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This review is from: Seagate Expansion 2TB USB 3.0 3.5" Desktop External Hard Drive STBV2000100
Pros: Simple and clean looking enclosure
Rubber pads/feet on bottom
USB cable fits nice and snug
Cons: Cooling is not the best for long periods of activity
Other Thoughts: I am currently transferring a 898gb folder of digital comics that contain individual .cbr/.cbz files, zip files, RAR files and labeled folders containing cbr/cbz files. I am getting a steady 58mb a sec transfer speed but this is due to the USB 3.0 add in card I have. All my USB 3.0 devices have slower then normal 3.0 speeds since it's a cheaper add in card. I'm 'ok' with this speed, despite knowing it could be better, so dont let my speeds sway you from buying this external hdd.
The only real problem I can see with it is the case itself. I bought this with the intention of only using this to add more files/folders for backup/storage. When I'm not "copy/pasting" to it, it's going to be unplugged and put away. There are holes drilled all over the bottom and across the back so the enclosure does have passive cooling, but as we all know, heat kills hdd's so keep this in mind.
For the occasional data backup drive, this is a perfect choice.
For regular/constant use, I would not buy this unless you plan on using some external cooling like a fan to blow air across it.
Pros: Light weight case
has all the hardware/cables you need
Fast data transfer under eSata, 'normal' speed under usb2.0
Cons: shuts the disk off after awhile from no activity
Other Thoughts: This is the second unit of this model I've bought, first one being the silver one. They both perform the same and I'm quite happy with them with the exception of shutting off the disk after awhile. It's not that big a deal since both of these drives each hold a new (as of 7/20/03) WD Black 2tb as data back ups only. I only use these drives to hold copies/back ups of my files, but when the copy/paste process of backing up is done, these units will LOCK UP Win7 64bit when they try to "wake up" the drive. I dual boot WinXP 32bit(on a seperate hdd) and they do NOT lock up XP when "waking up" after being shut off by the enclosure.
Not a big deal to me since my usage of these external enclosures is for copy/paste of music/photos/comics/movies/etc. But if you use them for constant access, once they go "idle" they will go to sleep, and for me, waking them up under Win7 64bit(fully updated as of 8/4/03) locks up my computer and I have to do a hard reset of the PC. Powering ON/OFF the enclosure does not help.
This review is from: Seagate 1TB Expansion Portable External Hard Drive USB 3.0 Model STBX1000101 Black
Pros: Very small
No anoying LED
Nice, short cable
Cons: Seems a little slow for USB 3.0
Other Thoughts: Using Win7 64bit, with the same 3.0 cable plugged into the same ETRON 3.0 controller add-in card I got here at nu-egg, this Seagate expansion drive is giving me slower speeds then my 1tb WD my passport 3.0 drive. I'm copying a 668gb folder with digital comic files, music files, movie files, and some pictures all catagorised in seperate folders within one main folder. This drive was bought as my 3rd physical back-up for these precious digital files I wish to save. I'm getting a sustained 25mb a second transfer speed with this Seagate but I'll get a sustained 39mb a second with my WD copying the exact same file. While this is not a big deal to me since I'm just copying/pasting a folder and walking away to do other things, its only noticeable since I've come back hours later to see it's still copying when the WD was done much faster the day before. Files contained within specified folders are from 3-6mb music, 11-20mb comics, and movies from 1.5-3.9gb in size(idk about pics but they are from an 11mp camera)
I cant comment on if it gets hot since it's sitting on top of the 240mm case fan that's on top of my Antec 1200 case.
For the price to size ratio it's a great deal for the $59 I paid for it, and its doing its job of sitting in my drawer until I need to add more files to it. Hopefully it lasts a long time since it's not being used much at all.