Seagate Expansion 1TB External Hard Drive Review

If you are looking for additional storage for your windows laptop/PC which offers fast read/write speed, without burning a hole in your pocket, then you can consider Seagate Expansion 1TB hard drive. It is a USB 3.0 based hard drive with backward compatibility, which means it can work with USB 2.0 as well. Besides Windows laptop/PC, you can use it with a gaming console as well. The device can be very helpful if you need to save games on an external portable hard drive.

Seagate Expansion drives are available in 2TB, 3TB, and 4TB capacity as well. However, the cost of the drive varies according to its storage capacity. This Seagate portable hard drive is also compatible with Apple/Mac laptops. However, you need to format the hard drive with HFS+ to make it work with Mac devices exclusively. On the other hand, if you want it to be compatible with both Windows and Mac then you need to format it with the exFAT file system. Read the Seagate Expansion review further to know more about this external hard drive.


Seagate Expansion 1TB Portable External Hard Drive Review – Design & Specification

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Seagate Expansion 1TB portable external hard drive USB 3.0 is a beautifully designed lightweight and compact square-shaped device. The size of the device is 4.61 x 3.15x 0.8 inches ( L X W X H). It weighs around 5.9 ounces and comes with a 1-year warranty. Seagate Expansion hard drive is very easy to set up. All you need is a USB cable which comes with an external hard drive. Connect the external drive and laptop/PC with a USB cable and you are ready to go. This device doesn’t require an external power source and gets its power through a USB cable. Windows easily recognize the device, so you need to install drivers from CD/DVD.

The hard drive operates with a 5400 rpm speed which consumes less power compared to a 7200rpm speed external drive. But a 7200rpm hard drive will give you better performance. If you need fast performance then you can consider external solid-state drive-based portable drives, such as Samsung T3 Portable Solid State Drive, which offer much higher reading /writing speed. Note that such drives are still quite expensive. However, you will get super-fast performance with Samsung T3. It offers almost double read/write speed against Seagate Expansion hard drive. By default, this Seagate external hard drive is formatted with the NTFS file system.

Also read: How to Back up Data From Your Apple Devices

Capacity & Performance

If you are searching for Seagate Expansion reviews to know about the storing capacity of the external hard drive, your search ends here. Seagate Expansion 1TB portable external hard drive can store up to 1,000 hours of digital video or up to 250 DVD movies of 2 hours duration each. When it comes to storing images and music files, the drive offers space for up to 320,000 images or 16660 hours of music.

The main drawback of this hard drive is that it doesn’t offer backup software. So it is advisable not to store sensitive data in this external drive. You can still use 3rd party backup software. When it comes to speed, you can get around 120Mbps speed for both writing and reading respectively. As discussed earlier, the Seagate expansion hard drive is compatible with USB 2.0 as well but the data transfer rate will be quite low.

Also read: 500GB vs 1TB SSD

Pros & Cons


  • The portable hard drive is quite easy to set up.
  • No need for additional software to install on the computer.
  • Windows automatically recognizes the drive.
  • Backward compatible with USB 2.0.
  • Light and compact.
  • Plug and play.
  • Decent read/write speed.
  • Budget-friendly.
  • An inbuilt power management system helps in saving energy.


  • The drive doesn’t come with backup software.
  • So if the drive fails or there is data corruption by any means, you will have to shell out money to recover data.
  • Short Warranty.

Final Verdict

Seagate 1TB external hard drive is a good choice if you are on a budget and looking for an external hard drive that offers enough space with fast read/write speed. It is simple and easy to use.

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If you looking for a good external hard drive with tons of storage at a cheap price then Seagate expansion 1tb portable external hard drive is the right product for you. But if you are looking for an external hard drive with more rpm speed then you should consider other external hard drives with better rpm speed.


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