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Seagate Expansion 3TB USB 3.0 3.5" Desktop External Hard Drive STBV3000100
  • Drag and drop file saving right out of the box
  • Fast data transfer with USB 3.0 connectivity
  • 1 year manufacturer warranty
  • $149.99
  • $109.99
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5 out of 5 eggs Install your muthaboard specific drivers 03/10/2013

This review is from: Seagate Expansion 3TB USB 3.0 3.5" Desktop External Hard Drive STBV3000100

Pros:

Nice value for the money (bought on sale). I've had a 2TB bouncing around for a couple months that hasn't had any issues. Bought this same model 3TB a couple weeks ago that's been reliable and now have bought a handful more while they're on sale again. Relatively quiet and the blue LED isn't too offensive....

I have run these 3TB's on:
-Win7x64 systems through 3.0 ports and 2.0 ports
-Win7x86 systems through 3.0 ports and 2.0 ports
-And even, even, on a couple old P4 systems with XP Pro through 2.0 ports with no issues (even sees the correct drive size).

Between the above systems, it's a combination of Intel, Asus, and Gigabyte MBs....no problems.

No issues when the drive is asleep with it waking up and being available within a couple seconds...such a short time that I haven't even bothered to time it. I blink two or three times and it's ready.

Had no issues with the drive going to sleep while transferring loads of date (about an hour for one dump).

Overall I like these.

Cons:

Wall wart isn't a side saddle, so if you have a traditional "strip" surge protector it'll probably cover the plug(s) around it. However...not pulling an egg for that since many many manf do that.

Would prefer some additional holes along the sides to ensure good cooling during warmer weather, but I haven't seen any high temps so far with any of these. Keep them on a completely flat surface so the bottom holes aren't blocked and they should be fine. And remember to dust not only the shelf, but compressed air into the drive once in awhile...

Ignorant reviewers...see "Other Thoughts" below.

Other Thoughts:

First...the cable that comes with it is standard (it's a micro). Decent standard length. Go downtown and buy one at an electronics store and it'll be the same..ok? Check the cable section here on egg and it'll be the same..ok?

Second...
Install your motherboard specific drivers
Install your motherboard specific drivers
Install your motherboard specific drivers

What is it with a number of you, that you don't get this?
I took that XP Pro system mentioned above (it's basically media storage), that is working just fine through 2.0 USB, and imaged it back to an earlier build (only XP drivers-no MB manf drivers). Sure enough it choked on installing this drive when I plugged it into a USB port. I then installed the USB drivers from the MB manf (Intel) website and the drive works fine (with dreary 2.0 speeds, but it works).

An ancient operating system, on an ancient hardware platform and everything works fine once the correct drivers (which btw are ancient too) are installed.

Stop automatically blaming Seagate and MS...if you installed a new graphics card, NIC, or printer you'd go to the companys website and download the latest drivers rather than use that 6 month old disc of drivers (at least I hope you would). So why are you using generic drivers that are a couple years old? The first thing we do in my IT support section when pulling a new system out of the box is go to the MB manf website to get the latest bios/drivers. Anyone familiar with the infamous Dell laptop bouncing trackpad issue? Yeah, that happens when using the MS generic drivers....it gets fixed when the Dell specific drivers are installed. It'll take you all of 10 minutes to go to a website/install drivers/and reboot for you to see if it fixes things with your USB port...even if you installed them back when you got your system, check for updates.

Out of curiosity I looked through these reviews, and don't think I saw a single person comment that they went to their MB manf website to get the latest USB drivers to troubleshoot (sorry if I missed someone who actually did). That's just lazy and anyone who is listing themselves as a 4-5 knowledge and didn't do this, should downgrade themselves by 2.

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  • Gary K.
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