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Costco Wholesale has for its Members: 8TB Seagate Backup Plus Hub Desktop Hard Drive (STEL8000401) on sale for $119.99. Shipping is free. Thanks Petra

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Item 8888881 Model STEL8000401

$15 per TB

Features:
Two Integrated High-speed USB 3.0 ports
Formatted for Windows Computers Out of the Box
Works with Windows and Mac Computers without Reformatting
Schedule an Automatic Backup Plan with Included Seagate Backup Software
Includes 2-month Membership to Adobe Creative Cloud Photography Plan

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I just had one of these die on me and lost the 8TB of data on this drive combined with some on another due to using LVM in Linux to combine the two. Luckily most of it was backed up, but never ever again. I wouldn't use a Seagate drive for anything remotely important even if it was given to me for free. Just my 2 cents. As someone else said, BUYER BEWARE! Also, my drive died with NO warning. No SMART notifications to clue me in that it was having issues.
Having been using cheaper available hdd years back and bought 6 seagate external. Which were SMR for running Secondary nas/container baremetal. You HAVE to disable APM on seagate. Nasty short time for parking the heads. Check your smartcl for rapid acceleration for heads parking Counts , if apm is enable.
I added a systemctl service to set. APM off during booting time.
And no failing for years ... going to 3 years running.
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Can't stress this enough. Avoid the SMR headache at all cost.
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Can't stress this enough. Avoid the SMR headache at all cost.
How can we non tech people know which drives are smr?
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Isn't this the same price they always have it at over the past couple years?
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I have bought two of these and they work flawlessly for what they are designed for which is a BIG archive/backup disk. I run a 12TB multi-drive unraid and back it up to this drive in another building - since we all know RAID doesn't back up anything Smilie

Very good sustained writes of over 100MB/sec - usually around 150MB and normal read speeds.

This is a normal sales price that I paid for the drive about a year ago.

Not easily shucked and not good for NAS due to drive technology, but happy overall.
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Seagate sucks.. I would avoid even if it was for free.. been a network administrator for over a decade and a half.. 😵.. if you don't believe me, google it.. 💪
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Ugghh I hate Seagate. Buyer beware! I had a Seagate backup drive and it failed right after the warranty expired. It was dead as a brick, and I lost all my files that was on it.
Yeah, it's just an anecdote, but of dozens of hard drives I've used in the past 20 years, I've had 5 Seagates fail (all suddenly, all unable to recover) and one WD Green (a slow, degrading failure that allowed me to migrate data.) I've totally sworn off Seagate at this point. It's a shame, because I'd have picked them as the premiere hard drive manufacturer in the 90s to early 2000s.

Edit: Additionally, both times I've RMA'd a Seagate drive under warranty, it was replaced with a refurbished drive that also died within a year. Both times. And I wasn't counting those among the five above.
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I've been using one of these for about a year as the storage drive for my plex server. Haven't had any issues so far, but I have had bad luck with seagate in the past.
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Unfortunately, I have had reallllly bad luck with seagate hard drives. The company I was working for had purchased 1200 new desktops, within 3 years we had to replace every hard drive with SSD's. We had to work with the OEM and Seagate to identify the issue.

Seagate insisted to the OEM that a firmware patch would fix the issue... no go. All had to be swapped as they just randomly failed even after the firmware was updated.

In my personal pc's using consumer internal/external drives like this from seagate, I have had a high failure rate compared to WD.

I wish WD had some similar deals on this size drive. I will wait for the deals that are going to be coming up soon.

https://www.bestbuy.com/site/wd-e...Id=5792401
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Last edited by Phoenix126 October 28, 2020 at 05:56 PM. Reason: added link to wd drive that is $20 more
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I've been using this drive for about a year as the storage for a Plex media server and it's been great. I guess it could die at any moment...? I might get a second just to back it all up.
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This is a SMR drive fwiw...
Here's some info on that subject. Nobody should have given you a thumbs down. It was a helpful comment.

https://www.synology.com/en-us/kn...isk_drives
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I will never buy seagate drives. I had one fail on me at under a year old. Samsung or WD drives only even if the cost more.
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#58
Seems just meh, for a basic 8TB storage, especially if it's SMR like one person said. Certainly not FP worthy. For WB white label 8TB it'd be a better deal.

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You'll be lucky to get 1 TB of SSD storage for this price. 8 TB of SSD costs well over $1,000.
Believe he might be talking about the hybrid drives that use a tiny SSD built in to cache the frequently accessed data.
(Basically junk IMO that are usually overpriced and have more parts to fail.)
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Not good for a boot or nas drive if you plant to shuck it..

Not a great drive for any thing other than archive uses.. many writes to the drive is bad.. many reads not so bad...

There was a deal at staples for the same type of external case with a 10tb conventional HD for $165 after coupons that was the best deal on this style of drive about a month ago.. It might come back in a week or two..
Have you ever seen any incredible deals that are closer to around $100-$115 or so for any reasonably "good" external HDD that're (at least) 8tb or more?
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Have you ever seen any incredible deals that are closer to around $100-$115 or so for any reasonably "good" external HDD that're (at least) 8tb or more?
I think there was a WD 8tb from BB via Ebay the other day at a similar price, but I could not say if it was a SMR drive in that one either.. The USB ports on this drive is nice, but I would avoid SMR IMHO.. As I said the Staples deal was a better drive in the 10 tb for $165.. With any luck it will come back again..
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