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This review is from: Seagate Expansion 5TB USB 3.0 Desktop Desktop External Hard Drive STBV5000100
Pros: Extremely large size for the money.
Cons: Cannot stay connected. As many others have noticed, the drive eventually (sometimes not so eventually) begins to do random disconnects/reconnects. Given the size of the drive it's rather likely that you're storing a lot of information on it.
Other Thoughts: I don't know if this is a problem with Seagate in general, of drives this size in particular, or both. I'm going to RMA this one, we'll see how well the replacement performs.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Speed, high capacity.
Cons: This one was DOA, but in an odd way. My first clue was that it was noticeably loud when in operation...not bad for 10 years ago, but stood out today. It would initially show up in BIOS and disk manager in Win 7, but within a few minutes (either right after partitioning or during it), the drive would stop responding and then shut down. Very odd behavior.
Other Thoughts: I've become a big fan of these drives over the years; even though they're expensive they perform and are durable. This is my first clunker, hopefully just an anomaly. RMA now in process.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: It is indeed a very speedy drive. The included management and migration software packages are very handy. Once a couple of other issues were addressed (see below) it was very easy to transfer from my previous drive.
Cons: Although all of the included documentation indicates that a SATA to USB transfer cable is included, this is not the case. It's no big deal to install it internally alongside my existing drive for transfer, but the (very sparse) documentation makes this confusing for the inexperienced who assume they're missing a part.
Other Thoughts: I assumed that because the BIOS in my system was less than a year old (Asus Z87 Pro) that there would be no compatibility issues with this drive, but that turned out not to be the case. Although the transfer went through w/o issues, booting from the new drive was causing very strange behavior. A BIOS update corrected this. For the smoothest transition, I highly recommend updating your BIOS before installing and migrating to this drive.
Anecdotally, although I can notice some difference in speed, it's only because I was carefully watching for it. In terms of real-world performance, this was not a significant performance upgrade over my previous Intel SSD. Despite this I consider it a worthy upgrade simply for the reliability of a 10-year warranty.