The digital revolution in music, movies, and television has turned computers into repositories for these kinds of media, though as a computer's hard drive fills up, it usually slows down. It takes longer to load at startup and can move sluggishly through its normal operations. One convenient solution to this problem is adding an external hard drive to the system. Consumers can put large-memory files onto these devices to keep their computer hard drives free and their systems running smoothly. The Iomega Prestige Desktop and the Seagate Expansion are two strong options for external hard drives, and learning about these devices can help consumers decide which one is right for them, with both drives available for low prices on eBay.
|Height||1.24 in.;1.22 in.;1 in.;0.81 in.;0.55 in.||5.04 in.;4.5 in.;1.6 in.;1.57 in.;1.52 in.;1.5 in.;1.1 in.;0.71 in.;0.7 in.;0.69 in.|
|Weight||2.23 lbs;2.22 lbs;2.15 lbs;1 lbs;0.47 lbs;0.38 lbs||2.74 lbs;2.73 lbs;2.25 lbs;2.2 lbs;2.06 lbs;0.68 lbs;0.59 lbs;0.35 lbs|
|Buffer Size||8 MB||8 MB;64 MB;16 MB|
|Hard Drive Capacity||500 GB;3 TB;2 TB;1.5 TB;1 TB||750 GB;640 GB;500 GB;4 TB;320 GB;3 TB;2 TB;1.5 TB;1 TB|
|Spindle Speed||7200 RPM;5400 RPM||7200 RPM;5400 RPM|
|Width||7.82 in.;5 in.;4.88 in.;4.75 in.;4.54 in.;3.19 in.;3 in.||5.56 in.;5.4 in.;5 in.;4.96 in.;4.6 in.;3.51 in.;3.3 in.;3.15 in.|
|Hard Drive Type||Portable;HDD (Hard Disk Drive)||Portable;HDD (Hard Disk Drive)|
|Depth||8 in.;7.82 in.;7.41 in.;4.75 in.;4.54 in.;3 in.||8.2 in.;8.19 in.;8.15 in.;8.1 in.;7.1 in.;6 in.;5.56 in.;5.51 in.;3.2 in.;3.15 in.;0.87 in.|
|External Data Transfer Rate||640 Mbps;60 Mbps;500 Mbps||640 Mbps;60 Mbps;480 Mbps|
|Hard Drives Enclosure||External||External|
|Average Latency||Not Specified||5.56 ms|
Iomega Prestige Desktop external hard drives are great for adding extra storage capacity to a computer. Newer versions of this drive offer 1 TB or 2 TB of storage space, while older models came with 2 TB, 1.5 TB, 1 TB, or 500 GB of space. Newer Prestige Desktop models also come with USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 interfaces. USB 3.0 transfers data up to 10x more quickly than USB 2.0 does, but it requires a 3.0 port on the computer. The Prestige cable is also backwards-compatible to 2.0 for users with computers that have a 2.0 port, though transfer rates are at the slower 2.0 rate in this case. The Iomega Prestige Desktop has AES 256-bit encryption to code data to make files unreadable for those who access them without authorization. A small stand keeps the drive elevated off the surface where it lies, and a replaceable power supply delivers electricity. The Iomega Prestige Desktop comes with the Iomega Protection Suite of software, which includes backup, antivirus, and online backup software.
Right out of the box, a Seagate Expansion external hard drive provides an immediate upgrade to a computer's storage capacity. This plug-n-play drive offers 1 TB, 2 TB, 3 TB, or 4 TB of additional hard drive space, and a quick-start guide enables consumers to start using the drive immediately. The Seagate Expansion comes with dual USB 3.0/2.0 interfaces, so users gain the benefit of 3.0 speed if their computer has a 3.0 port and backwards-compatibility if their system has a 2.0 port. The USB cable needed measures 4 feet, which should be long enough to provide flexible placement options around the computer. Consumers can also purchase a USB extension cable to increase the range of how far the Seagate Expansion can lie from the computer. Seagate manufactures this drive to be compatible with Windows operating systems, but users can also reformat it to be compatible with Mac OS versions if needed.
Comparing the Iomega Prestige Vs Seagate Expansion
The Iomega Prestige Desktop and the Seagate Expansion are both fine choices when adding more storage capacity to a computer system is necessary. The 3 GB and 4 GB models of the Seagate Expansion enable consumers to add more capacity than the Iomega Prestige Desktop does, but there are also 1 GB and 2 GB models available from each manufacturer. The 1 GB version of the Seagate Expansion retails for $120 less than the 1 GB version of the Iomega Prestige Desktop does, but the Iomega model offers a few features not available with the Seagate drive. It has data encryption, which helps to keep the files stored on the Iomega Prestige Desktop more secure than those on the Seagate Expansion. The Iomega drive also comes with backup and protection software to prevent the loss of important data and infection of the drive with computer viruses. Conversely, the absence of these features leaves the Seagate Expansion more vulnerable. Both the Iomega Prestige Desktop and the Seagate Expansion come compatible with Windows operating systems, and consumers can also reformat either drive to work with Mac OS platforms. Both drives are also capable of interfacing with USB 3.0 ports for faster data transfer speeds, and both drives are backwards-compatible to interface with USB 2.0 ports. The dimensions of each drive are similar to one another. The Iomega Prestige Desktop measures 7.41 inches wide by 4.88 inches deep by 1.24 inches high and weighs 2.23 lbs, while the Seagate Expansion 1 TB version has dimensions of 8.15 inches wide by 4.96 inches deep by 1.57 inches high and weighs 2.25 lbs. Both drives are black, but the Iomega model has a sleeker appearance due to its curved casing, whereas the Seagate drive has a basic box shape. The Iomega Prestige Desktop also comes with a holder to raise the drive off the surface on which it lies, while the Seagate Expansion makes direct contact with the desk, table, or shelf where it sits. The Iomega Prestige Desktop 1 TB USB 3.0 version retails for $199.99, with the Seagate Expansion 1 TB version carrying a lower retail price of $79.99.
Buying On eBay
You can find Iomega Prestige Desktop or Seagate Expansion external hard drives on eBay by searching for either model on any page that contains a search field. When you receive your results, choose the appropriate category in order to ensure that the listings are relevant to your search term. When deciding which vendor to purchase your drive from, make sure that you look at sellers' feedback. This is a collection of comments and ratings that other buyers have left for sellers. You can access it by clicking on a seller's username on their listing, and it should indicate the level of customer service that the seller typically provides. eBay also recognizes top sellers for their consistently excellent feedback, so you are also likely to receive top-quality service if you choose to buy from a seller with this designation.