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Seagate Backup Plus for Mac 1TB USB 3.0 Mac Storage - Portable Model STBW1000900
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Seagate Backup Plus 1TB USB3 External Desktop HDD 12/07/2012

This review is from: Seagate Backup Plus for Mac 1TB USB 3.0 Mac Storage - Portable Model STBW1000900

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 applications.

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 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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Seagate Backup Plus 1TB USB 3.0 3.5
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4 out of 5 eggs Seagate Backup Plus 11/30/2012

This review is from: Seagate Backup Plus 1TB USB 3.0 3.5" Desktop Hard Drive STCA1000100 Black

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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Seagate Backup Plus 1TB USB 3.0 2.5
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4 out of 5 eggs Seagate Backup Plus 1TB USB3 HDD For Mac 10/27/2012

This review is from: Seagate Backup Plus 1TB USB 3.0 2.5" Portable Hard Drive STBU1000101 Silver

Pros: The Seagate Backup Plus arrived in excellent condition like everything from Newegg. For the silver 1TB USB3 model, setting the drive up took little effort and the included Seagate Dashboard and manuals are all pre-loaded on the drive itself. The Dashboard software is particularly helpful for grabbing full resolution photos from Facebook / Flickr if they are deleted from the local machine’s HDD. Dashboard also lets you automate in real-time or schedule a particular file type, a folder, or all of a user’s non-system files to backup to the Backup Plus Drive whenever it is convenient, however Dashboard is not a drive cloning tool. You can also use the software to share photos to social networks but I did not try this option since I’m not a heavy Facebook or Flickr uploader.

Testing this drive, I had to utilize a mid-2010 Macbook running OSX 10.8 Lion to test USB2 speeds, and used Windows 7 for testing both USB2 and USB3 speeds.

Performance was very good, though not quite as fast as expected.

Under Mac OSX utilizing copy/paste and Black Magic Design’s speedtester, I could achieve roughly 40MB/sec read and 15-40MB/sec write, depending size and amount of files.

Under Windows and HDTune, I could again achieve a solid saturation of USB2 speeds of 30MB/sec Read and 33MB/sec write.

For USB3, this drive performed very well overall, with a 110MB/sec Read dropping to ~50MB/sec by the end of the disk and a 100MB/sec Write dropping to again, 50MB/sec at the end of the disk. Not SSD speeds but far faster than USB2.0.

Durable plastic and aluminum casing is solid and slick. It’s certainly not something I’d expect to survive a hard drop onto concrete, but the casing looks clean and nice and is not flimsy. USM module allows for connecting USB3, Firewire, and Thunderbolt via separate adapters purchased through Seagate.

After copying the Dashboard installer from the drive for future use, I just reformatted the whole thing and using it as a backup clone of my C:\ along with other files. Stays under 40C nearly all times and remains very cool to the touch.

While I’m not a fan of installing tons of extra programs I won’t need, I did again do tests on them for ease of use and review. The Dashboard software for Mac allows a de-selection of all social networks should that be a user’s choice. Aesthetically, the program is slightly different than the Windows version but functionally, remains the same.

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 front plate of the drive but if you want to use Firewire or Thunderbolt, you need to purchase a separate adapter directly from Seagate. There’s $30 or so extra…

--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!

--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 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.

Other Thoughts: Overall, I’m very happy with this drive and while there are a few small negative points, it shouldn’t really affect the daily usage or enjoyment of the drive. Since I have USB3 ports, that’s how I’ll use the drive via Windows, but for any Mac user, there should be no reason as to why this wouldn’t saturate USB2.0. Only the latest Macbooks have USB3 so I could not test that at this time.

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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