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Pros:.PC compatibility is great (driver download required), not just for Macs.About as small as a standard drive can be. 'Pocketable'.Pretty sexy style.No surprises on transfer speed.Future addon adapters to change interface Cons:.Relativity short USB cord (18in). Also, it is USB Micro-B port in the back of the device. It is less common if you need to swap out a longer cord.As a Windows user I had to install the HFS+ driver (HFS4Win.exe from Seagate) Other Thoughts: Reviewed this unit as a Windows user. I have to say I really like this drive.
It has nice simple aesthetics and is virtually silent sitting on my desk. Although is is a spinning platter HDD it is very portable and slips into my pocket. As usual though, be careful when transporting and be gentle if you must move it around while active. As a Windows user I had to install the HFS+ drivers which required a restart. After this initial driver install it behaved like any other USB drive on Windows. It performed well for a 5400 RPM HDD. I was easily getting near 90-100MBs mark on transferring large files over USB3 and around 25MBs over USB2.
The instructional videos included were of laughable quality. If you want to use them just listen or it will hurt your eyes.
The included software was a nice touch for those that would use it to quickly upload to Facebook/Flickr and Youtube. They worked fine on my PC but is not something I would normally use. Overall I would recommend this drive to Mac as well as PC users. Pros: Nice portable and speedy external drive to use for quick backups and storage. USB 3.0 connection is very nice I cant see myself going back to 2.0 anytime soon.
Speed transfer where expected for this type of drive running in the higher 90+Mbps for solid files and 30-40Mbps on images and music. Comes with a two year warranty as well being nice and quite. I cant not even hear it on my desk. Nice little feature as well, is that you can also upload/download pictures and videos from Flickr, Facebook and YouTube. Just select the files you want to upload or download, and ta-da your good to go. It makes things easy when you get back from taking a bunch of pictures and want to upload them to an account.
Cons: The drive comes loaded with 825MB of preinstalled junk software and how to videos that more or less are very useless and will cause you a bunch of hassle in the long run. There was even a damaged installer for the dashboard on there as well. SeaGate I really don't think people need a.dmg.exe that wont even run.
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I just went all out and formatted the drive so that I could start out with a fresh drive without all the junk. Then I just download the dashboard software from there website. No sense having all that junk. The how to videos on there where a very very poor quality. Im talking 320-128 resolution.
Terrible and worthless. Another annoying feature is the HFS+ driver for windows and the fact that you need to restart the machine after installing the driver. I feel like you shouldn't have to restart the machine just because you install a driver for a external hdd. Now I want to stress this is not a huge deal but this is why i took an egg off. Other Thoughts: All in all, once I formatted the drive everything worked great. It didn't blow my mind as this is a very standard piece of hardware. With that being said I do really like the drive, it performs well, its quite and its not very expensive.
I think this would be a great external HDD for any user. Though you might want to format the drive before using it to remove the almost 1Gb of junk files. Pros: very portable: is small enough for your pocket, is tough enough for your journey.
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Very nice looking: has a 'cool' modern look, nice finish. USB 3.0 with interchangeable interface options.
Works great with Windows 7 & 8. Cons: 5400rpm. Very short cable.
Other Thoughts: i have been carrying this drive in my pocket through many days and have left it in my truck over some 80+° days with the windows up out in the parking lot, it has sustained no external or internal damage, very rugged. USB 2.0 speeds fluctuate from 15MBs-25MBs. USB 3.0 from 30MBs-50MBs. Has spiked near 100MBs but never long.
Pros: Pros: 1. Smart looking white case. This is an attractive unit for sitting on your desk or to take with you.
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Decent storage capacity for a portable device. 1 TB drive provides lots of capacity. USB 3.0 cable for connection (will handle USB 2.0).
Fast speed sure cuts down on time spent waiting for your drive to backup. USB connection provides power for device. Works well with Mac Timeline function super-easy and straightforward. Works well with Windows. Just use Dashboard Backup function. Dashboard software is provided for uploading to Facebook, Flickr, and Youtube and downloading from Facebook and Flickr.
This software is pretty straightforward and works really well. The new version of the Dashboard software gives much better control for backup of Windows systems that the original version did not.
You do not need to depend on the 7. Three manuals are available: (1) Backup Plus Desktop Quick Start Guide, (2) Backup Plus Desk Mac Data Sheet, (3) Seagate Dashboard User Guide. These manuals are self-explanatory and decently written. Software for Windows use is available on the Seagate website: (1) Backup Plus for Mac Software (HFS4Win.exe) for use with Windows 7 (32 and 64 bit), (2) Windows Vista (32 and 64 bit), (3) Windows XP. Cons: You must download the HFS software from the Seagate site to be able to see the drive on a Windows system. Other Thoughts: I used this with a Windows 7 Professional desktop AND with a MacBook 2.4 GHz Intel Core Duo CPU/2GB 1067 MHz DDR3 Memory/250 GB HD/Mac OSX 10.6 laptop. The Seagate Backup Plus is supplied in the NFTS format.
To connect with the PC, you must first download the HFS4Win.exe software from the Seagate site. Under Downloads.
This Windows software allows a Backup Plus for Mac drive to mount as a drive letter in Windows without having to reformat. If you want to use the Mac Timeline function AND Windows backup with this Seagate backup drive, it is important that you CAREFULLY follow the directions (How to setup a Backup Plus or GoFlex drive for use under MacOS) on page. Download the HFS software from page If you want to do backups of Windows and Mac devices, it is handy to partition the drive into HFS and NFTS sections.
However, you do not need to. When you backup either a Mac or Windows system, separate file folders are setuppretty cool. If you want to just use the backups for Mac only then simply select Timeline for Mac. The initial backup for a Mac with 36 GB content took 43 minutes using a USB 2 connection on the Mac. The corresponding rate was 13.82 MB/sec. The initial backup on a Windows 7 Pro machine with 182 GB content using a USB 3 connection took 5.27 hours for a transfer rate of 9.62 MB/sec., a slow rate. An updated Dashboard file of 90MB size had to be downloaded to use that function.
The Dashboard uploading and downloading functions worked adequately. The updated Dashboard file now provides capability to manage backups for Windows that originally was just provided for Mac backups. Originally, you had to use the Windows Control Panel Backup function. The new method works great. Transferring files from a Windows 7 system to the Seagate backup drive HFS formatted section of the drive also worked correctly. All in all, this Seagate drive performed decently with both Mac and Windows 7 systems. The manuals and instructions provided on the Seagate website for the backup hard drive were appropriate for the tasks performed.
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