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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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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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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
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  • Kwon K.
  • 5/22/2015 3:29:58 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood price. Adding to joeham's review.

Pros: - Good value; picked it up during a flash sale.
- Can write at a rate of 120~150MB/s when transferring media files. Naturally, much slower if you're transferring a ton of small files.
- Not too loud, though you will hear it; about as loud as a stock CPU heatsink running at the default RPM.
- If you so desire, you can take out the hard drive from the enclosure and use it as an internal drive. The included drive is a ST4000DM000 as far as I'm aware, so you save money.

Cons: - Comes partitioned as MBR and uses a special controller to make it compatible with Windows XP 32bit; meaning if you use the expansion drive as it is, when you take out the drive and plug it into SATA, the computer won't be able to recognize what's already on the drive. See 'Other thoughts'.
- None functionality wise so far; will update if the drive fails only within a few years.

Other Thoughts: Adding onto joeham's review down below (2 reviews before this), unlike the newest version of the expansion drives(STEB4000100) which comes partitioned as GPT to begin with (hence why the newest model doesn't work in Windows XP 32bit by default but you really shouldn't be using Windows XP anymore), the drive in this older model comes partitioned as MBR and uses a special controller to appear as 4TB for the sake of Windows XP 32bit's compatibility.

To explain things a little for those unaware, a hard drive formatted as MBR can only utilize up to 2.2TB of its space, regardless of its original size. A hard drive formatted as GPT, however, can use 4TB as a whole. The downside is that GPT is only supported in Windows XP 64bit and later versions of OS. Seagate decided to partitioned the drive as MBR and installed a special controller to appear as 4TB to make this product work with Windows XP 32bit by default. Because of this, if you transfer data to the expansion drive, and later decide to take out the hard drive and plug it into SATA for whatever reason (i.e. broken controller), you won't be able to retrieve any data because the computer can't see the whole 4TB if the drive is MBR.

I didn't know if the external drive will still work properly with the special controller if I convert the included hard drive to GPT. So, I called Seagate customer support to ask them and the rep said it's safe to do so, and people have done it before. I converted my drive inside my expansion drive to GPT with no problems and it seems to be working fine. Now that I've done this, if I take out the hard drive inside the enclosure and plug it into SATA, the computer should be able to recognize the data that's already on the hard drive.

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  • Christopher W.
  • 5/3/2015 1:35:22 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsWorks great

Pros: Is USB 3.0. Is somewhat small and can be used on multiple PC's if you physically move the drive. My mobo has USB 3.0 and the transfer of roughly 1 gb worth of pictures took less than a minute. If you don't have usb 3.0 then it takes significantly longer. I use it to store pictures and images of my machines. Good overall drive.

Cons: Would be amazing if it had a LAN port. Networked drives are much better if you are using multiple PC's or are sharing information

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  • Anonymous
  • 4/2/2015 5:51:13 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsIt works but there's a secret

Pros: Inexpensive 4TB drive compatible with XP thru Win 8.1.

Cons: There is a little secret you should know. The internal format is secret. The
USB controller in this drive fakes the OS into thinking it is an NTFS drive
with 4K sectors. Traditionally drives under the 2.2TB limit use 512 byte
sectors. XP can read drives larger than 2TB if they are formatted as 4K
sectors. The Controller in this device presents the OS as such.

If you have a failure of the cheap controller chip, you might think you can
crack the case open and put the drive on a sata dock or put it internal to a
desktop PC and recover the files. But you will be wrong. Windows will see the
drive as an unformatted partition and two unallocated partition. You can't
read them because they have a secret format that only the controller chip knows.

With a standard gpt or mbr formatted drive, you would have some hope of maybe
using a disk data recovery program to get some of the data off the drive by
putting it into a desktop or hooking it to a USB to Sata converter or a docking
station.

So if you loose the cheapo USB controller chip, or it screws up translation,
say due to a power glitch, you loose your data. Or you pay Seagate to recover
it. You can't read it with anything be another Seagate controller.

I confirmed this by removing the internal drive. I put it into a Plugable USB3-SATA-UASP1 and the drive shows up as three partitions and is unreadable in Win 7. This is useless for a reliable backup device (unless you like trusting the USB controller chip). I reformatted it as gpt drive and voila, now it is useable with normal sata controllers (internal desktop or sata docks).

I believe a lot of reviews saying they have problems reading the disk or have
lost data, are due to the translation of disk format by the USB controller, not
actually a failed disk drive.

Other Thoughts: I would suggest for external drives over 2.2TB, avoiding the Toshiba, Seagate
and other mfgr external drives if they advertise XP compatibility. Most
certainly there is some translation going on in the controller. Instead buy a
device that says it doesn't support drives over 2.2TB unless you use GPT. This
means not compatible with stock XP. A good example of a device like this would
be the Plugable USB3-SATA-UASP1. This device uses GPT formatting and supports devices up to 6TB. Also I have Mediasonic probox usb3 4 disk housings that support up to 4TB. I can confirm that these work great with Win7 and 8.1 and
you can remove the drives and put them into your desktop or swap them between
units and the data is readable via the USB interfaces.

The seagate drive is a good organ donor, because its cheaper to buy that a bare drive or similar size. But depending on the controller IC adds another point of failure to the disk drive. The last thing you want to add to your backup drive is a reduction in reliability due to a cheapo USB controller chip.

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  • Donald H.
  • 3/25/2015 1:53:18 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsErrors Galore

Pros: None

Cons: No internal fan. Overheats quickly resulting in read/write errors. The included skinny data cable is under capacity.

Other Thoughts: I have 2 of these drives & both have read/write errors occurring anywhere from 1 to 15 minutes after connecting. I tried a test where I replaced the supplied skinny data cables on both drives with stockier USB 3.0 cables I had but this measure only reduces errors for the first few minutes immediately after connecting. Just a fews minutes after connecting the errors begin.

When errors occur, the error handling routine asks if you want to try again or skip the file being processed. Trying again always results in a failure of the current file being read or written. Sometimes I'll even get a message saying "you must reformat this drive before you can begin using it".


In the reviews here one person (kudos to him) said he buys these external drives, opens them up and removes the drives within to use as internal drives. I followed his lead with one of my 2 drives and plugged the removed Seagate drive into an Orico external hard drive docker that I bought on NewEgg (it came with a fat data cable). I had no errors after approximately 60 minutes straight of copying a large volume of data to the Seagate drive while it was mounted in the Orico external docking station, not one error. My conclusion is that cheap parts chosen by Seagate are causing data errors. My 4 TB drive appears to be working fine once I removed it from the error ridden Seagate external housing. Cheap parts, i.e. skinny cable, no internal fan (and possibly the internal USB 3.0 circut board) = data errors.

I killed the warranty on 1 drive (so far) but I wasn't about to go through an RMA scenario with Seagate just to get a refurbished drive as a replacement having the same issues.

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  • Lawrence C.
  • 3/13/2015 11:18:03 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat Low
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsSeagate Expansion 4TB USB HD

Pros: This hard drive performs as promised. Works well with USB 2.0 and 3.0 and with the Linksys smart router. Moving applications and other files to and from this HD is easy.

Cons: Backup/Restore problem with Windows 7. This drive does not come with software other than for product registration. The Windows 7 Backup/Restore software results in file errors (documented by other users). Downloading Seagate backup/restore software did not solve the problem. 3rd party had to be downloaded and installed.

Other Thoughts: Other hard drives usually come with software, including Seagate

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  • Scott P.
  • 2/20/2015 10:44:51 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsrandom disconnect

Pros: Good transfer rate when it worked.

Cons: While copying files, it would randomly disconnect and reconnect, giving me the autorun dialogue box saying a USB drive was just connected. My file copy process is disrupted, and i have to re-start the whole process again. Or do much smaller copy jobs.

Not reliable.

Other Thoughts: I tested this drive on 2 different PC's running Windows 7, 64 bit. They both had random disconnect problems.

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  • Justin K.
  • 2/20/2015 8:08:44 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsTry this for those who are losing the drive

Pros: None

Cons: haven't recieved it yet.

Other Thoughts: I figured I would tell those out there that if an external drive fails, it is more often due to the circuitry for the sata to usb conversion. If you are willing to void the warranty, which is no good anyway if you lose the data, and want to have a chance of getting data back, take the drive out of the enclosure and hook it up internally. This has worked for me with older seagate external drives. You can even stick them in the fridge for a short time then hook them up and sometimes they work

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  • Ian A.
  • 2/19/2015 4:23:12 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks great

Pros: Easy to install.
Compatible with both MAC and PC.

Cons: None

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  • Javier O.
  • 2/11/2015 3:10:57 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks as advertised. No problems so far.

Pros: Excellent drive if you're looking to expand your Xbox One's storage capacity. Out of about twenty games installed (alongside updates and DLC), this drive's only used up about 11 percent of its space. It'll take a while before we fill it up. Seagate makes another excellent product!

Cons: My roommate seemed less than pleased to have it format at 3.6TB, but after giving him a quick lesson on Drive Formatting 101, he's... still not satisfied with the answer. Whatever. I'm not docking an egg for that.

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  • Harrison S.
  • 2/5/2015 6:47:42 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsFlaky Cables

Pros: I got 2 of them on sale pretty cheap, they work.

Cons: I had problems keeping these connected and identifying as 3.0 devices. Bought some other usb cables they both now work perfectly and haven't had any problems since

Other Thoughts: Speed isn't insane but price performance is right.

I don't know why on earth they would try to save $0.25 by using a cheap cable which might cause the product to appear to be broken, and not function properly. If I didn't get other cables I would have given this product only 1-2 eggs.

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