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Seagate - Backup Plus Hub for Mac 8TB External USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive - White-Angle_Standard

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    8TB On The Cheap!

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    TechyMan
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    Wanna save thousands of pictures, music, games and more on a single Huge Hard Drive? And on the cheap? Well look no further, this 8TB (7451.91GB / 7.27TB Available Free Space Formatted as NTFS) Will deliver that and even more! You will get x2 Extra USB 3.0 Ports to connect extra Hard Drives or other devices in it's built in USB Hub! I get speeds of about 30/70mbps, so that's fast, but not as fast as an SSD (Solid State Drive) or NVMe (Non-Volatile Memory Express) SSD drive. Sata SSDs can do 550mbps! / Nvme (x4) can deliver upto 3500+ mbps!) Which makes those Flash Storages upto 46 Times Faster! But really, here you are mostly looking at having a TON of Storage on the Cheap side, it's very simple and easy to use this External Drive on any PC/MacBook. Just Plug & Play really. I hope one day we can afford Nvme or better SSDs at this same price & Capacity! Hahahaha "one day...." This Hard Drive It's not portable since it requires a wall power brick to function but since it's big & heavy, you won't be taking it anywhere anyways besides your home desk. I got it for $140-150 free shipping some time ago... It's a great deal and you should get it. BUT NOTE: If you are looking to use this Drive for a BACKUP Do not Buy Only One! I repeat, Do not buy only One, since hard drives (also SSDs/Micro Sd/etc.) can fail at any time, so what you have to do is get TWO or even Three to be on the safe side and backup (Clone/Copy) All your same Data to Both Drives, so you won't loose your very important Data forever! I Know it's some extra work, but trust me on this one, it's totally Worth it! And also avoid paying Very Expensive Data Recovery Companies, You WILL remember Me after you either Loose/Could of Loose your data, and will be glad you bought two or three of these drives to really Protect your Data. Even if you buy one right now and it works perfectly fine for say the next Five months, it might fail the next hour, day or month, it's all really in luck and the care you provided to your Hard Drives, so don't take your chances and get two so you at least have another REAL backup drive to protect your data. You're Welcome :) And Yes, I do Really Love this Drive and also recommend it to you and your friends (just remind everyone to get TWO or Three, not One and use both/all drives to copy the same data to all drives) I'm an experienced "Data Protector" Tech Guy and I know my way around Hard Drives and SSDs. I been backing my data since 2009! So please, Backup your data to another same drive(s). Backup Data = Save your Digital Self!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The Best 8TB Drive!! Huge Capacity, Small Price

    Posted
    Bryandroid
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    This is one of the best Hard Drives I have had, this Seagate Has 8TB of data which about 7451GB is Free Available Space (if it's in NTFS File System) I have had it for a year now and It's still going strong. If you have a lot of data to back up and want the biggest Hard drive, you should get this one, this drive uses a power brick which is not portable ofcourse but you get a Huge Capacity. The Speed it's Good, I usually get around 30-70 MBs/Second while backing my data from other drives. It has a light indicator, but it's only to let you know if it's On/Off. Notes: The Drive takes some 5-8 seconds to load when first plugged in, but that's normal, don't worry, and when you disconnect it from your PC it takes about 10 seconds to fully power off so you can safely move it around. The noise is not big so it's quiet, and the two USB ports on the hub are great to charge devices. ****One Huge advice: If you decide to buy this Drive, know that you are getting a great drive BUT DON'T rely on it enterely, like you should have at least another place where your data is backed up too, just in case this one fails unexpectedly, since most Hard drives will fail eventually (statistics say that most drives will last 2-3 Years or even more depending on their use and care), so you should get another drive to back your data, not only this one. That's the best recommendation I could offer you, take care of your Data by having it copied in at least 2-3 different places. This would be the best way to protect All of your precious Data: Have a copy of all your data on: 1: This or any other Hard Drive/SSD. 2: A Second Hard drive, with the same Capacity. 3. A cloud (Internet) backup in case of a fire, earthquake, robbery, etc. That's the best Backup Plan I can give you, other than that, enjoy this huge 8TB Seagate Hard Drive :)

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Never buying Seagate again

    Posted
    Paul
    • My Best Buy® Member

    I returned this drive because of these reasons: 1. One of my HDD never showed up on the toolkit. This issue was problematic because it wouldn't be backed up. Seagate tech support moved me up to level two support and said they'd call the next day. I never got the call. I called back two other times; I never could get through to anyone. I told the first tech support guy that I thought I knew what the problem was, but I didn't want to spend 30 $ when his program should detect the drive. So I ended up spending the money and fixed it myself. 2. The toolkit now doesn't even connect to the drive. The toolkit does not see the backup. I've tried many things to try to fix it. My files are not being backed up!!!! I need these files safe. I do not want to contact Seagates foreign tech support. Not that I have any problems with foreign people, but their English wasn't that great. 3. Now I'm risking the security of the files originally on the drive by returning the backup drive. I only completed a disk format. I don't have time to spend at least 10 hours on a full wipe and rewrite to erase all the data completely. Nor am I paying more money on a program to completely erase my drive. Also in the past, Seagate has had lawsuits because of a high number of drive failure rate. I am never buying anything Seagate ever again.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great portable hard drive - 8TB & 2 USB 3.0 ports!

    Posted
    TulleyDee
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    Couldn't find a better product on the market than Seagate's USB 3.0 Backup Drive with the two USB 3.0 ports on the front of the product. My laptop only has two USB 3.0 ports since it's a slim and lightweight HP Spectre x360 15" (also purchased from BestBuy.com at a cost that was cheaper after taxes than online conglomerates / competitors) offered at the time and even to this day!). I researched the best 8TB USB 3.0 hard drive with the most cost effective and reliable reviews and ratings. Seagate wins over Western Digital, hands down. Drive is not loud during periods of heavy use / activity. I've had two drives, 8TB each, in use daily at home and my office...moved back and forth between both places too many times to count...my fault for not using a secure cloud storage solution, but realistically the cloud will never be the safest repository or most secure and conveniently available method for storing your data. A second backup off-site is simply a best practice. Using a locally-owned and accessible portable device like this one for your primary archival or storage solution for your system backups is convenient and secure. I used the built-in/pre-provided Seagate Backup software to backup my other smaller portable hard drives and my 6 desktops and laptops! The application encrypts data using Dept. of Defense encryption algorithm algorithms like 512-bit or 1024-bit AES or Blowfish at 132 MB/s at the cost of $200 on sale is a best buy, hands down. Thanks guys. Honest review by a very picky, critical techies in the IT workforce industry.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good Product, Not So Much Support

    Posted
    TxCook
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    I received the Backup Plus Hub 8TB External USB 3.0 Desktop Hard Drive and there was no software disc with it. Went online in accordance with the file folder instructions and could NOT get the Seagate Toolkit.exe to work properly. I kept coming back with "Slow or no Internet" and would not install, even after repeated attempts. I called the Seagate help line and the person there was no help whatsoever, suggesting it was a problem with my computer or internet (neither of which had a problem running ANY other exe file or software)! Then they suggested that the problem was my using Firefox, so I switched to Google Chrome; NO difference. Then had me switch to Explorer. NO difference. Then they suggested the Seagate website must be having problems.....and check back the next day. I had tried for three previous days to get the Toolkit.exe to work and I had already downloaded the exe file to my computer, so it had nothing to do with their website! I finally downloaded the Seagate Dashboard 2.0 instead and that worked without a problem! Bottom line: If you have issues with Toolkit.exe, just use Dashboard instead and save yourself days of aggravation. The external hard drive is not a problem, just the Toolkit.exe and support people that have no clue.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Well worth the money

    Posted
    Greg
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    I was a little apprehensive about buying this product. Some of the reviews on other Seagate external hard drives (the 6/8 TB size) left me a bit wary, and considering WD. I needed more space though, and already had several other external hard drives. I know how hard drives can be, and regularly back up my back ups. I am also using a USB hub, which I won't need now because this unit has one built in. My hope was that with this new external, I'd not only have plenty more storage, but could potentially get rid of the hub and clean up my messy cables. Although the description listed the ports as USB 3, I was slightly alarmed upon opening the package, and seeing black USB ports (which much more often signify USB 2, as opposed to the blue color that more typically comes with USB 3 ports/connectors). I fired up USBViewer and was relieved to find that they were reporting as USB 3 ports, and I also transferred some data to confirm that things were being transferred at USB 3 speeds. Fortunately, everything was fine. I was nervous about plugging in two other USB 3 external hard drives into the ports on the front, but the USB controller on it handled them fine. I've also read some worries about the Seagates getting hot, but even after a number of hours of continuous operation (transferring over 5 TB onto it), while it was a bit warm, it was not concerningly so (seemed to be reasonably in line with my WD drives after such use).

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    PLEASE CHECK YOUR DRIVE BEFORE YOU ADD YOUR DATA!!

    Posted
    Andrew
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus Member

    Before I begin, please be aware I have gone through 4 of these drives. All from Bestbuy, and all failed. Each drive was run with Seagate's own HDD utility. The first drive was the only one to pass the testing on the utility, but failed only a week after. (had only 200 GBs of data written (PC back Up, and misc files) only to fail and not be recognized on startup. All 3 other drives also failed, and when attempting to write the system back up files, would either error, or fail and begin clicking. I swapped the 4th drive for a WD MyBook 8TB and currently have filled over 3TB of Data on it, and all seems fine, loads when powered on, and accesses files quckly. I CANNOT RECOMMEND THIS DRIVE, AND URGE EVERYONE THAT PURCHASES IT TO PLEASE RUN A LONG TEST BEFORE ADDING ANY OF YOUR PRECIOUS DATA TO IT!!!

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Almost a perfect storage drive.

    Posted
    sam808
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
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    I think this external drive is just missing two things: 1- An eSATA port, for computers which lack USB 3.0 ports. 2- Though this enclosure contains an 8TB Seagate Archive drive, which are rated for 24/7 operation in addition to the fact that this drive powers down as soon as it's ejected from the PC. However I don't backup my terrabytes worth of data periodically, just weekly. So I don't need this drive spinning up every time I power up my PC only for a minute till I eject it in the operating system. So most of the time I have the power plug disconnected and cable tied to the USB cable, for easy reconnects. 8TB is too big for one partition in my humble opinion. So I partitioned it into 8 partitions of different filesystems so that I can use CloneZilla (a free open source hard drive cloning software) to clone multiple hard drives of multiple workstations.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Room for Growth

    Posted
    TomWalla74
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    Purchased this because i wanted the white one as it seems to match better with the Mac system. I also have the black unit for my windows system. Either way - you can use any of the systems for windows or mac if you are willing to format them and partition them up as needed. Software can be download online for either one. Anyhow, Needed the 8TB so i can keep variations in history. Works great and have been using Seagate backup for years without issues. Would recommend. Would like to see a SSD option that runs on USB-C (Thunderbolt 3) as this could be a much improved speed. Overall though very happy with purchase.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Lots of Storage + USB Hub

    Posted
    Jimbo
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    This is an 8TB external drive. I can finally merge several smaller drives into one drive. However it is only 5400rpm so it isn't a very fast drive. But for archiving and offloading files from my internal SSD, it works just fine.There is no ON/OFF switch so you cannot turn it OFF at will. it goes OFF when my laptop is either in SLEEP or HYBERNATE mode. I am not using any of the secure access features, Just using it as external storage/backup drive. The 2 USB ports on the front come in handy and I can connect my other external drives to it. Overall, this is a very nice 8TB external storage, especially for the price I paid ($167) during Thanksgiving Week. Best Buy shipped it super fast. I got it in my hands less than 48 hours after I ordered it online.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Value for Archival Storage

    Posted
    TechJunkie
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    The Seagate Backup Plus Hub 8TB External USB 3.0 hard drive is an outstanding value for the price, providing the lowest cost per TB of storage I've been able to find. The trade off for this is the relatively slow and power conservative 5900RPM archival drive housed in the chassis. This can become a problem is you intend on heavy usage where performance is a concern. If you want cheap storage for rarely accessed files or an inexpensive way to improve your backup situation, this is a great choice. If you want to regularly use the hard drive for directly running files, especially from multiple sources spend the extra money for a non-archival drive.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Seagate won over WD

    Posted
    AlexRiz
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    I origiinally purchased the Seagate 8TB version with the USB port but decided that it was overkill. I looked at WD drives but they have an encryption feature, which seems to give users a headache so I stayed clear of that. Frankly, neither the Seagate nor the WD drives are perfect with both having pros and cons but the Seagate seemed more user friendly. I backed up my iTunes library, which is over 3,000 songs and my MS Outlook .PST file and they write speed seems good. I hooked it up to my new LINKSYS EA9500 router, which worked well too. The big questions is..."What is the long-term reliability?" Only time will tell.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    It works but not well

    Posted
    CyFire
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    It's USB 3.0 port works on some computers and not on others. It does work at a USB 2.0 device on the computers that don't see it as 3.0. This drive tends to overheat when transferring large amounts of data. With an 8tb hard disk that would be what you would expect to be needed. Backing up with around 6tb of data it reached temperatures of over 51c. Restoring it went over that and on the computer I was using and caused it to forcibly reboot. If you are not serious about trying to use its capacity it works. But if you want to use it to back/restore up anything over 1tb at a time I would seriously look for something else.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Awesome Drive, just a bit noisy

    Posted
    Nate
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    I bought this drive to use as an Apple Time Machine drive and to off load my Photos Library. After configuring my Photos library to live on this drive and partitioning for a Time Machine backup, the Seagate blends very well with my setup. The only issue is that it's a bit noisy, it's not terribly loud, but when the room is quiet I can hear it. It's a little distracting since my computer is in my bedroom. All Hard drives have some motor noise, so it's not the end of the world. The convenience of the USB ports on the front more than makes up for it. One star off because of the noise and unwieldy power plug.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    It does its job.

    Posted
    Westrim
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase

    I got it for 230 from Bestbuy, who later made a low pain pricematch with TigerDirect when it was offered there for 180, so consider that a benchmark as of April 2017. In general, it meets the arc of larger capacity drives being cheaper per gigabyte, so as one of the largest drives on the market it is among the cheapest for data storage. Otherwise, it does its job of storing data and allowing easy access to it. I haven't bothered with using the USB ports much, and only use it with one computer. I do appreciate the lack of the mottled/ridged appearance both WD and Seagate have been using for some external hard drive lines recently.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Easy Hookup, Partitioned Easily, Has Nice Look!

    Posted
    ExtraStorageNeeded
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    If you are needing lots of storage for your family photos and home videos, this external 8TB drive is what you are looking for. With it's sleek design and easy USB hookup, you can have instant access to hard drive storage in just minutes. I hooked it up and instantly was able to partition it for different operating systems to use on my iMac. Sleek, easy, modern, you can't go wrong with this purchase!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Tons of Storage at an Affordable Price

    Posted
    JerryW
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    I've been using Seagate external hard drives for the past few years with much success. I needed to upgrade to an 8TB drive to store video files that were housed on several different, smaller external drives. I purchased this 8TB Seagate for a great deal during a recent sale. The drive functioned perfectly out-of-the-box. My computer automatically recognized the drive without having to download any drivers or software. I've loaded over 2TB of data so far and it has not failed once. The only reason I did not give it 5 stars is that it's a tad slow when it kicks on from sleep mode -- most people won't really notice so it's not a major con.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    One HDD to rule them all....Literally

    Posted
    Basmy
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    From having multiple external and internal hdds backing up all my stuff to consolidating into one hard drive was time consuming but we'll worth it. What isn't obvious about this external hard drive is how silent it is when not plugged in via USB. Sure it will draw power but nothing would be spinning, not even a platter. Even when plugged into a laptop or PC it spins then goes back to quiet bliss unless your activly using it. No random spinning seeking or arm clicking out of the blue. The integrated USB hub/ports also. Very useful as I was transferring from multiple smaller drives.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best storage for your $ worth

    Posted
    cthai
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    I have read reviews about it dying early and so forth. I have had this for a few months now. I bought it on a slickdeal sale of $200. You cannot find 8TB for this pricing anywhere else. It holds well and I have it running majority of the time. It is useful for sharing on your home network. Although Apple TV cannot read it, but if you have a ROKU or any other android based device you can read off it through your home network. Performance is good not the best but its good for its capacity and price.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent drive, great speed, huge space

    Posted
    FrankSilva
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    I've bought this external HDD about a month ago on sale for $200 plus tax. I have to say, I am very pleased, it is normal fast, not super fast, I understand the difference between transfering huge files like Full HD movies vs photos, docs, etc. the bigger files have a transfer rate of 180MB/s (yes, thats megabytes per second) but you have to connect this drive to a USB 3.0 port, if you connect it to a USB 2.0 port, you will get 30MB/s max. So, make sure your PC has USB 3.0 and you have the correct drivers to make it run as fast as possible.

    I would recommend this to a friend