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Seagate Backup Plus 3TB Thunderbolt Desktop External Hard Drive for Mac (STCB3000400)

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3 TB
Thunderbolt
  • Take advantage of the revolutionary, high performance speed of Thunderbolt connectivity
  • Transfers occur at 10Gbps, which is up to 20x faster than USB 2.0 and 12x faster than FireWire 800
  • Everything you need to use the Seagate Backup Plus for Mac Portable drive is included, even the cable
  • With dual Thunderbolt ports, it can support daisy-chaining up to 6 compatible Thunderbolt devices, minimizing clutter on your desktop
  • Connect multiple devices to turn your computer into a powerful workstation with just one interface
  • Inside the Box: Backup Plus desktop drive for Mac, Power supply, Seagate Thunderbolt adapter, Quick start guide, Thunderbolt cable
  • System Requirements: Mac OS X operating system 10.6.8 or higher (compatibility may vary depending upon user?s configuration), available Thunderbolt port
  • Use the Save feature with the included Seagate Dashboard to automatically back up user-generated content from your favorite social networks

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Product Details

Size: 3 TB | Style: Thunderbolt
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 4.8 x 2.4 inches ; 2.6 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 3.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B009HPGBNY
  • Item model number: STCB3000400
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (661 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: October 15, 2012

Product Description

Size: 3 TB | Style: Thunderbolt

From the Manufacturer

Back Up Your Digital Life

The Backup Plus Thunderbolt desktop drive for Mac delivers high-capacity, flexible protection for your files that's compatible with Time Machine backup software straight out of the box. This easy-to-use drive also works seamlessly with your social media accounts, making it 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 Thunderbolt desktop drive for Mac is everything you want.

Seagate Backup Plus for Mac Desktop Drive
Designed to integrate smoothly with OS X for Mac computers

Seagate Backup Plus for Mac Desktop Drive
Unique adapter lets you quickly upgrade or change the drive's interface
Seagate Backup Plus for Mac Desktop Drive
Thunderbolt technology allows users to transfer data at 20x the speed of USB 2.0

Seagate Backup Plus for Mac Desktop Drive
Compatible with Time Machine backup software straight out of the box
Fuel for Your Time Machine

The Backup Plus Thunderbolt desktop drive for Mac has been designed to integrate smoothly with OS X for Mac computers, so it's simple to back up and protect your files. It's compatible with Time Machine backup software out of the box, and works interchangeably with Mac computers and PC without the need to reformat.

Save Your Social Life

The Backup Plus Thunderbolt desktop drive for Mac includes the Seagate Dashboard. This premium software 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. Share files by simply clicking on your social icons within the Seagate Dashboard. Easily share multiple files with your social networks at the same time.

Powerfully Flexible

The Backup Plus Thunderbolt desktop drive for Mac 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 Thunderbolt technology (included), FireWire 800, USB 3.0 and USB 2.0.

What's in the Box?

Seagate Backup Plus Thunderbolt desktop drive for Mac, preloaded Seagate Dashboard, quick start guide, Thunderbolt adapter, Thunderbolt cable, and power supply.

System Requirements

Compatible operating systems are Mac OS X 10.6 or higher and Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP SP3 (32-bit and 64-bit) (HFS+ driver for PC operability available by download).

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

Backup Plus Desk for Mac
  • Dual ports enable daisy-chaining up to 6 devices
  • Compatible with displays and other Thunderbolt devices
  • 3TB capacity
  • Includes 1-m Thunderbolt cable
  • Compatible with Time Machine software
Backup Plus Portable for Mac
  • Completely portable, no external power supply needed
  • Attaches directly to your computer or to the end of your Thunderbolt daisy chain
  • 1TB capacity
  • Includes 0.5-m Thunderbolt cable
  • Compatible with Time Machine software
Backup Plus Desk Thunderbolt Adapter
  • Dual ports enable daisy-chaining up to 6 devices
  • Compatible with displays and other Thunderbolt devices
  • Designed to work with Backup Plus desktop drives only
Backup Plus Thunderbolt Adapter
  • Completely portable, no external power supply needed
  • Attaches directly to your computer to the end of your Thunderbolt daisy chain
  • Designed to work with Backup Plus portable drives only

Product Description

Thunderbolt technology is a revolutionary interface supporting high-resolution display and high-performance data devices through a single port. At up to 10Gbps, transferring high-definition movies and other large files now takes seconds versus minutes when compared with older interface technologies. Everything needed to use the Seagate Backup Plus for Mac Desktop drive with Thunderbolt-enabled devices is included in the box, even the cable. The included Backup Plus for Mac desktop drive can now take full advantage of the blazing-fast Thunderbolt connection on your computer. With dual Thunderbolt ports, it can support daisy-chaining up to 6 compatible Thunderbolt devices, minimizing clutter on your desktop. With the Save feature within the included Seagate Dashboard, 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 within the Seagate Dashboard 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. Connect multiple devices to turn your computer into a powerful workstation with just one interface. System Requirements: Mac OS X operating system 10.6.8 or higher (compatibility may vary depending upon user’s configuration), available Thunderbolt port. Inside the Box: Backup Plus desktop drive for Mac, Power supply, Seagate Thunderbolt adapter, Quick start guide, Thunderbolt cable.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Give me a choice and I will buy a Seagate Drive every time.
Steven
Now it won't even allow me to reformat the drive or even access the drive and continues to freeze everything up on any computer it's plugged in to.
Steffanie Christofore
It comes with a USB 2.0 and a Firewire cable which I thought the speed of both was fine and both cables were included with the drive.
Nikki W.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

98 of 100 people found the following review helpful By AxEffects on August 16, 2013
Style Name: USB 3.0Size Name: 4 TB
Hi there folks,

After reading many of the negative reviews regarding issues with this drive I must first state that I have had ZERO issues. This being said, I've had issues with other external drives/devices dismounting(self-ejecting) on my Mac. I will address this momentarily after I give a short review on this drive. I've had this drive for a couple of weeks now and it is flawless. I use this one on my Macbook Pro with Time Machine backup from Apple. It is connected via USB 3.0 presently plugged into a Targus USB 3.0 hub expansion. The computer identifies this drive as it should (USB 3.0). It is extremely fast and quiet. I plan to purchase a second one of these drives to run via one of my Thunderbolt ports with an Apple adapter. I've tested it out with one of these adapters (borrowed it from another device :-) it is LIGHTNING FAST!

I'm running a 2013 Macbook Pro Retina with OSX 10.8.4 Mountain Lion.

For those that just can't get their drives recognized or to show in 'Finder':

I'll start with proper formatting. Be sure your new drive has been formatted as 'Mac OS Extended (journaled)' and that the partition map scheme is 'GUID Partition Table.' Even though your drive should have come formatted for your Mac 'out of the box', sometimes they just don't.

An important factor worth mentioning is to be sure you're running your external storage device with the most recent firmware. Just because that shiny new drive came fresh out of the factory sealed box, doesn't mean you have the latest firmware. Keeping your firmware up to date is a most definite necessity as each and every day brings us new features and function in our operating systems.
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217 of 235 people found the following review helpful By J. Warren on March 23, 2013
Style Name: USB 3.0Size Name: 3 TB Verified Purchase
I bought this last week believing it would solve a number of my storage problems on my 2011 Macbook Pro running Mountain Lion OSX 10.8.3.

Before purchasing this drive, please do yourself a favor and read all of the 1-2 stars on Amazon of people having problems with the "Disk Ejecting Prematurely". After that, Google "problems with Seagate drives Ejecting from Mac", and what you will find is a flood (thousands) of problems with the 2, 3, and 4 TB drives inadvertently ejecting from Mac's. In some cases, there has been a USB driver fix from Seagate for the 500 Gig and 1 TB models. However, because the 3 and 4 TB models are so new, people are pointing fingers at both Apple and Seagate waiting for a fix.

I am a technical person that works in the IT industry, and am very savvy with both Mac and PC. After nearly 12 hours of troubleshooting, I realized the problem was much deeper and complex, requiring work on behalf of Seagate and Apple. I scoured discussion forums on Seagate for hours, everyone having the same problem, but no one at Seagate seemed to have an answer, download, or a fix for the problem. I returned the drive to Amazon today, because I need something that works now, not something that will eventually work later.

Historically, Seagate has made really reliable drives. However, the density of the disks are becoming so great and the communications connections so advanced (thunderbolt), that we are bound to see things like this cropping up. I suggest you wait at least 3-6 months before buying this drive until they work out the USB/Thunderbolt issues. Certainly, if you have made it work fine, I would be thrilled to hear what your fix was.

Thanks,
Jason
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94 of 109 people found the following review helpful By TT on July 7, 2012
Style Name: USB 2.0Size Name: 2 TB Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
This Seagate drive is now my new backup device. I have a 1GB Time Capsule, which works great, but it has problems. Backups take a long time, even for small amounts, and my Mac Mini slows down during the backup. Yes, I know it's not supposed to, but it does.

This drive, however, has none of those problems. I had no idea that a USB- or Fireware-attached drive was so much faster than a network-attached drive. Incremental backups take less than a minute, and larger (e.g. 2GB) backups take less than 5. With my Time Capsule, some backups would take as much as 20 minutes -- a huge difference!

Since this drive supports both USB and FireWire 800, I also wanted to test the relative performance. I didn't notice any difference in Time Machine backups, so I ran a simple file-copy test. Using FireWire 800, a 3.5GB file took one minute and forty seconds to copy. Using USB, that same file took two minutes and twelve seconds. So the FireWire 800 interface is about 25% faster than the USB 2.0 interface.

The software that comes with the drive, however, is not so wonderful. For starters, it is not required to install the software to use the drive. In fact, the first thing I did was copy the software off the drive and reformatted the drive. I did this because I wanted to have two partitions (one for backups, and the other for general storage), and I also wanted to use a non-journalled HFS file system.

Before you can install the software, you have to register the drive. I supplied a fake name and email address, but I'm disappointed that it's required. The only reason I went through the process is for this review, normally I would have just deleted the software outright. The software license has nothing objectionable in it.
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