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

  • 200GB of cloud storage for your important files ($95 value)
  • Lyve app to back up directly from your mobile devices
  • Share Mac and PC files
  • Backup from Facebook and Flickr and share to YouTube

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 2 years
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  • Alan C.
  • 8/21/2015 6:24:52 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsSeagate 5Tb Expansion Disc

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

Pros: USB 3.0, Large capacity. I use this for everything: movies. music, photos, etc. I've been a Seagate fan for years, and this drive hasn't disappointed me in any way. Fast, quiet, reliable and has plenty of room for all the junk I've collected over the years.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: This drive has been in heavy use for over 5 months with no read/write errors. Well pleased is an understatement. :-)

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  • Tuan N.
  • 8/21/2015 1:31:06 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

2 out of 5 eggs2-yr Warranty? No Way!

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

Pros: Large capacity, quiet, fast transfer rate (actual 65-70MB+ for large files copying from internal 3TB hard disk)

Cons: Not 2 yr warranty as specified outside box: I registered the day I received the drive (8/21/2015) at Seagate website, got confirmation the drive will be in warranty to Jan 25, 2017. That's only a few days more than 17 months.
Model Number: STDT5000100
Capacity: 5 TB
Serial Number: NA7EESRP

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  • Karen G.
  • 8/18/2015 10:16:44 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsLots of storage!

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

Pros: Lots of storage. Seen by all my computers on the network. Easy setup.

Cons: I would prefer if it would stand vertically not horizontally, but that's minor.

Other Thoughts: This drive works great. The transfer speeds are a bit slower than expected but that is probably the fault of the router I have ti connected to because I am using it a network storage drive. Speeds do increase considerably when it is connected directly to a computer. The drive never loses connection even when transferring large files. All the computers on the network can see it except one machine that running Windows 8.1 Home, but this is a known issue with Windows 8.1 and network drive mounts so no big deal there. I don't use that machine to access the drive much and if I must access the drive the ftp share works for just fine. I've recently updated that machine to Windows 10 so I will see how it goes.

I am so far extremely satisfied with this drive I have the 4TB variant as well and both work great. I have had the 4TB drive for over a year. Will definitively continue to buy these drives.

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  • Michael K.
  • 8/10/2015 7:54:36 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
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1 out of 5 eggsDrive failed without much use.

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

Pros: It was a good deal for the space.

Cons: It failed today. I cannot get it to connect through USB. Shows up in device manager but can't access any of the drive data or volume info. Very frustrating since now it's just a brick that cost $160. I usually considered Seagate a good company, but this drive sucks.
Stick with smaller drives I guess.

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  • Kyle P.
  • 7/24/2015 9:24:19 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

3 out of 5 eggsNot bad

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

Pros: Very affordable, lots of storage. Very fast once dismantled and put on my USB 3.0 dock

Cons: Docked two eggs because the controller in the enclosure is garbage. Claims 3.0 speeds but what transferring a large 1TB plus folder of media, it would drop to near 4-5mbps and jump up to maybe 50. Sometimes it would go as high as 80mbps but only for a few seconds.

The device claimed 3.0 and internally it is a SATA 6GB/s drive, so I suspected the controller. Popped the drive out of the enclosure and resumed my file transfer on my USB 3.0 dock and now my file transfer speeds are consistent at 140mbps.

Not my first rodeo with issues like this. I don't usually buy external drives for this reason, but hey it was on sale for $120 at the time, which was $30 cheaper than its internal counterpart.

Other Thoughts: From the reviews I see mixed feelings on this drive. From what I can tell it seems to be primarily an issue with the cheap USB controller in the enclosure.

I usually have good luck with Seagate drives so I'm crossing my fingers and toes. Luckily the drive is mostly gonna sit on the shelf as a backup once my media is copied over so shouldn't be too much wear and tear on it.

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  • Anonymous
  • 6/25/2015 4:26:18 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

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

Pros: hasnt failed yet. I havnt had good luck with portable HD but this one is still running strong. I got it for 130$

Cons: none

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  • Matthew B.
  • 6/20/2015 9:58:13 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsFailed just after warranty period

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

Pros: USB 3.0

Cons: High failure rate
Unreliable

Other Thoughts: Bought in late 2013 and it recently failed.

Heads appear to be ruined as it still spins up and Windows sees the drive but it cannot read data. Cannot be formatted.

Will stick with another brand from now on. No more Seagates for me.

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  • Zach P.
  • 6/13/2015 8:30:07 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsBuy At Your Own Risk!

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

Pros: has 5tb of space so can hold everything i want.

Cons: i have had this thing since December of 2014. surprisingly it has lasted longer than most but now i'm having the common problem. i have 3tb of files on this drive and now i have to fight with it constantly to get it to connect. unfortunately i have had it to long to return so i'm stuck with it hoping it doesn't go out.

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  • David R.
  • 5/24/2015 2:33:07 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
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1 out of 5 eggsPossibly on my 2nd failure...

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

Pros: Honestly, I can't think about a pro when it looks like we're about to have our 2nd lemon...

Cons: Hard drive failed within 3 months, got a replacement that is starting to show the same issues. Device I/O errors, just not showing up in Windows, or files being inaccessible.

Other Thoughts: Really wish I had never bought it. Even if we can get the issues under control, it's hard to trust my data on a drive that has failed twice now...

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  • Bryan S.
  • 4/9/2015 8:53:05 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsGarbage

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

Pros: Neat looking case

Cons: I've been doing this for a long time. 25+ years. Seagate has been a long time leader in the industry. However, the past few years Seagate has really, really, gone downhill. Bought this drive in December. Failed in March. Went through Seagate's warranty process. Tested the drive as soon as it came in, failed. Good QA there Seagate. On my lab bench, I have a few more I'll be sending back to you since they have failed as well. Guess who won't be in our SANs/NASs/Servers anymore?

Other Thoughts: HGST or WD if you want your data to last more than 3 months.

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