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Seagate 4TB Expansion Portable External Hard Drive USB 3.0 Model STEA4000400 Black
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Very quiet, very large data size, very small size, very inexpensive. Perfect for backup. 08/28/2016

This review is from: Seagate 4TB Expansion Portable External Hard Drive USB 3.0 Model STEA4000400 Black

Pros: I bought my first nearly 3 months ago, and have 2.9 TB of data backed up on it. Today I will order another

-- I can't believe they can get this much data on such a small drive.
-- It's nearly silent. I don't hear it in normal operation.
-- Light weight.
-- Small size makes it perfect for travel.
-- Sustained data transfer rate is good for a 5400 rpm.

Cons: I would not use this as my primary drive. 7200 rpm drives are faster.

Other Thoughts: I suspect that some of the reported drive "drops out" are because the power is not quite enough. Try using a different port.

Avoid trusting any electronics for a month or two. That's the infant mortality period (if there is a defect, it will show up then).

TOSHIBA DT01ACA300 3TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

Pros: I have been running this almost continuously for more than 3 years (since May of 2013). I use my PC as a server, so there is usually disk activity 20+ hours per day. It's quiet and has no bad sectors as of today. I use is as one of a mirrored pair, and the performance is good but not great. Would be better, I think, if I ran it singleton or in RAID 5.

Cons: I have no cons for this drive.

Other Thoughts: Install, test, and use right away. If you have infant mortality, you want to find out while you still have a warranty. There have been many reports of DOA drives, but then you do back up your data regularly, don't you?
I am adding one more drive to go from 3GBytes of RAID 1 to 6 GBytes of RAID 5 (actually 2.7 GB and 5.4GB, respectively). I can't come close to affording 9 GB of SSD storage.

Silicon Power 128GB Blaze B30 USB 3.0 Flash Drive (SP128GBUF3B30V1K)
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Blazing Fast, High Capacity, Small 04/13/2016

This review is from: Silicon Power 128GB Blaze B30 USB 3.0 Flash Drive (SP128GBUF3B30V1K)

Pros: This thing is a fast as lightening, has an impressive capacity (128GByte), and is amazingly small.
It fits in a normal USB port without crowding its neighbors.
I have not noticed it heating up when I do something intensive (e.g. 30 Gbyte file transfers).
I bought this along with a "Corsair Flash Voyager Slider USB 3.0 128GB," and with the performance and price of each of these, I can't imagine buying a lesser USB thumbdrive.

Cons: Built-in software is an annoyance to me. I re-formatted it out of existence before I used the drive.

Other Thoughts: Any very large drive forces a choice of file format. I choose exFAT over NTFS (both proprietary to Microsquash), Apple's HFS+, or the opensource ZFS. FAT32 is hopeless, maxing out at 32 GByte.


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Date Joined: 12/04/02

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