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Seagate 4TB Expansion External Desktop USB 3.0 Hard Drive

B&H # SEEDT4TBV Mfr # STBV4000100
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You Pay: $125.99
Product Highlights
  • 4TB Capacity
  • USB 3.0/2.0 Interface, Cable Included
  • Automatically Recognized by Windows
  • Windows 8, 7, Vista, XP SP3 (32/64 bit)

Don't let your data dictate your day - give it a little breathing room with the Seagate 4TB Expansion External Desktop USB 3.0 Hard Drive. The extra storage space gives you plenty of room to store, secure, and share your data.

You'll have plenty of opportunity and few excuses to finally organize those pictures, movies, music, documents, and other assorted data that you've been putting off for months. With this much storage space, you could make copies of all that data and store it separately for extra security.

The Expansion External Desktop line uses USB 3.0 as its transfer channel, giving you a robust 4.8Gbps transfer rate (your data transfer rate may vary due to processor speed, storage transfer medium, and other factors). You can store more, do more, and breathe easier with this kind of storage power behind you. You are ready to go as soon as you open the box. Simply plug the unit in, then attach the USB cord, and boom! No files to install, no drivers, no worries.

In this crowded world, everyone needs some extra room. Give your data the space it deserves with the Seagate 4TB Expansion External Desktop USB 3.0 Hard Drive.

Simple
Setup is simple and straightforward; the Expansion external hard drive installs easily by plugging in two cords. You can start saving your digital files to this hard drive within seconds of removing it from the box. Plus, it is automatically recognized by the Windows operating system, so there is no software to install and nothing to configure. Saving files is easy - simply drag-and-drop.
Speedy
Take advantage of the fast data transfer speeds with the USB 3.0 interface by connecting to a SuperSpeed USB 3.0 port. USB 3.0 is backwards compatible with USB 2.0 for additional system compatibility.
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The Seagate Expansion portable drive is compact and perfect for on-the-go storage. Instantly add more storage space to your computer and take large files with you when you travel.

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Capacity 4 TB
Interface USB 3.0/2.0
Drive Speed Not specified by manufacturer
Buffer Not specified by manufacturer
Average Seek Time Not specified by manufacturer
Sustained Data Transfer Rate USB 3.0: 4.8Gbps
System Requirements Windows 8, 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)
General
Mounting Desktop, Horizontal
Power Requirements AC: 120VAC
Dimensions (WxHxD) 7.07 x 4.65 x 1.48" / 179.5 x 118 x 37.5mm
Weight 2.06 lb / 0.94kg
Seagate 4TB Expansion External Desktop USB 3.0 Hard Drive
  • Power Adapter
  • 18" USB 3.0 Cable
  • Quick Start Guide
  • 1 - Year Limited Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    Seagate4TB Expansion External Desktop USB 3.0 Hard Drive
     
    4.4

    (based on 34 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

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    91%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Quiet (24)
    • Easy to set up (20)
    • Easy to use (19)
    • Large capacity / good size (18)
    • Compact (12)

    Cons

    • No power switch (5)

    Best Uses

    • Back-up (25)
    • Additional storage (19)
    • Photo storage (15)
    • Video (11)
    • File transfer (8)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Power user (20), Casual user (7), Tech savvy (3)
      • Primary use:
      • Personal (20), Business (13)
      • Computer Platform:
      • PC (20), Mac (8), Linux (4)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Back-up your files, now!

    THE QUICK TAKE: The Seagate Expansion 4TB USB 3.0 External Hard Drive is a good option as a backup drive, or as an expansion drive that isn't used intensively. It may also serve...Read complete review

    THE QUICK TAKE: The Seagate Expansion 4TB USB 3.0 External Hard Drive 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. It's much harder to recreate a drive, especially a boot drive, after it fails - you need to reinstall all the software and settings, and maybe reconstruct the folder structure.

    And hard drives are cheap enough to make it not worth the risk to keep drives around longer than that. I can usually get a bigger, faster drive for much less money than the original drive.

    Once you start to accept the reality that hard drives will fail, and manage your drives and data appropriately, you can drastically reduce the disruption that hard drive failures cause.

    BUY A GOOD MODEL OF DRIVE, THEN KEEP A CURRENT BACKUP: As much as people like to claim that particular brands are better or worse, statistics don't really seem to back that up. Buy a good model from one of the top brands - Seagate, Western Digital, Hitachi, Samsung - and then manage them as described above.

    That being said - some drives (or the firmware they are shipped with) have turned out to be real lemons. Most of the big manufacturers make good drive models, and they have made bad drive models. So much like your uncle, who never bought a new model car until they'd worked the bugs out of it - let someone else be at the bleeding edge of hard drives. Buy models that have been tested by other users.

    It's a little soon to tell for the drive installed in this particular model, and some of the early feedback is mixed.

    COOLING QUESTIONS: I can't really figure out why the cooling is so unconvincing on almost all external drives (like this one). A tight-fitting plastic case, with no effective ventilation? Really? While drive temperature isn't perhaps quite as big an issue as some would make it out to be - that level of cooling just doesn't seem adequate for a drive that's running more than a fraction of the time. If your needs fit that description - that is, if you need a back up drive, or an intermittently used expansion drive - then this Seagate external drive may be a good match

    FOR AN INTENSIVELY USED EXPANSION DRIVE, CONSIDER OTHER OPTIONS: If you need more space in an expansion drive, and plan to use the drive intensively, consider other options. Perhaps a NAS (network attached storage) or a drive enclosure with more effective cooling, and possibly something with multiple drives and built in backup.

    WATCH HOW YOUR DRIVES ARE SHIPPED: One of the key factors in whether a drive will last is how it's handled and shipped. External drives such as this one are usually packaged somewhat well, although online vendors still don't seem to really get the concept of filling the shipping box so the product inside doesn't bounce around on its way to you.

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    Sent it back

    Got this drive to back up all my photos from another drive that was almost full. It crashed several times during transfer even becoming unable to be recognized by the computer. I had to...Read complete review

    Got this drive to back up all my photos from another drive that was almost full. It crashed several times during transfer even becoming unable to be recognized by the computer. I had to replug in different usb ports and continually restart the computer for it to recognize the drive. 2 days to transfer data that should have taken a day or less. Should have just stopped at first sigh of trouble.

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    5.0

    Fits the bill!

    By rmwpro

    from Costa Mesa, CA

    About Me Power user

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Easy To Set Up
    • Easy to use
    • High Capacity
    • Portable
    • Quiet

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Seagate 4TB Expansion External Desktop USB 3.0 Hard Drive:

        Fits the bill when you need a large Back Up Drive. I use these as attached back ups for my Synology Servers.

        • Primary use:
        • Business
        • Computer Platform:
        • Linux

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        4.0

        Seagate quality ... mostly

        By Sylvaticus

        from Madison WI

        About Me Power user

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Set Up
        • Easy to use
        • High Capacity
        • Quiet

        Cons

        • Weak Usb Connector

        Best Uses

        • Additional Storage
        • Backup

        Comments about Seagate 4TB Expansion External Desktop USB 3.0 Hard Drive:

        I purchased this backup drive as a way to do redundant backups of those already on an older Seagate 1GB external drive, which has served me beautifully and reliably for years. As regards performance, this one seems similar in the short time I've had it; it does power down automatically, although its parameters for doing so seem a bit different from the older drive. My main complaint is the flimsy plug where the USB cord attaches to the unit, clearly much more vulnerable to damage from bending than even the mini-USB end on the older one, and non-standard to boot -- even though I am extremely careful with my equipment, I will probably just wind up taping the cord to the unit to avoid accidentally damaging either the cord end, or worse, the matching jack in the unit itself.

        • Primary use:
        • Business
        • Computer Platform:
        • Linux

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        5.0

        I have no complaints

        By Dan M

        from Nevada City, CA

        About Me Casual user

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Easy To Set Up
        • Easy to use
        • High Capacity
        • Portable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Additional Storage
          • Backup
          • Photo Storage
          • Video

          Comments about Seagate 4TB Expansion External Desktop USB 3.0 Hard Drive:

          This drive works as good out of the box and is priced right. No complaints. Love the speed of USB 3. Just plug it in and start using.

          • Primary use:
          • Personal
          • Computer Platform:
          • PC

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          4.0

          Works great, good price

          By Phil

          from Brooklyn NY

          About Me Power user

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Set Up
          • Easy to use
          • High Capacity
          • Portable
          • Quiet

          Cons

          • No Power Switch

          Best Uses

          • Additional Storage
          • Backup
          • Photo Storage

          Comments about Seagate 4TB Expansion External Desktop USB 3.0 Hard Drive:

          I use the drive for my Time Machine backup and it works fine.

          • Primary use:
          • Personal
          • Computer Platform:
          • Mac

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          5.0

          Nice cheap space.

          By Shaeboy

          from Columbia, TN.

          About Me Power user

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Attractive Design
          • Compact
          • High Capacity
          • Quiet

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Additional Storage
            • Backup

            Comments about Seagate 4TB Expansion External Desktop USB 3.0 Hard Drive:

            Very nice drives for the money. Have 5 of them for server backup. Do what they are supposed to do.

            • Primary use:
            • Business
            • Computer Platform:
            • Linux

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            5.0

            as promised

            By mac

            from jax fl

            Verified Buyer

            Comments about Seagate 4TB Expansion External Desktop USB 3.0 Hard Drive:

            used 4 back up & store music

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            5.0

            SUPER FAST DELIEVRY

            By Rebecca Shellhamer Photography

            from Sedona , AZ

            About Me Power user

            Verified Buyer

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              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Seagate 4TB Expansion External Desktop USB 3.0 Hard Drive:

                  Very happy with the service and purchase

                  • Primary use:
                  • Business
                  • Computer Platform:
                  • Mac

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                  5.0

                  $ talk, I bought another one.

                  By JL

                  from near Indpls, IN

                  About Me Power user

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Set Up
                  • Easy to use
                  • High Capacity
                  • Portable
                  • Quiet

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Seagate 4TB Expansion External Desktop USB 3.0 Hard Drive:

                      Works great out of the box, no need to do anything other than make the connections, but do allow a few seconds for the blue LED light to come on and show it is ready.

                      The Seagate tech people are also great, they are knowledgeable, courteous, and listen well so they can help you resolve a problem. The problem was me not the hard drive so this is a pro for Seagate.

                      • Primary use:
                      • Personal
                      • Computer Platform:
                      • PC

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                      5.0

                      Never a problem

                      By Hyperspiner

                      from Lavergne,TN

                      About Me Power user

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Attractive Design
                      • Compact

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Additional Storage
                        • Backup
                        • File Transfer
                        • Photo Storage
                        • Video

                        Comments about Seagate 4TB Expansion External Desktop USB 3.0 Hard Drive:

                        I have ordered over a 100 of these and have only had an issue with 1, which is to be expected. The new model has a slimmer case, even though it still has the same power supply as the older units. The USB 3 speeds vary for some reason, but I have nothing bad to say about these drives.

                        • Primary use:
                        • Business
                        • Computer Platform:
                        • Other

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                        5.0

                        it works

                        By cincinat

                        from CA SF

                        About Me Casual user

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Compact
                        • Easy To Set Up

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Seagate 4TB Expansion External Desktop USB 3.0 Hard Drive:

                            same size as 3T

                            • Primary use:
                            • Personal
                            • Computer Platform:
                            • PC

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                            4.0

                            So far so good

                            By None

                            from New Jersey

                            About Me Casual user

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Set Up
                            • Easy to use
                            • High Capacity
                            • Quiet

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Additional Storage
                              • Photo Storage
                              • Video

                              Comments about Seagate 4TB Expansion External Desktop USB 3.0 Hard Drive:

                              Just a little big and I did not like power to be plug-in.

                              • Primary use:
                              • Personal
                              • Computer Platform:
                              • PC

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                              5.0

                              Great drive

                              By spaceman

                              from Sherman, TX

                              About Me Power user

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Attractive Design
                              • Compact
                              • Easy To Set Up
                              • Easy to use
                              • High Capacity
                              • Quiet

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Additional Storage
                                • Backup
                                • File Transfer
                                • Photo Storage
                                • Video

                                Comments about Seagate 4TB Expansion External Desktop USB 3.0 Hard Drive:

                                Of course, it's brand new as I write this review, but this drive is well constructed, silent and has worked flawlessly after the first week of use.

                                • Primary use:
                                • Personal
                                • Computer Platform:
                                • PC

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                                5.0

                                Great storage option

                                By 2 Senior

                                from Mountains of NC

                                About Me Power user

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Attractive Design
                                • Compact
                                • Easy To Set Up
                                • High Capacity
                                • Quiet

                                Cons

                                • No Power Switch

                                Best Uses

                                • Video

                                Comments about Seagate 4TB Expansion External Desktop USB 3.0 Hard Drive:

                                Easy to use, ready to use right out of box, has a small footprint, fast, but best of all great price and fast shipping. If you have Windows 7 or 8,operating system will cut power to drive (remove function)

                                • Primary use:
                                • Personal
                                • Computer Platform:
                                • PC

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                                3.0

                                Does the Job

                                By Gravity Thomas

                                from Savannah, GA

                                About Me Casual user

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Compact
                                • Easy To Set Up
                                • Easy to use

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Additional Storage
                                  • Backup

                                  Comments about Seagate 4TB Expansion External Desktop USB 3.0 Hard Drive:

                                  Device is compact and adequately fast. Using for USB 2.0, not for 3.0. It could run faster but gives me 70% of potential speed for that medium. Doesn't heat up. Well worth it for the price.

                                  • Primary use:
                                  • Personal
                                  • Computer Platform:
                                  • Linux

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                                  2.0

                                  Low cost but noisy and no off switch

                                  By RunRabbitRun

                                  from Texas

                                  About Me Power user

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Set Up
                                  • Easy to use
                                  • High Capacity

                                  Cons

                                  • Noisy
                                  • No Power Switch

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Additional Storage
                                  • Backup
                                  • Photo Storage

                                  Comments about Seagate 4TB Expansion External Desktop USB 3.0 Hard Drive:

                                  OK drive and very reasonable price for 4GB but quite noisy and lacks an on/off switch.

                                  • Primary use:
                                  • Business
                                  • Computer Platform:
                                  • Mac

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                                  5.0

                                  cheapest way to get 4tb

                                  By stefan1968

                                  from Los Angeles, Ca.

                                  About Me Power user

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Attractive Design
                                  • Easy to use
                                  • High Capacity
                                  • Portable
                                  • Quiet

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Additional Storage
                                    • Backup
                                    • File Transfer
                                    • Photo Storage
                                    • Video

                                    Comments about Seagate 4TB Expansion External Desktop USB 3.0 Hard Drive:

                                    This is the cheapest (at this moment) that you can buy a 4tb drive. Add to that an external case and usb 3.0? Very cool, indeed.
                                    I'm getting about 150mb read and writes with this as a usb 3.0 drive.

                                    Leave it as is, or, if don't mind voiding warranties, pull the drive, stick it in a system via sata and put another drive in the case.

                                    • Primary use:
                                    • Business
                                    • Computer Platform:
                                    • Mac

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                                    4.0

                                    Great Backup Drive

                                    By AielloPhoto

                                    from Houston, TX

                                    About Me Power user

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy To Set Up
                                    • Easy to use
                                    • High Capacity
                                    • Quiet

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Additional Storage
                                      • Backup
                                      • Photo Storage

                                      Comments about Seagate 4TB Expansion External Desktop USB 3.0 Hard Drive:

                                      Easy setup and use, this 4TB external hard drive is a great backup drive.

                                      • Primary use:
                                      • Business
                                      • Computer Platform:
                                      • PC

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                                      1.0

                                      Sent it back

                                      By SK

                                      from Macks Creek, MO

                                      About Me Power user

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                        Cons

                                        • No Power Switch
                                        • Unreliable

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Additional Storage
                                        • Backup
                                        • Photo Storage

                                        Comments about Seagate 4TB Expansion External Desktop USB 3.0 Hard Drive:

                                        Got this drive to back up all my photos from another drive that was almost full. It crashed several times during transfer even becoming unable to be recognized by the computer. I had to replug in different usb ports and continually restart the computer for it to recognize the drive. 2 days to transfer data that should have taken a day or less. Should have just stopped at first sigh of trouble.

                                        • Primary use:
                                        • Personal
                                        • Computer Platform:
                                        • PC

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                                        5.0

                                        A Great Drive, big storage low price

                                        By Tom

                                        from Bolingbook, IL

                                        About Me Power user

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Attractive Design
                                        • Compact
                                        • Easy To Set Up
                                        • Easy to use
                                        • High Capacity
                                        • Portable
                                        • Quiet

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Additional Storage
                                          • Backup
                                          • File Transfer
                                          • Photo Storage
                                          • Video

                                          Comments about Seagate 4TB Expansion External Desktop USB 3.0 Hard Drive:

                                          Plug and Play, quiet and reliable

                                          • Primary use:
                                          • Personal
                                          • Computer Platform:
                                          • PC

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                                          5.0

                                          Great Service & Prompt Delivery

                                          By KKD

                                          from Austin, Texas

                                          About Me Power user

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                              • Backup

                                              Comments about Seagate 4TB Expansion External Desktop USB 3.0 Hard Drive:

                                              We have been ordering Hard Disk Drives from B&H Photo and the service has been excellent. Way to go

                                              • Primary use:
                                              • Business
                                              • Computer Platform:
                                              • PC

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