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Costco Wholesale has 8TB Seagate Backup Plus Hub External Desktop Hard Drive w/ Rescue Data Recovery Services (STEL8000401) on sale for $119.99. Shipping is free.

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  • 8TB Ample Storage Space Capacity
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Regular price $169.99. Instant Savings $50. $119.99 Sale price after instant savings.

Refer to the Costco Holiday Savings Mailer from 11/12-29 - 2021.
Mailer states this page of deals is online and in warehouse. Not certain if it will also be free shipping.

These from Costco also come with 2-years data loss protection for free. That does not guarantee they can actually recover anything, so always backup your important data! Nice to have this value-added service though.

Full mailer deals pdf is posted in this thread:
https://slickdeals.net/f/15349129-costco-holiday-savings-nov-1-nov-29-includes-black-friday?v=1

Here is the imgur link from that thread as well for the whole mailer.
https://imgur.com/a/I0j5NKC

Lowest price in quite a while.

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I have bought several of these SMR drives and they can be SLOW!!! This might be OK for backup drives though.... if you are patient. By going to Device Manager and then 'Disk drives', then 'Policies' for the drive, you can speed it up a bit by choosing the better performance options. -TidalWaveOne
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Buy it after you know what exactly SMR is and decide to take the risk. SMR doesn't only mean slow speed, it can also lose data if not taken care of, for example abrupting the writing process while you think it has stopped working.
Check my comments: https://slickdeals.net/f/15350722-costco-members-starts-11-15-seagate-backup-plus-hub-8tb-external-desktop-hard-drive-119-99?p=150687460#post150687460
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madshakes asked this question on 10-25-2021 at 11:57 AM
10-25-2021 at 11:57 AM
I have 50 + external Seagate for my Chia farm. 4 TB to 12 TB, 4 years old to recently new. All are running strong except one dead -- I dropped it hard on basement floor.
10-25-2021 at 11:57 AM
Nope. I bought 2 of these last December from Costco and I’ve already had both fail on me. One I was able to recover, but the other had to go straight into the trash.
10-25-2021 at 11:57 AM
I have lots of seagates, they are reliable. Just don’t drop them and they should be fine. I’ve only screwed up a drive by someone knocking one to the hardwood floor
10-25-2021 at 10:52 PM
no, 30% will fail within first use or first few months.
11-01-2021 at 12:24 AM
we use seagate drives for many of the work desktops, and many usb seagates are also used. They fail with just about the same frequency as western digital drive. I would say buy the drive and keep backup of everything that is important and you should be all good
professorman asked this question on 10-25-2021 at 10:48 AM
10-27-2021 at 12:55 AM
Once you shuck it yes you can put the two drives in a raid1
11-01-2021 at 12:36 AM
Absolutely - shuck it and you can set it up as raid 1
11-06-2021 at 10:59 AM
Avoid SMR drives for most RAID/NAS usages.
mydeals503 asked this question on 10-27-2021 at 04:00 PM
10-27-2021 at 08:29 PM
This works fine for storing something like that. However, with something as priceless as family photos, you NEED to have it stored in more than 1 location. You can do this either with a sync tool or run it in raid. This will keep both copies identical.
11-01-2021 at 12:35 AM
Yes this drive will work fine for that. However, family photos are irreplaceable atleast for me. So I highly recommend you keep a second backup - google photos works very well for me, and yes now is do pay $$ (I have 100gb plan for $20 per year) and that is enough for now, I will likely have to upgrade next year to larger size as with newer camera the pixel size is higher and the file size is larger.
So in short - keep a second backup not just in one place
RichardV8013 asked this question on 11-01-2021 at 12:32 PM
11-15-2021 at 02:58 PM
Depends on the firmware of your router and if it has built-in NAS software... Also depends on your type of phone. It is possible that it's possible. If your router does support that out of the box, it would only be a matter of plugging in the hard drive and configuring the router's settings. If not, it would be much, much harder.
11-15-2021 at 03:02 PM
Yes, if your router has a USB port, but keep in mind that some routers may not support NTFS or HFS+ formats. Backing up your phone wirelessly should be easy.

Look here for instructions: https://www.seagate.com/manuals/software/dashboard/backing-up-your-mobile-content/
rk1074 asked this question on 10-25-2021 at 12:16 PM
10-27-2021 at 12:58 AM
Yes it will work fine for Xbox 360 to store and run games.
If you have Xbox series x/s then you can store and play games that are Xbox 360 or games that are not enhanced for x/s. If a game is enhanced for x/s then you can store it, but when you want to play the game you have to transfer it to local storage first.
The game will complain when you try to run it and will prompt you if you want to move it. Better and faster then deleting and downloading again!
11-15-2021 at 07:47 PM
Yes, I use this on my Xbox Series X -- but it can only store last gen games. Next gen games can only be used on internal storage (or the official expanded dongle)
morbie asked this question on 11-15-2021 at 10:08 AM
11-15-2021 at 11:40 AM
Seagate website says, "Without a Seagate Service Plan, recovery fees start at $499 and can easily be over $2,000 based on your data loss circumstances." So, yes.

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Does anyone know if it is compatible with Xbox to save game data?
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For $120 I figure just hold out for an 8TB western digital.

there is a costco deal on WD somewhere i think this week?
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there is a costco deal on WD somewhere i think this week?
https://www.costco.com/western-di...07322.html
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Dead deal - back to $170 now, missed it by not checking out yesterday.
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Has anyones Costco.com order shipped? ordered on the 28th, it shows "Delivers in 3-5 days" but still in order received status with option to cancel. I assume they're backed up from black friday, but weird to see an order sitting open for so long
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Does anyone know how to keep these from sleeping? I have plex server running on Win 11. The PC doesn't sleep but the drive keeps turning off. I have set the USB property to not sleep but still doesn't work. Any suggestions?
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Does anyone know how to keep these from sleeping? I have plex server running on Win 11. The PC doesn't sleep but the drive keeps turning off. I have set the USB property to not sleep but still doesn't work. Any suggestions?
Lmk too
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This finally seems to have worked. It's not officially supported on Win 11 but seems to work. I'll give it a few more days before I make a final call. But you should try this out.
https://www.seagate.com/support/s...e/toolkit/
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This finally seems to have worked. It's not officially supported on Win 11 but seems to work. I'll give it a few more days before I make a final call. But you should try this out.
https://www.seagate.com/support/s...e/toolkit/
I wonder if that is a firmware change or another bandaid approach? I will install and poke around. Any hints?
Update: SGT tools prog doesn't see my external Seagate drive (Model ST3000DM, nor my internal SGT (Model ST8000AS002-1NA17Z ) The system does see both. So I cannot tell if I can update the SGT drives I currently have hooked up this way to disable sleep. I may try WD Tools for those next. Lots of variables for me. Might be the dock situation for the external- using a dual HDD style dock. The internal slots are all full. I am not up for troubleshooting by swapping the external to internal on this PC since it also missed the internal 8TB.
Update: I wonder if I have to install SGT's backup software. It mentions this on the link I give below. I don't want to do that as I just use the drives as storage- not for backups. So I never installed that bloatware.

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Does anyone know how to keep these from sleeping? I have plex server running on Win 11. The PC doesn't sleep but the drive keeps turning off. I have set the USB property to not sleep but still doesn't work. Any suggestions?
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Lmk too
I use a program called KeepAliveHD for these. Has been working great for all brands.
https://github.com/stsrki/KeepAliveHD
This is a bandaid program that writes a tiny file and removes it as often as you dictate for each drive you want to use it on. I would prefer to have a way to change firmware settings, but I have not stumbled across any.

Update:
This may help those who's SGT tools sees their drives. I can't get that far yet...
https://www.seagate.com/support/k...er%20sleep.
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I wonder if that is a firmware change or another bandaid approach? I will install and poke around. Any hints?
Update: SGT tools prog doesn't see my external Seagate drive (Model ST3000DM, nor my internal SGT (Model ST8000AS002-1NA17Z ) The system does see both. So I cannot tell if I can update the SGT drives I currently have hooked up this way to disable sleep. I may try WD Tools for those next. Lots of variables for me. Might be the dock situation for the external- using a dual HDD style dock. The internal slots are all full. I am not up for troubleshooting by swapping the external to internal on this PC since it also missed the internal 8TB.
Update: I wonder if I have to install SGT's backup software. It mentions this on the link I give below. I don't want to do that as I just use the drives as storage- not for backups. So I never installed that bloatware.



I use a program called KeepAliveHD for these. Has been working great for all brands.
https://github.com/stsrki/KeepAliveHD
This is a bandaid program that writes a tiny file and removes it as often as you dictate for each drive you want to use it on. I would prefer to have a way to change firmware settings, but I have not stumbled across any.

Update:
This may help those who's SGT tools sees their drives. I can't get that far yet...
https://www.seagate.com/support/k...er%20sleep.
Try changing the model/type. I think I had a similar problem initially. I was on the verge of going the shucking route/synology/unraid.
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Try changing the model/type. I think I had a similar problem initially. I was on the verge of going the shucking route/synology/unraid.
SGT tools does not see them. I can't change what I don't see. These are shucked and I've removed Seagate's backup software on the 8TB. They are connected through USB hub, not to the mobo. I believe SGT tools would find them if I used them as internal drives though. Read the troubleshooting tips here. Specifically #2. I may or may not bother with all that since I have a workaround.
https://www.seagate.com/support/k...-221291en/
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