Seagate Backup Plus STBU500100 500GB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive - STBU500100

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Great hard drive for the price

by Jim on 7/27/2013

I own a Mac and this drive showed up on my desktop straight out of the box. It even asked if I wanted to use it for a Time machine backup drive. Since I won't be using it with a PC, I changed the format from the FAT format to the Mac's "Mac Extended Journaled" format. At the same time, I used the "Secure Erase" option to overwrite the drive with zeros to clear away all the old files etc. The zeroing out process started OK but then my formatting program said it was going to take 13 hours to complete. This shocked me since I was able to zero out a 3TB hard drive in the same amount of time. I next started to copy my files. To my horror, it said it was going to take two days to complete - and that was only for 44 GB of data! This is ridiculous. I did a test: I copied a 9.3 GB set of folders to the new drive - it took: 4 hr 20 min. I next copied the same folders from one Western Digital drive to another - it only took: 4 min. A big difference! Yes I am comparing USB to Firewire. But there shouldn't be that much of a difference. Afterward I ran a disk repair utility on it which did seemed to speed it up a little. But it's still painfully slow. My Western Digital drives come with Firewire 800 and USB 2. It would have been nice if this Seagate came out of the box with two or three different ports too. FYI: I searched and searched the Seagate site but I never found the Firewire or Thunderbolt add-on adapter cables that the "Seagate Backup Plus portable drive" web page mentions. HERE'S THE SOLUTION: I had plugged the drive into a USB hub. I moved to a USB port on the front of my computer. Suddenly I was copying 100 GB in 90 minutes. Now I am very satisfied.

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Product Overview

Life moves fast. Don’t miss a thing.
The Backup Plus portable drive from Seagate is the simple way to protect and share your entire digital life—without getting in the way of the rest of your life.
  • Protect your stuff with easy, flexible backups
  • Automatically save photos from your social networks
  • Share photos and videos to social networks with a click
  • Easily increase transfer speeds by upgrading to Thunderbolt™ technology or FireWire® 800.

    What is Backup Plus?
    Backup Plus is the amazing line 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, automatic or scheduled
  • Save the photos you’ve shared online—automatically
  • Share photos and videos on social networks like Facebook and Flickr
  • Upgrade your connection in a snap with swappable adapters

    Easy backup.
    Choose from two easy backup options in the Seagate Dashboard and then forget it.

    Sleek, portable design.
    Keep your stuff safe anywhere. USB power means it requires no external power source.

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

    USB 3.0 plug-and-play.
    You can also easily upgrade to Thunderbolt™ technology or FireWire® 800 with add-on adapters (sold separately). USB 3.0 is also backward compatible with USB 2.0.
  • Specifications

    Manufacturer Seagate
    Mfg Part# STBU500100
    SKU 232943627
    UPC 763649038451
    UPC 14 00763649038451
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    Protect… Photos, videos, and more–on the go.
    Life is full of amazing moments you want to remember forever. The Backup Plus portable drive goes where you go, providing easy, plug-and-play backups. So you know that no matter where “life happens," your memories are always protected.
    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 drive, so even more of your life is safe and sound.
    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 and Flickr or YouTube right from your Backup Plus drive.
    Upgrade… Your connectivity in a snap.
    Getting a new computer with Thunderbolt™ technology or USB 3.0? Not a problem. Changing your connectivity is as easy as plugging in a new adapter.* So even when you upgrade, your Backup Plus drive can upgrade right along with you.
    Tech Specs
    Interface Options
    USB 3.0
    Product Color
    Automatic Backup Software
    PC & Mac
    2 years
    Height (in/mm): 0.57/14.5
    Width (in/mm): 3.19/81.1
    Length (in/mm): 4.86/123.4
    Weight (lb/g): 0.440/224
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    Great hard drive for the price by Jim on Jul 27, 2013