dealsseagate expansion 3 tb usb 3.0 desktop external…

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Even though I have had bad experiences with Seagate, this is a pretty good deal and I may pick one up.

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Quite often you can find these external drives for cheaper than the price of the internal drive that is housed inside them. When you do you can crack open the case (obviously voiding the warranty) and take out the enclosed drive to use as an internal hard drive. Saves a good amount of money. The enclosed disk in these is a Seagate ST3000DM001 which Amazon currently has for the same price as this deal. So if you're looking to get this only to open it and use it as an internal drive, this should save you the trouble and the voided warranty.

http://www.amazon.com/Seagate-Barracuda-3-5-Inch-Internal-ST3000DM001/dp/B005T3GRLY

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BestBuy has these for the same price this weekend, but are sold out online. I just went down there this morning and got the last ones on the shelf. Great price.

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Newegg had these harddrives (without the enclosure) for $89.99 Wednesday ... now sold out. :(

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@walmartman: But, I would have to drive 25 min., fight the idiots and traffic then, pay sales tax. This is no tax and free shipping ....wouldn't pay to start my car even if it was 10 min away. No wonder us old people have all the money ....lol

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Yay! I just went to Best Buy at midnight for this [and something else]. :D

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@flatroader:

There is sales tax* At least if shipping to NY...

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Sales tax in TX, moved most of my purchases to buy.com. Too bad Amazon can't be consistant with all online retailers.

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NewEgg now has the same drive (without enclosure) for $89.99 back in stock ... if that is more your flavor. (Free 3 day shipping)

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I bought this same drive about a month ago from Newegg for $119.99. That was considered a great deal back then. I have heard a lot of bad things about Seagate, but I have never had any issues knock on wood, so I keep buying them. I use this drive as a replicator for my Iomega NAS unit. I have however put the drive on it's side so as to minimize heat buildup. THis is a great deal. I suggest to buy if you are looking for one.

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I'm in for three. I read lots of reviews. Heat seems to be a problem. Since these will be in a refrigerated cabinet, that should be solved. Other parameters are acceptable.
FWIW - I run my over-clocked computer systems in a bar-sized refrigerator. Hey - it keeps the stuff cool.. LOL. I keep a beer to two in there too.

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I bought one of these a little while ago and the enclosure broke. The power won't work at all. Anyone know what to do about that? I'm thinking about just taking out the hard drive and using it as an internal while buying another one here.

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Can anyone confirm about Mac conversion?

One Amazon response from Seagate seemed to suggest that one could not convert this for Mac use???

Very odd.

Anyone confirm this?

Thanks
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Hmm, I posted a deal on here yesterday on a 3tb Western Digital My Book external drive for $119.99 plus free shipping at Tigerdirect. It was a solid deal on a solid product, but garnered hardly any attention. It's sold out now. Still scratching my head over why that deal didn't take off and only got like 3 up votes.

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@fjp999: A hard drive such as this is just a dumb block device. It doesn't care what filesystem it has on it. As long as the mac OS is capable of addressing that much space (disks of this size have some special consideration due to the block size being 4k rather than 512b) then you should be able to repartition and reformat it with whatever filesystem(s) you want.

Some other sources of 'incompatibility' from the past include drives with over-zealous power management and powerdown timeouts. Even if this drive had such setings, and OSX wasn't updated to handle that properly, there are utilities that can be run to change those settings (such as hdparm)

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@fjp999: Just make sure it is formatted as FAT32. If the Mac does not recognize it when you plug it in, plug it in to a window's machine or a Linux machine, and run a quick format and make sure you choose to set it to be FAT32. If the drive was plugged in to a Windows box first, Windows likes to format all drives as NTFS, which is fineif you are planning to use it on Windows machines, but Macs don't understand NTFS unless they have a special driver installed. I don't remember the name of it right now, but this isn't a help forum anyways. Hope the info helps!

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lordofall200 & nklb

thanks for the comments,

I had a long post but it got lost... am going to give up on this as it seems that the Seagate rep says this is just no good for Macs. Another Amazon customer had some success adding a usb3 card to his mbp but that wont be good enough for me and another deal will always come around..

Another customer formatted this drive for Windows and Mac then saved some Mac files to move onto the Windows machine. The drive was moved to the windows machine and it was told that it needed to be reformatted and all the mac data was lost. That is when the Seagate rep came in and said that it would happen again and again and suggested this customer look at another Seagate product.

but thanks again,
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