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Costco Members: 5TB Seagate Backup Plus USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive EXPIRED

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Costco Wholesale has for its Members: 5TB Seagate Backup Plus USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive (STHP5000600) on sale for $89.99. Shipping is free.

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  • Requires Windows 7 or higher, or Mac OS X 10.11 or higher operating system
  • Drag and drop file saving right out of the box
  • Available SuperSpeed USB 3.0 port (required for USB 3.0 transfer speeds) or backwards compatible with USB 2.0 ports at USB 2.0 transfer speeds
  • Includes 2 Years of Data Recovery Services
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Costco will be offering $35 off starting 3/10 on the Seagate 5TB, bringing it to the lowest it has been, similar to last year.
This will be available both in-store and online @ costco.com.

https://www.costco.com/seagate-ba...10586.html

NOTE: Doesn't start until 3/10!
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Last Edited by nashi March 22, 2021 at 12:30 PM
Don't forget to use your Chase Freedom card for 5X back!
This is a SMR drive

https://www.seagate.com/internal-...-smr-list/



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Quote from rage4order :
This one or the WD one at Best Buy for $99? Just gonna use it as a small media center connected to a Raspberry pi.
Out of 5 failed HD I had - 4 were Seagate. Good luck
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Unfortunately, I have had multiple failures with Seagate external drives. I just don't have a lot of faith in this brand.
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I'm currently using this on my Raspberry Pi 4 running OpenmediaVault 5 for over a year running 24/7. Not exactly the fastest or the most redundant but it works and doesn't take up alot of electricity.
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Quote from Jaynumb1 :
I've had great success with seagates, but only with SSD's.
Not that this post is for an HDD
Seagates use to be the gold standard but I have had issues. I prefer the Western Digital line for portable hard drives.
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I called Seagate and spent 20 minutes on the phone - This is a SMR Drive and only recommended for storing data according to Seagate. This information is well hidden even from their own people
I prefer Seagate over WD ( my preferences) I prefer CMR to SMR always

If you had a great experience from shucking your dive from a few years ago - those days are over
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If you are a member they will ship to your house.
A $60 annual membership I can't take advantage of especially since I obviously don't buy from Costco due to said store not being in my area. I'll pass
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I just bought this. Does costco do price adjustments?
Yes, Costco will price adjust within 30 days.
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Any comments on performance as an external drive for PS4 games on the PS5?
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People keep on bringing up those Blackblaze reports for years and years now. But I've only had 2 Seagate drives go bad (a laptop drive and a 1.5TB desktop one) over the years and with Western Digital almost all of the ones that I bought went bad.
Unfortunately, far more people report the opposite to be true. Backblaze as well as the overwhelming volume of anecdotal evidence points to WD drives being vastly superior to Seagates.
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I called Seagate and spent 20 minutes on the phone - This is a SMR Drive and only recommended for storing data according to Seagate. This information is well hidden even from their own people
I prefer Seagate over WD ( my preferences) I prefer CMR to SMR always

If you had a great experience from shucking your dive from a few years ago - those days are over
Is not hidden. They put in their white papers.
I have 7 of this in my zfs raidz1. No issue at all. Bought 2 years ago...
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Anyone own this happy with the speed for the price?
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Anecdotal evidence of some guy losing data is useless.

I've bought about 40 external hard drives in the past 20 years. Earliest were 1.5tb external WDs, lately, a bunch of 8tb Seagates.

Most of my failures were the WDs. But those were mostly a long time ago. Further, each of those drives had different uses. Some are used for frequent rewriting. Some are write once and long term storage.

I had really bad experiences with WD Red drives (2 out of 8 failed). I've only had 1 seagate fail and 4 or 5 external WDs failed - but again, some of those were older "technology" and up to 15 years old when they failed.

Basically, I don't think any of this is scientific. I'll trust Seagate and WD about the same: which is to say, not at all. I plan on buying 2 drives for every one I need so I can make back ups. In that way, I've preferred Seagate because they are usually cheaper and I have to buy 2.

TLDR; Neither Seagate or WD is worth trusting with data you don't want to lose. Plan on buying 2 and backup your data. Buy one of each company if you want to cover your bases.
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These are SATA 2.5" drives inside, 15mm tall. They will not fit in most laptops, and will not fit in the PS4 / PS3 without modification.

I have about 15 of these in a server in an array. Recovery and write speeds are sub-optimal because of the SMR layout, but read speeds are very quick. The trick to using them in a RAID array is to limit the write speed to prevent exceeding the PMR write buffer, which will then cause the drive to thrash and timeout as it tries to reshuffle data among the SMR zones .

In response to "Brand W is better, I had brand S drives die" and vice versa - I wouldn't go and say that any one brand is better than another. I've had drives from all brands die. In the server that uses 10 of these in a RAID array, I've had to replace two over the last 3 years.

Here's a snippet from that server.
Quote :
pool: zfs_root
state: ONLINE
scan: scrub in progress since Wed Mar 10 13:46:15 2021
887G scanned at 5.58G/s, 45.0M issued at 290K/s, 42.0T total
0B repaired, 0.00% done, no estimated completion time
config:

NAME STATE READ WRITE CKSUM
zfs_root ONLINE 0 0 0
raidz1-0 ONLINE 0 0 0
pci-0000:01:00.0-sas-exp0x500065b36789abff-phy0-lun-0 ONLINE 0 0 0
pci-0000:01:00.0-sas-exp0x500065b36789abff-phy1-lun-0 ONLINE 0 0 0
pci-0000:01:00.0-sas-exp0x500065b36789abff-phy2-lun-0 ONLINE 0 0 0
pci-0000:01:00.0-sas-exp0x500065b36789abff-phy3-lun-0 ONLINE 0 0 0
pci-0000:01:00.0-sas-exp0x500065b36789abff-phy4-lun-0 ONLINE 0 0 0
raidz1-1 ONLINE 0 0 0
pci-0000:01:00.0-sas-exp0x500065b36789abff-phy5-lun-0 ONLINE 0 0 0
pci-0000:01:00.0-sas-exp0x500065b36789abff-phy6-lun-0 ONLINE 0 0 0
pci-0000:01:00.0-sas-exp0x500065b36789abff-phy7-lun-0 ONLINE 0 0 0
pci-0000:01:00.0-sas-exp0x500065b36789abff-phy8-lun-0 ONLINE 0 0 0
pci-0000:01:00.0-sas-exp0x500065b36789abff-phy9-lun-0 ONLINE 0 0 0
logs
nvme0n1p1 ONLINE 0 0 0
cache
nvme0n1p2 ONLINE 0 0 0

errors: No known data errors
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These are SATA 2.5" drives inside, 15mm tall. They will not fit in most laptops, and will not fit in the PS4 / PS3 without modification.

I have about 15 of these in a server in an array. Recovery and write speeds are sub-optimal because of the SMR layout, but read speeds are very quick. The trick to using them in a RAID array is to limit the write speed to prevent exceeding the PMR write buffer, which will then cause the drive to thrash and timeout as it tries to reshuffle data among the SMR zones .

In response to "Brand W is better, I had brand S drives die" and vice versa - I wouldn't go and say that any one brand is better than another. I've had drives from all brands die. In the server that uses 10 of these in a RAID array, I've had to replace two over the last 3 years.

Here's a snippet from that server.
Did you disable apm through hdparm or smartctl? Head parking timeout is. Very short ( based on my 7 this deal hdd)
Disabling apm help not shortening hdd life.

I do not know if they disable apm commands for current model...

This hdd smr is slow on writing well good enough for me...

Mine is running o ZFS on Linux👌
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Did you disable apm through hdparm or smartctl? Head parking timeout is. Very short ( based on my 7 this deal hdd)
Disabling apm help not shortening hdd life.

I do not know if they disable apm commands for current model...

This hdd smr is slow on writing well good enough for me...

Mine is running o ZFS on Linux👌
yes, disabled with hdparm
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