Seagate STEA4000400 Expansion 4 TB USB 3.0 Portable 2.5 Inch External Hard Drive for PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 - Black £89.99 @ Amazon
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Seagate STEA4000400 Expansion 4 TB USB 3.0 Portable 2.5 Inch External Hard Drive for PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 - Black £89.99 @ Amazon

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Really tempted to pick this up

It's £99.99 at Argos, and my Plex WD 3TB Refurbished Drive is failing
I know it's portable vs desktop but paid less than this for 6tb on Weds
Borntooslow27 m ago

Really tempted to pick this upIt's £99.99 at Argos, and my Plex WD 3TB …Really tempted to pick this upIt's £99.99 at Argos, and my Plex WD 3TB Refurbished Drive is failing


Bad sectors or it sound like its goin??
UltimatePhoenix15 m ago

Bad sectors or it sound like its goin??


Not entirely sure, I haven't run diagnostics on it, it's been iffy for a little while, I thought my Shield was playing up first.

I have the drive hooked up to my Nvidia Shield, which isn't functioning correctly with it attached, as soon as I unplug it, The Shield functions perfectly, I've swapped the USB cables and reset the Shield.

I reinstalled the Plex app, and Plex Media Server app and left it to update library overnight

Came back this morning and it was still updating the library but had hung while doing it, now the apps won't open at all, VLC won't correct find the library.

I guess that's what I get for cheaping out and buying recertified, it's just out of it's warranty too, so £60ish down the toilet.

Luckily Windows recognises it ok and runs, so I've disconnected it, ordered this 4TB drive and will attempt a full data swap once it arrives.
Borntooslow8 m ago

Not entirely sure, I haven't run diagnostics on it, it's been iffy for a …Not entirely sure, I haven't run diagnostics on it, it's been iffy for a little while, I thought my Shield was playing up first.I have the drive hooked up to my Nvidia Shield, which isn't functioning correctly with it attached, as soon as I unplug it, The Shield functions perfectly, I've swapped the USB cables and reset the Shield.I reinstalled the Plex app, and Plex Media Server app and left it to update library overnightCame back this morning and it was still updating the library but had hung while doing it, now the apps won't open at all, VLC won't correct find the library.I guess that's what I get for cheaping out and buying recertified, it's just out of it's warranty too, so £60ish down the toilet.Luckily Windows recognises it ok and runs, so I've disconnected it, ordered this 4TB drive and will attempt a full data swap once it arrives.


There's a Seagate app, when I used to use it it was on Floppy but im sure they would of updated to USB now, really good diagnostic test, also Seagate have a warranty period so you may be eligible, better than you forking out for a new drive if you can get it repaired!!
Some people dont like the recertified drives but ive had a 100gb drive for about 10 years used in a caddy and its still going strong
are these fat or slim as i would like to chuck 2 in my laptop.
Borntooslow1 h, 59 m ago

Not entirely sure, I haven't run diagnostics on it, it's been iffy for a …Not entirely sure, I haven't run diagnostics on it, it's been iffy for a little while, I thought my Shield was playing up first.I have the drive hooked up to my Nvidia Shield, which isn't functioning correctly with it attached, as soon as I unplug it, The Shield functions perfectly, I've swapped the USB cables and reset the Shield.I reinstalled the Plex app, and Plex Media Server app and left it to update library overnightCame back this morning and it was still updating the library but had hung while doing it, now the apps won't open at all, VLC won't correct find the library.I guess that's what I get for cheaping out and buying recertified, it's just out of it's warranty too, so £60ish down the toilet.Luckily Windows recognises it ok and runs, so I've disconnected it, ordered this 4TB drive and will attempt a full data swap once it arrives.



UltimatePhoenix1 h, 51 m ago

There's a Seagate app, when I used to use it it was on Floppy but im sure …There's a Seagate app, when I used to use it it was on Floppy but im sure they would of updated to USB now, really good diagnostic test, also Seagate have a warranty period so you may be eligible, better than you forking out for a new drive if you can get it repaired!!Some people dont like the recertified drives but ive had a 100gb drive for about 10 years used in a caddy and its still going strong


This is part and party of why (more often then not), I tend to avoid me these second-hand/recertified hard drives, etc (on account of similar/the very same reasons, etc ... )

Personally, new (wher possible of course), alllllll the way, thanx.

Though some year's back I have bought or made use of old PC's (naturally with an old/well used hard drive within it and such, lol), though more often then not those have been more/purely for 'experiments' upon (and not as a 'main' PC for anything actually serious beyond that, or whatever ... )

Last month however, I did buy a 2.5 inch used laptop hard drive from one of those CEX/Cash Converter type of places though.

But the only reason for that purchase was because I was having a few 'non-volatile' uses for ...

Eg. Caddying it up, and using it for temporary storage while at the local Library, etc?.

And for the obvious fact that it was initially cheap cheap cheap (it set me back only £2.50, for 250gb), so for me, it was literally a non-brainer ..

But it's cool still.

But that aside, I've always been dubious of certain 'used-items' for the sake of the very nature of some of what was already explained above by the previous commenter ...

Hmmmmmmmmmmmm, but it's all good though - as we all do it (though to be fair, some do such more than others).

But, regardless it's cool I guess. :-)
supermqd29 m ago

are these fat or slim as i would like to chuck 2 in my laptop.


All portable hard drives are 'built' the same way. :-D

Eg. with 2.5 inch laptop hard drives ...

And that's it?. :-)
UltimatePhoenix2 h, 28 m ago

There's a Seagate app, when I used to use it it was on Floppy but im sure …There's a Seagate app, when I used to use it it was on Floppy but im sure they would of updated to USB now, really good diagnostic test, also Seagate have a warranty period so you may be eligible, better than you forking out for a new drive if you can get it repaired!!Some people dont like the recertified drives but ive had a 100gb drive for about 10 years used in a caddy and its still going strong


Ah sorry, I forgot to mention

The recertified drive is a WD, I'm doing a backup now of it, so should be all good.

I ran HD Tune Pro with no bad sectors on the drive, but a couple of yellows in the Health category

Even worrying is the drive I'm using to back it up is showing as over 65C temperature on the Health Category, but the actual temp monitor is at 32C
amour3k38 m ago

This is part and party of why (more often then not), I tend to avoid me …This is part and party of why (more often then not), I tend to avoid me these second-hand/recertified hard drives, etc (on account of similar/the very same reasons, etc ... )Personally, new (wher possible of course), alllllll the way, thanx.Though some year's back I have bought or made use of old PC's (naturally with an old/well used hard drive within it and such, lol), though more often then not those have been more/purely for 'experiments' upon (and not as a 'main' PC for anything actually serious beyond that, or whatever ... )Last month however, I did buy a 2.5 inch used laptop hard drive from one of those CEX/Cash Converter type of places though.But the only reason for that purchase was because I was having a few 'non-volatile' uses for ...Eg. Caddying it up, and using it for temporary storage while at the local Library, etc?.And for the obvious fact that it was initially cheap cheap cheap (it set me back only £2.50, for 250gb), so for me, it was literally a non-brainer .. But it's cool still.But that aside, I've always been dubious of certain 'used-items' for the sake of the very nature of some of what was already explained above by the previous commenter ...Hmmmmmmmmmmmm, but it's all good though - as we all do it (though to be fair, some do such more than others).But, regardless it's cool I guess. :-)


I guess it was my fault for using the recertified drive for Plex, especially with 3TB of carefully collected media

No harm done, I'd rather splash £90 out than lose 3TB of Data
supermqd4 h, 7 m ago

are these fat or slim as i would like to chuck 2 in my laptop.


They are fat. All 2.5" drives above 2TB are 15mm thick
amour3k3 h, 50 m ago

All portable hard drives are 'built' the same way. :-DEg. with 2.5 inch …All portable hard drives are 'built' the same way. :-DEg. with 2.5 inch laptop hard drives ...And that's it?. :-)


They vary in thickness as do other things.
miktil21 m ago

They are fat. All 2.5" drives above 2TB are 15mm thick


thanks for the reply, that sucks oh well i will have to make do with what ive got then. 2x2tb they stack on top of each other so the limit is 2x2tb atm might have to invest in a 1tb ssd then. thanks again
amour3k4 h, 4 m ago

All portable hard drives are 'built' the same way. :-DEg. with 2.5 inch …All portable hard drives are 'built' the same way. :-DEg. with 2.5 inch laptop hard drives ...And that's it?. :-)


no they are not! anything over 2tb are thicker 2.5inch drives!
I'd pay the extra £10 for 2 years recovery.
voted cold
Expert installation is only £59.29. Bargain !
Borntooslow9 h, 4 m ago

Ah sorry, I forgot to mentionThe recertified drive is a WD, I'm doing a …Ah sorry, I forgot to mentionThe recertified drive is a WD, I'm doing a backup now of it, so should be all good.I ran HD Tune Pro with no bad sectors on the drive, but a couple of yellows in the Health categoryEven worrying is the drive I'm using to back it up is showing as over 65C temperature on the Health Category, but the actual temp monitor is at 32C


Never heard of HD Tune Pro, any good? (as in, in relation to for example, something like Tune-Up Utilities, and the like?).
Borntooslow9 h, 3 m ago

I guess it was my fault for using the recertified drive for Plex, …I guess it was my fault for using the recertified drive for Plex, especially with 3TB of carefully collected mediaNo harm done, I'd rather splash £90 out than lose 3TB of Data



Not at all, we pretty much all tend to go via the path of least resistance', etc? (it's human nature basically?), so no big?.

As I mentioned before (even though I try not to do too many of them sort of things and stuff), I've done it, so it's cool really.

And the fact that you are able to simply dust yourself off and start again, is really the main thing in that learning experiences, if we're honest?. :-D

Yep, loosing another 3tb+ of data again I could well imagine would be more than enough to make anyone's head hurt - if truth be known (but you've already clearly identified that 'situation' for yourself from what I see, lol, so come 'tomorrow', if appears you're more than clear on what you need to do for you, etc?). :-)

IF there was a sizable 'difference' in price between new and used (eg. a used Amazon Fire Tablet for £50 on Amazon Warehouse, and the new one of the same was around £100+?), then yes, consider your 'options'?, hehehehehe.

But if say like some of the current Amazon deal's on here (via code stacking, etc?), the very same new Amazon Fire Tablet's are on par in price with that of it's used equivalent, then ... (put it this way, no Rocet Scientist need's to spell out for you what's necessary to do in that particular instance? - assuming you were pitching towards one in the first place that is?, lol)

(And/or in some cases, some of the new Amazon Fire Tablet's were actually CHEAPER then used!).




So (for what it was at the time) I get your reasoning with pitching for the cheaper option at the time ...

But for what it's worth, the 'price-line' for new is wayyyyyy more favourable/not much in it recently basically? (portable hard drives of late are tending to be more that way of late?, fortunately, lol).

So for future reference, I personally wouldn't bother with used again ...

Even this olddddd portable hard drive I bought about 2 year's+ ago here for next to nothing:

hotukdeals.com/dea…869

And cheap as chips too ...

Even though they weren't technically 'new' in the truest sense? (I was able to buy more then 1 of these from various locations), they were still 'new', in the absolute sense.

That's how (where possible ofcourse?), I try to do my thing anyway, lol.
lkl26529 m ago

Expert installation is only £59.29. Bargain !


Lol.

If anyone needs 'expert installation' to be done for them for these things, then I believe they possibly shouldn't be using such things in the first place perhaps?.

I could be wrong?. :-)
supermqd5 h, 57 m ago

thanks for the reply, that sucks oh well i will have to make do with what …thanks for the reply, that sucks oh well i will have to make do with what ive got then. 2x2tb they stack on top of each other so the limit is 2x2tb atm might have to invest in a 1tb ssd then. thanks again


Be a bit careful doing such things to excess like that?.

You forget about certain obvious (though clearly not always anticipated for) things, like heat dissipating, and/or the degradation of the electronics in either/all those portable hard drives on account of the same/similar?.

Those big fat 3.5 inch eide hard drives that were also daisy chained in a similar fashion like that internally within the old skool tower and mini tower PC's from back in the day also had the potential to suffer from similar too (given), but with one notable difference ...

Those PC's had better/more natural airflow circulation surrounding them etc? - Laptops do not (PC's for the most part have always benefited from such things more easily/more naturally? - again, Laptops have not).

So be a bit careful with that particular 'venture' of yours?. :-)

That's all I'm saying ...
miktil6 h, 22 m ago

They are fat. All 2.5" drives above 2TB are 15mm thick


Agharta6 h, 10 m ago

They vary in thickness as do other things.


supermqd5 h, 56 m ago

no they are not! anything over 2tb are thicker 2.5inch drives!


I can say I never thought of that aspect of thing's (to which I'm assuming you can obviously tell, hehehehe).

I'll have to peruse through some of my earlier portable hard drive stash, and see if I'm able to actually see the difference or something?. :-D
amour3k15 m ago

I can say I never thought of that aspect of thing's (to which I'm assuming …I can say I never thought of that aspect of thing's (to which I'm assuming you can obviously tell, hehehehe).I'll have to peruse through some of my earlier portable hard drive stash, and see if I'm able to actually see the difference or something?. :-D


2.5" drives vary in height over a large range as do the enclosures that use them.
It's more of an aesthetic thing for enclosures but for laptops, especially thin ones you are limited to what height drive you can use.
Rich4412 h, 42 m ago

I know it's portable vs desktop but paid less than this for 6tb on Weds


Generally speaking we've always paid more for a portable 'anything'?.

Given, when Desktop PC's first came out, they were easily £3000+

Soon dropping to just shy of £2000 each ...

And now they can be had for around the £300-£400 mark (and more often then not - with monitor too!).

And in contrast, yes, Laptops when they too came out they were also around the £2000 or so mark?.

Also dropping to something around £1000-£1500 ...

Though yes, they've technically dropped considerably since then, but still?.

An average half decent Laptop these day's goes for around the £500 mark easy?.

Which in contrast is still both figuratively and literally more expensive than any of it's next nearest Desktop equivalents ...

Mobile Phone's also started that way - in comparison to the price of what either the Cordless Phone AND Walkie-Talkies combined were costing ... (despite allll of the above 2 still looking more synonymous with that of house bricks, than that it's 'corded' Land Line Phone equivalents also?).

That's part and parcel for the nature of the beast we all choose to live with I guess?.

We alllllll demand smaller, better, can both make my bed, AND cook my dinner allll at the very same time?.

And preferably alllllll within the 'size' parameters of a single pin head too, etc?, hehehehe.

But realistically speaking, for such 'efficiency' in such small 'smaller size' parameter's, there's unfortunately also a very real 'price' to pay for that also?..

I've stopped buying Desktop Hard Drives these day's.

It's all about Portable Hard Drives now.

And for that 'choice' of mine, I should be prepared to perhaps pay about more for it too I guess?.

Which I'm blatantly NOT (as I wait for Deal's like the OP's above, and/or Deal's lie my own previously mentioned above - also here: hotukdeals.com/dea…869

Where I literally paid next to nothing for a few half decent sized, and also half decent Portable Hard Drives, for pretty much next to nothing, but such things are obviously more exceptions to the rule, etc, than the average 'norm', so to speak ... )

But you get the picture still?.
Agharta29 m ago

2.5" drives vary in height over a large range as do the enclosures that …2.5" drives vary in height over a large range as do the enclosures that use them.It's more of an aesthetic thing for enclosures but for laptops, especially thin ones you are limited to what height drive you can use.


Cool, thanx.
Would this work well on an Xbox one x? Thanks
I read somewhere, cant remember where, portable hdd are not as reliable long term as non portable.
Has anyone experienced this personally?
Racer198641 m ago

Would this work well on an Xbox one x? Thanks


Perfect for a One X
bfam49 m ago

I read somewhere, cant remember where, portable hdd are not as reliable …I read somewhere, cant remember where, portable hdd are not as reliable long term as non portable. Has anyone experienced this personally?


Good question. So far as I can see, though, there's no definitive answer. The drives will be much the same in terms of reliability, but the cases will be different. Portable drives may have less protection built into them because of their size, but are likely to get rougher treatment - which might make them seem less reliable.

What really counts against all drives, though, is movement whilst it's running - and that will apply to all types of drive: internal, external, portable and non-portable. The risk of movement of a portable is probably higher because of its size, and again that might give rise to an apparent reduction in reliability.

The short answer is probably that there's no difference between the two - provided you keep them stable in use.
If this is for PS4 storage, you are better buying the desktop model that’s externally powered.
amour3k18 h, 37 m ago

Be a bit careful doing such things to excess like that?.You forget about …Be a bit careful doing such things to excess like that?.You forget about certain obvious (though clearly not always anticipated for) things, like heat dissipating, and/or the degradation of the electronics in either/all those portable hard drives on account of the same/similar?.Those big fat 3.5 inch eide hard drives that were also daisy chained in a similar fashion like that internally within the old skool tower and mini tower PC's from back in the day also had the potential to suffer from similar too (given), but with one notable difference ...Those PC's had better/more natural airflow circulation surrounding them etc? - Laptops do not (PC's for the most part have always benefited from such things more easily/more naturally? - again, Laptops have not).So be a bit careful with that particular 'venture' of yours?. :-)That's all I'm saying ...


the temps are ok around the 40degress during gaming.

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heres a pic to help try and explain i also have 2 m2 port so i would put an 1tb m2 ssd. i forgot to mention i would put it as m2. also the drives are in a bracket (not sure if you can see in the pic)
Edited by: "supermqd" 29th Apr
Newbold8 h, 32 m ago

Good question. So far as I can see, though, there's no definitive answer. …Good question. So far as I can see, though, there's no definitive answer. The drives will be much the same in terms of reliability, but the cases will be different. Portable drives may have less protection built into them because of their size, but are likely to get rougher treatment - which might make them seem less reliable.What really counts against all drives, though, is movement whilst it's running - and that will apply to all types of drive: internal, external, portable and non-portable. The risk of movement of a portable is probably higher because of its size, and again that might give rise to an apparent reduction in reliability.The short answer is probably that there's no difference between the two - provided you keep them stable in use.


Thank you for taking the trouble to write your response
bfam29th Apr

Thank you for taking the trouble to write your response


I've also read similar to what you've also read in the past also.

But as explained above already, it pretty much comes down to the user, and how they use these storage devices basically ...

But 'movement' (or the lack there of), appears to be pretty much key here basically?.

The less unnecessary movement of these devices when not explicitly necessary, the better (in a nutshell).

All I know is, the one's I have (and have had) over the year's, I've not gone totally easy on them as perhaps I would have liked maybe? - but fortunately for me, they're still going strong (so sometimes the luck of the draw also pays it's part too I guess ... ) :-)
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