expired $99 Seagate Expansion 2TB USB3.0 HDD @ JB Hi-Fi

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As featured in JB's catalogue that starts today (31/05/12). Available until 13/06/12.

Good price for the USB3.0 version of this 2TB external drive.

Product specs here:
http://www.seagate.com/au/en/external-hard-drives/desktop-ha...

Direct link to JB catalogue page 8:
http://www.jbhifi.com.au/images/2012/05/pageflip/may31/index...

As of the time of posting, JB's website is still showing $139, however the product codes in the catalogue match the product codes on the website (82162 / 1694533).

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    Wow, thanks OP! Time to fill the microserver methinks

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    Thanks. Been looking for a cheap hard-drive for a long time.

  • +1 vote

    If only internal drives were as cheap as these.

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      pretty sure you can just crack the case open and use it as one

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        Serial # on the HDD might be registered as an external HDD with manufacturer. To open most of these cases you do permanent damage, so the HDD cannot be placed back into the case. Meaning you might have trouble with warranty claims.

        Can anyone confirm/deny this is true for these particular models?

        • +3 votes

          Based on the price of drives, and the effort/cost to RMA etc… tis easier just to buy new ones (and most likely with more capacity).

        • +1 vote

          warranty definitely voided if you crack open to use as internal drive.

          whilst pretty cheap for a 2TB USB3.0 drive, I'd rather pay $19 extra and get 3 years warranty with a purchased internal drive (from MSY or something)… especially if using in a server.

          i havent seen a USB3 2TB drive this price locally, so big plus vote… but if you are opening it anyway the USB3 isnt that important anyway.

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          Actually before the HDD shortage I picked up the HP 2TB USB3.0 HDD from BigW for $89 (was 7200rpm too I believe).

          So good to see HDD's coming back to almost pre-shortage prices!

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          All Seagate non-enterprise/ns/xt drives are now only 1yr warranty. which means the extra 19$ drive at MSY… is only 1yr

      • +1 vote

        Not sure if it applies to this model, but most HDD manufactures now have the USB port directly on the controller board for HDD, there is no longer any SATA connection on the HDD.
        Makes it very hard to recover if enclosure fails.

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          As far as I'm aware, only the portable ones have had their controllers modified to the direct USB one in a bid to make the drives as small as possible.

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          Nope, it's been 3.5" drives as well.. you really have no options, besides RMA, if the usb/sata chipset fails…

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          I'm not doubting you here, but I have not seen that (yet). In both western digital and some seagate external drives (obviously not so much the "go flex"), the "USB to SATA controller" unit is physically attached (by screws in 3 or 4 places) to the drive, but this can be removed and you're left with a normal SATA drive. Again, I'm not claiming you're incorrect, but it's just not what I've seen when cracking these sorts of drives open.

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    Wonder if they're 7200RPM or 5400RPM…?

    • +1 vote

      Most likely 5900rpm's (green drives) i brought a stack of these a while ago and had a combination of both green drives and 7200's (around a 50/50 split)

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        All under same model number…?

        I'd be surprised.

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          Yep under the same model number. I go through a ridiculous amount of drives a month, in the realms of 15-20tb PM.

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          @Copie Do you have a few hidden video cams recording 24/7 or something? Share some good stuff mate!

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          2 autocams in the truck + 4 home surveillance cameras chew alot of data space.

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        woah that's weird

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        Can confirm this. I have two of these and they are both 5900rpm drives but I have read about people on various forums cracking theirs open and having 7200rpm drives inside.

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    Cheap.

    Officeworks will price match it soon.

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    Product specs link above shows it USB powered. However Jb HiFi catalogue doesn't say it's portable.

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      Negative -" The Expansion external hard drive can be installed easily by plugging in two cords"

      Pretty major mistake on the overview

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      Title of product on catalogue says Expansion Desktop 2TB
      Pretty clear it's not portable / USB powered

  • +5 votes

    beware of click of death with these ones http://forums.seagate.com/t5/Other-External-products/Announc...

    • +3 votes

      thanks, I will not buy these Seagate drives again, PERIOD!

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      A problem of over a year ago.
      You don't think Seagate would have changed their processes by now?

      • +1 vote

        it's not a matter of process change, but the age of the stock you are going to get mate.

        seagate isn't making cars which will impact lives and be forced into a full stock withdrawal/replacement asap.

        retailers aren't that motivated to return them either.

        caveat emptor.

    • +1 vote

      I've have a 2TB drive for a few years now, no issues and I'd choose it over the WD 2TB drives.

      I've also purchased seagate drives for most friends and family and no issues so far.

      Glad they are finally getting to their correct price point now.

      • +1 vote

        I got both in my server (3 WD Greens and 1 Seagate)… the Seagate definitely clicks more than the WD Greens when accessing it, but all have been reliable so far.

        • +3 votes

          I hate the WD green and external drives. The 30+ seconds for them to power back up can be painful at times.

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          So, config them to run 100% of the time. They may last longer & not lose your data by failing.

          Cost more wear & tear + electricity cost.

        • +1 vote

          I have them on a machine that is on 24/7. The seagate drives have no such issue, of powering down and up fast.

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          Er what? Might want to investigate the cause a bit further. They just act like normal drives.

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      Bugger my drive stuffed up :-( was copying photos across overnight now the drive isn't detected properly. Comes up as an unrecognized device

      Back to officeworks

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    can anyone else confirm if this is powered by ac or usb?

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      It will be AC powered, I don't know why the linked spec indicates it's an USB powered device. The data sheet shows it has a power adapter, but that is also outdated.

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        We'll know when we lift (or open) the box.

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      150% AC powered.

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      desktop means ac powered
      portable means usb powered

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        This is true, but even Seagate's information page lists this as USB Powered. So can understand the confusion some might have.

  • +3 votes

    If you -don't- (& will -never-) need USB 3.0,
    eg, buying for a fleet of computers w/o '3.0,
    you can save $5 by choosing a USB 2.0, @ J&B.

    SEAGATE EXPANSION 2TB Desktop Hard Drive

    ST320005XM101-RK (Has only USB 2.0) $ 95

    • +4 votes

      you mean $4?

      • +3 votes

        Opps… Yes, of course, $4…

        I left my Calculator in my other pocket-protected shirt pocket. ;-)

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    Has anyone tried to run external drives,
    powered by 12 V -battery- power…?

    Any issues (eg, due to voltage changes, as battery begins to go a bit flat)?

    (And… what battery technology did you use?)

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      probably can't do it… look at the common adapters, it's not the voltage, you need the amps to sustain @ 12V

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        We've got some gigantic 2 volt cells (cast out from some Telstra exchange maintenance); 6 x 2v = 12 v. but - when charged - no great problem with Amps.

  • +1 vote

    Clicking on "Buy Now" brought "Offer now cancelled… but try using our product search" (Huh?!?)

    'thought this offer was to last into June…?

    Clicking on "Pickup in Store" lets you put it in your Cart… at $ 112.99…!!! (each)

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      Confirmed… unavailable online, pick up in store only, and price $112.99.

      I think this is an in store deal only folks.

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        The price seems to have been updated now. It's in my cart for $99.

  • +1 vote

    Guys would love to know if the 2TB is made in Thailand V's China meaning green V's 7200rpm.

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    Definitely the best deal I've seen since the flood.

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    This is a decent price. I rather internal though. Too many USB HDDs = too many power points needed!

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      Yeah I know, but they are cheaper and come with longer warranty, so as an OZbargainer I put up with them. At least USB 3.0 is fast.

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      take out of the enclosure?

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        You could, but that's 3 year warranty instantly gone, seems like a waste.

  • +1 vote

    I got one of the seagate DSE 2tb $99 deals a while back. Opened up the case and put the hdd in my pc. After 2 weeks the hdd died. I'm going to buy one of these but keep it in the case for warranty this time.

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    Does anyone know if the power adapter plug on external HDs from major brands are compatible with each other? ie, can I use the power plug from my Samsung Story Station and WD to power this Seagate drive?

    • +1 vote

      There are two things you have to check, the electrical rating, and the plug type.

      The plug pack should have something like 12V == —-Co—+ 1.5A (my best attempt at text rendition) which is saying that the output is 12V DC 1.5A max draw, and the centre of the plug is positive. If the other plug pack is the same, this condition is satisfied. Slight difference in max current is ok, but if quite different, use the higher powered one.

      Secondly the size of the plug must be the same, of course.

      I have successfully used a plug pack for WD for a Seagate, saving me one extension board socket. (They are not in continuous use, just for weekly backup.)

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        Thanks heaps.

  • +2 votes

    just bought one for $99 instore. i can confirm its AC power and made in Thailand.thanks OP

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      Yes - thanks OP. I just bought one in-store and it's made in China. Model STAY2000302 (7200rpm I believe)

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    what is the difference between this one and the Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex? anyone minds to tell me the difference?

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    I'm pretty sure places like MSY and PCDIY only offer a one year replacement warranty on parts. After that you need to send the HDD yourself back to the manufacturer they won't personally handle the warranty claim… Please correct me if I am wrong.

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      I thought replacement was only for 7 days and that it was just a national law that retailers have to handle the warranty claim for the first year and after that it's a direct RMA with the distributor/manufacturer. (Replacement or not is dependent on the warranty that comes with the item isn't it?)

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        Seagate only has 12 months warranty now anyways, infact the only drive manufacturer that offers more then 12 months warranty on consumer drives (not enterprise) is Hitachi.

  • +1 vote

    How can they justify external drives costing more than internal? Just makes no sense…

    • +4 votes

      I think you mean external costing less than internal, but yes it's strange.

    • +2 votes

      AFAIK the demand for externals is very high compared to internals. The average customer won't even know what to do with an internal hdd.

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      "How can they justify external drives costing more than internal"

      External drives cost more because of the case / PCB/ electronics / power supply etc costs more.

      • +1 vote

        Rumbaar said what I meant - apparantly I don't make sense either :S

    • +1 vote

      It's stupid that we have to crack open the cases to get the same drive for cheaper.

  • +3 votes

    Just letting everyone know you can now buy it online with free posting. :)

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      I don't fancy the idea of my HDD parcel being tossed around. For peace of mind, just pick it up instore. There are plenty on the shelf at most stores.

      • +4 votes

        Funny because how do you think they get stock to the store? :) they arent delivered on a silk lined pillow.

        Hard drives are pretty sturdy, they can take a hit or two when the heads are parked.

        • +1 vote

          Better than leaving it in the hands of Australia Post. JB aren't exactly the best at packaging either.

  • +2 votes

    Great bargain. Thanks OP. Picked up one from Elizabeth St, Melbourne. Plenty (20+) on the shelves at 9.15am

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    Speaking of re-purposing external drives for internal use, eg, in HP uServers…

    Has anyone found a source of HP uServer HDD compatible frames (so we can keep a few spare HDD's around, in case of failure?

    TIA

  •  

    Has anyone been able to pricematch else where? ie: Harveys, Joyces, Domaine, OW?

  • +10 votes

    If anyone is interested, you can get the officeworks 'Lowest Price Guarantee' over the phone.

    I just called them on 1300 OFFICE (633 423), and stated I wanted to redeem your lowest price guarantee. Then told them the product and then said JB have it on sale for $99. The woman then searched for a few minutes and then confirms I am correct. They then beat it by 5%, so I got it for $94.05 over the phone.

    Also cool is that it will be delivered today and because it's over $50 it's got free delivery!

    Saves me the effort of going to a store! I was however on hold for about 10 mins waiting for someone to answer, but that wasn't too bad an experience! :)

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      sweet!

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      I did not know that Officework's pricematch included shipping. Thanks for that.

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    Super find!
    Now only if someone can find a deal on Desktop (bare) 3TB drives.

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      I remember one OzBargainer here bought five 3TB ones from JB-HiFI a while ago on the price of $158 for each. The guy at my local store at Fyshwick said he could price match Two of them for me on the same price. THEN, I found on the MSY website of this for $159:
      http://www.msy.com.au/product.jsp?productId=8952.

      Happy shopping!

      • +1 vote

        yup but I am looking for a bare drive not something that I would have to crack open

  • +1 vote

    Anyone bought one yet and can confirm if their drives are 5900 or 7200 rpm?

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    Just bought one this morning. Not sure what rpm it is however now that I have it plugged into my pc via usb 3 - my max write speed from my pc's 7200 rpm hdd to the seagate hdd is only 50mb/s, i would have thought it to be faster.

    • +1 vote

      It's probably the USB 3.0 interface, which can be unreliable. My old WD Green Caviars do 70MB/s via esata.

  1. dunc on 31/05/2012 - 11:37
  2. katz on 31/05/2012 - 17:45
  3. slowmo on 31/05/2012 - 05:28
  4. Rumbaar on 31/05/2012 - 10:30
  5. bbyboy on 31/05/2012 - 09:35