3TB for $100: Seagate Expansion external hard drive deal

Newegg has a 3TB Seagate Expansion USB 3.0 external hard drive available for only $100.

The deal is available here. Note that Newegg.com charges sales tax in many states.

To get the deal price, you have to enter the coupon code EMCXLWT232. In addition to the lower price, you will also receive free shipping.

The Seagate Expansion series is the company's basic line of external hard drives. The same drive is priced at $111.16 at Amazon.com. It is normally priced at $119.99 at Newegg.com.

One thing we always do is check the end user reviews at any site. Newegg's offering shows the Seagate Expansion 3TB USB 3.0 hard drive with four eggs out of five. Despite this, though, we discovered three of the latest reviews discussing drive failures, including drive failures that seems to happen after about one year of use.

One commenter pointed to the controller in the case:

I bought 2 of these over a year ago, used them for 2 or 3 weeks, filled them up with backup data and unplugged them. One of them had been DOA & RMA'd & replaced with a new one that worked. Well, after trying to access my backup data, guess what, BOTH of them were electrically dead - bricked!!! They were out of warranty, so I popped open the first case and put the drive into a desktop system. Drive was A-OK, but was showing up as MBR (2TB) format rather than GPT. That meant I couldn't access my backup data - the drive presented as 3TB when it was working. And Windows won't let me switch the drive to GPT without first deleting all partitions (and thus deleting all my backup data). Seagate's enclosure controller card must be doing the 3TB "translation". Got a multimeter and tested the power bricks - both were fully functional. The point of failure is thus the enclosure's controller card. So in order to get my backup data, I had to buy another unit just so I could get a working controller card to pull my backup data from the old drive. These controller cards are apparently short-lived & very unreliable.

USB 3.0 is currently the fastest form of USB. It is the second major revision of the Universal Serial Bus (USB) standard for computer connectivity.

First introduced in 2008, USB 3.0 is capable of transferring data at up to 5Gbit/s, which is more than 10 times as fast as the 480 Mbit/s top speed of USB 2.0.

It has been supplanted in terms of speed by Thunderbolt, formerly Intel's Light Peak, which has been adopted by Apple and offers not just faster speed than USB 3.0, but the ability to daisy-chain peripherals (up to six) including display monitors.

USB 3.0 has itself been supplanted by its own successor. Originally announced in January 2013, a successor standard named USB 3.1 was released in July of 2013, offering transfer rates up to 10 Gbit/s (and dubbed "SuperSpeed+").

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