Seagate Expansion 5TB Desktop External Hard Drive USB 3.0 (STEB5000100)

Seagate Expansion 5TB Desktop External Hard Drive USB 3.0 (STEB5000100)
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List Price: $122.99
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Average customer review:
(4.5 stars, based on 4761 reviews)

Product Details

  • Size: 5TB
  • Color: Black
  • Brand: Seagate
  • Model: STEB5000100
  • Format: CD-ROM
  • Dimensions: 1.48" h x 4.65" w x 7.07" l, 2.06 pounds
  • Hard Disk: 5TB


  • Easy and simple to use - simply plug in the power adapter and USB cable
  • Fast file transfers with SuperSpeed USB 3.0
  • Compatible with USB 3.0 and USB 2.0
  • Drag and drop file saving for Windows, right out of the box
  • Please note: For Mac compatibility this Hard Drive requires reformatting. Reformatting the drive will erase all content unless it is backed up to another drive. Refer to Application Guide for guidance on this.

The Seagate Expansion desktop 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. It is automatically recognized by the Windows operating system, so there is no software to install and nothing to configure. Saving files is easy too-just drag-and-drop. 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. System Requirements: Windows 7 or higher, 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, compatibility may vary depending on the user's hardware configuration and operating system). Box Contents: Seagate Expansion Drive, 4-foot (120cm) USB 3.0 Cable, Power adapter and Quick Start Guide.

Customer Reviews

Most helpful customer reviews

1091 of 1140 people found the following review helpful.
5Pleasantly surprised
By jeremy
First off, i was wary of the number of review stars on this drive since A) it's a seagate which seems to get a bad rap as of late, and B) most of the 5-star reviews are vine voice reviews of free products. Over the last year or so i've come to the conclusion that these elite reviewers would rather keep their free stuff coming than provide honest reviews... but who am I to judge... i'd probably do the same.

Rant aside, this drive is fast as hell. I was surprised how quickly it comes out of sleep mode (~ 2 seconds vs the 10-15 it takes my old(er) WD 3.0TB drive). I ran a long SMART check that came back clean and i've copied about a TB of stuff over to it. Zero complaints so far... but as others have said, we'll see how it fares in the long-term. If I needed another 5TB right now, I wouldn't hesitate on buying another one of these.

Amazon packing was a little sketchy... the air bags stopped the HD from moving horizontally in the box, but not vertically. Other than that, i'm happy with this purchase.

(Update 06/29/2016)
Drive is used daily and still comes back clean with long SMART tests. Still very satisfied with this drive.

41 of 43 people found the following review helpful.
5YES THIS DOES WORK ON THE PS4 for GAMES (Install PS update 4.50)
By DBClutch
I bought this hard drive in February when I read that a soon to be released update for the PS4/PS4 PRO would support external hard drives to install games and applications. Then i waited... well that day is today. PS4 received update, I installed this drive, had PS4 format drive (simply follow the prompts) and there you go. You then have a much needed expansion for your games for the PS4. Yes I had already switched to larger internal hard drive quite some time ago. I installed several games to this hard drive today and there was NO issues. No lag, no slowdown, even when in game movies played... ran great.
***** IMPORTANT INFO *****
You HAVE to have the PS 4.50 update in order to use this drive. If you do not have the 4.50 update installed on your PS4 then this drive nor any other drive will work to install GAMES. You can still use an external hard drive for photos and music before the 4.50 update. Again you HAVE to have the PS 4.50 update to install games to this drive.

* EDIT *
One more thing I just found out. If you put your PS4 into rest mode and you leave your USB ports on (for charging headsets or controllers) this hard drive will NOT go into sleep mode. The blue light on the drive will remain on and heads will continue to spin. This will lead to early end of life. If you just unplug the USB from the PS4 the drive will turn off even while power is plugged in. If you don't place your PS4 in rest mode nor leave the ports powered while in rest mode then this is not an issue.

92 of 98 people found the following review helpful.
4A great device so far I just hope to God it lasts a long time
By The Geek
So to start things off I want to let everybody know my brother bought me this off HIS Amazon account so in other words it may say I am not a verified buyer.
Now that I got that out of the way I want to say I really do like this 3TB drive. I have only had it for about a week so I cant say how long it will last but so far it seems to be working great. I transferred about 1.3TB of data it only took about 3 to 4 hours which is amazing. I am someone coming from using USB 2.0 devices I have never really had the chance to use a USB 3.0 drive. The difference between USB 2.0 and 3.0 are night and day. With my old hard drive it being a USB 2.0 device I got about 20 to 30/s MB read and write now with my MacBook air using USB 3.0 I get around 100 up to about 120 MB/s. That really dose make a difference and itll be really hard for me to want to use a older drive. The other thing I really like about this drive is the design! I like it because even though it is made out of plastic (unfortunately) its NOT made out of that ugly shinny plastic its more of a matted plastic so you wont see those ugly scratches on the drive that the shiny plastic easily gets. I also like how it looks its not just a boring black external drive it looks professional and it feels very solid. Another thing I like is that this drive does not draw power from the computer you plug it in the wall for the power. I like this because it wont drain my laptop as fast as the more portable hard drives do and I can also use this drive on just about any device. I also like how Seagate packages the drive it shows they really do put some thought into the drive, making sure it is safe. The last thing I like is the price per GB. I remember about 2 to 3 years ago a 3TB drive would cost about $200.00 and now they are as low as $90.00 NEW!! It even gets better because the 5TB hard drives are only $30.00 more. Thats just crazy awesome if you ask me.

Now I want to talk about the things that Seagate could of improved on. The first and probably most important would be the inclosure. Even though I love the design and the color (I LOVE THE COLOR) I absolutely HATE the use of plastics on my important computer things. The plastic not only keeps the heat in when this drive gets warm but it also degrades the overall life of the drive. I would of liked to see them use aluminum or some other metal because its not only nicer but it spreads the heat out, away from the hard drive itself allowing the drive to have a longer life. I would be happy to pay a little more money for a better inclosure. The second thing is that it would of been nice to see a longer warranty because a one year warranty seems to short. I could understand a 1 year warranty on the 1TB and 2TB hard drive but it would be nice to see a 2 year warranty on the 3TB hard drive and up. The last thing I dont really like is all the bad reviews. To be honest it does scare me because I have so much data on this drive that I cant lose because it is very important to me. I see reviews where people say it only works for a week or for 2 months and then all of a sudden it just stops working. Sure I can replace my drive but I cant replace my data. I did see that this drive does have a 4.5 star out of 5 with about 1400 reviews so thats why I did decide to ask my brother to buy this drive for me, I just hope this drive dont let me down.

If you are looking for a drive with a high capacity for a low price that looks and feels good, go for this drive, but if you are worried about the longevity of this drive and dont like drives that need to be plugged in dont buy this because you will be one sad kid. Like I said earlier this drive is working great so far and it also does work for Mac as long as you format it correctly. I also wanted to say this drive does not make much noise it does make a humming sound though but that is to be expected because it is a hard drive disk. I will try to update this review 6 months from now to let you guys know how it is doing. If anyone has a question or comment please feel free to do so even if you think it is stupid I will be more then happy to help:) Have a good day everybody!!

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