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[Shoppers Drug Mart] Seagate External Hard-drive 3TB $99.99 (July 9-10 only)

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[Shoppers Drug Mart] Seagate External Hard-drive 3TB $99.99 (July 9-10 only)

Shopper's/Pharmaprix has a Super Sale this Saturday and Sunday only. They have a Seagate 3TB external hard-drive for $99.99 (20 cents eco fee in Qc).

It looks like similar to this model: http://www.seagate.com/external-hard-dr ... -portable/

It has pretty good reviews on Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Seagate-Expansio ... ansion+3tb

Cheers!
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i had a 3TB seagate that stopped working after exactly 1 year and after reading online apparently it was a big issue with the 3 TB drives. Not sure if this is the model number but i wouldnt take a chance with that again, not even going anywhere near any other seagate just to be safe...
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urir10 wrote: i had a 3TB seagate that stopped working after exactly 1 year and after reading online apparently it was a big issue with the 3 TB drives. Not sure if this is the model number but i wouldnt take a chance with that again, not even going anywhere near any other seagate just to be safe...
What would be a better option than Seagate drives?
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Seagate. nuff said. don't put anything you care about or want to keep on it.
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It looks more like the one in the amazon link than the Seagate one. I think this is the AC powered version, rather than the smaller USB powered one.
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yeah i'd be suspicious of the 3TB desktop ones - seems to be very high failure rates (though the 3TB backup plus in the house seems to be still alive) Regardless, it heats up quite a bit

The other ones are fine though
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lossless wrote: What would be a better option than Seagate drives?
Get a third party enclosure.

Does anyone know if the hard drive is removable?
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Segate recently ( a few years ago) bought out Samsung's drive division. Now a large porportion of Segate drives are Sumsung in origin. Many years ago Samsung hard drives had a very bad reputation for reliability, and I suppose that has not changed to any significant degree. We are now hearing that Segate drives have a higher than average failure rate! Any surprise?
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Never

Buy

Seagate

(Trust me, you will thank me later)
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koontzy wrote: never

buy

seagate

(trust me, you will thank me later)
correct
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The drive inside is very likely the 5900rpm ones, thus the failure rate might not apply, but then neither will it be comparable to the 7200rpm drives that kept dying.
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There is no perfect brand, and every hard drive has a chance of failing. If something is very important (pictures, documents, etc), keep multiple copies on different brands' hard drives. IE, don't buy two of these seagates as they may fail at the same time (same applies to WD). Also, some people say, RAID is also not the best way to keep a backup. If you only have one copy, then it must be replaceable (mp3's, movies, OS, etc).
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My Seagate failed but it was replaced.
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If you're only backing up your files on one computer then you have no idea on how to back up files anyways.

To actually back up files you need to back it up 3 times in separate forms in different areas if the files you're keeping are of any value to you.

External hard drives are hit and miss from any brand, pointless anecdotes will sway one way or the other but no brand is 100%.
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urir10 wrote: i had a 3TB seagate that stopped working after exactly 1 year and after reading online apparently it was a big issue with the 3 TB drives. Not sure if this is the model number but i wouldnt take a chance with that again, not even going anywhere near any other seagate just to be safe...
There was one very specific 3TB model they had that had really high failure rates (11% IIRC). There's currently a class action lawsuit against them over this model, so you might want to sign onto that and get some if your money back when it concludes.

That said, the model that had this problem was pulled from the market about a year ago and it's unlikely that this drive will have the same problem as Seagate drives are among the most reliable overall.
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Variability wrote: If you're only backing up your files on one computer then you have no idea on how to back up files anyways.

To actually back up files you need to back it up 3 times in separate forms in different areas if the files you're keeping are of any value to you.

External hard drives are hit and miss from any brand, pointless anecdotes will sway one way or the other but no brand is 100%.
Reading this thread, one would get the idea that no one is taking advantage of the different clouds available to them.

I have 3 clouds on the go. If a hard-drive crashes, it's a pain but the files are backed up on one of the three clouds.
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herrdude wrote: Reading this thread, one would get the idea that no one is taking advantage of the different clouds available to them.

I have 3 clouds on the go. If a hard-drive crashes, it's a pain but the files are backed up on one of the three clouds.
what clouds are you using? tia

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