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Seagate Expansion 2TB USB 3.0 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggs WARNING ABOUT NEW SEAGATE HARD DRIVE 02/12/2014

This review is from: Seagate Expansion 2TB USB 3.0 3.5" Desktop External Hard Drive STBV2000100 Black

Pros: Price is back down to what it was two years ago - with a catch!

Cons: S

There's a very serious problem with newer Seagate hard drives you need to be aware of.

Here are some of the known affected drives:
ST1000DM003, ST2000DM001, STBD3000100, ST4000DM000, STBV1000100, STBV2000100, STBV3000100, STBV4000100

Some of these Barracuda drives are using a new firmware which forces APM (Advanced Power Management). Essentially, this means the heads will park independently of software settings in your operating system (that you control). The more start and stopping of the disk's heads - the quicker the drive will wear out, usually just outside of Seagate's new 1-2 year warranties. Ridiculous!

You might have already noticed this phenomenon by hearing a random "chirping" noise coming from your Seagate drive.

Despite a massive public outcry for Seagate to fix this - they remain silent.

Here's a working solution, albeit not perfect. You can run a tiny TSR when you boot Windows - CrystalDiskInfo. In the options, you can disable APM at boot. It's not perfect, but it uses little memory and serves as a temporary fix. There's also a command line script that will work with Linux - I'm unsure about Mac OS at this time.

Another note: Seagate external drives are now operating at temps of 50-60 degrees. 20-30 degrees are ideal temps. Beware!

This is all very frustrating to me. I've been buying Seagate drives since my first double height 5.25" 20MB MFM drive. All my older Seagate drives I have still work great. I knew something felt off when they dropped their 3-5 year warranties.

I would advise avoiding the newer Seagate drives until this gets fixed - if it gets fixed. If you already bought one of these; I hope this information is useful - please share, and remember: BACKUP, BACKUP, BACKUP!

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Verbatim 4.7GB 16X DVD-R 50 Packs Spindle Disc with Advanced Azo Recording Dye Model 95101
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: As always, Newegg was fast to ship and I had zero problems from their end.

Cons: I bought two batches and ended up with over 1/3 coasters - same results using two separate burners. Several discs had scratches and most failed before writing the LeadIn. It's not worth the shipping cost to send them back.

Writing LeadIn...

(Complete list of errors from ImgBurn)

- No Seek Complete
- Cannot Write Medium - Incompatible Format
- Write Error
- Program Memory Area Update Failure
- Unable to Recover TOC
- Potential 'WaitImmediateIO' Deferred Error
- Synchronise Cache Failed!

Other Thoughts: I wanted something reliable for long-term storage of my family's home videos. After hearing all the hype about Verbatim, I was really let down. I never had this many problems with any other brand of media since I began purchasing blanks 15 yrs ago.

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Verbatim 4.7GB 16X DVD-R 100 Packs Spindle Disc Model 95102
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggs These aren't the discs you're looking for.. 07/10/2013

This review is from: Verbatim 4.7GB 16X DVD-R 100 Packs Spindle Disc Model 95102

Pros: As always, Newegg was fast to ship and I had zero problems from their end.

Cons: I bought two batches and ended up with over 1/3 coasters - same results using two separate burners. Several discs had scratches and most failed before writing the LeadIn. It's not worth the shipping cost to send them back.

Other Thoughts: I wanted something reliable for long-term storage of my family's home videos. After hearing all the hype about Verbatim, I was really let down. I never had this many problems with any other brand of media since I began purchasing blanks 15 yrs ago.

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Date Joined: 01/27/04

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