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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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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
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  • John R.
  • 8/22/2014 8:43:03 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSeagate Customer Service

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

Pros: Works great when you get one that works.

Cons: My first one died quickly.

Other Thoughts: I bought one that died quickly (my first review was for the one that died.). I called Seagate and was told that it wasn't a problem and that they would replace it. After a few minor problems Seagate sent the replacement and it works great.

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  • christina b.
  • 8/18/2014 6:45:10 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggswow!

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

Pros: good price
reliable
lots of storage
easy to install

Cons: light is always on

Other Thoughts: haven't had a problem with it since I installed it, other than it mysteriously not working/not turning on when plugged into one of my ss-usb 3.0 ports. Had to clean out the fans anyways and once everything was on it worked again

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  • R T.
  • 8/8/2014 11:30:50 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsSeagate Expansion 4TB HDD STBV4000100

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

Pros: - Good Price when On-Sale.
- Reliable.
- Lots of Storage Space.

Cons: - 5900rpm drive is slower than 7200rpm drives.
- Price has Not Dropped in 2 Years.
- Need to Disconnect from Server to Allow Rebooting.

Other Thoughts: I have purchased and installed more than half a dozen of these Seagate 4TB drives and had no failures in more than 2 years of operating in a server environment. The drives are very reliable in raid 0, or 1 configuration. In my experience, they are as reliable as WD Red, WD Black, Toshiba, or HGST HDD's. I have had no complaints about these drives for reliability. I have used these in the stock enclosures and taken the drives out to use them instead of internal drives or in other enclosures. The performance is equivalent in all configurations. These drives go on-sale for US$139 regularly which is US$20-US$40 less than HDD's of equivalent size from other manufacturers.

Given that the reliability is very good, there are some negatives to using these drives in the stock enclosures. I found that, when I connect these drives up to a USB 3.0 hub on my servers, I cannot go through a reboot without disconnecting the HDD from the USB hub. If I disconnect the HDD from the PC or server then do a shutdown or reboot of the computer, the startup/reboot works just fine (This is using a Windows 7 64-bit Pro OS or Windows Home Server 11 OS). If I take the 4TB out of the stock enclosure and install it either in an internal drive bay or other external enclosure (after reformatting the drive), I do not have problems with startup/rebooting the computers. This is a minor problem since I use these on a server that stays operational 24/7 for long periods of time. It would be more of a problem if I used these with a PC that was turned on and off frequently. Going through the expense of purchasing a different enclosure and installing the HDD in those would be unreasonable.

The drive performance in terms of access times, or read/write speeds is not as good as the Seagate, Toshiba, or HGST 7200rpm drives. This is to be expected since the platter speed is 5900rpm. the read/write speeds certainly are fast enough to allow streaming of 5 simultaneous videos without hangup and to stream a video while simultaneously writing media files to the drive at 70Mbytes/sec over a gigabit ethernet connection. Where I do see the difference is when transferring large amounts of data/files between HDD's. In those circumstances the 7200rpm drives are about 30% faster.

The price of these Seagate 4TB HDD's has not gone down in about 2 years. Newegg regularly has them on sale for US$139. Other HDD manufacturers have been lowering their prices gradually in that time to be competitive with the Seagate price. Hopefully, now that 5TB and 6TB HDD's are available, the price for the 4TB HDD will start to come down again.

In conclusion; If you are looking for reliable storage with the best size to price ratio then these Seagate 4TB HDD's are the clear choice. The problems with the stock external enclosure preventing reboot of the computer and the slightly slower read/write speed compared with 7200rpm drives is the reason I deducted an egg from the rating.

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  • Dean S.
  • 8/7/2014 12:26:04 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs4 tb are you kidding?

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

Pros: 4tb! You can't go wrong with Seagate

Cons: None here. Best back up decision for my security files

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  • D M.
  • 7/28/2014 9:27:19 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsLots of storage

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

Pros: Storage size.
Simplicity.
USB 3.0
Plug and Play

Cons: Price.
Speed.
Get hot at times.

Other Thoughts: This is a great way to expand storage to your Desktop, HTPC or Laptop.
Easy to hook up and ready to copy and store big files instantly
Use this for my HTPC to store movies

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  • Miguel D.
  • 7/25/2014 12:48:48 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsrun fast over usb3

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

Pros: i was a little concerned by some reviews but the drive does seem to rsync (clanky internal sata 2 or 3 on ext4 to usb3 ext4) and i was getting 140-190MB/s on large files, a bit less on smaller files.

the case is a little larger than a standard 3.5 usb drive sleeve but it looks much nicer than those western digital enclosures.

Cons: none yet

Other Thoughts: had an extra $10 off coupon and i wish i had bought 2.

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  • Lawrence T.
  • 7/25/2014 4:07:43 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsSeagate Expansion 4TB USB 3.0

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

Pros: Easy to set up and use. Very fast transfer speed.

Cons: I purchased 2 one worked exactly like it was suppose to, not problems. The other hard drive had issues first time I plugged it in. It did not want to spin up, then when it finally did, it would work for a while and quit. I do not think a doa or almost doa the consumer should have to pay a shipping fee back when RMA issued. I do not think it is too much for customer to expect item to work out of the box, and if it does not I think they should not have to pay return shipping, even though that is policy.

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  • Dennis K.
  • 7/24/2014 7:49:02 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggsExrataordinary Capacity Good Price but Terrible Warranty

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

Pros: reduces backup time significantly compared to USB 2.

For novices: Your computer must have USB 3 technology for higher speeds but you can still use the drive in USB 2 ports without problems

Cons: Warranty only 1 year!

Short USB Cable. Physical case edges / corners are so sharp you could cut yourself

Seagate had reduced case composition quality from previous models - it is really cheap plastic. RPM drive specs are not listed on the specs, package, etc.

Other Thoughts: Drive is 5900 RPM, but it is only a con if you are editing / saving stuff directly on the drive

The drive is inexpensive but there are other brand / labels that have a 3 year warranty at competitive prices. I bought the competition.

Disk technology / capacity has increased dramatically over the years. Manufacturers have merged, competition has diminished. Warranties no longer are long enough to think that manufavturers are confident in their product quality. Drives are priced at junk prices (buy cheap, buy more if you have a problem).

It is the philosophy of the big chain superstores - sell junk stuff cheaply so the consumer has to buy more junk stuff when it breaks. The company wins, the consumer loses; the company profits, when it breaks the company profits again.

A 'good' hard drive should last at least 5 years. All hard drives will fail eventually - you need to have BU. The only reason to buy THIS drive is if your data needing backup is huge and your budget is very tight

Seagate is saying 'we are not confident' that our drives are good products because they only have a one year warranty

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  • Dennis K.
  • 7/23/2014 7:48:24 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

2 out of 5 eggsExtraordinary Capacity Good Price but Terrible Warranty

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

Pros: There is room to back up every bit of data / pictures / videos that I have accumulated (and kept) during the past 20 years. Cheap. USB 3 speedy transfer of backup reduces time significantly compared to USB 2.

Cons: It is a con - Warranty is only 1 year.

Short USB Cable. Physical case edges / corners are so sharp you could cut yourself

Seagate is saying 'We are not confident!' that our drives are good products because they only have a one year warranty

Seagate had reduced case composition quality from previous models - it is really cheap plastic. RPM drive specs are not listed on the specs, package, etc.

Other Thoughts: Drive is 5900 RPM, only a con if you are editing / saving stuff directly on the drive

The drive is inexpensive but there are other brand / labels that have a 3 year warranty at competitive prices. I bought the competition.

For novices: 1) Your computer must have USB 3 technology for higher speeds but you can still use the drive in USB 2 ports without problems. 2) Windows 7 or higher is needed 3)

Disk technology and capacity has increased dramatically over the years. Manufacturers have merged, competition has diminished. Warranties no longer are long enough to think that manufacturer’s are confident in their product quality. Drives are priced at junk prices (buy cheap, buy again if you have a problem).

It is the philosophy of huge discounter - sell junk stuff cheaply so the consumer has to buy more junk stuff when it breaks. The company wins, the consumer loses; the company profits because again if it has to be replaced.

A 'good' hard drive should last at least 5 years. All hard drives will fail eventually: you need to have BU. The only reason to buy THIS drive is if you need a huge amount of space and your budget is very very tight

FYI. In the 90’s my hard drive failed and I did not have a backup. The IRS got too much money because my data was gone. In 2009 my house had a fire – computers destroyed but my data was safe because of an external drive backup

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  • Katelyn M.
  • 7/23/2014 7:04:55 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat So Far <crosses fingers>

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

Pros: Got two of them during the "2 for $240" deal. 8TB of space for $240 is a heck of a deal. That's a little under 3 cents per gig. I remember spending $1,000 for a 25 gig hdd around 15-20 years ago :P

They're doing exactly what they are advertised to do. No problems yet.

I popped one of them out of the enclosure and slapped it into a desktop, and after a GPT reformat, it's working like a champ.

Cons: None yet, but it's only been a week. Don't let me down, Seagate! I have faith!

Other Thoughts: I've had hard drives last 10+ years, left them in high temperature environments, and even dropped a few, but the only time I've thrown out a Seagate hard drive is when technology has progressed to the point where the hard drive is too small to bother with and is replaced with a much larger one.

After reading all of the comments here, I'm really surprised that so many people are having issues. Unless Seagate has really been screwing with their manufacturing process or replaced the factory with an assembly line populated by monkeys wearing top hats, I never would have thought there would be so many complaints about faulty drives.

Maybe I should invest in some lottery tickets...

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