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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: 5 out of 5 stars

    Probably the best USB external hard drive

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    Modigliani
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    I own several Seagate USB external hard drive of different capacities from 500 GB to 2 TB. All of them have worked flawlessly including the 1 TB drive that I am reviewing here. USB 3.0 is about 5 times faster than USB 2.0 and is well worth the small extra cost – 5 hours versus 25 hours to back up my data (with 3.0 I can do a full backup overnight while I sleep; with 2.0 it takes more than a 24-hour day). It's a true "plug and play" device. Virtually no set up is required – just attach the cord, plug it in, and you're ready to go. The drive appears as a new letter on your computer screen. After that, to back up directories and files, it's simply a matter of "dragging and dropping." Alternately, since it's a physical drive, you can save files and directories as you would to any other physical drive. The build quality is excellent. I switched to Seagate after being repeatedly unhappy with various performance and compatibility problems with other brands. It comes with useful software for automatic scheduled back ups, as well. One trick: I keep the 1 TB drive hooked up at all times, have created a directory called "Recent BKUP," and save my work to that directory every few minutes in real time. That way, should my computer crash, I always have a copy of my latest files on a portable file. I also use this as the target drive for a daily automatic scheduled backup.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Good for everything

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    TechButcher
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    I picked this hard drive after a lot of searching, scanning through reviews and comparing models. I was torn between picking a 500 GB or a 1 TB hard drive. I was looking at some WD drives and this one. I needed a drive for just routine backups. I have over 100 GB in Dropbox, but using it exclusively for all my backup is not very convenient. It takes very long to upload and not absolutely everything can fit in it. The point is that I didn't need a hard drive to lug around a large media library with me. I mostly stream stuff and I have a rather large drive in my notebook anyways. This is why 500 GB would work for me and I didn't desperately need a terabyte of space. While some other drives had double the space for just a few more dollars, I went with this one because of its size and weight. This thing is slim and looks very decent. Taken out of the rather easy-to-open packaging, this device was not that special looking. It doesn't have cool colors, designs or accents. It's a rather plain device with a silver metal top and a black plastic bottom. The top will match your Mac. The drive overall feels very good when held. The bottom may be plastic, but it doesn't feel like a flimsy thing despite the very light weight. It comes with a very small, but just long enough USB cable. You could put both into a pocket and not notice. It's that slim. It comes with a 2 year warranty, while some drives come with longer warranties, but I don't worry too much about that because I will not be storing sensitive data on it. The USB 3.0 transfer rates are fast enough. I was able to copy my entire iPhoto library file (about 15 GB) in a matter of 10 minutes or so. Same with my 10 GB iTunes folder. It comes with some software that allow you to upload to Facebook and whatnot, but I decided I didn't need it and I was able to wipe it all easily (it's downloadable on the Seagate website). I am very happy with the purchase overall.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent portable drive overall.

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    Dee89Cee
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    I decided to go with this portable drive because it was slim, portable, and the newest drive out which now included mobile backup as clearly listed on the box and on Seagate's website. However, I've had the drive for about a week and I still can't figure out how to backup my iOS device. The website clearly states that iOS devices are supported and that all there is to do is download the "Seagate Mobile Backup" app which doesn't even exist in the Apple store. This drive comes with a very convenient dashboard software which is great and easy to backup PC files, but it doesn't give any instructions or options for mobile backup. Overall, I'm very satisfied with the drive's performance. In the meanwhile, I'll backup my iPhone's photos manually which is not a big deal. Maybe Seagate will update its dashboard soon to include the mobile capabilities. Highly recommended drive to store your social network photos and personal files. Hopefully "Instagram" becomes a supported social network backup. If anybody figures it out, please respond to the review. Thank you, -Diana

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great external HD! Windows/Mac

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    wbp874
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    I recently purchased a cheap HP from bestbuy to use as a HTPC, I bought this to add my movies, tv shows, and pictures to use on Kodi and/or windows media center. I still can't decide which one I like better. Since I'm not very savvy when it comes to Windows 10 or Windows anything I used my Mac to format this to work on either, mainly because I have another Seagate external I purchased years ago to use with MacBook Air, that one got added to iMac which has all my content on it so I basically copied everything to the new one to use on PC. They do make these for Mac only but I'm not sure why anyone would pay more for that since they can obviously be formatted for either. Simple set up, simple format, looks sleek! I velcroed mine to the side of the case. I would definitely recommend this to anyone that wants to put music, photos, movies..etc on to keep their main hardrive clean.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Product

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    NicholasEvans
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    For only $60, you can get a thousand gigs of storage. I highly recommend this to everyone who has files that they want to keep safe. Too often I've had to reinstall windows on a computer because of malware and as a result I've lost everything. But that was years ago. Now I use Ubuntu, but even still I sometimes I've had to reinstall Ubuntu because I got too excited in the terminal, and messed around with settings that I shouldn't have. As a result, I've had to restore my system and have lost files. Now I don't worry about that at all. I just back up everything to this external hardrive. On top of the fact that my files are safe, they are easy to take with me as the drive is very thin and small. It will fit into any bag or backpack without taking up space that is needed for other devices or chargers. As an Ubuntu user, I don't think this drive was made to work with Google drive on my machine - but there seems to be some cool features with this drive worth looking to if you are a Windows or OSX user and if you like Google drive. I am incredibly happy I bought it. It's a very good price and very good product. I recommend it!

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Had driv

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    Thirds
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    ard to go wrong here. If you are using this as an external drive, this product has 2TB in very small space and is USB powered. The drive itself only takes 0.7-2.3W to operate! On Mac OSX 10.9.2 running the included Paragon NTFS driver, I was able to see write rates in 8-10 MB/sec with USB 2.0. On a Windows 7 Machine I averaged 18 MB/Sec; 14 MB/sec running the latest 8.1 update. I pulled the drives from two of these units (instructions below - photos to be added soon) for use in my laptop. This product is the only way I know of to obtain the 9.5mm tall, 2.5-in 2T Samsung Spinpoint M9T drive(s). Note: the 2TB version has 1 drive, the 4TB has 2 drives. After installing them in my laptop (has 3 internal HDD bays with SATA connections, 1st bay has OS, apps, etc. on 500GB SSD), I tested data txfr speeds. I moved 1.5 TB of data from one drive to another with average speeds of 194 MB/Sec in Windows 8.1. Laptop now has 4.5 TB of hard drive capacity.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Price for small and slim 1TB

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    Liss
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    I researched external portable hard drives for awhile until i decided to buy this one. For the price and stoage I was in between this one, Toshiba Canvio Basics, and WD My Passport. My previous external portable hard drive was an older version of the WD Passport and after a year or so it crashed, so i chose not to get it again. I liked the look of this one better than the toshiba and i had read more reliable reviews for seagates hard drives in general. I don't really use the seagate dashboard though it is helpful if you want to set it up to back up your files at a certain time. I like transferring my my dad through Windows Explorer. I have yet to use the Lyve app, but did get my extra 200gb for my one drive cloud. The only thing i see that my Passport drive had that I do not see or was not advertised on the Seagate is password protection, but I don't mind because I didn't use it on my Passport anyways. Overall, the hard rive is working well, I am really happy with my purchase and would recommend to others.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Perfect!

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    doc8998
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    It came as a shock- (okay, less a shock than "I was woefully unprepared") when my backup drive began the "clicking of death" destroying both backup and raw data. After many choice words and several attempts at deep breaths, I realized that much of what was on that drive hadn't been accessed in forever (speaking to its overall importance) and the biggest thing I needed back- my music- was able to be reversed from my old iPod back to the PC itself, I decided to pick up another external- primarily for upcoming projects I have that will be using 2 different computers. It had been 15 years since I purchased my original external, so I was shocked that the same amount of storage was now compressed (physically) to maybe 1/5 of the size. I expected some space saving, but this was soooo small, I actually had to ask the associate if he was sure this was actually a hard drive. It does everything it's supposed to, all while being not much bigger than a wallet. Highly recommend!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent external hard drive for computer back up

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    marcusmatt618
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    Having my operating system go down on my previous 8 year old desktop PC (after 8 years), I am now a firm believer in back up my new computer on a regular basis. The Seagate Backup Plus Slim 1 TB External Hard Drive is an easy and straight-forward way to back up my current computer without a lot of muss or fuss. It comes with all necessary hardware and software to make backing up my system an easy process and the instructions for connection and installation of the software to make it operate are clear and straight forward. I would recommend this item to anyone looking for external storage or any easy solution to backing up their computer without putting all your information out into cyberspace with an online back up alternative. The Seagare external hard drive is both affordable and easy to operate ... I recommend it highly! Thanks to my local Best Buy associates for steering me in the right direction on this purchase.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great for my music collection and music projects

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    jonn
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    I hate the quality of mp3 files and have captured most of my vast music collection in FLAC files. Even with albums taking up as much as 400mb, I find that i can store plenty of music on these external drives and I have yet to have a Seagate drive cause me any problems whatsoever. I have had cloud service go out of contact and sound terrible. I have also had ITunes replace valuable recordings with something that clearly was not a "match." So I don't feel that a drive that is a little more than half the size of a traditional cd case is much of an inconvenience - especially when weighed against having no real control over my valuable music collection! I am also a musician and I am far more comfortable backing up my masters, samples and DAW program data on something tangible and physically in my possession. This is my third drive and I am sure I'll buy plenty more as I archive more music and movies.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Protect your files

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    HowardS
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    I have a laptop I use exclusively for photo editing and storage. It has now hit the 5 year mark, and while it performs well, it's getting more likely to have a hard drive crash. I bought two of these external Seagates as they were on sale. Despite their large capacity, they are very small - Not much different than a deck of cards. With the USB cable, just plugged it in and made duplicate copies of all my photo files on the drive. Then repeated for second drive. This was not a quick process due to the large number of data files, but once you get it copying, go do something else. I now keep one drive in my desk at work and one at home so in case of fire, theft, gear failure or other loss, I still have a full set of all my irreplaceable photos. This solution for both drives was about $110 with no ongoing cost like with some cloud services.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great storage for a great price.

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    Adalri
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    I was looking for an external hard drive with which to store my massive CD collection on, so I would be able to play all my music through iTunes without having to eat up my computer's hard drive, but since I was only using it for music I really didn't want to spend a fortune. After having owned the Seagate 1TB for about a week now, I've already copied well over 100GB of music to it, and it's still working like a champ! Light weight, compact, affordable, fast download speed, you really won't find a better external hard drive for the price. I would highly recommend for anyone looking to clear up some space on your computer. Also, if you're a mac user (like myself) don't be put off by the fact that it doesn't include Thunderbolt/Firewire because the USB 3.0 on this thing is FAST!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Portable and Fast for Size and Capacity

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    bchan
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    So when I bought this, I believe they were offering 1 TB of OneDrive space at purchase. So I ended up getting 2TB of storage for the price of $60+tax. This little thing is small enough to fit into your pocket (which i hope you never have the need to do), runs quiet, and runs fast. The set-up process is extremely easy for both Windows and Mac just involving a first time .exe/.deb run of the set-up file already on the device. This is very helpful because I've ran into many problems where people thought their externals didn't work just because they were missing the correct drivers. Not much else can be said about this device that hasn't already, it gets the job done, looks great, and performs as described. If you're looking for a quality external portable drive, this is definitely highly recommended.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great drive!

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    HrungaZmuda
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    I bought this because it was on special and I wanted an SSD for my PS4. It took only minutes to install the drive in the PS4. Slip off the cover, undo one screw, pull cage out and replace drive (four screws) and slide it back in and attache the original screw. Slide on the cover, voilà! The only thing that takes time is installing new software (takes a USB flash drive with the system update file in the correct sequence of folders) and the backing up (before installing the drive), and restoring of the game files. Those took hours to complete. But restoration was near perfect. Just had to log back into PSN and reset a few settings. Now my PS4 boots way faster, and I don't have to worry about a mechanical drive failing. SSDs are more reliable and even when they die, the data is there. You just can't write to it any more.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Very useful, great portable hard drive

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    Rubyred7
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    I was running out of hard disk space on my notebook laptop computer I talked with a geek squad agent and the agent suggested that I might get extra hard disk space if I were to use a portable hard drive. I feel so much better that I did, now I store my pictures, documents and many other files on the portable hard drive and my notebook has more space on the hard drive at the same time I don't have to fear if I happen to lose some of my files because the portable hard drive stores them in a safe place until I need to use them again. The other great thing about this Seagate backup portable hard drive is that it holds so much with it having 16 GB on it. I feel better about owning such a helpful backup this frees up more space on my notebook for other things I'm working on or need to complete.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great external hard drive for a novice user

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    AWH0918
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    I bought this device for my wife to backup her Mac Book Air. Although she is proficient with a computer she does not want to deal with devices that have a lengthy or complicated setup process. She was able to plug it into her USB port and click the "Time Machine" button in her Systems Preferences menu and was up and running. She was pleasantly surprised with how easy it was to start using it. So far it has performed excellently and the price for the device was also excellent. I could have spent 3 to 4 times as much for a comparable device and I'm not convinced they would perform any better. I have a more expensive device I bought a few years ago and from what I have seen this device for my wife functions as well as the more expensive one.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Good product... but....

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    EliteOne
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    These are great. You should always go for the best bang for your buck on these external drives. Brands don't matter. However, be VERY careful not to let them get too full, or have HUGE files open / reading / Writing while the drive is really full. Your operating system may end up crashing the drive, and you'll lose all the data. If you're like me, you'll want to max them out but be careful because if files are too large, and open, they can crash it. Best to leave a few gigs, and never have huge files on there. And then move on to a new drive. I have 2 Seagates, and 3 Toshibas. Only my Toshibas have crashed, but now I know why (too full, too large files). By large files, I mean entire working catalogs, or large videos.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Seagate - Backup Plus Slim 1TB External USB 3.0/2.

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    LC4508
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    I use only two brands of external hard drives and that is Toshiba and Seagate. Both have NEVER failed me. And in the case of Seagate, I have been using their products for well over 4 years now (brought me through my study abroad in Rome and a larger chunk of college) and I have yet to be let down. I've had no loss of files and zero glitches of any sort. I could not give you any technical breakdown of how this works because I am a simple person with simple needs and this hard drive does exactly what I need it to do. All I can say is that I have no complaints and that I will always recommend their products. NOTE: I will more than likely be purchasing more of their hard drives in the future.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    I often choose Best Buy for all my high needs

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    JoneMCC
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    Consistently I have found that the products carried by BestBuy are of the highest standard. I needed a file backup system for my laptop because I carry a great deal of hdr photos from over the years. This is the first external hard I have ever purchased and it seems that I did great considering the price was very affordable and the product surpassed my expectations of quality so eyes and function. I could see myself getting a secondary hard drive that would be more for rugged situations where I will be traveling or backing up my photography while camping. But for all reasonable used to service everyday this is all I need

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Little Portable Hard Drive

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    katieolivia323
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    I needed to get a portable hard drive to backup everything on my Macbook Pro. I didn't want to be in position of losing all of my important documents, pictures, bookmarks, and so much more, if anything were to suddenly happen to my laptop. My friend who works at Apple recommended this brand and another brand for an external hard drive and so when I went to Best Buy, I found this one. It was in the price point I wanted to buy and with 1TB, it would be more than enough storage for me. It was easy to install on my Macbook Pro and it does what it's supposed to - backs up my files! If you're looking for a great portable hard drive, I would recommend this one! It also is compatible for PC users as well.

    I would recommend this to a friend