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This review is from: SAMSUNG D3 Station 5TB USB 3.0 3.5" Desktop External Hard Drive STSHX-D501TDB Black
Pros: I agree this is a far better way to buy Seagate backup drives coming with 3 year warranty vs 1 year for the same drive. However, why would you buy Seagate (5900 rpm and heavy losses in quality each year) when you can buy Toshiba (7200 rpm and higher quality, same 3 year warranty)? You can find the Toshiba for $10 more ($129 shipped) and their prices have been steadily coming down to compete with Seagate. So for higher quality why risk your data on Seagate?
Don't get me wrong, these drives aren't a bad choice. I have three of them without a hiccup for minimal use backup drives. But Toshiba is clearly a better buy right now. I do not see Seagate making efforts to ensure they deliver quality and all you have to do is look at the way they pack them and the reviews on failed drives.
Cons: Simple case, no power switch
Other Thoughts: As of this date, you can find the 5 tb Samsung for $119 shipped, and the 5 tb Toshiba for $129 ( google it, not all trustworthy deals are on Newegg, though I use them for 90%)
The Toshiba drives are green and spin fast (hot) only when under demand so heat on 7200 rpm isn't a concern, more a plus over mild 5900rpm max with Samsung/Seagate
This review is from: SAMSUNG D3 Station 4TB USB 3.0 3.5" Desktop External Hard Drive STSHX-D401TDB Black
Pros: - Drive inside is Seagate & comes with a 3-year warranty.
- Price- Usually you can find these for $120-$125 (lately, 8-2014) which is cheaper than Seagate's own. That's as cheap as I purchased Segate's 4tb back in 2013 black friday.
- Decent speed in transfer
Cons: -backup software CRASHES winXP with current service packs (with no special drivers, nothing extreme). (am returning because of it)
-there is no external power switch nor green 'off' for the hard-drive. Plug it in and it runs full-on. Unlike Seagate's 4tb which powers down when not searched.
Other Thoughts: For an always-on external hard-drive, if you can find them cheap they're a decent option. Personally I like the box powering down when not in use. I was a bit upset with the thing crashing my STABLE xp system - as it was the purpose I bought the drive, to back it up. But I got it back with system restore. I'll do it the hard way next time without taking risks on 3'rd party, unknown, BAD backup software. Other reviews alluded to issues and I should have sided with caution.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Seagate STBM4000100 4TB Business Storage 1-Bay NAS
Pros: Easily managed and found with win7.
Cons: Where do I start? Straight out of the box the power connection had very poor construction quality. Finding the words 'Made In China' relieved the mystery. The power connection later became so poor that if you even stepped next to the unit on our hardwood floors the vibration would reset the drive. Copying 200gb of music files somehow allocated 700gb! AND took 3 days to transfer, the second day giving up on the network and directly connecting to the USB slot, BUT zero speed increase. Within the week the system refused the admin password and would allow my sub user (with admin privileges) to view more than the folder structures. A complete waste of 3 good days copying and configuring, ending with a useless paperweight, seized from the poor quality in construction ( the power connection finally toasted and you could hear it shorting just by touching the box). Lastly, this box is NOT Xperia compatible. Not a huge deal with most of my network win7, and drive did show up and configure easily from those. All you can do from xp is view and download, not manage.
Other Thoughts: This product was rushed to market without concern for quality. 4tb is a lot of data to lose or gamble on truly pathetic engineering. I paid $209 shipped and thought at first it was a smart purchase for an my own cloud or home movie/music storage. Not so. A waste go valuable data and time. How much is your time worth?
As a side, last week I noticed Costco selling another version of this as a 4tb NAS with everyday price of $199. Tempting but I've been fooled once. Shame on Seagate. Fooled twice equals shame on me so I'll pass until quality improves.