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Seagate - Backup Plus Slim for Mac 4TB External USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive - Silver-Front_Standard

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Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars with 366 reviews

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Technology marches on.

    Posted
    ProfessorPark
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    I recall the first hard drive I ever bought: 50 MB. Yes, that is MEGA bytes - thus about 0.0013% of the 4 TB drive being reviewed here. That 50 MB drive was several times larger, much slower, and cost $500 in the 1980s. With that information stored in my biocomputer, it is difficult not to be favorably impressed by a speedy, multi-terabyte drive that costs less than $200 unless it failed to work properly. I am using this drive both as a time machine backup and for storage of a few other items, and have never had a single glitch from it. I particularly like the fact that it derives its power from the USB link, thus reducing cable clutter. Many years ago I read a comment that a technology does not truly transform society until it becomes invisible to the user, and modern storage technology is coming fairly close. Of course, the true test of a hard drive only comes with time, and I might have to update this rating if it suffers a premature failure at some point in the future, but until and unless that time arrives, I can definitely recommend the Seagate Backup Plus (STDS4000400), at least on the Mac platform. Having had TWO drives from a competing "reputable" manufacturer fail before they had been in use for two years, I am a bit cautious about an unqualified recommendation. This one has been in use for only a few months at the time of this review.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Price & Portable Size

    Posted
    T3CHN0MANC3R
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    For being 4TBs, the size is comparable to the 1 & 2TB models. Usually 3TBs & up they are desktop size and too large/heavy to lug around. This is a GREAT storage solution, perfect for Mac's Time Machine. I would like to point out that it works MUCH better for MAC users after you use Disk Utility to format your external HD to journaled. It works out of the box, but it has been my experience that to R/W & RW you *need* to do this if you are jumping from machine to machine. I love this model. It's faster and better than the Back Up Plus Slim. Out of My WD and other Seagates, it is my favorite. I would HIGHLY recommend it. Also, the price is INSANELY low for 4TB!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Can'tuseSalesperson mislead me that it would work

    Posted
    PopPop
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    I can't use it and I think the time limit is up on allowing me to return. The reason I can't use it is that the sales clerk at Best Buy was not qualified or did not know what he was doing. I saw that it had the word MAC on it & question him that I thought it was for MAC systems only & asked for one for my DEll PC. But he insisted & ensured me that it was for both type of systems and that it would work on my computer (which is not a MAC). So I trusted his judgement & weeks later when I finally had time to do my project with it & tried to use it I found out that he DID NOT know what he was talking about. I will be very disappointed when I go back to the store to exchange it for the correct type and they won't exchange it. I make try to get there today and if I do I will follow up on this review later.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Fine as far as I can tell

    Posted
    HoosierGeek
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    It was hard to find technical specs n this drive -- it's thicker than other external drives, I wanted to make sure it wasn't two drives stacked in a RAID 0 array, doubling my chances of having a catastrophic failure. With a bunch of reading and research I was able to finally find one place site that makes it pretty certain it's a single drive, extra platter, using Seagate's new Shingled Magnetic Recording (SMR) technology to eke out 4TB. So, I'm happy to have that much space in a portable USB drive!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A must have for Xbox One

    Posted
    electronicfan3
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    If you have a XBOX ONE, or XBOX ONE S, or XBOX ONE X, this is a great External Hard Drive to use. If you have a lot of games on your XBOX, get this External Hard Drive for your XBOX. You will be glad you did and it is easy to set up. Don't get a 2 tb External Hard Drive if you have a lot of games because you will eventually run out of room and will have to upgrade and buy a bigger External Hard Drive like a 4 tb or higher. If you don't have a lot of games a 2 tb External Hard Drive should be fine.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Solid, trustworthy backup drive

    Posted
    Vince
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    Seagate - Backup Plus for Mac 4TB External USB 3.0/2.0 Portable Hard Drive - Silver. Great piece of hardware. Backs up all my files on my MacBook Pro in a timely and orderly fashion. I conducted a close examination of the backed up files and found they are complete. When I go on a trip, my laptop goes with me and the Seagate drive goes in the safe at home. I researched this thoroughly before buying and found each brand, including this one, has its detractors. But, I'm very happy with my Seagate drive..

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Works great...For a month.

    Posted
    BKC543
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    Bought it, used it for about 3 weeks and one day it just quit working. Never left my desk, never dropped–just quit working. Tried to return to Best Buy, of course they won't accept it. And, as I know from previous experience, Seagate tech support is sub-par. So, this has turned into a chore. On the bright side, it did break before I had a chance to transfer ALL of my important documents, photos, etc. to the drive, so it was nice that it happened soon enough to not destroy everything..

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Affordable but its a pain to setup and format

    Posted
    Terp04
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    The drive it self for the price is fantastic. However, Seagate offer pre-formatted version for PC and MAC and unfortunately the store close to my home only had the Mac version. The setup manual will instruct you to download a certain driver in the Seagate website that has been taken down and is no longer available because it is not compatible with the new Window 10. You will need to call Seagate Tech Support and they will instruct you step by step how to manually format the SSD Drive to use NTFS file system format.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Nice size not user friendly

    Posted
    MacBookProuser70
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    If you don't enable the backup feature on initial install it is impossible to set it up later. I bought this because it was the only one Best Buy had that was mac friendly. Unfortunately I have been unable to transfer data to it because I didn't set up the back up option on I risk install I really wanted to offload documents and pictures from my MacBook to free up the cloud. It is currently just laying next to my computer not being used. Do yourself a favor take the time to set up back up function initially.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Indispensable data storage solutions

    Posted
    drpaulh65
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    I have used this flash drive, and another similar flash drive, to pretty much backup and secure my entire personal and professional life. I back up data constantly and on multiple drives because I know that reliance on a single drive can be a very risky thing to do. This drive has the capacity and reliability to secure my data for my current needs and will likely satisfy my future data storage needs for at least several years to come. It is reliable, portable, and very easy to use.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Cheap Quality

    Posted
    FlyingPoliceBox
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    Got this drive on sale for $109 so for the price, you can get 4TB of portable storage for a steal. BUT...the quality of the drive's enclosure is terrible. You can feel the sides actual depress with small amounts of force. The "lid" of the case feels as though it would easily come off with just a little bit of force using your finger nail. And there are no rubber feet or anything to keep the plastic casing from sliding around. Bottom line, cheap storage traded off for very cheap casing.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Very nice for Mac

    Posted
    hwanjaengi13
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    I'm a Mac and PC both user. I was confused how different the normal 4T external hard drive and this as both can use for Mac and PC. Then after all chatting with the best buy customer helper, I decided to buy this as my main device to use is Mac and it's a perfect choice. If you download "Paragon program" on Seagate website, you can use without any formatting on PC. Working properly and very nice size for the big data external hard drive.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Small, large capacity, fast, and a great price

    Posted
    Mark
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    About two years ago (2014) I purchased the Seagate 1TB external drive and now present day 8/2016 I needed more space. After looking at numerous products I turned once again to Seagate. I was able to buy a drive with 4x the capacity (4TB) for about the same price I did in 2014. The drive is slightly taller but given the increased space it was an acceptable trade off. I use this drive primarily for backups while being mobile with my Macbook.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    I am a officially a user of Seagate Products

    Posted
    laststarmaker
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    Needed a large storage external hard drive to back up my MacBook Pro and all of its data before I installed an update, in case it was to crash and this external hard drive came in handy with plenty of storage and spare to go with it. Pluses include the metal body, 4TB, and it was specifically for Mac products. Would highly recommend and will buy from again.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Saves space on laptop

    Posted
    Porrcher
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    I am a GoPro/canon camera/cell phone video/photo habitual taker. I take photos and videos daily, whether it’s of my daughter talking gibberish, my cat cackling at the shadows or capturing our family memories every hike or exploration we go on. As you can imagine, that takes up a lot of space, which my laptop was out of. Thankfully this 1tb life saver is easy to use and store my photos/videos on.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Little Disk

    Posted
    Alan
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    I purchased a pair of these for my MacBook Pro. They were already formatted for Mac. I use Apple Time-Machine (TM). TM alternates between the two drives (automatically) on each backup. If for any reason I need to rebuild or restore the Mac internal drive (in my case it's a SSD), and the unthinkable happens such as a drive failure on one of Seagate's', no worries, the other will work!!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    works fine but do not drop it

    Posted
    chrisinkentucky
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    Does the job fine, but do not drop it. Mine made a 2 to 2 1/2 foot drop from the couch to the hardwood floor, and was damaged. I was then unable to retrieve any images. I sent the drive to Seagate and they were able to recover the images, but at the cost of hundreds of dollars. I did replace it with the same hard drive due to the volume of storage and price, but bought a longer cord to prevent another fall.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Portable 4TB HD for All My Archive On the Go Needs

    Posted
    TMElite
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    Within in the past two years, it seems that Seagate drives have been more reliable on the Mac platform than WD drives. With 4TBs, I can partition this drive to serve as at persistent Time Machine backup, as well as a storage destination for day-to-day documents and projects. I like this drive so much I bought two.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Silent and Fast

    Posted
    kirbo2004
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    I choose their product based solely on the reputation of Seagate. I have had other brands fail and lose many irreplaceable moments that were digitally stored. Im using this on a MAC 27 inch with OS X 10.11.6 and letting time machine handle the backups. The drive was instantly located by the system and and I haven't had issue with it as of yet. Over 30 days in service.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent price

    Posted
    JRealJr
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    Dependable prices for dependable parts.. all my tech needs are fulfilled at Best Buy, in store or online. This HDD is great for the price and practicality. I bought a 2TB HDD To use for time machine on my mac and needed another for file storage. The deal of the day made my day with this beauty.

    I would recommend this to a friend