Reviews and Problems with Seagate Slim Portable Drive Mac 500GB USB 3.0 STCF500400
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Krish "Krish", Amazon
8 December 2013
Summary: Apparently brand new drive, automatically disconnects itself from Macbook Pro after some time, consistently. As another reviewer mentioned earlier, this tends to typically happen during a long disk operation - like copying a large file to the disk. To investigate whether the cable was faulty, connected it using the cable from another Seagate drive I purchased along with this, with the exact same result.
Summary: I have tried to use this with my MacBook Air and with a new model Lenova laptop. It hangs every single time. I start to copy something to it, then it freezes. Then there is no way to eject the drive. If I do manage to get it to stop the copying process, it hangs again and eventually I have to shut down my computer to make it go away. I should have sent this item back but I was traveling a lot and too busy to mess with it.
Summary: Although they claim it is, Seagate USB 3.0 is NOT compatible with USB 2.0. Web search has revealed Seagate's USB driver system will lock up over and over again if this 3.0 device is hooked up to 2.0 mac device.
A fast, portable external drive with very small form factor.
H. Wang "jwangamazon", Amazon
7 May 2013
Summary: I didn't realize this drive is for Mac native. To use it with Windows, a HFS+ software need to be downloaded and installed to the PC system first. Since I don't have MAC, I simply reformat the whole drive for NTFS. After that, the drive is really plug-and-play in Window-based PCs. My PC is an iCore7 system with 6 USB2 port, 2 USB3 ports and 1 eSATA port. I usually do weekly backup to backup user data files to external drive. Each backup is about 128GB.
Summary: I actually have the PC version of this and use it with my Mac (just without the annoying proprietary software I don't want, anyway). I prefer to use the Mac version without the software as well, and it works great and plays nicely with Time Machine. I am running Snow Leopard.
Summary: I actually have a Windows, and had to convert this hard drive to be compatible with it. To convert this, you have to go to the Seagate website and download the driver for Windows, connect the drive, install the software, and re-start computer. Yes, this part of the process is kind of time-consuming, though when it's finally formatted it works well.
Everyone needs an external hard drive, even Mac users
5 April 2013
Summary: 500 GB storage is ample for all the writing I'll ever do. This unit is great, silent, and one can easily get used to it being a constant tagalong to one's laptop. While backup to The Cloud, The Box, or whatever, is good to have, if you've ever lost important digital material for whatever reason, you may feel as I do, that you just can't have enough secure storage venues.
Summary: With a seemingly endless array of choices in portable hard drives, I was a little skeptical about the Seagate Mac-specific drive. However, when I saw it's not-Mac counterpart goes for all of a penny more, my skepticism started fading. It actually was pretty nice to have an external drive work out of the box on a Mac.
Summary: Almost perfect product marred by it being Mac centric to begin with. It should have been the other way around, pc centric but able to work with Macs. It's all about percentages right? Design wise, I love the slim form factor, great when we cram so much in our laptop backpacks. I didn't go the HFS route to get this to work with my PC environment but instead fully formatted it for the PC.