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Item#: 9SIA3TB1HF6350

Seagate Expansion 4TB USB 3.0 3.5" Desktop External Hard Drive STBV4000100

  • Drag and drop file saving right out of the box
  • Fast data transfer with USB 3.0 connectivity
  • 1 year manufacturer warranty

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Founded in 1979, Seagate is the leading provider of hard drives and storage solutions.

From the videos, music and documents that we share with friends and family on social networks, to servers that form the backbone of enterprise data centres and cloud-based computing, to desktop and notebook computers that fuel our personal productivity, Seagate products help more people to store, share and protect their valuable digital content.

Seagate offers the industry's broadest portfolio of hard disc drives, solid state drives and solid state hybrid drives. In addition, the Company offers an extensive line of retail storage products for consumers and small businesses, along with data recovery services for any brand of hard drive and digital media type.

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  • Tony W.
  • 3/30/2016 9:16:56 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsEngineered to fail

Pros: . Very shiny black case looks nice

Cons: I love it when a product dies just days out of warrantee. It almost seems engineered that way

Other Thoughts: I buy about a hundred hard drives a year. I've been burned by Seagate before but I guess it was long enough I thought to try a newer model. Sorry Seagate, you are on my avoid list again.

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  • Peter K.
  • 3/19/2016 9:49:28 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsEasy to use. Plug and Play

Pros: Great Capacity. Accesses file quickly.

Cons: None that I have found.

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  • Casey H.
  • 2/20/2016 8:00:06 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsLots Of Space, Linux Friendly

Pros: Lots of space, and makes for an excellent backup drive. I purchased this drive to add to a second same drive, to make backups of two 1 TB drives on a rotational, every other day, and one on the weekend. The drive was instantly recognized (even on my Linux system, as a NTFS drive, and fdisk reported about three partitions pre-loaded on it. The drive took a Linux Ext4 format, and one large 3.6 TB drive (format capacity). As stated in another review, the drive has a nice indicator light, but gets covered easily if you stack your drives (as the light is in the back on the top of the drive). My other drive (same model) has been running 24x7 for months now, without a hitch.

Cons: No power switch, you have to unplug the power to turn the drive off. Hassle, but not worth the loss of an egg for. Especially since I leave the drive on 24x7.

Power / Activity light is in a problematic place. Being on the top, and at the back, of the drive, when set on its feet. As stated by a previous review, stacking the drive with other drives, covers the light. I staggered my two drives so you can see the indicator better, but more than two drives doing this, would be bothersome.

Other Thoughts: I bought my first drive from another online store, and when my 2 TB external (in a docking station) gave up, I wanted to upgrade it to this drive. Going back to the same store, found they were out of stock of this drive. I checked NewEgg, and found the same drive. Price was competitive, and the unit shipped and was received very fast. The drive worked perfectly out of the box, and was quickly formatted with my usual Linux EXT4 format. If this drive lives up to my other (same drive from the other online store) external 4 TB drive, I can't complain. Both drives are on 24x7, and need to be, as they provide backing up of my main internal drives all through the week.

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  • Keith W.
  • 12/6/2015 5:59:33 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsGarbage

Pros: it CAN work

Cons: garbage seagate drive, spits uncorrectable errors like crazy, power brick died in 1 month, bought a better 3rrd party power brick worked fine for a year now drive getting bad sectors...
read/write speeds garbage. at the BEST at CLEAN format. 23MBps write. and an unsustainable 20MBps read.

Other Thoughts: poor drive. Always go for good bare HDD + enclosure. WD blues are super cheap now.

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  • Anonymous
  • 10/4/2015 3:06:39 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsConcerning

Pros: Storage capacity

Cons: I purchased the external drive bay some time ago (over a year ago) but just started using it two weeks ago. Today it just started clicking like an old hard drive which has me worried.

It has a total power on time of 12 days and 1 hour currently. Two days ago I unmounted the drive within Windows and removed the power plug. Come back to it 2 days later, plug it in and on spin-up and seek it's clicking.... Ran the Conveyance test and Short Self-Test through Hard Drive Sentinel Pro and everything checked out fine but a drive should NOT be clicking on spin-up this soon.

Other Thoughts: Fortunately I (I guess) I purchased two units (cheaper at the time to buy the external drives than the bare disks) just to remove and put in a NAS RAID unit for redundancy if one fails - I know these aren't NAS disks but I wanted to do it on a budget. Somewhat expecting a failure now. Wish I started using it sooner. It's interesting that the ST4000DM000 bare disks have a 2 year warranty period though, while this has a 1 year warranty period. Of course the warranty is void as soon as I remove them from the enclosure, but considering the clicking and already lapsed warranty period all the more reason to get them set up in RAID. Sticking with Western Digital or their HGST brand from now on.

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2 out of 5 eggsFails and Works, Fails and Works

Pros: Clean and easy to interface with when first installing it is simple and no annoying built in software backup.(hate that on WD's) The transfer rates are fairly fast via USB 3.0 connection..usually I got around 125mbs to about 35mbs at slowest. comes with some sort of auto backup software(tosser in my opinion.) 4TB is a lot of storage and perfect for video storage/data backup.

Cons: After a month or so of owning this thing I plugged it in like usual to do some data backup from my main hard drive(1TB NAS drive WD red label.). This is when trouble started, when I plugged it in the external's hard drive indicator light flashes then stays solid. I wait and wait for something to pop up, I checked under hardware devices in windows and it doesn't see anything. I ended out unplugging it physically from the power bar and usb cable too. I plugged it back in again and was finally able to access this drive. I thought it was maybe a fluke or something or I didn't have the USB cable in properly..ect. So then I start my data backup after I checked to see if my files were ok (they were ok btw.) I proceded to copy a 4GB MPG4 video file and was about 20% through when the progress speed reduced down to 0 and then the progress window locked up completely and wouldn't go away or cancel. I again ended up unplugging the drive and attempting copying a smaller file...worked ok til about 85% then it locked up again. Frustrated I grabbed one of my smaller WD external 2TB drives and copied the files just fine no lockups. I tested the seagate drive with their tools and said there was nothing wrong with it. I have looked on line and other said try the bios I took a long time to transfer all 3TB of video data off the drive to two other drives.(In case the hard drive bios update bricked the stupid thing.) I did the bios update...thing worked for a few weeks then started doing the same stupid thing. I have a 2 year warranty on it but I need the data off I tried backing up to two other externals I have and it locked up. I believe from all I have read and my experience with other external enclosures is that the control on this enclosure is faulty or simply cheap bullpucky. I plan to yank the drive out of the enclosure and backup the data once I put it in a known working hard drive enclosure. All I have to say is Seagate get your ship together and make a better controller for these enclosures! ( the internal drive in the enclosure is good I am sure.) WD went through the same thing a few years back before replacing all the controllers on their faulty enclosures...stand up and take responsibility for a poor product seagate!

Other Thoughts: I did buy this from Best buy as at the time Newegg was out of stock of these and I couldn't wait as I had a video project to finish that week.

Buy a WD external drive they are better than this or the Samsung mini drive externals they are better quality than this!

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  • David L.
  • 7/5/2015 4:25:28 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks

Pros: Saves Files

Cons: None so far

Other Thoughts: I am just using this for backup, so it's unplugged almost all the time. So I can't vouch for it's long-term durability.

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  • Marvin G.
  • 6/16/2015 6:54:58 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks well

Pros: No issues. 100% reliable plug and play and run with Truecrypt. Great for archive storage. Runs all free disk utilities and is an MBT drive. I use it only for USB 2. This one of 10 drives I have running as a storage farm.

Cons: some claims of early failure. Changing design shape seems arbitrary particularly placement of annunciator LED. Thus, not amenable to stacking vertically as LED in other models can be blocked from view.

Other Thoughts: One of 10 continuously operating drives, over 20 external USB drives in the farm all without failure since 2000.

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  • 6/6/2015 2:09:36 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

1 out of 5 eggsJUNK!

Pros: USB 3.0
That is it.

Cons: The drive failed after ONLY 2 days.
Right when i got the drive I backed up lot of my pictures, documents etc. and it went fairly quick. The problem was the day after when I started my computer again I got "data error cyclic redundancy check" and have not been able to recover it yet. Luckily I did not only backup up on to one drive but two separate hard drives so no data lost thank good. Poor quality disk.

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  • Kwon K.
  • 6/4/2015 11:22:31 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsCorrection to my review below

Pros: See 'Other thoughts'.

Cons: The rep I talked to flat out LIED to me.

Other Thoughts: It's been a few weeks since I bought this product. Before I started saving massive data to this, I decided to take this thing apart and confirm what the rep told me; that is, converting the expansion drive's partition to GPT makes the data that was transferred to the expansion drive recognizable by SATA.
I thought this was an oversight on joeham's review, but nay. This baloney of a controller that's attached to the enclosure has a 'secret' as joeham mentioned that makes the data on the drive not recognizable by anything else, even if the partition is converted to GPT.
When I extracted the hard drive from the enclosure and plugged it into SATA, the only thing the computer saw was a drive with only half of the space partitioned with nothing on it. I also tried attaching a 500GB hard drive to the expansion drive's enclosure, and alas, it couldn't read anything from it either.
I had my doubts and I should've known better than to trust a customer rep. That's why I decided to see for myself, but the lying customer rep takes the cake. There's no chance of it being a mistake because I asked her multiple times to make sure and every time I did, she said it'd work.
If you want to be able to retrieve your data when the controller dies (without having to pay for that ridiculously priced Seagate data recovery software or their service), DO NOT get this model. Get the latest model (STEB4000100) which does not have this problem. I'm still mad about the lying rep, but that doesn't really demean the quality of Seagate products.
At least the warranty is only 1 year, so I don't feel like I lost much. Also, the included drive is a ST4000DM000, so getting and taking this apart is cheaper, especially if it's on flash sale (but of course you lose the warranty).

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