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Seagate Backup Plus 4TB USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive STDT4000100
  • Includes easy-to-use backup software
  • Features mobile backup using the Seagate Mobile Backup App
  • Automatically save photos from your social networks
  • Easy to share files between PCs and Mac computers
  • $134.99
  • $1.99 Shipping (restrictions apply)

3 out of 5 eggs Not so great for Mac / Time Machine 05/20/2014

This review is from: Seagate Backup Plus 4TB USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive STDT4000100

Pros:

Inexpensive, small, separately powered

Cons:

Mac OSX Time Machine backup software loses sight of the drive occasionally and says "Backup Failed." I've been rebooting when this occurs, but will check whether an unmount / disconnect / reconnect will fix it. Since I use encrypted filesystems, this makes me Very Nervous.

Other Thoughts:

The case has very sharp edges -- it looks good, but doesn't have a good tactile feel (I disconnect it and lock it up every night). It also has a glossy finish that is terrible for fingerprints.

However, my main concern is that I have very low tolerance for any strangeness in my backup devices. This Seagate replaced a WD Elements external drive that had gotten full (and the WD replaced another one like it. If I could have gotten another WD, I would have.)

So far, the Seagate seems to be holding data, but it's not giving me the warm fuzzy feeling I'd like.

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