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

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Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars with 2755 reviews

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Solid product, looks nice.

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    Me22
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    This is a great, easy to use backup solution for my Macbook Pro. I plugged it in via the provided SuperUSB cable and Time Machine automagically started up and was ready to start backing up my Mac. I did take a moment to partition and rename the device before letting Time Machine have it's way. I use 2/3 of the storage for Time Machine and 1/3 of the storage for manually backing up important files. I do manual backups because I have heard horror stories of Mac's failing to restore from a Time Machine backup. For my "manual backups" I actually use an Automator script that kicks off when I mount the external drive, so there really isn't much effort or remembering that I have to do. "Worst case" (other than a HDD failure) is that I have to do a clean install and then manually restore my important files. Software and less important functions I can just reload and reconfigure. This HDD is small enough to be highly portable without creating a bulky or heavy laptop bag. My one complaint is that the provided cable is very short and tends to want to stay folded up in the shape it was packaged/shipped. I replaced it with a braided cloth-covered cable - I prefer the aesthetics.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Thumbs up on product; thumbs down on Bonus Offer

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    TX2015

    I'm pleased with the quality of this Seagate for Mac and the delivery was prompt. What I'm disappointed in is the "bonus" that Best Buy offered, which was your choice of a $20 gift in Shutterfly merchandise or an 8x8 free photobook. Each time I tried to redeem it, the code would load and I'd get a message that said "sorry, this code has been used." I called customer service twice and was transferred both times and they sent me a new code. On the third try (now this has taken me over an hour in time) I still got the same message - and I tried to redeem it on a different computer and my phone. See example (partial code blacked out) attached. The customer service rep said, "Sorry, we cannot give you another code - we've tried three times." I asked if she would just place an order - no. So, I've expended more than the $20 in time lost but it was principle... I do think Best Buy shouldn't offer something that has hitches in it. I am not a novice at computers - I'm on the computer over 80 hours a day. So, thumbs down on the bonus and thumbs up on the external hard drive.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great external hard drive BUT must be formatted

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    TheVeganTraveler
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    I bought the hard drive with the intention of putting my iTunes library from my Windows PC to transfer it to my new Mac. I was under the impression that it was a simple plug in play but it wasn't as simple as I thought. While it did work it took me a while to figure out that you had to format it to Windows before it would recognize the drive. I found this link very helpful.... http://osxdaily.com/2012/04/22/format-drive-mac-pc-compatible/ After formatting it it worked like a charm. Wished there had been more info about what I needed to do in the box instructions then having to figure it out on my own. Make sure before you format it that it's clean other wise you will loose anything you saved on it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good Backup device for Mac

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    jmrossi
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    The Seagate Backup Plus for Mac is a good choice for backing up your data from Macs. It has a pretty simple interface to use, and it backs up automatically when plugged in via USB cable. 2 things that would improve it are being able to schedule the backups to occur at a specific date/time at regular intervals, and a better cable to plug into your Mac. I think the supplied cable is a little flimsy, and does not alway connect right away. And it just backs your stuff up on its own, no way to set any type of schedule. But it does back up everything, and it is nice and ordered to be able to find anything on the backups, which is the main purpose. Small improvements would make it a 5.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great portable drive for both Mac & PC

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    Lauren
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    I purchased this drive when I made the switch from Mac back to Windows this past year. Although it says it is for Mac, it can also be used to backup any Windows computer. It is just pre-formatted for Mac, which can save you 45 minutes. Pros: It is small, lightweight, cost-effective and used for Mac/PC Cons: It took me a while to figure out how to get my PC to recognize the drive & be able to backup. That was frustrating, but one of the keys I remember (I am writing this retroactively) is to download the Paragon Driver for Windows from the Seagate website. http://www.seagate.com/support/software/paragon/

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great little external drive for macs...and pc's.

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    DerrickPCS
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    The drive is slim and compact, making it very portable, plus the fact that it was instantly recognized by the MacBook Pro I connected it to makes it that much nicer, but the real feature that I found very appealing was its' accessibility in both OSX and Windows-based operating systems, which really works out seeing that the MacBook Pro that it's connected to is currently running BootCamp with Windows 7, and it's nice to know that no matter which operating system it boots into the files on this drive are accessible 24/7. Overall, a great little drive. The only way you'll regret this purchase is if you accidentally thought this was the 2TB model!

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    nice HD

    Posted
    happyuser
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    Bought this to use on my macbook pro 15" retina and my surface pro 3, one as timemachin and one as regular hd. You have to do a quick split first so that one half is mac compatible and the other is PC, and after that, my HD's been working like a champ. Only complain is, the software that Seagate installs froze my computer, so do not install it, you don't need it. The HD is pretty light, very slim, and pretty fast. I am able to transfer GB of data from computer to computer with ease, and the 1TB I got is very good for my usage as well. BTW I got my wife the mac version, hers needed no partition obviously and has been working nicely since day 1.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    pricey but probably worth it

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    clumsynyc
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    I bought this soon after buying my first Mac, because we all know how how hard drives like to say they can switch PC/Mac, but not really. The first time I plugged it in, I didn't realise it would take an hour to do the first TimeMachine Backup, so I canceled it out. When I later went back to it, it wasn't quite so plug'n'play. Still, it's a good quality hard drive with the software already on it (although it refuses to let me register the software and insists my code is wrong even though it autofilled itself), and the data transfer seems fast. I got it slightly on sale which makes me feel a little better about the price, and haven't had issues so far.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Dumb technicality

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    hightower783
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    I went to purchase this and wanted the external drive specifically for the MAC. They were both the same price and right next to each other on the store shelf. There was a special deal that with the purchase you get a $10 gift card. Well when trying to purchase the Drive that was specifically labeled 'for Mac' I wasn't going to get the gift Card. So, I went about getting the drive which gave the gift card with purchase but didn't specifically state for Mac though still is compatible. Very dumb technicality, if you ask me.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great, does the job.

    Posted
    MacUser
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    I read the reviews and bought it. I did need to go to the Apple Genius Bar to understand how it works with the Time Machine. I had hoped I could access it, like a database, but it is a true back-up only, to restore your Mac in case of a major crash. The Apple specialist told me if I want to access specific files on the backup, these files can be stored on the first template inside the Seagate file. I like this backup; it is light and constantly automatically backing up data. I freed up 200GB on my Mac.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great space and portability

    Posted
    TheDarkKnight
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    I was in dire need of some space and I found that this drive provided space and solid transfer speed. All together helping me to free up space on my MacBook Pro. You get more bang for your buck (Apple Users) as it comes with two years of cloud based storage for free well included in the price which was the same price for the PC version which both are compatible with whatever operating system you work on, though this one is preconfigured To work with Apple computers. Overall great product

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Very good, easy to set up

    Posted
    photonewbie
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    I needed something very portable that could be used on more than one machine. All my computers are Mac's. It was easy to set up different files for each computer and has been easy to move things onto the external drive. Because I am using it as back-up for more than one computer I cannot set up the time machine and have things automatically taken care of, but that hasn't mattered. Just need to remember to do it manually on a regular basis.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Reliable external hard drive

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    phatfarm81
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    I was actually looking for a WD 1TB ext hard drive originally, based off of a friends' recommendation (current computer tech). But none was in stock at the BB store I went too. So one of the sales reps pointed out this alternative hard drive - very knowledgeable of both name brands. And when comparing the two, he was confident in his experience of having used both drives - stating that both will be equally dependable in the long run.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Did what it was supposed to

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    Jennisue
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    This works as a nice external hard drive. I was able to download all of the files that I needed to keep and save them on it. What I really wanted was a hard drive that I could access from any place and I could put programs on so that I will keep the programs on my computer. So I wish I had bought the wireless one but for the money just did the job it was intended to do. It's a good inexpensive solution to a small memory

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Reliable.Used for daily backup on iMac.

    Posted
    UE24
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    Easy to setup, very quiet, fast access time - seems to be there is no delay. Hard disk is connected to IMac and is used for daily backups.It works fine, it reads and writes files very quick. What good about this model is that it has fast access.I used to have some external drives where it takes couple seconds before they respond first time, but this one seems to be much faster.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Wary of Mac version

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    dynoD
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    So far - the short time I've used this hard drive it's worked flawlessly. It seems to vibrate more than I expected but finds the files effortlessly. However I made the mistake of buying the Mac version which will work on both a PC and Mac - the problem is that my smart TV did not recognize it.. Word of wisdom - my the PC version if you plan to use it with a smart TV.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great price for what you get

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    Fluffhead802
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    These were 2 great gifts I gave to friends. I usually buy Lacie as a Mac user, but I'm a power-user and need high quality rugged version (although much larger). I wanted to buy them the same as mine but the size, features and price couldn't make the decision hard. They both enjoy the backup feature for their Macs using Time Machine not the OEM software thats included.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    MAC supported

    Posted
    Mahesh
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    I was actually surprised about the good quality and finish of the drive. To give you something to compare to, the aluminium grey case of this external drive is very similar to the MacBook Air's . It actually feels very soft , but its very solid too. The very first backup of 250 GB took about 8 hours, but all the following backups are incremental and take no time at all.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great backup drives

    Posted
    Pizza123
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    I have three of these drives and they are great. Nice and compact and reliable. Plugin and you are ready to go. I use these with a 2015 Macbook Pro retina and have had zero issues with any of the drives. Perfect for Time Machine backups or just general file storage. They also work great with my OWC Thunderbolt dock as well. No problems with drive recognition or any other bugs.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Worked well after complicated setup

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    Mbct
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    Since it is billed as being designed for the Mac, I assumed it would be just plug and play. Didn't happen even though I followed all the directions. Had to call customer support, which told me I had to use the Mac disc utility to reformat the drive. Then it worked fine. The support was easy to access and very knowledgeable, I just don't think I should have had to call them

    I would recommend this to a friend