Seagate Expansion 5TB USB 3.0 external hard drive - £129.99 @ Amazon
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Seagate Expansion 5TB USB 3.0 external hard drive - £129.99 @ Amazon

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Found 21st Oct 2014
I think this might be the lowest ever price for a 5TB drive?

Product details:

The Seagate Expansion External hard drive offers an easy-to-use solution when you need to add data storage to your computer instantly.
The easy-to-use storage solution

The Expansion external hard drive can be installed easily by plugging in two cords. Start saving your digital files to this hard drive within seconds of removing it from the box.

Adds storage capacity instantly

Digital photos, video and music files can tax your computer’s storage, causing performance to decline as its internal hard drive fills to capacity.

Can be installed in seconds

Seagate Expansion External hard drive features make it easy to start using this drive within seconds of removing it from the box:

- Simply plug in the included power supply and USB cable

- The hard drive is automatically recognised by the Windows operating system — no software to install and nothing to configure

- Drag and drop to save files to the Expansion external hard drive

- Built-in power management automatically ensures energy-efficient operation

63 Comments

5 Terabytes! Ay, caramba! That's a lot of storage. What does that convert to when formatted to NTFS?

BlightySpike

5 Terabytes! Ay, caramba! That's a lot of storage. What does that convert … 5 Terabytes! Ay, caramba! That's a lot of storage. What does that convert to when formatted to NTFS?



Probably c.5Tb.

If only the PS3 could use externals.

Nice post. I can put back my data organisation that wee bit longer with this. Heheh!

worthinger

Probably c.5Tb.



lol I'd say probably less than 6 but more than 4Tb


Now if only I could find a HiFi system that could actually read and play mp3 or flac ....from this size external

That's a lot of porn to loose if the drive goes tits up
Edited by: "Geemac" 21st Oct 2014

BlightySpike

5 Terabytes! Ay, caramba! That's a lot of storage. What does that convert … 5 Terabytes! Ay, caramba! That's a lot of storage. What does that convert to when formatted to NTFS?



it will be just over 4.5 Tb after formatting.

Edited by: "treb" 21st Oct 2014

treb

it will be just over 4.5 Tb after formatting.



Thanks for the info. Appreciated.

5Tb = 4.55TiB, which is probably what BlightySpike meant.

Too late :-)

Seagate! Avoid! We use a lot of different hard drives at work and move around a lot of data, Seagate are the most common at failing. I would not trust Seagate with important data..

Hot for Tb per £ but only use for non essential data
Edited by: "adamipswich" 21st Oct 2014

rather split about this - the Toshiba stor.e 5tb is a tenner more expensive, but has a two year warranty - £130 on the seagate is a real bite price for me though - any advice on what you guys would swing towards?

ThunderBolt

If only the PS3 could use externals. Nice post. I can put back my data … If only the PS3 could use externals. Nice post. I can put back my data organisation that wee bit longer with this. Heheh!



It can when formatted to FAT....perhaps you meant no good for NTFS for large games?

The Toshiba most likely has a Seagate drive inside it.

picked up the 4TB model from Amazon for £89.99 the other month (~£22.50/TB)

£129.99 works out at £26.00 per TB, but still a decent price - I think this was £150 last week

Jeez, I only just paid nearly this 5 weeks ago for the 4GB version and I thought that was good value. oO

wilt

The Toshiba most likely has a Seagate drive inside it.



Toshiba make their own 3.5" drives. Why would they put a direct competitor's drive in it?

why would you need a 5tb drive for ps3?
I just stick in a disk and play a game!

mgk

It can when formatted to FAT....perhaps you meant no good for NTFS for … It can when formatted to FAT....perhaps you meant no good for NTFS for large games?



Can you actually format a 5TB drive using FAT32? I thought 32-bits was a limiting factor on large drives?

dck

Can you actually format a 5TB drive using FAT32? I thought 32-bits was a … Can you actually format a 5TB drive using FAT32? I thought 32-bits was a limiting factor on large drives?



Not sure about 5TB but you can format 2TB drives with FAT32 using programs, I have to do this for the USB drives on both my jtag and RGH 360's!

treb

it will be just over 4.5 Tb after formatting.



mine is 4657.3 gigabytes after formatting.

would hate to defrag that drive!

jaikdean

5Tb = 4.55TiB


You're still wrong. 5 Terabits = 625 Gigabytes. oO

adamipswich

I would not trust Seagate with important data.


If the data is important wouldn't you have a backup of the data?

If not, how can the data be important?

adamipswich

Seagate! Avoid! We use a lot of different hard drives at work and move … Seagate! Avoid! We use a lot of different hard drives at work and move around a lot of data, Seagate are the most common at failing. I would not trust Seagate with important data.. Hot for Tb per £ but only use for non essential data



Certainly seems to be a sentiment echoed by backblaze.com/blo…14/ although I exclusivly run Seagate drives (not by choice, but rather they are cheap!) and haven't had anywhere near that failure rate but then I'm not using 35k of them!

ian30

mine is 4657.3 gigabytes after formatting.



Which is 4.548Tb....

Super frigin hot! £0.026p per GB! Wow
Edited by: "MJ10" 22nd Oct 2014

Seagate are great so this is a decent price!! ... Not that I've seen any in store however, but people have added on hukd that there's a 2tb buffalo external hard drive in tesco for around £27 as the product has been discontinued. So 'potentially', you could get 6tb for under £90 if you were lucky enough to find these.

The 4TB version was much better value, and still is..... At £100
Have used the 4TB for six months and it better than the WD MyBooks that I sent back in favour of these.

adamipswich

Seagate! Avoid! We use a lot of different hard drives at work and move … Seagate! Avoid! We use a lot of different hard drives at work and move around a lot of data, Seagate are the most common at failing. I would not trust Seagate with important data.. Hot for Tb per £ but only use for non essential data



Its a fairly common theme when Seagate HDD pop up here. Useful to know and a reason I continue to avoid Seagate.

Look at the failure of those HGSTs! Very low in comparison. (From link given by Phased)

https://www.backblaze.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/blog-fail-drives-manufactureX.jpg
Edited by: "Meathotukdeals" 22nd Oct 2014


I have followed the advice on here, to avoid, as a Seagate 2tb failed on me....but found lots of other drives are just as hit and miss

Have...Tried WD, Toshiba, Samsung ... it appears to be down to where it was assembled... if it going to last...
If it says China....I'd send it back

I am seriously tempted to get one of these for my XB1. I almost bought the 4TB version but then saw the Toshiba StorE 5TB for a little more money and that runs at 7200rpm.

Looking at reviews by users of a lot of External HDD's, they either seem to fail quickly or last forever.

I am still slightly more tempted by the Toshiba as it is faster and has a 2year guarantee. Seems to have a similar failure rate as other HDD's at similar prices...

Don't believe everything you read on the internet....

tweaktown.com/art…tml

Will this work on a Samsung smart TV?

Will this work on a Samsung smart TV?

Cmberry20

Don't believe everything you read on the … Don't believe everything you read on the internet....http://www.tweaktown.com/articles/6028/dispelling-backblaze-s-hdd-reliability-myth-the-real-story-covered/index.html



The same could be said for the article you posted

I do have a few points of observation, the TweakTown article is critiquing the original Backblaze blog post, not the one I linked to. The Backblaze findings are based in fact not opinion so the underlying data can be used to glean some conclusions on drive reliability. Yes there are things which could cause anomalies in data, batch issues being one. Yes the drives are used at the extreme end of possible consumer use, but they are a backup company so that's to be expected. Arguably if the drives are used in an always on NAS by the consumer then the test conditions are pretty accurate; how many people do you know keep their external storage in an temperature controlled environment... Also debatably constant spin up/downs are worse for the drive than always on.

In essence short of buying 35K of consumer grade mixed size, mixed batch, mixed manufacturer, mixed model, mixed factory drives then simulating average consumer use, which would first need quantifying (good luck with that), then the Backblaze finding are the best available.

Meathotukdeals

Look at the failure of those HGSTs! Very low in comparison. (From link … Look at the failure of those HGSTs! Very low in comparison. (From link given by Phased)



+1 aye. There was a time I would have actively avoided HGST back in the deathstar days, a long long time ago now

Cmberry20

Don't believe everything you read on the … Don't believe everything you read on the internet....http://www.tweaktown.com/articles/6028/dispelling-backblaze-s-hdd-reliability-myth-the-real-story-covered/index.html



But..it's on the internet (_;)

I just look at the chart as 'epidemiology', not strict lab test and stat analysis.
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