500 GB storage capacity with lightning fast USB 3.0 transfer speed (upgrade to Thunderbolt or FireWire 800 with adapter, purchased separately)
Use the Save feature to back up user-generated content from your favorite social media networks
Share feature allows multiple files to be uploaded to social networks at once
Install the downloadable HFS+ driver for PC and use the drive interchangeably between Mac computers and PC's without reformatting
The Seagate Backup Plus for Mac portable drive simplifies backup for consumers who want to protect their entire digital life locally or on social networks. The drive is formatted for Mac out of the box, making it compatible with Time Machine software to provide the simplest and most efficient way to back up locally. With the Save feature, user-generated content can be backed up from your favorite social networks. Many people now use their smartphones to capture priceless moments. While these devices are handy and readily available, storage is not their strong suit. Capture a memory, post it on a social networking site and let the Seagate Dashboard automatically back up any content posted. Even if the file gets accidentally deleted from the device, another copy can be waiting. The Share feature allows multiple files to be uploaded to social networks at once from your computer. Simply select files to upload, choose where to post them and even add comments. Managing your social profile has never been easier. Install the downloadable HFS+ driver for PC, and use the drive interchangeably between Mac computers and PCs, without reformatting. Take advantage of the Seagate Backup Plus design and upgrade from the included USB 3.0 interface to Thunderbolt technology or FireWire 800 with the additional adapter. System Requirements: Mac OS X 10.6 or higher or Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP SP3 (32-bit and 64-bit) operating system (HFS+ driver for PC operability available by download; compatibility may vary depending on user's hardware configuration and operating system.) SuperSpeed USB 3.0 port (required for USB 3.0 transfer speeds or backwards compatible with USB 2.0 ports at USB 2.0 transfer speeds; varies depending on user's hardware configuration and operating system.) Inside the Box: Seagate Backup Plus drive, Seagate Dashboard pre-loaded on drive, USB 2.0 interface adapter, 18-Inch USB 3.0 cable, Quick start guide, 2-year limited warranty.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
If you're using it with a Mac you need to search the Seagate website for a special firmware update. Without the firmware update the hard drive will keep disconnecting itself every few minutes. So this makes it impossible to back up your computer's hard drive. After about an hour of trying to figure out the problem I found the firmware update online that was made specifically for that problem. Wish it would have updated the firmware automatically, would have saved me a lot of time and stress. Now I'm worried that it might fail on me in some other way, but I'll give it a chance for now. Also, after the firmware update the transfer rates seem to be quite a bit slower. One more hick up and this thing is getting sent back. If you aren't good with maneuvering through support sites and downloading/installing multiple files, steer clear of this item. On the bright side, it looks nice.
I bought this because my other one needs to be replaced for multiple reasons: 1) It was taking FOREVER to connect to my computer. At least 30 seconds, which may not sound like a lot, but it's supposed to connect immediately. Sometimes it was longer. As a web/graphic designer, this would send me into a panic. 2) It was 250GB and was nearing the end and 3) It was an ExcelStor brand (which seems to no longer exist).
I said all that to say, if you find yourself having any of the above issues, I think you're safe in getting this one, especially since it's a well-known brand that isn't going anywhere anytime soon. I haven't experimented with connecting it to my Time Machine because I plan to clean off and update my computer. However, it's working great for me so far.
I bought this drive thinking it had special backup software for the Mac and while it does have special software included to check the hard drive's integrity there is no separate software to back up the Mac.
At first I was not happy with this situation having never tried using Apple's Time Machine backup software before but after trying Time Machine I love it. It is not the demanding bitch I feared it might be and you can plug in the Seagate when YOU feel like making a backup and off it goes. It is a very speedy system. You could leave the Seagate plugged in all the time but not too practical with a laptop.
I'm very pleased with this system and glad I bought it. As a plus feature You can store other odds and ends on the hard drive and Time Machine will not mess with that data.
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