Review: Seagate STBV3000200 Expansion Drive

Seagate STBV3000200 External Drive

Our computer is absolutely heaving at the moment. It’s packed with all kind of software, music, images, word documents and, of course, blog backup files dating back years and being old, slow and ready to peg it – the laptop that is, not me – I really needed to ensure everything was backed up as a matter of urgency.

I know it’s a first world problem to worry about such things, but I was starting to really fret that we would lose some treasured pictures and important documents, so something had to be done. And here’s the answer! Tesco Compare Home Insurance sent me this beauty to review. Which was nice of them.

The Seagate STBV3000200 3TB Expansion Drive does everything you’d expect a bit of hardware like it to do; it has an absolutely massive capacity and I imagine it could hold all of the data from my computer several times over were I so inclined. It actually took me longer to remove the shrinkwrap from the box it came in than it did to set it up and I was soon copying the most valuable content – the family pictures, of course – over for safe keeping.

The drive comes with a power cord – with British and EU plugs that easily snap on to the business end – and a USB cable. Upon firing up both it and my poor old laptop, it installed the required drivers instantly. It was then just a matter of dragging and dropping the relevant data from one window to the next. Job done.

Despite having a huge memory, it’s compact and light so will fit comfortably in most bags. This will also be of use to me, I’m sure, as I do a fair bit of video editing and sometimes need to take my work home with me. All in all, I’m very happy with it and would recommend it to anyone in a similar situation to me.

The drive has a recommended retail price of £139.99, but is currently available from Amazon for £88.99. Maybe pricey for some, but a great deal cheaper than buying a new PC and, had I not been given it, would happily have paid that for the peace of mind that my important data is safe.

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