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Questionable design 08/19/2013
This review is from: Seagate Expansion 3TB USB 3.0 3.5" Desktop External Hard Drive STBV3000100
Very inexpensive. No DOA.
Decent transfer speeds, but not stellar (see other).
Specialty cable (USB 3.0 Micro B to USB 3.0 A) cable is a decent length ( ~46" ) unlike others that have 18" cables.
The actual hard drive is made in Thailand, which according to most reviewers is far more reliable than their siblings from China. Fingers crossed. Remember, RAID is your best friend when it comes to hard drives, especially big ones.
The actual model number of the hard drive in this enclosure is ST3000DM001. If you look that part number up here, you will see 182 out of 779 (23%) scathing (1 egg) reviews and 340 (44%) 5 egg reviews.
The case is a joke. This is a sealed hard drive coffin. For intermittent use, you will probably be fine, but I can see this thing cooking itself in no time under extended periods of heavy use (like formatting, for example). The funniest part is that the back and bottom plastic case are covered in holes (you can see the holes in the back in the product pictures), but once you take the plastic shell off, you find that the back and bottom of the drive is wrapped in a solid sheet metal case that completely covers all of the holes! The drive is also not in contact with any of the plastic case, so it has no means of transferring heat to the outside. This poor drive gets no cooling whatsoever.
Another really interesting feature is that the hard drive isn't actually attached to the case. So if you turn the case over, you will literally hear a thump as the drive hits the top of the case. Very strange....
To give you an idea how bad this case is, Seagate offers a 2 year warranty on the bare drive that is in this case, but only a 1 year warranty if you buy it packaged in this case. They know it will never last...
How sad is it that you can buy this external drive for significantly less that the same hard drive separately ($100 for this, $135 for the same bare drive)?
At least the case is pretty easy to get open, which is what I was counting on. So you can pull the disks and mount them internally. Here's the trick: Turn the case upside down and use a knife to pry loose the 3 latches at the front and back. Just pry enough to hear them pop loose (maybe 1/8"). Then turn the case over, and go alone the sides, gently prying the sides away from the top (there are 3 tabs along each side).
Here are the obligatory Disk Mark Numbers using USB3:
Sequential Read : 165.473 MB/s
Sequential Write : 161.033 MB/s
Random Read 512KB : 72.686 MB/s
Random Write 512KB : 89.637 MB/s
Random Read 4KB (QD=1) : 1.390 MB/s [ 339.3 IOPS]
Random Write 4KB (QD=1) : 1.177 MB/s [ 287.3 IOPS]
Random Read 4KB (QD=32) : 1.601 MB/s [ 391.0 IOPS]
Random Write 4KB (QD=32) : 1.082 MB/s [ 264.2 IOPS]
Test : 50 MB [G: 0.1% (3.7/2794.5 GB)] (x3)
Date : 2013/08/19 19:16:32
OS : Windows 7 Professional SP1 [6.1 Build 7601] (x64)
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