dealsseagate 4tb usb 3.0 backup plus desktop driveā€¦

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I'm just searching for a external hard drive. It's a nice buy but be aware if you want to backup your windows 7 pc with this HD. Windows 7 doesn't support to make a backup on any driver that is larger than 2.2 TB. It is a system thing, and Segate has confirmed that.

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You can still manually back up your shit though right? maybe?

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You need to get a tool from Paragon, Partition Magic or some similar backup software. They are $10 or less and can allow you to do whatever you want, without limitations...

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1) Link doesn't work
2) Costco currently sells it for $160
3) I have it, and it works great with Apple's "Time Machine."
4) And yes, you can always back stuff up manually.

http://www.costco.com/Seagate-Backup-Plus-4TB-Desktop-Drive.product.100022923.html

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@alphany:
I think you still can manually transfer folders but not backup the recovery of your windows 7 from the backup & restore. I wish it does support cause I'm thinking of upgrading to windows 8 and need to make a backup...

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In any case, most people who want the best performance will get a small SSD for the boot drive and reserve the large drive as a data drive and also maintain a backup image on it that is updated periodically. You can do all this with one of the cheap tools available...

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@haydesigner, costco also wants 9.99 for shipping, making it more expensive.

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I don't know about this particular drive, but I have the 3TB model from the same line, and it seems to be pretty reliable. I don't use it for backup, but for those looking for a good option on backup software, you might want to try Crashplan (crashplan.com). They will try to get you to buy one of their cloud backup plans, but you can use the software for free local backups, and a free account gets you email status updates on your backup activity. Also, Crashplan comes highly recommended by Lifehacker, which is one of the most valuable seals of approval a tech company can get.

@haydesigner: Doesn't Costco require a membership?

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Read the fine print - ONLY 3TB formatted space on the drive. SCAM

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@tonerrefillstore: That looks like a typo in the specs section! Good job pointing it out.

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This looks like a slim case. Anyone know if it's ONE drive inside? It's cheap enough that I'd rip it open and use it in my server. Bet you can't find a 4TB that cheap!

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@tcayer: According to the Newegg reviews it is a single 4TB Seagate Barracuda XT ST4000DX000 inside the enclosure. It is a 7200RPM drive too, wouldn't be a bad idea if you're looking for an internal 4TB drive. Just remember that you'll void any warranty by doing this.

@tonerrefillstore: That must be a typo, the actual formatted capacity is 3.63TB according to Seagate.

@haydesigner: Your link isn't working, but I think Costco charges for shipping and sales taxes , making it initially more expensive. (Because we all report our sales taxes at the end of the year...)

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One of several sources to explain why we don't ever get the claimed size of HDD. I think they should correct this issue and advertise properly (or increase the HDD size to get us what they sell us), but, such is the industry. While I don't like it, I also hate hearing scam or fraud, all manufacturers are to blame, not just 1.

"Based on this, for each Gigabyte that a drive manufacturer claims, they are over reporting the amount of disk space by 73,741,824 Bytes or roughly 70.3 MB of disk space. So, if a manufacturer advertises an 80 GB (80 billion bytes) hard drive, the actual disk space is around 74.5 GB of space, roughly 7% less than what they advertise."
http://compreviews.about.com/od/storage/a/ActualHDSizes.htm

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@eraten: Thanks for doing my legwork for me! Cheapest 4 TB internal on Newegg is #209! I always wonder how they get the externals cheaper...

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Only $ 159.99 after $20 discount

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Seagate has been nothing but problems for me, so I prefer WD.
If you're shopping at that site anyways, check out the WD version for $7 cheaper:
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/890490-REG/Western_Digital_wdbacw0040hbk_nesn_4TB_My_Book_Essential.html

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and grab a pogoplub for remote backups on any pc or mobile device (android & iOS).

http://deals.woot.com/deals/details/3f8706ad-8632-4534-86d5-375f57955611

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Just bought one on Wednesday from my nearby Costco for $179.99 minus $20.00 instant rebate. That's a net cost of $159.99 + 6% sales tax. So for $4.04 extra, I got instant gratification and return privileges.

BTW, I'm using a 1.5 TB from the same product line as a media storage device and a 3.0 TB to backup both the 1.5 and my system drive. Now I'll start using the 3.0 TB for media storage and the 4.0 TB for backup. I use Acronis True Image as my auto back-up tool.