Seagate 8 TB Expansion Amazon Special Edition USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive £134.99 @ Amazon UK
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Seagate 8 TB Expansion Amazon Special Edition USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive £134.99 @ Amazon UK

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Refreshed 15th May (Posted 27th Apr)Edited by:"Mr.No"
Product Description This Seagate desktop external hard drive provides extra storage for your ever-growing collection of files. Instantly add space for more files, consolidate all of your files to a single location or free up space on your computer’s internal drive to help improve performance. Setup is straightforward; simply plug in the included power supply and USB cable and you are ready to go. The drive is automatically recognized by your Windows operating system, so there is no software to install and nothing to configure. Saving files is easy - simply drag-and-drop. Take advantage of the fast data transfer speeds by connecting to a USB 3.0 port. USB 3.0 is backward compatible with USB 2.0 for additional system compatibility. Box Contains - Seagate Desktop External Hard Drive - USB 3.0 cable - Power adapter.
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chris199921 m ago

Most likely an SMR drive, I'll pass


Thanks for letting us know. What are you having for breakfast?
Most likely an SMR drive, I'll pass
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Most likely an SMR drive, I'll pass
chris199921 m ago

Most likely an SMR drive, I'll pass


Thanks for letting us know. What are you having for breakfast?
Mr.No50 m ago

Thanks for letting us know. What are you having for breakfast?


lol
chris199921 h, 44 m ago

Most likely an SMR drive, I'll pass


What the fug is an smr drive and why does it matter?
trevcjohnson1 h, 8 m ago

What the fug is an smr drive and why does it matter?


Doesn't matter for archiving, only if you're constantly overwriting data. (I use dozens of SMR 8TB drives without issue)

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Edited by: "Mr.No" 27th Apr
trevcjohnson58 m ago

What the fug is an smr drive and why does it matter?


Read speed = fine, Write speed = bit slower.

So yea, good for archiving stuff but not if you're using it as a day-to-day drive constantly writing files to it.

If you need better write performance at this capacity consider the WD drives instead.
markdigi31 m ago

Read speed = fine, Write speed = bit slower.So yea, good for archiving …Read speed = fine, Write speed = bit slower.So yea, good for archiving stuff but not if you're using it as a day-to-day drive constantly writing files to it.If you need better write performance at this capacity consider the WD drives instead.


You'd have to query the sense of anyone planning to use any sized external USB drive for day-to-day work and/or constantly writing files to it...
Can i plug this into my router and make this a nas drive?
slliw2 h, 3 m ago

Can i plug this into my router and make this a nas drive?


as usual it depends, I did on mine and as it was only a 100mb router it was too slow, tried another 1gb device but that only supported usb1/2. in the end just used a slightly longer usb cable and connected it to one computer.
trevcjohnson11 h, 9 m ago

What the fug is an smr drive and why does it matter?



It overlaps sectors on the disk to attain a higher data capacity. (Like shingles on a roof - hence SMR 'Shingled Magnetic Recording').

The upshot is that it can be slower for writes, not much effect on read speeds though. That said, it does cache writes on a non-SMR partition (which it later writes to the SMR bit itself) so in use it's not too bad.

I wouldn't recommend it for a main system drive where files are constantly over-written but for a media store, backup or archive drive it's fine.
Edited by: "GreatBallsofFire" 27th Apr
slliw9 h, 41 m ago

Can i plug this into my router and make this a nas drive?



I have a couple on a pair of low power PCs which I use for media servers and the occasional bit of data archiving. Absolutely great drives at a terrific price.

There is another version which incorporates two USB3 connectors (ie. an integrated USB3 hub) which is even better if you can find it.
Edited by: "GreatBallsofFire" 27th Apr
How longs the warranty?
Is this decent enough for backing up photos and videos do you think?

has anyone used it for this purpose
raich3333 h, 54 m ago

Is this decent enough for backing up photos and videos do you think?has …Is this decent enough for backing up photos and videos do you think?has anyone used it for this purpose


Perfect for backing up/archiving.
I will wait for one of the WD enclusures with a NAS drive as I need one for my HPE server I'm working on.
Edited by: "silk186" 28th Apr
Footsore27th Apr

You'd have to query the sense of anyone planning to use any sized external …You'd have to query the sense of anyone planning to use any sized external USB drive for day-to-day work and/or constantly writing files to it...


What's wrong with that?, I've used such external USB hard drive's many a time in the past, and absolutely no issues there also ...

If not for archiving thing's and suchlike, then what for at all then?.

Bare in mind, it's an external USB hard drive, (so it's not likely being used to power up an OS).

There are perhaps more 'creative uses' for these thing's I guess?, eg. OS image files, and/or PC Game's 'dumping ground', and suchlike?, lol, but that ofcourse is not for everyone ...

So archiving it is?. :-)
You could, of course, use one for storing as many dictionaries, thesauri, and grammatical guides as you could find

In fact you've answered your own, pointless question, vis a vis "day-to-day work....constantly writing files" vs "archiving"

Bottom line; if I have to explain, you wouldn't understand

ps - Good luck with the English lessons
Will Manic Miner load on my Spectrum faster on this or do I wait for the next generation?
Oh and ... Ps that's a lift a data to lose in one go if it fails... :-)
In case anyone was wondering, these are easily shucked. I bought one last week and its now happily whizzing away inside my htpc.
markdigi27/04/2019 11:45

Read speed = fine, Write speed = bit slower.So yea, good for archiving …Read speed = fine, Write speed = bit slower.So yea, good for archiving stuff but not if you're using it as a day-to-day drive constantly writing files to it.If you need better write performance at this capacity consider the WD drives instead.


"Bit slower" meaning about 10MB/s in the pathological worst case scenario where the non-shingled buffer zone is completely full. Seriously, if you're running major backups to these things they stink. For steady small amounts of regular writes, no problems.

Plus you need to remember to give them time powered up without doing any more heavy I/o to destage all that buffer before performance will pick up again.
BlackCloud15/05/2019 11:06

Will Manic Miner load on my Spectrum faster on this or do I wait for the …Will Manic Miner load on my Spectrum faster on this or do I wait for the next generation?Oh and ... Ps that's a lift a data to lose in one go if it fails... :-)


No. But it does have enough capacity to save off a .sna file for every single screen update of a complete run-through of manic miner if you were so inclined...
Footsore07/05/2019 14:10

You could, of course, use one for storing as many dictionaries, thesauri, …You could, of course, use one for storing as many dictionaries, thesauri, and grammatical guides as you could findIn fact you've answered your own, pointless question, vis a vis "day-to-day work....constantly writing files" vs "archiving"Bottom line; if I have to explain, you wouldn't understandps - Good luck with the English lessons


Your grammar was awful as well. No one likes a hypocrite. No fulls stops, too many commas, and it’s three dots, not four. P.S. it’s P.S. not ps.
Every time I buy one of these they die and I lose everything.
raich33328/04/2019 17:55

Is this decent enough for backing up photos and videos do you think?has …Is this decent enough for backing up photos and videos do you think?has anyone used it for this purpose


Are you honestly been serious? If somebody said "No" would you actually believe them and take there word for it?

it's a hard drive.... Yes of course you can put photos and videos on it. I can't take you seriously.
GreatBallsofFire27/04/2019 21:56

It overlaps sectors on the disk to attain a higher data capacity. (Like …It overlaps sectors on the disk to attain a higher data capacity. (Like shingles on a roof - hence SMR 'Shingled Magnetic Recording').The upshot is that it can be slower for writes, not much effect on read speeds though. That said, it does cache writes on a non-SMR partition (which it later writes to the SMR bit itself) so in use it's not too bad.I wouldn't recommend it for a main system drive where files are constantly over-written but for a media store, backup or archive drive it's fine.



You mean good for pr0n backup lol
slannmage15/05/2019 19:51

Every time I buy one of these they die and I lose everything.


You need to stop rubbing your shoes on that nylon carpet when you're installing them.

I have 17x of these shucked and running internally with no issues.
GreatBallsofFire27/04/2019 21:59

I have a couple on a pair of low power PCs which I use for media servers …I have a couple on a pair of low power PCs which I use for media servers and the occasional bit of data archiving. Absolutely great drives at a terrific price.There is another version which incorporates two USB3 connectors (ie. an integrated USB3 hub) which is even better if you can find it.


Those are well worth it if you can find them - plug other drives in directly for backing up. I've added two of the hub style to my nas (via usb) - meaning I can still plug 4 devices into the external drives.

This is a great price tho.
Is 1% discount really a HOT deal?
Having just had a 5TB shingled drive die 2 months beyond its 3 year warranty, which is the shortest lifespan of any HDD I've ever owned, I will be staying away from these drives for the foreseeable future! Considering WD 8TB external drives are regularly available for the same price, I can't see a justification for buying a Seagate shingled drive.
Mr.No15/05/2019 23:08

You need to stop rubbing your shoes on that nylon carpet when you're …You need to stop rubbing your shoes on that nylon carpet when you're installing them.I have 17x of these shucked and running internally with no issues.


They are more reliable out of the hot cases they come in.
Here's a question, can these drives be taken apart and used as an internal drive? If so, I might consider it.
drkRoss8916/05/2019 21:30

Here's a question, can these drives be taken apart and used as an internal …Here's a question, can these drives be taken apart and used as an internal drive? If so, I might consider it.


Of course, takes 2 minutes. Removing drives from external enclosures is referred to as "shucking".
This could be a good investment for the impending new consoles.
GiggleStool15/05/2019 20:36

Are you honestly been serious? If somebody said "No" would you actually …Are you honestly been serious? If somebody said "No" would you actually believe them and take there word for it? it's a hard drive.... Yes of course you can put photos and videos on it. I can't take you seriously.


Obviously!!!! What I mean is, reliability.... Silly man.
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