Reviews and Problems with Seagate Slim Portable Drive Mac 500GB USB 3.0 STCF500400
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Works well for me on my Windows PC's with a driver or re format
M. Jobbagy "Follow Your Bliss - Joseph Cambell", Amazon
17 December 2014
Summary: This thing has been working fine for me for many months now. I use it on a PC, I formatted it since it's formatted for MAC out of the box. My PC only has USB 2.0, so it's not as fast as it could be, but is plenty quick enough. I leave it plugged in all the time, I use it for storage of music and video files, and as an occasional backup of my system. I have another one that I use for a laptop, also not a MAC.
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: 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: If this were blue, I might be convinced it is related to Dr. Who's T.A.R.D.I.S. as it's so small, even compared to drives made a few months earlier yet still holds 500 GB. It's smaller than my previous Seagate Backup Plus 500GB drive, which seemed perfectly portable, but now is my 2nd "go drive", as the slightly smaller Slim means I can stash this in more of my bags if I need to take my info on the go.
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: 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.
Summary: I recently upgraded my operating system, and wanted to create a backup of my hard drive. This Seagate portable hard drive was perfect for my needs (I am on a Macbook Pro late 2008 model), and I can report that it worked great with Mac OS X 10.6 (please note that according to the box, this item may not be compatible with OS X 10.5 or earlier).