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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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  • Mike K.
  • 7/17/2014 7:04:01 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsSlow USB 3.0 Speeds

This review is from: Seagate Expansion 4TB USB 3.0 3.5" Desktop External Hard Drive STBV4000100

Pros: Fully recyclable packaging!!! Nice!
Onced removed from the enclosure the inside Seagate ST4000DM000 passed SeaTools "Short DST" and WD's Lifeguard Diagnostics Short and Extended (7 hrs) test
Quiet , runs cool , spins down to save power when computer is off

My first ST4000DM000 (FW CC51) has logged 6482 hours since May 2013 with AES with no issues. My second one is doing just fine, though I am not sure of it's runtime so far. I don't expect my new third ST4000DM000 (FW CC54) to have any issues either.

Cons: USB 2.0 speeds on USB 3.0 ports (running latest MB bios and drivers)
Prices haven't been dropping :<
Short Warranty

I was curious about the complaints about the drive being slow so I took if for a spin using my motherboards Etron EJ168 USB 3.0 chips (driver v0.115). The drive or enclosure interface did not show in the Device Manager. I popped it into my USB 2.0 slots and showed up. Back to the USB 3.0, no recognition. I've never had an issue with any other of my USB 3.0 Devices, including 2 Seagate Backup Plus 4TBs.

Updated to Etron's latest drivers (v0.118) and wham, it showed up!
ATTO and CrystalDiskMarkX64 v3.0.3 reports (Etron EJ168 USB 3.0 (driver v0.118), NTFS):
Seq Read - 45.52 MB/s
Seq Write - 35.12 MB/s
512K Read - 28.21 MB/s
512K Write - 34.53 MB/s
4K Read - 0.587 MB/s
4K Write - 1.561 MB/s
4K QD32 Read - 0.596 MB/s
4K QD32 Write - 1.424 MB/s

That is almost the third of the expected x-fer speed! Just slightly over USB 2.0 speeds. *This means you may have discernable issues with the Expansion drive, that you would not have with the Backup Plus drive (more expensive BTW).*

Other Thoughts: So, I pulled the internal ST4000DM000 drive and connected it to my mobo's SATA port.
ATTO and CrystalDiskMarkX64 v3.0.3 reports (Intel Z68 Chipset SATA 6Gb/s connection, NTFS):
Seq Read - 167.9 MB/s
Seq Write - 166.3 MB/s
512K Read - 52.67 MB/s
512K Write - 91.27 MB/s
4K Read - 0.593 MB/s
4K Write - 1.516 MB/s
4K QD32 Read - 1.630 MB/s
4K QD32 Write - 1.494 MB/s

Much better! Next, I connected the drive to my Seagate Backup Plus USB 3.0 enclosure dock. Guess what! Full speeds again. That means, either the Expansion enclosure does not play well with most USB 3.0 ports or the enclosure I received is defective. Sadly, the enclosure goes to the recycler. It isn't worth the postage back to Seagate, or Newegg. I hate the wasteful PC industry, building refuse.

Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3 r1.3 (bios F10)
Intel Z68 Chipset
Etron EJ168 USB 3.0 (driver v0.118)
Win7 64 bit

Interestingly, Seatools reports 128MB cache instead of the advertised 64MB cache. Seems like a software database issue.

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  • Anonymous
  • 7/6/2014 10:03:10 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsTech knowledge 0 not 3

This review is from: Seagate Expansion 4TB USB 3.0 3.5" Desktop External Hard Drive STBV4000100

Pros: Runs quiet and cool.
Looks good.
Good, not great transfer rates.

Cons: High DOA and early life failure rates as most large HDD's have these days.
Short warranty.
No eSATA port. Only a con for people like me.

Other Thoughts: This is mainly to correct an erroneous review on someone else's part.
USB 2.0 transfer rates max out at a theoretical 32 MB/s.
Actual transfer rates from HDD's usually run in the 28 MB/s range.
For this drive to get 140MB/s it's obviously running at USB 3.0 rates.
A report of transfer rate is somewhat useless without specifying the conditions under which it was obtained or comparing it to other drives.
System hardware, OS, test used, and options within the test all affect the results.
Others report 160-175 MB/s sequential writes which is in the range Seagate's 5900 RPM drives get and reviews say the drive runs cool which is also a characteristic of a 5900 rather than a 7200 RPM drive. The part # also implies a 5900 RPM drive.

I just ran Crystal disk mark (64 bit) and got 88MB/s on the inner and 118MB/sec on the outer part of my Seagate 3TB NAS drive via JMicron 363 eSata in a Akitio SK-3501 enclosure.
Off the ICH9R eSATA II controller rates are 8% higher, and if connected directly to the Intel controller rates are 17% higher.
The same drive in a different enclosure runs 6% less than the Akitio enclosure off the Intel controller.
Everything affects transfer and IOPS rates.

No drive with spinning platters will match an SSD's transfer or IOPS rates until they discover something new in the laws of physics.

4K R/W and IOPS rates are what matter in Windows and most, not all, other OS's to "feel fast".
Sequential rates matter for large file Transfers. (Video, large databases, etc)

I run dual Samsung 830 SSD's in RAID0 64K stripe for my OS and work partitions.
4X500GB 7200.11 ST3500320AS drives in Intel RAID0 128K stripe for storage.
Newer versions of this drive are 30-40% faster in sequential R/W's

Almost real time (1-5 sec delay) backup using Dsyncronize to a LaCie 2TB and a Seagate 1TB in an Akitio enclosure via Jmicron eSATA.
GB GA-EP35C-DS3R MB, 8 GB, Mint Debian, Win7, XP VM.
CyberPower CP1500LCD UPS.

2X3TB Seagate ST3000VN000 NAS drives in RAID1 in a Buffalo 421e NAS enclosure.

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  • Anonymous
  • 7/6/2014 9:55:19 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsTech knowlwdge 0 not 3

This review is from: Seagate Expansion 4TB USB 3.0 3.5" Desktop External Hard Drive STBV4000100

Pros: Runs cool.
Good, though not great transfer rates.

Cons: Like most large HD's these days a large % of DOA"s and early life failures.

Short warranty.

No eSATA port. Not common anymore so only a con for people like me.

Other Thoughts: This is mainly to correct an erroneous review on someone else's part.
USB 2.0 transfer rates max out at a theoretical 32 MB/s.
Actual transfer rates from HDD's usually run in the 28 MB/s range.
For this drive to get 140MB/s it's obviously running at USB 3.0 rates.
A report of transfer rate is somewhat useless without specifying the conditions under which it was obtained.
System hardware, OS, test used, and options within the test all affect the results.
Others report 160-175 MB/s sequential writes which is in the range Seagate's 5900 RPM drives get and reviews say the drive runs cool which is also a characteristic of a 5900 rather than a 7200 RPM drive. The part # also implies a 5900 RPM drive.

I just ran Crystal disk mark (64 bit) and got 88MB/s on the inner and 118MB/sec on the outer part of my Seagate 3TB NAS drive via JMicron 363 eSata in a Akitio SK-3501 enclosure.
Off the ICH9R eSATA II controller rates are 8% higher, and if connected directly to the Intel controller rates are 17% higher.
The same drive in a different enclosure runs 6% less than the Akitio enclosure off the Intel controller.
Everything affects transfer and IOPS rates.

No drive with spinning platters will match an SSD's transfer or IOPS rates until they discover something new in the laws of physics.

4K R/W and IOPS rates are what matter in Windows and most, not all, other OS's to "feel fast".
Sequential rates matter for large file Transfers. (Video, large databases, etc)

I run dual Samsung 830 SSD's in RAID0 64K stripe for my OS and work partitions.
4X500GB 7200.11 ST3500320AS drives in Intel RAID0 128K stripe for storage.
Newer versions of this drive are 30-40% faster in sequential R/W's

Almost real time (1-5 sec delay) backup using Dsyncronize to a LaCie 2TB and a Seagate 1TB in an Akitio enclosure via Jmicron eSATA.
GB GA-EP35C-DS3R MB, 8 GB, Mint Debian, Win7, XP VM.
CyberPower CP1500LCD UPS.

2X3TB Seagate ST3000VN000 NAS drives in RAID1 in a Buffalo 421e NAS enclosure.

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  • David R.
  • 6/28/2014 2:34:23 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood 4TB Drive

This review is from: Seagate Expansion 4TB USB 3.0 3.5" Desktop External Hard Drive STBV4000100

Pros: USB 3.0 speeds, 4TB, Seagate brand, spins up every time I start my computer, and excellent price (got it on sale).

Cons: Not a one

Other Thoughts: I have a couple different 4TB external drives that I use and keep hooked up to my computer all the time and this is my favorite one by far. I've never had one crash or lose my data.

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  • Josh D.
  • 6/28/2014 5:28:46 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsNot fast for connection to desktop

This review is from: Seagate Expansion 4TB USB 3.0 3.5" Desktop External Hard Drive STBV4000100

Pros: Large capacity, not very expensive.

Cons: Slow for USB 3.0. Will not power down when your desktop is turned off, the platters continue to spin until you unplug its power cable.

Other Thoughts: If you only have USB 2.0 ports then do not worry. The transfer rate for this device will not be improved by using 3.0 ports instead of 2.0. I get about 120 MB/s on 3.0. I imagine that it's the hard disk hardware inside the device that is creating the bottleneck.

If you really want to take advantage of a USB 3.0 connection for an external storage device, I'd say go with an external SSD. The vast majority of HDDs cannot write at speeds above USB 2.0 transfer rates so a USB 3.0 connection is wasted on them.

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  • luther p.
  • 5/23/2014 3:09:00 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsProblems started when I wanted to partition it.

This review is from: Seagate Expansion 4TB USB 3.0 3.5" Desktop External Hard Drive STBV4000100

Pros: harddrive size, usb 3.0,

Cons: Tried to partition the drive, and things went downhill. Drive must have 2 hd because when I formatted it the drive split into a 2.4tb drive and a 1.3tb drive. Second drive could not be accessed after the format.

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  • Gavin C.
  • 5/22/2014 8:46:59 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

1 out of 5 eggsPoor quality

This review is from: Seagate Expansion 4TB USB 3.0 3.5" Desktop External Hard Drive STBV4000100

Pros: Good price, easy to format and use.

Cons: Reliability.

Other Thoughts: I bought this drive from a local retailer and the first one was DOA out of the box. The replacement from the same retailer seemed OK when I restored 2.6 TB of media files to it. Write speeds were fine. But when I began to use it, read speeds fluctuated, indicating some intermittent problem. It took 11 days to copy all the data from the drive—the same data that took a couple of days to write. After two consecutive failures, I've had enough.

My experience with the Seagate Backup Plus drives has been much better, so I'm exchanging this for the higher-end Backup Plus. I figure the slightly higher price is worth it to get a drive with a 2-year warranty.

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  • David E.
  • 5/18/2014 4:38:57 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsSmall, Quiet, and Slow

This review is from: Seagate Expansion 4TB USB 3.0 3.5" Desktop External Hard Drive STBV4000100

Pros: Small case for a 3.5" drive. Quiet operation. The activity LED is small blue and not annoying.

Cons: The slowest USB drive I have owned.

Other Thoughts: The plastic cover will flex a bit but it contains a metal mount for the HD. Heat was not a problem in that it got slightly warm but not hot while I loaded nearly 2TB of data on it.
My biggest gripe and the reason for only 3 eggs is that it only writes at a maximum rate of 26.9 MB/S on a USB 3.0 connection from a SATA 3 drives capable of 115MB/S. No excuse for that.
Luckily it is being connected to a router that can only handle 10 MB/S anyway.
If attaching to a desktop look elsewhere.

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  • John R.
  • 5/13/2014 12:21:22 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsWas great till it died

This review is from: Seagate Expansion 4TB USB 3.0 3.5" Desktop External Hard Drive STBV4000100

Pros: I have had my drive for 3 months and now it suddenly died. I had almost 2 TB of data on it and now that is all GONE.
Very upsetting.
Who do I talk to, to get this fixed. I would really like to see if the data can be saved.

Cons: It makes a great paperweight.

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  • DENNIS B.
  • 4/28/2014 11:29:20 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDied in a month--Silently

This review is from: Seagate Expansion 4TB USB 3.0 3.5" Desktop External Hard Drive STBV4000100

Pros: Price seemed good--I trusted Seagate products

Cons: Worked fine until, in slightly less than a month, it just silently died. No computer (and I have three) recognizes the device, and I tried it on friends' computers--same result--ghost of a machine! I hope the warranty will fix or replace it, as it is merely a good paperweight or doorstop now.

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