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Seagate Backup Plus 5TB USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive STDT5000100

  • Includes easy-to-use backup software
  • Features mobile backup using the Seagate Mobile Backup App
  • Automatically save photos from your social networks
  • Easy to share files between PCs and Mac computers
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 2 years


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  • Bryan S.
  • 4/9/2015 8:53:05 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsGarbage

This review is from: Seagate Backup Plus 5TB USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive STDT5000100

Pros: Neat looking case

Cons: I've been doing this for a long time. 25+ years. Seagate has been a long time leader in the industry. However, the past few years Seagate has really, really, gone downhill. Bought this drive in December. Failed in March. Went through Seagate's warranty process. Tested the drive as soon as it came in, failed. Good QA there Seagate. On my lab bench, I have a few more I'll be sending back to you since they have failed as well. Guess who won't be in our SANs/NASs/Servers anymore?

Other Thoughts: HGST or WD if you want your data to last more than 3 months.

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  • Bobby P.
  • 3/21/2015 3:28:42 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggscrashed after 4 months

This review is from: Seagate Backup Plus 5TB USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive STDT5000100

Pros: It has a lot of capacity

Cons: drive was working great until about 3-4 months later it just stopped working and then wouldn't even connect to my computer anymore

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  • Anonymous
  • 3/1/2015 11:17:54 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggslove it for my Xboxone

This review is from: Seagate Backup Plus 5TB USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive STDT5000100

Pros: works great for xboxone

Cons: power supply

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  • David P.
  • 2/25/2015 9:08:53 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

3 out of 5 eggsGreat capacity for price. Faulty power supply

This review is from: Seagate Backup Plus 5TB USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive STDT5000100

Pros: Nice capacity

Cons: Fully power supply will make the drive unrecognizable. Second drive I'm on turns out to be the power supply. I still had my old power supply and the new drive wasn't working. Plugged in the new power supply and it worked fine. Waiting to see how lung this power supply works till it fails again.

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  • Yuriy M.
  • 2/23/2015 7:48:30 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggs

This review is from: Seagate Backup Plus 5TB USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive STDT5000100

Pros: Stylish minimalistic design, working fast... if working.
Work with Mac. Utility "NTFS for Mac OS X" is free for seagate usb hdd (from seagate site)

Cons: PC lost connection with drive during copy large files (movies, photos etc) every 5 minutes. After 1 day of use power supply start buzzing.

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  • Fong N.
  • 2/6/2015 2:50:27 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDO NOT BUY.

This review is from: Seagate Backup Plus 5TB USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive STDT5000100

Pros: None

Cons: This drive. Bought 5, 4 failed upon first install. Computer can see the controller (says Backup +). but can't partition nor format. Don't waste your money. Don't buy this drive.

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  • Joe B.
  • 2/2/2015 12:08:45 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsLots of space, trouble-free

This review is from: Seagate Backup Plus 5TB USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive STDT5000100

Pros: I like that it's horizontally stacked

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: heat has not been a problem, haven't had to reset, works well

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  • Paul T.
  • 1/30/2015 2:07:27 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

2 out of 5 eggsNot what I needed

This review is from: Seagate Backup Plus 5TB USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive STDT5000100

Pros: - Works on Windows
- Was able to make it work on Mac by reformatting (otherwise it was Read-Only)

Cons: - Linux does not even see it as a USB device. Doesn't show up on "lsusb" or "dmesg".
- Since I wanted this for Linux backup, it's useless to me.

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  • Richard C.
  • 1/29/2015 10:43:41 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBetter than I expected actually

This review is from: Seagate Backup Plus 5TB USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive STDT5000100

Pros: It's better than I expected actually because I didn't think it would transfer this fast via USB3.0

Copying a 8 GB single file from an internal Seagate 2 TB HD via USB 3 over to this Seagate 5TB drive, and watching the regular Windows 7 transfer rate gui box as it copied, stated off @ 200 but by the end of the copy leveled off at 135 MB/s ...and only took 50 seconds flat - now that is Excellent !

Yes as others have asked, this 5 TB is only a 5900 RPM, but as others knowledgeable have also commented it really doesn't equate to that much in reality for backup purposes.

For instance the above test was copying from a 2TB 7200 RPM drive to this 5 TB 5900 RPM and as stated it copied an 8 GB file @ minimum of 135 MB/s in just 50 seconds

Copying the same file in reverse back to where it came from (iow, onto a 7200 RPM) was @ a minimum of 160 MB/s in just 45 seconds.

As far as doing benchmarks I don't care so much since it's real-time data transfer rates as I've done above is what matters and is what I go by.

fyi
Looking at this drives specification via HD Tune Pro shows it's:
Firmware: CC46
RPM: 5900
SATA 3
Supports UDMA Mode 6
etc...

Mu use of this drive is only when needed
I don't plan on installing any of the software it gives, my only purpose is to use this occasionally, plugging it in only when needed, to copy backup large partition image files too, or anything else I want, but then unplug it and store it somewhere else.

Running everything with a modern i7 setup. My OS used was just Windows 7 installed on a 128 GB SSD, also running a Seagate 2 TB (ST2000DM001) as an internal backup along with it. All has run flawless for over a year now.

Cons: None that I can think of, for my specific usage.
I bought this 5 TB on sale for only $139
My 2 TB on sale was only $59

Other Thoughts: Instead of buying a 10 TB when it comes out at high $ value, I'm going to buy more 5 TB units on sale, since having the off-chance safety using multiple units is better than all on one.

I was going to take this out of the case an install it as an internal, but I don't see the need to now, since my internal 2 TB via SATA 3 doesn't write backups any faster than this 5 TB via USB 3.0, and so there's no gain with my stated intent of usage, which is only to plug this unit in for occasional backup and then store it elsewhere for safety.

For running OS's, well it's a no-brainer - nothing is faster than using an SSD

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  • Jared C.
  • 1/27/2015 1:00:07 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat backup solution

This review is from: Seagate Backup Plus 5TB USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive STDT5000100

Pros: Using this as a backup solution to my media server.
While I may need to upgrade in the future, this provides the space needed with a little bit of a zone for expansion to back up the entire server.

Cons: None

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