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Seagate Expansion 5TB USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive STBV5000100

  • Instantly add 5 TB of storage space to your computer
  • Simple plug-and-play connectivity via USB cable
  • Power supply and USB 3.0 cable included
  • USB 3.0 interface for extremely fast data transfer speed
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 5 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 5 years

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  • Michael K.
  • 5/22/2015 9:18:39 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsFlawed, Slows to a crawl after copying for a little while.

Pros: Cheap, lots of space, USB 3

Cons: I returned the first one, this second one is still doing the same thing. I use this and others of the same model line (I have 3 of the 4TB versions) to offload completed projects. I'm a video editor. I'm trying to offload 3.4TB of media and set it copy last night. I watched it for about 20 minutes and it was copying at a good 130MB/sec average but when I got up it was down to around 30-40MB/sec. The first drive I had did the same thing. The other 4TB drives I have will copy all day long at 130MB/s

Other Thoughts: Something definitely wrong with this specific model (5TB).

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  • Thomas S.
  • 5/20/2015 10:55:55 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsNot worth the money

Pros: Worked Wonderfully for a whole 19 days, and at a pretty good price for the memory size.

Cons: On day 20 after the Hard Drive's arrival it stopped working.

Other Thoughts: If you intend to purchase a STBV5000100 and it absolutely, positively needs to be this specific hard drive, for your wallet's sake purchase the drive from a seller that you already know and trust. 20 days after the merchandise arrived at my home, it stopped working. There was no stress to the drive or it's capacity, and for that almost 3 weeks, the data transfer rate was superb. Now it is a paperweight.

The seller was contacted and never replied. After weeks of waiting just to find out that I was to be left out in the rain, so to speak, my only option was to buy another hard drive of a smaller capacity - couldn't afford another 5 Tb after paying the retailer's price on a brick, especially with no communication or refund available. If you intend to purchase this drive, the only thing I can say is "Good Luck :)"

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5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: 5TB of storage may seem like a lot of storage for some, but if you have that availability, you will use it at some point. This drive operates seamlessly under normal usage. The drive arrived pre-formatted for Windows File Systems (NTFS Partition), however that can be adjusted easily through any partition manager. The external has moderate airflow and dissipates heat accordingly. The USB 3.0 connectivity provides consistent read and write speeds, averaging between 85-95 Mb/s when transferring large files. There is USB 2.0 backwards compatibility, which is good for users without USB 3.0 connectivity.

Cons: Depending on how your computer or recording medium is set up, this drive will not go into stand-by mode. The platters will continue to spin, even when not in use. I suggest you power down and unplug this external when not in use.

Other Thoughts: I still question the lifespan of Seagate products. Under moderate to heavy usage, many drives have failed, and I'm hoping this drive does not meet the same fate during the same duration.

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  • Alejandro J.
  • 4/19/2015 12:34:03 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Gift

Pros: Plenty of space, portable, and easy set up.

Cons: None

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  • Brandon P.
  • 4/17/2015 2:51:36 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsNo issues at all.

Pros: - Tons of space for videos and other media.
- Very quiet. Unnoticeable in a HTPC environment.
- No stuttering during playback of Blu-Ray quality videos.

Cons: - Feels a bit fragile. Build quality could be better.

Other Thoughts: - I am using this to store videos for watching on my Home Theatre PC.

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  • David T.
  • 4/15/2015 6:15:00 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggsGood drive

Pros: Great $/TB ratio, relatively fast, tons of room.

Cons: None yet

Other Thoughts: Bought two of these. One for my Xbox One, and one for my PC AND Xbox One (media storage). Really don't know what people are talking about saying these drives still spin when the PC is off...that is FALSE! I thought the same thing until I noticed when I turned my PC off, the light on the drive went out too, so I put my hand on the case and the drive wasn't spinning. Seagate must have put some kind of "smart" power switch on the inside.

The one attached to my Xbox did stay on, because I had it in Instant On mode. I changed it to Energy Saving mode, and now the drive powers off when the Xbox does.

Lots of storage on both devices. Plan on buying a hub and a few more of these drives.

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  • Peter C.
  • 4/6/2015 6:12:37 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsWarranty is only 90 days!

Pros: Drive was great until the power supply died.

Cons: According to Seagate the warranty on "accessories" like the power supply is only 90 days, so when your power supply fails after 4 months like mine did, Seagate will leave you with a dead drive.

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  • KEVIN B.
  • 4/5/2015 5:13:14 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggs2/3 defective

Pros: USB3

Cons: Random disconnects. 2 out of 3 drives would randomly disconnect. That's a horrible rate. I'm disappointed in Seagate and Newegg for putting me in 2 returns in row (the replacement was bad!). Stop wasting my time.

The power adapter made a whining sound

Plastic housing

Transfer speeds were slow, like 50 MB/s.

Other Thoughts: STAY AWAY!!!!

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  • Danniel P.
  • 4/5/2015 9:46:44 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

1 out of 5 eggsStopped Working Within 12 hrs

Pros: Uhmm its got alot of space, it was pretty cheap, and it worked when i plugged it in.

Cons: I plugged it in when i first got the drive, set it up to do a complete backup of all my files and of my computer in general, went to bed. . .woke up my computer was off and so was the drive. . . turned everything back on, now my computer wont recognize the external hard drive in my drive manager, or inside of my "My Computer" but will recognize it as being plugged in. .

Other Thoughts: All in All i thought i was getting a good deal, turns out it wasnt to good of a deal considering the device stopped working after about 12 hours. . . I will probably go back to WD with my next external hard drive

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  • Kenny D.
  • 4/2/2015 11:55:03 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggsGood so far

Pros: Huge

Cons: I think the biggest con about this drive is the mixed reviews so far. I don't know if I'll every be able to trust important data to this drive, but that should really be said of every drive. I think I should treat every drive that way and have multiple backups of important documents, like photos.

Other Thoughts: I've been trying to stress test it since I got it. I started by doing a number of drive diagnostic tests on it. Then I partitioned it into 5 partitions of 1 TB each. Then I wrote an application to write 900 GiB worth of 10 GiB files with random data for each partition.

First partition finished in about 89 minutes and had a pretty constant 170 MiB/s transfer rate. It's currently finishing up the last 100 GiB of the last partition and it is averaging about 30 MiB/s, but it is jumping around a lot - I'm getting speeds between 15-100 MiB/s.

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