Seagate 8tb external Xbox game hub drive £169.75 - Amazon
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Seagate 8tb external Xbox game hub drive £169.75 - Amazon

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Found 20th Mar
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Seagate 8tb game drive with two USB port hub. Branded as for Xbox one however can be used with PC and Mac (don’t think these work with PS4 as they don’t like the hub).

Was £159.99 back in November but hasn’t gone back below £184.99 until now.

Great drives for shucking with a 7200RPM Barracuda drive inside
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Bought it for £170.95 last week good price though
Hot, although bought for £131 open box as new 20% off
Great bit of kit, I have the 6tb 'PC' version that's currently £125 Hooked up to my Xbox.

Seagate 6 TB Backup Plus Hub USB 3.0 Desktop 3.5 Inch External Hard Drive for PC and Mac amazon.co.uk/dp/…SSB
Most of these have the earlier 5400rpm ST8000DM004 8TB in them, some have been known to have the later ST8000DM005 which is the 7200rpm version, either way, this is still one of the cheapest ways to get 8tb storage for all your bursting fun!
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bitcoin535 m ago

Most of these have the earlier 5400rpm ST8000DM004 8TB in them, some have …Most of these have the earlier 5400rpm ST8000DM004 8TB in them, some have been known to have the later ST8000DM005 which is the 7200rpm version, either way, this is still one of the cheapest ways to get 8tb storage for all your bursting fun!


I’ve had three since November, two had 7200rpm barracuda pros and one had a 7200rpm barracuda with the same spec as a surveillance drive, never seen a 5400rpm drive on the Xbox hub drives, only the desktop hub drives where it tends to be an SMR drive
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sh1no8i1 h, 34 m ago

Hot, although bought for £131 open box as new 20% off


Sneaky beaky did you error check the drive? I’ve known people return some where the driver has kicked it around and then seen them appear back on open box warehouse deals just because it fired up when connected to a PC
MarkPatterson7 m ago

Sneaky beaky did you error check the drive? I’ve known people return s …Sneaky beaky did you error check the drive? I’ve known people return some where the driver has kicked it around and then seen them appear back on open box warehouse deals just because it fired up when connected to a PC


Do you have proof of this or is this just speculation? Either way there is a warranty on the drive...
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aLV4261 m ago

Do you have proof of this or is this just speculation? Either way there is …Do you have proof of this or is this just speculation? Either way there is a warranty on the drive...


Yup, regular threads about it on datahoarders. A guy even got the same drive twice
I really want this, however I find it hard to spend more on an external drive than what the console is worth!
Heat for the deal though, thanks for sharing!
MarkPatterson4 m ago

Yup, regular threads about it on datahoarders. A guy even got the same …Yup, regular threads about it on datahoarders. A guy even got the same drive twice


Again, that's not proof, just speculation... Normal Amazon RMA process would be for them to return to manufacturer rather than "process in house"...

You won't be able to return a product using the Returns Support Centre if it becomes defective after 30 days. You may wish to visit the manufacturer's website or contact them directly as they may be able to offer troubleshooting and support with the issue you have with the product. Alternatively, please Contact us.
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aLV4264 m ago

Again, that's not proof, just speculation... Normal Amazon RMA process …Again, that's not proof, just speculation... Normal Amazon RMA process would be for them to return to manufacturer rather than "process in house"...You won't be able to return a product using the Returns Support Centre if it becomes defective after 30 days. You may wish to visit the manufacturer's website or contact them directly as they may be able to offer troubleshooting and support with the issue you have with the product. Alternatively, please Contact us.


There was proof, photos of serial numbers and orders both times. Data hoarders buy these drives in multiples when they go cheap, error check them and if pass shuck them, if not return them instantly.
MarkPatterson4 m ago

There was proof, photos of serial numbers and orders both times. Data …There was proof, photos of serial numbers and orders both times. Data hoarders buy these drives in multiples when they go cheap, error check them and if pass shuck them, if not return them instantly.


Wow - okay - I thought there would be better quality control from Amazon. How naive I am! Thanks for sharing the info!
MarkPatterson34 m ago

I’ve had three since November, two had 7200rpm barracuda pros and one had a …I’ve had three since November, two had 7200rpm barracuda pros and one had a 7200rpm barracuda with the same spec as a surveillance drive, never seen a 5400rpm drive on the Xbox hub drives, only the desktop hub drives where it tends to be an SMR drive


Only mentioned it as had some way before the new design CE mark and all of them had the 04's in, these in turn were updated in Q1 to the later drive which as you have confirmed is 7200rpm, however the later sticker design on the earlier drive in the ps4/xbox ones is still common, so be interesting to see what this one is, as none of our pro drives were actually pro drives, they were just enterprise bulk with the old sticker on them!

Anyway, regardless, someone else we know with more money than sense (( xbox loon! )) has ordered one, so maybe they will open it up for us all
MarkPatterson1 h, 10 m ago

Sneaky beaky did you error check the drive? I’ve known people return s …Sneaky beaky did you error check the drive? I’ve known people return some where the driver has kicked it around and then seen them appear back on open box warehouse deals just because it fired up when connected to a PC



No not yet, just got in from work. Will check it out later tonight
MarkPatterson3 h, 31 m ago

I’ve had three since November, two had 7200rpm barracuda pros and one had a …I’ve had three since November, two had 7200rpm barracuda pros and one had a 7200rpm barracuda with the same spec as a surveillance drive, never seen a 5400rpm drive on the Xbox hub drives, only the desktop hub drives where it tends to be an SMR drive


are they written 'barracuda pro' on the drives? do you have pictures of the drives. all i've seen mentioned it's the normal Barracuda drive.
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Magila1 h, 23 m ago

are they written 'barracuda pro' on the drives? do you have pictures of …are they written 'barracuda pro' on the drives? do you have pictures of the drives. all i've seen mentioned it's the normal Barracuda drive.


Yes, two compute barracuda pro ST8000DM0004 which I got in November when they were crazy cheap, the other one just a compute barracuda ST8000DM004 which I got a few weeks back when it was last at this price. They’re in my 24/7 server so can’t take a physical photo.

As with buying any external it’s a lottery as to the drive in it however they don’t use the SMR or archive drives in the Xbox hub due to files constantly being overwritten by game updates so either way you’re guaranteed a lot of drive for less money than buying the drive bare.

Plus, for the drive shuckers another enclosure to add to the pile with the bonus of a USB hub on it
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bitcoin54 h, 28 m ago

Only mentioned it as had some way before the new design CE mark and all of …Only mentioned it as had some way before the new design CE mark and all of them had the 04's in, these in turn were updated in Q1 to the later drive which as you have confirmed is 7200rpm, however the later sticker design on the earlier drive in the ps4/xbox ones is still common, so be interesting to see what this one is, as none of our pro drives were actually pro drives, they were just enterprise bulk with the old sticker on them!Anyway, regardless, someone else we know with more money than sense (( xbox loon! )) has ordered one, so maybe they will open it up for us all


I’ve not witnessed any sticker shenanigans on drives with Seagate before; that’s quite interesting and definitely one to watch out for as WD are known for the same thing with the purples. When I get my next pair I’ll definitely take a look!

I tend to go by what the hardware controller reports once it’s shucked. In all honestly for my use case (4K video archival & retrieval, hi-Rez audio mastering and large file photoshop) the compute drive performs just as quickly as the pros and outpaces an ironwolf in the same server.
bitcoin515 h, 17 m ago

Most of these have the earlier 5400rpm ST8000DM004 8TB in them, some have …Most of these have the earlier 5400rpm ST8000DM004 8TB in them, some have been known to have the later ST8000DM005 which is the 7200rpm version, either way, this is still one of the cheapest ways to get 8tb storage for all your bursting fun!


The st8000dm005 isn't showing under current pro drives on seagate's site and the 004 is (also 7200rpm and showing up as a newer model on Amazon. The 005 is also showing eol on Scan.)
MarkPatterson15 h, 43 m ago

As with buying any external it’s a lottery as to the drive in it however t …As with buying any external it’s a lottery as to the drive in it however they don’t use the SMR or archive drives in the Xbox hub due to files constantly being overwritten by game updates so either way you’re guaranteed a lot of drive for less money than buying the drive bare.


I thought all ST8000DM004's were SMR?

My Xbox Game Drive reports as having an ST8000DM004, and I've always just assumed that meant I have landed an SMR drive..

PS C:\Users\Administrator\Downloads\smartmontools-6.6-1.win32-setup\bin64> .\smartctl --all /dev/sdc -d sat
smartctl 6.6 2017-11-05 r4594 [x86_64-w64-mingw32-2016-b16299] (sf-6.6-1)
Copyright (C) 2002-17, Bruce Allen, Christian Franke, smartmontools.org

=== START OF INFORMATION SECTION ===
Device Model: ST8000DM004-2CX188
LU WWN Device Id: 5 000c50 0a519c142
Firmware Version: 0001
User Capacity: 8,001,563,222,016 bytes [8.00 TB]
Sector Sizes: 512 bytes logical, 4096 bytes physical
Rotation Rate: 5425 rpm
Device is: Not in smartctl database [for details use: -P showall]
ATA Version is: ACS-3 T13/2161-D revision 5
SATA Version is: SATA 3.1, 6.0 Gb/s (current: 3.0 Gb/s)
Local Time is: Wed Mar 21 14:22:28 2018 GMTST
SMART support is: Available - device has SMART capability.
SMART support is: Enabled
If I remembered well, a few people on another Thread on here one time (last Month I believe it was?) mentioned something along the lines of "The hard drives in these gaming hard drive hub things are better than the normal hard drives in similar/same hard drive enclosures, on account of the read/write movement, etc".

It was to do with the fact that such hard drives like these are more built/designed for constant/continuous movement, than that of normal external hard drives (normal hard drives of which only move sometimes when used, etc?, whereas hard drives like the one in the OP's Deal move all the time/never stop moving ... )

Is that true?.

And/or are such gaming hard drives like these actually better overall?, or ...

So as such will have more retention/retentive life and longativity about them in the long run? (eg. for many more Year's to come, etc, as opposed to possibly a shorter lifespan in that of the normal/average hard drives instead, etc etc etc?).

Thanx.
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