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Seagate Backup Plus 3TB Desktop External Hard Drive USB 3.0 (STCA3000101)

by Seagate
2,188 customer reviews
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3 TB
  • Keep copies of your precious digital files, in case disaster strikes
  • Impressive 3 TB storage capacity
  • Save feature enables user-generated content to be backed up from your favorite social network
  • Share feature allows multiple files to be uploaded to social networks at once from your computer
  • Install the pre-loaded NTFS driver for Mac and use the drive interchangeably between PC and Mac computers without reformatting
  • Features USB 3.0 for quick data transfer rates; upgrade to Thunderbolt technology or FireWire 800 with the available additional adapter
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Product Description

Size:3 TB

Product Description

The Seagate Backup Plus desktop external hard drive simplifies backup for consumers who want to protect their entire digital life locally, in the cloud or from social networks. Via the Seagate Dashboard, use the Protect function to set up a one-click plan or customize your scheduled local backup. Keep multiple copies of your files in case disaster strikes. With the Save feature, user-generated content can be backed up from your favorite social networks. Many people now use their smartphones to capture priceless moments. While these devices are handy and readily available, storage is not their strong suit. Capture a memory, post it on a social networking site and let the Seagate Dashboard automatically back up any content posted. Even if the file gets accidentally deleted from the device, another copy can be waiting. The Share feature allows multiple files to be uploaded to social networks at once from your computer. The days of uploading individual files without creating a new album are gone! Simply select files to upload, choose where to post them and even add comments. Managing your social profile has never been easier. Install the pre-loaded NTFS driver for Mac, and use the drive interchangeably between PC and Mac computers without reformatting the drive. For even more flexibility, with the Seagate Backup Plus design, you can upgrade from the included USB 3.0 interface to Thunderbolt technology or FireWire 800 with the available additional adapter. Ships with: Seagate Backup Plus Drive, Seagate Dashboard pre-loaded on drive, NTFS driver for Mac pre-loaded on drive, USB 3.0 interface adapter with capacity gauge, 4-foot USB 3.0 cable, Power adapter, Quick start guide, 2-year limited warranty. System Requirements: System Requirements: Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP SP3 (32-bit and 64-bit) operating system or Mac OS X 10.6 or higher (reformatting for Mac may be required), SuperSpeed USB 3.0 port (required for USB 3.0 transfer speeds or backwards compatible with USB 2.0 ports at USB 2.0 transfer speeds; compatibility may vary depending upon user's configuration and operating system).

From the Manufacturer

Back Up Your Digital Life

The Seagate Backup Plus desktop drive delivers easy-to-use, high-capacity, flexible protection for your files. This drive also works seamlessly with your social media accounts so it's simple to back up and share your online photos, movies and more.

Seagate Backup Plus Desktop Drive
Powered Performance

Transfer large files at the speed of life. With up to 30% faster transfer speeds and capacities up to 2x larger than portable drives, the Backup Plus Desktop drive is everything you want.

Seagate Backup Plus Desktop Drive
Create a backup plan with a single click for a set-it-and-forget-it solution

Seagate Backup Plus Desktop Drive
Unique adapter lets you quickly upgrade or change the drive's interface
Seagate Backup Plus Desktop Drive
The Seagate Dashboard makes it simple to share your files with online social networks

Seagate Backup Plus Desktop Drive
Backup Plus desktop drive delivers easy-to-use, high-capacity, flexible protection for your files
One-Click Custom Backup Plans

The Backup Plus desktop drive comes pre-loaded with premium backup software included in the easy-to-use Seagate Dashboard. Create a backup plan with a single click using the 'Protect Now' feature for a set-it-and-forget-it solution. Quickly create custom backup plans to protect your files. Easy backup scheduling options include daily, weekly, monthly or specific times.

Save Your Social Life

The Seagate Dashboard makes it simple to share or save files associated with online social networks including Flickr, Facebook and YouTube. Automatically download copies of your photos, movies and more from social networking sites to your drive, and share files by simply clicking on your social network's icon within the Seagate Dashboard. Easily share multiple files with your social networks at the same time.

Powerfully Flexible

The Backup Plus desktop drive features a unique adapter system that lets you quickly and cost-effectively upgrade or change the drive's interface. Take advantage of the newest, fastest connections--now and in the future: Choose from USB 3.0 (included), USB 2.0, Thunderbolt technology and Firewire 800.

What's in the Box?

Seagate Backup Plus desktop drive, preloaded Seagate Dashboard, quick start guide, USB 3.0 adapter with capacity gauge, 5-foot (150 cm) USB 3.0 cable, power supply, warranty.

System Requirements

Compatible operating systems are Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Vista, Windows XP SP3 (32-bit and 64-bit) and Mac OS X 10.6 or higher (reformatting for Mac may be required).

There's a Seagate Backup Plus Drive that's Perfect for Every Backup Need

Backup Plus Portable Drive

Big Backup. Small Package.
With capacities up to 1.5TB, the Backup Plus portable drive makes it easy to take along plenty of extra storage.

Backup Plus Desktop Drive

Space to spare.
Capacities up to 4TB make the Backup Plus desktop drive the simple solution when your digital life goes big.

Backup Plus for Mac Portable Drive

Ready to roll with your Mac computer.
The Backup Plus for Mac portable drive is compatible with Time Machine backup software straight out of the box.

Backup Plus for Mac Desktop Drive

Massive Mac backup.
Straight-out-of-the-box Time Machine software compatibility meets massive capacities in the Backup Plus for Mac desktop drive.


Product Details

Size: 3 TB
Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here [PDF]
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 4.9 x 1.7 inches ; 2.4 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • ASIN: B00829THQE
  • Item model number: STCA3000101
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,188 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank:
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here [PDF]
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: June 12, 2012

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

424 of 454 people found the following review helpful By James M. Koury on June 20, 2012
Size: 3 TB Verified Purchase
Note: Dec 2013 Update follows the initial review
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I bought the 3 TB drive to back up my Dell XPS 15 750MB hard drive as well as to store my ever increasing inventory of video files. It seamed like a great price for $149

The hard drive came with Seagate software called Dashboard for backing up user document files. It was easy and worked well. It created a backup of my document directory and gave me the option for having both added or changed files updated at a time of my choosing.

What happened next was more of a Microsoft issue than Seagate. When trying to use Windows 7 backup to create a disc image on the Seagate, it kept failing halfway through giving me error messages. This happened to me before on other large external hard drives over 2TB, so I thought I would fix it by partitioning the drive into a 750GB and 2.25TB drives. I then tried to back it up on the 750GB partition but had the same problem. It took me 2 hours to figure out Windows 7 backup will not work with these hard drive because of the way the sectors are sized. I did however find a free Seagate program called Seagate Disc Wizard that you can download for free at Seagate's website that will create a disc image backup without this issue.

Pros
- Seagate Dashboard is great for backing up and recovering individual user files and Disc Wizard for creating disc images in case of system failure
- Its quiet
- Its fast. Created a 320GB disc image in about 45 min.
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412 of 443 people found the following review helpful By SilentEvil on October 10, 2012
Size: 3 TB Verified Purchase
I understand that there's some back and forth over whether or not this unit is compatible with Windows Backup (due to sector sizes and blah, blah, blah). I don't use Windows Backup and have no intention to do so (I like to keep track of my files myself), therefore, I can't comment on the compatibility issue one way or the other. Other reviewers have also commented on the the Seagate Dashboard...I haven't used it either. So, you might be wondering why I'm bothering with this review.

I'm writing this for one reason...all I wanted was oodles of storage space, and this External HDD delivers in spades.

Seagate has been the only brand of External HDD I've ever used, and every drive I've purchased has functioned as intended (even my first Seagate External HDD, a 120gb model that's nearly 10 years old now, still works to this day). I don't mean to sound like a brainwashed fanboy, but I've never been disappointed with a Seagate drive.

I've seen some people mention their HDD not showing up as a single drive (enough so that I was worried mine would do the same)...but I'm running Vista 64 Home Premium on my laptop and Windows 7 Professional on my desktop and both PCs read the entire disk as one 2.7tb drive.

It's really fast as a USB 3.0 drive, and works just fine in USB 2.0 ports.

Aesthetically, it looks nice. I could have done without the 4 bar "fill" meter on the front (and the math needed to determine how 3tb [or rather, 2.7tb] is divided equally between the 4 bars...*joking*), but I'm not complaining about it either. The base of the unit (the obvious "this end down" part) is detachable, allowing you to plug in separately purchased adapters for (I think) firewire and/or lightningbolt.
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69 of 70 people found the following review helpful By J. Richards on August 3, 2013
Size: 3 TB Verified Purchase
I have masses of storage in my system and many years of experience with numerous hard drive brands. I have to say that honestly, Seagate is not one of my current favorites - but ironically I have owned many of them.

Consumer hard drives at this price point are not as robust as enterprise drives. You should expect to have problems from time to time, requiring replacing or repairing a drive, or restoring lost data. Believe it. Prepare for it. Not having backups of your important data is foolhardy and a disaster waiting to happen, no matter what brand of drives you use.

As with most people in the home market today, the amount of data and its importance to our daily lives is increasing. You must plan for and prepare to protect this vital asset.

Here are some tips based on my many years of experience, and trust me, I have made all the mistakes that I am warning you about:

- You must have a way to restore or regenerate any computer system that you consider critical to your life. This includes the data, operating system and applications. There are software products available that allow you to make a backup "clone" of your hard drive, and several products, such as Windows Home Server, that will automatically backup all your data and all your computers. Take a look, and find a product in this category that meets your needs and price point.

- You must make periodic backups of everything; all data and computer system drives. The products I just mentioned can be configured to do it automatically, or you can do it manually. The more often, the better.

- You should buy the highest quality hard drives you can afford ("Enterprise" or "NAS" quality drives are the most expensive).
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