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Large Capacity But Don't Leave Them Running!
I bought this as a cheap backup drive for my NAS. It was slightly larger and a great price compared to the NAS drives at the time. It was connected to the NAS USB 3.0 and powered on 24/7. The NAS just done it's thing and backed up to this external HDD every week...until it didn't! I was getting errors saying backup couldn't be completed as there was no external drive. Basically, it was randomly disconnecting. Then when I'd reconnect it, you could see files and then it would again either randomly disconnect or you couldn't explore the folders. I...must admit, it was powered on for about 3 years before I started seeing issues. Luckily, the files on the NAS were fine and I could just back them up to another external HDD (a 6TB Seagate Backup Plus). So while they will work for a while, these particular ones will wear out if you leave them powered on 24/7 - regardless of whether they are being written to or not. Needless to say, I only power the new backup on when I need to and eject it to spin the disks down when not needed.
Purchased in February 2017 at JB Hi-Fi Retail Stores for $199.00.
- Expansion Desktop STEB4000300
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Currently using the HDD in my NVR with no issues
I purchased this SEAGATE 4TB EXPANSION DESK HDD from Officework, I imediately extracted the HDD to use in my NVR. Absolutely no problems with the drive so far, i'll update this review if it experiences issues in the future.
Purchased in August 2019 at Officeworks Online store for $99.00.
- Expansion Desktop STEB4000300
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Useless cheap garbage.
I've actually had two Seagates, the first one stopped working pretty quickly and I never did try to get a refund. The more recent 4TB actually worked about 9 months before screwing up. My computer failed to read it, switching it on and off again would sometimes work but I have just tried to format and transfer files again to the drive, and it is not working. Cheap useless rubbish, don't waste your money.
At least it fixable!
I collect movies, in that I translate them from DVDs and store because ultimately they do deteriorate, tried the WDs and other manufacturers versions, but an error on my part unplugged or stopped these while they were working by accident, now there only paper weights, purchased a Seagate 2tb, again an error on my part, but found the problem fixed it self when plugged into a smart TV, this also works on USB sticks. Since then have purchased numerous powered 2tb, then because the 2s were unavailable the 3s! I'm very careful connecting and disconn...ecting them, but inadvertently I make a mistake and the smart TV, remedies that! So with the time and effort I've put in, the Seagates are the only mass storage unit I use now! I don't need expensive paper weights or anchors! So The Seagates are my only choice to save and backup all my data! Currently have 22, one to save and a backup of that save without any problems! All purchased over the years when I've required more space! Just bought another two yesterday!
- Expansion Desktop STEB5000300
- Verified purchase
Value for money
Being a external hard disk I use it as a Archive of my personal photos, videos..
paid 150$ and I feel its worth it .. 30$ / TB to save your memorable moments what i see.
Personally, I trust seagate harddisk as it has never failed for me.. *Touch wood
Do not attempt to buy this product.... use at own risk
Please I urge you do not purchase any other product from seagate. Right now in U.S.A they got class filed lawsuit against them for selling defective products and they purposely knew about it but continue sell them. If you like me who values your data I urge you to stay away from seagate I highly recomend buying Western Digital (WD) as they have really good reputation of reliable hdds bit more money but money well spent. Whats more important to you a hdd you got for reasonable price from a once good reputable company Seacrap or couple dollars mo...re for hdd which Western Digital reputation stands for their products reliable and efficient to last longer. Dont get me wrong hdd will fail what you do with hdd will determined the longevity of hdd where's seagate im afraid are built just to fail. I lost 13yrs of valuable data to this company because of poor research and product review and was suck in for special price at the time.
Terrible Seagate poop
These HDD stop working exaclty im talking E Xactly about a week to a month before the warranty is overdue. Every single time without fail they stop spinning, stop letting you access the data, the cord wont even work properly that goes to the HDD and other factors. Even upon getting one HDD back under warranty repaired it stopped working 3 months later again.
Then i went to the seagate website for data recovery they are charging 600 to 1700 to send it in , if there software online doesnt work, which it never does.
It wreaks of scam! con and set up and revenue raising ,
What a stinker!!!!!
Other companies seem to charge 4 times less the price for data recovery and their HDD lasts 3 times longer.
Don't trust Seagate External Drives. Take care.
I bought a new "Seagate Desktop External Hard Drive 5TB USB 3.0" and after 3 months it crashed.
I need it to store all my backups that I had in several Small HardDisks.
All my works of 15 years were lost them all :(
Of course, Seagate offers me a branded new HD. But that don't help me in recover my lost life works.
Search for another brand.
DO NOT BUY Seagate for your data backup needs
Purchased a 5TB Seagate Expansion Desktop Drive to backup all my files in May 2016. It stopped working in late October 2016: plugged it in and no response - doesn't turn on, so can't access any of my data. Laptop has also carked it so no access to any files. Can send it back for assessment - but data recovery is not part of their warranty and under no circumstances will they ever return your original drive. If found in your favour, the best they'll do is send you a refurbished drive (to use at your peril). Data recovery from a third party sourc...e is $90 consultation + $900-$1800 to recover any accessible data off the drive. Do yourself a favour and DO NOT BUY this brand just to save yourself a bit of money. You will pay for it in frustration and heartache tenfold.
Constantly dismounts during file transfers.
You can't leave these drives unattended during large backup tasks, as they frequently dismount and remount, requiring the user to constantly respond to error dialogues to keep the process moving. Don't expect to set off a large backup task, and come back a few hours later to find it finished. You'll only be disappointed.
I have 3x of your desktop 2tb hard drives. Well it does say 2tb but even after formatting I only get 1.81tb.
To me this is just an out right untruth if I was to only get 1.81tb please indicate that is what I am buying. Yes you may need to add things into the driver for me to use BUT not at my expense. Will no longer buy this product or recommended it.
2 drives have failed in the same service over a 2 year period. The drives were being used on a LG TV to record TV (ie as a PVR function). Perhaps they are not suitable for this use. I would look elsewhere. You might ask why buy a second when the first had failed ?. Benefit of the doubt and they were on sale at the time.
And to the IT expert no these drives sat in one spot well ventilated and suffered no physical damage
New and Not working
My PC running Windows 10 would not recognise the drive. Tried the trouble shooting, to overcome a drive number conflict. Says it is online but "unallocated". Still doesn't recognise it. Makes the USB sound when plugged IN and OUT, still does not appear in File Explorer. It's going back. I tried it with my Panasonic twin tuner PVR, and it did recognise it and seemed to copy files onto it.
Disgusting! Dont waste your money!
Had it for a year then it just stopped working! Tried everything to get it to work but no joy. It's just a piece of crap. Regretting this purchase! Don't buy it! Don't waste your money! This brand is supposedly a top brand but that's a crock if you spend $180 for the product and then it stops working a year later! Disgusting product!
This works Great!
I bought this as an external drive for my Xbox One. Its working fine I have had no problems. It is important that you have the Xbox turned on before you plug it in for the first time or it wont be seen but if you plug it in to the Xbox while the Xbox is turned on and then power it up it is detected and formatted straight away and it works perfectly.
I have seen some bad reviews of these drives on here and as an IT professional I must say that I find them hard to believe.
I would point out that all Hard drives with moving parts are very fragile and an external drive is not something you can throw around like a USB stick. I suspect many of the people that have had multiple failures of these drives are not handling them correctly.
Waste of money
In the past 3 months I have gone through 2 1TB seagate hard drives. The first one broke within 4 days of having it. Luckily I got it exchanged but i lost all my data that I had stored on there and now my second one has broken as well. It has started to connect and then disconnects within a few seconds and now it wont connect at all. For the amount of money you pay for these you would think that they would be able to fix this problem. My friend has the exact same one and has had no problems whatsoever with hers. Its very dissapointing as I cann...ot get to the shop I purchased this from as I have now moved to a very remote town in western australia and the sole purpose of buying this hard drive was to store as many movies as possible to keep me entertained. Absolutely ridiculous
I am disgusted with the Seagate Expansion hard drives, i have the 2TB desktop one, they are not cheap!! this is my second one in just over 2 years now out of know where this one decides to stop working it is pathetic I am not wasting anymore money on a money hungry company!!! this is pathetic and if I could get my money back I would!!!! I am going to announce to all my friends what a horrible hard drive it is, this company should be investigated or shutdown!!!!!!!
Don't waste your money on this piece of garbage, will not work at all, no lights, no noises, no nothing, tried on 4 different machines, complete waste of money, might be useful for a paperweight I guess, or a perhaps sinker :(
Major issues with file systems, speed and compatibility out of the box but solved it
Hardware wise this drive ticks all the right boxes with a decent 12 v power supply, robust USB3 cable, nice case design and a decent HDD inside.
Compatibility was another ball game altogether, the drive seemed to be formatted to some bizzare proprietary/ format and I noticed there was some pre-installed Seagate Software on the drive, I tried to low level format it to FAT32*1 and it failed miserably. After that the the drive became totally unreadable and I was unable to partition or reformat the drive let alone rebuilt GPT or MBR.
The solu...tion> Open the case, disassemble the drive and cut the data lines from the standard controller chip the custom EEPROM chip and reassembled, Problem solved. Disclaimer, I didn't check forums but was an electronics design engineer previous to current role. The drive now performs excellently and formatted as FAT32 seamlessly on thee first attempt. the USB ID is also different and is now just a plain standard USB-SATA controller device instead of a specific seagate expansion product. *1 (FAT32 is a old format but my aim was to provide the best compatibility with set-top boxes, standalone media players, Macintosh, Linux and a specific mp3 player unit.)
2Tb external hard drive, have had 2 in the past 3 years stop working, lost everything, only used at home so doesn't get bounced, but never again will I get another.
Questions & Answers
I have about 35 seagate drives and all have worked reliably over the years and have failed more than segate and toshiba and hitachi rarely fail before you buy check the stats on backblaze and u can what drives fail under pressure?
Interested in a portable external hard drive to hold my music (13000 + songs) - was thinking of the Seagate 4tb. Need something easy. Any views?
I have a Seagate desktop hard drive. Worked fine for a year and now I can't get power to it. My boyfriend has one and he only used it twice and now the same problem has happened to his. Any ideas what has happened or how I can fix it? I've tried a new power supply and still won't work on either hard drive. Frustrating!!
If your power supply plug came in two parts, you may have loosened it slightly with plugging in and unplugging. That was my initial problem with my hard drive. The power supply plug came in two parts (probably cheaper overall with different plugs internationally). When I put it together it looked and seemed ok, but it wasn't, no power at all. I found out by accident that this power supply does actually work. I went to plug it into a power board and it was a bit stiff so I leaned over it and put some force on it. That's when I heard a click and yes there was power running through it. So all along it had been the connection between these two parts that was the problem. I had put it together properly, but it just had not quite connected properly. Originally I snapped it together with my fingers holding it in my hands and would have plugged it in as normal pushing it in with my fingers, but when I got it to work and heard that click - I used my hands and leaned into it pushing the plug into the power board. The other option is to find a power supply that is sealed and comes as one part and not two, but I believe the power supply output needs to be the same (eg 12v - 1.5A). This will be on the power supply itself. Try the power supply on something else (making sure of the matching output still). That way you will know for sure if the problem is something to do with the power supply and not your hard drive. If it is the hard drive (hopefully not as you may lose data/files) it may still be under warranty. I believe Seagate has a three year warranty. Good luck.
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