Product Comparison: Seagate Expansion 5TB (STEB5000100) vs Toshiba Canvio Basics

General Specifications
Expansion 5TB (STEB5000100)
Canvio Basics (HDTB410EK3AA)
About the Product
The Seagate Expansion Desktop hard drive provides extra storage for an ever-growing collection of files. Consolidate files into a single location and free up computer space. The drive is automatically recognized by the Windows operating system so there’s no software to install or configure. Saving files is easy-simply drag-and-drop. Take advantage of fast data transfer speeds with the USB 3.0/2.0 interface.
Get all the storage capacity you need for your important digital content—and keep it all in one place, everywhere you go.
Key Specs
Storage Drive Type
HDD 2.5"
5000 GB
2000 GB
What customers say about "Key Specs"
Seagate Expansion 5TB (STEB5000100) External Hard Drive
  • Surprisingly high read/write for magnetic storage.
  • Enormous size means I can back up my entire machine after compression.
  • The drive itself is very user friendly, and relatively easy to you. Plug in the cable, switch on the power and you can start transferring files.
  • I bought it to take over for my 1.5 TB external drive which was headed for melt down and the 5TB uploaded everything at very fast rate.
  • Plugged it in this morning and heard a loud screeching noise that would stop and start again. So, I unplugged it and waiting a while. Plugged it back in 30 minutes later, same noise.
Toshiba Canvio Basics Portable External Hard Drive
  • The Toshiba Canvio Basics 1TB Portable Hard Drive is an excellent drive for what I needed it for, which was to add extra storage to my Xbox One.
  • This 2tb Toshiba worked perfectly just plug it in and its a simple set it up in your system storage settings and your ready to go. I currently have 20 games on mine and have only 33.4% used with 1.4 tb left
  • This Drive is good for a variety of uses. You can store you videos, pictures, and more on here. It's plug and play so you simply plug in and it shows up, much like a thumb drive. A LOT of storage, so you won't need to worry about running out of space.
  • This system is a perfect add-on external storage that acts as a proxy device for intermediate storage of information as the month goes bay - then exported to the massive devices' storage folders on five 5 terabyte devices. Has worked perfectly for a month now.
  • The support network that Toshiba offers is an unknown as compared to Seagate & WD in a lot of regions
Size & Weight
6.93 in.
0.8 in.
4.75 in.
4.7 in.
1.44 in.
3.1 in.
33.44 oz.
5.25 oz.
What customers say about "Size & Weight"
Seagate Expansion 5TB (STEB5000100) External Hard Drive
  • Unit is a little more compact than I thought. From the pics I thought I'd be about the size or bigger than my old MyBook but it is actually 1/4 less diameter all around.
  • Exterior looks amazing even thought it's a plastic enclosure. And it is convenient and compact.
  • Once I received the device I was shocked to see how small the device actually is. It's only a little bit longer than my Galaxy Note 3, and very light.
  • The unit sits on my desk backing up my computer. The footprint is pretty small on the desk.
  • So far so good. Very large capacity, quiet, relatively small and light weight.
Toshiba Canvio Basics Portable External Hard Drive
  • This little gem is USB powered. Its also weighs very little too!
  • It came in a plain bubble package although it was a bit too big for the size of box this came in but it was in perfect condition.
  • The photo of the device can be bit misleading it's about the size of a 4 fingerd kit-kat bar!
  • This drive works well and is quiet. Is lightweight and a good size although there are lighter and more pocket sized drives for carrying around with a laptop and the like.
  • I have recently bought a new laptop that doesn't have a large storage size so I decided to find an external hard drive.
OS Compatibility
Windows 8/7
Windows, Mac OS
USB 3.0
USB 3.0
Backup Function
Data Protection
Password protection with hardware encryption
SuperSpeed USB, Plug and Play
Internal Shock Sensor and Ramp Loading Technology, Portable Peace of Mind, Easy to Use, Plug and Play
What customers say about "Features"
Seagate Expansion 5TB (STEB5000100) External Hard Drive
  • Compatible with 2.0 and such. I already imaged my drive off an older laptop I was retiring and transferred it into a new workstation and my personal laptop no problems!
  • Used it for our XBOX ONE storage for games. It is compatible to a PS4 as well.
  • Absolutely great. Very easily compatible. Seems to provide unlimited storage with hundred of movies loaded onto it.
  • Needs a power adapter wall-wart (included), versus a 2.5" that can run off USB only.
  • After 5 months of use the device stopped working, I believed the power brick was malfunctioning but the hardware usb interface was dead.
Toshiba Canvio Basics Portable External Hard Drive
  • USB 3.0 (faster load times than my internal Xbox One drive by a little bit)
  • Quiet, quieter than my computer fan! I can hear it when it starts to spins up, but then it quiets right down.
  • Cool and quiet. This thing is basically silent so it won't annoy you regardless of where it is installed.
  • Small rubber feet on the bottom of the hard drive case prevent slippage
  • Would like to have had a longer cable. However the hard drive does reach the top of my PC case.
Additional Accessories
USB 3.0 cable, Power adaptor, Quick start guide
USB 3.0 cable, Quick start guide
Number Of Drives
Power Supply
AC adapter
USB 5V/0.5A
Warranty / Certifications
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year(s)
2 year(s)
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