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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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#16
got this last time it went on sale. it's hooked into my ASUS router and all the computers in my house access its files off the network. works great, like a champ.
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Got me one, used http://www.newegg.com/Product/Pro...6812422796 for filler.
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Does that BOOST15 code work on other things too?
Yes, on laptop too but must add 1 filler and I don't know why.
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got this last time it went on sale. it's hooked into my ASUS router and all the computers in my house access its files off the network. works great, like a champ.
Hmm, wouldnt that decreas the life span of the HD. i've read somewhere that it will do so. well i cant imagine 4tb of files (pictures/videos/documents) dissappear due to hardware failure.
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Hmm, wouldnt that decreas the life span of the HD. i've read somewhere that it will do so. well i cant imagine 4tb of files (pictures/videos/documents) dissappear due to hardware failure.
I would like to hear more. I was thinking about picking this up to plug into a router as a backup server.
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I would like to hear more. I was thinking about picking this up to plug into a router as a backup server.

Well from what i read months ago (can't find the link). It seems that the cause of the reduce life span is the continuous max spin of the hd while attached to the router. from what i know, HD doesn't spin at max speed unless needed. according again to what i read, the estimate life span of years of HD will reduce to months.

As i can't prove this nor will try to do so, i'm not entirely sure if this is true. I'm not an expert in these fields so if in anyway im wrong, please dont bash and kindly correct me. Currently what i do is just turn on my HD that is connected in my router if it is needed. (takes 15 sec to boot though)
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I currently own 25+ hard drives for personal use, with some of them spinning 24/7, so take this with a grain of salt...the biggest killers of hard drives is spinning up and spinning down frequently and heat. I usually turn off the power saving features in Windows first thing, so constant spinning doesn't necessarily cause premature failure. The few dead hard drives I've encountered usually fail to spin up after they've spun down. I can't recall a spinning hard drive just fail unless heat was an issue. If you are only accessing the drive once or twice a day, that probably isn't a big deal. In a PC, antivirus software may frequently access the drive making the power savings negligible and needlessly causing extra wear and tear on the drive.

Most of my drives are 7200 RPM, and they generate a lot of heat. I have a couple that spin at 5900 RPM, but I'm disappointed in their performance. 5900 or less RPM drives are not supposed to get as hot, but it is something to watch especially if you are moving some big files. Other than my laptop, I don't use a hard drive without a fan blowing across it. Fans are cheap insurance for avoiding failure and loss of data, and deliver the best performance.
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Quote from PhilipJ View Post :
I would like to hear more. I was thinking about picking this up to plug into a router as a backup server.
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Well from what i read months ago (can't find the link). It seems that the cause of the reduce life span is the continuous max spin of the hd while attached to the router. from what i know, HD doesn't spin at max speed unless needed. according again to what i read, the estimate life span of years of HD will reduce to months.

As i can't prove this nor will try to do so, i'm not entirely sure if this is true. I'm not an expert in these fields so if in anyway im wrong, please dont bash and kindly correct me. Currently what i do is just turn on my HD that is connected in my router if it is needed. (takes 15 sec to boot though)
The short answer is: just buy a fan and point it at the external drive and you should be fine.

The long answer is: I'm not exactly sure what that link was talking about. But it's probably all about heat management. Heat is the enemy of all computer components. One of the reasons it's still common to see external drives at 5400 or 5900 RPM is to reduce heat. And that's also why people are favoring drives with 1TB platters now (higher density platters means you need less platters in the drives; less platters in the drive means less heat). But OP's drive has none of those advantages (it's a lottery what you'll get with this order, but it's looking likely that inside the enclosure is a new-ish 7200RPM drive, but unfortunately not the newest one that has 1TB platters).

If you want to use a HDD with your router, keep your external HDD cool and it'll be happy. You can do this in a few ways:

A) Keep it in a cool place that has a fan blowing on it. (I have mine sitting on part of the grate on top of my tower with an extra exhaust fan blowing on it. A cheap and easy solution, but I only use the external when my desktop is on, so you'll have to come up with something more permanently on.)

B) Prevent it from generating heat in the first place. The best way is to just buy a HDD that generates little heat (you can get a rough estimate of heat generation from the "power requirement" charts here: http://www.tomshardware.com/chart...s,134.html). Also, most HDD will "spin down" after a set period of inactivity to reduce heat. You can usually change that spin down time inside Windows (or whatever OS) with any number programs, but probably not if it's attached directly to your router (which is probably what that link you read was talking about). Check your router and see what kinds of bells and whistles it has.
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and the price crash for hard drives is BACK ON!!! The last couple weeks have been like Christmas...
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I saw this at my local Costco store yesterday. Costco has the Seagate Backup Plus 4 TB Desktop external hard drive for $139.99 after instant $40 off ($179.99 - $40 = $139.99). Item # 695080. It's also available online for the same price shipped. Most states will pay sales tax.

http://www.costco.com/Seagate-Bac...22923.html

Not sure when exactly this coupon ends, but online, it's through 5/11. These are now probably all Seagate's 1TB X 4 platter 5900rpm design (ST4000DM000) rather than the prior 800GB X 5 platter 7200rpm design (ST4000DX000) they had back in February. The ones I saw were mostly Thailand made hard drives with case/accessories manufactured in China. You can still read the label on the bottom of the internal box that's covered.

Specifications:
Automatic Backup: Yes
Brand: Seagate
Cable Included: Yes
Hard Drive Size: 4 TB
Interface Standard: USB 3.0
Number of USB 2.0: 1
Number of USB 3.0: 1
Operating System: Windows & Mac
Power Source: USB
Type of Interfaces: USB
USB Ports: 3
Weight: 1.73 lb.
Width: 4.38 in.
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#26
Last night I added the hard drive and the filler in the cart and did not check out. Now I see these earphones are added for free in my cart http://www.newegg.com/Product/Pro...6826586020
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Last night I added the hard drive and the filler in the cart and did not check out. Now I see these earphones are added for free in my cart http://www.newegg.com/Product/Pro...6826586020
It does not look like the BOOST15 code works with free gift combos. A clever way for Newegg to kill the deal.
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It does not look like the BOOST15 code works with free gift combos. A clever way for Newegg to kill the deal.
My order went through with the free headphones right before the code died.
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It does not look like the BOOST15 code works with free gift combos. A clever way for Newegg to kill the deal.
I did not place the order as I don't need any more hard drive so far, but the $15 was still off with the free headphones.
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#30
Thanks OP..ordered one with the BOOST30 ..$30 off $250 and a SSD.
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