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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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  • John W.
  • 7/9/2014 8:01:59 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSolid external storage solution

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

Pros: Quiet, fast (USB 3), small footprint, stackable, good price

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: I don't move mine around, so maybe that's why I don't get harddrive failures. Also, I don't keep unplugging and replugging the cables, so maybe that is why I don't have issues with the cables not fitting like somebody wrote here. Overall I am a very happy customer.

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  • Sheldon C.
  • 7/3/2014 1:31:23 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

1 out of 5 eggsGet The Toshiba Version Instead

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

Pros: Capacity, Easy to use.

Cons: Poor Workmanship, failed almost immediately, short 1 year warranty.

Other Thoughts: Tried both this drive and the Toshiba version of 5TB. This one was awful-failed after just a couple of uses and the workmanship on it felt cheap and was poorly done overall. The Toshiba, however, was much better. It worked and is still working perfectly and is very fast. The Toshiba was on sale on another site for $179 shipped and, despite being a 7200RPM drive, runs cool in its enclosure despite having no fan, and it comes with a 3 year warranty vs the Seagate's 1. Do yourself a favor and get the Toshiba,

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  • William S.
  • 7/2/2014 3:06:04 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsI regret my purchase

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

Pros: Seagate Tech support is very good but,,,,, see below......

Cons: Don't buy this drive housing is so cheep that cables will not plug in! I 'm returning mine to Seagate-but have to exchange it. They won't give me a different drive.It's simple Don't purchase this drive. You'll regret it.

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  • Timothy W.
  • 6/23/2014 9:55:38 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsAs others have stated...

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

Pros: Price

Cons: Constant "scratching" head park noises
Fast for burst transfers
Crippled firmware
Does not work internally
Runs extremely hot after transferring just a few GB
Aggressive power-saving, spin-down, and head parking cause system to hang while waiting for spin-up every few minutes.

Other Thoughts: Because of the terrible overall performance and consistency of data transfers in the external enclosure, I decided to pull the drive out and use it internally.

Obviously, as others have stated, that does not work. This drive has a crippled CC41 firmware that has an APM value of 64 (250 or higher is ideal for performance) causing constant head parking and spindown, both wearing out the drive. Since it has a 1 year warranty, I think this, in addition to the non-existent cooling of the enclosure, is obviously intentional on Seagate's part.

The firmware is also apparently crippled to not run AHCI in an again obvious attempt to prevent people from getting the "cheaper" external USB drives that carry a weak warranty, in order to push them toward more expensive internal retail drives.

Seagate, you're bean counters just lost you a lifetime customer.

It isn't as if there isn't other competitors that DON'T do this to chose from. I pulled a 4TB drive out of a Hitachi enclosure and had no problems. This drive is a 200 door stop. I wouldn't trust my data on it if it was free.

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  • Anuj P.
  • 6/15/2014 10:29:38 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsShingled Magnetic Recording

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

Pros: It's big..

Cons: I took this drive out of the enclosure to be used as an internal drive. None of my computers would boot properly with this drive plugged in on AHCI mode. Had to change the SATA controller to RAID mode to get it to work properly.

Started backing up about 3TB of data to the drive.. Initially sequential writes were around 250 MB/s, but after a few minutes writes speeds dropped to an average of 11-16 MB/s, with random spikes to 70-90MB/s and random drops to as low as 3 MB/s. The files were large files and, as mentioned earlier, sequential.
The blame falls on the SMR technology employed in the drive; while expected, I never thought it would be this bad, especially on a new drive.

Other Thoughts: Personally I'd stick with multiple 3TB drives until performance improves.

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  • Anuj P.
  • 6/15/2014 8:26:26 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsDon't buy for internal use

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

Pros: Works via USB 3.0, saw a high of 260 MB/s transfer rate.

Cons: Taking the drive and using it via SATA as an internal drive is a no go. Tried a few different computers and they all hang in the bios on boot up with the drive plugged in. What kind of hard drive causes bios to hang..

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  • Corydon S.
  • 6/6/2014 5:52:57 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSolid Harddrive

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

Pros: So far works perfectly and does exactly what I need. No special drivers required.

Cons: The drive is not 100% silent, there is a low buzz sound that comes with it. It still very quite and I can't hear it from across the room, but I wouldn't want to sleep next to it while its plugged in.

Other Thoughts: I am currently using this as my network storage and have it plugged into my R7000 Netgear router. After all is said and done, there is about 4.57 GB of space available once you get this going.

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