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Seagate Expansion 3TB USB 3.0 3.5" Desktop External Hard Drive

  • Drag and drop file saving right out of the box
  • Fast data transfer with USB 3.0 connectivity
  • 1 year manufacturer warranty
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year

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  • Katie K.
  • 3/31/2015 12:16:13 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsYay movies!

Pros: I've had this for 11 months and I only a small gripe. 3TB has all the space I need for movies, games, programs, music, and then some. I don't have to do a monthly purge of my files anymore. I've never had any data loss or connectivity issues.

Cons: Has to be plugged in. It says "USB powered" in the description, but you HAVE to have it plugged into a working power source. I did not realize how much I moved my laptop until I used this. When I wanted to watch movies when the power was out via my laptop, I couldn't access the files.

Other Thoughts: If I had a desktop computer, I'd give it a 5/5.

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  • mmadallas
  • 3/30/2015 5:17:13 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsComplete Failure in Less that 1 Year

Pros: Price

Cons: Drive has completely failed. The drive was used in a home environment, never moved or dropped, sat on my desk, never abused, nothing spilled on it, and was treated gingerly. It no longer powers up fully and just keeps making a strange clicking noise, and the power light doesn't turn on. I've tried several power outlets and it doesn't make a difference. There's a lot of valuable data on there and a complete catastrophic failure like this with about a year of gentle use is completely unacceptable.

I planned on getting another drive in about a year or two from today, to back-up this one, in case it failed, but it should've never happened that soon. All sorts of valuable data is likely gone forever. I always trusted Seagate until this and will now likely consider other options.

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  • N/A
  • 3/23/2015 12:04:47 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsWarranty 1 year, Failure 1 year 2 months

Pros: Works great for 1 year!

Cons: Only works great for 1 year....

Other Thoughts: Only reason I'm posting this is to try and help those getting the "Reformat Drive" or uknown drive errors. I had a theory that maybe the driver had become corrupted for\by the external control board so I tore it apart and loaded it into my home HD dock. No go so I uninstalled the driver. Still nothing but thought maybe I didn't get it all. So I took the drive to work and used my office laptop (never hooked up the Seagate before) and my office HD dock. Bingo I'm pulling my stuff off of it. If you have sensitive data on the drive and are getting the aforementioned errors, I'd recommend doing the same thing.

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  • N/A
  • 2/22/2015 6:33:55 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsDied 1 year 11 months

Pros: It was fast and used as a backup for my movies connected to my router.

Cons: Died within 2 years. I have had many drives last longer and had hoped this would.

Other Thoughts: Wish there were cheaper SSD options for backup. Tired of replacing disk drives every two years.

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  • Jon O.
  • 2/4/2015 7:29:43 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Cost/TB, USB 3.0 connectivity, Plug-and-play has worked with everything I've attached them to so far (all Windows machines)

Cons: A 1-year warranty seems pretty stingy, considering their bare drives (which get handled directly!) typically get 2 years or more. Wants you to install management software. Doesn't need it, though.

Other Thoughts: Bought 2 3TB models, one for portable storage for an organization I work with and one for my own use. Both still function just fine so far, even with one moving around a lot.

I'd originally purchased my personal unit for image backups for 4 Win7 machines, but the built-in Windows backup mechanism doesn't write system images on a drive with 4K sectors. Other backup software is less picky, plus I went ahead and installed a cheap 512B sector 2TB internal drive for system image storage. More complex system than it needs to be, but I guess it provides some redundancy. Live and learn.

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  • n0hype
  • 2/1/2015 2:21:03 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsNot reliable

Pros: Lots of storage for not so much money.

Cons: The drive died after less than two years.

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  • N/A
  • 12/31/2014 12:59:53 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsStopped Connecting

Pros: Fast, quiet, tons of space, looks nice on a desktop

Cons: Stopped connecting entirely to my computer. After about 2 months, i would have to unplug the power then plug it back in to get it to connect (for some reason that worked). Now, after 4 months, it will not connect at all. It spins up but nothing shows up on my computer.

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  • Zenie
  • 12/29/2014 10:47:32 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsFailed after 2 years

Pros: Large Space
Doesn't take up a lot of space

Cons: Failed
After 1 year it failed once requiring a reformat
After 2 year it failed again, requiring another reformat, but only now its out of RMA warranty.

Other Thoughts: Just don't get it.

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  • Matthew Kurowski
  • 12/15/2014 6:20:13 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsBeen reliable, quick and steady

Pros: USB 3, the capacity and price was what drew me to it despite some trepidation due to warranty. It feels very solid in its case and is not meant to be portable but an "expansion" drive. In over a year I may have moved it 4 or 5 times.

I use the drive to keep replicated data on and keep the drive on most of the time. I occasionally unplug the drive for certain periods like system maintenance.

Cons: The warranty is the only issue I have with the drive.

Not really a con, but I wish they made it easy to replace the drive in it. Once one of these Expansion drives dies, I'd like to snap in a replacement quickly.

Other Thoughts: I had such a good experience with it that I even bought the 5TB version today. I am not a Seagate lover yet but this and the MomentusXL hybrids have been doing me very well over two years.

I've been very happy with it - not a single problem (knock on wood).

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  • TH
  • 12/11/2014 2:27:41 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsA Seagate Dud

Pros: Cheap, 3 TB capacity, USB 3. I like Seagate HD, Hybrid Drive, and SSD as I never have one failed till now.

Cons: Bought on 7/2013, died on 12/2014. Lost all the data on it. This drive costs $129 on sale.

Other Thoughts: I bought one 2TB GoFlex; two 3 TB, one 4 TB, and recently one 5TB Seagate Expansion drives, connect them to the GoFlex Network Drive for home network storage. I store the same backup data on one 3 TB and one 4 TB. All are in the basement, dry and cool, and are on all the time 24 hours a day. About 3 months before the 3TB dies, I have trouble access the network drives. I have to reboot the whole GoFlex Home NAS system with all the attached drives at least once a week. I guess now I know that if one drive in the system have trouble, I cannot access to the GoFlex NAS untill I reboot the whole system. Next time, if I have that issue, I will bring all the drives up and do a scan and repair on each of them. I think this particular 3TB overheats and dies even though I rarely upload or download data from it. So strange, of the 5 Seagate drives, no problem with the 2 TB and 3 TB drives that are being accessed regularly, at least once a dayt. I think these Seagate drives are not designed to be on 24 hours a day. There is hardly any ventilation on the plastic case and it gets warm very fast even under idle. Now I install a small Vornado fan to circulate and blow cool air to all my Home Network drives. Hopefully I won't have this happen again.

I checked. It is the drive, not the SATA to USB3 converter. So disappointed.

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