Right out of the box this drive had 11 total power cycles recorded, which is VERY strange. It also had 7,899,487 recorded misreads with less than 1 hour of total runtime. This is before I even wrote any data to the drive. It is worth mentioning though that Seagate drives record every single event that could be considered a misread like ECC corrections which every drive has so they're not true misreads or a true indication that the drive is failing. It's still odd that it generated so many ECC-related misreads in just basic testing at the factory.

The biggest downside to this drive is the LED is only a power indicator. There is no flashing LED light to indicate disk activity. It's not a big deal, but it would have been a nice feature to include.
Other Thoughts: I thought that the "USB 3.0" specification could be listed larger on the box and a lot less subtle than simply on the side in tiny print. That's definitely the main feature of the drive since 2.0 models are only capable of around 33MB/s.

The actual hard drive inside the enclosure is a ST2000LM007-1R8174, which is a very impressive and high performance drive.
Reviewed By:Peter T.,9/30/2016 9:50:21 AM
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Categories > Portable External Hard Drives > Western Digital > WD 1TB Elements Portable External Hard Drive - USB 3.0 - WDBUZG0010BBK (Certified Refurbished)

Rating + 3Rating + 3Rating + 3Rating + 3Rating + 3 Price Includes Half The Product
Pros: Good drive from good manufacture. Good price for drive.
Cons: Why would anyone buy a product when you don't know what the software cost is to keep using it.
Reviewed By:Robert L.,9/29/2016 7:29:37 PM
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Categories > Portable External Hard Drives > Seagate > Seagate Backup Plus Slim 1TB Portable External Hard Drive with 200GB of Cloud Storage & Mobile Device Backup USB 3.0 - STDR1000103 (Red)

Rating + 1Rating + 1Rating + 1Rating + 1Rating + 1 Not Good
Pros: None
Cons: This is the second drive. Had to return the first one. Died after 3 days.
Reviewed By:Anonymous,9/29/2016 9:11:59 AM
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Categories > Portable External Hard Drives > Seagate > Seagate Backup Plus 4TB Portable External  Hard Drive with 200GB of Cloud Storage & Mobile Device Backup USB 3.0 - STDR4000100

Rating + 2Rating + 2Rating + 2Rating + 2Rating + 2 Looked like a good product till it failed at 6 months!!
Pros: Large size compact external drive that did not a separate power supply. Ran fairly cool
Cons: Failed at 6 months. HD sentinel picked up multiple bad sectors. Advised critical health. Ran seatools and failed even short test. Now i am trying to check warranty and coming up with either serial number incorrect or that product is OEM!! Yes this was bought from newegg new 6 months back. Hopefully the telephone support is better than the online warranty setup!!
Other Thoughts: I thought this was a great product as it ran relatively cool and quietly and backed up via USB3. Decent transfer speeds and ofcourse at this moment the largest capacity for a 2.5 inch (albeit thicker) portable drive. i was about to buy a second but after this may hold off and check other vendors even if more expensive.
Reviewed By:Anonymous,9/28/2016 6:47:30 PM
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Categories > Portable External Hard Drives > Western Digital > WD 1TB Berry My Passport Ultra Portable External Hard Drive - USB 3.0 - WDBGPU0010BBY-NESN

Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5 Excellent
Pros: Works great
Cons: None
Reviewed By:Don E.,9/28/2016 11:56:22 AM
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Categories > Portable External Hard Drives > Seagate > Seagate 2TB Backup Plus Ultra Slim Portable External Hard Drive with 200GB of Cloud Storage & Mobile Device Backup USB 3.0 Model STEH2000100 Platinum

Rating + 4Rating + 4Rating + 4Rating + 4Rating + 4 Thin yet Fat Storage
Pros: Very quiet when idling and copying files
Felt very hot after all of my benchmarks as it hit 118.4 °F during testing
Very thin when considering its high capacity
Internal drive is a Seagate ST2000LM007 2TB with 128MB Cache
Despite Newegg saying it’s a 1 year warranty the 2 TB model actually says it’s a 2-year warranty on the box.

Below are benchmark results from testing this drive:

ATTO
• Read = 116.18 MB/s
• Write = 105.16 MB/s

Crystal Disk Mark
• Seq QD32: Read = 138.53 MB/s, Write = 124.33 MB/s
• 4k QD32: Read = 6.46 MB/s, Write = 1.873 MB/s
• Sequential: Read = 127.43 MB/s, Write = 119.33 MB/s
• 4k: Read = 2.32 MB/s, Write = 1.77 MB/s

HD Tune
• Minimum: 56.0 MB/s
• Maximum: 135.2 MB/s
• Average: 103.9 MB/s
• Access Time: 18.73 ms
• Burst Rate: 127.2 MB/s
Cons: During my benchmarks, the drive lost connection and reconnected to my computer multiple times. Using all the programs I have to check drive health, none of them showed any errors on the drive despite this. When the drive was idle it did not disconnect at all, it only occurred when under load but even that was very inconsistent. Also tried different external drives and only this one had the disconnect issue. It appeared to get better the more I tested it, so hopefully it won’t happen again.
Other Thoughts: To sums things up, other than the weird disconnect issue that occurred, this is the best portable external drive I’ve tested yet. It performed very well and it is incredibly thin a light for a 2 TB drive. I would highly recommend this drive.

*All tests were conducted three times to ensure accuracy and repeatability of results.
Reviewed By:Dominc J.,9/27/2016 9:40:05 PM
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Categories > Portable External Hard Drives > Western Digital > WD 2TB Blue-Black My Passport Ultra Metal Edition Portable External Hard Drive - USB 3.0 - WDBEZW0020BBA-NESN

Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5 WD 2TB drive... works well, great price.
Pros: Only had this drive a short time, but it has worked well and presented me with no problems. The color of the casing is a purple/dark blue metallic and looks nice. The drive is thicker than I anticipated, approx. 3/4". It has small rubber pads on the bottom to keep it in place and elevate it off the desktop.
Cons: None so far.
Reviewed By:James W.,9/27/2016 7:39:32 PM
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Categories > Portable External Hard Drives > Seagate > Seagate 4TB Expansion Portable External Hard Drive USB 3.0 Model STEA4000400 Black

Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5 Great Price! Great Product!
Pros: USB 3.0
GREAT PRICE FRO THE SIZE!
Cons: NONE
Reviewed By:Anonymous,9/26/2016 12:27:07 PM
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Categories > Portable External Hard Drives > Seagate > Seagate 1.5TB Portable External Hard Drive USB 3.0 Model STBX1500401 Black

Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5 STBX1500401 - BEST EXT. USB 3 - 1.5TB DRIVE SEAGATE EVER MADE
Pros: DEPENDABLE, FAST, INEXPENSIVE
Cons: NO LONGER AVAILABLE (NEW)
Reviewed By:Wendell R.,9/24/2016 11:31:23 AM
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Categories > Portable External Hard Drives > Toshiba > TOSHIBA 2TB Canvio Basics Portable Hard Drive USB 3.0 Model HDTB320XK3CA Black

Rating + 1Rating + 1Rating + 1Rating + 1Rating + 1 PIECE OF JUNK - DON'T BUY - GARBAGE
Pros: CHEAP PRICE (SO I THOUGHT !!)
Cons: DIED AFTER 3 MONTHS, ALL INFO LOST FOR GOOD !! JUNK DRIVE !!
Other Thoughts: DO NOT BUY THIS, AT ANY PRICE. WILL DIE BEFORE 6 MONTHS. TOSHIBA STOPPED MAKING ALL CANVIO EXT. USB HARD DRIVES.
Reviewed By:Wendell R.,9/24/2016 11:27:08 AM
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