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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
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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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  • Robert S.
  • 12/16/2014 4:36:31 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsdied after 3 weeks

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

Pros: None

Cons: It started to make my computer not boot when it was plugged in. Then it would not show at all.I had to RMA it

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  • Michael P.
  • 12/15/2014 4:12:55 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
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5 out of 5 eggsSolid Performance

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

Pros: I have 3 of these as a Personal Cloud Backup. They rotate with my off site and so my data is extra secure. The take the transit very well and always show up on the system. Price was the incentive and even though there were some bad reviews I gave Seagate a chance as I have had a less than 2% failure rate on their drives.

Cons: A bit slow for a 3.0 but not enough for worries. I watch HD movies over the net using the drive with no lag. Drive light in back a pain and doesn't seem to be blinking when accessed.

Other Thoughts: Drives seem not to sleep or they come back online almost instantly. Not sure.

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  • Siming C.
  • 12/15/2014 2:04:12 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
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4 out of 5 eggsreplacement was good

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

Pros: Large space, cheap, works great.

I got a defective drive at first, then within a week I got my replacement. So far so good, I'm able to write a huge chunk of data( more than 300 gb ) at once and it won't crash like I had last drive.

Cons: Makes noise when i connect it.

Other Thoughts: I will have more testings, if it works well for a long time I will come back and leave a 5 star.

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3 out of 5 eggsExcellent Storage Space

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

Pros: Huge amount of storage space. Excellent software included, Efficient. Extremely quiet, like quiet quiet. No lights (also a con to an extent). Fast in bursts. Long, included cable. Long power supply/cord. Quality enclosure. Heft=solid.

Cons: Sharp edges. Heavy (both a pro and con). No Lights (hard to see if it is actually plugged in and working - I prefer a light to notify me of status). Speeds aren't up to part with USB 3.0. Software is somewhat limiting (Seatools, etc.) Unique plug in cable - makes it hard to pick up a replacement with any USB 3.0 cable.

Other Thoughts: I took some tests last night. I transfer 378 GB of data form my 1.0 TB WD Black Drive via USB 3.0 to this 5 TB Drive. Largest file I had was a BluRay movie at 48 GB (NON 3D). It stated, via Windows Copying, that it would be about 5 hours. This thing completed in about 1:45 to 2:00 Hours. That is pretty impressive for an external mechanical drive. I imagine simple transfers of a single file of 20 GB or less would complete in mere minutes. I also took down some speeds.

Copied 378 GB
Windows 8.1 Estimate About 5 hours
Total Time: 2.25 hours
Speed: Max - 125 Mb/s
Speed: Min - 56 Mb/s
Speed: Avg - 92 Mb/s


Despite a low of 56 Mb/s the drive hovered around 92 Mb/s for the most part. I haven't ran any HD TACH or anything on it but from what I can tell from my use it is a solid drive with a cheap price. While I do see some drawbacks in the proprietary cable, limited software (Trial of SeaTools Pro) and lack of firmware updates (does it really need it?) this is priced accordingly. I gave it 3 eggs because I expected a bit more and the fact that it cut me, lol.

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  • Jessica R.
  • 12/10/2014 9:43:45 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat

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

Pros: Fast, great size, great price

Cons: Can't think of any

Other Thoughts: I love it! :D

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  • Jeramy W.
  • 12/8/2014 8:32:13 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
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1 out of 5 eggsSeagate Backup Plus 5TB - Pure Seagate Quality.. Doesn't work!

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

Pros: High storage capacity, Super Low Black Friday sale price of $139.00

Cons: Drive returned 5 delays upon first scan using HDD Regenerator. I transferred 1.20GB of videos to the drive, and now it is returning well over 50 delays and over 30 bad sectors. It seems that every time I write to the drive the bad sectors keep getting worse and worse. Now, I have to TRY to move my videos back over to the original drives before this HDD fails entirely. This is typical of my experience with the newest Seagate HDDs I have bought the past 2 years. I swear after this, I will NEVER buy anything but WD drives ever again. I lost 3TB of data using a 3TB Seagate HDD last year. The drive died in 6 months. This time, the drive was delivered already messed up. I have NEVER had ONE issue with my WD drives. This is enough for me. I'm done testing out Seagate.

Other Thoughts: There is nothing else I can think of other than how upset I am about this drive.. I was warned by others, even my wife warned me. The low black friday price got me to bite... next black friday I won't be biting. Now I need to RMA this piece of garbage. I can only PRAY that the second one I bought is good, but somehow I doubt it.

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  • Robert S.
  • 12/7/2014 4:30:05 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

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

Pros: Works as expected

Cons: I found that NEWEGG E BAY had it $10 cheaper on the same day I ordered it. Here is there response:
Unfortunately the Iron Egg Guarantee only covers price matches between us and an eligible competitor. We do not do price matches between Newegg.com and our e Bay prices general item price matching.

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