|Hard Drive||3 TB Desktop|
|Number of USB 3.0 Ports||1|
(Old Model) Seagate Backup Plus 3TB Desktop External Hard Drive USB 3.0 (STCA3000101)
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- 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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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). They will last longer, have fewer errors and have the longest warranties. This is a general statistical comment. Of course any given item can be an exception.
- You should have as many copies of your important data as practical for you. And store the copies in different places. At least one copy should be offline (not attached to any electronics while stored). Multiple separate copies protects you from accidental erasures. Even mirrored drives will not protect you from this.
- Heat, extreme cold and other adverse conditions such as dust and moisture are prime enemies of all electronics. Even a robust hard drive can fail if it stays too hot, too often, or is subjected to undue vibration and dust.
- Protect computers from power surges using the best surge protectors you can afford. Clean the airflow holes with a vacuum periodically, and if you have the skills and confidence, clean the insides of all computers of dust that impedes airflow.
All that being said, what does this have to do with this product?
I have found that even though Seagate is not my favorite brand, their recent pricing and product packaging have made them attractive. I just try to use them in a way, with my eyes open, that minimizes my risk - this is a good practice, regardless of the brand.
Here is why I like these units:
- The packaging is very clever and very useful. You can mix and match these drives across various connection methods (USB 2.0, USB 3.0, firewire, eSATA) just by switching adapters. Very handy.
- The USB 3.0 units are fast. They seem to deliver the expected much faster than USB 2.0 performance.
- They can be easily reformatted. I always reformat them, using the default allocation size before using.
- Price point: if you catch the frequent lowball Amazon prices, you can get these drives for less than $34 / TB. Enterprise drives can sell for up to $100 / TB. The best strategy for protecting data is having multiple copies, with the copies separated from each other - not on the same computer, not on the same controller, at least one copy offline, and best of all, at least one copy in a different physical location. The low price point allows me to have multiple "Consumer grade" copies for the price of one "enterprise grade" copy. My gut feel says that the probability of two copies, one of which is offline, failing at the same time is very low.
So, how do I use these units? I use them as 2nd / 3rd copy offline backups of my most important data. Their low price point affords me this luxury. And by keeping them offline, I mitigate the risks of overheating these cheap drives or subjecting them to 24x7 usage, which is not appropriate for consumer grade external drives.
I hope this wordy "review" serves as a help to others who are attracted to these low price points, but have reservations about risking their data.
Over the years I've used quite a few backup drives, and this one seems the least reliable of them all. The drive started misbehaving after about 1.5 years of light use. Initially, I attributed that to a bad cable or usb socket. However, when symptoms worsened - the drive became unresponsive, I decided to test with a different setup, only to discover that it was neither the cable nor socket, but the drive itself.
I then found this article with failure statistics by manufacturer. Seagate is by far the worst performer. [...]. Recently I found out there have been so many failures there's a class action against Seagate concerning these drives. Allegedly, they the company knew there was a reliability issue yet continued to sell them. While that claim has yet to be proven in court, I'm never going to buy Seagate again.
If you care about your data, spend a little bit more and go with HGST (I've just placed an order for one).
But then I noticed something odd was happening to my Internet browsers, both Internet Explorer 9 and Google Chrome (so the problem was not the browser). I'd be reading the screen and suddenly and for no apparent reason the browser was no longer the active window. Or I'd pause between typing and the browser went dead until I clicked on it again. This happened repeatedly each browsing session and got pretty annoying! I figured--correctly--that a background program was taking "focus" away from the active window.
So the question was, what program? I installed a utility that logged the foreground window and--boom!--every time my browser went dead a program called Seagate.Dashboard.Uploader.exe appeared in the log. So it was evident to me that this Dashboard file was the cause of my browser woe.
Now the question became, how to stop Seagate.Dashboard.Uploader.exe from doing this? By turning something off in Dashboard? By changing a setting in the browsers? A specific answer was beyond my knowledge, so I emailed Seagate a query and am hoping for a reply. Meanwhile, I disabled the social media part of Dashboard, thinking this might be where the file resides. No effect! And I saw the file was in the startup folder and disabled it there. It persisted! I Googled the problem and came up with nothing useful.
Just this moment I started to do a cut and paste within this review and lost control of the window. Yep, the logger flashed Seagate.Dashboard.Uploader.exe.
If I can't find a way to stop this Dashboard file from continuing its annoying habit, my plan is to uninstall Dashboard and instead use Windows Backup with my Seagate Backup Plus drive. I don't really know if this will work, but I need to act soon because I can't keep using the drive the way it is and my opportunity to return it to Amazon.com ceases in a few days.
I'm pleased if Seagate's Dashboard software has been good to other users, but it is causing me a repeated and annoying problem I can't solve. This review is semi-negative, but I'll be glad to upgrade my rating if the situation improves.
Follow-up to the preceding review. Seagate Support responded laconically with the suggestion of uninstalling and reinstalling Dashboard. I did so--but the problem with Seagate.Dashboard.Uploader.exe reappeared immediately. So I decided to uninstall Dashboard once and for all. This time something went very wrong with the uninstallation process, because I ended up with a blue screen, my first ever. I had to restart in Safe Mode and do a System Restore to get my computer back. After that, I tried uninstalling Dashboard again and succeeded. Then I set up Windows Backup, which seems to work.
At the time I ordered my Backup Plus it sounded like a great idea. Now I'm not sure it was worth the trouble, even though I have decided to keep it as a vehicle for Windows Backup.
Six months later, the Seagate drive still works fine for Windows Backup. The drive has proven itself dependable--no problems at all. I never reinstalled Dashboard.
This reply is from Seagate Support. We noticed your review and wanted to comment on your experience with your drive. Certainly it is not typical or expected for these drives to behave this way as we have not noticed browser problems associated with our software. However, we would like to talk with you in greater detail (by phone preferably) to help resolve the problem. We have created a case based on your Amazon name that shows your review and our response. If from the US or Canada our contact number for technical support is 800-732-4283. If outside of the US or Canada please try us here under Technical Support (choose your region):
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I would recommend this product.