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

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Learn more about the Seagate STBV3000100

Model

Brand
Seagate
Series
Expansion
Model
STBV3000100

Performance

Color
Black
Interface
USB 3.0
Capacity
3TB

Physical Spec

Form Factor
3.5"
Dimensions
7.07" x 4.65" x 1.48"
Weight
2.06 lbs.

Features

Features
Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP SP3 (32-bit and 64-bit) operating system

SuperSpeed USB 3.0 port (required for USB 3.0 transfer speeds or backwards compatible with USB 2.0 ports at USB 2.0 transfer speeds)

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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  • Burned with Seagate
  • 4/15/2014 8:23:57 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

1 out of 5 eggsWorthless piece of drek

This review is from: Seagate Expansion 3TB USB 3.0 3.5" Desktop External Hard Drive STBV3000100 Black

Pros: The only advantage that this drive has is that it's cheap relative to the competition.

Cons: This is a poorly-constructed drive. I bought 4 of them, one for a backup for myself and 3 to share videos and music with friends. Out of the four, two failed within the first week. One I returned for an exchange (after wasting many hours transferring data to it), the other, with almost 3 TB of data on it (and representing more than 24 hours of my transferring data), I took into my local computer shop. The USB port in the drive is an extremely delicate, poorly designed piece of garbage. Soldering it (at a cost of $75, almost as much as the drive itself) failed within a week. It's possible to replace the port, at another cost of $85. The drive is cheaper than competitive drives. That's because there's no quality built in, and the drives are poorly designed. It's worth an extra few bucks to go with Western Digital or another better constructed design.

Other Thoughts: Avoid this. AVOID this. AVOID THIS DRIVE at all costs. Save a couple of bucks initially, but wind up with absolutely nothing at the end,

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  • panteradrummer
  • 4/15/2014 2:06:56 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsWorks Ok (so far)

This review is from: Seagate Expansion 3TB USB 3.0 3.5" Desktop External Hard Drive STBV3000100 Black

Pros: The design does what I need it to do. It's plugged into an Airport Extreme AC and used as a Time Machine disk, as well as backup storage for the Windows PCs

Cons: The drive does tend to get a little hot, but since it is always plugged into a router that I'm never near, it doesn't bother me. The aluminum shell around it acts as a heat-sink and can be a point of concern for a lot of users.

Other Thoughts: I purchased this drive to be used as a Time Machine disk over the network on My Airport Extreme AC version router. I have well over 1TB copied to it and only get errors on Windows PCs when copying something up or down to it. I've only ever noticed one error since I've opened the box, and I have no other complaints. Hopefully I'll keep this rating and the drive doesn't die like others have experienced.

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  • N/A
  • 4/10/2014 11:52:08 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSeagate Expansion 3TB

This review is from: Seagate Expansion 3TB USB 3.0 3.5" Desktop External Hard Drive STBV3000100 Black

Pros: Just to confirm, the drives inside these are model number ST3000DM001 (Barracuda). I purchased 3 of these drives about 10 months ago on sale for $99.99. The OEM 3TB drives with the same model number without the case were $30 more at the time so this sale was a steal for me. I also took them out of their cases and put them into my Freenas 9.2.0 x64. (Please note that taking these out of case voids warranty). I already had 3 2TB barracuda drives in there. These are the perfect drive for a low budget NAS system. You get great quality and longevity with these drives.

Cons: However, one of the 3tb drives I purchased was having read issues. Writing was perfectly fine but it wasn't reading properly. I did a few basic tests and fixes and it eventually worked fine. This had me worried because I already broke it out of its case. If you are going to take it out of it's case test it extensively before.

Other Thoughts: My current Freenas build has 3x2TB + 3x3TB each in its own volume in raid 5. 2TB volume = 3.57TB useable space, 3TB volume = 5.36TB usable space = 8.93TB total. I will eventualy add 6x4TB of the same model to max out this case when I need it.

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  • Teemsan
  • 4/7/2014 6:45:21 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsFailed after 11 months

This review is from: Seagate Expansion 3TB USB 3.0 3.5" Desktop External Hard Drive STBV3000100 Black

Pros: Large capacity storage
Decent transfer rates with USB 3
Cheaper solution

Cons: Runs HOT
One year warranty
Short lifespan
Seagate's convoluted warranty process and replacements are refurbished

Other Thoughts: Avoid the 3 Tb version. They are absolute junk.

I bought this drive at a local retailer. It failed at the 11 month mark, so it was just under warranty. Afterwards I did some research on this drive and read more reviews. The 3Tb versions of this drive are notorious for crapping out prematurely, because they run so hot. Apparently the 1 and 2 Tb versions are slightly better. So the replacement I have is now a redundant 3rd level backup because I don't trust it. I only plug it in once a week to do backups, because leaving it plugged in, even without transferring data, it will idle hot.

Good luck navigating the warranty process, if you are among the lucky? to at least have your drive fail b4 the one year warranty.

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  • matt
  • 4/1/2014 11:59:51 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsMine just died. Last night.

This review is from: Seagate Expansion 3TB USB 3.0 3.5" Desktop External Hard Drive STBV3000100 Black

Pros: Cheap

Cons: Unreliable

Other Thoughts: This replaced two 1TB drives that lasted for I don't know how many years, maybe 5 or 6. This one lasted about a year. It has been sitting in the same place, untouched, for the whole time and last night I heard the platter start to make funny sounds, and now it's toast. Disk Utility could not repair it, I think it's faulty hardware.

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  • N/A
  • 3/25/2014 4:19:24 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsGarbage

This review is from: Seagate Expansion 3TB USB 3.0 3.5" Desktop External Hard Drive STBV3000100 Black

Pros: * Cheap for 3TB
* Small, unobtrusive profile and quiet operation

Cons: * Drive failed (Device I/O failure) during data transfers on all computers it was tested on.

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  • Jeff
  • 3/22/2014 3:28:17 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSeagate Expansion 3TB

This review is from: Seagate Expansion 3TB USB 3.0 3.5" Desktop External Hard Drive STBV3000100 Black

Pros: Great price, plenty of storage, small & exactly what I needed. I now have 2 plus a 1.5TB.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: Seagate are the best for HDD's.

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  • Zach
  • 3/21/2014 8:02:19 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

This review is from: Seagate Expansion 3TB USB 3.0 3.5" Desktop External Hard Drive STBV3000100 Black

Pros: The External Hard Drive works great, easily can be used for backups or file storage.

Cons: None so far.

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  • cshell
  • 3/17/2014 8:34:46 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsSuprised At the Overall Good Ratings

This review is from: Seagate Expansion 3TB USB 3.0 3.5" Desktop External Hard Drive STBV3000100 Black

Pros: Good price for lots of storage, decent throughput, cute girl on the overview video.

Cons: Short warranty and no endurance. I have two of these - one crashed and trashed the primary partition. Luckily this happened just before the warranty ran out and I keep multiple backups of all my important stuff. (I hate getting reconditioned replacements!) A couple of months after this (and out of warranty) the other reports a USB failure after the PC boots or wakes from sleep. I need to unplug/re-plug the USB to get the drive recognized.

Other Thoughts: I also have a 4 Gig version of this drive that has been find so far. I think is is past it's one year warranty. Seagate really needs to extend the warranty on these drives. I would feel much better about them and possibly give it as much as a two star rating.

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  • Olsaltee
  • 3/17/2014 6:24:17 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood Drives

This review is from: Seagate Expansion 3TB USB 3.0 3.5" Desktop External Hard Drive STBV3000100 Black

Pros: Compact size compared to old 3Tb unit
USB 3.0 excellent speed
Keeps Cool when do heavy file transfers

Cons: None at this time, give it a few months and will hope to give it another review.

Other Thoughts: Drive right out of the box was ready to work, transferred 2.7 Tb of data 10 minutes after opening and the drive never got warm, speed was great with the USB 3.0, and the size is literally about half the size of my older Seagate 3 Tb expansion drives which is great when you have several of these stacked and labeled on the book shelf. Would have giving 5 eggs but due to not having the product long, don't want to jinx it but still great option for an expansion drive.

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