Seagate Backup Plus 4TB Portable External Hard Drive USB 3.0, Black (STDR4000100)
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The Seagate Backup Plus portable drive offers the mobility of a portable with the high capacity of a desktop drive. High-speed USB 3.0 and 2.0 connectivity offers plug-and-play functionality on your PC without the need of an external power supply. Install the NTFS driver for Mac, and you can use the drive interchangeably between Windows and Mac computers without reformatting. Via the Seagate Dashboard software, you are provided with tools for local, mobile, cloud and social media backup. Run a one-click backup or schedule an automatic backup plan to protect your files in your Backup Plus portable drive at your convenience. Install the free Seagate Mobile Backup app on an iOS or Android mobile device to back up all of the pictures and videos from the device to your external drive or the cloud. The Backup Plus portable drive includes 200GB of cloud storage with OneDrive for 2 years for added protection and on-the-go access for your most important files. One Drive service available for 2 years after activation, must be activated by 6/30/2017. Back up to the cloud using OneDrive or Seagate Dashboard. Additional cloud connectivity is available for Google Drive and Dropbox, as well as social media backup for your Facebook and Flickr accounts.
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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful.
Working, but beware of bad sectors; always keep backups!
By Milos Ivanovic
I received this drive 8 months ago and it is still working in an acceptable manner by my standards. For more details, please continue reading.
Having recently re-browsed the Amazon reviews for this product, I saw some people complaining that their drive had failed after x months having ordered it around the same time as me. This prompted me to fully check my drive's health so that I could at least be reassured that it is in full working order for the time being. I ran a read test on Windows using HD Tune Pro since that's where my drive was plugged in at the time, and the results (shown in as screenshots attached to this review) show the drive did in fact contain some bad sectors.
I ran a non-destructive write test using badblocks on Linux which, for each sector, will first read the sector and store it in memory, then write a random pattern, then read this pattern back and make sure it matches the pattern that was written, and finally restore the original contents of the sector. I had backups just in case, so I wasn't worried and was mainly doing this for science.
At the end, SMART output showed 2310 bad sectors existed on the drive. Since I waited 8 months to run this test and used the drive sparingly, it's unclear whether the sectors were always bad or if they developed over time. It also just so happens that none of the data I had stored on the drive were on these bad sectors. Despite the clear indication of potential failure, all sectors were restored to full working order after being written over. This means the sectors were really just held a weak magnetic charge, and were not permanently bad from e.g. physical damage to the platter.
As a result, the pending/offline uncorrectable sector counts were dropped to 0 and the reallocated sector count did not increase at all. If interested, I've included the entire SMART output below.
MART Attributes Data Structure revision number: 10
Vendor Specific SMART Attributes with Thresholds:
ID# ATTRIBUTE_NAME FLAG VALUE WORST THRESH TYPE UPDATED WHEN_FAILED RAW_VALUE
1 Raw_Read_Error_Rate 0x000f 117 100 006 Pre-fail Always - 154970934
3 Spin_Up_Time 0x0003 097 096 000 Pre-fail Always - 0
4 Start_Stop_Count 0x0032 100 100 020 Old_age Always - 568
5 Reallocated_Sector_Ct 0x0033 100 100 036 Pre-fail Always - 0
7 Seek_Error_Rate 0x000f 070 060 030 Pre-fail Always - 11738583
9 Power_On_Hours 0x0032 098 098 000 Old_age Always - 2497 (146 170 0)
10 Spin_Retry_Count 0x0013 100 100 097 Pre-fail Always - 0
12 Power_Cycle_Count 0x0032 100 100 020 Old_age Always - 52
184 End-to-End_Error 0x0032 100 100 099 Old_age Always - 0
187 Reported_Uncorrect 0x0032 001 001 000 Old_age Always - 587
188 Command_Timeout 0x0032 100 099 000 Old_age Always - 4295032834
189 High_Fly_Writes 0x003a 100 100 000 Old_age Always - 0
190 Airflow_Temperature_Cel 0x0022 054 041 045 Old_age Always - 46 (Min/Max 32/49 #8)
191 G-Sense_Error_Rate 0x0032 100 100 000 Old_age Always - 0
192 Power-Off_Retract_Count 0x0032 100 100 000 Old_age Always - 9
193 Load_Cycle_Count 0x0032 096 096 000 Old_age Always - 8819
194 Temperature_Celsius 0x0022 046 059 000 Old_age Always - 46 (0 18 0 0 0)
197 Current_Pending_Sector 0x0012 100 062 000 Old_age Always - 0
198 Offline_Uncorrectable 0x0010 100 062 000 Old_age Offline - 0
199 UDMA_CRC_Error_Count 0x003e 200 200 000 Old_age Always - 0
240 Head_Flying_Hours 0x0000 100 253 000 Old_age Offline - 147 (146 13 0)
241 Total_LBAs_Written 0x0000 100 253 000 Old_age Offline - 9955309601
242 Total_LBAs_Read 0x0000 100 253 000 Old_age Offline - 15389131969
You can see there is an error count, but no pending/uncorrectable or reallocated sectors. Although it's clear that the drive is currently working, the history of weak sectors means I will keep a close eye on it in case data ends up being written to the sectors that used to be weak, since if they become weak again, the drive will have trouble reading from them and I could start to lose data as a result.
Remember: all drives fail, no matter what make or model you buy, so always keep backups and be prepared for the inevitable.
1047 of 1139 people found the following review helpful.
Excellent Hard Drive - Great Price. Pull drives for use in Laptop/PS4.
By Amazon Reviewer
Hard to go wrong here. If you are using this as an external drive, this product has 2TB in very small space and is USB powered. The drive itself only takes 0.7-2.3W to operate! On Mac OSX 10.9.2 running the included Paragon NTFS driver, I was able to see write rates in 8-10 MB/sec with USB 2.0. On a Windows 7 Machine I averaged 18 MB/Sec; 14 MB/sec running the latest 8.1 update.
I pulled the drives from two of these units (instructions below - photos to be added soon) for use in my laptop. This product is the only way I know of to obtain the 9.5mm tall, 2.5-in 2T Samsung Spinpoint M9T drive(s). Note: the 2TB version has 1 drive, the 4TB has 2 drives. After installing them in my laptop (has 3 internal HDD bays with SATA connections, 1st bay has OS, apps, etc. on 500GB SSD), I tested data txfr speeds. I moved 1.5 TB of data from one drive to another with average speeds of 194 MB/Sec in Windows 8.1. Laptop now has 4.5 TB of hard drive capacity.
Have also successfully installed one in a PS4! Next project will be to install one in a Macbook Pro. Great way to get a lot of internal storage space for little money (Purchased early April 2014 for $103.99 directly from Amazon with 2-day Prime shipping).
Removal Instructions (WARNING -THIS WILL VOID YOUR WARRANTY - BUYER BEWARE):
1. Obtain small, flat-bladed screw driver and gently insert between the aluminum top and the plastic bottom.
2. Rotate screwdriver slightly to pry the top off. At this point slide the screwdriver around the perimeter and the top will come off.
3. Once the top is off, you will see the top of the internal drive. Carefully remove from the plastic lower without prying or subjecting the drive to significant shock. It is easiest to remove by lifting the side opposite the USB connector.
4. Once the drive is out of the plastic enclosure, you'll need to remove some aluminum tape and wax paper from the drive. Be careful when doing this to avoid ESD which may damage drive circuitry.
5. Once the tape and paper are removed, the USB to SATA board can be carefully removed from the drive. It is an interference fit without any fasteners.
6. You now have a bare 2TB, Samsung Spinpoint M9T drive that is only 9.5 mm tall! Great for laptops and the PS4.
7. Install in your new device per your device manufacturer's instructions.
53 of 58 people found the following review helpful.
GREAT.. Until 30 days later its NOT
9/26/15 - I received this item in the mail. Awesome, sleek design, works great. I got the protective case for it and treat it like black gold. Always properly ejected, never left on, dropped, or abused in any way.
10/27/15 - After transferring all my files from my computer and deleting them for additional space, the drive suddenly decided to stop working. The light suddenly did not turn on, but we can hear some "clicking" going on internally. The computer does not detect the drive connected via USB. This conveniently happened only a day after the 30-day warranty had expired.. Unfortunately we did not purchase the 2-year data recovery plan, or the extended warranty. We did not get far enough to set up the Free 2 year cloud storage.. not that it would've mattered since we have well over 200 GB of data that was lost. I've attempted to call Seagate a couple of times without luck. One time I was even told they were "closed due to a staff meeting" and the machine hung up on me.
11/2/15 - Today I was able to get a hold of Seagate. I asked about data recovery and they pretty much laughed at me saying no company offers that for free. I asked why I would have to pay for their failed products and he essentially called me a liar saying there had to be a user error as their product wouldn't just quit working for "no reason". I was transferred to a data recovery supervisor named Mark who was extremely helpful and told me that even though they couldn't offer it for free, they have this software he would email me a key for that could potentially help me recover my files. After that, he said Warranty would call me back shortly to process the claim and get another drive sent to me. Will update this as I progress...