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Seagate - Backup Plus for Mac 4TB External USB 3.0/2.0 Portable Hard Drive - Silver

Store up to 4TB of media on the Seagate Backup Plus STDS4000400 portable hard drive, which features data transfer rates up to 4.8 Gbps for fast, reliable performance. The compact design makes it easy to take with you on the go.

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    Overview

    What's Included


    • Backup Plus 4TB External USB 3.0/2.0 Portable Hard Drive

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    97% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (326 out of 337)

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    Features


    4TB capacity

    Offers ample storage space for your movies, music and photos.

    USB 3.0/2.0 interface

    Allows easy connection to a compatible device.

    Data transfer rates up to 4.8 Gbps

    Provide fast, smooth operation.

    Downloadable Seagate Dashboard software

    Lets you schedule an automatic backup plan or run a 1-click backup for easy file protection.

    Compact design

    Allows easy storage and portability.

    Time Machine compatible

    For simple backup of your Mac.

    Compatible with Mac

    As well as PC to enable use with your current computer setup.


    Customer rating

    Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars with 337 reviews

    97%
    would recommend to a friend

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Technology marches on.

      Posted
      ProfessorPark
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      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
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      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
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      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
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      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: 1 out of 5 stars

      Works great...For a month.

      Posted
      BKC543
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      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: 5 out of 5 stars

      Solid, trustworthy backup drive

      Posted
      Vince
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      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: 3 out of 5 stars

      Nice size not user friendly

      Posted
      MacBookProuser70
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      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: 4 out of 5 stars

      Affordable but its a pain to setup and format

      Posted
      Terp04
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      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



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