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Seagate Backup Plus 5TB USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive STDT5000100

  • Includes easy-to-use backup software
  • Features mobile backup using the Seagate Mobile Backup App
  • Automatically save photos from your social networks
  • Easy to share files between PCs and Mac computers
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 2 years


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  • Jared C.
  • 1/27/2015 1:00:07 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat backup solution

This review is from: Seagate Backup Plus 5TB USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive STDT5000100

Pros: Using this as a backup solution to my media server.
While I may need to upgrade in the future, this provides the space needed with a little bit of a zone for expansion to back up the entire server.

Cons: None

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  • Barry G.
  • 1/24/2015 6:01:29 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsOnly good for filesystem -- not streaming

This review is from: Seagate Backup Plus 5TB USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive STDT5000100

Pros: 5TB in one unit. Should be enough for all my media.

Cons: Does not work with Windows Media Center for TS_VIDEO or any video streaming. Also does not work as a Server backup. Drive tests fine and works with regular NTFS filesystem via Windows Explorer or CMD prompt (XCOPY, ROBOCOPY).

Other Thoughts: Others have reported problems writing large amounts of data. I did not have this problem. I loaded 3TB in one ROBOCOPY session and then byte verified everything with BeyondCompare.

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  • Thomas D.
  • 1/20/2015 7:13:18 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsHorrible Drive

This review is from: Seagate Backup Plus 5TB USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive STDT5000100

Pros: There really are not any.

Cons: This drive stutters and causes issues on any machine it is connected to. Most specifically it causes access issues on all other drives in my server when this is connected. I buy drives in matched pairs so I got robbed twice because they both behave identically.

Other Thoughts: This piece of garbage should be used for target practice and not sold to the unsuspecting public. What in the world is Seagate thinking???? We still seem to fall for these criminal business practices. I am so disgusted with Seagate as a company right now.

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  • Michael S.
  • 1/11/2015 8:30:35 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsBig drive but drops off the bus

This review is from: Seagate Backup Plus 5TB USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive STDT5000100

Pros: Got a screaming deal on this drive and had hopes for it. Lage size paired with the Backup plus software was a plus.

Cons: This drive continually drops off the bus. Large file moves fail. The backup plus software lockups up because if thinks I need memory cards loaded in my installed card reader. I'm using Acronis to do scheduled system backups and the backup fails due to the drive being inaccessible.

Other Thoughts: I'm debating reformatting this drive into a simple volume. I have a 4TB version (no backup plus) that is rock solid.

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  • Helen F.
  • 1/10/2015 12:14:00 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsWon't play nicely w/ others

This review is from: Seagate Backup Plus 5TB USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive STDT5000100

Pros: Arrived on schedule and played well at first with our Linux PC and my Windows laptop. If it worked, it would be a nice, elegant solution for media/backup storage.

Cons: About a week or so ago, it started not showing up when plugged in, not letting us use media stored on it, and crashing both computers. We've heard of others having the exact same problems with the same model.

Other Thoughts: Never buying Seagate products again.

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  • Colin S.
  • 1/8/2015 4:52:49 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks great

This review is from: Seagate Backup Plus 5TB USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive STDT5000100

Pros: 5TB drive, USB 3, low cost. Mine has never had a problem, and is quiet as can be. The design is nice, it is obvious they put some thought into it. I've written around 4TB so far, no issues.

Cons: Lacks some features I'd like...hardware encryption, for example.

Other Thoughts: I haven't used the backup software provided, I just use it as a normal external hard drive.

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4 out of 5 eggsBig drive, but not fast by any means

This review is from: Seagate Backup Plus 5TB USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive STDT5000100

Pros: Nice retail box, comes double boxed. Style is understated (black) with a not-too-bright activity LED. Sound is nearly inaudible. Almost no heat generated as well. Drive is pre-formatted. Five year warranty. USB3 connectivity, though it really doesn't need it. Comes with USB3 cable (yay!).

Cons: No on/off switch; the instant you plug it in is the instant it tries to start spinning up. The activity light doesn't go fully on and off but rather flickers; this flickering is easy to miss unless you're looking right at it. I guess this could be considered a positive in some situations, I count it as a negative. Drive can't be used vertically, must be used horizontally.

Other Thoughts: This drive is slow. Even for a USB drive, it's fair to call this drive pokey. As a test I backed up 2TB of data to this drive, and overall sustained throughput was a measly 33Mbytes/sec. That's slow enough that it could be done over a USB2 connection! Don't believe ATTO and other synthetic disk benchmarks; they just give you the burst speed. Believe a long benchmark with lots of unique data that can't be fooled.

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4 out of 5 eggsMonster backup drive

This review is from: Seagate Backup Plus 5TB USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive STDT5000100

Pros: - Drive came in a retail box securely packaged.
- 5 TB, lots of disk space
- Seagate Dashboard is a user friendly interface to back up files even mobile data, restore files, all with the click of the mouse
- Drive is pre-formatted and came with software for Dashboard
- Drive came with a 5 year warranty, more than most drives
- Good read and write speeds for such a huge drive
- Can connect with Cloud to sync data
- Very quiet drive, cannot hear it over the noice my PC fan makes
- USB 3.0, almost all new drives are 3.0

Cons: - There is no on or off switch, you have to disconnect the power cord to turn the drive off, very odd.
- There is only a half inch thin LED light on the top to indicate the drive is on, could be more exciting I guess. The light dims in and out slowly to indicate activity, it does not flicker like most external drives do.
- The drive can only be put on the table flat, not on it's side if you want to safe real estate on your desk

Other Thoughts: Newegg delivered the brown box promptly for this EggXpert review as always.
The drive came in full retail box packaging which includes the external drive, USB cable and power adapter, it also has a quick installation guide that takes you through the setup steps.
The drive has a shiny appearance on the top as it lays flat, matte black on the four sides and light blue on the bottom with four little stands.
The drive measures 7" x 4.5" x 1.5 " and from the weight it is a full 5.25" drive, to be expected to carry such high capacity
Once unpacked I proceeded to plug in the USB 3.0 cable and power adaptor, Windows installed the drivers in a few seconds, the drive came with two files ie Seagate Dashboard installer and the Warranty, the latter indicates that the drive has a 5 year limited warranty, the document spells out what is covered and what not.
Even though it is 5 TB advertised drive you get 4.54 TB of space, plenty to store your precious pictures or to backup your gaming or personal computer.
I ran ATTO disk benchmark and the average of 5 runs produced the following read and write speeds:
Read : 163 MB/s
Write : 163 MB/s
Not bad for such a monster drive

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5 out of 5 eggsSo far so good.

This review is from: Seagate Backup Plus 5TB USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive STDT5000100

Pros: Easy to setup and install, standard USB 3.0 cable, you can use a Micro USB 2.0 cable if you are desperate but will only get USB 2.0 speeds (same as if you plug it into a USB 2.0 port)
Small white LED on the top to let you know the device is powered on and running.
Overall has a nice modern design with some ventilation holes to allow for passive cooling of the drive.
The drive comes with an extremely long 5 year warranty, there is also a trial of some Professional Seagate backup software offered during the Product Registration.
I am getting the following speeds in Benchmarks, on an Intel USB 3.0 port built into a Z87 Chipset,
reading and writing 4GB files 9 times, then averaging the data together.
Read: 183.4 MB/s
Write: 184.9 MB/s
The following numbers are more relevant to SSD’s but I will post them anyways, In general a backup drive such as this, which generally transfers large amounts of data in larger files don’t need small random read write operations, the higher write’s will have to do with the drives onboard Cache:
512k Read: 47 MB/s
512k Write: 104 MB/s
4k Read: 0.5 MB/s
4K Write: 10 MB/s
As I said before most of your write will be larger sequential files if you are doing backups, or storing home videos, or large pictures, if you are directly coping a lot of smaller pictures it will take longer just like any mechanical hard drive.
Drive Info: Seagate ST5000DM000-1FK178
Drive Firmware: CC44
Spindle Speed: 5900 RPM.
Disclaimer: These benchmarks were done with little data written to the hard drive, so these are pretty much the best speeds you will achieve out of this hard drive, as the drive gets more and more full, transfers speeds will decrease, as the head of the drive reaches the center of the platter each rotation covers less and less data.

Cons: No Off switch, have to pull the power if you want to turn it off you have to pull the power cable. The case is plastic, not a big deal, I am just preferential to metal cases. The product registration (built into the software on the drive) asks for a lot of information, some of which is what your work title is, your salary, your business sector, etc. These questions seem rather unnecessary and you can opt out of answering them if you choose like I did.

Other Thoughts: Remember a 5TB drive is actually 4.54 TB (Marketing says there are 1000 bytes in one Kilobyte), however computers read them correctly at 1024 bytes per Kilobyte, which is why the space in lower than advertised. This drive has been running constantly for 100 hours, It is definitely not DoA, only time will tell how reliable this drive is, but in general I tend not to purchase the largest capacity drives once they come out as in my opinion they are usually the least reliable

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  • Josef R.
  • 12/17/2014 5:56:31 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsSeagate Backup Plus 5TB USB 3.0

This review is from: Seagate Backup Plus 5TB USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive STDT5000100

Pros: Have other units from company 1-4 TB no problems

Cons: DOA (dead on arrival) could not get it to work switched p.s and cable from working units.

Other Thoughts: will retry like company

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