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Mar 03, 2014 by Wajdan | Posted in Other - Hardware

How To Fix This Error (Location Is Not Available, F:\ Is Not Accessible, The Parameter Is Incorrect).?

I Have An External Hard Drive And When I Plug It Into My Computer It Gives Me An Error (Location Is Not Available, F:\ Is Not Accessible, The Parameter Is Incorrect). Please Tell Me The Solution That How To Fix This Error Because I Am Having Very Important Data In This External Hard Drive ! The External Drive Name Is (Seagate: Expansion Portable Drive, Model: SRD00F1).

Beth | Mar 03, 2014
if you have the connection available try to hook it up as an internal drive. My thought is that it may be formatted differently ... like a 32 bit NPFS not a 64? - if this thought is correct - try someone elses computer.. that is older or newer than yours. also if you have a Linux CD that you can run that should open your drive with no worries LOVE OPEN SOURCE !!! here is a bit that I found on Microsoft - not sure if it will help but you can give it a try: Open Computer and right click your External Hard Drive. b. Go to Properties > Security. c. Click Edit under a quote "To change permissions, click Edit." d. Click Add. Type in "everyone" in the white box. e. Then check in the box "Full Control". Press OK.
deboerdn2000 | Mar 03, 2014
Well u might have a broken drive. Id strip the drive out of the casing install it in a new one and see if that works. If that doesnt and you absolutely need the data from it. Data recovery firm is really the only way to do it. Always backup just incase a drove fails
Frostfire | Mar 03, 2014
Reinstall the USB drivers, by uninstalling them in Device Manager, then reboot.
Sep 16, 2013 by Lewis | Posted in Add-ons

Seagate External HDD not working?

Seagate Expansion-Portable-1TB-Model-SRD00F1 My hard drive doesnt even show up on my laptop (windows) and also it used to vibrate when it was plugged in and it is silent. The only thing my hard drive does when plugged in is flash this blue light. Help meeeeeeeee please :( 10 points to who makes my hard drive work Edit: also i tried turning on/off my laptop + ive tried other laptops + other usb ports + a different cable which connects the HDD to the laptop


Open up the case and listen to hear if it is running. That vibration was most likely the drive working.

| Sep 15, 2013
sumedha | Sep 15, 2013
try to do some check on bad sector removable .Some times that will help you.

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    Seagate Expansion 1TB Portable External Hard Drive USB 3.0 (STBX1000101)

    Personal Computer (Seagate)
    List Price: $83.99

    Compatible with USB 3.0 and USB 2.0
    Fast file transfers with USB 3.0
    Easy and simple to use - plug it in and go
    Powered by USB port


  • Seagate

    Seagate Expansion 1TB Desktop External Hard Drive USB 3.0 (STBV1000100)

    Personal Computer (Seagate)

    Rating (0 reviews):
    (4.1/5)
    Seagate

    Similar to adding an internal drive. Worry about heat. Product info needs to be more than just "It just works"

    NOTE: Amazon has combined the reviews for the 1TB, 2TB and 3TB versions of this product, with the 3TB version dominating the negative reviews (as of 2012-11-24), so pay attention to which version is being reviewed.The target market of the Seagate Expansion Desktop line seems to be people who want to add a performance drive, but don't want to, or cannot, install an additional internal drive, that is, this is a drive they won't be moving, at least not frequently. For example, a laptop where the extra storage can happily stay behind in the office. Or a small-form-factor PC (mini-PC, HTPC, "nettop") that doesn't have space. There are other lines of external drives from Seagate (and others) targeting more transient/mobile uses.For a range of potential buyers of this drive, the product information provided may be too sketchy. The focus of this review is to fill in some of the missing info, and it is structured to facilitate your skipping details that don't interest... 4/5 Douglas B. Moran "Computer+History/Politics" (Palo Alto, CA USA) - See all my reviews, June 29, 2012

    (3.5 stars) Back-up your files, now! A good option for backup or other intermittent use

    THE QUICK TAKE: The Seagate Expansion 2TB USB 3.0 External Hard Drive STBV2000100 is a good option as a backup drive, or as an expansion drive that isn't used intensively. It may also serve well as a working drive that's used more intensively but for temporary or replaceable files - such as a scratch drive or a media server.This drive is large enough and priced low enough that you can backup multiple computers for not a lot of money.However, if you're looking for an expansion drive - a second drive to augment a laptop or desktop - that you will use intensively, consider options with cooling and perhaps backup, especially if you will use the drive for your only copy of files.A DESKTOP DRIVE: This is a desktop drive, not a truly portable drive. You could use it to backup multiple computers around a home or office, but you're not going to enjoy carrying the drive and the power supply.A FAST CONNECTION: USB 3.0 really is fun to use, if... 4/5 Snap, Crackle and Pop (United States) - See all my reviews This review is from: Seagate Expansion 2TB Desktop External Hard Drive USB 3.0 (STBV2000100) (Personal Computers) Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?) THE QUICK TAKE: The Seagate Expansion 2TB USB 3.0 External Hard Drive STBV2000100 is a good option as a backup drive, or as an expansion drive that isn't used intensively. It may also serve well as a working drive that's used more intensively but for temporary or replaceable files - such as a scratch drive or a media server.This drive is large enough and priced low enough that you can backup multiple computers for not a lot of money.However, if you're looking for an expansion drive - a second drive to augment a laptop or desktop - that you will use intensively, consider options with cooling and perhaps backup, especially if you will use the drive for your only copy of files.A DESKTOP DRIVE: This is a desktop drive, not a truly portable drive. You could use it to backup multiple computers around a home or office, but you're not going to enjoy carrying the drive and the power supply.A FAST CONNECTION: USB 3.0 really is fun to use, if... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , July 17, 2012

    Nothing New But The Firmware

    Summary* Same internal drive as the old version* Runs just as hot as the old external drive (in my testing)* APM is now turned off by default - this might be huge, people online have blamed this feature for the grinding noises and premature death of some seagate drives* Firmware update from CC9D to CC9E (CC9H firmware is available online)* Looks a little better* Not worth more than the old version imoEdit #2: When I used the Serial Number from Crystaldiskinfo to check the warranty (google "Seagate Warranty Checker") it showed that my drive was under warranty until the end of August 2013. That's almost 14 months, which still isn't long, but make sure you check online and do not just assume your warranty is dead after 12 months exact.I needed another 3tb drive and decided to go out on a limb and spend the extra $10 on this "new version" of the seagate drive.I will admit that at least the case looks different - its... 3/5 RandomGibberish - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Seagate Expansion 3TB Desktop External Hard Drive USB 3.0 (STBV3000100) (Personal Computers) Summary* Same internal drive as the old version* Runs just as hot as the old external drive (in my testing)* APM is now turned off by default - this might be huge, people online have blamed this feature for the grinding noises and premature death of some seagate drives* Firmware update from CC9D to CC9E (CC9H firmware is available online)* Looks a little better* Not worth more than the old version imoEdit #2: When I used the Serial Number from Crystaldiskinfo to check the warranty (google "Seagate Warranty Checker") it showed that my drive was under warranty until the end of August 2013. That's almost 14 months, which still isn't long, but make sure you check online and do not just assume your warranty is dead after 12 months exact.I needed another 3tb drive and decided to go out on a limb and spend the extra $10 on this "new version" of the seagate drive.I will admit that at least the case looks different - its... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , June 15, 2012
    List Price: $84.99
    Easy and simple to use - simply plug in the power adapter and USB cable
    Compatible with USB 3.0 and USB 2.0
    Fast file transfers with USB 3.0


  • Seagate

    Seagate Expansion 1 TB USB 3.0 Portable External Hard Drive STAX1000102

    PC Accessory (Seagate)

    Rating (224 reviews):
    (3.9/5)
    Seagate

    Nice Drive

    USB 3.0 is a major improvement over the older 2.0 version, with speed up to 5 Gigabits/sec (versus 480 Megabits/sec of USB 2.0). Computers with USB 3.0 are still relatively rare but this SEAGATE Expansion 500 GB USB 3.0 External Hard Drive STAX500102 is backward-compatible to USB 2.0, which is what I got in my HP desktop. There was no connectivity problem. The hard drive is plug-N-play; within seconds after I plugged it in, it was up and running. A USB 3.0 cable is included. It is different in construction from USB 2.0 cables. A tiny green LED lights up when the connection is made. Like most of the portable hard drives, power is drawn from the computer via the USB cable. No AC transformer or cord is necessary. This hard drive is cool to the touch, even after prolonged usage. This drive is highly portable, measuring 3-1/4" X 5-3/8" X 5/8" thick. A backup software called Memeo is included. I did not install it. Frankly, I was leery of cluttering up my hard drive with unfamiliar... 5/5 Big Al "Alan Rivière" (Southwest, USA) - See all my reviews, August 5, 2011

    Not a bad cheap external, but not amazing

    I have quite a few external drives so I'm pretty familiar with their general specs, so honestly I wasn't expecting too much out of the Seagate Expansion drive. Other than the USB 3.0 connector, there's really nothing really "new" about this drive.The basics - it's a 2.5" 5400 RPM "green" drive - which means the disk has a habit of going to sleep when not in use, but it also means that it's pretty light on the power consumption. It's also quiet and has a very low heat signature. Average read/write speeds (over USB 3.0): 30/25 MBps (see "customer images" for my benchmark results).What it's good for:At 500GB, this drive is pretty small when compared to its 2-4TB neighbors. However this drive is nice because it's completely powered via USB and has a small footprint. The portability comes in handy when a USB memory stick just doesn't have enough room. And this is where the Expansion might be the best fit - as an IT Consultant it's nice to be able to have an... 4/5 Storm (Texas) - See all my reviews, September 12, 2011

    not such a good drive

    I have just returned my second failed Seagate 1 TB 3.0 USB External Drive.Both failed within 60 days of purchase (and one within 30 days). I have several of the USB 2.0 versions that work fine and have for quite a long time. Both failures of the 3.0 drive were total- the drive was not recognizable by my computer (or the other computer I tried them on), both power supplies were working fine and both cords were operational. The drive, when plugged in, would just start repetitively beeping and would not even spin up.I like Seagate drives- I have several FreeAgent drives which are first-class drives and the two Expansion 2.0 drives all of which have been great. The 3.0 model, however, is a dog and should be avoided. Go with the FreeAgent drives, which are dependable.The worse part of this was trying to deal with the manufacturer. I did the responsible consumer thing, went to the Seagate website and tried to create a return. The process would be... 1/5 Amazon Customer (snoqualmie WA) - See all my reviews This review is from: Seagate Expansion 1 TB USB 3.0 Portable External Hard Drive STAX1000102 (Personal Computers) I have just returned my second failed Seagate 1 TB 3.0 USB External Drive.Both failed within 60 days of purchase (and one within 30 days). I have several of the USB 2.0 versions that work fine and have for quite a long time. Both failures of the 3.0 drive were total- the drive was not recognizable by my computer (or the other computer I tried them on), both power supplies were working fine and both cords were operational. The drive, when plugged in, would just start repetitively beeping and would not even spin up.I like Seagate drives- I have several FreeAgent drives which are first-class drives and the two Expansion 2.0 drives all of which have been great. The 3.0 model, however, is a dog and should be avoided. Go with the FreeAgent drives, which are dependable.The worse part of this was trying to deal with the manufacturer. I did the responsible consumer thing, went to the Seagate website and tried to create a return. The process would be... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , August 15, 2011
    List Price: $89.99
    USB 3.0, backwards compatible with USB 2.0
    USB powered;
    Built-in power management ensures energy efficient operation
    Plug n' play - no software to install
    1-Year limited warranty
    Simply drag-and-drop to save files


  • Seagate

    Seagate Expansion 1TB Portable External Hard Drive USB 3.0 (STBX1000100)

    Personal Computer (Seagate)

    Rating (91 reviews):
    (3.9/5)
    Seagate

    Bigger than described

    0 3/5 Kenji Sasaki - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Seagate Expansion 1TB Portable External Hard Drive USB 3.0 (STBX1000100) (Personal Computers) Seagate Expansion 1 TB USB 3.0 Portable External Hard Drive STBX1000100I'm giving it only 3 stars just because of the size, it's BIGGER than describedBought the "Case Logic Portable EVA Hard Drive Case QHDC-101 - Gray" that amazon suggested as "Frequently Bought Together" but it just doesn't fit!!! >:(If the hard drive were the size stated it would fit perfectlyWrong measures stated here4.8 x 3.2 x 0.6 inchesCorrect measures5 x 3.5 x 0.78 inchesOther than that, it works perfectly 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , September 15, 2012

    seagate expansion 1 tb hard drive

    0 1/5 Ava N. jackson (Oxford, MS United States) - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Seagate Expansion 1TB Portable External Hard Drive USB 3.0 (STBX1000100) (Personal Computers) This hard drive only lasted about 30 days and crashed. I lost all my data and now can't return for full purchase price. Very disapointing product and customer service. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , September 20, 2012

    good enough for me, but screw all this proprietary software nonsense

    why don't hd manufacturers understand that we don't want your awful bloatware preinstalled on our shiny new hard drives. make it downloadable with an in-box voucher or something but STOP SHOVING IT DOWN OUR THROATS. it SUCKS and NOT EVERYBODY WANTS IT. so no 5 stars for you! if you don't want it, cancel all attempted install prompts, open up the drive when it pops up in the finder/windows explorer, and DELETE!with that bit of nastiness out of the way, this is a perfectly fine external drive. it works quietly for now, but that may change some with age. from my very unscientific gut sense, it's write speeds are comparable to my 1tb wd my passport. i will say the drive does not feel as solid as my passport. maybe it's because it's not packed quite as tightly as the passport (the passport is slightly smaller). a minor quibble to say the least. it won't be moving a whole lot as it's a backup to a backup so it doesn't have to be built like a tank.other than... 4/5 Alan Dingus (HOUSTON, TX, US) - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Seagate Expansion 1TB Portable External Hard Drive USB 3.0 (STBX1000100) (Personal Computers) why don't hd manufacturers understand that we don't want your awful bloatware preinstalled on our shiny new hard drives. make it downloadable with an in-box voucher or something but STOP SHOVING IT DOWN OUR THROATS. it SUCKS and NOT EVERYBODY WANTS IT. so no 5 stars for you! if you don't want it, cancel all attempted install prompts, open up the drive when it pops up in the finder/windows explorer, and DELETE!with that bit of nastiness out of the way, this is a perfectly fine external drive. it works quietly for now, but that may change some with age. from my very unscientific gut sense, it's write speeds are comparable to my 1tb wd my passport. i will say the drive does not feel as solid as my passport. maybe it's because it's not packed quite as tightly as the passport (the passport is slightly smaller). a minor quibble to say the least. it won't be moving a whole lot as it's a backup to a backup so it doesn't have to be built like a tank.other than... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , September 28, 2012
    List Price: $89.99
    Instantly add 1 TB of storage space to your computer
    USB powered, no AC adapter required
    Drive is automatically recognized by Windows; no software instillation required
    USB 3.0 interface for extremely fast data transfer speeds (USB 2.0 compatible)
    Simple plug-and-play connectivity via USB cable


  • Seagate

    Seagate Expansion 500 GB USB 2.0 Portable External Hard Drive ST905004EXA101-RK

    CE (Seagate)

    Rating (946 reviews):
    (4.0/5)
    Seagate

    Nice quiet drive easy to use

    ---update at end---I purchased this drive a few weeks ago and have been very pleased with it. The only junk it was the warranty registration program. Run it then delete it. Disk comes pre-formated for NTFS. I went ahead and did a quick format to get rid of the existing folders on it. The drive goes into standby mode after 5 minutes bye default. This is quickly remedied and set to your liking with free Seagate Manager program available on Seagates website. Also this program give you the ability to do backups, and computer syncs.Pros -Quiet drivevery fastsmall and sleekno power supply neededonly requires use of one usb portSimple/Custom Backups with Seagate ManagerSync Option with Seagate managerCons-Goes into standby in 5 minutes by default. Easily changeable with Seagate ManagerCase Logic Compact Portable Hard Drive Case listed as an option to purchase with this is TOO SMALL for this... 5/5 B. Hanna (Skiatook, OK) - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Seagate Expansion 500 GB USB 2.0 Portable External Hard Drive ST905004EXA101-RK (Personal Computers) ---update at end---I purchased this drive a few weeks ago and have been very pleased with it. The only junk it was the warranty registration program. Run it then delete it. Disk comes pre-formated for NTFS. I went ahead and did a quick format to get rid of the existing folders on it. The drive goes into standby mode after 5 minutes bye default. This is quickly remedied and set to your liking with free Seagate Manager program available on Seagates website. Also this program give you the ability to do backups, and computer syncs.Pros -Quiet drivevery fastsmall and sleekno power supply neededonly requires use of one usb portSimple/Custom Backups with Seagate ManagerSync Option with Seagate managerCons-Goes into standby in 5 minutes by default. Easily changeable with Seagate ManagerCase Logic Compact Portable Hard Drive Case listed as an option to purchase with this is TOO SMALL for this... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , December 18, 2009

    Well Worth the Money....Why? Read on......

    UPDATES IN THE LAST PARAI have clarified a few things that other reviews had issues with and gave it a low rating.For Starters: Since I use Both Mac & PC, I can 1000% say that it works on both these operating systems.Some customers had issues with the drive going into sleep mode after 10 mins or so. Well, the copying process does not stop, just because the drive has gone into SLEEP mode.You can take this SLEEP feature off by:Process 1: Downloading a Free Seagate Manager program available on the Seagate website.(I did not do this, I used process 2, described next)ORProcess 2: Formatting the drive and remove the pre-installed Seagate software. Then the drive will NOT go to SLEEP Mode.How to Format a Drive in Windows:Plug the Drive --> Go to My Computer --> Right click on the Seagate icon--> Click "Format"How to Format a Drive in Mac 10.4 or earlier:Open Macintosh... 5/5 DK (VA) - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Seagate Expansion 500 GB USB 2.0 Portable External Hard Drive ST905004EXA101-RK (Personal Computers) UPDATES IN THE LAST PARAI have clarified a few things that other reviews had issues with and gave it a low rating.For Starters: Since I use Both Mac & PC, I can 1000% say that it works on both these operating systems.Some customers had issues with the drive going into sleep mode after 10 mins or so. Well, the copying process does not stop, just because the drive has gone into SLEEP mode.You can take this SLEEP feature off by:Process 1: Downloading a Free Seagate Manager program available on the Seagate website.(I did not do this, I used process 2, described next)ORProcess 2: Formatting the drive and remove the pre-installed Seagate software. Then the drive will NOT go to SLEEP Mode.How to Format a Drive in Windows:Plug the Drive --> Go to My Computer --> Right click on the Seagate icon--> Click "Format"How to Format a Drive in Mac 10.4 or earlier:Open Macintosh... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , February 17, 2010

    Single USB not enough

    I bought this drive for three reasons:1. Large capacity in a small form factor,2. The ability to power/access it from a single USB port,3. It was on sale at Amazon for under $70.I started using it on my laptop when it arrived yesterday and was impressed: small, and it worked well with the short standard mini-USB cable. Then last night I plugged it in to my desktop and went to transfer over my 400 GB movie directory. It kept failing after about 10 seconds, at which time Windows 7 would report that I had just attached it. My first thought was it was due to the "sleep" utility, so I downloaded and installed the Free Agent tool from Seagate and set the timeout to Never. Didn't make any difference. I then used the test tool in the utility software and the it reported a drive failure at about 8%, and said I should contact Seagate for an RMA. All my other small external drives (except for an ancient 30 GB) need a splitter USB cable: one end connects to the drive... 3/5 Jeffrey Peterman (MD USA) - See all my reviews, July 30, 2010
    List Price: $84.99
    Price: $62.00
    You Save: $22.99 (27%)
    USB 2.0 Powered
    Built-in power management ensures energy-efficient operation
    Plug n¿ play with no software to install
    Simply drag-and-drop to save files
    5400 RPM performance, 500GB


  • Seagate

    Seagate Expansion 1 TB USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive STAY1000102

    CE (Seagate)

    Rating (500 reviews):
    (3.1/5)
    Seagate

    Sara Plain and Tall

    This external drive lives in the plainest of black plastic cases. On the front is an all white Seagate logo and next to that a small green LED power/busy light. Plug it in and you'll find few files stored in it. A back-up utility, some set-up files, user guides and not much else. Just a lot of empty space. No stands, no back-lit logos, no extra inputs. On the back you'll find a power input and a USB 3 jack. In the box you'll find the USB cable and power adapter that plug into those jacks, as well as a quick start sheet and warranty card all packed in eco-friendly packaging. This is as simple and plain as it gets.I started by plugging this into a netbook running Windows 7. Windows recognized it immediately and asked if I'd like to use it as a back-up drive which I did. It was easy and problem-free.The Seagate Expansion hard drive is set-up for Windows computers, but if you're willing to take a minute to reformat it, it'll work fine for Apple users too... 5/5 Rex Kullmann (South Florida) - See all my reviews, August 10, 2011

    Disappointed - Seagate Expansion 2 TB USB 3.0 Desktop Exernal Hard Drive STAY2000102

    First of all, a big thumbs-up for Amazon's return policy - without it I would have been kicking myself for purchasing this hard drive. 5 Stars plus for Amazon!Now on the hard drive. It arrived on a Thursday. The physical appearance was appealing, and the size was great. The USB 3 connector on the unit looked distorted, but the cable was plugged in with no problem. Eagerly I plugged it into my ASUS desktop with Windows 7 64-bit, and kept my fingers crossed - had read so many reviews about the clicking sound and DOA, and wished mine would not be like that. Alas, nothing happened - nothing bad that was. The drive showed up immediately on the desktop and there was no clicking sound. I renamed it and transferred a few files to it, everything looked good. So I decided to put it under some stress test by mobilizing Norton Security Suite to backup my C and D drives (combined about 800 GB) and transferring about 300 GB of digital movies at the same time from another... 1/5 Starkid (NJ) - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Seagate Expansion 2 TB USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive STAY2000102 (Personal Computers) First of all, a big thumbs-up for Amazon's return policy - without it I would have been kicking myself for purchasing this hard drive. 5 Stars plus for Amazon!Now on the hard drive. It arrived on a Thursday. The physical appearance was appealing, and the size was great. The USB 3 connector on the unit looked distorted, but the cable was plugged in with no problem. Eagerly I plugged it into my ASUS desktop with Windows 7 64-bit, and kept my fingers crossed - had read so many reviews about the clicking sound and DOA, and wished mine would not be like that. Alas, nothing happened - nothing bad that was. The drive showed up immediately on the desktop and there was no clicking sound. I renamed it and transferred a few files to it, everything looked good. So I decided to put it under some stress test by mobilizing Norton Security Suite to backup my C and D drives (combined about 800 GB) and transferring about 300 GB of digital movies at the same time from another... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , December 26, 2011

    Reasonable speed, poor construction.

    When I received the box, I realized something was wrong. It rattled -- never a good sign with an electronic component. Something was loose within the hard drive's casing. Nonetheless, it seemed to work fine, powering on when I plugged in the power adapter. When I inserted the USB cable, Windows 7 recognized the drive just fine. I formatted the drive, removing all of Seagate's pre-installed software and proceeded to copy over 50 GBs of music. This took approximately an hour, at a speed of 16 mb/s over USB 2.0; not blazing fast, but acceptable.So far, rattling aside, it seemed to be a reasonable product. I was going to test USB 3.0 when I copied the files back to my PC after a fresh Windows 7 install. I unhooked it from my computer and removed the power cable to turn the drive off.The enclosure never powered back on. It was not asleep -- it was dead. No amount of unplugging and replugging the power cord back in would bring it back. The only option to get my data... 3/5 Nicholas E. Johansen (USA) - See all my reviews, August 26, 2011
    List Price: $79.99
    Plug n' play - no software to install
    USB 3.0, backwards compatible with USB 2.0
    1-Year limited warranty
    Built-in power management ensures energy efficient operation
    Simply drag-and-drop to save files


  • Seagate

    Seagate USB 2.0 External Hard Drive 1 TB USB 2.0 External Hard Drive ST310005EXA101-RK - Black

    CE (Seagate)

    Rating (522 reviews):
    (3.3/5)
    Seagate

    Stay far far away, Major flaw with Seagate Expansion series.

    Drive makes loud clicking noise & eventually fails.The symptom:Drive works fine for the first few GB's, and once it gets somewhere around 50 to 300 GB, it starts making loud clicking noise. The more data added to the drive the more frequent the clicking noise become and eventually the drive fails.Analysis:As the first few sectors of the platter / platters, the traveling distance (from the edge of palter to the center) for the head arm is not that great. But as more data gets written to the disk, inner sectors of platters gets occupied with data. That's when the problem starts.Without going into technical details, the issue here is not the drive. It is the PCB (Printed Circuit Board) that is installed in these external enclosures. This board regulates & provide power to the drive and in simple terms, there is not enough power for the disk to spin and for the head arm to extend far to reach inner sectors of the platter / platters... 1/5 Sandooz Maradi (West Coast) - See all my reviews This review is from: Seagate Expansion 1.5 TB USB 2.0 Desktop External Hard Drive ST315005EXA101-RK (Personal Computers) Drive makes loud clicking noise & eventually fails.The symptom:Drive works fine for the first few GB's, and once it gets somewhere around 50 to 300 GB, it starts making loud clicking noise. The more data added to the drive the more frequent the clicking noise become and eventually the drive fails.Analysis:As the first few sectors of the platter / platters, the traveling distance (from the edge of palter to the center) for the head arm is not that great. But as more data gets written to the disk, inner sectors of platters gets occupied with data. That's when the problem starts.Without going into technical details, the issue here is not the drive. It is the PCB (Printed Circuit Board) that is installed in these external enclosures. This board regulates & provide power to the drive and in simple terms, there is not enough power for the disk to spin and for the head arm to extend far to reach inner sectors of the platter / platters... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , July 5, 2010

    Seagate Expansion: Couldn't stand it even for a day

    Last week, I purchased a Seagate Expansion 1.5TB drive. I had read the product reviews on Amazon, however it seemed respectable enough. Last Friday, the drive arrived. Upon initial set-up, I noticed that it seemed extremely loud. After copying some data to it as a test, it began to make a very loud clicking sound. I have worked with many hard drives, and the sound was out of the ordinary (and, dare I say, reminiscent of the old Iomega click of death).Upon calling Seagate, the technician warned me that the drive was probably in its death throes and to make sure I had a backup of anything on it. I put the product back in its box, and sent it back to Amazon, who issued a replacement.When the replacement arrived, all seemed well at first. It formatted just fine, and seemed quiet and elegant. Once I connected it to my primary machine and began to copy data, however, it began making a similar noise to the prior model. Though it showed no signs of failure,... 1/5 Chris H. (New Jersey, USA) - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Seagate Expansion 1.5 TB USB 2.0 Desktop External Hard Drive ST315005EXA101-RK (Personal Computers) Last week, I purchased a Seagate Expansion 1.5TB drive. I had read the product reviews on Amazon, however it seemed respectable enough. Last Friday, the drive arrived. Upon initial set-up, I noticed that it seemed extremely loud. After copying some data to it as a test, it began to make a very loud clicking sound. I have worked with many hard drives, and the sound was out of the ordinary (and, dare I say, reminiscent of the old Iomega click of death).Upon calling Seagate, the technician warned me that the drive was probably in its death throes and to make sure I had a backup of anything on it. I put the product back in its box, and sent it back to Amazon, who issued a replacement.When the replacement arrived, all seemed well at first. It formatted just fine, and seemed quiet and elegant. Once I connected it to my primary machine and began to copy data, however, it began making a similar noise to the prior model. Though it showed no signs of failure,... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , October 20, 2009

    Clickety-Clack

    0 1/5 J. Bunte - See all my reviews, April 1, 2010
    List Price: $89.99
    USB 2.0 Interface
    Built-in power management ensures energy-efficient operation
    7200 RPM performance, 1TB
    Plug n¿ play with no software to install
    1 Year Warranty
    Simply drag-and-drop to save files


  • Seagate

    Seagate FreeAgent 500 GB 3.5-Inch USB 2.0 Hard Drive ST305004FDA1E1-RK

    Personal Computer (Seagate)

    Rating (357 reviews):
    (3.5/5)
    Seagate

    An Astonishing Experience: Three Drives Purchased - Three Drives Failed

    I was truly astonished by the bad experience I had with this particular drive. I picked up three of them intending to use them for backing up data and was truly shocked to discover two were confirmed DOA by Seagate Technical Support right out of the box.Symptom: Drive only spins up when power and USB cable are attached. But Windows XP never detected two of the drives, installing them only as "Unknown device," despite more than a dozen attempts to reinstall.Problem: "These drives are bad because the chipset is not responding properly with your computer." We tried several other machines here with the same results. Apparently hit or miss efforts to get the drive recognized by XP are also a result of a bad chipset, but people are apparently living with this, and they are living dangerously. Should the drive fail during a file write, your data integrity is at risk.Symptom: The third drive was instantly recognized by Windows XP, but within 15 minutes... 1/5 Phillip M. Dampier (Rochester, NY United States) - See all my reviews, November 7, 2007

    Archive Space Solution

    If your sole purpose is to offload archives, then this is a great product. Most people don't think twice of backing up their existing data. Also, each version of windows comes with a backup program which originated from the Veritas Brand of Software. You can easily set the Free Agent Hardware and make it an active drive, then setup the Backup Software within MS 2000, XP, or Vista.I've read reviews that seem to point out the burden of USB2 write speed. It makes no difference if the interface is Firewire or USB if the intent is to just backup data. If it takes a few extra seconds or minutes, no big deal. Either way the data will get to the disk and you can rest peacefully.Update as of September 02, 2007: It appears my drive has began failing. I've heard from various sources that this series of Drives lacks cooling capacity. I've left mine plugged in for a few hours to begin noticing Windows Cache errors reading and writing from the drive. If the drive... 5/5 David Carlin (Philadelphia, PA USA) - See all my reviews This review is from: Seagate FreeAgent 500 GB 3.5-Inch USB 2.0 Hard Drive ST305004FDA1E1-RK (Personal Computers) If your sole purpose is to offload archives, then this is a great product. Most people don't think twice of backing up their existing data. Also, each version of windows comes with a backup program which originated from the Veritas Brand of Software. You can easily set the Free Agent Hardware and make it an active drive, then setup the Backup Software within MS 2000, XP, or Vista.I've read reviews that seem to point out the burden of USB2 write speed. It makes no difference if the interface is Firewire or USB if the intent is to just backup data. If it takes a few extra seconds or minutes, no big deal. Either way the data will get to the disk and you can rest peacefully.Update as of September 02, 2007: It appears my drive has began failing. I've heard from various sources that this series of Drives lacks cooling capacity. I've left mine plugged in for a few hours to begin noticing Windows Cache errors reading and writing from the drive. If the drive... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , May 21, 2007

    Warning - warranty may not be valid!

    I bought this drive in July. A week ago the supplied power adapter burned out and fried the control board. WARNING! Seagate does NOT cover this at all! The only way they would accept a return is to send the entire unit. If I wanted my data, they offered an expensive data recovery service, not a drive replacement. There was NO option at all to replace the damaged components or even swap the drive to a new enclosure! I had to crack the case, remove the drive, and put it in a ($60) external enclosure myself. The drive was fine and I recovered all data. But the remains of the burned out unit are worthless. Seagate refused to replace the drive, even if I returned the entire pile of parts after copying the data to another drive...because I'd opened the case. What did they expect me to do? Pay them a fortune to "recover" my data when all that was needed was to move the returned drive into another case? "Sorry, we do not offer that service."I call that appalling and... 1/5 T. Smith (San Francisco, CA United States) - See all my reviews, August 30, 2007
    List Price: $269.99
    Backup CDs, DVDs or store files and programs for on-the-go
    7200 RPM spindle speed and 8MB buffer memory for high-speed performance and fast read times
    Footprint is no bigger than a stapler; Just plug it in and you're ready to go
    Includes external drive, USB 2.0 cable, AC power adapter, and quick start guide; 5-year limited warranty
    500 GB external hard drive connects to your computer via USB cable


700-999 GB