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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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  • Lance Z.
  • 3/2/2015 9:38:45 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSo Far So Good -- what I learned from all previous reviews

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

Pros: 1. Cheap, at 27 per TB;
2. Quite and minimal vibration;
3. Cool with continuous writing.

Cons: 1. Short USB cable: the USB3 cable is shorter than any other WD external HDDs USB2 cable I have. (see cable in product picture)
2. Loose DC power jack: the DC power connect does not have a firm connection in the power jack. As long as you don't touch it, it is fine. But it does feel "wobbly" like some other reviewer had mentioned;
3. One-year warranty is too short: I total agree with one reviewer's comment that said "if it goes bad, you lose all the data anyway. why would a warranty matter?". However, I would rather have a (refurbished) replacement to use as a secondary backup than a paperweight.

Other Thoughts: I read every "Cons" in every reviews of this product before purchasing this "three-egg-product", and summarized the following rules to follow regarding this product:
1. DON'T take it out of the enclosure: it seems that a lot of issues occurred when trying to take the drive out and try to use it as an internal drive;
2. DO delete whatever partition the drive comes with, and recreate one GPT partition: from quite a few previous reviews, it seems that this is the best way to utilize this drive;
3. DO try to write to it continuously for a long period of time: I filled up the entire drive with my back up Virtual Machines (large folders around 50 GB each) as soon as I formatted the drive. The overall write time is around 36 hours, and I am happy to report that there was no interruptions nor connection drops, and the temperature was just a little warm. From previous reviews, it seems that this is the "make-or-break" test -- and you want to make sure that it passes this test as early as possible so you are return a defective drive;
4. DON'T leave it plugged in when you are not using it: from previous reviews, it seems that the drive is continuously on (spinning) even when you are not accessing it. Though I did find the drive idle (no light, no vibration) after a couple of hours of no activity (writing finished at around 4 am, I checked it at 6 am). NOTE: if you decide to unplug the power when your computer is still on, eject it first (a couple of reviews said they lost data/drive after unplugging it "hot");
5. DON'T delete the original files yet: 5TB (or 4.54 TB rather) is a lot of data to lose. Keep the original files a bit longer before deleting them (I am keeping them for 2 more months).

Standing on the shoulders of giants -- thank you to everyone who tried it before me! I will update my review if I have new findings.

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  • Mark N.
  • 3/2/2015 8:13:16 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsQuality Problems?

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

Pros: Lots of space

Cons: I will be RMA'ing my second one. Neither have stayed connected to my NAS and both reported errors using the SeaTools suite. There seems to be a quality problem with the 5TB version of this drive (at least).

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  • Charles C.
  • 2/27/2015 8:25:56 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsLoud buzzing from power supply, poor Seagate Support

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

Pros: What's not to like about 5TB of space?

Cons: The power adapter started making a loud buzzing sound about 2 weeks after I bought it. I called Seagate for warranty support and I was given 2 options
1) Send the entire package, drive and power adapter in for warranty replacement.
2) Buy a new power adapter with my own money from a 3rd party, as they don't make the power adapter available seperately.

What?

Other Thoughts: I've been defending Seagate recently in all of the social media threads trashing them, as I'd never had a problem with their products. That won't be happening any longer. It's not worth my time to wipe 5TB of data from this drive, ship it back (on my dime) wait who knows how many weeks to get a new one back, then have to copy back my 5TB of data.

It's cheaper and less hassle to suck it up and spend my own money on a new adapter, which will probably be cheaper than shipping the entire hard drive back anyways!

Seagate: I've been buying your drives since I bought my first computer in 1987, you just lost a 28 year customer!

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  • Scott E.
  • 2/14/2015 6:47:22 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsXbox one external

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

Pros: Less heat in Xbox console, faster load times, overall Xbox one performance seems improved. Tons of space. Fast transfer times (moving from internal to external) . Long power and usb cables.

Cons: None as of yet.

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  • Austin P.
  • 2/12/2015 1:27:37 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsgreat price and ton of room

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

Pros: great price, ton of room

Cons: a bit noisier compared to 4TB HDD or less(might be because of UEFI), 5TB is a lot to lose

Other Thoughts: Yes, the warranty is a bit short, but I just have to say this. If your data is lost, then its lost, why would you bother with the warranty??? That is why drives like these should not be used for backups by itself. These days warranty is more of a formality rather than actual insurance, because by the time you pay to ship it back and get another back, there is a chance you might get another dud or the same drive repaired poorly. Think about it this way, Seagate and WD loses money when you claim warranty and they have duopoly in hard drives, so you can whine and complain, but you will end up buying one of the two in the end or a more expensive option like SSD. So all in all, I am satisfied with Seagate external hard drives, but I did experience some bad sectors on other Seagate drives, but no total failure yet. So my 2 cents is this, forget warranty! and worse forget extended warranty, which is even more of a nuisance.

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  • Jason A.
  • 2/7/2015 3:26:49 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSeagate Bliss

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

Pros: 5 TB drive Runs fast and quiet. It sits on my desk and I never hear it. When I access the drive it responds quickly. Seagate hit a Homerun with this one.

Cons: It only has USB connections. Would have been nice to have a SATA connection on it.

Other Thoughts: I found this on sale and snatched it up to use just for backups and storage for data that doesn't get used that much. Since I started using it has become my main external drive. Looking to get another one for backups.

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  • Christina R.
  • 2/4/2015 5:19:07 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsXbox One

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

Pros: Great external drive for the Xbox One.

Cons: the drive is faster than the one built in to the xbox one so transfer speeds are quite slow.

Other Thoughts: Very good buy for the money considering the same drive is $200+ in retail stores.

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  • Jeremy J.
  • 2/3/2015 7:35:37 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsQuite the paper weight

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

Pros: Cheap (though considering what I got for my money, maybe not.)

Cons: Immediately upon arrival the drive cannot ever stay connected longer then 10 seconds without disconnecting and reconnecting when put under any kind of transfer load. Making it beyond worthless for anything above a few MB.

The few times I got to it transfer data without disconnecting it never reached above 85 Mb/s. So the fact its advertised as Sata 3.0 is a joke.

Other Thoughts: After hearing about the slew of other Seagate failures of many models/types that I ignored when purchasing this item I suppose I had this coming. And it will be a very long time before I even consider another Seagate product. I will be returning this as soon as humanly possible.

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  • John V.
  • 1/26/2015 9:12:26 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome Value, Seagate Has a Customer For Life

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

Pros: Ordered this drive when it was on sale, significant savings from other retailers online and brick and mortar. The drive arrived quickly. Unfortunately the one I received was defective. I contacted Seagate whom were entirely professional and courteous. They shipped out a replacement quickly and I have been enjoying all 5 terabytes at incredible speeds since. I highly recommend this drive and Seagate as a company.

Thanks!

Cons: There are no cons, just a fantastic drive

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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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