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Seagate 4 TB Expansion USB 3.0 Portable 2.5 Inch External Hard Drive for PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 (STEA4000400)
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- External portable hard drive formatted for Windows out of the box
- Drag-and-drop file saving
- USB 3.0 powered
- For Mac compatibility this hard drive requires reformatting. Reformatting the drive will erase all content unless it is backed up to another drive. Refer to Application Guide for guidance on this
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Seagate 4 TB Expansion Portable Hard Drive is a wonderful solution to a cluttered, data-filled computer. Backup everything periodically onto your huge 4TB Expansion portable hard drive from Seagate. This wonderful Seagate product will keep all your important files and memories stored and tucked away safely. Never lose any memories or sensitive information anymore due to sudden hardware or software failure. This massive Seagate 4 TB Expansion Portable Hard Drive is an amazing addition to your gadgets. With a whopping 4TB storage capacity, you can store almost anything you can think of. All you have to do is plug this USB powered Expansion Portable Hard Drive into your computer and you're ready to go. It flaunts a beautiful design in an elegant matte black finish that will definitely look stylish wherever you take it. Get know more about its USB and storage functions below. Physical Features Key Features Brand: Seagate Color: Black Weight: 236 grams Ports: 2 Capacity: 4 TB Plug and Store This Seagate 4 TB Expansion Portable Hard Drive is very simple to set up. Just plug it into your computer and you're ready to go. This Seagate external hard drive is powered through its USB connection and does not need any external power supply. After you plug it in, Windows will automatically recognize it. To save your data on the external Seagate hard drive, all you have to do is simply drag-and-drop your files and voila! You're all backed up. The 4TB Expansion comes with a SuperSpeed USB 3.0 port that lets you transfer data from and to your device at amazing speeds. It is also backward compatible with USB 2.0. This device comes with a built-in automatic power management system that lowers the external hard drive's consumption which ensures energy-efficient operation and helps your laptop's battery run for longer.
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This Seagate 4 TB Expansion Portable Hard Drive is very simple to set up. Just plug it into your computer and you’re ready to go. This Seagate external hard drive is powered through its USB connection and does not need any external power supply. After you plug it in, Windows will automatically recognize it. To save your data on the external Seagate hard drive, all you have to do is simply drag-and-drop your files and voila! You’re all backed up. The 4TB Expansion comes with a SuperSpeed USB 3.0 port that lets you transfer data from and to your device at amazing speeds. It is also backward compatible with USB 2.0. This device comes with a built-in automatic power management system that lowers the external hard drive’s consumption which ensures energy-efficient operation and helps your laptop’s battery run for longer.
- Brand: Seagate
- Color: Black
- Weight: 236 grams
- Ports: 2
- Capacity: 4 TB
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Edit: It had been a little over two months and its still working as intended. To answer a common question:
It works out of the box. Literally just plug it into your ps4 go to devices under settings then USB storage devices. It should pop up under there, select it then it will say "Format as extended storage" and select that. The support for external hard drives is absolutely great. If you have a TON of downloadable games then you can simply just have multiple external hard drives and download all you games to them. Then you can just plug in the external hard drive with the game you want and you're good to go. I highly recommend looking up how to set it up if you are still having trouble. It is very easy.
Edit (July 5 2019): Still working as expected.
In my case - now that Nintendo Switch is coming - I wanted to download all digitally purchased games I have for Wii U and store them along with save games on one drive. Testing tech components is a hobby of mine and I've decided to go all in - purchasing 3 external HDD drives so I can test how they work and pick the best one. The drives I've tried out are:
WD 1TB Black My Passport Portable External Hard Drive - USB 3.0 - WDBYNN0010BBK-WESN
HGST Touro S 1TB 7200RPM High-Performance Portable Drive, Platinum (0S03694)
Seagate Expansion 1TB Portable External Hard Drive USB 3.0 (STEA1000400)
Now, on the Seagate drive I'm reviewing here - it's pretty solid HDD. Read/write statistics (90+MB/s) are great for the price. HGST (Hitachi) Touro beats it performance-wise but it's $30+ more expensive. What is more important are peripherals - HGST spins on 7200 rpm so it also draws more power. Which is quite important because of known problems with Wii U supplying enough power though it's USB ports. Y cable is a must for worry free operation regardless of which external drive you pick for your Wii U:
During normal usage I couldn't notice any difference between 3 HDDs on Wii U. Probable cause are 2.0 USB ports that are on Wii U - simply there is not enough throughput for performance differences to be visible.
The biggest issue I have with Seagate is historical fail rate. Few years ago Seagate drives had 15%+ fail rate which is catastrophic. I bought Seagate Central HDD in 2013 only to replace it a year later. That's also why I got WD and HGST to test - historically those brands have lower fail rates for their drives. HGST is way better than both Seagate and WD; but unfortunately you won't find it in stock here on Amazon as much as Seagate and WD. This is probably because WD owns HGST/Hitachi and wants to push WD as consumer brand.
In the end, my pick is WD 1TB Black My Passport. Looking at historic data, warranty info and number of 1 star reviews here on Amazon I felt more confident in storing data on that drive. Seagate HDD is solid pick and great value, but if for same amount of money you can get hard drive that has lower fail rate and better warranty - why wouldn't you buy it instead?
I avoid linking externally from Amazon because those often get edited out of review. But if you want more data - like historic fail rates, more testing info and answers to your questions, leave a comment on this review and I'll be glad to respond and help! And if this review helped you, please like it ;). Here are also answers to few questions that I see are often asked on this HDD:
* This drive will work as expansion storage for consoles. This includes Wii U, PS4, Xbox One. So will WD drive that I recommend.
* You can no longer use this HDD to replace PS4 internal hard drive. Seagate has removed internal SATA connection. I am somewhat confused why people were doing this. 7200 RPM laptop drives would be much better choice because of performance considerations. Like this one: https://www.amazon.com/Black-Performance-Mobile-Hard-Drive/dp/B01DOL05OC/ref=as_li_ss_tl?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1487707269&sr=1-3&keywords=wd+hard+drive+laptop&linkCode=ll1&tag=codeproject-20&linkId=c409c09ff004693c145d4790073d011e
* This drive is compatible with Mac OS X, backwards compatible with USB 2.0, etc. In a nutshell this is standard 2.5 inch (laptop) NTFS-formatted, 5400 RPM HDD with USB instead of SATA interface.
After purchasing this 2 Tb drive I moved about 600 Gb of data from my old drive to the new one over a period of several days. On Day 4, the drive developed a squeak when operating, which as it turns out signals the beginning of the end for the drive. After several hours of trying to copy the data to other media, the drive is now a stylish paperweight. I did a bit of research and it appears that these drives have a 15% failure rate. This isn't an issue if it fails during the original set-up - Amazon will replace it without question. I requested a replacement and it was at my door 2 days later. (BTW - Amazon gets 5-Stars for their customer service and replacement policy)
The challenge is that once you've spent a few days loading data on the drive, then find out you have purchased one that falls into that 15% failure category; plan on investing some more money to recover your data. Seagate's Marketing Team has you covered. They've developed a strategy to provide a recovery service that ranges in price from $79 (download on sale right now - YIPPEE) to nearly $600 if you want Seagate to recover your files. I figured that I'd click Seagate's little "Try Before You Buy" option, but it still doesn't recognize the drive. The implied solution is to try the "Technician Download" for more than $100. Spending more money is apparently my only option. Good for Seagate, bad for me.
BOTTOM LINE - Before purchasing this drive, PLEASE read the 1-Star reviews. I made the critical mistake of not reading the reviews before this purchase - I figured Seagate was a reliable option as it had worked for me in the past. When the drive failed on Day 4, I visited the Amazon page and found a significant number of recent 1-Star reviews who have experienced the same issue - CATASTROPHIC FAILURE after a few days to a couple of months.
My recommendation is that you spend a few more dollars and look at another brand before purchasing an external drive. Second, I realize now that I mistakenly assumed that I could move the files from my old external drive which had signs of failure to this one. Poor assumption on my part. If your system is operating and you can copy the files - do so. Otherwise be prepared to have Seagate's hands in your pocket or get used to the idea of losing your files. At least I've got a stylish paperweight as a reminder.