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Seagate Desktop 8TB External Hard Drive USB 3.0 (STGY8000400)

Product Description
The Seagate Desktop external hard drive provides extra storage for an ever-growing collection of files. Consolidate files into a single location and free up computer space. The drive is automatically recognized by the Windows operating system so there’s no software to install or configure. Saving files is easy—simply drag-and-drop. Take advantage of fast data transfer speeds with the USB 3.0/2.0 interface.

Price: $139.99

  • Easy-to-use external desktop hard drive-simply plug in the power adapter and USB cable; fast file transfers with USB 3.0/2.0
  • System Requirements: Windows 8, Windows 7 operating system
  • Drag-and-drop file saving for Windows, right out of the box; Built-in power management automatically ensures energy-efficient operation
  • For Mac compatibility this hard drive requires reformatting. Reformatting the drive will erase all content unless it is backed up to another drive. Refer to Application Guide for guidance on this

What’s In My Bag
Earlier today when reviewing the EF 50mm f/1.2 lens, a commenter asked what I kept in my bag. I’ve written a lot about the different gear that I use day in and day out, but not a comprehensive "what’s in my bag" post.

I’m pretty anal about my gear. It goes with me pretty much everywhere. I think as a photographer so many of the best shots happen spontaneously. I’ve kicked myself too many times early on for not having my camera gear with me. So now it goes with me everywhere. To work, on the weekends, in my car, I always keep my gear with me. I try to do this 100% of the time.

The actual bag that I use is a Lowepro bag. It’s a really nice laptop camera combo bag called the CompuDayPack.

So, here’s what’s in my bag.

1 Canon EOS 5D digital SLR
1 EF 50mm f/1.2 lens
1 EF 24mm f/1.4 lens
1 EF 135mm f/2 lens
1 EF 100mm f/2.8 macro lens
1 Canon EF 1.4x II extender
1 8 GB SanDisk Ultra II compact flash memory card
1 4 GB Transcend compact flash memory card
1 CameraMate CF Card Reader
1 Canon RS-80N3 Remote Switch (cable release)
1 Canon CG-580 battery charger
3 Canon Li-ion battery packs
1 set V-Moda Bass Freq Modaphones
1 box 100 Moo cards
1 Verizon EVDO card
1 MacBook Pro
1 incase MacBook Pro case
1 pen
1 small notepad

My favorite lens to shoot is the EF 135 f/2.

I shoot every single day and each day dump the contents of my shoot onto my MacBook Pro’s hard drive. I process some of these images and then about once a week dump the folders of each day onto an external 750GB Seagate hard drive. I’ve got about 5.5 terabytes of storage at present. I highly recommend the 750GB external USB Seagates.

Gear at home that sometimes comes out with me, but is not included in my bag are

1 SLIK 611-800 Tripod
1 Bogen-Manfrotto 725B Digi Tripod
1 Canon EOS 10D camera
1 Canon 50mm f/1.4 lens
1 Canon EF 70-200 f/4 zoom
1 Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 zoom
1 Canon Speedlite 550EX flash
2 MacBook Pro power adapters
All the hoods for my respective lenses

All of my lenses have UV filters on them. Most recently I’ve been buying Hoya Ultras which are a little nicer than standard.

In terms of where to buy gear, my number one recommendation is B&H Photo. I also think Costco is a pretty good place to buy a camera body because of their very flexible return policy.

I hate buying at most camera stores here in the Bay Area. The selection is generally not very good. Maybe it’s just me but I also haven’t found the service terribly good at most of them. I’m not going to name names but given the store markups over what you can buy online typically it’s just not worth the hassle for me.
By Thomas Hawk on 2007-04-03 14:28:19
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What customers say about Seagate Desktop 8TB External Hard Drive USB 3.0 (STGY8000400)?

  1. Hey Thomas, what lenses to you use the 1.4x extender with? Out of that list of lenses isn’t the 70-200 the only one it’ll work with?

    Sidehike. It works with the 135 f/2 as well.

    I rarely use it but have it in there because it’s small and lightweight and easy and just in case I need more reach than my 135 can give me on rare occasions. It’s much easier to carry this than the 70-200.

  2. 270 of 270 people found the following review helpful

    1.0 out of 5 stars
    EXTREMELY SLOW WRITING SPEED, October 7, 2018

    By joseph azevedo (san jose, ca, US)

    Verified Purchase(What’s this?)

    This review is from: Seagate Portable 4TB External Hard Drive USB 3.0 (STGX4000400) (Personal Computers)

    Are you a creative? Edit video? Need a back up or external working drive? Don’t buy this.

    Example:
    85 GB on another USB 3.0 Seagate Drive: 13 minutes. On this drive? 1.5 hours.

    Get the Back Up Plus instead. I just wish the item description of this product included writing speeds. It just says “Fast Transfers”

  3. 63 of 63 people found the following review helpful

    4.0 out of 5 stars
    nice 8TB, esp the sale price; internal 3.5″ HD is a decent one., September 14, 2018

    By Henzo Broquee (slightly outside america)

    Verified Purchase(What’s this?)

    This review is from: Seagate Desktop 8TB External Hard Drive USB 3.0 (STGY8000400) (Personal Computers)

    could not pass up – one day sale was 40 bucks off the usual price.

    deleted factory partitions and formatted as 1 ext4 partition (about 7-odd TB, as expected) for use with my media server. seems to work decently so far. mfgr warranty is only 1 year for US I believe. Amazon offers 30 day free return if defective.

    some specs:

    internal HD model: ST8000DM004-2CX188
    Seagate 8TB Barracuda SATA 6Gb/s 256MB Cache 3.5-Inch 5400rpm
    SMR / Shingled Magnetic Recording (not the best scheme, but not terrible if you’re mostly archiving media / playing back, but not deleting stuff all the time)

    external model, i.e. this USB3 desktop product as sold by Amazon:
    STGY8000400 / 763649127322 / 3660619403899 / 10763649127329
    Made in Thailand (or at least the case + assembly is, not positive about the HD itself, but probably that as well)

    in addition to the USB3 cable, it came with 6 (yes, six!) country adapters for the (international*) DC brick:
    – US/CAN – type A
    – UL/JP – type A
    – KR – type F
    – AU – type I
    – UK – type G
    – EU – type ?C?

    not much else to say, for now. it works, quality seems ok. no firmware updates available/visible on Seagate’s site.

    * AC/DC brick
    input: 100-240V – 50/60Hz, max 7A
    output: 12V, 1.5A (i.e. 18W)

  4. I just read your review, so the 50 1.2 still has that lowlight/low contrast autofocus lazyness?…too bad. i asked the guy at the official Canon service place here in L.A. about this…all he said was that the circumference range of the AF dots, on the 50 prime lenses, are larger than on other prime lenses, so that when you place an AF dot on a low light area, it will try to auto focus to the next closest higher contrast area that it can find within that AF dots circumference…he suggested manual focusing……..lame
    I would think Canon could fix this problem……..

  5. my back hurts looking at this.

  6. Hey Thomas, what lenses to you use the 1.4x extender with? Out of that list of lenses isn’t the 70-200 the only one it’ll work with?

    I also have that bag and highly recommend it. As well as the 50mm f1.4 lens.

    Just today I got another LowePro bag, this time the CompuTrekker Plus AW because I’ve gotten in the nasty habit of renting huge lenses like the 500mm f4.0L and because I needed something I could strap my tripod and monopod to.

  7. Yeah, I guess that’s some OK gear, I mean, if you want to get all photographer-y and all that…. LOL 😉 Nice.

  8. Seeing you talk about bringing your camera everywhere you go in the first episode of Photowalking (with Scoble) partly inspired me to start doing the same. And I think my photography has improved tremendously because of it.


    Seen in my contacts’ photos. (?)

  9. i wish i had that 1.2L lens…the Canon 50 1.4 that i have has problems with auto focusing on low contrast subjects, i always have to switch to manual focus…so lame…pisses me off, specialy when my freind reminds me thats why he shoots with Nikon

  10. I dread to think what the bill would be if your bag got nicked! (didn’t you have your camera stolen fairly recently?)

    Also, I like the way you include a pen 🙂


    Seen on your photo stream. (?)

  11. hi thomas, you really carry that much stuff with you around? You must be very strong 😉

  12. Cool Information–I might have to get one of those bags!

  13. Awesome. Good to know. Thanks!

  14. Indeed, I find that my pictures come out much better when I have a camera with me. Funny how that works.

    That’s more or less why I’ve remained true to Casio Exilims — it’s very easy to have one with me always.

    But since I’m also considering making the jump to DSLR, this is great info. Thanks!

  15. Wow, you’ve got lots of gear!

  16. Thanks for the list, Thomas. I’m going to come to Cali and mug you now 😉

  17. Oh, 5.5Tb – fantastic! 🙂

  18. What is your favorite lens to use while shooting in SF?

  19. woah!!

  20. you don’t take your hoods anywhere?

  21. Hi Thomas! I have that same backpac in burnt orange. I really love it because it is very functional and fairly lightweight even with my laptop in there.

  22. 143 of 143 people found the following review helpful

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Perfect for PS4 Storage Expansion, November 28, 2018

    By Jeffery P. (Virginia)

    Verified Purchase(What’s this?)

    This review is from: Seagate Portable 2TB External Hard Drive USB 3.0 (STGX2000400) (Personal Computers)

    Like many PS4 users whenever I got a new game I would have to delete an old one. I bought this hard drive so that I could expand my storage from 500GB to 2.5TB and that problem has gone away!

    THE SET UP
    The set up was SUPER simple. I plugged in the hard drive with the included cable and my Playstation instantly recognized it. It walked me through the steps to format it and within 5 minutes I was ready to go.

    USAGE
    Again, this was very simple. I started reinstalling some of my old games and the Playstation knew to put them onto the expanded memory as the system’s memory was full. It is easy to move the files around between the PS4 and hard drive if need be.

    PLAYING GAMES OFF THE DRIVE
    I can tell no noticeable difference when playing the games from the hard drive. There are no noticeable glitches or slowdown in play. All the games work perfectly.

    I would definitely recommended this hard drive! Especially for anyone looking to expand their PS4’s storage. It’s simple to set up and works like a charm! If I encounter any issues I will update my review.





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