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4TB Seagate Backup Plus USB 3.0 External Hard Drive (STCA4000100) EXPIRED

krushmer 118 February 21, 2013 at 08:11 AM in Deal of the Day (8) More eBay Deals
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Promoted 02-21-2013 at 09:21 AM View Original Post
Buy.com via Ebay has 4TB Seagate Backup Plus USB 3.0 External Hard Drive (STCA4000100) for $149.99. Shipping is free. Thanks krushmer

Price Research: Our research indicates that 4TB Seagate Backup Plus USB 3.0 External Hard Drive is $27 lower (15% savings) than the next best available price from a reputable merchant with prices from $177. - daisybeetle

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Edited February 21, 2013 at 08:14 AM by krushmer

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#16
Just so people know, you can pull these drives from the enclosures to use as internal drives. They are 5900 RPM, which to me sucks, but for the price, you can't beat it.

Here is a video of how to remove the drive from the enclosure:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iN2ikVYBLK8

Be careful taking the matte black portion of the enclosure apart. I broke mine, despite being careful.


For anyone worried about warranty, from what I've read on here, just tell seagate that you opened the enclosure to see if the enclosure failed instead of the drive because you wanted to retrieve your data. Sounds legit to me and people were confirming that it works. I hope this helps people.



Quote from fatbb View Post :
Best prices I have seen since the Thailand....wait 4GB wasn't out back then.
Most have more ram than that! Stick Out Tongue

Quote from jayz27 View Post :
Good deal OP, the best price on a 4TB to date.

But still does not meet my math Smilie
3tb = $90-100 max
4tb = $120-130 max
What is your "math" based on? You're looking a good 3+ months in the future, unless it plateaus. Best price for this drive.




@ OP, I just ordered my 5th. Damn you! 20TB, here I come!bounce
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#17
Anyone have any idea what hard drive is in this? Granted its a Seagate but does anyone have a model # or something of the hard drive itself. Could you open it up and place it in a desk top?
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#18
Nevermind, I found from the previous thread that its a ST4000DX000.
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Quote from icedamage View Post :
Nevermind, I found from the previous thread that its a ST4000DX000.
How about the other part of your question, can it be installed in a desktop?
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#20
Need this price without CA tax!
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Quote from Masterbasser View Post :
Not sure I would trust the warranty being honored if the only receipt is a paypal payment statement from an eBay auction. Staples was selling this earlier this week (now OOS) for $159, which was a cheaper deal when combined with coupons.
You don't need a receipt for warranty service on a hard drive. They don't care when you bought it or who you bought it from. The warranty in based on the drives serial number and starts the day the drive leaves the factory (plus a grace period).

The drive serial number is not on your receipt, only the model number. They don't want me to buy this drive today and then another of the exact same model 9 months from now. When this first drive fails, if it is out of warranty, I could just use the receipt from the second drive to claim it is still under warranty. Every serial number has it's own warranty. That is why you can pop the drive out of the external enclosure and get warranty service on the bare drive using the serial number on the drive itself. If they kept track of which drive was in which external enclosure the drive and external enclosure would have the same serial number.
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Quote from jayz27 View Post :
Good deal OP, the best price on a 4TB to date.

But still does not meet my math Smilie
3tb = $90-100 max
4tb = $120-130 max
Your math is based on a Black Friday deal. That moment in time is gone and has not come back since. According to your math this is a terrible deal because you can buy a 6TB drive for $90 (5 years from now).
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#23
Quote from Synthetickiller View Post :
Most have more ram than that! Stick Out Tongue
corrected...
Teehee
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#24
Just bought a WD Green drive for my server - 2TB for $90 from Newegg. I am tempted to get this drive, but I really don't need it now...

However, it does seem like an outstanding deal.

Thanks OP!
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#25
Quote from adamant View Post :
How about the other part of your question, can it be installed in a desktop?

any external HD can be installed on a desktop.

You might have to format it to get the software off, but the drives are the same ones that come off the hd making line.
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Quote from adamant View Post :
How about the other part of your question, can it be installed in a desktop?
I found this video on youtube [youtube.com]

Looks like you can use it as internal hard drive

Also found this on newegg [newegg.com] Its the only 4tb hard drive from seagate and its not available yet
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Quote from Synthetickiller View Post :
Just so people know, you can pull these drives from the enclosures to use as internal drives. They are 5900 RPM, which to me sucks, but for the price, you can't beat it ...

For anyone worried about warranty, from what I've read on here, just tell seagate that you opened the enclosure to see if the enclosure failed instead of the drive because you wanted to retrieve your data. Sounds legit to me and people were confirming that it works. I hope this helps people.
Quote from pilot757 View Post :
You don't need a receipt for warranty service on a hard drive. They don't care when you bought it or who you bought it from. The warranty in based on the drives serial number and starts the day the drive leaves the factory (plus a grace period).

... That is why you can pop the drive out of the external enclosure and get warranty service on the bare drive using the serial number on the drive itself. If they kept track of which drive was in which external enclosure the drive and external enclosure would have the same serial number.
My experience (albeit from a couple years ago and with WD) was very different. If the drive went bad WD expected you to ship the whole package back to them. If you tried to remove the drive the warranty would not be honored. I know because this was the tactic that I followed. Did not work.

Also, on the WD I had the serials between the enclosure and internal drive did not match. In fact, the serial on the internal drive only carried a one year warranty (at the time their internal drives carried a 3 year). Essentially, they had a different serial tracking system for drives used on externals vs internals. They absolute knew that the drive I was trying to replace was from an external enclosure. Popped right up when you typed in the serial on the RMA page.

Maybe Seagates different or maybe the market has changed over the past few years. That could very well be the case. I only share this as cautionary tale. If you plan on removing this I would strongly recommend you do further research just to be sure you aren't going to lose your warranty.
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#28
Repped - Bought 1 -Awesome deal for me - i have been using this for a while with no issues. Pretty quite device with no known issues to me.
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#29
Costco on sale for $160 you can return anytime (customer satisfaction) even several years later.
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Quote from pilot757 View Post :
You don't need a receipt for warranty service on a hard drive. They don't care when you bought it or who you bought it from. The warranty in based on the drives serial number and starts the day the drive leaves the factory (plus a grace period).

The drive serial number is not on your receipt, only the model number. They don't want me to buy this drive today and then another of the exact same model 9 months from now. When this first drive fails, if it is out of warranty, I could just use the receipt from the second drive to claim it is still under warranty. Every serial number has it's own warranty. That is why you can pop the drive out of the external enclosure and get warranty service on the bare drive using the serial number on the drive itself. If they kept track of which drive was in which external enclosure the drive and external enclosure would have the same serial number.
That's the way things worked about 2 years ago. Not anymore.
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