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Seagate Expansion 4TB Desktop External Hard Drive USB 3.0 (STBV4000100)

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Size: 4 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: 2.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • ASIN: B00BFFQN3M
  • Item model number: STBV4000100
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4,821 customer reviews)
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  • Date first available at Amazon.com: March 1, 2013

Product Description

Size: 4 TB

Seagate Expansion STBV4000100 4 TB 3.5" External Hard Drive - Desktop - Retail STBV4000100 Hard Drives (*)

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 Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

My drive lasted 1 year, 2 months.
Bill Gui
I called Seagate customer service where I went through the same troubleshooting motions and was told I could get a replacement drive.
Matthew Sutton
It's a great drive for backing up large amounts of data.
KC 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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76 of 78 people found the following review helpful By Isabelle Belzile on September 20, 2013
Size Name: 2 TB
I bought the 2TB version of this drive for the express purpose of removing the SATA drive within and using it as an internal drive. At the time of my purchase, it was actually cheaper to buy this drive as an external, and remove the case, than it is to buy the same unit as a retail internal or bare drive.

Connected via the USB interface, the drive appears to Windows as an external drive, much as any other external USB drive. Bundled software for the "Expansion" series is limited to product registration software, and is pre-loaded on the drive, which comes factory formatted as a single NTFS partition with a Windows reported capacity of 1.89TB. According to Seagate's warranty checker, the internal drive was sold as a system component, and warranty service is obtainable from the system OEM. The complete drive carries a nominal 1 year warranty. My drive (purchased in August, 2013) is stated to be under warranty until October 2014.

The outer casing is two-piece, ABS plastic, held together entirely by snaps. It's fairly easy to open the casing using a flat-blade screwdriver, utility knife or spudger. Once the plastic casing is removed, the drive is attached to an aluminum carrier and attached USB-SATA interface circuit board by four screws on the side. The casing design is such that it can be opened non-destructively, and re-assembled, though in the process it will likely suffer cosmetic damage that will belie the fact that it was opened.

The internal drive is a Barracuda model ST2000DM001, which is a 6GBps SATA drive with 64MB cache and 7200 RPM spin speed. The drive can be re-purposed as an internal drive without having to wipe it first, and the casing functions nominally with a different hard drive installed in it. Installed in a Core i5-2300 desktop with 8GB of RAM, it managed a Windows Experience score of 5.9 (as the sole drive installed in that PC at the time).
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481 of 526 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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