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Seagate Portable 5TB External Hard Drive HDD – USB 3.0 on sale $120

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I see $149 for silver and $189 for black
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This image from amazon reviews is scary fro the 5tb version : Image
Edit: Alright I get it I made a mistake and so did the one in this pic
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Jun 4, 2006
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Weird that the explorer window shows Seagate Drive (F:) but the format window says Format Local Disk (G:).
Ghost505 wrote: This image from amazon reviews is scary fro the 5tb version : Image
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Nov 23, 2004
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thefragger wrote: Weird that the explorer window shows Seagate Drive (F:) but the format window says Format Local Disk (G:).
I would reckon that Amazon reviewer doesn't know what they're doing.. or are showing the wrong drive trying to scam a return or money back by saying it's smaller than advertised? The capacity they're showing in that format window is clearly a 4TB drive.
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I think I read somewhere these drives were shuckable, with baracudas inside. They are SMR as expected.
Also they are 2.5" so its a little more convenient without needing a power brick and smaller weight/size.
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been waiting for this to go on sale. bought it at $130 and amazon decides to drop it to $120 the week after I get it lol
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Should mention in title that it is Amazon Marketplace.

These are pretty thick/tall drives, so shucking them has pretty limited use.
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Why the down votes... This looks like a good deal for a portable 2.5 inch drive. Works out to $24 a Tb which is not blazing hot but decent with all this chia mining crazyness
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Dhanushan wrote: $119.99, Ships from and sold by Amazon.ca.
Oops, thanks. Saw *almost* the same thing posted on Reddit, and it was Amazon Marketplace. That's what I get for assuming :D .
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Nov 15, 2018
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The drive probably comes as two partitions. The first has their software and the second is probably unformatted,which would explain the screenshot. WD does the same. I just delete all partitions and reformat as one.
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I see some reviewers on Seagate report abysmal speeds. How does Seagate compare to this Toshiba? I would rather have better drive than extra 1TB.

https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B08JKFH7S8

Planning to use it with VeraCrypt partition as encrypted portable. Already have been using one for couple years, but my 5yo 2TB Seagate is probably at its eol.
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ramon2 wrote: I see some reviewers on Seagate report abysmal speeds. How does Seagate compare to this Toshiba? I would rather have better drive than extra 1TB.

https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B08JKFH7S8

Planning to use it with VeraCrypt partition as encrypted portable. Already have been using one for couple years, but my 5yo 2TB Seagate is probably at its eol.
This is an SMR drive. It is crap. But it's cheap. Speeds will be fast at first but once you exceed 30% capacity it will slow to a crawl

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thinking of getting a drive for photo editing (catalogue file on internal drive, all the raw files on the external drive).

should I get this or an external SSD?
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DPR2017 wrote: thinking of getting a drive for photo editing (catalogue file on internal drive, all the raw files on the external drive).

should I get this or an external SSD?
Get the SSD. I've been doing photo scanning and retouching for many years now and having the SSD over a platter drive is night and day way faster all around...
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Planning to buy one to consolidate my movie collection. Don't need SSD speed. First off, I see the price is $129.99 instead of $120 in the post. Would have pulled the trigger if the price is $119.99 for 5tb.

By comparing between the 2 recommended external hdd above & assuming both are same price, which one to go for?
Seagate 5tb https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B07VS8QCXC/?sm ... YIK6Y9EEQB
or
Toshiba 4tb https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B08JKFH7S8
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buhfellow wrote: Planning to buy one to consolidate my movie collection. Don't need SSD speed. First off, I see the price is $129.99 instead of $120 in the post. Would have pulled the trigger if the price is $119.99 for 5tb.

By comparing between the 2 recommended external hdd above & assuming both are same price, which one to go for?
Seagate 5tb https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B07VS8QCXC/?sm ... YIK6Y9EEQB
or
Toshiba 4tb https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B08JKFH7S8
Both are SMR drives so both are equally crappy for general use. So go for the one that's cheaper per GB

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