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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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  • Patrick L.
  • 10/22/2014 2:36:03 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggs

Pros: 5TB for $160

Cons: My first one had a bad sector and had to be RMA'ed. Replacement is working fine, however.

Other Thoughts: I needed another HDD for my HTPC. I wanted to get a 5TB internal bare drive but this one was at least $60 less. I could always remove it from its case and use it as an internal but I don't want to void the warranty. I have mine plugged into a smart power strip so it turns off with the rest of my AV equipment and I have it tucked behind my plasma so it's out my sight and won't get knocked off of my AV furniture. So far I copied 1.62TB worth of uncompressed blu-ray rips and got an average transfer speed of 120 MB/s. Not bad for an external.

I'm using it strictly for blu-ray files so can't comment about the back up software. I have 3 copies of all of my important files on 2 different desktop PCs and this HTPC so I think I'm pretty well covered and won't lose anything.

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  • Gregory N.
  • 9/24/2014 7:37:31 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsBad Drive Received - 5TB Seagate

Pros: N/A

Cons: Defective Drive Received

Other Thoughts: Drive seemed OK, until I tried a large backup and it froze up. Ran Dashboard test and drive failed. Ran manufacturer's short test passed, long test failed. Replacing under manufacturer's warranty, but I am out the shipping costs for the RMA due to their bad drive.

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  • David S.
  • 9/20/2014 6:42:56 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsPretty Good Drive!

Pros: Great Drive. Plenty of space, extremely quite, power management is actually MUCH better than I expected, as older model external drives really struggled in this dept.

Speed is very good as well for an external drive, I am clocking a consistent 166mb/sec and the movies and videos on the drive run flawlessly on the computer every time. NO lag or choppy playback, big plus for me. Very happy (so far) with the drive.

Cons: The only CON so far is the software... Funny as I have read this was a PRO in some reviews... Maybe it is me, but it is not very intuitive from a verification perspective... Now it is extremely simple to use, however there is not a really good method of letting you know what it has done and where it is in the process. Also at times it can be buggy and hang the system for several seconds... This is why I give 4 stars.

Other Thoughts: Outside of the software, I love the Disk Drive itself! Define would recommend as a Buy! Hope the product itself holds up for a long time and does not crash and burn, but only time will tell. Good luck!

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  • Hugh S.
  • 9/13/2014 11:46:40 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsSeagate 5TB Drive

Pros: Great Capacity, low price per TB , Fast Delivery, Good Packaging .

Cons: So far none. USB3 is quite fast but can be even faster by removing drive from case (voids warranty) and installing in computer connected to SATA III connection.

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  • Bill P.
  • 9/13/2014 7:21:48 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

1 out of 5 eggsRequest super secret price bull stuff

Pros: Large capacity. I own many seagate drives. They are generally up to the task.

Cons: decoding prices with my super secret decoder ring, put me off of this one.

It may have been an impulse buy, but way to much effort. and the moment passed.

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  • Patrick R.
  • 9/4/2014 6:18:43 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggsSUPPORTS UASP

Pros: Supports UASP!
Looks nice
Low Price
Slightly smaller than the competing Canvio drives

Cons: Piano finish shows fingerprints like crazy
External power supply (wall-wart)

Other Thoughts: I'm not sure why Seagate doesn't list UAS support in the tech sheet features, but I was surprised to plug this in and see UASP support. With AJA System Test I'm getting sustained read and write speeds of just over 180MB/s. (Windows 8.1 with default USB stack and Intel 7/C216 xHCI controller)

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  • rick r.
  • 8/30/2014 9:07:38 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsDrive works

Pros: Formatted great.
Drive works fine. The dashboard software can take it or leave it. I ended up deleting everything and reformatting drive with Acronis from other drives. Made 5 1tb partitions.

Cons: Backup software cute but more for naive users. It didn't like transferring my phone data. Tried a few times then gave up. It is faster and easier to remove 64gb microsd from phone and transfer data to drive. Galaxy S4. Simple copy and paste.
LED light did not show. Drive works fine otherwise.

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  • Roy C.
  • 8/27/2014 8:50:50 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs50-50

Pros: Got two of these on sale
Massive storage capacity
One of the two worked right out of the box

Cons: One of the two was DOA, but recognized as a 4TB unallocated rive according to disk manager. I began a "Long Generic" test with the seatools software hoping that perhaps a firmware update or something might help only to find that the drive failed the test in less than 60 seconds. (I guess I shouldn't have been so optimistic after hearing the sound of read/write heads grinding against spinning platters while it was powering up)

Other Thoughts: I don't know if this was a result of shipping or, if a high failure rate was the reason for the sale.

I currently have the working drive going through a "long generic" test using the seatools software, I hope that this one passes the test w/o any errors - I'll update or post another review after the test and an RMA of the failed unit.

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  • James S.
  • 8/27/2014 4:35:49 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

1 out of 5 eggsI have to agree with Ronald R.

Pros: There's a larger drive out there...

There are Seagate Apps that do route backups, social media, etc directly to this drive.

Cons: While I do not have this model, I've had 4/5 Seagate External 2.0 and 3.0 USB drives die just over a year thus have lost quite a bit of data. Ironically enough, the go flex 350mb model USB model of 2010 is the only one still working; anything over 1 TB has forced me to take them out of service. It's not right to have to have a triple and quadruple backup on data that should be safe for at least a few years.

Other Thoughts: I'd stick with buying external enclosures or think about possibly setting up a RAID system. They have many out there where the tech curve is pretty low.

I've had good experience with the WD Passport 1 TB. Also I have no use for the soclial media software but it it's your thing, it can be gotten and added to an external drive put into a USB enclosure.

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  • Kyle L.
  • 8/26/2014 7:46:31 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggsGreat Backup Option

Pros: TONS of space. Let's be honest 5TB is huge. I already had a 2TB drive for my wife to backup pictures, videos, and architecture REVIT files. The USB 3.0 is very fast and moving about 30GB worth of pictures and movies only took a few minutes.

Install is seamless. Windows 7 recognized the drive immediately and it was up and running and I was able to transfer files.

The apps for both Apple iPhone and Android devices (in this case my wife's Samsung Galaxy S3) work well. Though only one device can be backed up at a time. Starting the app on another device will kick the original device that was backing up. Now that we have the apps installed the backup runs in the background and we don't even notice.

Cons: The software that comes with the drive could use a bit more work. I started the software (it comes saved on the hard drive) and it asked me to register the drive. Easy I did that. Then there was an updated version of the software I could download. The install failed at first but after restarting the computer the install continued and completed successfully.

The software does NOT make a complete backup of your computer's hard drive. In the event of having to restore your hard drive due to an operating system failure the drive will be of no use. You won't lose your files, true, but you had better be ready to do a fresh install of your OS. I could be wrong on this but was unable to locate any program files in the backup folder that the software created.

The power plug. It seems like any device that requires a wall power receptacle ALWAYS gets this mentioned as a negative from me. I know it's kind of petty...but why...WHY can we put a tank on another PLANET that sends back complex scientific data on soil composition and atmospheric readings but we can't create a power adapter that takes up only one plug on a power surge strip? Just like my router, my modem, my other two backup drives, and even the charger for a couple of my wife and my mobile devices this device has an awkward annoying oblong brick that takes up one and a half outlets on the power strip. I had to rearrange several plugs and cords so that this thing was on the bottom of the strip. Again this is minor...but I consider it a con and I will continue to mention it in my reviews. There HAS to be a better way!

Other Thoughts: This is a great device. I'm sure with third-party backup software this thing would be a BEAST of a backup drive. 5TB is massive and for the size the drive itself is quite small and able to be hidden. I placed it behind my wife's monitor and we quickly forgot that it was even there (other than it backing up our files and showing up in the device list in Windows).

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