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Seagate Expansion 8TB USB 3.0 3.5
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3 out of 5 eggs Bigger Storage, Not Bigger Waistline! 08/28/2016

This review is from: Seagate Expansion 8TB USB 3.0 3.5" Desktop External Hard Drive STEB8000100 Black

Pros: 8TB – Had me thinking it was going to be pretty big. It really hasn’t beefed up in size any! May even be a bit smaller! Only an inch and half wide with a depth of slightly under 7 inches and height of 4 and a quarter it’s like a small book. Wish I looked at the specifications page on newegg before I pulled out my tape measure. Would have saved me some time there!

With 8TB, this is a great way to protect multiple PCs in the house. It’s as fast as one can expect from a mechanical disk drive and I’d say that I averaged around the 120MB/s range for my PC. This is a great choice till they come out with multi-terabyte solid state drives or sticks. Because of course, at that time people would rather watch their files backup 200x faster or more which mechanical drives wouldn’t be able to compete with. So if you’re in the market for a large storage device, this may be the last one you buy! Next ones may be SSD! Next ones may be SSD Flash drives! If you can get 8TB flash storage with 1.2GB/s transfer speeds, you’ll be laughing at this at that point! But for now it does the job!

Control over the LED is nice. The case design is really nice in my opinion. Not 100% smooth like an ipod where it slips out of your hand like butter, but not a horrible design. It’s diamond side panels makes it comfortable to pick up without any issues. It’s a very simple case. USB plug and power port is it. I didn’t even know it had an LED till I plugged it in.

Cons: The included software was useless. I tried doing the register product which led to a broken link and the software closes not letting you do anything else. A manual search on the Seagate site shows a bunch of software to choose from. However, I had to open another window to search information on what Lyve was for example. Clicking them in download just downloaded them. All in all, not a very good first impression for new users. In fact, I wouldn’t recommend this to anyone because I’d have to also explain everything to them to support my recommendation. If the company can’t make it simple enough for my friends to use, I learned to keep my mouth shut.

Now I tried this again in Chrome as I’ve learned that using a different browser can often provide different results. Then I tried Edge again, and somewhere I made a mistake because now the Lyve and driver for support on MAC and such have disappeared. Apparently I found a downloads page with more options? If you choose “Support / By Topic / Downloads like I did the first time, you get a bunch of options that don’t have much of a description. If you choose “Support / By Product / Desktop External” you come to a page where you must choose what kind of drive you have. Expansion Hard Drive and it is simplified. This just makes me not even want to use any of their software.

The Lyve choice where you are able to access your media in original format on any of your devices sounds a bit interesting. I like how with the paragon driver offered on the downloads page, you would be able to plug your drive in a MAC if yours is formatted for PC and vice versa if it isn’t. Very handy if you tote this to the family reunion to share videos and you still have those family members using the opposite platform than you! However, the SeaTools keeps freezing up when it goes to scan the USB. I rebooted the computer, tried a different USB port, and it still froze “Not Responding” on the USB scan. I’m willing to bet that the reason may be the Western Digital drives I got plugged in and I am not going to unplug them to check. If Seagate doesn’t play well with others, then Seagate will just be used differently.
The only thing I got working is the Seagate Drive Settings which the only function I get from it is testing the drive and turning off the LED. (The sleep setting I actually set within windows power management advance features. But for those that don’t know their way around windows THAT much because those settings are a pain to find, this will help keep your drive from powering down. “Which I turned off because when a drive powers down, it usually locks up the computer on me when I try to access it.”
Mechanical Hard Drives are just a big pain in the rear with all the extras! It’s best to just use this to back things up and then unplug it. When we get SSDs this big, they should work the way one would expect. As for now, too much work to get something working the way it should.

Other Thoughts: Some may say Pro and some may scream Con that the top is solid and not vented like the back.
Heat rises and it would be a great place for heat to escape. But a vented top may also make for quicker death if someone was to accidently spill liquid near it. Tomatoes ; tomato, as long as the drive stands up to time, who cares where the vents are placed. If you care that much, stand it on its face and let the heat rise up the back and top with that placement and you’d have that nice blue LED staring right at you!

You shouldn’t move or pick up the drive when it is plugged in. The disk spin so fast you can feel the g-force within! I love hard drives and I enjoy testing them, but I am at the point where the same problems and same software issues are getting annoying and old. Solid State drives will be replacing these like CDs did cassette tapes. I think I am done with mechanical hard disks.

I wanted to give it 4 stars because it's 8TB... But the whole idea of a desktop drive is to backup up your stuff. The software that was suppose to make this happen has failed. It's brand new and they had a broken link to registration. They only offer a 1 year warranty where others offer 3 to 5... Sorry, but I can't just go Wahoooo! when there is so much improvement needed.

GIGABYTE GA-X99-Ultra Gaming (rev. 1.0) LGA 2011-v3 Intel X99 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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Pros: This is one fancy motherboard and I like most of the bells and whistles! Lights appear from everywhere on this thing! Coming out from under heatsinks, all along the memory and along the expansion slots. Everywhere! And it is impressive for the price range!

I really liked the SATA cable labels included. (The cable management velcro straps and other goodies too of course) Once you start putting everything together, it is very difficult to determine what cable is what unless you plan ahead. The stickers help do just that!

I like how with this motherboard I don’t have to worry about wanting to upgrade a IC chip to get better audio or deal with any toggle switches. Some people may fancy that, but the less I have to fool with, the more I can enjoy the equipment! The sound is amazing!

I like how the m.2 slot for the wireless is not going to be in the way of the m.2 for the SSD. This board supports U.2 so if in the future they decide to start making U.2 drives more common for desktop applications, we will have that connection available. I’m not holding my breath with the U.2 connectors!

All in All, this is a great motherboard with many bells and whistles! From your expected dual bios and UEFI bios, to the fancy RBG LEDs all over the motherboard! I love how the one USB is dedicated to updating your BIOS if you get a fancy 12 core CPU and don’t have one installed, you can update the BIOS to accept that fancy new CPU! I love how you can pick this thing up comfortably! The heatsinks all over the board make it comfortable to pick up. And the points on the back haven’t punctured my fingers yet! It feels really strong and well designed! I find myself taking a peak at it often! That may be the LED lights though!

Cons: I’m not a big fan of the Sata connectors being sideways as they are on the motherboards now days. I liked it better when it plugged in straight up and down. Which also makes me not like the sideways mounted power connector for the PCI-E slots on the edge of the board. It makes things difficult with most cases. Most of the time you will have to disassemble more than half of your computer before being able to add/remove cables and drive because of the mount. If it was straight up and down, a simple flash light and small steady hands would make the job a whole lot quicker and easier!

The power Q-connect could use a wee bit of work on its design in my opinion. People love to hear a “Click/Snap” when they plug something in. The old fashion latches with their ninety-degree angle ledges required having to push on a tab to remove. If you were to design it with a half circle where the ninety-degree ledges were, it could still latch and hold, but not rip wires out when removed.

There is a whole lot offered with this motherboard and that means spending time to learn programs and applications to get the most from it.

I don’t like how the U.2 connection requires a cable, unlike the m.2. I get that the m.2 slots take up real estate on the mainboards and some believe the u.2 is the future for desktops, but I really like less cables! I don’t see U.2 gaining much ground, but we shall see!

There was no harm in adding an onboard power button for troubleshooters! In my situation, I could have used it to flash the BIOS instead of having to start putting the whole motherboard in my case! Oh and a HDMI connection would have been great! I realize that a gaming motherboard should have a graphics card other than what the CPU pushes out, but it still wouldn’t have hurt!

Other Thoughts: I took advantage of using the USB (White Port) to update my BIOS to F4 before doing anything else. I had an 8GB USB drive and I formatted it Fat32 to clean it. Extracted the Bios file from the zip file and renamed it “X99UG.F4” to GIGABYTE.BIN and safely dismounted the USB drive. Took it over to my motherboard with nothing installed other than keyboard and mouse and plugged it in the USB port that was white in color. Turned it on and the bright amber LED right next to it was solid for a mere 2-5 seconds before it started to blink for a few minutes. Probably 2-3 minutes later it was solid again and stayed that way for a while. After five minutes I went ahead and shut it down! Easy as pudding pie!

If you have more than 2 GPU cards installed and are having issues, do not forget to plug in the 4 pin Molex from your PSU (Female) into the edge Molex connector on Motherboard (Male) on side furthest from CPU.

If you do NOT have a 40 lane CPU installed, you will NOT be able to use the U.2 connector. I wanted the better graphics so I recommend the i7-6850K Broadwell. If I’m not mistaken the Haswell only offered 4400HD on their graphics where the Broadwell offers Intel HD 5500. Not that it really matters since the board itself doesn’t offer any HDMI connections, but some applications will still let you take advantage of the CPUs ability to encode videos. For many functions on this board, you got to make sure your CPU supports the 40 lanes (Which means if you picked the cheapest one, you probably only have 28 lanes!)

I love how the protective CPU cover states to install the processor before removing cover!
That’s like pouring the milk before putting out a bowl and filling it with cereal!

Quick lesson on LED lights for when you go buy some. RGB 5050 without a power supply and remote is your best bet. For best quality for this motherboard, go with your 5050 RGB lights only. When you see RGBW and RGBWW (That is white and then warm white which some people prefer cause it looks like an old light bulb.) These sets are a bit different and use 5 pins. They are great for other projects, but not for your computer. Stay with your 4 pin RGB ones to work with the connector that plugs into the mainboard! (Note: 5m is a pretty decent size to wire up behind your 47” TV and you can get a 5m extension cable to exit from the computer case. You are NOT limited to just putting lights inside the case! If you are happy enough with what the motherboard displays, go head and get some backlight going for your monitor! Highly recommend getting to understand how this works with Kodi! Easy to find videos with simple search engine search!)

Silicon Power 32GB Elite microSDHC UHS-I/U1 Class 10 Memory Card with Adapter, Speed Up to 85MB/s (SP032GBSTHBU1V20NE)
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Pros: Decent size, easy to read microSD card. Decent speeds that will work in most mainstream devices.
MicroSD to SD adaptor included.
Free recovery software you can download from their website works very well.

Cons: While the package claims it can read up to 85MB/s, I barely got to see half of that. I usually protest posting speeds from personal testing because I am well aware of how different chipsets and drivers can adversely affect the performance of devices. I tried using the SD adaptor, then I tried using a USB adaptor and I tested it on USB 3.0 and 2.0 on my desktop and came up with the same results. Going to a completely different computer, I then tried a read and write on my 2 in 1 and actually got better performance. Half of what the specs say, but still better than my desktop can do. The thing is, you shouldn’t be as concerned with the read as you are the write speeds! I couldn’t find the specs on it ANYWHERE! Not the package and not the website and I gave a good rundown of the website trying to find how to Win iPad Air as a sticker on the package claims you can do. Nothing on the write specs or how to win the iPad Air.

Downloading from website is easy, but the recovery software alerted that an update was available. Getting it wasn’t as easy. Had to backtrack because the “download” button I clicked was an AD… I HATE websites that are setup that way! Would be nice if SP kept their offers updated and fresh! The recovery software is not tied to SP. SP is just letting users know of the free software that can come in handy. The software offers a professional version at a reasonable price.

Other Thoughts: Overall, I’m not impressed. The price isn’t much different than other choices. SP is really lacking in detailed information that most serious users need to have to make their best choice. With some people, time is money, and this card is not suitable for quick transfers. If you have a professional task and need to get photos, videos, etc. transferred quickly, you might want to opt for one of the more expensive cards that can write over 45MB/s. (Most that do write 45MB/s are the same price as this one. Get faster for same price? Why not?) For the most part, people will pop this in a device and use it now and then. It makes a good entry level card. A professional that needs to move 30 gigs of data a few times a week will want to opt in for a card that can do it 4x faster or more.

So what is being offered here? I’m not getting near the speeds advertised, the write speeds are not impressive, compare to other cards at the same cost that are more than twice as fast. Lifetime warranty isn’t exclusive to this company. Most cards come with such a warranty. The card just works, and not that great at that! I was in hopes it would do better than a more expensive one I had in my blackvue as it constantly tells me to "Please Check SD Card" if I do not format the bloody thing daily. It is certainly the blackvue's issue as this card is the third to do the same thing. First being the manufacturers card OEMed with the product, second being one of the fastest on the markets costing more for the premium, and I thought a cheap entry level card should be given a shot as well.

Desktop was reading it at about 20MB/s and writing near 15MB/s
Sony Vaio 2 in 1 was reading it at about 40MB/s and writing near 20MB/s


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