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Seagate Backup Plus 1TB USB 3.0 3.5" Desktop Hard Drive STCA1000100 Black

  • Easy, flexible, built-in backup options
  • Automatically save photos from your social networks
  • Share photos and video to social networks with a click
  • USB 3.0 is also backward compatible with USB 2.0
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Seagate Backup Plus 1TB USB 3.0 Black Desktop Hard Drive
 

STCA1000100

What is Backup Plus?

Backup Plus is the family of external drives from Seagate that lets you do more with photos and movies, protect everything in your digital life, and manage it all from a single, intuitive dashboard.

  • Choose from two easy backup options for what's important to you
  • Share multiple media files on networks like Facebook and Flickr
  • Save the photos you've shared online automatically
  • Upgrade your connection in a snap with swappable upgrade adapters

 

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STCA1000100

Protect...
Photos, Videos, and More - Automatically


Life is full of amazing moments you want to remember forever. The Backup Plus desktop drive lets you set up easy automatic backups of all your stuff, so you know that even if "life happens" to your computer, your memories are always protected.


STCA1000100

Save...
Your Social Life with a Click


Think of how many photos you've shared on Facebook or Flickr. With Backup Plus, you can easily download them right to your Backup Plus drive, so even more of your life is safe and sound.


STCA1000100

Share...
Your Favorite Moments Instantly


With Backup Plus, your memories aren't "trapped" in your drive. Just a click lets you share photos and videos to Facebook, Flickr, or YouTube right from your Backup Plus drive.


STCA1000100

Upgrade...
Your Connectivity in a Snap


Get a new computer with Thunderbolt™ technology or FireWire 800? Not a problem. Changing your data connectivity is as easy as plugging in a new adapter.* So when you upgrade, your Backup Plus can upgrade right along with you.
*Additional adapters sold separately.


STCA1000100

Works with PCs and Macs

Use it interchangeably on your PC or your Mac computer without reformatting.

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 2 years


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  • Peter C.
  • 7/16/2013 4:42:11 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
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3 out of 5 eggsSo Far So Good

Pros: Didn't quit yet. I can't believe the number of brand new HD failures I read in the reviews of all drives. Easy installation. Quiet. Simple setup.

Cons: For Mac or PC backups not both.

Other Thoughts: I bought this drive to backup my pictures in Picasa on my Macbook Pro after the Western Digital failed (fell one foot to floor).

When you install the drive you need to make a choice, either all Mac or the ability to have Windows and Mac read the files. If you pick all Mac you're tied to Time Machine backups, which I didn't want or need as I already have a Synology network backup for all my computers. The Synology software lets me use Time Machine on my Mac and still use its backup management on my PCs.

Picking the Mac/Windows option the drive formats to NTFS with no options for any backup management. The only way then to move files from the Mac is drag and drop. I use the Picasa backup feature and that works fine. The "Backup Plus" software seems to work OK, better than Seagate's "GoFlex" software which I had problems with and ended up returning that drive.

There may be a way to partition the drive to get better options in Mac and Windows.

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5 out of 5 eggsA Proper Backup Drive

Pros: This unit offers exceptional read/write speeds (first reads over 200mb/s that I've seen) while remaining relatively cool and silent. The indicator light is discrete and well placed and the unit can be stationed vertically to save space. It comes with all the required cabling needed to get going out of the box and is quite simple to set up. USB 2.0 speeds impress as well.

Cons: My major gripe with the unit is the stand, which doesn't have enough of a footprint to keep it upright with any kind of reliable stability. Basically, I knock this unit over several times a day. From my vast knowledge of hard drive technology (/s) I know this is bad for the drive and can cause data loss.

Other Thoughts: All in all this is a fantastic drive with a wobbly base. I should probably just lay it flat and say it's a fantastic drive, but everything about the design hints at it being vertical and I'm stubborn. Additionally, this is very useful for backups, especially when you want them done quickly.

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  • Richard B.
  • 1/15/2013 11:37:06 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsReliable drive

Pros: Small desktop footprint, stands up like a book. Connects quickly to the computer when plugged in. Has a neat graph-like capacity gauge on the front. Comes with a good backup utility that can be installed called "Dashboard".

Cons: The capacity gauge only works if the Dashboard software is installed. Dashboard installation fails with Windows XP(64bit) since there is no service pack 3 for XP64. A little slow when uploading into the drive.

Other Thoughts: First I hooked this up to my machine that is running XP64 and tried to install the dashboard. The Seagate install program installed a bunch of required utilities and then notified me that service pack 3 is required, not available for Windows XP64. Next I connected it to my machine running Windows 7. Dashboard installed perfectly and their backup utility is really good. With dashboard installed, the lighted capacity graph on the front of the drive started working. I am a little disappointed with the speed uploading into the drive since it is about half that downloading into the computer. Approximately 480mb/s vs 800mb/s. The speeds reported by Windows Explorer Win7. The Dashboard backup utility is great because it will backup continuously. I have been scanning boxes of old family pictures and this drive is working perfectly to continuously maintain a backup copy. Scanning pictures takes a lot of time so I don't want to lose my scans if a drive should fail.

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  • Anonymous
  • 1/6/2013 9:03:00 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsTwo month post review

Pros: I have reviewed this drive twice before, once in the external state and then again after removing it from the enclosure and using it on a SATA III connection. The drive is still working perfectly and is fast. All pros still stand.

Cons: Drive is somewhat is somewhat noisey in comparison to a WD Caviar Blue (latest single platter 1TB model). The Seagate has more audible seeks, heat re-calibration noises, and the motor has a slightly audible whine. None of the noise is bothersome and can be *just heard* above the noise level of my case fans but it is worth pointing out.

Other Thoughts: Great drive, whether internal or external.

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4 out of 5 eggsGood Companion For Desktop Systems

Pros: The Seagate Backup Plus 1TB USB 3.0 is the same product as the Seagate GoFlex Desk USB 3.0, simply under a new name and package.

You get a 3.5" SATA 6gbps drive inside a black plastic enclosure. The drive, a ST1000DM003-9YN162 is fairly spirited, offering up max transfer speeds in excess of 180MB/s, at least on the outer tracks (when using large sequential transfers). Thanks to the laws of physics, the inner tracks drop to around 45% of that, depending on how you measure. Even at the very end, it is still more competitive than most 2.5" HDDs attached to a native SATA interface at their peak. Smaller, random accesses aren't anything to write home about, but then you probably won't be using the Seagate to run your OS. Keep your backups and media on it, and you'll be pleased with performance.

I've had especially good luck with the Seagate attached to the Asmedia USB 3.0 on a couple of my motherboards, but I have had issues with USB3 devices on other, older chipsets. Hopefully, were past that stage at this point with native SuperSpeed support.

Most the system drives I backed up using the included software averaged about 65MB/s. With fewer large files or more small ones, that could drop. Seagate's included software can preserve the whole file structure, so you aren't placing your backup into a large single file written in a proprietary format.

The whole package is quite efficient, using about 4.4w at idle and a shade under 8w on load. That's a good thing for several reasons, but keeping temps down is probably at the top of the list. The internal thermal sensor will spend most of its time around 40c, assuming you aren't using the drive in a sauna, though long sessions will cause spikes up to 50c or so. That's still within a range which will ensure a healthy lifespan, though. By comparison, most of my old, power hungry externals spent much of their time sweltering inside enclosures without enough airflow. Consequently, they didn't last long in most cases.

Fortunately, if something untoward happens you get two years of warranty coverage with the Seagate. That's of little consolation if you lose a decade worth of backups, but at least Seagate offers various data recovery services -- sadly, pricing information is difficult to come by prior to a purchase.

The chassis itself is attractive enough, with few extraneous lights. Just a series of LEDs on the bottom, one to denote power and a capacity indicator composed of four vertical lights.

I find the drive to be quiet enough, though it is far from inaudible. If you need a truly hushed external solution, consider one of the similar portable units with 2.5" drives. The 3.5" Backup Plus isn't noticeable next to a passively cooled desktop I use from time to time, but that mostly depends on your threshold for noise and the ambient noise where you live.

Cons: Obviously, the Backup Plus arrives with USB 3 connectivity out of the box, but Firewire and Thunderbolt are optional extras... but sticking with USB 3 is probably the way to go. Firewire is severely depreciated nowadays, and the Thunderbolt pedestal is ludicrously expensive at the moment. It could be hard to find as well, but consider that part a good thing. Thunderbolt may have its advantages, but sane pricing isn't one of them. It isn't like the interface makes HDDs spin faster or anything... most 3.5 inchers can't break 200MB/s yet. Start mixing in 4K transfers, and watch transfer speeds drop to levels best measured in KB/s, not MB/s. So save Thunderbolt for those storage applications which can benefit from the throughput.

Other Thoughts: Bonus! You can take the USB interface pedestal off the drive and use it with another drive if you like. It becomes handy if you need a makeshift USB 3.0 interface for a 3.5" HDD which consumes enough juice to require external power.

I've been using Seagate's external products as companions for solid-state-storage-equipped systems for the past two years, and have largely been satisfied. I primarily used to roll my own external storage using USB, Firewire, and eSATA enclosures paired with whatever HDD I was fond of at the time. But now, with spinning media largely more expensive as a whole and suffering from shorter warranties, the Seagate Backup Plus begins to look far more attractive... all things considered.

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4 out of 5 eggsA Fast External Drive

Pros: For the price and capacity, this external drive is a good deal. It uses the new advanced format 4k sectors and houses a 7200 rpm drive (model ST100DM003-9YN162). This is in contrast to most external drives that use slower, though quieter, 5400 rpm drives.

The performance is exceptional, and is actually faster than all of my other spinner hard drives. I’m getting sequential read benchmark speeds up to 185 MB/s over USB 3.0, which is phenomenal for a traditional platter-based drive. Of course, if you do not have USB 3.0 then the performance is completely wasted. My benchmarks show that USB 2.0 speed caps at around 35 MB/s.

There is a handy capacity meter on the front of the drive that gives you four LED increments to let you know how full the drive is at a glance. The meter only works when the Seagate software is used, however. The backup software works with Windows 8 and doesn’t bog down the system when it’s running. It comes with a trial cloud storage option sponsored by Nero that’s good for a year. After that, you’ll have to pay for the service.

Cons: Sitting on my desk, I can definitely hear the hum of the drive in a quiet room. The Seagate software does allow you to set the drive to power down after a selectable time of inactivity, so absolute silence can be achieved if desired. By default, the drive does not power down.

This drive is advertised as being able to use thunderbolt and firewire, which is true, but you’ll have to purchase an adapter. Unfortunately, the adapter is extremely cost prohibitive (about two Benjamins when I checked). It makes no sense to go with an adapter when the USB 3.0 that the drive uses by default is fast enough to maximize the performance of the drive.

Other Thoughts: I did find that in my own setup the backup software needed a little kick in order to engage. After choosing the “Continuous” backup plan, the drive did not do anything despite waiting for several hours. It stayed at “Initial Backup Pending”. Even selecting the “Back Up Now” button in the Seagate dashboard did not start the initial backup of my monitored locations.

To force the initial backup, I had to go into the Windows scheduler and manually run it. Under Windows 8:

Control Panel->System and Security->Administrative Tools->Task Scheduler->Task Scheduler Library. Go to the task created by Seagate Dashboard that is named after your account user name, 'right-click' and select “Run”

The “Continuous” plan is a bit of a misnomer. When adding/changing files in a monitored location, the drive takes quite a while to actually backup the files, at least under Windows 8. It does not do it instantaneously as the plan name might indicate.

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3 out of 5 eggsSeagate Backup Plus 1TB USB 3.0 Black Desktop HD STCA1000100

Pros: Before I begin my review on this product, let me set the record straight on something. NewEgg DOES NOT PAY their Eggxpert Reviewers ANY MONEY for a review (GOOD OR BAD - ON ANY PRODUCT)!!! When they 1st asked me to become a reviewer, they told me that I could post ANY TYPE of review that I wanted to, either GOOD OR BAD! The only thing that they asked me to do was to be honest in my review, which I try to be. Now that this is finished, let's start...

So far this makes the 2nd Seagate External HD that I've tested in this form factor. I have got to say that I am EXTREMELY SURPRISED (and delighted) that Seagate has defeated the HEAT ISSUE that plagues most HD's of this size. As most of you know, HEAT is one of the biggest killers of HD's out there and Seagate has beat this issue, hands down! GOOD JOB Seagate!!!

+ This thing is ULTRA QUIET!

+ It comes with a 4 LED light gauge indicator that shows HOW FULL the HD is getting, but do NOT depend on this to be very accurate. NOTE: Software installation IS REQUIRED for this.

+ It also comes with 1 FREE year of Cloud Storage (ONLY 4GIG). The problem is that they do NOT tell you how secure AND/OR even how much it will cost you after the 1 free year AND/OR even how much it costs to increase the size of the Storage Cloud.

+ The Backup software included Syncs to either the Cloud or any one of the following services (Flickr, FaceBook, or YouTube). Nice feature for some, but not for me.

+ Has an interchangeable base (AT AN EXTRA COST) that offers either Firewire OR ThunderBolt support. A nice feature for those who need or want it.

+ USB 3.0! Although after looking at the Specs for Firewire, USB 3.0, AND Thunderbolt, I kind of wish I had Thunderbolt on ALL of my PC's. It's MUCH faster!

+ Comes with "SO CALLED" Backup Software.

There are going to be some things that I WILL NOT be testing. I won't be testing the MAC compatibility as the MAC guy who lives here is away. Nor will I be testing the Software that runs the Light (Capacity) Gauge. Mostly because ANY program that runs in the background eats up memory, & will probably slow the system down. I definitely won't be testing Seagate's "SO-CALLED" Backup Software (Dashboard) because, this program DOES NOT have all the Bells & Whistles that I require. Frankly, I have MUCH better Backup Software already installed on my PC. Plus it's FREE!!!

Cons: - The "SO CALLED" BACKUP SOFTWARE (Dashboard) that comes with this HD is a joke! You WOULD expect any type of software that touts itself as "BACKUP SOFTWARE" would AT LEAST allow you to (ACTUALLY) backup the COMPLETE Operating System. Apparently Seagate doesn't think so! Although this software DOES allow you to backup your "Documents", "Music", and "Pictures" directories (BIG DEAL). But that's about it. Thankfully I have OTHER software that does do a FULL OS Backup & it's FREE!

- ONLY 1TB. I would have preferred 3 or even 4 TB. Oh well...

- Extremely easy to tip over! I know, I did.

- A Shiny Plastic Cover. Another fingerprint & dust magnet!

- It comes with a Wall Wart plug (WHICH I HATE). This one is designed badly in that it eats up 2 1/2 spaces on my power strip. Bad design, simply terrible! And good luck trying to replace AND/OR fix it.

- All Software (Dashboard) comes Pre-Installed ON THE HD itself (SHAME ON YOU SEAGATE FOR NOT INCLUDING A CD/DVD)!

- The Drive does come with 1 FREE YEAR of Cloud Storage (ONLY 4GIG IN SIZE??? I have Thumb Drives that are BIGGER than this) but there is a problem with that. First, they do NOT tell you how much it costs AFTER the 1 Year period, OR what the different capacity sizes cost, OR even how secure it is. Please Seagate, if you're going to GIVE AND/OR SELL us something at least give us ALL the info at our fingertips. Don't force us to install AND/OR hunt for all the info we need AND/OR want. Your customers would be much happier all around with this simple kindness, plus it's good business sense!

Now I, for one, will NOT be using ANY TYPE of Cloud Storage for 2 main reasons.

1. I am an old EX HACKER who has NEVER been caught! So I know how easy some systems are to break into & how easy it is to steal (AND/OR READ OR COPY) info. Who knows, maybe someday I'll write a book & become famous...

2. I suggest you read the NEW REVISED Congressional Electronics Communications Privacy Amendments Act (HEN11307). I (FOR ONE) am VERY LEERY of BIG BROTHER looking over my shoulder for ANY REASON WHATSOEVER! If this Bill passes, it basically allows for Warrantless Searches of your E-Mail and ANYTHING ELSE they want to look at. You can call me paranoid if you want to, but I REALLY don't care! You can GOOGLE the Bill to find out more if you want to. Or you can write to your Congressman AND/OR Senator to tell him/her to oppose this Bill like I'm doing. If enough people complain, MAYBE they'll listen...

Other Thoughts: I ran the SAME test I did on the other Seagate HD I tested & compared the results. I'm going to transfer a series of files (81 files) totaling 100,475,168,300 GB over to the HD. First using the USB 3.0 & then using USB 2.0 to transfer the SAME files & time the difference. This (I HOPE) will give me some idea of the speed (AND CAPABILITIES) of this HD.

I'll be using "System Commander 8.01 64 Bit" for the test to copy all of the files instead of MS Windows Explorer. "System Commander" is 500% better than MS Windows Explorer at everything I use it for & I get more info that I want to be informed of.

While the files copied, I saw the transfer rates (IN BOTH USB's) would just chug along up until the 96-98% mark, then it would pause. The pause time on the USB 2.0 was LONGER than the USB 3.0. This makes a HUGE difference! OK. Here's the results.

Transferring 81 files (totaling 100,475,168,300 GB) of space @
USB 3.0 = 22 Minutes & 55 Seconds.
USB 2.0 = 1 Hour 2 Minutes & 36 Seconds.

All I can say is W-O-W! That's 40 minutes saved! I knew that USB 3.0 was faster than 2.0, but not HOW fast. In the past, I've been using an old USB 2.0 2TB HD to transfer ALL my files over to my 24TB Server. I do this to save my bandwidth. I used to start the transfers & when I woke up it would be done. Now I'm considering changing ALL my USB hardware over to USB 3.0. Better yet, I think I'll wait for USB 10.0.

I know of 1 company that addresses the Heat Issue that External HD's have by putting a fan on their cases, Seagate chose not to. The 2 biggest HD killers are HEAT & SMOKE. I know, I'm a heavy smoker & have to replace ALL my HD's about once every year. Every HD has something called a "MTBF Spec" that you can look up by going to the Manufacturer's Site and looking at the Specs for your HD. This "MTBF Spec" tells you ROUGHLY how many hours the HD SHOULD last for (UNDER PERFECT CONDITIONS). IF you smoke, this will greatly degrade this time & kill your HD sooner.

In reality, I'm kind of tempted to open this case up just to see what type of HD they put inside this puppy & to see how they control the heat issue. But if I do this, I void the warranty, so I won't. Maybe AFTER the warranty expires I will, but not till then. BUT it is tempting... I must say that I am TOTALLY SURPRISED that this HD has NO HEAT ISSUES! Shocked, is MORE like it!

Seagate used to make a pretty good Backup Program back in the old days. WHAT HAPPENED SEAGATE??? Come on! Thankfully, there are better Backup Programs out there to be had. "Acronis" is one that comes to mind.

Even with all the PRO & CONS would I buy this HD myself? IF it was the 2TB to 4TB model & had the SAME FEATURES, YES! A 1TB? Probably not.

Would I recommend this HD? YES! Minus the software, it's a GOOD PRODUCT and fairly cheap!

I'll tell you Seagate, you really have a GREAT ITEM here. BUT it would be a MUCH BETTER product with some better software and a totally redesigned Wall Wart.

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4 out of 5 eggsSeagate Backup Plus USB 3.0 Desktop Drive

Pros: On receiving my hard drive, I found the product box was well packaged and contained the hard drive (with a limited 2 year warranty), a quick start guide, a power cable and a USB 3.0 data cable. The drive was also sealed in a plastic bag and covered in peel away plastic protective sheeting to protect the surface from scratches.

The quick start guide is a multilingual single sheet of paper with picture instructions showing how to plug the drive in and a short description of what the included dashboard software does. While this is a minimalistic approach, Seagate has created 2 to 6 minute videos saved to the drive of a representative introducing the drive and offering instructions on using the included backup software.

My drive came with firmware CC9F on it which I found to be the latest version. Running Seagate’s Seatools software (found here: http://www.seagate.com/support/downloads/seatools/ ) I was able to observe the drive’s temperature, hours powered on, cache size, and SMART status. (When trying to run the SMART tests, Seatools was telling me the tests were unavailable for some reason, though SMART is supported by this drive). The drive remained cool and quiet through a full 480GB backup session.

Drive models are available up to 4TB. Generally, the bigger you buy the less money you spend per terabyte. You should consider this with 3TB external drives for $99 on the market.

This is a fast drive running at 7200 RPM and 64MB of cache on a USB 3.0 interface. I found that putting it on my USB 2.0 interface did slow it down noticeably. It benchmarks among the faster external drives I’ve used. Also, it comes out of sleep mode instantly when you access it, unlike some of the Western Digital drives I have which take 5 to 10 seconds.

There are 4 lights on the front that illuminate sequentially as the hard drive fills up. This can be a nice feedback feature for some people, but I prefer to know exact numbers of space available rather than trying to interpret the intensity of some LED lights on the front of the drive. For this reason I used the Dashbaord software to turn off the LED lights on the drive altogether. There is a fifth light that acts as the power light. It does not act as an activity light and does go out when turned off in the Dashboard software.

The Dashboard software lets you set the amount of drive idle time before the drive automatically spins down into a power saving mode. This varies from between 3 minutes to 5 hours and never. I’m glad this was included, as Windows power saving features can be touchy and less cooperative.

Cons: The "Protect" feature of the Dashboard software is not Mac-compatible according to other Mac users (I have not verified this). I would like the Dashboard back up software to offer more utility and options, but alas, this also keeps things simple which others may prefer.

Advertised “free” cloud storage is only 4GB for one year.

The drive only has 32MB of cache. A lot of drives are shipping with twice that amount. Whether or not the difference here is noticeable through a USB 3.0 interface I’m not sure, but more is better, right?

The drive is tall and skinny, and meant to stand up on one end and is very unstable. This makes it very vulnerable to being accidently tipped over. Spinning platters and shocking g-forces are never a good combination. The addition of removable stabilizing feet would have been a good idea. You can use the drive on its side though.

This isn’t a con for me, but it might be for you. The USB 3.0 data cable has a Micro-B USB 3.0 compatible plug and the female end a standard USB 3.0 receptacle. I have read other reviews placing the connection as a con, stating that they feel it is too fragile but I do not agree. The newer Micro-USB receptacles are designed for up to 10,000 cycles of insertion and removal between the receptacle and plug, compared to 1,500 for the standard USB and 5,000 for the Mini-USB receptacle. This is accomplished by adding a locking device and by moving the leaf-spring connector from the jack to the plug, so that the most-stressed part is on the cable side of the connection. This change was made so that the connector on the less expensive cable would bear the most wear instead of the more expensive micro-USB device.

No external power button. But really, who uses those anymore, especially on a self-powering external drive?

Other Thoughts: Protect, Share and Save. This sums up the Dashboard software.

Protect. In trying out the Protect feature of the backup software, I found it worked as advertised, and backs up your drive in an uncompressed straight across format. You can choose to back up preset groups of files such as pictures and videos, or you can choose exactly what folders you want backed up.

Share. This worked when I tried it out just fine, but I find it really unnecessary as it takes longer to post something to Facebook with this than it takes to post from Facebook’s own interface. It also self-advertises itself writing that what you posted or uploaded was done through Seagate Dashboard software. No thanks.

Save. When backing up my Facebook data with the Save feature, it took some time to connect and read what I had on there, making me think the Dashboard software was not working or crashed. I think it took upwards of 5 minutes before it responded because I had so much online content for it to look at. When it did finally let me know it was logged into my Facebook account, it took another 5 minutes to download everything to the drive. This is a nice feature, but in my opinion, unnecessary as Facebook already has a method to let you download and save everything you’ve ever posted to a folder on your PC. I don’t think one would “need” to backup up their Facebook data, as it is already safer in the cloud than you could ever keep it yourself.


The pre-formatted NTSF drive comes in two parts: the Seagate ST1000DM003 hard drive (in it’s enclosure) and the SATA to USB 3.0 adapter cradle. The drive is housed in a professional looking black plastic chassis that has fanless venting holes on the top and back sides.

Total capacity is 1,000,202,039,296 bytes (931GB). It came with 705MB of software already installed. As I’ve mentioned in another review, approximately 930 GB of actual storage space is typical for an advertised 1TB drive, and it is a common misconception between Binary and Decimal drive capacity, and will be witnessed for any storage device. People keep putting the actual capacity not being a true 1000GB as a con when in my opinion really isn’t due to its wide spread standard.

Registration of the drive was simple, consisting of an executable on the drive that when launched asks for your name, country, email address, drive serial number and place of purchase, and then is submitted online. Registering unlocks a free one year cloud storage service offering 4GB of storage, which is verified by email and accessed through the Dashboard software.
This is a great product overall and I would recommend it.

I wrote a review on the portable version of this hard drive, which is very similar here: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822178107 You may like to consider this as well when deciding on your purchase.

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5 out of 5 eggsA Fast External Drive

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Pros: For the price and capacity, this external drive is a good deal. It uses the new advanced format 4k sectors and houses a 7200 rpm drive (model ST100DM003-9YN162). This is in contrast to most external drives that use slower, though quieter, 5400 rpm drives.

The performance is exceptional, and is actually faster than all of my other spinner hard drives. I’m getting sequential read speeds up to 185 MB/s over USB 3.0, which is phenomenal for a traditional platter-based drive. Of course, if you do not have USB 3.0 then the performance is completely wasted. My benchmarks show that USB 2.0 speed caps at around 35 MB/s.

There is a handy capacity meter on the front of the drive that gives you four LED increments to let you know how full the drive is at a glance. The meter only works when the Seagate software is used, however. The backup software works with Windows 8 and doesn’t bog down the system when it’s running. It comes with a trial cloud storage option sponsored by Nero that’s good for a year. After that, you’ll have to pay for the service.

Cons: Sitting on my desk, I can definitely hear the hum of the drive in a quiet room. The Seagate software does allow you to set the drive to power down after a selectable time of inactivity, so absolute silence can be achieved if desired. By default, the drive does not power down.

This drive is advertised as being able to use thunderbolt and firewire, which is true, but you’ll have to purchase an adapter. Unfortunately, the adapter is extremely cost prohibitive (about two Benjamins). It makes no sense to go with an adapter when the USB 3.0 that the drive uses by default is fast enough to maximize the performance of the drive.

Other Thoughts: I did find that in my own setup the backup software needed a little kick in order to engage. After choosing the “Continuous” backup plan, the drive did not do anything despite waiting for several hours. It stayed at “Initial Backup Pending”. Even selecting the “Back Up Now” button in the Seagate dashboard did not start the initial backup of my monitored locations.

To force the initial backup, I had to go into the Windows scheduler and manually run it. Under Windows 8:

Control Panel->System and Security->Administrative Tools->Task Scheduler->Task Scheduler Library->[user] DB Agent 2 0->'Right-Click' and select “Run”

The “Continuous” plan is a bit of a misnomer. When adding/changing files in a monitored location, the drive takes quite a while to actually backup the files, at least under Windows 8. It does not do it instantaneously as the plan name might indicate.

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4 out of 5 eggsSeagate Backup Plus

Pros: The Seagate Backup Plus arrived in excellent condition. I overall, found the drive to be slightly bulky, however it does contain a full sized desktop, 7,200 RPM, 64MB cached drive inside the enclosure. The bottom plate detaches to show the USM module and allows for connecting USB3, Firewire, and Thunderbolt via separate adapters purchased through Seagate.

The drive comes with a 2 year warranty, registered from a form already on the drive once plugged in. Registration was effortless and fast.

I did not choose to review the Dashboard software since I had covered it in previous reviews, however the installers were identical to the portable drives.

This external HDD is usable on both PC and Mac and includes the EXE and DMG installers for both OSes.

Performance was excellent, with burst rates of 300-600MB+/sec and standard copying of files (MP3s and game data directories) at over 100MB/sec with using USB 3. USB 2 speeds were a solid 30-35MB/sec and saturated the connection.

Drive temperature was fine, around 40C.

Drive was quiet and while I could feel the constant vibration on my desk through the enclosure, I did not hear it clicking away so the good news is it’s pretty quiet overall if noise is a concern.

Please keep in mind it requires both the AC adapter and USB / USM cable to be attached before the drive will power on and spin up. It will light and spin up only once the USB cable is attached, even if the power is already connected.

If you’re doing any Fraps recording, HD photo or video work, or anything else needing a desktop class drive and have run out of internal bays, this would be a superb choice to look at for an external drive. 1TB might not be enough space but they do make the drives in larger capacities. Anything short of 10K RPM drives or SSD probably won’t touch the performance you will be able to get out of this drive given a fast enough processor. It’s 5 Egg certainly in performance – just that it falls short in other areas; please see below.

Cons: While I do feel that Seagate did plenty right with the drive, there are a couple big caveats preventing me from giving the drive 5 eggs.

--The USM Module itself is a neat idea to swap different connectors to the bottom plate of the drive but if you want to use Firewire or Thunderbolt, you need to purchase a separate adapter directly from Seagate or its partner stores for nearly $180 as of 11-28-12.

--The USM front plate is a very tight connection and fits snugly to the rest of the hard drive. The downside is that even though the SATA data and power connectors are standard like internal ones, good luck trying to make any internal plug fit – it won’t. This pretty much rules out using the drive as an internal drive for any desired reason short of maybe destroying the entire casing which I did not want to do. External use only!

--You can’t really use this hard drive without the casing. I found no way short of destroying the case to remove the HDD.

--The base plastic near where the adapters plug in is a little thin and it feels like a good bump might crack or snap some of the enclosure off. Otherwise the rest of the casing is plastic and slick looking. It won’t survive a hard fall but it does look nice.

--The SS (interface) cable for my drive had USB3 on one end and a special rectangular plug on the other. This precludes it from being swapped with other products or devices since the end appears proprietary. If you travel a lot, be sure to keep the cable plugged into the drive or always with it since a regular square-ended USB cable will not fit the USM module if the original is lost! Thus, one could feasibly be stranded with their data on the drive with a delay in accessing it if the cable goes missing.

--Due to needing the greater power of a desktop class HDD, the USB cable isn’t able to provide enough power. I know this is a common thing with external drives but the fact you need to clutter your strip or block with another AC adapter/ wall wart is mildly annoying. Something else to keep track of and lose. Adapter is a 0.6A input and 1.5A output at 120v.

Other Thoughts: Overall, I’m very happy with this drive. There are some negatives, sure, but it shouldn’t really affect the daily usage or enjoyment of the drive once it’s plugged in and sitting stationary. To use this drive on anything less than USB3 is folly and customers should look for better capacities and prices elsewhere if you’re on USB2 or otherwise limited.

The included Dashboard software may not clone your drive but it does serve as a great way for an average user who might have one HDD to allow the software to automate a backup routine – presuming they even have one for their data.

The fact that Dashboard allows to grab full resolution photos from Flickr and Facebook is a wonderful option for someone who might not have their local photos any more. It noticed it did download the original full size photo if it was originally uploaded in high quality so that’s a great thing to see.

If instead you’d just rather have a nice portable backup drive for data, simply forego the software (or keep it installed and turn off the services) and enjoy. Registration is done from within the software’s installation screen and took a minute at most.

Also included is a free 1TB worth of Seagate Cloud backup (accessible via email).

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