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Seagate 3TB Backup Plus Desktop Drive for Mac

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Product Highlights
  • 3TB Storage
  • FireWire 800/USB 3.0, Cables Included
  • 1-Click Backup of Social Network Photos
  • Automatic Scheduled Backups
  • Includes Seagate Dashboard Management
  • For PC and Mac

In a world where movies, music, and photos take up enormous chunks of hard drive space, it's good to have the Seagate 3TB Backup Plus Desktop Drive for Mac. These large-capacity drives make organizing and backing up your vast libraries of digital content much easier, and less time consuming.

Like the Backup Plus portable drives in this series, these drives also help you maintain control over your social network photos with one-touch sending/receiving of photos to your favorite social media sites. But the added storage of these giant drives (up to 4TB) makes these even more useful - store all of your music, movies, and content in one central place. The small form factor allows you to keep your desk uncluttered while granting you a closetful of storage.

All Seagate Backup Plus drives come pre-installed with the Seagate Dashboard on the drive to help you configure your drive for your needs. You can choose from scheduled backups to continuous backups, ensuring that your data is safe and sound.

The Mac versions in this line are Mac OS and Time Machine ready, with the option of downloading the NTFS driver for PCs to make the drives perfectly compatible between Mac and PC systems.

The PC versions are Windows-ready right from the box, but you can easily install the pre-loaded HFS+ driver for Mac, and use the drive interchangeably between PC and Mac computers without reformatting the drive. The PC versions use the speedy USB 3.0 as their interface. You can always upgrade the interface to FireWire 800 or Thunderbolt with an add-on adapter (sold separately).

Protect
The Seagate Backup Plus portable 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.
Save
With the Save feature, user-generated content can be backed up from your favorite social networks. Capture a photo, 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.
Share
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.
For PC Drives
Install the pre-loaded NTFS driver for PC, and you're ready to use the drive on PC computers. 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 (sold separately).
For Mac Drives
Install the downloadable HFS+ driver for Mac, and use the drive interchangeably between Mac computers and PCs without reformatting. With the Seagate Backup Plus design you can upgrade from the included FireWire 800/USB 2.0 interface to Thunderbolt technology or USB 3.0 with the additional adapter (sold separately).
Performance
Capacity 3TB
Interface FireWire 800/USB 3.0, Cables Included
Drive Speed Not specified by manufacturer
Buffer Not specified by manufacturer
Average Seek Time Not specified by manufacturer
Sustained Data Transfer Rate FireWire 800: 800Mbps, USB 2.0: 480Mbps
System Requirements Mac OS X 10.6 or higher or Windows 7, Vista, or XP SP3 (32/64-bit) operating system
FireWire 800 or USB 2.0 port
General
Mounting Desktop, external
Power Requirements 24W 12V-2A
Environmental Requirements Not specified by manufacturer
Dimensions (WxHxD) 6.22 x 4.88 x 1.73" / 158 x 124 x 44mm
Weight 2.38 lb / 1.08kg
Seagate 3TB Backup Plus Desktop Drive for Mac
  • 5-foot (1.5m) FireWire 800, 5-foot (1.5m) USB 2.0 Cable
  • Power Adapter
  • FireWire 800/USB 2.0 Interface Adapter with Capacity Gauge
  • Quick Start Guide
  • 2 - Year Limited Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    Seagate3TB Backup Plus Desktop Drive for Mac
     
    4.6

    (based on 19 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (11)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (8)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to set up (17)
    • Easy to use (15)
    • Large capacity / good size (15)
    • Attractive (14)
    • Compact (11)

    Cons

    • No power switch (7)

    Best Uses

    • Back-up (17)
    • Additional storage (14)
    • Video (11)
    • Photo storage (10)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Power user (12), Casual user (6)
      • Primary use:
      • Business (12), Personal (7)
      • Computer Platform:
      • Mac (19)

    Reviewed by 19 customers

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    5.0

    I have 4 of these and love them

    By strezair

    from Sydney Australia

    About Me Power user

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Attractive Design
    • Compact
    • Easy To Set Up
    • Easy to use
    • High Capacity
    • Quiet

    Cons

    • No Power Switch

    Best Uses

    • Backup
    • Photo Storage
    • Video

    Comments about Seagate 3TB Backup Plus Desktop Drive for Mac:

    I use these drives because I can hot swap them in and out with ease and with the new thunderbolt and USB3 docks they are future proof.
    Currently using Firewire on my iMac and they work a treat.
    I have one running time machine and one with all my current work backed up.
    if I need to go back to an old job I just remove the drive and swap it for the one I need. Easy.

    • Primary use:
    • Business
    • Computer Platform:
    • Mac

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    5.0

    Good deal

    By Business guy

    from Sacramento, CA

    About Me Power user

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Attractive Design
    • Compact
    • Easy To Set Up
    • High Capacity
    • Quiet

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Additional Storage
      • Backup
      • Video

      Comments about Seagate 3TB Backup Plus Desktop Drive for Mac:

      Very easy to connect and work just fine. I've used both the USB and Firewire connections. I like how they turn on and off automatically, now manual switches. These are excellent values.

      • Primary use:
      • Business
      • Computer Platform:
      • Mac

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      5.0

      These drives rock

      By Josh the Video Guy

      from Saskatoon, SK

      About Me Power user

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Portable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Additional Storage
        • Backup
        • Photo Storage
        • Video

        Comments about Seagate 3TB Backup Plus Desktop Drive for Mac:

        I own a small video production studio with 3 editing work stations. Our projects are DSLR based, and short - 1 to 3 minute commercial productions, and wedding videography.

        These drives form the back bone of our studio's data system. We have 14 3TB Seagate GoFlex / Backup Plus Drives in use right now. We've got most of them hooked up via FireWire 800, and we've started switching over to USB3 and are ordering a couple Thunderbolt bases right away.

        We use four 3TB drives as our main working drives, each editor "owns" a drive until the project is complete. Each night we dock them all at a workstation that clones them to a second set of 3TBs, and every week we swap the backups with another offsite set of 3TBs. Lots of redundancy.

        And then we have a couple in use as Archive drives, when the projects are complete - copy the project over and stuff it on a shelf.

        These little drives are tough. I personally have accidentally thrown a drive across the room, and watched in horror as it bounced on the hardwood and skidded to a stop. It still worked fine. We've had one drive fail over 2 years. Swapped in a new 3TB and cloned it from the backup. No prob.

        We will soon be at the point where we'll need a better data system, but for now these little guys are doing a great job in our budget studio.

        • Primary use:
        • Business
        • Computer Platform:
        • Mac

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        5.0

        Love the ease of installation

        By StealthSal

        from Miramar, FL

        About Me Casual user

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Attractive Design
        • Compact
        • Easy To Set Up
        • Easy to use
        • High Capacity
        • Quiet

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Additional Storage
          • Backup
          • Video

          Comments about Seagate 3TB Backup Plus Desktop Drive for Mac:

          I use this for my music and video library, Love the firewire connection and how silent it is, So far so good, hooked up in 3 minutes.

          • Primary use:
          • Personal
          • Computer Platform:
          • Mac

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          4.0

          No Problem

          By Jake

          from Torrance, CA

          About Me Casual user

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Attractive Design
          • Easy To Set Up
          • Easy to use
          • High Capacity

          Cons

          • Noisy
          • No Power Switch

          Best Uses

          • Additional Storage
          • Backup
          • File Transfer
          • Photo Storage
          • Video

          Comments about Seagate 3TB Backup Plus Desktop Drive for Mac:

          The main thing that I needed an external hard drive was for the pictures that I had been taking. I had so many pictures in RAW that it took up most of my hard drive. Anyway, the speed that is transfers the files are pretty good. Not as good as other higher priced models, but for the price that I paid [$]. It is to my liking. The only thing that I didn't like so much is that it is kind of loud... I don't mean obnoxiously, but it needs a little time to wake up is all.

          • Primary use:
          • Personal
          • Computer Platform:
          • Mac

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          5.0

          A Lot of Storage

          By Sam

          from Chicago, IL

          About Me Casual user

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Attractive Design
          • Compact
          • Easy To Set Up
          • Easy to use
          • High Capacity

          Cons

          • No Power Switch

          Best Uses

          • Additional Storage
          • Backup
          • Photo Storage
          • Video

          Comments about Seagate 3TB Backup Plus Desktop Drive for Mac:

          No issues while using with my new Imac. Overall a great product for the price!

          • Primary use:
          • Business
          • Computer Platform:
          • Mac

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          5.0

          Perfect, just what I wanted.

          By Taco

          from San Francisco, CA

          About Me Casual user

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Set Up
          • Easy to use
          • High Capacity

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Additional Storage
            • Backup

            Comments about Seagate 3TB Backup Plus Desktop Drive for Mac:

            I have a couple of Seagate desktop hard drives, but this is the first with firewire interface. The fact that I can use the interface with all hardrives is the most important aspect of the drives. I do not need to move/unplug the cables. I have had the other drives for over a year and they still work as new.

            • Primary use:
            • Business
            • Computer Platform:
            • Mac

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            5.0

            Perfect for Time Machine

            By Richard F

            from Santa Clarita CA

            About Me Power user

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Attractive Design
            • Easy To Set Up
            • Easy to use
            • High Capacity

            Cons

            • No Power Switch

            Best Uses

            • Additional Storage
            • Backup
            • File Transfer
            • Photo Storage
            • Video

            Comments about Seagate 3TB Backup Plus Desktop Drive for Mac:

            I already have two of this and I both use it as a Time Machine back up. The first one never failed me so I decided to purchase the same external hard drive to serve as my second level back up.

            Reliable for the price and have great capacity!!!

            • Primary use:
            • Business
            • Computer Platform:
            • Mac

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            5.0

            Great Versatile Desktop Hardrive

            By Whardy

            from Fort Worth, TX

            About Me Casual user

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Attractive Design
            • Compact
            • Easy To Set Up
            • Easy to use
            • High Capacity

            Cons

            • No Power Switch

            Best Uses

            • Additional Storage
            • Backup
            • Photo Storage
            • Video

            Comments about Seagate 3TB Backup Plus Desktop Drive for Mac:

            This product worked very well for exactly what I needed. It connected to my macbook through firewire allowing me to backup quickly. But I was also able to partition the drive and used the USB attachment to connect it to other computer units. I did have to reformat the drive in order for it to work properly but it was not a hassle at all.

            • Primary use:
            • Personal
            • Computer Platform:
            • Mac

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            4.0

            Nice size for a good price

            By ThunderSam

            from Philadelphia, PA

            About Me Power user

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Set Up
            • Easy to use

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Additional Storage
              • Backup
              • Photo Storage

              Comments about Seagate 3TB Backup Plus Desktop Drive for Mac:

              Great product, I partitioned it for mac and PC so I can use on both.
              The size is incredible, and it was pretty cheap.
              Only reason this isn't 5 stars is that the firewire cable is a bit loose and if it jiggles too much it comes out. not sure if this is how firewire works, but it doesn't happen with USB.

              • Primary use:
              • Business
              • Computer Platform:
              • Mac

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              4.0

              it's one of the most trusted names

              By nclshooter

              from columbus, ohio

              About Me Power user

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Easy To Set Up
              • Easy to use
              • High Capacity
              • Portable
              • Quiet

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Additional Storage
                • Backup
                • Photo Storage
                • Video

                Comments about Seagate 3TB Backup Plus Desktop Drive for Mac:

                with digital storage a must, you have no choice but to plan on it. i'm comforted with the reliability and dependability of seagate especially when the storage devices are getting larger and larger [i got the 3t]. you have no choice in that you have to put your stuff somewhere, with seagate, i feel safe.

                • Primary use:
                • Personal
                • Computer Platform:
                • Mac

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                4.0

                Reliable

                By BlueDog

                from Daytona Beach, FL

                About Me Power user

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Set Up
                • Easy to use
                • Quiet

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Additional Storage

                  Comments about Seagate 3TB Backup Plus Desktop Drive for Mac:

                  I have several of these. Easy to set up, easy to use. Quiet.

                  • Primary use:
                  • Business
                  • Computer Platform:
                  • Mac

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                  4.0

                  Good External HD

                  By Doug

                  from Homewood, AL

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Attractive Design
                  • Compact
                  • Easy To Set Up
                  • Easy to use
                  • High Capacity
                  • Portable
                  • Quiet

                  Cons

                  • No Power Switch

                  Best Uses

                  • Additional Storage
                  • Backup
                  • Photo Storage

                  Comments about Seagate 3TB Backup Plus Desktop Drive for Mac:

                  I really like the firewire connection available on this disc; so much faster than USB 2. On the negative side, and this may be a problem with something other than this disc, is that when I tried to copy from my old drive to this new one, I received the message that the old disc was formatted to be Case Sensitive (which it was NOT) and I was required to reformat this new disc to be Case Sensative.

                  • Primary use:
                  • Personal
                  • Computer Platform:
                  • Mac

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                  4.0

                  Probably great but noisy

                  By TimeWaster

                  from Los Angeles, CA

                  About Me Power user

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Attractive Design
                  • Compact
                  • Easy To Set Up
                  • Easy to use
                  • High Capacity
                  • Portable

                  Cons

                  • Noisy
                  • No Power Switch

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Seagate 3TB Backup Plus Desktop Drive for Mac:

                    This was meant to sit on my desktop but when I turned it on the spinning drive was so loud I instantly nixed it. I suppose I could have found another hidden location but I need to move it occasionally. Unfortunately this drive fit all my needs; 3T and firewire capable for my iMac and looked good. If your needs don't require a quiet drive then this is probably a great product.

                    • Primary use:
                    • Business
                    • Computer Platform:
                    • Mac

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                    5.0

                    A great product

                    By Royston

                    from East Greenwich, RI

                    About Me Power user

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Attractive Design
                    • Easy To Set Up
                    • Easy to use
                    • High Capacity
                    • Quiet

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Backup
                      • Photo Storage
                      • Video

                      Comments about Seagate 3TB Backup Plus Desktop Drive for Mac:

                      So far so good withe the drive. I am using it for my main Photo storage and it is pretty speedy as my Lightroom repository. The drive does take a few moments to restart from idle, that is not really an issue. I might eventually by a second to use as a backup, I like it so much.

                      • Primary use:
                      • Personal
                      • Computer Platform:
                      • Mac

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                      4.0

                      Great Drive

                      By JOhn

                      from Wilkes Barre PA

                      About Me Power user

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Attractive Design
                      • Compact
                      • Easy To Set Up
                      • Easy to use
                      • High Capacity
                      • Portable
                      • Quiet

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Backup
                        • Video

                        Comments about Seagate 3TB Backup Plus Desktop Drive for Mac:

                        ...Its a great unit... I want another one...

                        • Primary use:
                        • Business
                        • Computer Platform:
                        • Mac

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                        5.0

                        Good Product

                        By Tricia the Graphic Designer

                        from Norfolk, VA

                        About Me Power user

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Attractive Design
                        • Compact
                        • Easy To Set Up
                        • Easy to use
                        • High Capacity
                        • Portable
                        • Quiet

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Backup

                          Comments about Seagate 3TB Backup Plus Desktop Drive for Mac:

                          This external drive is perfect for backing up my computer (500 GB) and additional external drive (1TB). I like the optional cord placement and the various options of connectivity (USB/Firewire).

                          • Primary use:
                          • Business
                          • Computer Platform:
                          • Mac

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                          4.0

                          Performs nicely

                          By Carrida

                          from Leawood, KS

                          About Me Casual user

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Attractive Design
                          • Quiet

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Additional Storage
                            • Backup

                            Comments about Seagate 3TB Backup Plus Desktop Drive for Mac:

                            Used it with both USB 2.0 and Firewire 800 interfaces and it performed well. No complaints over the week I've had it and put 1.6 TB onto it (backing up my Drobo). The seagate is attractive, quiet, and I like the fact that I'll be able to hook it up to USB 3 and/or Thunderbolt in the future when I get the interface.

                            Paid the Mac premium to get a firewire 800 interface. The nice thing with the Seagate's is I only need to do that once since the interfaces are interchangeable with other Backup Plus/Go-Flex drives.

                            • Primary use:
                            • Personal
                            • Computer Platform:
                            • Mac

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                            5.0

                            Plug and play simplicity

                            By John

                            from Delaware, USA

                            About Me Power user

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Attractive Design
                            • Easy To Set Up
                            • High Capacity
                            • Quiet

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Additional Storage
                              • Backup

                              Comments about Seagate 3TB Backup Plus Desktop Drive for Mac:

                              As expected, the drive worked perfectly. I daisy-chained it off an existing Western Digital drive, no problem. The optional software it comes with is perhaps useful for teenagers and people who spend more time on social media networks than actual productivity. For backup/archival, the optional software is not needed.

                              • Primary use:
                              • Business
                              • Computer Platform:
                              • Mac

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