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4.0 out of 5 stars DOES THE JOB, June 28, 2012
This review is from: Seagate Backup Plus 500GB Portable External Hard Drive for Mac USB 2.0 (STBW500100) (Personal Computers)
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Because everything written about this drive refers to "portability" I checked with Seagate to find out if I could use it with my iMac. They didn't see why not, so I unpacked it and hooked it up. I did encounter a couple of issues with the set-up - perhaps because I don't have anything stored on a "cloud" and have no interest in social networking (I log on to Facebook now and then purely to see my friends' photos, then spend forever trying to figure out the latest hiding place for the sign-off to deactivate my account). Anyway, the dashboard just didn't want to install on my hard drive. But finally after a restart the software was installed. The big thing about this is that I wanted to replace the big external hard drive I've been using for the past several years with something small and sleek, and this definitely fills the bill. It has a tiny footprint and more than enough space at 500 GB to hold the contents of my iMac's hard drive. Having checked the drive this morning (after installing it yesterday afternoon) I was pleased to see that it is working perfectly and backing up my files. So I would definitely recommend this for people wanting external backups for their desktop computers. Just know that you may have some issues with the software unless you do an immediate restart. And there is no mention of that anywhere on their site or in the minimal amount of info that actually comes in the package.
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