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Seagate Expansion 3TB Desktop External Hard Drive USB 3.0 (STBV3000100)

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3 TB
  • Easy and simple to use - simply plug in the power adapter and USB cable
  • Fast file transfers with USB 3.0
  • Compatible with USB 3.0 and USB 2.0
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Size: 3 TB
  • Hard Drive: 3 TB
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Product Details

Size: 3 TB
Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here [PDF]
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 4.6 x 1.5 inches ; 2.1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00834SJU8
  • Item model number: STBV3000100/SRD00F2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3,491 customer reviews)
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  • Date first available at Amazon.com: June 12, 2012

Product Description

Size: 3 TB

3TB EXPANSION DESKTOP DRIVE USB 3.0 3.5IN FALCON DESK

From the Manufacturer

Expansion Desktop External Hard Drive

Expansion Desktop External Hard Drive

Expansion Desktop External Hard Drive

Expansion Desktop External Hard Drive

Terabytes More Storage

Instantly add terabytes of extra storage space without compromising system performance.

Plug and Play

With no software to install, you'll find installation has never been easier. Just plug it in and go.

Fast File Transfers

Works with USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 to deliver fast transfer speeds.

Expansion Desktop External Hard Drive

Add Space Immediately

Instantly add extra storage space without compromising performance with Seagate Expansion.

Expansion Desktop External Hard Drive

Ready to Use

The Expansion Desktop is ready to use, no need to install software. Simply attach the USB cable to your computer and plug in the power supply. Your computer automatically recognizes the new drive, and you can begin sending files.

Expansion Desktop External Hard Drive

USB 3.0 and 2.0 Compatible

Works with USB 3.0 to provide ultra-fast transfer speeds as well as USB 2.0, so you don't have to worry about hardware compatibility issues.

Customer Reviews

My drive lasted 1 year, 2 months.
Bill Gui
I tried contacting seagate and after reading all of their suggestions I tried to send it back under the warranty.
Amazon Customer
It's a great drive for backing up large amounts of data.
K.C. Cole

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Size Name: 2 TB Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
NOTE: Amazon has combined the reviews for the 1TB, 2TB and 3TB versions of this product, with the 3TB version dominating the negative reviews (as of 2012-11-24), so pay attention to which version is being reviewed.

The target market of the Seagate Expansion Desktop line seems to be people who want to add a performance drive, but don't want to, or cannot, install an additional internal drive, that is, this is a drive they won't be moving, at least not frequently. For example, a laptop where the extra storage can happily stay behind in the office. Or a small-form-factor PC (mini-PC, HTPC, "nettop") that doesn't have space. There are other lines of external drives from Seagate (and others) targeting more transient/mobile uses.

For a range of potential buyers of this drive, the product information provided may be too sketchy. The focus of this review is to fill in some of the missing info, and it is structured to facilitate your skipping details that don't interest you. Note: At the time of this review, the product information here at Amazon is more than you will find elsewhere, including Seagate's website (no spec sheets, ...).

TRANSFER SPEED:
The drive in the enclosure is the same model used for internal drives in performance desktops (details below).

With USB 3.0, transfers to this drive are slightly faster than the same transfers between the (older) internal SATA drives in my current computer (details below).

The drive has the performance needed to benefit from USB 3.0: In my experiments, USB 3.0 transfers are 60-200% faster than USB 2.0 (details below).

COOLING:
Heat is the enemy and can shorten the lifespan of drives.
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423 of 457 people found the following review helpful By Snap, Crackle and Pop on July 17, 2012
Size Name: 2 TB Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
THE QUICK TAKE: The Seagate Expansion 2TB USB 3.0 External Hard Drive STBV2000100 is a good option as a backup drive, or as an expansion drive that isn't used intensively. It may also serve well as a working drive that's used more intensively but for temporary or replaceable files - such as a scratch drive or a media server.

This drive is large enough and priced low enough that you can backup multiple computers for not a lot of money.

However, if you're looking for an expansion drive - a second drive to augment a laptop or desktop - that you will use intensively, consider options with cooling and perhaps backup, especially if you will use the drive for your only copy of files.

A DESKTOP DRIVE: This is a desktop drive, not a truly portable drive. You could use it to backup multiple computers around a home or office, but you're not going to enjoy carrying the drive and the power supply.

A FAST CONNECTION: USB 3.0 really is fun to use, if you have the right port on your computer to use it. No more sitting around watching file transfers - the speeds are similar to those of a built in drive.

KEEP A BACKUP: One of the keys to happiness in modern life is to keep at least two copies of every computer file you need. If you have anything you would rather not have vanish tomorrow, get a hard drive - any hard drive - and make a copy. Right now. Err on the side of caution.

ALL HARD DRIVES FAIL - SO REPLACE THEM BEFORE THEY DO: Hard drives are complex mechanical devices. They will absolutely, inevitably fail. So manage them accordingly.

I replace all my drives after about three to four years (if they survive that long). It's much easier to replace a drive before it fails - it's very easy to copy a readable drive.
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334 of 367 people found the following review helpful By RandomGibberish on June 15, 2012
Size Name: 3 TB Verified Purchase
Summary
* Same internal drive as the old version
* Runs just as hot as the old external drive (in my testing)
* APM is now turned off by default - this might be huge, people online have blamed this feature for the grinding noises and premature death of some seagate drives
* Firmware update from CC9D to CC9E (CC9H firmware is available online)
* Looks a little better
* Not worth more than the old version imo

Edit #2: When I used the Serial Number from Crystaldiskinfo to check the warranty (google "Seagate Warranty Checker") it showed that my drive was under warranty until the end of August 2013. That's almost 14 months, which still isn't long, but make sure you check online and do not just assume your warranty is dead after 12 months exact.

I needed another 3tb drive and decided to go out on a limb and spend the extra $10 on this "new version" of the seagate drive.

I will admit that at least the case looks different - its rectangular on the front instead of being rounded off, it has a matte finish instead of the old shiny black look, and the activity light is now blue instead of green. I think it does look marginally better but who buys these things for the looks?

Crystal Disk info tells me that inside lives the exact same drive I found in the "old" model of the seagate 3tb external - a ST3000DM001-9YN166 (in fact some people have pulled even better drives out of the "old" version externals so ymmv)
The firmware on this new drive is version CC9E while the old version did have firmware CC9D.
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