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

2 out of 5 eggs Doesn't play well with OSX Time Machine 09/14/2014

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Pros: Obviously, the capacity on this device is very good. I bought my copy at a discount so the price per TB was super.

Cons: Refuses to consistenly sync with Time Machine on OSX Mavericks.

Other Thoughts: I originally installed this as a Time Machine drive for my MacBook running OSX Mavericks. Sadly, I find that after a few hours, the Time Machine software throws an error, stating that the "drive cannot be found". This is peculiar because the drive is clearly visible and accessible in the Finder. I've tried erasing the drive, repairing it, even partitioning it (in case the drive size was the issue) and still get the same error. Research online shows that there is no firmware update needed on this drive, so I'm assuming this is a compatibility matter between the drive and the Time Machine software, so beware.

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Seagate Expansion 4TB USB 3.0 3.5
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Good price, easy to format and use.

Cons: Reliability.

Other Thoughts: I bought this drive from a local retailer and the first one was DOA out of the box. The replacement from the same retailer seemed OK when I restored 2.6 TB of media files to it. Write speeds were fine. But when I began to use it, read speeds fluctuated, indicating some intermittent problem. It took 11 days to copy all the data from the drive—the same data that took a couple of days to write. After two consecutive failures, I've had enough.

My experience with the Seagate Backup Plus drives has been much better, so I'm exchanging this for the higher-end Backup Plus. I figure the slightly higher price is worth it to get a drive with a 2-year warranty.

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