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[Walmart] YMMV Seagate Expansion 3TB - $39 clearance?

was shopping for lenovo display but found this in store: Seagate 3TB expansion $39

online says $119, seems pretty hot at $39!? extremely YMMV i presume? good luck hunting everyone, hopefully a receipt would help.

willing to trade for lenovo smart display if u r in markham =)
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Pretty sure these are the drives that torpedoed seagates reputation, right? I wouldnt touch ANY 3tb 3.5" drives from seagate.
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no no no no nooo.

stay away from early seagate 3TB drives.

they are two 2TB platters and one of them is partially disabled by firmware due to imperfections. Fact is, imperfections turn to defects and spread.
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Scott86 wrote: Pretty sure these are the drives that torpedoed seagates reputation, right? I wouldnt touch ANY 3tb 3.5" drives from seagate.
Yep. These are the ones that are the reason every single hard drive thread turns into a sheet show of uneducated WD fanboys flinging disinformation at prospective buyers and innocent passers by. Everyone should stay clear of THESE drives but since then, Seagate has been making generally good drives.
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Scott86 wrote: Pretty sure these are the drives that torpedoed seagates reputation, right? I wouldnt touch ANY 3tb 3.5" drives from seagate.
Garbage mine died right after the warranty
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Decent amount of stock around Montreal:
https://stocktrack.ca/?s=wm&upc=76364906493

Wouldn't touch this with a 10 foot pole, though. I learned the hard way that these drives are failure prone with one that failed shortly after the warranty.
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GammaRayFort wrote: no no no no nooo.

stay away from early seagate 3TB drives.

they are two 2TB platters and one of them is partially disabled by firmware due to imperfections. Fact is, imperfections turn to defects and spread.

i have 4tb one that i bought years ago.
are 4tb ones ok?
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I have a Seagate 3tb with 60000+ hours on it in my media box. I guess I got lucky.
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dlxowhd wrote: i have 4tb one that i bought years ago.
are 4tb ones ok?
yes. 4tbs have highest ratings.
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Shit I bought one of these today for my ps4... Just copied a bunch of games over....


Should I return it?

I went there for the 4 tb wd external for 49 but it was phantom stock.
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Scott86 wrote: Pretty sure these are the drives that torpedoed seagates reputation, right? I wouldnt touch ANY 3tb 3.5" drives from seagate.
Technically a 3TB 3.5" did, but that was NINE YEARS AGO.
txenglan wrote:
Yep. These are the ones that are the reason every single hard drive thread turns into a sheet show of uneducated WD fanboys flinging disinformation at prospective buyers and innocent passers by. Everyone should stay clear of THESE drives but since then, Seagate has been making generally good drives.
I'd be 95% surprised if they were from the flood batch. I don't think they'd just sit on inventory for 9 years just to fleece some customers years later. The warehousing costs would probably cost more than they'd make off the drive.
dlxowhd wrote: are 4tb ones ok?
That's the funny part about all of this.
The 3TB (at the time) were disasters. 40% failure rates were normal.
Then the 4TB came out and they were literally the best in class with like 3% failure rates. Everyone else was higher.
But a single instance damn near a decade ago caused every armchair hard drive expert with one failed drive thinking Seagate sucks nuggets.
Most of my fleet is Seagate. Most of Backblazes fleet is Seagate. Yet Seagate sucks for some reason.

EDIT: Literally isn't literal. But going from 50% to 3% is pretty damn good IMO.
HGST is best (but we're fighting against an Enterprise drive) and WD (which is only basically 0.5% better).
For my money, I took Seagate because I literally bet my (server) farm on DM000s.
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Great deal! I have used Seagate storage for years and never had an issue. Regardless of brand favourites, always have redundant drives in your setup as any drive can fail, at any time, and for a myriad of reasons.
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gsr519 wrote: Shit I bought one of these today for my ps4... Just copied a bunch of games over....


Should I return it?

I went there for the 4 tb wd external for 49 but it was phantom stock.
Clearance items= final sale
Open items = final sale.

Gotta love Walmarts updated store policies due to COVID!
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oj777 wrote: Clearance items= final sale
Open items = final sale.

Gotta love Walmarts Covid policies!
Is the hard drive considered clearance?
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gsr519 wrote: Is the hard drive considered clearance?
For the stores that are selling it for $39, it'll most likely be considered "in store clearance".
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oj777 wrote: Clearance items= final sale
Open items = final sale.

Gotta love Walmarts updated store policies due to COVID!
OH wtf, any opened product can't be returned?
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i had one that died ....good for backup. dont use as your main drive
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death_hawk wrote: Technically a 3TB 3.5" did, but that was NINE YEARS AGO.


I'd be 95% surprised if they were from the flood batch. I don't think they'd just sit on inventory for 9 years just to fleece some customers years later. The warehousing costs would probably cost more than they'd make off the drive.


That's the funny part about all of this.
The 3TB (at the time) were disasters. 40% failure rates were normal.
Then the 4TB came out and they were literally the best in class with like 3% failure rates. Everyone else was higher.
But a single instance damn near a decade ago caused every armchair hard drive expert with one failed drive thinking Seagate sucks nuggets.
Most of my fleet is Seagate. Most of Backblazes fleet is Seagate. Yet Seagate sucks for some reason.
Seagate 4TB were not "the best" def not better than HGST or Toshiba.

But for 3TB if someone got it they'd have to check the actual serial if it ends with M001 or anything close to that i wouldnt throw anything important on it

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ST3000DM001

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