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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there isn't a really great alternative for easily hot-swapping drives with Thunderbolt
Justin Edmund, Amazon
2 weeks ago
Summary: I bought two of these, two years apart, for my storage drives. Unfortunately, there isn't a really great alternative for easily hot-swapping drives with Thunderbolt. Thunderbolt is still great and the fastest out there, so I was willing to pay the price for it.
Summary: I am running Mac OSX 10.7.5 using the Backup Plus 1Tb and Backup Plus 3Tb which I connected using a USB 3.0 port and, with the Seagate Thunderbolt adapter, the Thunderbolt port. I could read and write to the drive using USB but could only read when using the Thunderbolt port.
BOOTABLE on Mac but Beware the Extra Seagate Driver for Big Drives
G. Kuo, Amazon
2 August 2013
Summary: This desktop Seagate Thunderbolt adapter has been praised for its usability with drives other than just the Seagate goFlex encased drives. Indeed it is true, you can attach bare external drives if you also arrange for some physical support for the drives. That's already covered in other reviews.
Fast and daisy chains, but iffy value proposition and no cable
Indy Reviewer, Amazon
12 March 2013
Summary: The Seagate Backup Plus Desktop Thunderbolt Adapter is a specialty device for users who don't have a USB 3.0 connection, who want to daisy chain multiple drives, or who want to do substantial video capture and transfer.
Summary: When I received the Thunderbolt interface I had already been using my 4TB Backup Plus drive for a few days with the USB 3.0 interface. Reading the (minimal) documentation told me that I had to install a driver to be able to use the drive with both USB and Thunderbolt I thought that might be a likely...
Seems priced for the market, based on what it does and doesn't have
Dave "Dave", Amazon
25 February 2013
Summary: Taken in a vacuum, I wouldn't be impresssed by this device, but if you look around for Thunderbolt docks and adapters, the price is reasonable. PROS: 1) Works fine. I have another dock, and I find their performance about the same.
Summary: After trying a Pegasus J4 Thunderbolt Drive Enclosure (didn't work at all with a late 2012 iMac 27"; worked on Mac OSX ML on an Option Boot but DIDN'T work at all with Windows 7), I tried the Seagate Backup Plus Adapter, and it worked perfectly in an external SSD setup...
Amazoniac "Always on the prowl for a read that I can't put down...", Amazon
28 December 2012
Summary: This Thunderbolt interface rocks. Immediately obvious that it's far faster than USB 3.0. At this point I'm gonna give it 4 stars instead of 5 because I'm having some flaky problems with it on boot.
Excerpt: I use this drive for time machine. It works well overall but there are a few issues that prospective buyers should be aware of. 1. When the drive spins down there is a high pitched whining noise. It's not too loud but is noticeable.