Store and transport important files with this 4TB Seagate Backup Plus portable high-capacity drive. Compatible with Windows and Mac, this high-capacity drive offers easy connectivity and ensures rapid data transfers with a USB 3.0 interface. This Seagate Backup Plus portable high-capacity drive easily accommodates system backups with a 4TB capacity.
4TB storage capacity
Offers more than enough room to store all your videos, pictures, documents, and software.
USB 3.0 interface
Offers an easy-to-use connection to devices. Backward compatible with USB 2.0 for simple connection to your computer. USB-powered.
Data transfer rates up to 5 Gbps with USB 3.0
Enable a rapid response when updating files.
Compact and stylish design
Designed with a minimalist brushed metal enclosure that is compact enough to take on the go.
Easy-to use backup software
Back up files on-demand with a single click or schedule automatic daily, weekly, or monthly backups with
Seagate Toolkit software.
Advanced file management
Access files seamlessly by mirroring folders across multiple devices.
Seamless backup for Windows and Mac computers -- no reformatting needed. Compatible with USB 3.0
and USB 2.0 devices.
Seagate Backup Plus 4TB External USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive
USB 3.0 cable - 1.5 ft
Hard Drive Capacity
Storage Drive Type
Backup Plus 4TB External USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive
Hard Drive Capacity
Storage Drive Type
Internal Or External
External Hard Drive Type
Minimum System Requirements
Microsoft Windows 7 or later, Apple MacOS X 10.11 or later
Memory Card Type
Number Of Drives Included
Adobe Creative Cloud Photography Plan (2 months subscription), Mylio Create Plan (1 year subscription)
I purchased this to replace another unit with the same capacity, made by another company supposedly specifically for Mac that had become unreliable. The one I replaced was the second one that had failed for me from the same manufacturer. This one from Seagate is faster and so far has given me no trouble.
So far this product has been si.ple to install on a I Mac. Lots and lots of storage, hopefully I won't have to buy another anytime soon. Was able to hide it behind the column of the desktop mac. Out of sight for a minimal desktop. Love the finish.
A:AnswerI believe most high-capacity Windows-formatted portable hard drives come formatted as NTFS (a common Windows format)
By default, MacOS can read NTFS volumes, not modify or delete files and folders.
You would be able to see the files that the Windows computer created, but not modify them.
So, unless you install a MacOS utility like Tuxera NTFS (very reliable - used it for years), your Mac won't be able to write files to the NTFS volume.
(There are other such utilities, but I can only speak for the Tuxera NTFS, since I bought a license years ago)
If you did install Tuxera NTFS, then on the Mac, the portable drive formatted as NTFS just looks like any volume / drive.
On your Mac, you would be able to read / write / delete files and folders on that portable drive.
You may have to exercise some care, e.g., illegal characters for filenames on Windows, Windows cares more about filename extensions (e.g., Word .doc files. Excel uses .xlxs extensions). In general, MacOS tends to manage things like file extensions for you, but it's something to be aware of.
You can also use a drive partitioning utility to format the drive into two different volumes - one NTFS, and the other MacOS.
This gets into a whole different level of complication - depending on how tech-savvy you are.
Given the cost of drive partitioning utilities, as well as how inexpensive external USB drives are, it might not be worth the effort - you could just buy two drives for example, just formatted differently.
IMO, it's less trouble to get a MacOS utility like Tuxera NTFS, than mess with drive partitioning.