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4TB Seagate Backup Plus USB 3.0 External Desktop Hard Drive (STCA4000100) $136 + Free Shipping

calistyle 48,495 May 9, 2013 at 03:40 PM in Free Shipping (9)
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so could someone explain why external drives are cheaper than internal ones even if the one inside the external one is the same model?
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Thanks OP. Went with this HDMI cable [newegg.com] as a filler.
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Quote from WhoIsThat View Post :
so could someone explain why external drives are cheaper than internal ones even if the one inside the external one is the same model?
There are a few possible reasons but what you believe is up to you.

It's not always the case that you know what's coming inside the enclosure. Especially with brands like WD, manufacturers may stick in end of life (eol) drives that would otherwise be unmarketable. They may stick in the most current gen drives which is what they're doing here I think, but it's sort of a lottery.

Externals also typically have a shorter warranty period. Although this might not always be the case, they end up saving money by not having to deal with those out of warranty items (in parts and staff). If you end up buying one and cracking it open, you effectively have a drive without warranty. So you might have gotten a drive for cheaper, but if it breaks down in a week, you're SOL...

I think the biggest reason is that that externals are just easier to sell. To a person without much knowledge in technology, they want the MyPassports or MyBooks or whatever they're called-- the fool-proof-out-of-the-box drive over a 'ST4000DM000'. This drives prices down as the companies fight for marketshare.
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so could someone explain why external drives are cheaper than internal ones even if the one inside the external one is the same model?
Externals have shorter warranties.....most externals have a one or two year warranty, if you are lucky, you might find a brand with a 3 year warranty.
Externals usually have slower drives in them, most of them are some type of green drive or hard drive that is in the range of 5400rpm to 5900rpm. Speed is not a priority in externals. Not to mention the casual buyer of an external hard drive won't look at the detailed specs of the hard drive in there, so the manufacturer can pretty much stick any hard drive they make as long as its in that particular size. Externals aren't usually on all the time. Consumers use externals to back up their data and unplug it once they are done with that task, so they are more of a storage device than something that is needed to be on all the time.
They sell externals everywhere. At Target, at Costco, at Walmart, Best Buy, etc, so there is more competition so the costs are lower.

If you look at internal hard drives in comparison, most of them have a longer warranty, there is a range of regular consumer hard drives all the way to enterprise hard drives, which have 5 year warranties and will probably be on 24/7 and must have better components to ensure longer life.
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Is this currently also the price at Costco B&M?
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If you buy online can you return instore?

Is the return policy same as you would buy instore?
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Why don't they put e-SATA connectors on these? The drives are already SATA, it seems it would cost them almost nothing. I would think e-SATA would be the quickest interface.
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Is this currently also the price at Costco B&M?
Yup, saw it today $139.99 after $40.00 intstant saving.
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I bought one of these on a previous sale from Amazon, however I've been having a disconnection problem in Windows 8. I'm hoping someone here can help solve my problem. Below is the error I keep getting when leaving the external plugged into my USB 3.0 port too long and have to totally reboot my machine before it'll re-recognize the drive.

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The last USB device you connected to this computer malfunctioned, and Windows does not recognize it. (Recoomendation) Try reconnecting the device. If windows still doesn't recognize it, your device may not be working properly.
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"must resist" the newegg no tax free 2day shoprunner shipping...and hold out for $99 4TB deals on blackfriday/cyber monday Confusedshake head


Quote from Squillari View Post :
I bought one of these on a previous sale from Amazon, however I've been having a disconnection problem in Windows 8. I'm hoping someone here can help solve my problem. Below is the error I keep getting when leaving the external plugged into my USB 3.0 port too long and have to totally reboot my machine before it'll re-recognize the drive.
I believe these have the "green" drives inside them... maybe the "spindown" that happens to save energy after the drive has not been in use but still plugged in, is causing some issue with windows 8 recognizing its still plugged in and ready to be in use???? I would PM lots of people from the threads who also bought and see if anyone else is having the same issue in a windows 8 environment and also try to see if the drive has the same issues on a windows 7 computer...
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I think the biggest reason is that that externals are just easier to sell. To a person without much knowledge in technology, they want the MyPassports or MyBooks or whatever they're called-- the fool-proof-out-of-the-box drive over a 'ST4000DM000'. This drives prices down as the companies fight for marketshare.
You, my friend, are very smart.
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Does that BOOST15 code work on other things too?
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Buy from COSTCO people. Save the headache with warranty and Costco superb customer service. I had 3.5 yrs old drive that Costco replace for me without receipt, just my Amex member card.
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I have the same drive connected to a Windows 7 machine serving as my HTPC, it has the same issue shutting down and not being re-recognized again. Sometimes I can get it to recognize it again by plugging it into a different port and then back into the original one. However, the surest way to get it recognized again is to reboot. I'd really like to know how to keep it from happening too, really sucks when we're trying to stream content to one of the other devices in our house.
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