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Seagate 3TB Expansion Portable Hard Drive $99 @ OfficeWorks

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This portable USB 3.0 HDD drops to $99 every 3 or so months, OfficeWorks limit 2 per customer. At $33 per TB it seems like a good price.

This Seagate Expansion Portable Hard Drive is perfect for backing up your important files and taking them on the go. It comes ready to go so you can start copying and organising your important documents, photos, videos, music and other files right away.
The hard drive has a compact design so you can easily carry it on the go.
The large 3 TB capacity provides plenty of room for your important files.
The hard drive connects to your computer via USB 3.0 and is backwards compatible with USB 2.0.
It's powered by the connection to your computer so you don't have to worry about extra power or adaptors.
It comes ready to go with the Windows operating system so you don't have to worry about installing extra software.
This hard drive comes with a 3 year warranty for added peace of mind.

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  • +3

    Great price. I just wish they started making these with USB C ports for a bit of cable future proofing.

    • +3

      Latest features on cheapest drive. Not likely.

  • Are these schuckable?

    • Yes they are.

    • Yes and no.

      They are the 12.5mm drives, and probably won't fit in where you want them to go.

      • +4

        fit in where you want them to go.

        ….

        • Not many slots can comfortably fit this width.

    • Yes they are - whenever I've upgraded my PS4/laptop or done so for my friends, these are the drives that I get just to shuck simply because I can go into a store and get them. They're just normal laptop drives with a little adapter attached to it.

  • +3

    Avoid Seagate at all costs. I had terrible experiences with them 20 years ago, they constantly failed on me and lost lots of data back then. Gave another one a go thinking surely they wouldn't still be around if they were still so crap. Well what would you know, the portable seagate I got 18 months ago died on me recently as well!

    I have a hard drive of a company that doesn't even exist from like 1999 that STILL works, I have had multiple WD, Toshiba & Samsung drives, none of them have ever died on me, they were only ever replaced for larger storage or faster data transfer speeds, but f**k Seagate, nver again.

    • +10

      Interesting.

      I have had multiple WD drives fail and no seagate. 🤷🏼‍♀️

      • +1

        I had worse luck with Seagates as well.

        2 2.5 externals died on me. Both were exclusively backup drives, so very little power on hours, and they, just, DIED.

        But meh, I had more backups, so nothing was lost.

        Drives die, and at least two copies of everything is the minimum.

      • +2

        same here. 6 WD drives die after few months - one year but not seagate.
        all seagate drives running normally even my 10 year old seagate desktop drives still working.

        • +1

          Yeahman. Me2

          76 WD Failed. None my 2 seagate fail in 67 years. Fax!

        • +3

          Lucky you, amazon reviews on the brands seem to share the same feedback that WD is more reliable with much more positive reviews than Seagate. I find it also intriguing that you somehow managed to buy 5 WD drives and all of them failed and you still bought a 6th one.

      • +1

        I've had drives from both WD and Segate fail. shrug. I just buy whats economical and makes sense for the drives use and make sure I have redundancy in place for important data. No manufacturer has a 0% failure rate and it gets even more complex when you factor in that different model lineups or even capacity drives within a single family will have different failure rates so I think its just best to assume the drives may fail at some point and act accordingly. You can try get data from sources like Backblaze to support a decision about reliable units but even then the data could be misleading given their use of the drives and how they physically deploy them is going to differ to what most people are doing in a home rig.

        If your truly concerned make backups and buy the unit with the longest warranty.

      • +2

        My deepest condolences to those who lost their drives. May they rest in pieces.

    • +3

      20 years ago? Good to know… Relevance level?

      • +1

        Back in my day

      • +4

        Apologies for sharing my experience, maybe if you finished reading the rest of my sentence you would have picked up that I gave them another go 18 months ago and another one failed yet again.

      • seagate always failed me replaced three seafarers with WD and all are still working. I returned my last Arafat’s only 3 months ago. Every seagate failed me

    • Quantum Fireball isn't it? :D

    • Avoid Seagate at all costs.

      First off, Seagate currently has the overwhelming majority share of the HDD market, so naturally they are going to have more duds per X amount of drives shipped annually because their output is significantly higher than WD, Toshiba and HGST.

      Secondly, individual experiences are meaningless and objective, mass studies on manufacturer-specific failure rates in HDDs are difficult to come by. There have been maybe 5 in total, that actually examine hard drive failure rates across thousands of drives over several years of operation with brand for brand comparisons (and most of them are now out-of-date and had limited samplings of different models), which is what you need to get any sense of real-world, observable trends.

      I know for a fact you're basing your observations off of one or two Seagates you've had that ended up being duds.

      The Seagate hysteria is largely rooted in bad publicity from over 10 years ago ala "The Click of Death" or firmware issues with the older 7200.9-10 Barracudas and due to a vocal minority of tech-illiterates who fail to backup their data, a lot of consumers thinking on Seagate is still stick in circa 2007.

      Maybe if you buy hard drives by the dozen you're going to be noticing a larger failure rate for Seagate and the reduced long-term running costs justify the extra initial investment for higher-end models, but for the individual who has at most 2 - 3 internal and external HDDs over several years? It's not really enough of a probability to warrant people ignoring better prices for the supposed peace of mind. Just Back. Up. Your. Stuff. HDDs are disposable products with finite lifespans.

    • https://www.extremetech.com/extreme/222267-seagate-faces-law...

      Seagate faces class-action lawsuit over 3TB hard drive failure rates

  • Hitachi's are the best.

    • nope

      • Great one word reply professor. You sold me.

        Aside from the fact that BackBlaze's HDD reliability reports consistently have HGST/Hitachi as the manufacturer with the lowest overall failure rate, year after year after year, and this Russian study on HDD durability also ranked Hitachi HDDs above all other manufacturers for long-term reliability.

        Though the Hitachi/HGST brand has been owned by WD since 2012 and as of 2018, the branding has almost been entirely phased out, with all of the former HGST-specific models (Deskstar, Ultrastar, etc.) being sold as WD now.

  • +2

    Hoping Amazon.com.au will match this price

  • I recently purchased one. For the xbox. A couple of months ago. Same price. Same place. It's terrible. The xbox only recognises some of the games. Every time I turn on the xbox. It's a lucky dip to which games it recognises. I also have a WD for the xbox. I have no issues with that one.

    • +2

      Works fine on PS4, no issuez

  • got 2 of these last week. One hdd LED's stopped blinking the other failed a long generic test using Seagate's own tool. Off to OW for a refund on Monday

  • I've been looking for a good portable HDD and Officeworks is selling a 3TB Toshiba drive for the same price. After some basic googling, the seagate one seems to be a bit slower than the toshiba.

    Seagate Review
    Toshiba Review

  • https://www.extremetech.com/extreme/222267-seagate-faces-law...

    Seagate faces class-action lawsuit over 3TB hard drive failure rates

    • Are these the same drives?

      • I haven't checked exact model; but surely its a red flag for this product regardless

  • WDs drive is the same price at MSY

    • Man….that's one month ago… just saying ~~

      • Deal is still active and being linked by new deals this week. So still relevant.

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