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sjsfan 02-25-2013 08:57 AM

3TB Toshiba Canvio Desk USB 3.0 External Desktop Hard Drive $110 + Free Shipping
 
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  • High capacity storage in a compact desktop design
  • Versatile orientation that fits your space in your home or office
  • Preloaded easy-to-use backup software
  • Secure backup with password
  • USB 3.0 + USB 2.0 compatible
  • 3-year limited warranty included
  • File, folder and full system backup and recovery
  • USB plug and play

brisar 02-25-2013 08:57 AM

3TB Toshiba Canvio Desk USB 3.0 External Desktop Hard Drive $110 + Free Shipping
 
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<s>Amazon.com has 3TB Toshiba Canvio Desk USB 3.0 External Desktop Hard Drive (HDWC130XK3J1) for $109.99 with free shipping. Thanks sjsfan
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Newegg.com also has 3TB Toshiba Canvio Desk External Desktop Hard Drive (HDWC130XK3J1) for $129.99 - $20 w/ promo code EMCXVVV37 = $109.99 with free shipping.

donEddie7 02-25-2013 10:28 AM

Why isn't this deal getting as much attention as the Seagate 3TB external from the other day? Does this drive suck?

dvdapex 02-25-2013 10:31 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by donEddie7 (Post 57814488)
Why isn't this deal getting as much attention as the Seagate 3TB external from the other day? Does this drive suck?

No, it does not suck. And 3 year warranty on this is very, very nice.

tvip 02-25-2013 10:41 AM

love my 1TB toshibe canvio portables, fast & reliable.

BaseShip 02-25-2013 10:47 AM

Possible to rip the drive out for internal use? What brand is inside?

Dasmittyman 02-25-2013 10:48 AM

Comparison to the 2TB WD for $105 a few days ago?

Carnivore 02-25-2013 10:51 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Dasmittyman (Post 57815098)
Comparison to the 2TB WD for $105 a few days ago?

Well for starters it's 5 dollars more for an additional terabyte of space.

drbeanz 02-25-2013 10:53 AM

anyone know what's the drive inside?

Reviews from Toshiba site, not so good feedback
http://us.toshiba.com/computers/s...C130XK3J1/

Newegg, also mehhh
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Pro...6822149389

BaseShip 02-25-2013 10:55 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by drbeanz (Post 57815306)
anyone know what's the drive inside?

Reviews from Toshiba site, not so good feedback
http://us.toshiba.com/computers/s...C130XK3J1/

Newegg, also mehhh
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Pro...6822149389

Thanks for the reviews, skipping this one.

NORDO 02-25-2013 10:56 AM

Toshiba's internals are the former Hitachi/HGST drives. They acquired the tooling as part of the WD merger last year.

Anyway, I think this may be what's inside - but I'm not sure:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Pro...6822149408

(If that's the case, it's the same drive that was on sale this past weekend for $130)

NORDO 02-25-2013 10:59 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by BaseShip (Post 57815362)
Thanks for the reviews, skipping this one.

Regarding the reviews, note that quite a few seem to be people not understanding 4K drives and subsequently having issues using them on older systems.

If you're also unfamiliar, I suggest you read up on them:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2510009

http://www.tomshardware.com/revie...554-3.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Advanced_Format

http://www.seagate.com/tech-insig...master-ti/

BaseShip 02-25-2013 11:08 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by NORDO (Post 57815476)
Regarding the reviews, note that quite a few seem to be people not understanding 4K drives and subsequently having issues using them on older systems.

If you're also unfamiliar, I suggest you read up on them:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2510009

http://www.tomshardware.com/revie...554-3.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Advanced_Format

http://www.seagate.com/tech-insig...master-ti/


If you read the reviews, quite a few people are mentioning DEAD drives.

"Died after about 3-4 weeks."

"DOA"

"the drive died after 2 weeks later."

On and on and on.

sheltem 02-25-2013 11:12 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by BaseShip (Post 57815080)
Possible to rip the drive out for internal use? What brand is inside?

I found this from an older post:
Quote:

Originally Posted by WilliamF2034 (Post 56239512)
I just bought one from Microcenter - 3Tb - for $129.99. Its a Hitachi. The case wasn't too bad to open, I just inserted a pocket knife at the seam and worked it around. It did break off a couple of tabs which will probably void the warranty, but hopefully it should work anyway.

Hitachi
P/N 9F14318
HDKPJ08A0A01J

I wonder what the warranty is on the internal drive itself?

maxxve 02-25-2013 11:12 AM

I'm in the market for a 2TB+ external but all the reviews about poor reliability scare me a bit. I think I'll keep waiting.

TH0R 02-25-2013 11:13 AM

Not a good hard drive, avoid. :nod:

wyo_vr4 02-25-2013 11:13 AM

I got one of these from Best Buy for $70 during the $50 off $100 extravaganza. No problems so far.

smither777 02-25-2013 11:18 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by NORDO (Post 57815376)
Anyway, I think this may be what's inside - but I'm not sure:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Pro...6822149408

(If that's the case, it's the same drive that was on sale this past weekend for $130)

The external drive is detailed as 5700 RPM. There internal drive you have linked is 7200 RPM. Either newegg has incorrect details listed or the internal drive you linked is not what is inside this, probably the latter.

NORDO 02-25-2013 11:26 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by smither777 (Post 57816032)
The external drive is detailed as 5700 RPM. There internal drive you have linked is 7200 RPM. Either newegg has incorrect details listed or the internal drive you linked is not what is inside this, probably the latter.

Yup, you're right. Now that I think about it, I recall reading that Toshiba's only using the lower-speed HDDs on their externals right now. That would make this a DT01ABA300, perhaps?

http://hardforum.com/showthread.php?t=1710269

http://www.toshiba.co.jp/about/pr...pr0801.htm

dvdapex 02-25-2013 11:38 AM

Per previous SD post the drive inside is a Hitachi HDS5C3030BLE630

waltz78 02-25-2013 11:39 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by TH0R (Post 57815882)
Not a good hard drive, avoid. :nod:

Not a useful post, ignore. :nod:

fatlardo 02-25-2013 11:41 AM

So can this be opened up safely then put back together if need warranty?

jwong 02-25-2013 11:51 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by xfatty (Post 57816712)
So can this be opened up safely then put back together if need warranty?

It is very hard to get the enclosure off without breaking some tabs.

Now, whether when you send it back for warranty they are going to notice the broken tabs and try to invalidate it, I don't know.

slicksder 02-25-2013 12:02 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by wyo_vr4 (Post 57815894)
I got one of these from Best Buy for $70 during the $50 off $100 extravaganza. No problems so far.

ditto. This seems like a lukewarm deal. It was $119 that day at BestBuy (which is probably not the first time that you will see that deal), and with all of rewards that we have been generating from the Facebook polls, you could probably see this same deal ($110) or fairly close to it again this year.

My opinion is that this is a good backup HD. That's how I plan to use it. For $70, if it dies, I just get a new one under the warranty and copy all the data back again. 3 year warranty is nice.

HenryTheNoodle 02-25-2013 12:04 PM

Another review here -

http://www.storagereview.com/tosh...3tb_review

"The Toshiba 3TB Canvio Desk Desktop external hard is a nicely done desktop hard drive. It will meet the needs of most users with its USB 3.0 compatibility but offers little that's unique to set it apart from other competing drives. "

Groch 02-25-2013 12:10 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by drbeanz (Post 57815306)
anyone know what's the drive inside?

From Previous deal threads, its a Hitachi drive. The specifications match the Hitachi 5K3000

Owner feedback I see on that are pretty bad too.

fatbb 02-25-2013 12:15 PM

I had a Hitachi drive that was very noisy, I returned it and went with Seagate, much quieter.

n3rf 02-25-2013 12:19 PM

dang..... wanted this to be a Best Buy deal! have some $50.00 cell phone coupons that I want to use on 1 or 2 of these 3+ tb drives.....

awesome deal!

joeH1974 02-25-2013 12:25 PM

Every hard drive sold now will have bad reviews. If you go by Newegg reviews, you'll never buy a drive again. Best hope anymore is to just buy and pray! LOL...

TH0R 02-25-2013 12:41 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by joeH1974 (Post 57817808)
Every hard drive sold now will have bad reviews. If you go by Newegg reviews, you'll never buy a drive again. Best hope anymore is to just buy and pray! LOL...

Wrong, there are still drives out there with great reviews. It's better to buy a smaller capacity, reliable hard drive than a bigger capacity POS that will fail and take your data with it.

ohm4life911 02-25-2013 12:43 PM

damn was going to jump on this deal which is great for its price, but after reading all the reviews on Newegg i think i'll have to pass and wait for another deal like this!

joeH1974 02-25-2013 12:45 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by TH0R (Post 57818232)
Wrong, there are still drives out there with great reviews. It's better to buy a smaller capacity, reliable hard drive than a bigger capacity POS that will fail and take your data with it.

Ah I see. You do realize that drives are pretty much only manufactured by 2 or 3 companies now? Also, I would just love to try and cram 24 500Gb drives into my server...

joeH1974 02-25-2013 12:50 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ohm4life911 (Post 57818298)
damn was going to jump on this deal which is great for its price, but after reading all the reviews on Newegg i think i'll have to pass and wait for another deal like this!

Go on Newegg and try to find a drive listed as 5-eggs with more than 10 reviews. Even the WD 2TB blacks have 17% 1-egg reviews.

NORDO 02-25-2013 01:09 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by dvdapex (Post 57816636)
Per previous SD post the drive inside is a Hitachi HDS5C3030BLE630

We have a winner.

See here for more info/discussion:
http://hardforum.com/showthread.php?t=1726279
http://www.overclock.net/t/135510...-60-2tb-80

TH0R 02-25-2013 01:11 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by joeH1974 (Post 57818378)
Ah I see. You do realize that drives are pretty much only manufactured by 2 or 3 companies now? Also, I would just love to try and cram 24 500Gb drives into my server...

Enjoy your faulty equipment, you are not worthy of my input.

joeH1974 02-25-2013 01:15 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by TH0R (Post 57819046)
Enjoy your faulty equipment, you are not worthy of my input.

I'm torn up about it. Really. :lmao:

taggupalya 02-25-2013 01:16 PM

i would stay away from toshiba.. had bad experience lost all of my backed up data :-(

NORDO 02-25-2013 01:16 PM

Warranty concerns aside, I think I may have finally found the perfect HDD for my new HTPC.

Stick two of these together in a RAID1 array and I'll be set. Quieter, and less energy, than the ACA (7200 RPM) version, and $20 cheaper at sale pricing. It's just for media storage (SSD for OS/Apps) so I can't see how speed would ever be an issue.

chops 02-25-2013 01:23 PM

ive had mine for months now with weekly backups running. no issues. however, i did run a full sector scan before committing to this hardrive. this is something EVERYONE should do. if you have any bad sectors on an empty hardrive, you're better off RMA'ing it and getting a new one while you still can. ive done this on all my hardrives over the last decade and have never had one die on me, aside from the IBM deathstar. i mean deskstar.

joeH1974 02-25-2013 01:25 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by chops (Post 57819352)
ive had mine for months now with weekly backups running. no issues. however, i did run a full sector scan before committing to this hardrive. this is something EVERYONE should do. if you have any bad sectors on an empty hardrive, you're better off RMA'ing it and getting a new one while you still can. ive done this on all my hardrives over the last decade and have never had one die on me, aside from the IBM deathstar. i mean deskstar.

I did the exact same thing. Picked this up for $69.99 during the Best Buy debacle. Now it happily sits on a shelf as a backup to my server's 3TB WD red.

RaleighGuy 02-25-2013 01:39 PM

Since this is Harddrive, so if you've shoprunning membership, then I think buying through Newegg is better as they ship via Fedex as compared to Amazon.com which send via UPS (It's just my experience, that I get my package delivered with a little more care with FexEx!)

TMA-1 02-25-2013 01:50 PM

I have this drive and love the speeds. I get 130 MB/s (not Mb/s) write on large files (video) and 90 MB/S on smaller files (mp3), it almost as fast as transfer between my internal SATA drives, this is definitely a SLICKDEAL!

PHD4Slick 02-25-2013 03:12 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Carnivore (Post 57815216)
Well for starters it's 5 dollars more for an additional terabyte of space.

Not very smart comparison. WD is a portable drive(much better deal). This one is not (AC power requires)

Tshirt 02-25-2013 05:00 PM

I bought it from NewEgg just now. Be prepared though, quite a few of us are going to receive dead or almost dead drives. Good luck to all. Remember, if the drive fails on you, you will have to pay for return shipping (+restocking for NE).

Sam Hobbs 02-25-2013 05:08 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by joeH1974 (Post 57818378)
You do realize that drives are pretty much only manufactured by 2 or 3 companies now?

I assume you do not realize the variety of quality of hard drives made by each company. I do not know how to judge reliability, other than to compare warranty periods. I do know however that I want to avoid drives with a one-year warranty.

Blindingfury 02-25-2013 05:14 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by fatbb (Post 57817568)
I had a Hitachi drive that was very noisy, I returned it and went with Seagate, much quieter.

I would rather get a noisy one than a hot one, my Seagate 3TB and 4TB external can goes up to 63 C.
Don't know much about this Toshiba though, don't think it has a fan inside enclosure neither.

AaronDotNET 02-25-2013 06:04 PM

I bought this drive back when Best Buy was running that crazy $50 off $100 or more coupon. I think the base price at the time was $120 anyways, so this deal doesn't seem too great.

The drive seems to work okay and the speeds are fast enough for me. I do have one complaint. The drive won't be recognized by my router if I plug it into its USB port. That sucks because I had hoped to use it as a NAS. If anyone has been able to use this as a NAS, please let me know how. Right now I just have it hooked up to my desktop and map it as a network drive to other computers. But that means my desktop has to always be on.

po-90260 02-25-2013 07:12 PM

$124.30 + $6.49 shipping

mac4lyfe 02-25-2013 07:41 PM

I just picked up this drive from Office Depot.

They have it for $119.99 but OD has a 30% off in store coupon which brought my total down to $83.99 tax

$90.92 out the door in Texas.


Here's the coupon PDF...
http://www.officedepot.com/adRedi...irect=true

Moshe1010 02-25-2013 08:10 PM

I have the 1TB version and it's the worst hard drive I've ever had.

n3rf 02-25-2013 08:47 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mac4lyfe (Post 57827836)
I just picked up this drive from Office Depot.

They have it for $119.99 but OD has a 30% off in store coupon which brought my total down to $83.99 tax

$90.92 out the door in Texas.


Here's the coupon PDF...
http://www.officedepot.com/adRedi...irect=true

wow seems like an awesome price will have to search my local office depot for one.

NORDO 02-25-2013 09:34 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Moshe1010 (Post 57828388)
I have the 1TB version and it's the worst hard drive I've ever had.

Care to elaborate?

dcmanryan 02-25-2013 10:01 PM

Does anyone know if the WD Live with streaming (newest one) will recognize a 3TB HD? I have a 1TB and it's full :(

Moshe1010 02-25-2013 11:05 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by NORDO (Post 57829612)
Care to elaborate?

The cable died on the first month; the HD connector itself is not stable (a little movement of the HD, and it disconnects itself from the laptop/computer); it has constant connect/disconnect problem on Windows (Windows always says to "repair" the drive); it doesn't support Mac well; it is super slow compared to WD USB 3.0 external Harddrives. I got 60MB/S MAX with this HD, while my WD Passport gives me almost double then that.

Communism 02-26-2013 12:54 AM

The 7200 RPM Seagate External 3TB and 4TB are the best deals.

I get 200 mB/s constant from my 3TB used as internal (The sata to USB3 bridge is limited to 150mB/s). I get 170 mB/s constant from my 4TB used as internal (Obviously lower seek times than 5700/5900 rpm drives as well. The thermals aren't a problem in any case with a fan by the hard drive bays, which is basically all normal size cases.

gergev 02-26-2013 01:05 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by AaronDotNET (Post 57825960)
I bought this drive back when Best Buy was running that crazy $50 off $100 or more coupon. I think the base price at the time was $120 anyways, so this deal doesn't seem too great.

The drive seems to work okay and the speeds are fast enough for me. I do have one complaint. The drive won't be recognized by my router if I plug it into its USB port. That sucks because I had hoped to use it as a NAS. If anyone has been able to use this as a NAS, please let me know how. Right now I just have it hooked up to my desktop and map it as a network drive to other computers. But that means my desktop has to always be on.

I got mine on that BB deal, about $70 after coupon.
Plugged it into a USB port on my synology ds211j NAS. It appeared on the network as an external drive to the NAS. I backed up the contents of its 2 x 2tb raid config using synology's backup and restore program. The process was extremely slow due to the NAS usb 2.0 and the limited processor, etc, but eventually got the job done.

Much faster transferring data from the usb3.0 port of my laptop.

The Office Depot deal w/ coupon seems like a good deal.

NORDO 02-26-2013 06:09 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Moshe1010 (Post 57830470)
The cable died on the first month; the HD connector itself is not stable (a little movement of the HD, and it disconnects itself from the laptop/computer); it has constant connect/disconnect problem on Windows (Windows always says to "repair" the drive); it doesn't support Mac well; it is super slow compared to WD USB 3.0 external Harddrives. I got 60MB/S MAX with this HD, while my WD Passport gives me almost double then that.

Thanks, appreciate it.

Sounds like most of the issues are related to the enclosure itself - which isn't much of a concern for me since I'm considering these for the internal drives.

ncognet0 02-26-2013 06:16 AM

JUst ordered mine and it said that there was 8 left in stock.

satnav4 02-26-2013 07:00 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by TH0R (Post 57815882)
Not a good hard drive, avoid. :nod:

I have not researched this drive, and thus take my comment with a grain of salt. Almost a year ago, I bought a pair of Seagate 1.5 TB drives on a closeout from Office Depot for $30 apiece. According to the reviews, the drives had a horrible failure rate. I concluded the failures resulted from the housing, not the drives themselves. I popped the drives out of their housings, and placed them in a D-Link NAS. They have been running like champs 24/7 since. Perhaps the problems with the posted drive stem from the housing.

gjc12 02-26-2013 07:13 AM

I have this drive and I haven't had a successful backup yet. I keep getting I/O errors causing the backups to fail after a few minutes. A disk scan shows no issues, and I'm trying a full reformat to see if that helps.

TH0R 02-26-2013 07:20 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by satnav4 (Post 57834656)
I have not researched this drive, and thus take my comment with a grain of salt. Almost a year ago, I bought a pair of Seagate 1.5 TB drives on a closeout from Office Depot for $30 apiece. According to the reviews, the drives had a horrible failure rate. I concluded the failures resulted from the housing, not the drives themselves. I popped the drives out of their housings, and placed them in a D-Link NAS. They have been running like champs 24/7 since. Perhaps the problems with the posted drive stem from the housing.

Smart man, great deals you got!

threebeers 02-26-2013 10:32 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mac4lyfe (Post 57827836)
I just picked up this drive from Office Depot.

They have it for $119.99 but OD has a 30% off in store coupon which brought my total down to $83.99 tax

$90.92 out the door in Texas.


Here's the coupon PDF...
http://www.officedepot.com/adRedi...irect=true

I was able to replicate this deal at OD. $84.

There are two issues. The coupon says it applies to "regularly priced items" but this drive is on sale, 120 down from 140. Second, the exclusions include computers.

However at the register it did not show it as on sale. The CSR read the exclusions carefully, and pointed out the computer exclusion. I noted they usually say "technology" and this one was specific to computers and printers, he agreed, said "good catch" and it ran through.

If you bump into the former issue only (on sale), try it on the Seagate 3gb, full price at $140, $98 AC.

First thing I did was save the files on it to another drive and run chkdsk for bad sectors. http://www.speed-up-pc.org/speed_...tility.php Passed.

kakashisensei 02-26-2013 12:38 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by threebeers (Post 57840120)
I was able to replicate this deal at OD. $84.

There are two issues. The coupon says it applies to "regularly priced items" but this drive is on sale, 120 down from 140. Second, the exclusions include computers.

However at the register it did not show it as on sale. The CSR read the exclusions carefully, and pointed out the computer exclusion. I noted they usually say "technology" and this one was specific to computers and printers, he agreed, said "good catch" and it ran through.

Just tried this. They wouldn't give the coupon because they said it was a sale item.

TimWillin 02-26-2013 01:09 PM

Good luck with Toshiba support
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by dvdapex (Post 57814550)
No, it does not suck. And 3 year warranty on this is very, very nice.

Their support is contracted to a company that tries to charge $$ for warranty repairs.

n3rf 02-26-2013 01:30 PM

just attempted the Office Depot deal

Failed at Garden Grove and Tustin (CA) stores, both time manager said these items were part of the "Computer" exclusion, even though i tried to point out it didnt exclude them... he tried to run the coupon and even the register would not accept it and he would not override.

JohnFunk 02-26-2013 02:11 PM

I had success with the Office Depot deal (Rock Hill, SC)
Guess I got lucky! Manager & sales associate accepted coupon w/ no questions.

After coupon, after tax, $89.87

chifish3 02-26-2013 02:56 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by threebeers (Post 57840120)
I was able to replicate this deal at OD. $84.

There are two issues. The coupon says it applies to "regularly priced items" but this drive is on sale, 120 down from 140. Second, the exclusions include computers.

However at the register it did not show it as on sale. The CSR read the exclusions carefully, and pointed out the computer exclusion. I noted they usually say "technology" and this one was specific to computers and printers, he agreed, said "good catch" and it ran through.

I just did this trick at my local OD in Savannah, GA. I was very doubtful it was going to work since the cashier kept getting an error code when he entered the coupon number. He eventually had to call a manager to override it. Got it for $89.

g725s 02-26-2013 03:14 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Moshe1010 (Post 57828388)
I have the 1TB version and it's the worst hard drive I've ever had.

please go into detail and explain how it compares to all the other drives.

NORDO 02-26-2013 04:45 PM

My local Office Depot said they think the coupon should work on the drive. I was already using the coupon on something else but I think I'll head back tomorrow with another one. The guy said he didn't see any issue with multiple visits/purchases, provided I had a physical coupon each time.

Megaweapon 02-26-2013 06:33 PM

The manager at my OD was happy that I had a coupon before he even looked at it. The system didn't accept, but he overrode without prompting. Some combination of the bad weather, a completely empty store and it being 20 minutes before closing might have been a factor.

For those of you thinking about using this internally: Toshiba does [hardforum.com] track these drives, so you will need to re-case it for warranty purposes. The good news is that there are no tamper seals on the case. Here's a guide for removing the drive so you don't break the case:

http://hardforum.com/showpost.php...stcount=30

gcb 02-26-2013 06:38 PM

> compact design.

/thread

jk. good price.

RyanL 02-27-2013 02:23 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by chops (Post 57819352)
ive had mine for months now with weekly backups running. no issues. however, i did run a full sector scan before committing to this hardrive. this is something EVERYONE should do. if you have any bad sectors on an empty hardrive, you're better off RMA'ing it and getting a new one while you still can. ive done this on all my hardrives over the last decade and have never had one die on me, aside from the IBM deathstar. i mean deskstar.

Do you just use the windows check disk or is their a better one floating around out there?

chops 02-27-2013 10:11 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Moshe1010 (Post 57830470)
The cable died on the first month; the HD connector itself is not stable (a little movement of the HD, and it disconnects itself from the laptop/computer); it has constant connect/disconnect problem on Windows (Windows always says to "repair" the drive); it doesn't support Mac well; it is super slow compared to WD USB 3.0 external Harddrives. I got 60MB/S MAX with this HD, while my WD Passport gives me almost double then that.

sounds off. my 3TB gets a steady 110mb/sec.

even cnet's review stated its a fast drive:

http://reviews.cnet.com/external-...486-2.html

Quote:

Originally Posted by RyanL (Post 57855744)
Do you just use the windows check disk or is their a better one floating around out there?

http://lifehacker.com/5409477/win...ve-sectors

J03 02-27-2013 10:16 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by RyanL (Post 57855744)
Do you just use the windows check disk or is their a better one floating around out there?


I use the drive specific tool. My externals are all WD so I use their free Data Lifeguard Diagnostic software you can get right off the website. Toshiba has their own diagnostic tool on their website, as does Seagate ect... Just type "X hard drive diagnostic software" into google but replace X with the brand name.

bil 02-27-2013 11:04 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by RyanL (Post 57855744)
Do you just use the windows check disk or is their a better one floating around out there?

Check if the manufacturer supplies a zero fill (format) utility. Basically writes and then reads/verifies every single portion of the drive and reports bad sectors. Seagate makes one for their drives and so does WD.

fiveohfour 02-27-2013 02:25 PM

Just for informations sake I'll share the three programs I always keep on my flash drive. All are freeware or shareware. I'll put a link next to each one of its respective PCWorld write up.
The 1st one is called HD Tune ( http://www.pcworld.com/article/232206/hd_tune.html ) and its just a simple way to check the Drives health and its S.M.A.R.T status and to gauge performance and scan for errors.

The 2nd is Easeus Partition Manager Home and it is as its title suggests-lets you manage a drive and its partitions from the most simple format single partition to more "involved" operations like resizing existing partitions or merging, all things you can do from the command line but it gives you a GUI to make it accessible to everyone. It's a program that runs on Windows. http://www.pcworld.com/article/231472/easeus_partition_master_home_edition.html

The last one is very similar to the second one in its function with one huge distinction, you run it as a LiveCD or put it on a flash drive even and it gives you a small Linux based environment that the program- GParted Live- lets you format, partition, merge or do whatever you need to windows Mac or Linux formatted discs and is great for when you have a corrupt Windows Install or any situation in which you are having trouble either booting to the drive you are trying to work on a drive that for whatever reason windows isn't letting you manage properly. I've had drives that wouldn't even show up in my windows 7 install session or kept failing during format and this has let me simply, without having to remove the drive, make whatever repairs are needed or in my most recent case at least see that It's S.M.A.R.T status is being reported as a failing drive so I can move on, but for some reason it wouldn't report the drives health in Windows PE environment.
GParted Live- http://www.pcworld.com/article/232914/gparted_live.html

NORDO 02-27-2013 04:23 PM

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I realize I'm lucky that my local Office Depot apparently doesn't care what the fine print on their coupons says...

Walked in with three 30% coupons tonight. Walked out with 3 x 3TB drives at $84/ea + tax, or 9TB total for $252 + tax - that's $28/TB!

Even with tax they were still just under $90 a pop - an extra drive for just $50 more than the Newegg price for two. I certainly can't complain!

Manager had to override the computer since they were on sale, but did it no questions asked. Even rang them up together. I actually offered to just buy one (because I was in there last night - and used a 30% coupon - to buy something else) but they said "no, you can buy three!"

:woot:

g725s 02-28-2013 05:49 PM

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Originally Posted by NORDO (Post 57872230)
I realize I'm lucky that my local Office Depot apparently doesn't care what the fine print on their coupons says...

Walked in with three 30% coupons tonight. Walked out with 3 x 3TB drives at $84/ea + tax, or 9TB total for $252 + tax - that's $28/TB!

Even with tax they were still just under $90 a pop - an extra drive for just $50 more than the Newegg price for two. I certainly can't complain!

Manager had to override the computer since they were on sale, but did it no questions asked. Even rang them up together. I actually offered to just buy one (because I was in there last night - and used a 30% coupon - to buy something else) but they said "no, you can buy three!"

:woot:

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Originally Posted by n3rf (Post 57844734)
just attempted the Office Depot deal

Failed at Garden Grove and Tustin (CA) stores, both time manager said these items were part of the "Computer" exclusion, even though i tried to point out it didnt exclude them... he tried to run the coupon and even the register would not accept it and he would not override.

Tried at my local O.D. in far south O.C.. Tried twice with both the regular manager and then later with the assistant manager. Both would not honor the coupon for this drive. Both said because the coupon says 30% off "regular priced item". The store near me only had one drive in stock anyway. Worth a try though since I live close by the store. Oh well... Lucky shopper that got the three drives no questions asked.

harshey1388 02-28-2013 06:01 PM

This is a great HD. I have one of these. Bought it when Best Buy had their $50 off $100 when using a mastercard promotion. Ended up paying around 60 something for a 3TB. Can't complaint one bit.

NORDO 02-28-2013 07:46 PM

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Originally Posted by g725s (Post 57899152)
Tried at my local O.D. in far south O.C.. Tried twice with both the regular manager and then later with the assistant manager. Both would not honor the coupon for this drive. Both said because the coupon says 30% off "regular priced item". The store near me only had one drive in stock anyway. Worth a try though since I live close by the store. Oh well... Lucky shopper that got the three drives no questions asked.

Yup, I should've bought a lotto ticket last night. One of the employees told me he would've done the same thing (I bought their last 3) if he wasn't working!

On a related note, I've run a complete scan on 2 of the 3 so far with the Hitachi DFT (Drive Fitness Test) tool [hgst.com] and they've checked out perfectly.

sallyjones2013 03-01-2013 12:37 AM

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Originally Posted by donEddie7 (Post 57814488)
Why isn't this deal getting as much attention as the Seagate 3TB external from the other day? Does this drive suck?

I presonally like Toshiba than Seagate.

KITHPOM 03-01-2013 12:41 PM

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Originally Posted by Moshe1010 (Post 57830470)
The cable died on the first month;

The cables are not designed for abuse, don't roll them too tight, no kinking.
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the HD connector itself is not stable (a little movement of the HD, and it disconnects itself from the laptop/computer); it has constant connect/disconnect problem on Windows (Windows always says to "repair" the drive);
It not being a portable drive it is not designed to be moved, at all, when in use. Try shaking your desktop tower during use and see what happens.
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it doesn't support Mac well; it is super slow compared to WD USB 3.0 external Harddrives. I got 60MB/S MAX with this HD, while my WD Passport gives me almost double then that.
Sounds like more of a mac issue. Were you using an appropriate format for the mac?

JohnM4626 03-01-2013 05:04 PM

Is Seagate 3TB external better performance
 
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Originally Posted by donEddie7 (Post 57814488)
Why isn't this deal getting as much attention as the Seagate 3TB external from the other day? Does this drive suck?

Is Seagate 3TB external better performance

GreenChillies 03-01-2013 11:05 PM

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Originally Posted by threebeers (Post 57840120)
I was able to replicate this deal at OD. $84.

There are two issues. The coupon says it applies to "regularly priced items" but this drive is on sale, 120 down from 140. Second, the exclusions include computers.

However at the register it did not show it as on sale. The CSR read the exclusions carefully, and pointed out the computer exclusion. I noted they usually say "technology" and this one was specific to computers and printers, he agreed, said "good catch" and it ran through.

If you bump into the former issue only (on sale), try it on the Seagate 3gb, full price at $140, $98 AC.

First thing I did was save the files on it to another drive and run chkdsk for bad sectors. http://www.speed-up-pc.org/speed_...tility.php Passed.

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Originally Posted by NORDO (Post 57872230)
I realize I'm lucky that my local Office Depot apparently doesn't care what the fine print on their coupons says...

Walked in with three 30% coupons tonight. Walked out with 3 x 3TB drives at $84/ea + tax, or 9TB total for $252 + tax - that's $28/TB!

Even with tax they were still just under $90 a pop - an extra drive for just $50 more than the Newegg price for two. I certainly can't complain!

Manager had to override the computer since they were on sale, but did it no questions asked. Even rang them up together. I actually offered to just buy one (because I was in there last night - and used a 30% coupon - to buy something else) but they said "no, you can buy three!"

:woot:


Looks like so many of u were able to get the coupon applied to $119 sale price. Apprecialte if anyone can upload or send a scan of the receipt to my email or PM. I want to go tommorrow morning and saw this thread just now. Please ............:wave::hug: :worship:

Also, OD has SeagateĀ® Backup Plus Desktop Hard Drive, 3TB for #139.99 (PM to Costco for $129.99). Which one should I go for ?? Seagate or Toshiba ?? :confused:

TIA

donEddie7 03-02-2013 07:18 PM

I had no trouble getting my local Office Depot to use the coupon. Bought 2 hard drives and am currently contemplating whether I should open them up or just use external.

slugbom 03-03-2013 03:57 PM

If you didn't get the Ebay deal on the Seagate a week or two ago you missed out (same price). I wouldn't trust Toshiba and plus that 'Buy' retailer fedexes their orders so I got it faster than amazon would ever get it there. Newegg shipping is a joke.

I guess that's how they have such good deals, they use 5th rate shipping.

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Originally Posted by JohnM4626 (Post 57925016)
Is Seagate 3TB external better performance

It's not so much better performance, it's just that the disc itself is going to be unreliable. Toshiba makes junk. I would never buy anything made by them. It's a shame really, they were a trusted brand 10 years ago.

But you take your chances always. Yours might be fine. I have a hitachi going strong for years that everyone said was faulty. It was probably just their case.

NORDO 03-03-2013 08:14 PM

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Originally Posted by slugbom (Post 57963778)
If you didn't get the Ebay deal on the Seagate a week or two ago you missed out (same price). I wouldn't trust Toshiba and plus that 'Buy' retailer fedexes their orders so I got it faster than amazon would ever get it there. Newegg shipping is a joke.

I guess that's how they have such good deals, they use 5th rate shipping.



It's not so much better performance, it's just that the disc itself is going to be unreliable. Toshiba makes junk. I would never buy anything made by them. It's a shame really, they were a trusted brand 10 years ago.

But you take your chances always. Yours might be fine. I have a hitachi going strong for years that everyone said was faulty. It was probably just their case.

Toshiba's 3.5" drives are Hitachis/HGSTs... so you should be basing your past experience on those, which are generally considered to be top of the line - especially for RAID environments.

slugbom 03-04-2013 10:41 PM

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Originally Posted by NORDO (Post 57968406)
Toshiba's 3.5" drives are Hitachis/HGSTs... so you should be basing your past experience on those, which are generally considered to be top of the line - especially for RAID environments.


Like I said. I got lucky with my Hitachi is all. They're garbage.. and slow.

NORDO 03-19-2013 12:38 PM

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I found this from an older post:


I wonder what the warranty is on the internal drive itself?

Adding for future reference...

Opened one of mine up - warranty on the internal drive is showing as 3 years from date of manufacture.

mushymarsha 05-06-2013 08:26 AM

Horrible situation. It worked for a few days on windows 7, then started clikcing & beeping. After a reboot, the drive wasn't recognized as a disk, only as a device. I also tried it on 2 other computers: In Windows xp, same thing as windows 7. On ubuntu, the device kept cycling and disconnecting and would not mount. Tried plugging into both usb 2 and 3 ports, no luck. seems like a hardware issue related to the enclusure/connection because disk utilities reveal that the underlying disk is OK - passes all the usual tests.
It's a disaster because I have a lot of important data stored there. The drive died just as I was about to backup everything on the cloud, so I can't acces the data right now. Calling tech cupport to see if they'll repair it since it's still under warranty. It's inexcusable that there's no support for this product on the toshiba site!
Lesson learned - do research first and don't be tempted by a great deal, it's not always what it seems. Go with Seagate or LaCie, those are solid!

Sam Hobbs 05-25-2013 10:29 AM

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Originally Posted by mushymarsha (Post 59283910)
Go with Seagate or LaCie, those are solid!

I bought a Seagate ST3000VX000 drive. As soon as I installed it I used Seagate's Seatools. The drive failed the Short DST test. Seagate agrees the drive is bad and that I should return it. I have not yet returned it but I will. I am of course very disappointed with Seagate.


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