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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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  • Sandford S.
  • 9/18/2014 1:35:53 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
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4 out of 5 eggsWorks Great - After Full Format

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

Pros: Very pleased overall. Small initial problems getting it to work but after full format it worked great.

Cons: Had to format first to get it to be recognized and work properly. Other than that, it has been running great for about a month. No issues so far.

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  • Jordan S.
  • 9/17/2014 10:55:00 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsEasy for older people

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

Pros: I gave one of these to my parents for backup purposes. It worked right out of the box with their system & my Mob backs things up on a regular basis. I use this for backup as well & have had no issues with my GNU/Linux system. parted handles the large drive size with ease using GPT. Also, the cost per terabyte was fantastic.

If you are daring, you can crack the case open & gain access to a USB 3.0 SATA adapter. Please check the warranty before doing anything like this.

Cons: Very short warranty.

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  • robert s.
  • 9/10/2014 4:24:35 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsWorks well @ 6 months

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

Pros: No problems. The 4TB Seagate is used as a library drive for media. Samsung 6300 series TV reads it perfectly. (Older 4000 series Samsung cannot - 2TB max).
The box stacks neatly - better than the Samsung version of what is probably this same drive.

Cons: none

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  • Kinnon M.
  • 9/9/2014 10:30:29 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

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

Pros: Works great. I leave it on 24\7.

Cons: No issues

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  • DAVID H.
  • 9/9/2014 5:32:02 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFAST RELIABLE

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

Pros: I’ve got the 2, 3 & 4 TB versions of this in both the flat & upright models. The oldest one is about a year old. Using a USB 3.0 connection, these drives are FAST. Copying files from one Seagate USB 3.0 drive to another using TeraCopy averages about 110 MB/s.
The fastest internal HD to the external Seagate USB 3.0 drives, tops out at about the same speed, with the exception of 1 internal drive which tops out at 70 MB/s. Copying from an internal SSD to a Seagate USB 3.0 drive, tops out at 178 MB/s.
I used the same 10 GB mix of files for the comparison tests.
Setup for all of the Seagate was smooth & simple plug n play

Cons: If the transformers were about 3 mm narrower you could put them side by side on a regular power strip without blocking any of the other outlets.

Other Thoughts: I only tried the backup software on the older drives. It was simple, but limited, probably great for a novice user. When I contacted Seagate about it, they said a more sophisticated version was available online for free. It is better.
I already had a different retail backup program that could do much more & kept using it.

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  • John F.
  • 9/7/2014 3:18:07 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood Drive

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

Pros: Large, quiet,stable drive. I've used since 11/9/2013 . Bought 2. One is attached to my PC and is used for backup of media files. The other is connected to my TV-PC and is used as media storage/playback. I clone sync the drive on my PC to the drive on my TV-PC once a week.

The Drive connected to my TV-PC has been used heavily since I received them from NewEgg without any signs of issues. The never hang/crash loose connectivity to the PC or even heat up much. I absolutely love these drives.

Cons: Greta drive love them. None

Other Thoughts: I went through 2 lacie's and 2 WD external drives over a 2yr period before getting these drives. The WD's in particular had a habit of locking up on me, usually resulting in a power cycle of the drive AND a reboot of the PC in question(the same PC I used for the Seagate drives a Dell XPS-nothings changed). I am sold on this particular model of Seagate Externals and will continue to purchase them until the become unstable or w/e.

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  • Quinn P.
  • 9/5/2014 9:10:30 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat deal on sale. Works as advertised.

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

Pros: Tore them out and used them as internal drives, worked flawlessly. No issues.

Cons: None

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  • John R.
  • 8/22/2014 8:43:03 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
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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
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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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  • Ronald 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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