If, while on the Amazon page you go to>Technical Details?Other Technical Details, you'll see a pdf that says it's a 2 year warranty. But that only looks like it's the European warranty. I really need an external HD-photos seem to fill my hard drives up so quickly. And I have a few full external hard drives that are probably 10 years old now. I'd love to but it at this good price, but a two, (or even if it was 4 year, which I don't think it is) year warranty is too soon.
Should I be looking into SSD longer term storage? Some of those warranties are rather robust. And to think what a volatile product it was when it first came out!
From my early days of computing, and The Early Days of Computing. Back Up! Back Up! Hard Drives fail. It's just a matter of when.
Seriously, do not get a 5TB drive for back ups. Far better to get a couple smaller ones instead.
And I agree with the other statements--Seagate quality has nose-dived in the past few years. There is a reason the warranties are not as long and why they have had a huge ad and PR blitz over the last year.
Expansion is 1 year warranty. If you are going to get the 5TB, you might as well get the 8TB for $169 which has lower $/TB.
supersnoop00 said: This is likely an SMR drive. Expect it to be slow. It's not SMR. According to this review on a different Seagate drive using SMR, sequential read/write were under 70MB/s and 40MB/s.
I just ran CrystalDiskMark last night on the Expansion 8TB plugged into USB 3 on Windows 10. It's transfers at around 120MB/s and similar to WDC My Book 8TB. In any case, performance is above SMR speeds.
The Expansion more nosier on random reads than the My Book.
Drives fail because of heat. These cases have no active cooling. If you run the drive to hard for too long (like doing a huge initial backup), you risk damaging the drive. That's true for any brand. The bigger they get, the more data you write, the hotter they get, the more damage you can do.
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