Reviews and Problems with Seagate Backup Plus Desktop V1 USB 3.0 - 1TB-4TB (STCA1000200 / STCA2000200 / STCA3000100 / STCA3000200 / STCA4000200 / STCA1000300 / STCA2000300 / STCA3000300 / STCA4000300)
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Wait for Thunderbolt-2!
14 January 2014
Summary: Works without needing the included mac drivers for Seagate 3TB drives under OSX 10.9, but you have to load the supplied MAC driver for 4TB drives. Performance with the 4TB Seagate drive as a time capsule backup is still slow, no improvement from the USB3 connection. Did not expect to see spinning beach balls with this TB1 connection. Works ok, but USB3 is the best value.
Summary: The only reason to get this is if you computer doesn't have USB 3.0 but has a Thunderbolt port. (I think there was a year of MacBook Pros that had this strange combination). The drive mechanism of almost all spinning hard drive platters for the consumer market are going to peak at 150MB/sec... which is well within what USB 3.0 can deliver. The interface isn't the limiting factor on mechanical hard drives, it's the drive itself.
Excerpt: After 1 hour of use attached to Wireless Network while attached to Router, the data storage failed and was lost. Required reconnecting drive to computer to diagnose. Transfer speeds of 5 MBS max using the USB 2.0 connection on the router; not sure why - should be closer to the USB 2.0 200 MBS. (My reason for this purchase!) Great for use attached directly to a computer, especially when using USB 3.0 connection.
Excerpt: It is a nice large external storage device, what with having 3TB available in a nice tidy package. I can't comment on the included software as I didn't use it. What I bought it for was to use it with the Windows built-in backup. For that use it fails, because the format on the drive, although it is recognized by Windows and you can put files on it - is not compatible with the Windows backup due to the physical sector size of 4096 bytes.
Pros: Attractive Design, Compact, High Capacity, Quiet
Summary: The words "batteries not included" brought sadness to the hearts of children any time they opened some electronic gift, only to find out they would not be able to enjoy the wondrous lights, sounds or motions of the present until their parents made another trip to the store for the batteries.
Summary: Works fine but loses two stars due to it's being overpriced. An adapter shouldn't cost more than the product that uses it. 2TB Backup Plus drive runs around $110, the 3TB drive runs around $140, yet this adapter runs around $150 and for that you DON'T get the Thunderbolt cable that will run another $20 to $30.
Summary: Had this drive for about 6 months now, and yesterday 06-07-14 the drive had gone from my computer, I was just surfing the net and youtube, the power light was on but the status bars had gone out, I checked the drive in Acronis Disk Director and it said UNALOCATED, OH S---., all my backups (2.5TB) have gone. I am going to get a 3 TB WD GREEN AND USE SOME RECOVERY PROGRAM, I HAVE TO SEE IF i CAN GET ALL MY BACKED UP DATA BACK.