|Hard Drive||500 GB Portable|
|Number of USB 3.0 Ports||1|
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Seagate Backup Plus 500GB Portable External Hard Drive USB 3.0 (Black)(STBU500100)
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- Keep copies of your precious digital files, in case disaster strikes
- 500 GB 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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From the Manufacturer
Back Up Your Digital Life
The Seagate Backup Plus portable drive delivers easy-to-use, highly flexible protection for your files in a full range of capacities. 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.
One-Click Custom Backup Plans
The Backup Plus portable 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 Backup Plus portable 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.
The Backup Plus portable 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?
Backup Plus Portable Drive, preloaded Seagate Dashboard, quick start guide, USB 3.0 adapter with 18-inch cable, warranty.
Compatible operating systems are Windows 7, 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||Backup Plus Desktop Drive||Backup Plus for Mac Portable Drive||Backup Plus for Mac Desktop 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.
|Space to spare. |
Capacities up to 4TB make the Backup Plus desktop drive the simple solution when your digital life goes big.
|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.
|Massive Mac backup. |
Straight-out-of-the-box Time Machine software compatibility meets massive capacities in the Backup Plus for Mac desktop drive.
Top Customer Reviews
- Runs quiet
- Stays cool
- Very good USB 3.0 performance
- Backwards compatible with USB 2.0
- Compatible with Mac OS 10.6 and up
- 2 year warranty
- Reasonably priced
- Enclosure attracts dust
DESIGN & BUILD
The all plastic drive's top has a brushed metal appearance, while the bottom of the enclosure has a matte finish. While the enclosure looks sharp, it attracts a lot of dust on the sides and on the top. Also, I can't think of a reason why Seagate chose to not put rubber feet on the bottom of the drive. It slides around on flat surfaces rather easily. The 18" SuperSpeed USB 3.0 cable is short for use on desktops, so it's best suited for laptops.
CrystalDiskInfo identified the internal drive as a Seagate Momentus Spinpoint M8 (ML500LM012). It's a SATA II (3Gb/s) drive with a 9.5mm height, spinning at 5400 RPM and an 8MB cache. 5400 RPM drives are ideal for portable external storage drives, because they tend to stay cooler than 7200 RPM drives.
I tested the sequential transfer rate of the drive using CrystalDiskMark and got 117 MB/s read and 116 MB/s write, which is slightly better than the cheaper Seagate Expansion drive. It should be plenty fast for transferring large multimedia files, such as photos, videos, and music. The formatted capacity of the drive is 465 GB and comes pre-formatted in NTFS.
The Seagate Backup Plus drive comes with Seagate's Dashboard software for backups.Read more ›
External hard drives have been around for quite awhile and I'm sure you know what they are for. This Seagate external drive is just a hard drive placed inside of an enclosure. In fact, you can buy these enclosures for next to nothing, minus the hard drive, of course.
As an external hard drive, it worked just great, but I suppose you'd expect that. The problem I had was with the software that was included with this item.
The software is actually found on the drive itself, which is pretty much plug and play. It allows you to backup or post directly to YouTube, Facebook, the cloud and other options.
I installed said software, which was a somewhat hefty 170mb or so. Once I did that, my laptop slowed to an absolute crawl, requiring multiple reboots in order to keep using it. But those reboots wouldn't help for long, as I'd find the system slowing over and over again. And I'm not talking about minor inconvenience slowing, I'm talking about cussing out your computer type of slowing.
I tried clearing the cache, removing all cookies and even virus scans and nothing helped. Finally, I removed Seagate's software and then the computer ran completely normal once again.
So, the drive's just fine and the software is awful, in my view. I didn't test the software's functionality because I couldn't properly use my computer with it installed.
Seagate makes a good product and my rating is reflective of what I believe is their "not-quite-ready-for-prime time" software.Read more ›
I next started to copy my files. To my horror, it said it was going to take two days to complete - and that was only for 44 GB of data! This is ridiculous. I did a test: I copied a 9.3 GB set of folders to the new drive - it took: 4 hr 20 min. I next copied the same folders from one Western Digital drive to another - it only took: 4 min. A big difference! Yes I am comparing USB to Firewire. But there shouldn't be that much of a difference. Afterward I ran a disk repair utility on it which did seemed to speed it up a little. But it's still painfully slow.
My Western Digital drives come with Firewire 800 and USB 2. It would have been nice if this Seagate came out of the box with two or three different ports too. FYI: I searched and searched the Seagate site but I never found the Firewire or Thunderbolt add-on adapter cables that the "Seagate Backup Plus portable drive" web page mentions.
HERE'S THE SOLUTION: I had plugged the drive into a USB hub. I moved to a USB port on the front of my computer. Suddenly I was copying 100 GB in 90 minutes. Now I am very satisfied.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Standard, solid, product. Been reliable. Red color looks nice.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
4TB 2-bay personal cloud hardware works good. The dashboard software is slow and buggy and barely works. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Scott Ruebush
Bought mine at Costco. Never came with any directions. Automatically tries to upload it's software to my computer, which I don't want. It acts glitchy on my windows 8. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Vivayne
Perfect. Compact almost like a pack of cigarettes, running silently behind my computer. One word of caution. Do not run it though a dub, even 3.0. Read morePublished 7 months ago by TriedandTrue