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Seagate Backup Plus 500GB Portable External Hard Drive USB 3.0 (Black)(STBU500100)

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500 GB
Black
  • 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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Product Details

Size: 500 GB | Color: Black
  • Product Dimensions: 4.9 x 3.2 x 0.6 inches ; 7 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00829THSW
  • Item model number: STBU500100
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (365 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: June 12, 2012

Product Description

Size: 500 GB | Color: Black

Product Description

The Seagate Backup Plus portable 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, USB 3.0 interface adapter, 18-inch USB 3.0 cable, Quickstart guide, 2-year limited warranty. 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) and 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 depend on user's configuration and operating system).

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.

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

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

Seagate Backup Plus Portable Drive
Delivers easy-to-use, highly flexible protection for your files
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.

Powerfully Flexible

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.

System Requirements

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).

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Big Backup. Small Package.
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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.
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Customer Reviews

The software is easy to use.
austin_Larry
Powered by the USB connection and it works on USB 2.0.
Larry
Its reasonably fast, quiet, very light and small.
Thomas E. Tweedel

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

595 of 619 people found the following review helpful By Ed TOP 500 REVIEWER on July 1, 2012
Color Name: BlackSize Name: 500 GB Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
If you're looking for an affordable USB 3.0 portable external hard drive that performs well and has a decent warranty, the Seagate Backup Plus is worth a look.

PROS:
- 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

CONS:
- 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.

PERFORMANCE
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.

SOFTWARE
The Seagate Backup Plus drive comes with Seagate's Dashboard software for backups.
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384 of 423 people found the following review helpful By B.Willis TOP 500 REVIEWER on July 5, 2012
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This review will be a bit shorter and to the point than usual, because the product itself is quite basic and I wasn't able to fully review the software because it apparently made my computer virtually unusable.

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.
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40 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Patricia Brouillette on July 1, 2012
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I have an an IMac with OS 10.7 Installed. There is no power cord to worry about, just plug into the USB slot. I clicked on the installer for MAC's and just followed the on screen instructions. There is the option to have it be strictly MAC formatted, or being able to go between MAC and Windows, without reformatting. Once installed, it is just a matter of placing the stuff to be backed up on to the drive. I am not sure how well it works on the Windows platform, but it is very easy to use and without problems on the Mac.
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40 of 45 people found the following review helpful By LD TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 28, 2012
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I own a Mac and this drive showed up on my desktop straight out of the box. It even asked if I wanted to use it for a Time machine backup drive. Since I won't be using it with a PC, I changed the format from the FAT format to the Mac's "Mac Extended Journaled" format. At the same time, I used the "Secure Erase" option to overwrite the drive with zeros to clear away all the old files etc. The zeroing out process started OK but then my formatting program said it was going to take 13 hours to complete. This shocked me since I was able to zero out a 3TB hard drive in the same amount of time.

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.
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