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Seagate Backup Plus 4TB USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive STDT4000100
  • 200GB of cloud storage for your important files ($95 value)
  • Lyve app to back up directly from your mobile devices
  • Share Mac and PC files
  • Backup from Facebook and Flickr and share to YouTube
  • $129.99
  • $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


Inexpensive, small, separately powered


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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