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Seagate Expansion 3TB Desktop USB 3.0 External Hard Drive (Black)

Seagate Expansion 3TB Desktop USB 3.0 External Hard Drive (Black)

Item: 895616    Model: STBV3000100

Seagate Expansion 3TB Desktop USB 3.0 External Hard Drive (Black)
2.5stars
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  • USB 3.0
  • Desktop / PC compatible
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Seagate Expansion 3TB Desktop USB 3.0 External Hard Drive (Black)
 
2.4

(based on 11 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (5)

36%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Quiet (7)
  • Easy to set up (6)
  • Large capacity / good size (6)
  • Easy to use (5)

Cons

  • Unreliable (5)

Best Uses

  • Additional storage (7)
  • Back-up (4)
  • Photo storage (3)
  • Video (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual user (7), Power user (4)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (10)
    • Computer Platform:
    • PC (10)

Most Helpful Positive Review

 

Pretty fast 3tb but it does get hot

Dislcaimer: I purchased this knowing that I would remove the drive and place this into my desktop computer.

That being said, I did plug it in with the supplied...Read complete review

Dislcaimer: I purchased this knowing that I would remove the drive and place this into my desktop computer.

That being said, I did plug it in with the supplied cord/cable to make sure that windows 8 saw the drive and ran chkdsk to make sure the drive did not have any errors. After confirming that there were none, I gleefully opened up the case and extracted the 3tb drive: ST3000DM001. 7200rpm.

Enclosure was easy to open with a box cutter and a credit card to shimmy the clips. Start at the top middle of the case (the bottom would be where the seagate logo is) and work your way around the edges. If you use a credit card, you shouldn't break any plastic clips, thereby allowing you to reuse the enclosure for an older 1tb drive while still being able to use the USB 3.0 transfer speed. (roughly 80 mb/sec) USB 2.0 is around 30-40 mb/sec)

I tested the drive using crystal disk mark in my desktop PC using the sata cable and here are my results

Read: 167.1 Write: 166.3
512k: 55.63 Write: 89.50
4k: .461 Write: 7.430
4kQD32 0.574 Write: 0.767

There are always chances of failures with mechanical hard disk drives but I've had a seagate 1.5tb external hard drive from 4 years ago that is still going strong.

I didn't test the drive using the USB 3.0 with crystaldiskmark so the 80mb/sec is what I've read elsewhere.

Heat will shorten the lifespan of a hard disk drive and this drive does get pretty warm if it is being used to transfer large amounts of files. This is where most drives tend to fail.

Summary: using the drive internally with a sata cable is twice as fast than using USB 3.0. Convenience plays a large factor though as you can't move your internal drive and connect it to another computer for shared usage.

Also: if you pull this drive out, you will need to reformat it as windows will only see 349gb.

search "Change a Master Boot Record Disk into a GUID Partition Table Disk" to allow windows to see the full 2.789tb.

Awesome buy!

VS

Most Helpful Negative Review

 

Does not work with Windows 7 backup

Windows 7 built-in Backup And Restore does not function with external drives larger than 2.2 TB. If you try to run Windows 7 backup with this 3 TB drive, it will run for an...Read complete review

Windows 7 built-in Backup And Restore does not function with external drives larger than 2.2 TB. If you try to run Windows 7 backup with this 3 TB drive, it will run for an hour or more before returning error code 0x8078002A. Google this error code, and you will find:
A) 2.2 TB is a hard limit for external drives when used with Windows 7 Backup and Restore.
B) Microsoft knows this to be true, and offers no solution.
C) Seagate knows this to be true, and offers no solution.
D) Western Digital knows this to be true, and supplies a software patch, but it only works with Western Digital 3 TB drives.

This product is advertised as being compatible with Windows 7, but it is not. You can drag and drop files to it, but it will not function as a backup device.

Yes, I tried partitioning, reformatting with different sector sizes, and wasted a day running chkdsk to make sure the problem wasn't my internal drive. This drive works fine as external storage, but if you want external backup, get a drive no larger than 2.2 TB.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Only worked for a few months

By DO

from NC

About Me Power user

This customer has reached Intern level on the Staples.com Leaderboard

Pros

  • Easy To Set Up
  • High Capacity
  • Quiet
  • Usb 3

Cons

  • Unreliable

Best Uses

    Comments about Seagate Expansion 3TB Desktop USB 3.0 External Hard Drive (Black):

    Drive quit working only after several months of use. I used it to backup photos, music, etc... It was plugged into a battery backup so it did not experience low or high voltage irregularities. I have over a dozen external drives of various manufactures including other Seagate models, and this is the only drive that I have had quit working in such a short length of time. I would be leery of purchasing another one of these drives.

    • Primary use:
    • Personal
    • Computer Platform:
    • PC

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    (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Clicking sound...then came the death.

    By NYC212 10036

    from New York, NY

    About Me Casual user

    This customer has reached Intern level on the Staples.com Leaderboard

    Pros

    • Easy To Set Up
    • Easy to use

    Cons

    • Flimsy construction
    • Noisy
    • Short Life Expectancy
    • Unreliable

    Best Uses

    • Additional Storage

    Comments about Seagate Expansion 3TB Desktop USB 3.0 External Hard Drive (Black):

    I have been happily using external HDs by Hitachi, Toshiba, etc. to backup my personal data. Upon hearing that Seagate external HDs were supposed to be among the best, I decided to give them a try and purchased this one. What a mistake it was!

    After a couple of weeks of light use, it began making this occasional clicking noise (which I knew was a bad sign) and, within a few days, it died altogether and my data could no longer be accessed.

    Luckily, the data loss was not too severe, as I had started to migrate my data to other devices upon hearing the clicking noise. But, then, what's the point of purchasing a backup unit if you need to backup the backup!

    Just to clarify, I am the only person who used this unit (correctly, I might add), and no shock or "trauma" was inflicted on it at all.

    They offered to service the unit for free (and possibly replace it, depending on the outcome) but there's no way I'd trust another Seagate unit--ever!

    • Primary use:
    • Personal
    • Computer Platform:
    • PC

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Great drives ...but get hot in the case

    By Carl B

    from Westborough, MA

    About Me Casual user

    This customer has reached Intern level on the Staples.com Leaderboard

    Pros

    • Easy To Set Up
    • Easy to use
    • High Capacity
    • Quiet

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Additional Storage
      • Backup
      • File Transfer
      • Photo Storage
      • Video

      Comments about Seagate Expansion 3TB Desktop USB 3.0 External Hard Drive (Black):

      Staples had a great deal on these drives and I got two of them. When using CrystalDisk info, a warning for temperature would pop up when I started backing up data, with a warning the drive was at 122 degrees.

      I have since removed the drives from their cases and will be putting them into an air cooled NAS box.

      A good plus for those that do take out the drive is that they run great and cool on a regular SATA port, they are model ST3000DM001 and you will have a USB 3 controller card as well from the enclosure to use on any drive (For those who test drives out of the computer case).

      • Primary use:
      • Personal
      • Computer Platform:
      • PC

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      4.0

      Great drive with lots of room

      By Carl B

      from Westborough, MA

      About Me Casual user

      This customer has reached Intern level on the Staples.com Leaderboard

      Pros

      • Easy to use
      • High Capacity

      Cons

      • No Power Switch

      Best Uses

      • Additional Storage

      Comments about Seagate Expansion 3TB Desktop USB 3.0 External Hard Drive (Black):

      This is a great drive once it is out of the case. While in the case and under test load, Crystal Disk info came up with a "Caution" temp alert. The drive got to 122 degrees while in the factory case. It really needs to have a fan or something to help the air flow.

      • Primary use:
      • Personal
      • Computer Platform:
      • PC

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      (2 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      USB 2 does not give full 3 TB on Mac

      By KH

      from LA

      About Me Power user

      This customer has reached Intern level on the Staples.com Leaderboard

      Pros

      • Quiet

      Cons

      • Difficult To Use

      Best Uses

        Comments about Seagate Expansion 3TB Desktop USB 3.0 External Hard Drive (Black):

        Using the USB 3 cable included, my Mac sees the drive as a 3 TB external device. After removing the drive and placing it in an actively cooled enclosure with a fan (this was intended to be used as an all-day, every-day Time Machine drive for four computers on the network and would get too hot in the stock Seagate enclosure), it wouldn't mount and Disk Utility sees it as a 800 GB drive. So what happened to the other 2.2 TB?
        Turns out it's a problem with the Seagate drive, not the USB3 or the enclosure.

        The drive gets too hot to be used in the supplied housing, and can't be removed to a better housing, so I give it one star.

        • Primary use:
        • Personal
        • Computer Platform:
        • Mac

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