Seagate Desktop Expansion Drive 2TB Review
The 2TB Desktop Expansion Drive is Seagate's answer to the growing demand for a no-frills, high-capacity multimedia storage device. While it doesn't have any significant advantage over other products in its line, this energy-efficient external drive meets expectations at a reasonable price. It comes in a matte black finish that has some resistance to fingerprints and dust. Laying horizontally on rubber feet and a good 1.02-kg heft also makes it slip-proof.
The casing has a solid feel to it and can take some pressure, though it may not be enough to protect the internal parts even from a short fall or from magnetic fields. Overall, the design is deemed simple, even minimalistic, and that says pretty much everything about this device. Being a plug-and-play external drive, it's ready to work right out of the box. And having no other features other than its power management system, it's very stingy on electricity, as well. However, it gets its power straight from the outlet and not through USB connection, so users won't be able to reap its energy-saving benefits for their laptops. There are USB 3.0-compliant models available in the market, and are USB 2.0 backward compatible. Yet the cheaper USB 2.0 versions may be enough for those who just want to store music, movies, and other files that come in small chunks. Frankly, the Seagate Desktop Expansion Drive does little to distinguish itself from other similar storage devices, or from rival external SSDs in terms of performance. It has a 40-second average boot time and runs at 7200 rpm, both of which are expected from external drives in the same price range. The operational noise is tolerable, though may vary on a case-to-case basis. It also switches from idle to active mode almost seamlessly, but its power management capability is neither an industry first nor revolutionary.
Reliability issues are also not uncommon with this external drive with problems ranging from faulty cables to entirely dysfunctional units. Worse, Seagate's "replacement only" policy offers little consolation for people who have lost their files. Making several backups or buying a RAID drive instead is strongly recommended specially for storing very important data. Other brands also offer a longer warranty period for parts so Seagate's relatively conservative policy might be a deal-breaker. The Seagate Desktop Expansion Drive's greatest strength is simplicity of design and function. It works the way external drives are supposed to, in the traditional sense, anyway. Like a big photo album, users can easily open it, transfer their files, store it away and re-open it to review its contents. However, people who look for added value, such as file management options or security features, may have to look somewhere else as this device provides a spacious media storage, nothing more, nothing less.
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