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Seagate Expansion 2TB Portable Hard Drive $69 @ Bing Lee / eBay (Sold Out) / Catch (Expired)

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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 power supply and USB cable, and you are ready to go. It is automatically recognized by the Windows operating system, so there is no software to install and nothing to 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.

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  • Also available at Officeworks. Bought one today to shuck for my laptop

    • These drives are the worst possible choice for a laptop you could find, make backups of stuff you don't want to lose and do it often.

      • Any recommendations to what one to get for portable drive fir laptop. Mainly to backup pics and office files… thanks.

        • +1

          You can easily find 512GB SATA SSD for less than $100, other than significant and very noticeable improvement in speed they're also much more reliable than Seagate Rosewood drives (google it if you're curious) from these enclosures and don't afraid bumps.

          • @DainB: Thanks. Have a samsung 1tb evo but wanted something a bit more higher capacity for day to day stuff

            • @tpenthouse: There's not than many options for thin 2TB HDDs left I afraid. It's choice between these Seagate Rosewood drives or Toshiba which are SMR drives too. Samsung M9T (Seagate Spinpoint) if you can find new, but they're pretty rare these days.

          • +1

            @DainB: A 512GB would not be a suitable replacement for this drive as it is 4x smaller than this Seagate 2TB Portable HDD :|

      • +1

        I did the same a while back to fill the spare drive bay in my laptop. While the old models contained a Samsung M9T which was a CMR drive these contain SMR drives. It didn't matter as in my case as it's essentially for keeping data I don't use often but still might want on the go. It is spun down most of the time.

        I agree that these do not make a good backup in that scenario. Reliability aside, you can easily lose the whole laptop anyway so an on device backup is not exactly ideal. These drives don't have a particularly great reputation for reliability either. That said it's still going after 20K power on hours and I've had more SSDs than HDDs die in recent years.

        • The most common scenario how they die in laptops is someone closing lid putting laptop to sleep while these disks are still writing and tossing laptop away or putting it in the bag, it's practically guaranteed you'll have data loss in the best case or heads sticking to platters in the worst. They work best in always-on stationary PCs.

          Avoid them for laptop by all means.

      • Considering this is being used as a secondary drive, (primary being NVME) and the fact that I ran one of these exact drives for years as a primary plex library plugged in 24/7 with no issues, I'm not at all concerned. Also, not mounted all the time as it's essentially being used as a media drive in a linux environment, where its set up to be mounted when needed and unmounted when not needed.

        Furthermore, at $70, it doesn't matter.

  • +1

    Hey BA! haven't seen you in a while

  • +3

    Waiting for 4tb 2.5inch expansion drives for $99.

    • aren't those SMR?

      • +1

        Yes they're smr drives. I don't care because I'm using them for torrenting drives and not in raid or in nas. I use 2 x 2.5 inch torrenting smr drives I replace every 2 years. Sucked out of the portable drives.

  • Are these 2.5" or 3.5" .. how do you tell?

    • +3

      When they put portable in the title they are nearly always a 2.5"
      This one is definitely a 2.5" (just look up the model number)

    • +1

      Check the pictures and specs. 2.5" is powered by USB. 3.5" is powered by a power adapter.

    • +1

      2.5" is portable and 3.5" is desktop. Also usb power and AC power respectively as Twix has noted.

    • I'm not too knowledgeable in this area but I'm now very curious, why would it matter if they were 2.5" or 3.5"? Is there a performance energy-efficiency difference or something?

      • First, the form factor. 2.5" drives are considerably smaller. Second, you only need a USB cable to use 2.5" drives, while desktop drives also require a power adapter. It's more convenient to use a 2.5" drive.

        • Ohh alright thank you!! The power adapter would be a decent reason to consider 2.5"

  • +3

    Its been a while since ive seen a deal as good as the 5TB for $97

    • That's a good deal. I would be all over that.

  • $65.55 on ebay for me, potentially an ebayplus only type of coupon code

    • Same for me but $6.00 Standard Postage kills it!

  • Having a bit of experience with these the best use for them is connected to NAS in some hidden place and always on. Defnitely not to be used as portable disk or backup for anything that is worth for you to preserve.

    • just because you stuck it behind a nas always on that's the best use of it?

      sounds like expert advice lol

      • It's not bad advice. The series of drives used in these have a reputation for being exceptionally prone to failure and for being difficult to recover data from when they do fail.

      • -1

        That's actually the only one practical use for them. Prove me wrong.

  • This was this price ages ago….and still the same price……

    • True. Bought one some time ago from Harvey Norman for $49

      • yeah….so nothing special

  • -1

    Portable hard drives are getting better these days, faster processing speed. I have the chunky external hard drive that's USB-3 that needs to be powered whereas this one is portable…no power needed

    • +1

      This is the future!

    • The reason for that is that your chunky 3.5" external hard drive needs 12V to operate.

  • $69 is now the standard price. Not much of a bargain.