|Hard Drive||3 TB Desktop|
|Number of USB 3.0 Ports||1|
Seagate Backup Plus 3TB USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive for Mac (STCB3000900)
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- SuperSpeed USB 3.0 transfer (backward compatible with USB 2.0 at USB 2.0 transfer speed)
- Easy backup for your digital life on your computer and the cloud
- Save feature, allows user-generated content to be backed up from your favorite social networks
- Share feature allows multiple files to be uploaded to social networks at once from your computer
- Install the downloadable HFS+ driver for PC and use the drive interchangeably between Mac computers and PC's without reformatting
- Upgrade from the included USB 3.0 interface to Thunderbolt or FireWire 800 technologies with the additional adapter (purchased seperately)
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The Seagate Backup Plus for Mac desktop drive simplifies backup for consumers who want to protect their entire digital life locally or on social networks. The drive is formatted for Mac out of the box, making it compatible with Time Machine software to provide the simplest and most efficient way to back up locally. 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 downloadable HFS+ driver for PC, and use the drive interchangeably between Mac computers and PCs without reformatting. Take advantage of the Seagate Backup Plus design and upgrade from the included USB 3.0 interface to Thunderbolt technology or FireWire 800 with the additional adapter. System requirements: Mac OS X 10.6 or higher or Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP SP3 (32-bit and 64-bit) operating system, Super Speed 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). Ships with: Seagate backup plus drive, Seagate Dashboard pre-loaded on drive, USB 3.0 interface adapter with capacity gauge, 4-Feet (1.2m) USB 3.0 cable, Power adapter, Quick Start Guide.
From the Manufacturer
Back Up Your Digital Life
The Backup Plus for Mac desktop drive 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.
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 for Mac desktop drive is everything you want.
Fuel for Your Time Machine
The Backup Plus for Mac desktop drive 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 for Mac desktop drive 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.
The Backup Plus 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 USB 2.0 (included), USB 3.0, FireWire 800 and Thunderbolt technology (sold separately).
What's in the Box?
Backup Plus for Mac desktop drive, preloaded Seagate Dashboard, quick start guide, 5-foot (150 cm) USB 2.0 cable, warranty.
Compatible operating systems are Mac OS X 10.6 or higher and Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Vista, Windows XP SP3 (32-bit and 64-bit) (HFS+ driver for PC operability available by download).
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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
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.
Ensure your USB/Firewire/Thunderbolt connections are functioning properly; this is especially important if you are using an expandable multi-port hub with your system. Via 'System Report' pull up 'Hardware' and 'USB', 'Firewire', 'Thunderbolt' (whichever applies. Look at the data and be certain everything is being found, and found correctly. If you see something that is not being found, or is being found incorrectly (USB 3.0 connection being found as a USB 2.0 as an example) be certain of a couple of things:
Check that your power for all of your devices are connected (external drive power, power for your hub). You may have been using your hub passively running other low consumption devices on it with line level voltage from your computer with no problems. Your hub must have its own power to run a device of this type. Another possibility is your cable may be damaged, or you're plugged into a USB hub or USB port on your computer that only supports USB 2.0.
Here are some solutions for most of the folks I'm sure, who are having problems with self-dismount/improper-eject:
The first thing I discovered when I had problems with other external drives dismounting is that power management in newer Mac products use a VERY LOW POWER sleep mode, almost to hibernation state. Most external drives can only detect a connection to a computer when the computer is sending a line level signal via connection cable. When newer macs enter sleep mode the power is beneath the threshold level these external devices are capable of sensing. Therefore, when the computer sleeps, the drive thinks the computer is off and puts itself to sleep causing improper dismount or self-eject, and of course generating the message that the device has been improperly ejected. Yes, this can damage files. What is required when using these devices is to either eject the drive manually through the Finder Window, and then let your computer sleep, or adjust your power management setting in the "Energy Saver" tab to "NEVER" for the 'Computer Sleep' setting. Also in the same Energy Saver window, be certain to UNCHECK 'Put hard disks to sleep whenever possible," and UNCHECK 'Enable Power Nap.'
Many external drives have there own power management features as well, that can be set from its own settings window and these operate independently of OSX. If these devices are set for a sleep mode before OSX sleeps, it will cause itself to eject improperly from the OS and you will get error messages and possibly corrupt data and or your back up. Where these devices offer power management settings, it is advisable to disable any sleep settings. Until all of the manufacturers catch up with ultra low power connection discovery, it is highly recommended that you manually eject your drive through OSX Finder prior to any time you plan to let your computer sleep, or before you turn it off. This should be rule of thumb for any external storage device connected to a Mac. I personally leave my computer on full time during the day with external drives ready at the helm. I have had ZERO issues since discovering these things.
This said, some users will have their external drives plugged into a power strip separate from their computer; and I know people who do this; will turn off the power strip when shutting down the computer; the computer may not be ready and when the power to the drive is shut down...voila, improper eject.
Another item that contributes to these issues is energy preference settings being stored by other programs accessing perhaps your old external storage device. When I first experienced some of this behavior at discussion, I had replaced my WD MyBook Studio for Mac with this Seagate Backup Plus for Macdrive. The WD has power management options and when set were also being stored by Time Machine. I deleted the preference file for Time Machine (not to worry, the Mac makes a new one ;-)), by doing the following:
1) Turn off Time Machine via Time Machine Preferences window.
2) Open the 'Finder' window.
3) Eject External Hard Drive via 'Finder' window.
4) Click on Macintosh HD.
5) Click on Library.
6) Click on Preferences.
7) Locate the file named 'com.apple.TimeMachine.plist' and DELETE it (Move to Trash).
8) Restart your computer
Another item that may warrant attention is a permission reset if you've moved data from the old storage device to the new one:
1) Reboot and hold Command + R
2) Terminal and type 'resetpassword' (no spaces)
3) Select main drive at top of dialogue box that appears, then select 'reset permissions/ACL at the bottom of the box.
4) Reboot computer.
5) Open 'Disk Utility' in Apps and reset main hard drive permissions.
6) Reboot computer.
This process resets the user permissions folder. One way to avoid going through all of this is to use your 'Migration Tool' found in your Apps folder.
This one probably goes without saying; however, I've read many, many forum complaints that the backup software that came with their drive either won't install or doesn't function properly on their mac. USE TIME MACHINE. Most Manufacturers even specify to use Time Machine instead of their own software. There is a reason for this; no other backup software comes close to keeping your files as safe and secure as they will be with TM.
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.
I am truly amazed.
- Try to install the Seagate SW that shipped on the drive. It is advertised "for Mac" on the box. It does not install. FAIL.
- Register on the Seagate site. Input drive SN. The site tells me a firmware update is needed. Download the firmware update. Runs but said something like "No drive requiring this firmware connected to the system" (not a quote). Is it the wrong firmware updater? If it needs an update, I would REALLY like it to be updated and avoid any "issues". FAIL.
- Download SW from the confusing Seagate Support site. Who knows if it is the correct SW for the drive. Doesn't matter cuz it won't install. FAIL
Is there any QA on this stuff? Very unimpressed. Deduct a star for the SW issues. The drive seems to function fine.
Solution: Do the "Erase" operation in the Mac disk utility. Now, Time Machine recognizes the drive and the backup begins.
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