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Seagate Expansion 4TB USB 3.0 3.5
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: None

Cons: No internal fan. Overheats quickly resulting in read/write errors. The included skinny data cable is under capacity.

Other Thoughts: I have 2 of these drives & both have read/write errors occurring anywhere from 1 to 15 minutes after connecting. I tried a test where I replaced the supplied skinny data cables on both drives with stockier USB 3.0 cables I had but this measure only reduces errors for the first few minutes immediately after connecting. Just a fews minutes after connecting the errors begin.

When errors occur, the error handling routine asks if you want to try again or skip the file being processed. Trying again always results in a failure of the current file being read or written. Sometimes I'll even get a message saying "you must reformat this drive before you can begin using it".


In the reviews here one person (kudos to him) said he buys these external drives, opens them up and removes the drives within to use as internal drives. I followed his lead with one of my 2 drives and plugged the removed Seagate drive into an Orico external hard drive docker that I bought on NewEgg (it came with a fat data cable). I had no errors after approximately 60 minutes straight of copying a large volume of data to the Seagate drive while it was mounted in the Orico external docking station, not one error. My conclusion is that cheap parts chosen by Seagate are causing data errors. My 4 TB drive appears to be working fine once I removed it from the error ridden Seagate external housing. Cheap parts, i.e. skinny cable, no internal fan (and possibly the internal USB 3.0 circut board) = data errors.

I killed the warranty on 1 drive (so far) but I wasn't about to go through an RMA scenario with Seagate just to get a refurbished drive as a replacement having the same issues.

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Orico 2595SUS3-BK Aluminum Alloy Tool-Free 2.5
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Big difference compared to USB 2.0 speeds. USB 3.0 speeds are fast enough to keep me happy. Nice looks and feel.

Cons: Sharp corners can scratch furniture or other equipment. The item's finish can scratch easily too. I put a couple of rubber bands around it to protect furniture or other equipment and to to give it traction to keep it from slipping on smooth surfaces. The supplied USB 3.0 cable is approximately 2 feet long, a 3 foot cable would serve better.

Other Thoughts: Others have complained about the latching mechanism. Not a problem for me. To open just depress the button and hold it in the down position and push the door to the side and let go. To close just depress the button and hold it down and push the door into the closed position and let go. Too easy!

I have owned 2 of these for approximately 8 months with no problems. I bought the first one on sale, received it in 2 days and it performed so well that I bought a second one while it was still on sale. They were $23.99 on sale when I bought them which seemed a little high priced still but they've performed well so I'm satisified.

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Donald H.'s Profile

Display Name: Donald H.

Date Joined: 02/12/05

  • Reviews: 2
  • Helpfulness: 1
  • First Review: 12/02/13
  • Last Review: 03/25/15
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