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This review is from: WD My Book Studio 4TB 3.5" USB 3.0 External Hard Drive Model WDBCPZ0040HAL-NESN
Pros: Large, Fast (USB 3), runs cool, quiet.
Cons: None that come to mind.
Other Thoughts: MUCH better than the 3TB Seagate Backup Plus. USB 3.0 that I previously bought from here. That drive died after 6 months; had the seagate "chirp" (annoying click of death), ran hot, and I got a refurbished drive as a replacement ...
This drive is the polar opposite of that one, (so far. I've had it for a little over 2 months now.), this one runs cool quiet, no scary sounding clicks, no delays when accessing it, it's fast, and all around nice, no complaints.
If it dies in the future I'll be sure to update this review.
This review is from: Seagate Backup Plus 3TB USB 3.0 3.5" Desktop Hard Drive STCA3000101 Black
Pros: Fast. Large capacity. It's Black.
Cons: Runs hot. Has the "Seagate Chirp" (aka Click of Death). Crapped out on me 6 months in.
Other Thoughts: This drive has the so-called "Seagate Chirp" which if you read across the internet supposedly isn't something to worry about, so I didn't. Turns out I should've, because after only 6 months of ownership I started getting CRC errors and warnings from Hard Drive utilities saying that it's failing. I was able to rescue the important stuff.
The drive runs hotter than the usual, like many other reviewers have said, and hard drive utilities show warnings about, which may have also helped contribute to it's failing.
Which brings me to Seagate's handling of this whole matter:
I spent quite a chunk of money purchasing this drive, after reading all of the favorable reviews here, only to have this brand new drive fail so soon. To rectify this matter, I had to PAY money for shipping the drive back to Seagate (there were no completely free options, so I ended up having to fork over another $10), and what was sent back to me was a refurbished drive, a.k.a. previously owned and probably broken, sent in, "fixed" and sent to me in place of my only 6-month old NEW drive. In my opinion if I purchase a new drive and your product fails while under warranty you should be sending me a brand new drive back totally free of charge to me. So the final result was Seagate still made some money off me for sending me back a previously broken drive. I do realize that "refurbished" CAN mean it was just an open box, or sent back pretty much unused for whatever reason, however, I have no way of knowing what the reason was and for all that I know it had all kinds of serious read/write issues that were "fixed" with some software telling the OS simply to skip using those sectors, and I'm not willing to trust my data to that gamble. Therefore I'm ebaying this completely unused refurbished drive immediately and have just purchased a WD 4TB external to replace it.