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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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  • 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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  • Richmark B.
  • 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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  • Jerry A.
  • 7/23/2014 6:06:06 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

3 out of 5 eggsQUESTION

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

Pros: none

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: I have the previous mac Prp tower which opens and have
an eSata card installed for other backup drives. Is there an
adapter that changes eSata to USB 3.0?

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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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