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Seagate Expansion 5TB USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive STBV5000100
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

2 out of 5 eggs Follow up information to previous review 08/12/2014

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

Pros: n/a

Cons: n/a

Other Thoughts: The next step after completing my review of the STBV5000100 would have me figuring out how to regain all of drive capacity. I had formatted, and then deleted the volume, taking it to a pair of 2.4GB partitions. Windows allows you to build a new simple volume with the first partition, but there are no options for the other partition. I downloaded Seagate Disc Wizard, did a little searching on the internet, but was coming up with no solutions. Seemed like I was in the same boat as another Eggxpert reviewer, and a few users I read about in a couple of PC forums. Then I remembered that Windows doesn't support MBR partitions larger than 4TB. It appears that the original disc setup was a pair of 2.4TB partitions that were somehow spanned with an external driver. I couldn't find this driver anywhere, so here are the steps that I used to fix it.

• Open Computer Management
• Select Disc Management
• Scroll to your pair of partitions (2048.00GB / 2609.53GB)
• Right-click the disc information box to the exact left of the first partition
• Select “convert to GPT Partition”
• Drive will now show as one large 4657.40GB partition
• Right-click unformatted disc area
• Choose what you want to do (I went with New Simple Volume)
• Format volume as desired
• Victory has been achieved

Hope this helps somebody out there.

Seagate Expansion 5TB USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive STBV5000100
  • eggxpert iconEggXpert
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

2 out of 5 eggs Would feel guilty recommending 08/12/2014

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

Pros: • Inexpensive cost per GB
• Small footprint
• Minimalist packaging (for those that care)
• USB 3.0 interface
• Extremely large capacity
• Seagate reliability and reputation

Cons: • One year warranty
• No active cooling (can be an issue with such a small enclosure if the user placed the drive in an area lacking airflow – see notes below)
• Extremely large capacity = extremely large single point of failure
• Performance is all over the place
• Huge spikes in CPU usage during transfers
• Formatting the drive + deleting the volume = losing half of the drive capacity
• After hosing the drive capacity by deleting the volume, I decided to go against my initial thoughts, and removed the drive from the enclosure, going with an internal install. In a word - - don’t do it. Drive showed up after a couple of reboots. PC crawled. Half capacity still in effect.

Notes will start here...

Let’s talk about performance. I attached the STBV5000100 to a recently built Haswell machine with a fresh copy of Win8.1 64-bit. This machine has 8GB of RAM, and an Intel 4430 CPU. I reviewed the STBV5000100 on a modest build, because I believe this high capacity, reasonably priced storage solution is targeted at the average consumer, who runs an average machine.

A trial copy of HD Tune Pro 5.50, with an empty drive, was used for the tech portion of this review. Disc reads were average, falling in the 40-175MB range. HD Tune requires all partitions to be blown away for their disc write tests, so I rolled the dice and formatted. Then I deleted the volume in disc management. Sure enough, you’re looking at an internally partitioned drive (just like a previous Eggxpert reviewer discovered, I am now tasked with trying to find the proper RAID driver to regain use of the other “half” of the drive). Write times fell in the 74-180GB range. I would consider these to be strange numbers as read times are always faster, but these results are on par with the real world performance of the STBV5000100.

For real world write tests, I built a massive test file containing my Steam games directory, a chunk of music, and a large picture collection – for 417GB worth of data being written from a 480GB SSD RAID 0 stripe. This test write could be similar to what an average user might backup to a drive like the STBV5000100. Real world performance was all over the place, ranging from 189MB p/s to…11.1 kb p/s. Not a typo there. There were multiple instances of this abysmal performance that sometimes lasted from just a few seconds, up to 22 seconds. Under 100 MB p/s was the normal write speed, with the upper-end speeds being seen only at the start and the end. I ran this test write six times over a two week period. Similar results every time. So less than stellar.

Other Thoughts: Under those heavy disc writes, temperatures hovered around 50* Celsius (in a 24* Celsius room). The enclosure never felt hot, just fairly warm to the touch. On one of the test writes, I positioned the enclosure on a narrow shelf on my desk. The attached cables made for about 2” of clearance from the shelf rear wall. Temps on that write test hovered in the 68* Celsius range. Enclosure was borderline hot to the touch. I think this setup situation mimics a lot of consumer setups, basically stashing the drive somewhere out of the way. With the minimalist cooling solution on the STBV5000100 – don’t do it. You’ll cook the drive over time, and that one year expected lifespan will most likely become your reality.

Interesting drive with a great price point and huge capacity that will attract a lot of buyers, but not this guy. I don’t see how anybody could feel good about storing their data on a drive with a one year warranty. There are a couple of things here. First off, the duration of the warranty is equal to the duration of time that you will receive a refurbished model if the original croaks on you, so basically (at the time of this review) that means you get another $200 die to roll. Chances are high that all data will be lost, and no maker includes data recovery services with the cost of the drive. Secondly, because there is only the one year replacement warranty -- Seagate is saying all bets are off after only one year of ownership. If they had greater faith in the lifespan, the warranty would be longer. It’s really as simple as that.

When I add those two things together, it means I need to be thinking about spending more money in less than a year, because I’m no longer confident that my data is safe. I think you’re better off buying a smaller solution with a better warranty. Or if you are really in need of that kind of storage capacity – then do it right. Build a NAS box, or at least consider a RAID 5. A trio of 3TB Toshiba 7200RPM drives will run you $360 (with 3-year warranty), and any modern motherboard I’ve ever used has software RAID 5 capability. You’ll have important data on a separate drive solution, better performance, better warranty, and better piece of mind.

When it comes to PC storage – warranty is everything. Middling performance set aside, this review really comes down to warranty. I’m passing on a one-year warranty every time, especially when there are better options at still reasonable prices.

Vello RS-C1II Wired Remote Switch for Select Canon/Pentax/Contax/Samsung
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: - inexpensive
- solid build
- durable cable
- useful "hold" button for long exposures

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: Was pleasantly surprised by the quality packaging and item build quality. At this price, expected the remote to be wrapped in tissue, and then crammed into a small white box. Have tested the Vello RS-C1II extensively with my Pentax K-50, and it works perfectly. Cord is definitely a little short, but you know that going in, so definitely not a con. The cord is thick and durable feeling, like it's going to last. Highly recommended!


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Date Joined: 05/25/05

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