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Seagate - Backup Plus Slim 1TB External USB 3.0/2.0 Portable Hard Drive - Black-Front_Standard

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Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars with 7650 reviews

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Considering Circumstances Good Product

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    areyouking
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    I rate this product as a NOVICE scenario for the buyer and user. I do not know an extreme amount about this kind of item. I know I use them because I was told they would solve my problem of losing data from computer crashes and whatever else happens to cause you to have your computer stop working for you. This is the second type of Backup Hard Drive I have purchased in the last 3 years. The first, about 1 1/2 yrs ago, had a larger memory, It was a product that was very user friendly, for someone like myself, as it told me what to do when and why, and I was able to save my data and put it in folders and find the specific data I might need again, easily. This unit does not do that. It has a smaller memory than the first, but it is also more reasonably priced than the first. Best Buy carries the same one I bought last time but this time I did not have the funds to buy the same thing again, especially since the only reason I was buying another was because I could not find a (THE) cord for the unit. Buying another cord was as much as buying this unit - so obviously this was the smarter purchase. For me anyway. I am not knowledgeable enough to know if this is better because I can not find the data I put on it. It is there because there is memory missing, but it does not allow me to put, say, John here in this file and Susie here in that file and then leave the rest of the gang in a big folder until I can make smaller folders. (Or maybe it does but I have not figured that out yet.) I bought this because I was afraid my laptop was going to bite the dust and I wanted to put everything I could somewhere so that "someone" could find it to out it on the next one, should this happen to me. This unit has the data on it I hope. I did a back up twice thinking I would have 2 files that were each a "backup". It did not do that. it just (seems) to rewrite over the last save - the new data from the new save. Not sure that is good, but I must make myself be at peace knowing at least there is some of my data out there somewhere for me to get to - hopefully.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    1TB made portable and affordable

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    VipersHardware
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    These are extremely nice as they will fit in your coat pocket and only need one cable to connect to most USB ports. The speed could be a little better despite it stating that it is USB 3.0, it still takes a while to transfer large files, or a lot of files at once, helpful tip, you are far better off transferring a few files at a time, 8 to 10GB rather than trying to transfer or copy 30-50GB at once, for some reason it just slows down and takes hours as opposed to 20-30 minutes. Additionally you want to be very careful with these as if you do not remove them in the operating systems software, or unmount them then the next time you plug the drive in you may get a shock as it will ask you to format the disk and your data will have disappeared. Also do not drop these or subject them to any sudden impact as they are very sensitive and the enclosures do not provide the best protection. You can purchase aftermarket rubberized caddies that clip on around the drives and provide a extra level of safety. All and all its a good price for a lot of portable space, however keep in mind that there are 2TB, 3TB out there now for under $80, $170 respectively.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Seagate Harddrive

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    DanielJacks
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    When first purchasing my hard drive it was very easy. The features I wanted were clearly printed on the box. Also I did some comprising shopping from other photography websites and the prices are similar but shipping would have been more. I choose to purchase it at best buy because of convince and the brand name. I have always heard great things about seagate and I trusted them over western digital. I have been using it for a couple of weeks and I have only had one issue. I own a Mac and windows computer. Storing files on the hard drive was easy to me until I have to switch over to my MAC. All my files do appear when I'm at home but at another MAC computer it won't allow me to transfer them. I'm thinking it is because the software has to be installed on every computer that you use it on. The documentation that came with the drive was straight forward but wish they would include FAQ in the paperwork because I did not see a solution on their website. I am happy with this purchase and feel that it was a good investment.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Reliable

    Posted
    Cyman
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    The only problem in this product, I believe, is in the saved file design in the back-up software. I spoke to the Seagate customer support about it. The old Seagate software for back-ups saved the Computers standing file structure in a single file with deleted files from past saves in history files. The new one adds the changes in hew files so there is no actual mirror of your computer files for referencing but a search of many files by the news software method of back up to find a single file that was lost or changed accidentally is required. That is my viewpoint on the file save design. The software and drive so far works fine otherwise. I imagine it will, for a long time, as all my old Seagate drives still work well. In addition, the old software does not work on the new windows computers while the new Seagate back-up software requires the purchase of a new drive for add on drives to be properly recognized. On the positive side, new drives like this are miniscule in size compared to older drives with the same capacity.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    It got the job done.

    Posted
    turn3r
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    When I first connected it to my computer, it didn't automatically run the program, and actually took quite a bit of time to get it to "open" to begin installation. Total start to finish time was about 9 hours for approximately 5mb of data that I wanted to copy, but total I ended up with about 30mb. It's difficult to just select a specific component, so you have to save massively larger files to make sure you are copying what you really want. The time required may be faster for others, as my computer was on its last leg to begin with- the fan was broken and I had to keep the laptop on an a/c vent the entire time, though it did overheat once and I had to start over from the beginning. This product (on my specific computer) was a hassle and based on my experience I would suggest paying the extra money for a more user friendly device. All in all, I saved all my data (and then some) for under $80, so I guess I can't complain much.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    No annoyances

    Posted
    QuodEratDemonstrandum
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    My main problem with past external hard drives was intrusive backup software, which used to be extremely annoying and disruptive in many ways. This one is NOT like that, you install it if you want. Or you install it and you use it if/when you want. Otherwise you just manually back up your files to the hard drive, in folders separate from the automatic backups.This is great! One minus - the backup software does not track updated files. It backs up everything again next time you do a backup. At least this is the case of manual backups. Did not experiment with hourly or continuously backups. It feels study and well built. Of course, a more realistic review would be to say that it still works after several years, but I don't know about that as I just bought it last month.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    As Advertised

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    CDFW
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    The ZVOX ZBase 555 21Ch Home Theater Speaker System purchased online from Best Buy arrived several days earlier than projected. It was quite easy to set up and has improved the audio output of the Samsung built-in speakers significantly. Importantly, and not stated on the Best Buy web site, the unit did come with a digital audio optical cable. We still have some difficulty understanding the dialogue of BBC productions and those featuring speakers of other than American English. The Zvox is exactly per measurements shown on the website, so it fit precisely as anticipated under our 55" flat screen Samsung. I would recommend the product for anyone who feels their current audio output could use enhancement, with the realization that there might still be some occasions where dialogue is still less than perfect.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good product for back-up

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    DeadFlush
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    I bought this to use as a back-up device for my laptop and my wife's laptop. It was compatible with both windows 7 and windows 8. The software loaded easy but I am not sure I like it. I decided to use the windows back-up in place of the software that comes with the product. I like that it is a small size and does not need to be plugged into a power outlet to operate. There is plenty of space to back-up all my music and pictures. We can even fit several from each computer. And when we finish it stores neatly in our safe. You could also leave it plugged into a desktop for automatic back-ups if you like. The only reason I did not give it 5 stars is because of the software it comes with. I did not think that software was easy to use for more than one computer.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good advice from both Geek Squad and sales person

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    James
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    My 4yr old PC was running very slow. I took it to the Geek Squad and discovered it would cost $200 for the tech support package in order to get my PC repaired. I told your team member that I'm not very tech saavy, and I would appreciate his help in evaluating the options. He reviewed my PC uses and gave me a sheet with recommendations that he then pass onto a sales person. That person took the sheet and showed me two options that met my needs. Both members also reviewed the $100 tech support cost when you purchase a new PC, which will allow me to get a new PC and then get my old one fixed so my wife can use it. All in all, I believe I got good advice.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Seagate - Backup Plus Slim 1tb External Usb 3.0/2.

    Posted
    Bernard
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    Ok this is the re-review of this Seagate back up plus. As you can recall from my first review of this item, I took the original back and instead of refunding my currency I opted to just grab another one which worked when I got it home. The first one just made noises when I plugged it up to my laptop and wouldn't autorun. It is very small able to be ported around with no problem. I didn't give this 5 stars because I can't dump to it wirelessly, which in this day and age is what its all about, but I guess they have other models that you can connect to a Wi-Fi network and dump and retrieve wirelessly. I will try one of those next.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Deal Once You Get it Working Right

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    Pahdah
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    I was looking for an internal hard drive, but found this the best deal for the cost. Its sleek design made it a perfect 2nd choice because it takes almost no additional space. It worked almost perfectly upon plugging it in. It didn't get 5 stars because the registration and the free additional gigabyte storage on OneDrive promotion required several tries and help from tech support. I connected it to my network to create a 1 terabyte personal cloud and it works great! I like it so much that I am planning to buy another to increase our home network cloud storage. This is an excellent buy for the cost; once you get it working right.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Second times the charm

    Posted
    Pegg
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    Despite several attempts at troubleshooting, the initial product purchased simply would not work. Finally returned the product to Best Buy and got a new one without any problem getting the exchange. Apparently the initial backup drive was defective and did not automatically install the drivers necessary to run the device, but the second drive has worked from the outset without any trouble at all. Very pleased with the no-hassle return policy that Best Buy not only advertises but lives by. The Seagate backup drive is a good compact device that's easy to use if you don't happen to get one with a defect!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Does the job

    Posted
    CB1692
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    I had bought this after comparing it to the Western Digital external HD of the same size. The price was better, and the connection speed was faster. The initial set up of the software was a piece of cake, then it came to the first backup. It at and froze at 3% for well over an hour and made no further progress. I was patient and let it continue, and after a few hours the backup was finally complete. After this, the backups have been extremely easy. Don't be disheartened if it seems to freeze on you at first, since it will work. Just hoped the process would have been faster to begin with, and show more accurately what the progress actually was.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Seagate is first choice

    Posted
    PropMan
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    This is the fourth Seagate back-up I've purchased. The first two were for personal use; one of those for a back-up to all my computer files and the other for video editing and pictures. My XP computer crashed and I was very happy to have had everything saved. The third and the current purchase were for backing up computers and files for our small office. So far, I have no cons. All the drives installed and set up quickly with no issues. I like that it connects via USB so there aren't any extra cables or power sources to worry about. Practically as easy to use as a flash drive.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great for Mac

    Posted
    TK85
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    Returned a similarly priced WD product because it didn't worked and picked this up which was super easy at Best Buy, great return policy! Real easy set up. The one thing I missed is that when directions say to erase the drive, at least in my case, it meant that I had to go into disk utility and erase it MYSELF. Once I did that it was all set up and ready to go. Had one for years before this but the connectors are starting to fail so got a new one. The previous one I used for years on a PC and then switched to make with absolutely no problems. All around good things for Seagate.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Durable-Long lasting

    Posted
    Leila
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    I have had this hard drive for 3 years and it still works with more than enough space for my information. The only reason why I won’t give it 5 star is because when I bought it, I wanted to use it on both Mac and Windows operatining systems. After being let down upon plugging it into a Mac, I realized that it didn’t work for what I wanted it to do. Tip: you have to download drifesnom to the drive so that it’ll be compatible with both operating systems. I wish someone at Best Buy told me that when I bought it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great product, one small drawback

    Posted
    CriticalConsumer
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    Overall, this portable harddrive is a great tool that functions quickly. it is only slightly bigger than a deck of cards and less than half the thickness. The grey sheen cover is attractive and the single light gives of an impressive look. My only complaint is that there are no feet or rubber grips on the underside of the harddrive and so it easily slides around on a smooth surface and if you are not careful you could easily knock it off a table or counter. The fact that this comes with 200 GB of cloud storage through Microsoft's OneDrive is the icing on the cake.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good little drive

    Posted
    DecisiveMoment
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    Not much to say about this drive. It's not the fastest, but that's not important. It's small, functional, and does the job well. It's solid and I would definitely buy another if needed. I'm using it to back up a PS4, but it would work in any scenario where I need a drive that will do the job and take up minimal space. That fact that it's powered from the USB cable makes it a good choice too. Hard to beat it for the price. One thing to keep in mind, the way it's formatted it didn't work with my PS4. I had to reformat it to a compatible file system.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Nice Large Portable

    Posted
    WimDaniels
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    I do video editing, and have bought a handful of these drives. They are fast enough to handle HD footage editing on the road. I like that they don;'t require external power. Out of the half dozen I have bought, I have had one with a bad sectored and couldn't get that particular camera card off the drive. Fortunately, we had not formatted the drive. That's the only reason for four stars instead of five. But overall, I like them and will continue to buy them. I'm pretty hard on the drives and they hold up well.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great up until the warranty expired

    Posted
    ADaleR1
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    I've relied on this small drive to back up everything! All our family photos, documents, videos, computer restore points, digital media purchases, etc. It has worked flawlessly until last night when it decided to quit. After checking my purchase records I realized that the warranty expired a just a few months ago. Seagate charges $600 to recover the data on a failed drive. I would recommend either the extended warranty or the annual backup plan offered by Seagate (currently $10/yr).

    I would recommend this to a friend