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Seagate Backup Plus 3TB USB 3.0 3.5" Desktop Hard Drive STCA3000101 Black

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 2 years


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  • Edvis S.
  • 7/8/2014 8:47:47 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsKeeps Disconnecting

Pros: Large storage space
Stylist design

Cons: Keeps disconnecting from Windows 7 during file transfers
Cannot be trusted with my sensitive data

Other Thoughts: I have disabled ALL USB power/sleep/hibernate functions in every place possible. I also have updated my motherboard's drivers.

My WD 1TB USB 3.0 I've been using for the past year does not have this problem. It is stable.

I own a wedding cinematography studio and I use this hard drive to backup my clients raw .mov wedding files. I can't trust the 3TB Seagate to backup their weddings. Each wedding has around 300GB of footage. What would happen if I lost all the raw footage I took from their weddings? Lifetime memories lost forever. For now, I'll stick with WD hard disks.

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  • Edvis S.
  • 7/8/2014 8:47:45 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsKeeps Disconnecting

Pros: Large storage space
Stylist design

Cons: Keeps disconnecting from Windows 7 during file transfers
Cannot be trusted with my sensitive data

Other Thoughts: I have disabled ALL USB power/sleep/hibernate functions in every place possible. I also have updated my motherboard's drivers.

My WD 1TB USB 3.0 I've been using for the past year does not have this problem. It is stable.

I own a wedding cinematography studio and I use this hard drive to backup my clients raw .mov wedding files. I can't trust the 3TB Seagate to backup their weddings. Each wedding has around 300GB of footage. What would happen if I lost all the raw footage I took from their weddings? Lifetime memories lost forever. For now, I'll stick with WD hard disks.

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  • Hao W.
  • 7/4/2014 9:25:30 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBest bang for the buck

Pros: Quiet while running, good capacity.

Cons: No switch on/off button, only sleep mode

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  • Jason W.
  • 6/29/2014 8:25:32 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsMy Recommendation Is To Stay Away From These Drives

Pros: Quiet, lots of storage space

Cons: It failed after 16 months. I returned it to Seagate, and they refused to honor the warranty. I'll never buy another Seagate drive.

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  • michael c.
  • 6/7/2014 4:40:22 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsHOT and Bad Sectors

Pros: It's quiet and stores a lot of data.

Cons: I'm not sure when it started to go downhill because even though the drive is failing, it gave no indication there was a problem. After my PC experienced a BSOD, I decided to run a program to check the health of my drives. The program stated that the health of the drive was down to 5% and would likely die soon, and that there were a ton of bad sectors. I've had the drive for about a year and a half, so it probably started failing after a year or less. I knew it ran hot (is always above 50 C), so I bought a fan and set it to blow on it, which seemed to help some, but I guess it must get a bit hotter when it's actually doing a backup, which has probably worn down the drive.

Other Thoughts: A drive that runs hot and lasts less than 2 years is not worth the hassle of buying. Some people might get a particularly hearty drive or find a better way to keep it cool (if that's even the only problem), but the risk of getting a bad one is too much. Fortunately, my drive is still under manufacturer warranty, so I'll send it back and hope the replacement is better. Once I'm out of warranty, I'll probably open the case and put the drive in something that will actually keep it cool.

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  • Fredrik S.
  • 6/2/2014 7:45:07 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsBroke after a year

Pros: Looks pretty sleek

Cons: Tons of bad sectors after a year. This is my last Seagate drive. The last three drives that have failed on me have all been Seagates... Not worth the hassle, go with a better brand.

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  • hadia m.
  • 5/29/2014 7:58:25 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsExternal 3.5" 3TB Toshiba

Pros: looks nice, piano black, works every time.
great speeds 50-100 MB/s
priced at $99 is great

Cons: no power switch, some delay the first time I access the Hard Drive, then

Other Thoughts: excellent for the price, great speeds but no power switch so the thing doesn't have to go on all the time its plugged in

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  • LIEM V.
  • 5/29/2014 8:57:15 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsDeath after 17 months of service

Pros: Ran fine. Not too quick not too slow as its name Backup plus. Now it became backup minus

Cons: Everything ran fine until it died as of yesterday 05/29/2014. I carried & buried with it my drama Korean, Vietnamese, Chinese collection as well as a bunch of photos plus videos of my last vacation ... :-(

Other Thoughts: Bad experience as my first external HD died. Should back up whatever valuable.

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  • Casey C.
  • 5/12/2014 12:43:51 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

2 out of 5 eggs2 out of 3 bad.. so far

Pros: Standing profile takes less desk space, two year warranty.

Cons: Bought three for a resilient storage space. Just under one year in and one is off at Seagate RMA (where it has been for three weeks now) , for hundreds of unrecoverable sectors. Of course since one drive is out I have no resiliency... and another decided to start throwing unrecoverable sectors.. That's 2 out of 3 failed within a year, putting 6TB of data in jeopardy. I hope the replacements do better.

Other Thoughts: The proprietary USB port is ridiculous.

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  • Anonymous
  • 4/20/2014 7:38:44 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Good little drives. Can be very worthwhile ($/gb) depending on sale. I own two of these; they're pretty quiet and seem reliable to me. USB 3.0 attachment, so they're actually fast (unlike USB 2.0 external drives). The drive and the base are separate pieces, so you can swap out drives without screwing around with cables. That was the draw for me--I needed to carry a backup between two desktops so I was able to setup a base at each and then swap the drives each week. Also, you can attach most any SATA drive directly to the dock if you need quick access to the data.

Cons: All plastic, of course. The drive side of things, the SATA power & data connectors are too deep in to access with ordinary cables. I had to shave off plastic from a power & a data cable to make 'em fit. Also, since the dock SATA was offset, you had a gap when plugging in a bare drive

Other Thoughts: Use 'em as intended and you've got a nice system. If you want to do the same thing as I did, you only gotta futz with the drives themselves.

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