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This review is from: Seagate Expansion 2TB USB 3.0 3.5" Desktop External Hard Drive STBV2000100
Pros: Cheap and on sale. Buyer Beware.
Cons: Failed with little use a little less then two months outside of 1 year warranty.
Couldn't even play ~30-40 gb's of games a dozen or so times before failing.
1 year warranty is telling you something (when they have 2-5 year warranties on other models)
Used at USB 2.0 speeds so it wasn't taxing it at full USB 3.0 speed....ever.
Other Thoughts: Bought this for additional storage for my Wii U when it launched.
Obviously didn't use it very much with the lack of games and the launch games on disc. Only had Wind Waker and Splinter Cell: Blacklist on the hard drive, plus a couple of demos. So probably all in told I had only asked it to write about 30-40 gb's or so. Completely unacceptable to fail that soon after it barely writes and rarely needed to read it, and at USB 2.0 speeds.
Though also if you notice both those games didn't come out until Aug/Sept 2013, so this HD was wasting it's warranty. Actual use was like two months of light use and now having it fail after not using it for a couple of months since then.
Had it been in my PC it would have probably failed within the year it had under warranty, but since it was in the Wii U it saw alot less usage, thus it only fully failed after the warranty by under two months.
Decided to boot up Blacklist after not playing it for months and it crashed about 10 minutes in. Nothing would show up from there in the Wii U menu. Restarting the console and using a different USB port did nothing. Trying to reformat on Wii U using it's format option did nothing.
Had noticed it working weird and the games not showing up a few months ago a time or two, so it probably had been about to fail for a while, but I didn't think it was the HD.
Also had it running in USB 2.0 mode, and it can't handle even USB 2.0 speeds. It simply is a bad drive no matter how you use it. If you think it might be more reliable being used via USB 2.0, nope.
Wish I would have RMA'ed it when problems started, but with my dad dying certain things take a backseat for more pressing matters. Now the warranty has passed.
Plugged it into my PC and not only would it not allow me to initialize or format it, but it also failed the short and long generic Sea Tools tests and was not able to 'fix'. It's definitely not the power supply either obviously. So something is messed with it, but nothing I can do.
Horrible drive, and the 1 year warranty is a farce.
Have bought many HD's over the years. Disappointed in this model's build quality. You must ask yourself why is it that some Seagate HD's have a 1 year warranty and others have up to a 5 year warranty. IMO stay away from the 1 year warranty Seagate HD's, it's almost as if they are telling you it's likely to fail as they don't want to stand behind it like many of their other models.
If you do buy it, use it early and often to make sure you didn't get a bum one. Sick of hardware failures from 3rd world slave labor manufactured products. This, a PS4 controller, and an impossible to buy LGA1366 motherboard which forced a new PC build all since May 2013. If you can't do QA in the 3rd world there's millions of Americans who need jobs. 2.8 million more unemployed just in the last yr. Forget the unemployment number, it's a complete an utter lie.