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Seagate - Backup Plus Slim 2TB External USB 3.0/2.0 Portable Hard Drive - Black-Front_Standard

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Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars with 8307 reviews

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Sleek and does the job

    Posted
    Leonard
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    Seagate Backup Plus Slim actually has metallic looking plastic case. Very portable and thin. I wish it had rubberized pods on the bottom to avoid slippage on the desk. It does the job of backing up files via included Seagate Toolkit software. But Toolkit generates an unnecessarily complex set of directories when you initiate the general one-click backup plan. You have to drill down almost ten levels just to get to My Documents after the backup. I suppose you can use any other backup software. BTW I took advantage of Best Buy's price match and saved $15. For that reason, for great service and for knowledgeable, friendly associates, I always return to Best Buy.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great external drive!

    Posted
    azinsteve
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    I purchased this external drive solely to use with my Xbox One. I was running out of internal drive space so I purchased this. When you initially plug in the drive, your Xbox One will ask you if you want to format the drive to save games/apps or media(music, movies, etc.). I transferred all my games and apps over from my internal drive to this Seagate. I've noticed that games and apps also download significantly faster. I've been using this drive for about a couple months now and it hasn't given me any issues.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Saved me when my iMac was stolen.

    Posted
    musikman316
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    A few days ago our offices were broken into and my iMac was stolen. The thieves didn't have much time and simply ripped a couple computers off of our desks and ran. In the process my Backup Plus fell out of the back of my iMac, was stepped on (footprint left behind on it) and kicked down a hallway a few feet outside my door. When I was finally able to boot it up it whirred up without incident. My last TimeMachine backup was less than an hour before my computer was stolen and I restored my new machine from my drive today. It worked perfectly. Since it was designed to be mobile this drive can take a beating and that's really important when you need that added security.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Plug and play ease

    Posted
    Incendiary436
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    I bought the green Seagate 2TB hard drive made for XBox One. Even with a 1TB XBox, its amazing how quickly a 10-13 GB game download, or more, can fill up available storage. Don't even get me started on the immediate 3 GB patch I have to then download, but that's for a different rage troll lol. The ease of which this product was to install and use really impressed me and made the cost easily justified. All I had to was plug it into the back of the XBox, wait a few minutes for it to format itself and then choose what I wanted to transfer off the XBox memory. Thank God it was that easy, because I'm not the biggest tech genius out there lol. Now apps run on the XBox faster with less buffering AND I was made to look smart to my two kids. Winning

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    nice compact external drive

    Posted
    TheDude
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    I purchased one, but it would not work with my version of iOS. Although all the boxes had all the same markings (which confused the blue shirt I was working with), some boxes said they would work with older iOS's and others did not. Once I got the correct one I was able to take it home, format it, and get it working just like a regular usb flash drive. Although it says that it will work seamlessly with Time Capsule, I just wanted to save desktop and iPhone pics and music, so I am using it as a large usb drive and am very happy with it. It is small and feels well put together and sturdy. Documentation it came with could be more helpful, but overall great drive so far; I have had it for nearly 2 months.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Easy to setup even for Mac

    Posted
    Wheelsofsteel
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    I wanted a good quick and easy backup drive to store photos from my MacBook Pro(running older version of OS X 10.7). Plugged the Seagate in and installed some easy software that came up on a prompt and everything was some in a matter of min. I like this drive cause I can use time machine if I wanted, but I wanted to use it just as a drag and drop drive to store photos and it works well. Cool small slim design, love how tech moves along into practical sizes instead my old power corded huge hard drives in the past...big as yearbooks!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Hdd

    Posted
    BillyDP
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    I bought this to back up all my media from my laptop, 250GB of mostly music and some photos and documents. I'm using this on a Samsung laptop with a dual core i5 2.5 Ghz pro, 6 GB ram running Win 7 Premium. Plugged into the Usb 3 port it's a great performer, backed everything up in about 2 hours. I'll be using it once a week just to keep up on changes and so far it has worked perfectly. I've always used internal Seagate hdd's with an external hdd housing I have however that is only usb 2. Since those other hdd's never failed me I stuck with Seagate and bought this one here, again it has been working perfectly. I'll be buying another for my son, Thanks!!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Almost perfect drive, have had some wire issues

    Posted
    Javi2525
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    Seagate's new Backup Plus drives leave those without physical backups of their most treasured digital media without an excuse. The Backup Plus drive is affordable whilst still boasting a minimum of 1 TB of storage. The drive, which is fully USB 3.0 compatible, makes quick work of images, videos, or any other irreplaceable files. It also works great as a true 'portable' hard drive, with an ultra-slim profile and compatibility with both PCs and Macs. The only con to this drive is that the USB cord should be disconnected from the socket before wrapping the wire around the drive for storage. The socket easily bends, leading to improper connections which can cause data loss and/or damage.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Used it as a PS4 drive and Love It!!

    Posted
    JAYTC08
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    I saw on YouTube that this could be used as a cheaper alternative to buying an actual internal 2tb hard drive for the PS4. So with that said, I can't say how great this is as a "backup hard drive". But if you want to do what I did, the case is glued together and relatively easy to pry apart with out damaging the drive or the case. I followed all the directions I saw on YouTube and after a month this hard drive is running awesome. Please be advised doing this WILL VOID YOUR SEGATE BACKUP PLUS WARRANTY. I was fine with the risk. I know this review won't pertain to 99% of the typical buyer of this backup hard drive. But if you saw the same video I did and was wondering how it would work. I'm here to say it works flawlessly so far.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Portable Hard Drive!

    Posted
    Vmax
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    I got the first one few months ago and the price was excellent! Considering is 2TB!! After 2 laptops crashed, I learnt that you have to save, really, everything on an external drive. No, flash drives are not for this purpose, as they are for small files and personal use such your phone photos. I now, save all my files on one of the external drives (which also keep my laptop super fast avoiding using internal memory) and bought another external drive to backup the first drive. So you need to backup the external drive in case is lost or if stops working. I work from home and I'm a small business owner so having back ups of the back ups is required for me.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Just What I Needed

    Posted
    theknight
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    I am an archivist (see IT hoarder) and believe in never deleting anything. I found myself running out of hard drive space while on a trip and needed something cheap, large, and reliable. This drive is quiet, has a nice LED indicator light, and is pretty quick. I have transferred around 5 TBs worth of data round trip on this little guy since I first purchased it and it seems to do well. Fast, recognizes quickly, and so far reliable. I am not necessarily a brand snob or particular about WD vs Seagate, but I have never had an issue with my Seagate drives. For what its worth I cannot say the same about my WD drives. Perfect for those on the go that need to take files too large or time consuming to put on "the cloud".

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic backup external hard drive

    Posted
    VeteranComputerGeek
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    This hard drive is very small for 2 terabytes of data capacity, and it is quiet when it is running. Once you have backed up your system you can put it away in a safe and you will have your system image ready in case disaster strikes, and it will. You get the drive and a USB cable and that is all you need to use this drive. I recommend backups daily if you have the time, but if not, at least once a week so you don't lose too much if the system drive in your computer dies. This is the difference between anguish from losing everything and confidence knowing you can recover in a short time with minimal effort. This is really peace of mind in a small black box. Buy one - you need it!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Didn't work had to take it back

    Posted
    Dtrain

    I needed an Xbox one external hard drive and caught this one on sale for 79.99. When I got home I plugged it onto my Xbox one and it wouldn't recognize it. I tried plugging it into my laptop and guess what, it recognized it. I tried numerous times trying to get the Xbox to recognize it but it just wouldn't. Finally I tried it again and the little light on the front wouldn't even come on anymore. Maybe I had a defective unit. Nothing like a first impression. So I took it back the same day and exchanged it for a WD 2tb passport for 8 bucks more. Got home, plugged it into my Xbox and walla it recognized it right away. Stay away from this one. Go with the WD 2tb, you won't regret it.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great back up

    Posted
    Peanutty
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    I recently had a computer crash. After that I bought this product to back up my computer but what I didn't know was it also had a cell phone back up feature. Just today something strange happened with my cell phone when I went to do a sync with my computer it wiped out all of my contacts out of outlook and all of the contacts off of my phone. Thank God I had this product and my cell phone was backed up to it. All I had to do was open the app click restore and everything was back Within seconds! This was a complete lifesaver today it saved me from being in a major panic. I run a business and all of my clients information is what got erased today. This product saved my life and my business!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great!!!

    Posted
    BuckeyeBenny

    Ordered this as an early Christmas gift to myself. Order arrived quickly. Hard drive is a great size for portability but seems well made and sturdy. Came with a short 3.0 USB cord. Instructions are very basic. If you want the dashboard it takes several minutes to download to your computer and then a restart is required. The best thing is the speed. I had been backing up photos and videos via online services and it has always been very slow going. However with this device I was able to back up 6 years worth of pictures and videos of my kids (in other words - lots of pictures and videos!) in less than 2 hours. I could not believe how fast it was. Plus, the 2TB provides a ton of space. Great product!!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good device with a drawback

    Posted
    BrotherBill
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    I use the device for PC backup. It was easy to set up and works very well. The sleek design is much more space accommodating. One problem though. Sometimes my Windows 10 PC would fail to boot. The booting would start and then stop at the black screen with a flashing dash in the upper left corner. What I discovered was that unplugging the external hard drive allowed the PC to boot normally. So now I unplug it at shut down and reconnect the external drive after booting. It is a small inconvenience that allows me to use a good device.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fast, Affordable, Portable

    Posted
    kphampro
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    I've been working with a WD 500 GB hard drive for the longest time, and the thing that aches me was having to plug in a power supply along with the USB. The Seagate hard drive helped me get over that. Granted, I did have my WD since 2010, so it served its purpose. The Seagate works at a very comfortable speed in transferring data from my computer into the hard drive. I also use the hard drive for the purpose of storing my movies and playing them on my Samsung TV. It still works exceptionally well when playing movies and other forms of video. I would recommend this hard drive for anyone who is always on the move or not looking for something heavy duty that requires a power source.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fast and handy portable drive

    Posted
    chris97361
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    I have been using this drive mostly with my Apple Macbook Pro laptop for the past few months, and my experience with it has been great. I use it for backups mainly, but also store large project files. It works well with Apple's Time Machine App. The USB 3.0 capability and drive itself are very fast for copying large amounts of data. (I think it can write about 1-2 GB per minute on my MacBook Pro.) I also use it from time to time on an older iMac that only has USB 2.0, and it works just fine, just not quite as fast. When I need another portable backup drive I will definitely look at this product or whatever similar drive comes out next from Seagate.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great 2tb replacement for the PS4 hard drive

    Posted
    Blkmagik
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    I primarily purchased this to replace my Ps4 hard drive. It originally did not work for people due to a timing issue that had to so with HDCP. Since the last Ps4 patch the issue was resolved and all you had to do was turn off HDCP. Getting the hard drive out was slightly difficult especially if you wanted to not damage the case for reuse. Just need to use loosen up the seams where the case encloses with a razor blade and squeeze to get the tabs to pop open. Remove the foil and pull out the proprietary adaptor. Then simply swap out the drives and voila you got a PS4 with a 2tb hard drive and reuse the old drive and you can have a portable slim 500gb drive again

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Drive Failure (again!)

    Posted
    JenFin
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    This product is a complete waste of money. I will never purchase a Seagate external hard drive (or any Seagate product for that matter) again. This is the 2nd drive to fail in under a year. In the middle of accessing files, the drive simply stops working. It's un-detectable by my PC. All files (photos, music, documents) simply gone. Sure, it's under warranty, so I can get a shiny new drive, but all my information? If I want that back, it's $700, and MAYBE, they will be able to restore it. Do yourself a favor and purchase a different drive. Unless you like loosing all your data every few months.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend