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Seagate Expansion 5TB USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive STBV5000100

  • Instantly add 5 TB of storage space to your computer
  • Simple plug-and-play connectivity via USB cable
  • Power supply and USB 3.0 cable included
  • USB 3.0 interface for extremely fast data transfer speed
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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  • Rob C.
  • 1/21/2015 6:10:15 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsMakes a nice Paperweight!

This review is from: Seagate Expansion 5TB USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive STBV5000100

Pros: It's a portable hard drive.

Cons: After a couple of weeks it would stop working randomly. So after some troubleshooting I decided to remove it from the external enclosure as those are typically the first thing to go on external hard drives. Unfortunately, it would not recognize on my computer, nor my wife's computer. So I put it back in an enclosure and reboot when things go bad. The other day windows just kept connecting and disconnecting repeatedly randomly, after running all the diags I could, no errors found, I am pretty much giving up.

Other Thoughts: Bought two of these one for my wife and one for me. Her still works, but she uses it much less than I do, probably a total of five times, versus me accessing it every day for more than a month. In the end mine makes a nice paperwieght.

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  • William W.
  • 1/18/2015 7:52:17 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsOver-packaged 5TB internal drive

This review is from: Seagate Expansion 5TB USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive STBV5000100

Pros: With practice, you can pry open the shell without breaking any plastic
Use two flat-blade screwdrivers, one big (placeholder) and one very small (pry)
After removing the shell, you have a 5TB internal drive at a good price

Cons: Over-packaged
Warranty is very short
Check via USB that the drive isn't DOA before you remove the shell

Other Thoughts: High rate of problems with USB interface circuit board inside the shell
Bypass all those problems by extracting the internal drive immediately
Drive must be reformatted as GPT
Great for use with VeraCrypt

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2 out of 5 eggsHave concerns

This review is from: Seagate Expansion 5TB USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive STBV5000100

Pros: - High capacity – good price per TB
- Plug-in and go
- Built-in registration when you boot it.
- USB3 showing ~200MB/s read and ~180MB/s write from test results with 15G file
- Portable

Cons: - No on-off switch. To be save, you should shutdown system before unplugging.
- 1 year warranty in US (2 years EU) as per box and PDF warranty file included. Far too short for such a big drive.
- Long term failure rates on this drive unknown.
- How do you backup such a large drive since it would take ~7 hrs if full? For me this is not a practical size for critical usage, i.e., for storage of stuff I can’t afford to lose.
- Spending a little time looking around the web and here at Newegg: negatives reviews, 1 egg (or star) runs about 20-25%. Not good.

Other Thoughts: These are points that may well reflect my personal bias but:
- Unclear how I would use it. I would NOT use it to either store or backup critical files, failure would be a catastrophic problem.
- If I can’t trust it, why would I buy it?

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  • PATRICK G.
  • 1/7/2015 2:04:58 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat price, drive works well in Sans Digital Case.

This review is from: Seagate Expansion 5TB USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive STBV5000100

Pros: Quick, works.

Cons: Short warranty.

Other Thoughts: Worked out of the box, purchased 2. Knocked an egg off for short warranty.

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  • Hao H.
  • 1/7/2015 1:54:13 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood Price!

This review is from: Seagate Expansion 5TB USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive STBV5000100

Pros: Good values dollar/gig. I picked 2x of these as they are on sale for $130 each. I actually removed the drives from the external enclosures and installed them in my new build for storage.

Cons: None yet.

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  • dwayne r.
  • 1/4/2015 6:19:27 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks

This review is from: Seagate Expansion 5TB USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive STBV5000100

Pros: Thinking outside the box. I purchased 2 of these bad boys on sale. These are now in my unRaid server. 3 days to preclear, speeds were good, they are huge. Highly recommended.

Cons: None

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  • Cornelius I.
  • 1/3/2015 9:33:51 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsManufacturer Flawed Drive WARNING

This review is from: Seagate Expansion 5TB USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive STBV5000100

Pros: Decent Read and Write Speeds, Large Capactiy, Cheap (Cost per TB)

Cons: Manufacturer Flawed. Within Receiving this drive it began to show signs of failure within the first 4 hours of being used. Randomly ejecting from various computers. This is actually the second version of this drive that I have purchased and the other was sent in for an RMA exchange after less than 4 months of ownership and 3 uses.

Other Thoughts: I am sorry, but 5TB is too much information to loose and this drive is just unreliable. I thought I was buying one of the newer Expansion drives with a blue base, but this is the same drive that I bought in February that failed by May and was replaced by seagate RMA. The setups are completely different so I am now fully convinced that this model is poorly made and not safe to use. Seagate should make a recall. The refurbished version of the newer model seems to be working just fine. Do not buy this one specifically.

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  • Luis C.
  • 12/28/2014 6:08:29 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsworks great

This review is from: Seagate Expansion 5TB USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive STBV5000100

Pros: works great, high capacity, simple

Cons: activity lights could be placed on a more visible part

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  • Peter G.
  • 12/26/2014 11:11:51 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsExternal HDD

This review is from: Seagate Expansion 5TB USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive STBV5000100

Pros: Tons of storage, rather fast, works with Xbox One.

Cons: None so far

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  • Anonymous
  • 12/25/2014 10:53:45 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

1 out of 5 eggsDied in 2 days; warranty is a joke

This review is from: Seagate Expansion 5TB USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive STBV5000100

Pros: None

Cons: The hard drive worked okay for the first few hours after which the transfer speed became very low and eventually got to 0mb/s. The hard drive stopped responding and took several tries to get detected by different PC's (I tried 3 different laptops). By the second day, none of the laptops would recognize the drive.

Seagate wants me to send the defective product back to them at my own cost in order to have the warranty fulfilled. And they warned that I am liable for duty/customs charges when they ship the repaired unit back to me. I will not buy another Seagate product.

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