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Seagate Expansion 3TB USB 3.0 Desktop Hard Drive - $118.40 @ JB Hi-Fi ($112.48 @ OW)

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Here's a nice deal which will probably be better than any Boxing Day sales for HDDs. Seems like it's the normal price of $148 with an unadvertised 20% discount, bringing it down to $118.40.

Pricematch at Officeworks for an extra 5% off ($112.48), which should definitely make it the cheapest 3TB around today.

Merry Christmas all!

NOTE 29/12 - Officeworks have dropped their price to $118.40 as well, so no more 5% discount.

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    What a great find!

  • -2 votes

    too bad its seagate :(

    • +8 votes

      Nothing wrong with Seagate. Their failure rate isn't any more or less than other manufacturers that I'm aware of.

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        I've been given enough Seagate doorstops to say best to avoid them, and don't keep any sort of 'only copy' data on them… it just ends in anger and tears.

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          yeh in the old days seagate used to be great now I just hear problems..too much data to lose for a few dollars saved……you get what you pay for and seagate is always cheap now

        • +5 votes

          No.

          Actually it's the other way around.

          Seagate drives DID in fact have many publicized firmware issues, specifically for their Barracuda range (back in the days when 250GB was a lot); which in some cases could brick the drive and render all the data on there lost for good.

          These were all rectified since before most of you people had ever heard of OzBargain; to put it in a relative sense.

          Seagate is NOW a great manufacturer but this blemish on it's reputation still persists because of uninformed people and negative reviews on Amazon/Newegg (which mainly have to do wit the bundled software included with the GoFlex series and not the actual drives themselves).

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          Only drives I have ever had die have been Seagate. Could be my luck, but if I had to store precious data and could only chose one drive to store it on, I wouldn't chose a Seagate.

        • +2 votes

          Seriously, how many? I've had no problems with my Seagate 1TB drive, had it about 2 years now. Only drive that died on me was a WD one. I try to avoid ever having 'only copy' data on anything, but currently I do have stuff on my external drive I haven't backed up. Hence I need another drive.

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      I am with PissLUR - bad experiences with Seagate compared to other brands including WD, Hitachi and even lowly Samsung (now owned by Seagate).

    • +1 vote

      I've just finished packaging up a 500GB Seagate HDD for return. This was a replacement to another one that failed previously. The previous one failed for someone else that didn't bother returning it. As a good Ozbargainer I kindly accepted it and returned it for a replacement, which has now failed. Backups in place so no harm done except the hassle of the return.

      Having said that - I have 2 other 250GB Seagate HDDs which are a lot older that haven't failed —- yet (as all HDDs will do eventually).

      • +5 votes

        I have few Seagate internal and external hard disks for over 7 years without problems, they are still running.
        Not sure why you guys have so many problems?

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          I have to agree. I have over 20TB in a mix of 1TB, 1.5TB, 2TB and 3TB drives (all 3TB drives are Seagate). Although they are not all Seagate, most of them are and none have failed on me yet.

          Got the 3TB at OW before they changed their price. Awesome! :D

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      I've had one seagate HDD and it failed on me within a few weeks. Definitely my last!

    • +4 votes

      Oh for the love of God… for the second time today I have had to endure the cringe-worthiness of reading yet another fear-mongering post about Seagate.

      What other long-lost wives tales have you got for us? Don't leave cats near sleeping babies? Never harvest yee crops on the first full moon of the season?

      Read this:
      http://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/61321?page=3#comment-726025
      Then be quiet.

      Seriously people; stop dredging up this nonsense from 2007 about the "Click of Death" and other assorted, long-since rectified issues.

      Someone has to get the duds; you did. Boo-hoo. I've been a Seagate user since 2006; never had one bad drive.

      If you want to miss out on a perfectly good HDD for a low price; so be it but don't convince other people to throw their money down the drain for something more expensive that is NO MORE RELIABLE.

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        informative but you get way too worked up buddy.

      • -3 votes

        Seagate's Aussie management not happy about the comments on their drives…

        • +7 votes

          probably more like just someone that actually knows what they are talking about who gets annoyed by "internet experts" and there skewed, uninformed opinions :)

          but thats the beauty of the internet i guess, everone has a right to an opinion, no matter now ill informed and thoughtless they are

        • +4 votes

          Just like OzBargain users who've been on the site for a year but never posted a single deal…. Leechers…

          wow coming at me with the personal attacks? i must have hit a raw nerve. haha :D

          its all good, probably time to book into your therapist again hey

      • +1 vote

        Hi Amar89,

        A friend of mine had a relatively new Seagate drive fail about 6 months ago. Unfortunately for him, it's the second "near new" Seagate that's failed for him in the last two years…

        Now, I'm not saying i'm anti-Seagate (I own mostly Seagate drives myself), but for some, there have been some issues.

        I've also had two Seagate drives fail in the last 6 months (but they were two years old … still poor, but not terrible).

    • +1 vote

      any HDD any brand can get wear and tear much faster than usual as there are other factors to consider,

      • the power source (mainly the power supply), providing efficient power to support all your devices, HDD's will take more power when it constantly reads/writes
      • abruptly turning off/resetting or power loss on your computer while the HDD is busy read/writing
      • unplugging the HDD without safe ejection
      • internal temperatures too high (not properly ventilated)

      etc etc

  • +1 vote

    could it be ripped out and used for internal use? if so, great bargain!

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      I'm not entirely sure its the same model, but I bought quite a few external USB 3.0 Seagates. They all had ST3000DM001 drives inside but were considerably cheaper than just the bare drive.

      The only issue is that the USB controller inside seems to be doing something, because if you plug them in directly to your PC they'll appear unformatted and you can't get at the existing contents, they must be reformatted for internal use.

  • +3 votes

    They've also got the popular Seagate Portable USB 3.0 1TB Expansion Drive for $63.20 again when you look at the list of portable hard drives but when you click through it shows as $79.. maybe it'll go $63.20 on Boxing Day?

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    Cheers op.

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    Great find!

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    :( after I bought one for $125

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    Only recently bought a 2tbilisi for 95:-(

  • +5 votes

    It looks like this 2TB (3.5") @ $79.20 is a good deal as well: http://www.jbhifionline.com.au/computers-laptops/computer-ac...

    Also, the OW pricematch could be combined with the 5% ING PayWave rebate.

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    I'm using this drive. No noise or problems so far. Got it for $125 price matched. This is a really good walk in price, no hassles :)

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    Took nearly 25mins to get approved at OW Ferntree Gully, other than that great value!

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      Really? I went in at 3:30pm and it was done on the spot. I just showed the price on my iPhone.

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    I recently bought 2 x 3TB external drives for my NAS (ripped out of external casing) - so far so good.. looking for 2 more.. are these confirmed to be ST3000DM001? Just want to make sure they are 7200rpm drives..
    Thanks!

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    Free shipping too. great

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    Just price matched from OW Preston, the guy actually searched the JB website then confirmed the price match, so if you want to price match, go to OW now, otherwise the price will change to $117 something so they dont need to price match.

  • +1 vote

    Just be aware guys that these drives may be 'detuned' via firmware and perform slower than the proper ST3000DM001 model. This was the case for some of the 2TB externals, but if its just for storage it doesn't really matter.

    I plan to pick one up anyway, so I'll compare it to the desktop model I have and let y'all know.

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    Thanks OP. Just bought 2 with OW pricematch in Hobart :-}
    I printed the JB ad, so there were no hassles at OW.

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    sweet deal! bought

  • +9 votes

    Put my life on the line by driving through a storm to price match at OW.

    I regret nothing.

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    The bare drives with warranties are $145. If you are gonna rip the drive out of the USB enclosure, is it worth saving the $27 and risking not having a warranty?

    My experience with Seagate drives in the last 10 years says no - approx. 20 Seagate drives purchased, approx. 12 failed within 3 years.

    I hope the prices of those 4TB Hitachi drives continue to tumble after Xmas…

    • +7 votes

      Why do you keep buying them if you are not happy with them?

    • +5 votes

      60% failure rate within 3 years, but good enough to keep buying them?

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        I am an optimist. Plus they were the cheapest and/or only ones available at the time. I tend to buy in lots of 4…

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          Most people probably wouldn't want to warranty their drive because of the potential to expose their data.

          If you take it to a HDD recovery service or computer store, usually you can ask nicely for them to allow you to see what they are doing. If you warranty it, who knows what they are going to do with it…

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          The people fixing the drive for warranty are not interested in what is on it. Believe me, they get thousands of drives coming in each day that need fixing. They don't have the time to look at what's on them.

    • +2 votes

      You had 12 failures and continued buying more of them?

      The definition of insanity, folks.

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    yay I just bought 2 for 125 each yesterday !!!! phooor

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    is there a policy at jb where they refund u the difference if the price has changed within afew days?

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      Buy again with lower price, and refund new hard disk with the old receipt…. Just did that today!

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    Just got the 2TB pricematched at OW for ~$75. Thanks for the tip OP.

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    just bought. is it 7200RPM?

  • +2 votes

    Bought one and ripped the case open within 30 seconds. Good find!

    • +1 vote

      does it have warranty stickers or breakable seals?

      • +1 vote

        No breakable seals at all. however 4 screws which secure the hard drive into the silver casings are behind 4 shock absorption rubbers which sticks on the screws.

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    Ta OP. Priced matched at OW Morley for $112.48.

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    This drive sure is hot.

    Check with crystal disk info and it saids

    55 degrees Celsius and showing red.

    ==

    Is this temp safe for the drive?

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      It's fine. The drive will throttle or shut down if it reaches too high a temperature. Just make sure the enclosure hasn't got any blocked air vents and she'll be apples.

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        Yep, and the included stand feet things are good for ventilation :)

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          Nevermind, I hadn't actually inspected it and the things I thought were feet are just different country adapters for the power brick, derp.

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    Nice find. Been waiting for 3TB seagate for a while (want 2 for my microserver) great price and free shipping to avoid going out during the silly season :D

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    Price matched one at Officeworks at 10 minutes before closing. Thanks op.

  • +3 votes

    Thanks, I grabbed one. As for it being a Seagate, I have had brand drives fail, I don't believe any are worse than others, they wouldn't be in business if they kept producing shit products, it is a very competitive marketplace. Keep em cool and keep them flat seems to always help out.

    G

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    A lot of people are saying they are crap drives. I need a external hard drive for movies. I don't want to loose all my movies if it dies.

    Can you get your data back if there is a problem?

    • +1 vote

      I don't want to loose all my movies if it dies.

      never store anything on a harddrive that you cant afford to lose.

      even guys i know running raid5's etc have had "accidents" and lost all there data before.

      the only safer way to go is to keep backups

      drive manufacturers tend to go in cycles, and one person saying "this brand of drive is crap caus i have had xx amount fail" is stupid. unless your turning over 100's of drives a month (ie working in IT) its nothing more than just a simple opinion on a small number of drives and not a valid overview of the brand or model.

      edit: i dont believe there has ever been a single brand/model of drive that can claim its never had a faulty drive, ever. including the ultra expensive models. you do get what you pay for (greater average MTBF) but nothing is perfect

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        Thanks for the input so whats ur thoughts on this drive?

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          i know plenty of people running heaps of these drives with no more problems than any other brand, but i dont work in IT any more so take that how ever you care to.

          in any price range i think you will find the average MTBF (mean time between failure, IE how long they should run for without problems) is about the same between manufacturers. about the only drives ive kept away from since ever is maxtors

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          Oh wow man, have you read any of this thread?

    • +3 votes

      "Can you get your data back if there is a problem?"

      Yeah you can get it back; if you're willing to pay $1000 per gigabyte at a some data recovery centre.

      No offence but with a question like that; don't keep anything irreplaceable on any hard drive. Redundancy is the best policy. I have copies of my copies of my copies. He who laughs last, has the best backup.