Seagate Backup Plus 3 TB USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive (STCA3000101)

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Seagate Backup Plus 3 TB USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive (STCA3000101)

Seagate Backup Plus 3 TB USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive (STCA3000101)

  • Keep copies of your precious digital files, in case disaster strikes
  • Impressive 3 TB storage capacity
  • Save feature enables user-generated content to be backed up from your favorite social network
  • Share feature allows multiple files to be uploaded to social networks at once from your computer
  • Install the pre-loaded NTFS driver for Mac and use the drive interchangeably between PC and Mac computers without reformatting
  • Features USB 3.0 for quick data transfer rates; upgrade to Thunderbolt technology or FireWire 800 with the available additional adapter

The Seagate Backup Plus desktop external hard drive simplifies backup for consumers who want to protect their entire digital life locally, in the cloud or from social networks. Via the Seagate Dashboard, use the Protect function to set up a one-click plan or customize your scheduled local backup. Keep multiple copies of your files in case disaster strikes. With the Save feature, user-generated content can be backed up from your favorite social networks. Many people now use their smartphones to capture priceless moments. While these devices are handy and readily available, storage is not their strong suit. Capture a memory, post it on a social networking site and let the Seagate Dashboard automatically back up any content posted. Even if the file gets accidentally deleted from the device, another copy can be waiting. The Share feature allows multiple files to be uploaded to social networks at once from your computer. The days of uploading individual files without creating a new album ar

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3 thoughts on “Seagate Backup Plus 3 TB USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive (STCA3000101)

  1. 195 of 205 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Tons of ROOM! (A Review for People Who only want the Space), October 10, 2012
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    This review is from: Seagate Backup Plus 3 TB USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive (STCA3000101) (Personal Computers)

    I understand that there’s some back and forth over whether or not this unit is compatible with Windows Backup (due to sector sizes and blah, blah, blah). I don’t use Windows Backup and have no intention to do so (I like to keep track of my files myself), therefore, I can’t comment on the compatibility issue one way or the other. Other reviewers have also commented on the the Seagate Dashboard…I haven’t used it either. So, you might be wondering why I’m bothering with this review.

    I’m writing this for one reason…all I wanted was oodles of storage space, and this External HDD delivers in spades.

    Seagate has been the only brand of External HDD I’ve ever used, and every drive I’ve purchased has functioned as intended (even my first Seagate External HDD, a 120gb model that’s nearly 10 years old now, still works to this day). I don’t mean to sound like a brainwashed fanboy, but I’ve never been disappointed with a Seagate drive.

    I’ve seen some people mention their HDD not showing up as a single drive (enough so that I was worried mine would do the same)…but I’m running Vista 64 Home Premium and my PC reads the entire disk as one 2.7tb drive.

    So far, I haven’t been able to test the USB 3.0 capabilities as my PC only has 2.0 ports. This drive was my first step toward upgrading my rig…I figured having all the files I wanted to keep on a 3.0 compatible drive would make swapping over faster when I make the step up to a 3.0 capable machine. I guess we’ll see, but my expectations are high. By the way, used solely as a 2.0 drive, it works just fine.

    Aesthetically, it looks nice. I could have done without the 4 bar “fill” meter on the front (and the math needed to determine how 3tb [or rather, 2.7tb] is divided equally between the 4 bars…*joking*), but I’m not complaining about it either. The base of the unit (the obvious “this end down” part) is detachable, allowing you to plug in separately purchased adapters for (I think) firewire and/or lightningbolt.

    My particular unit has been in service since the very beginning of August. I’ve used it every day moving all sorts of files (videos, music, games), and I’ve never had even the slightest hiccup.

    Final Thoughts:

    I don’t know about all of the extra (and, in my opinion, useless) bells and whistles, but, used purely as storage, this thing has tons of room, and I’ve been very happy with it.

    Update: 5/20/13 My 3tb is still chugging along without a problem. I recently purchased the 4tb model, and it’s doing just fine as well.

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  2. 172 of 183 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Happy with the drive, June 20, 2012
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    James M. Koury (Boston, MA) –
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    This review is from: Seagate Backup Plus 3 TB USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive (STCA3000101) (Personal Computers)

    I bought the 3 TB drive to back up my Dell XPS 15 750MB hard drive as well as to store my ever increasing inventory of video files. It seamed like a great price for $149

    The hard drive came with Seagate software called Dashboard for backing up user document files. It was easy and worked well. It created a backup of my document directory and gave me the option for having both added or changed files updated at a time of my choosing.

    What happened next was more of a Microsoft issue than Seagate. When trying to use Windows 7 backup to create a disc image on the Seagate, it kept failing halfway through giving me error messages. This happened to me before on other large external hard drives over 2TB, so I thought I would fix it by partitioning the drive into a 750GB and 2.25TB drives. I then tried to back it up on the 750GB partition but had the same problem. It took me 2 hours to figure out Windows 7 backup will not work with these hard drive because of the way the sectors are sized. I did however find a free Seagate program called Seagate Disc Wizard that you can download for free at Seagate’s website that will create a disc image backup without this issue.

    Pros
    – Seagate Dashboard is great for backing up and recovering individual user files and Disc Wizard for creating disc images in case of system failure
    – Its quiet
    – Its fast. Created a 320GB disc image in about 45 min.
    – Runs cool after 1 hour of continuous backup
    – Great pricing
    – There are 5 lights on the front that illuminate sequentially as the hard drive fills up

    Cons
    – No stand so if you stand it upright it can easily tip over
    – There is an activity light on the front that is supposed to tell you when the unit is in use, but it only flashes from full brightness to 75% brightness (instead of going fully out) so its hard to tell when the hard drive is in use when viewed from over 2 feet away.

    Happy and would buy again

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  3. 253 of 274 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Compatible with my GoFlex FW800 and other adapters, Speedy, June 18, 2012
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    L. Ganz (Colorado Springs, CO United States) –
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    This review is from: Seagate Backup Plus 3 TB USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive (STCA3000101) (Personal Computers)

    I have been happy with my 3TB GoFlex drive for keeping my active iTunes Library and other multimedia files. I was backing it up onto a 2TB GoFlex to store off-site where it would be safe, until 2TB was too small to hold everything. For a while I split the backup across a pair of 2TB drives, but wanted to give one of the 2TB to my daughter for college. I have a multitude of portable Seagate GoFlex drives as well, and none have failed me yet. So I bought the new 3TB Backup Plus so I could simply clone the 3TB iTunes drive in one step.

    I used the Mac OSX Lion Disk Utility to re-partition the Drive as “HFS+ Journaled”, instead of the NTFS that it came formatted with. Then I did a test and copied a 16GB folder to it and it was pretty speedy (under 10 minutes on an old iMac). But this time I installed the Seagate software for the extra features, which I never did before with my other Seagate drives. BAD IDEA. I couldn’t clone my first drive without the receiving drive switching to READ ONLY after between 2-16 GB transferred. Sometimes the drive would just stop responding.

    I did a search and found that this is a universal problem with people all over – the drives work great on Mac unless you install the Seagate Dashboard software. I found instructions to manually remove the software, and every thing is fine now. On a faster Macbook Pro with Caldigit USB 3.0 Express Card from Amazon (1/3 – 1/2 the speed of Native USB 3.0) I was able to see speeds over 180 GB/hour copying files from another Seagate drive on the FW800 port, and approximately 270 GB/Hr from the internal drive.

    In Summary – This is a great drive but I MUST WARN MAC USERS TO AVOID THE SEAGATE SOFTWARE FOR NOW, unless you think you are experienced enough to trouble shoot issues afterwards. If the Software hadn’t bungled things up this would be rated a 5. If I hadn’t figured out the software issue it would have been a 1.

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