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DEAD *Refurbished* Seagate Backup Plus 4TB Desktop External Hard Drive for Mac - Newegg on eBay - $68.99 FS

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Last Edited by widgit September 13, 2016 at 12:16 PM
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Seagate-B...1799630670

I saw this posted on reddit (credit to Joel Ramirez) but it didn't seem to generate much love there. Thought I'd post it here to see what the slickdealers think about it.

I went ahead and bought this as I'm looking for a new backup drive to add to my rotation. 2TBs and 3TBs are looking small nowadays.

I'm leery about buying refurbs but I plan to pop it open to check the SMART data when I get it.

btw - the enclosure is plastic, not metal

update: it sold out
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What is SMART?
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Thanks for posting this. I hesitate to pull the trigger since I would use this for my nas. Please let me know how difficult it's to open the case and how is the drive condition. Would it be suitable for a nas?
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Quote from zerglingdude92 View Post :
What is SMART?
Hard drive monitoring and statistics.
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What's the RPM?
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Looking for my mac's Time Machine back up.. not sure if this is right to bite
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Can this one be used on a PC as well?
I mean is there a easy way to format it to PC or there is anything soft ot hardware preventing it?
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Can this one be used on a PC as well?
I mean is there a easy way to format it to PC or there is anything soft ot hardware preventing it?
Shouldn't be any problem to reformat to NTFS, there's no hardware difference at all these are just pre-formatted to HFS+.
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Interestingly just checked Seagate's website and they even offer a free version of Paragon HFS + for Windows to use with this drive so you might not even have to reformat if you don't want to
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Quote from mj0012 View Post :
Interestingly just checked Seagate's website and they even offer a free version of Paragon HFS + for Windows to use with this drive so you might not even have to reformat if you don't want to
if you don't plan to use it on a Mac, not reformatting would be a bad idea. The possibility of data loss w/ a filesystem utility is greater than if you used a format that the OS supports natively.
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if you don't plan to use it on a Mac, not reformatting would be a bad idea. The possibility of data loss w/ a filesystem utility is greater than if you used a format that the OS supports natively.
Which is a completely reasonable and valid point, I just thought it was interesting Seagate has a free utility to let you use it in HFS mode on Windows.
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From https://www.amazon.com/Seagate-De...B00HFRWXQ0

Some of the Q&A state:

Question: What is the serial number on the drive inside this External?
Answer: ST5000DM00 is the model of the actual drive inside the case.and it is a standard SATA drive. Case comes apart easily by gently prying the blue base off all the way around and then simply pulling the drive and its metal shield and connector board all out at once.
then remove the four rubber bumpers over the screws holding the drive into the metal shield and remove the screws, gently pull backwards from the connector board to separate the drive. see less

Question: What's the (physical) sector size of this drive? Is it 512 or 4096 (in bytes)?
Answer: The physical sector size of the 2TB drive was (surprisingly) 4096 making it a 4k /Advanced Format Drive. I no longer have the drive to verify my memory on this but that is what my review was about. Formerly Seagate's 2TB external Backup Plus drives were 512 making them compatible with Windows 7 backup and imaging utilities-that's why I say "surprisingly". Since there is no indication of this change on the packaging (even though there is a logo for Advanced Format 4kn-native-and Advanced Format 512e -emulation drives) you would not know it until you bought the drive and tried to use the utilities. If you already bought the drive you can run the command line: Fsutil Fsinfo ntfsinfo x: (where x: is the drive's letter designation) to verify-too little too late, unfortunately! It would be hard to convince me this isn't Seagate's deliberate omission and I think Amazon should have this information listed as well.

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refurb seagate sounds like a winner
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so REFURBISHED means someone else LOST their 4tb of data RETURNED
IT and now
we are TO PAY FOR THIS PRIVILEGE ?? AGAIN?? 4TB seems to be a lot to
just vanish
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even brand new Seagate is junk, why bother refurbished
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