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Categories > Desktop External Hard Drives > Seagate > Seagate Expansion 8TB USB 3.0 3.5" Desktop External Hard Drive STEB8000100 Black

Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5 Fast and Reliable
Pros: This drive is very compact. I was assigned to review a 5TB drive awhile ago and it is around twice the size of this drive. It has a nice case with a kind of diamond pattern.

This thing is BLAZING fast but then again it is my first USB 3.0 device. It works well with my Mac but I am not sure about the USB 3.0 as I have an older MacBook Air.

I have always preferred Seagate drives but then began to have some issues with reliability and having to RMA some of my drives. Now Seagate seems to have figured out any issues they may or may not have had.
Cons: The dreaded power brick. This drive has it. It uses up an outlet and blocks one possibly two others. They are annoying. They are unnecessary. Companies should stop using them. I don't even care how but they need to definitely work on getting rid of the on plug power brick.
Other Thoughts: I would definitely recommend this drive if you are looking for an external hard drive. It's big, it's fast, and it even looks nice (if you can get around the annoying power brick).
Reviewed By:Kyle L.,8/28/2016 4:19:33 PM
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Categories > Desktop External Hard Drives > Seagate > Seagate Expansion 8TB USB 3.0 3.5" Desktop External Hard Drive STEB8000100 Black

Rating + 3Rating + 3Rating + 3Rating + 3Rating + 3 Bigger Storage, Not Bigger Waistline!
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.
Reviewed By:Kenith H.,8/28/2016 3:43:44 PM
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Categories > Desktop External Hard Drives > Western Digital > WD 16TB My Book Duo Desktop RAID External Hard Drive USB 3.0 - WDBLWE0160JCH-NESN

Rating + 2Rating + 2Rating + 2Rating + 2Rating + 2 Poor option fo a secure backup device
Pros: Price was cheaper than buying the 2 drive outright. Nice case
Cons: No RAID 1 operation. Wanted to have a USB secure backup option for my ubuntu PI file server. But this is a dog. Even when idle its always clunking on something. Tech support stated that the software to setup raid was "Glitchy" as in it doesn't work. Waste of time and money
Other Thoughts: Avoid this product. It's slow, noisy, and suspect on-board controller. I wouldn't recommend this product for backups.
--RMA update Still not RAID 1 operation. Received a replacement unit and still will not work correctly. As far as value, I'll buy 2 external cases and do sequential backups. The long delay on RMA, out of stock! And I see why.
Reviewed By:Mr. B.,8/26/2016 2:47:53 PM
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Categories > Desktop External Hard Drives > Seagate > Seagate Expansion 8TB USB 3.0 3.5" Desktop External Hard Drive STEB8000100 Black

Rating + 3Rating + 3Rating + 3Rating + 3Rating + 3 Only 1-Year Warranty and Not Even Listed on Seagate Website!
Pros: Huge amount of storage in a single unit.

Compatible with USB 3.1 (Type-A port) plus USB 3.0 and 2.0

Comes with a 4-ft. USB cable instead the usual 18-inch thing.
Cons: The usual plastic case with nothing else to keep the drive cool but the case itself. This means that when Reading or Writing large amounts of data this drive will run hot. This includes saving full backups and copying your videos, music collection, photo collection, streaming video to watch a movie, etc. No wonder they only provide a 1-year warranty; clearly, they don't expect it to last very long.
Other Thoughts: It's very convenient to be able to store so much in a single external drive, and you can simply drag and drop files, no problem. The price when on sale seems very reasonable for so much storage. Consider using a small fan to blow air on the case when transferring large files; this may extend it's life. Speaking of that, do we want to trust our valuable data to a drive with only a 1-year warranty?
Reviewed By:Andrew M.,8/25/2016 9:56:01 AM
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Categories > Desktop External Hard Drives > Seagate > Seagate Expansion 8TB USB 3.0 3.5" Desktop External Hard Drive STEB8000100 Black

Rating + 4Rating + 4Rating + 4Rating + 4Rating + 4 Runs hot
Pros: I added this to my NAS as an external backup drive. It provides lots of storage, runs reasonably fast (quick tests showed about 20 MB/s).
Cons: The drive runs very hot. It idles at 50-51C and while busy I've seen it reach 53C which is a bit worrying. For long term stability I will look for a replacement HD enclosure that has a fan to lower temperatures.
Reviewed By:Heiko R.,8/25/2016 7:15:38 AM
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Categories > Desktop External Hard Drives > Seagate > Seagate Backup Plus 3TB USB 3.0 3.5" Desktop Hard Drive STCA3000101 Black

Rating + 1Rating + 1Rating + 1Rating + 1Rating + 1 Don't Buy It (There is a class action lawsuit against Seagate for this hard drive's high fail rate)
Pros: Large size
Cons: - Hard drive fail
- Experience videos pause when watch videos
- Experience games crash (I install to another drive and didn't experience the same thing)
Other Thoughts: I really regret try to save money and bought this hard drive.
Reviewed By:Anonymous,8/22/2016 11:56:44 PM
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Categories > Desktop External Hard Drives > Seagate > Seagate Backup Plus 8TB Desktop External Hard Drive with 200GB of Cloud Storage & Mobile Device Backup USB 3.0 - STDT8000100 (Black)

Rating + 1Rating + 1Rating + 1Rating + 1Rating + 1 FAILING AFTER FOUR MONTHS OF USE
Pros: - 8TB Capacity
- Great value for GB/dollar ratio (paid approx $200)
- USB 3.0 speeds
Cons: - Clearly not the fastest unit (most likely a 5400rpm drive inside)
- Has to wake up if idle too long; thus prevents "quick file retrieval" and takes extra ~30 second to access a file
Other Thoughts: *UPDATE AUGUST 2016*
Had this since April 2016, and now it's August 2016. Only four months of usage and now the drive randomly disconnects and have "I/O errors" when trying to write to it. I have to restart my computer every time to recognize it. Now I have to deal with the warranty process to get it replaced [possibly will be replaced with a refurbished model].
Reviewed By:Jimmy N.,8/15/2016 11:39:39 PM
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Categories > Desktop External Hard Drives > Seagate > Seagate Expansion 8TB USB 3.0 3.5" Desktop External Hard Drive STEB8000100 Black

Rating + 1Rating + 1Rating + 1Rating + 1Rating + 1 DOA - Newegg won't return
Pros: Big drive, lots of data to lose.
Cons: Highly unreliable.
Other Thoughts: Copied 4 TB on a new drive and it stopped working. Looks like if you wait more than a month to open Newegg won't return. I suppose you could have Seagate send you a refurb even though you just bought the drive new two months ago. Used Seagate for years now I've been bit by a bad drive and no way to get it replaced. I would only store data on these drives that you plan on losing. Not happy at all.
Reviewed By:Anonymous,8/15/2016 7:06:05 PM
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Categories > Desktop External Hard Drives > FANTOM DRIVES > Fantom Drives Gforce3 Pro 2TB 7200 RPM USB 3.0 Aluminum External Hard Drive (GF3B2000UP)

Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5 Solid Performance
Pros: Very reasonable cost. Worked for me straight out of the box. No configuration at all. I am using it plugged into my residential LAN router/switch/Fifi. Available just like a NAS. I use it as a back up and file server for all the computers in my home. I do not work directly (direct access) with this drive as an active workspace. Fills my needs exactly.

I can hear it click on from its sleep mode but it is very quite. Sound in NOT an issue with this drive.
Cons: Only con is the extremely bright blue activity light. I put a bit of masking tape over it. I can now (through the tape) see when it is on but kills the blinding laser beam effect.
Reviewed By:Daniel K.,8/15/2016 6:01:49 PM
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Categories > Desktop External Hard Drives > Western Digital > WD My Passport Ultra 1TB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive WDBZFP0010BBK-NESN Black

Rating + 1Rating + 1Rating + 1Rating + 1Rating + 1 Horrible service
Pros: Have not find anything positive to speak about, very disappointed
Cons: They shipped me a drive that does not work at all. Now its my problem, I had to get it shipped back, still waiting to hear back for the refund.
Other Thoughts: When we buy online, we are at the mercy of malicious shops like newegg, where they will ship you something that does not work at all and it becomes your problem, not their.
Reviewed By:Mahmood R.,8/15/2016 11:12:36 AM
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