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Seagate Expansion 4TB Desktop Drive $99 in-Store/ C&C/ +Delivery @ JB Hi-Fi

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Seagate 4TB Expansion Hard Drive $99

Thought the 4TB was a good price.
Catalog deal page 25 starts 05/12/19

Seagate Expansion Desktop Hard Drive 4TB
Model:
STEB4000300
SKU:718556
*** Deal is now live using the “Go to Deal” ***

Catalog link… https://catalogue.jbhifi.com.au/2019/12/05-dec-urjj/index.ht...

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  • +3 votes

    Price and Store in title

  • +1 vote

    Any bigger ones?

  • +4 votes

    Anyone have good experience with Seagate?

    I see a lot of people saying it should be avoided and you should go for WD instead.

    I just want to use it for super casual use, so you think this one should be fine? (I was hoping for deals on 1tb and 2tb but it never happens)

    • +3 votes

      If by "super casual" you mean it won't be a disaster for you if it dies, then I don't see why not. I'm not saying it will die (I haven't really dug into the Seagate v WD debate at all, off the top of my head I couldn't even tell you what the ones I've got at home are, for all I know I've got a mixture of both), but this seems like a good price for 4Tb. If you're using it for something like expansion storage for a console then why not - if it dies you'll just have the inconvenience of having to download your stuff again after buying a replacement.

      If you're talking about important stuff like irreplaceable photos, important legal documents, or you're using it as your primary storage for running a business… well, a USB drive probably isn't the place for those things, regardless of whether it's Seagate, WD or anything else.

    • +3 votes

      I've had a pretty good experience with them overall.

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      I'm fortunate in that I haven't had any drives fail - one 2TB seagate internal, one 2TB seagate shucked for my ps4, 2*3TB toshibas internal, and a few WD and seagate external portables. A few years ago, Seagate did have some dodgy 3tb that were to be avoided.
      I think it's important to look after the drive (eg not toss it around) and have backups.

    • +2 votes

      Was true back in the day, but now days it's an even failure rate in most cases.

    • +5 votes

      I’ve had multiple Seagate drives, internal and external, die. I’ve owned less Seagate drives than WD, but have had twice as many failures. But then, I run them 24/7.

      They also do poorly in Backblaze reports, with failure rates of >2% per quarter compared to <1% for HGST (WD).

      But for light tasks, shifting data between computers or doing a weekly backup for a PC, they should be fine. Just don’t put all your data on any single drive, Seagate or otherwise.

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        Thanks, that blackblaze report website was really useful. Crazy how much higher the failure rate is compared to WD. However, failure rate is 2% so I can live with that.

        Also like you said, I'd imagine this is with intense usage

      • +6 votes

        While HGST is owned by WD it's unfair to say it's representative of WD since HGST was an acquisition. From memory the failure rates for WD were the same as seagates except for one drive that was at 2% and WD actually had some models in the 5% range. Backblaze don't seem to use WD anymore so they aren't a good metric for comparing the brands.

        • +2 votes

          They haven’t used stock WD for a while (other than some older drives on their last legs with very high failure rates as a result).

          When they did have a solid fleet of WD drives, back in 2014, they performed well:
          https://www.infoworld.com/article/2873683/western-digital-hg...

          They’re adding new WD drives soon so the battle will be back on.

          But really, HGST drives have been so solid for so long, they’re still the smart choice.

    • +1 vote

      Bought 2 500gb drives as part of a bulk deal back in the day. Both turned up dead in the box.
      Only ever used WD since.

    • +2 votes

      I've got four Seagate Expansion Portable drives I use for backups and haven't had issues with any of them. I've used a mix of WD and Seagate over the years - both internal and external - and the only one I've ever had fail early was an external desktop WD drive, but that's just the luck of the draw.
      Both brands are fine - buy whatever is cheapest at the time, and always have multiple copies of any important data on different drives.
      All hard drives fail eventually - never treat them as a permanent storage solution.

    • +7 votes

      All hard drives are fine if you follow a proper backup protocol, all hard drives are terrible if you don't.

      3 copies of anything important, minimum. One off site.

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      never had an issue with my seagates. just use them for very occasional data backup / hard disk cleanup

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      Both brands have the same reliability

    • +1 vote

      Don't listen to people's paranoia because Seagate drives are perfectly fine. Yes they did have a bad batch of drives a few years ago but that is no more.

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      A subtle breeze flows from them. After entering the gate you defintely don't want to go for a Non-Seagate experience. I find them a bit sandy and salty, but you do get that when going to the sea. If you're on the fence about it then this probably won't help.

  • +3 votes

    I have been using these drives for over two years to run my Plex server.. Never had a problem.. still going strong

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      OP, do u mind clarify whether it's portable or the desktop one?

      sorry, but your description and link is inconsistent.

      • +1 vote

        JB Hi-Fi link clearly says desktop. Officeworks has this same deal for a while back, picked up two.

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          do u have JB's new catalog?

          OP 1st linked to the portable one, $99 for 4TB is a great price

          since then, OP or Mod changed to the desktop one, which makes it okay deal as $99 for 4TB is a regular price in OW…

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      In their OEM cases or shucked and put into a NAS/server?

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    Is there a link to the catalog??

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    gonna get it, gonna shuck it

  • +2 votes

    Needs to be plugged into power as well as USB?

  • +2 votes

    How can external drive cheaper than the internal hdd these days?

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    PORTABLE (as linked) or DESKTOP (as in headline)?

    No deal if the latter. Who wants 3.5" drives in 2019 when SSD is so fast, and 2.5" is better in every other way, but costs only slightly more?

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      Link is to portable drive…

      Can't find the catalogue to confirm though

    • +1 vote

      I guess the main thing behind it is price.
      5TB for $99, to have the 4TB SSD you will spend around $800

      I used to have a 3TB WD connected with my Xbox. I've upgraded to an 1TB NVMe mainly because my new 2 kittens jumping around —- HDD and impact does not end well.

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        Price over SSD, sure.
        But vs 2.5 is not much these days. 3TB for $99.
        It used to be a lot more. Soon 3.5" will go the way of 5.25" and 8" drives, etc.
        The 4TB drives are already rare, and larger ones are being replaced by 2.5" RAID enclosures.

        And 2.5" (laptop) drives are far more kitten-resistant than 3.5 :-)

        (link was wrong, changed to desktop drive)

        • +4 votes

          3.5" aren't going anywhere anytime soon. Much better storage to value ratio. Cheaper to produce.

        • +1 vote

          I think 3.5 still has a long way to go. If you work with IT like me, they are still more reliable than SSDs in my opinion.
          I built a server where the SO is installed on a SSD but the data and everything else is storage in 2 Red WD with some protection from the factory.

          A HDD tells you when it is dying. Ask any "old IT guy —- I'm 30 and been working last 9y with IT" who never opened a HDD to manually move the write-read head and was able to save the data?
          OR the board burned, you buy a second hand one with exactly the same model, serie, swap them, and the HDD is back to life?

          SSD? Well, you need to be luck enough to undo the welding from the memory to place it in some miracle board to read the data OR have some machine that can connect to its pins to force a reading. If, only if, you are luck enough and have a couple of thousands dollars to burn with the service.

          I don't trust an SSD the same way I trust an HDD. I do use SSDs now but everything is in the cloud. With HDD I never bother myself that much.

          SSD vs HDD is like compare cars nowadays with the ones from 90s. 90s could be fixed with almost anything, anyone as long as you have basic knowledge. Nowadays?? Well, everything has a computer onboard, and the maintenance bill reaches the sky.

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      This is a legit question, is it desktop or portable?

      Cannot say a desktop is on special and then have the link go to a laptop can you?

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      Have you checked the price of 4tb ssd’s? Slightly more as in like $800 more?

  • +2 votes

    Dammit just bought one for my Xbox one last weekend, double down and go total of 9TB? Lol

    • +1 vote

      My 3TB is almost full on my XB1X so you'll probably need it eventually :P

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      Game Pass makes it REAL easy to fill HDDs lol. I think I've got maybe 4Tb just for Game Pass games on my PC, not including Steam/Epic/Rockstar installs

      Consider it this way; you're bringing your average cost per Tb down! So you're… saving money per Tb, technically

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        Yeah I have game pass and the amount of games I have been downloading is madness. Especially with the OneX and all the 4K textures etc these games have. Forza 6/7 Horizon 3 and 4 are like 400gb together. Plus Halo 5 is 100+ gb. THEN all the gears too…

        My PC is filling up fast too from game pass. Man… I don’t really need it but damned if I don’t…

        • +1 vote

          Quantum Break is like 170GB if you pre-download the cutscenes. I find XB1 games are much bigger than PS4 games with install sizes. Game Pass has completely filled up my external too.

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    Sorry, non gamer here, need for my son but How do these differ to the ones specifically for Xbox and PS4?

    • +6 votes

      From my understanding there is no difference since ps4 technical support any types of usb 3.0 device.

      • +1 vote

        Thank you for your response. I just purchased both game specific ones. Will return them then.

    • +2 votes

      There is no difference, its marketed like this so the dummies pay more. The same way they market some hard drives as specific mac drives and usually charge more - when really its the exact same hardware and product its just been formatted differently.

  • +2 votes

    upgraded my PS4 hdd from 500gb to 2TB using a Seagate portable drive (shucked) which only lasted 2 weeks… the casing wasn't damaged when removing the drive so I was able to re-case it and return it under warranty.

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    can it be used as a xbox one external hd? Ive been using a Toshiba 2TB portable for my xbox one for more than two years and it works really well. Just as more good games in ultimate pass 3TB is not enough at all for me. it's the time to. expand it to 4TB. some reviews say WD passport is better for xbox but it's not on sale atm. any suggestions? thanks

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    Oh, this is desktop not portable.

    Not that great of a deal when you regularly get 8tb for around ~200

    https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/500830

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    Nice price. I grabbed a few when Officeworks had them at this price a few weeks ago

    The drive inside is $149 at MSY!

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