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Seagate Expansion 3TB USB 3.0 3.5" Desktop External Hard Drive STBV3000100 Black

  • 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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  • 6/8/2015 10:04:27 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs3TB External

Pros: I had an external that I needed to replace and the files easily transferred onto this drive.

Cons: None as of yet!!

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  • 5/31/2015 5:02:04 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsWorked great until it didn't.

Pros: Plenty of storage space. Took a year to even put a dent in the capacity with HD game capture footage.

Cons: Like many other reviews on here say, the drive just randomly stopped working. At first it wasn't always recognized by my PC, but now there's no power to it.

Wasn't a fan of having a separate power cable. Less cables to mess with, the better.

Seemed like the drive would get a little on the warm side despite sitting on my desk right by an AC unit.

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  • AdminJohn
  • 5/20/2015 8:38:19 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

1 out of 5 eggs1 out 3 unit failures; So Far

Pros: Inexpensive

Cons: Infrequent usage and it still failed. I use it to move backups between buildings (true sneakernet for us old-timers...) on a weekly cycle between 3 units to move 2.5TB to offsite storage. Device #2 just failed after about 2 years. I have higher expectations from Seagate considering the low amount of usage i.e. low number of read/ write cycles.

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  • Mike H
  • 5/15/2015 4:23:44 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsXbox One Expansion

Pros: I purchased this drive for Xbox One expansion as your internal drive seems to disappear quickly. Was a matter of plugging it in, formatting the drive, and moving games.

Has a small blue light toward the back of it that is the status light, and will blink but is not annoying. Very simple and easy to setup and start using.

Cons: The only cons I can say are that the power plug is fat so it takes up 2 plugins on most power strips, etc.

This thing is also pretty heavy, I wouldn't imagine anyone carrying it around as storage to move back and forth to work unless you really needed that much space and couldn't get a portable drive.

Other Thoughts: The only odd thing I came across was I had to plug it into the side USB instead of a back USB. For some reason the drive wasn't detected until I did that. I am going to try again later to see if it can plug into those, but is working fine.

I bought 2 of them for my 2 Xbox Ones, and both work as they should.

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  • 5/11/2015 9:58:42 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat Low
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Super easy to set up and use.

Cons: Haven't found any yet.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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