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Seagate STCD500202 Backup Plus Slim 500GB USB 3.0 portable 2.5 inch external hard drive - Black

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  • Share files between Windows and Mac computers.
  • Protect your data with easy flexible backups.
  • Backup your mobile devices with the free Seagate Mobile Backup App.
  • Includes 200GB OneDrive Cloud storage - 2 years of added protection and on-the-go access for your most important files.
  • 2 year warranty.

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Product Information

Colour: Black
Technical Details
BrandSeagate
Item Weight150 g
Product Dimensions11.4 x 7.6 x 1 cm
Item model numberSTCD500202
Series107039
ColorBlack
Form Factor2.5"
RAM Size500 GB
Hard Drive Size500 GB
Software IncludedYes
  
Additional Information
ASINB00BP5RLG0
Best Sellers Rank 36,198 in Computers (See top 100)
Shipping Weight200 g
Date First Available6 Mar. 2013
  
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Product Description

Colour Name:Black

Box Contains

Seagate Slim Drive
Seagate Dashboard pre-loaded on drive
NTFS driver fro Mac pre-loaded on drive
18-inch (45.72cm) USB 3.0 cable
Quick start guide
2-year limited warranty


From the Manufacturer

Free 200GB OneDrive Cloud Storage

200GB of free OneDrive storage for 2 years is included when you purchase a Backup Plus Slim Portable Drive. Makes sharing your favorite files easy and practical.

Must be activated by June 30, 2017.

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Seagate Backup Plus Portable Drive Seagate Backup Plus Fast Portable Drive Seagate Backup Plus Desktop Drive Seagate Wireless Mobile Portable Drive Seagate Personal Cloud Home Storage
Description Portable backup for computers and mobile device content Desktop capacity and performance in a bus powered portable form factor Backup for computers and mobile device content Wireless Storage for your tablets and smartphones Back-up all your computers and access from anywhere
Interface USB 3.0 USB 3.0 USB 3.0 USB 3.0 USB 3.0
Capacities Offered 500 GB - 4 TB 4 TB 2 TB - 8 TB 500 GB 3 TB - 8 TB
Colours Blue, Black, Red, Silver Black Black Black, White, Blue, Red, Green Black
Seagate Dashboard
Network Connection
Mobile Apps
Portable Form Factor
PC + Mac Ready

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Colour: Silver Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
Seagate's Slim portable drive is nicely designed and is certainly slim and light, making it easy to carry around. It's also a smooth shape so fits nicely into pockets etc. It's about the thickness of a smart phone and a little wider. It's not the largest capacity but not long ago, this would have seemed like ample storage for most needs.

It works fine as a drag and drop store for files, BUT critically for me, I have not managed to get the on board software to work. Let me stress that this isn't essential and you can still use it as a drag and drop drive, but I was specifically looking for the benefits of the on board software to allow computer back up and to explore some of the social media back up options.

The software is there but when I try to install it, it says "unable to locate probably due to download interruption". And yet no download is involved. I'm running Win 7 and also turned off AV software before attempting this. So, onto the Seagate web site. There are several other posts with the same problem, several of them three or more months old, with no response from the Seagate moderators. There is an option to download the software though, so I tried that with exactly the same result. So the main reason I wanted this drive is completely ineffective. Clearly for some, the software works fine, so it must be something with my set up, although I have never had an issue with drive software installations prior to this. What irks most is the lack of response from Seagate to what is clearly an issue for more than a few. All the troubleshooting assumes you have loaded the software - no mention of when it fails to install at all.
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Colour: Black
This drive is very thin and nice and quiet. It's significantly quieter than my WD Elements 1TB (although that drive is larger obviously), and even though I'm very sensitive to noise I could imagine leaving it plugged in all the time without it being a nuisance.

The brushed metal effect looks very nice, but it's only on the front. The sides are glossy plastic and the back is matte plastic. The joint where the sides meets the back has a slightly sharp edge. It's not sharp enough to cut your finger or anything, but it stops it from being a pleasant object to hold and makes it feel a bit cheap. There aren't any rubber feet on the bottom to stop the drive sliding around, but the back is matte plastic, so it's not super-slidey.

The drive has a thin white light on the front which lights up when the drive is connected and goes out when it's ejected for disconnection, and the light pulses slowly when files on the drive are being accessed.

The computer I'm using the drive with (a mid-2011 iMac) only has USB 2.0, but for what it's worth when testing with the Blackmagic Disk Speed Test app I get around 23.1 MB/s both for write and read speed (attached using the supplied cable directly to the iMac with no hub in between), but again that's using USB 2.0, so I can't comment on whether it would be faster when connected by USB 3.0.

All in all, I'm fairly pleased with the product. At the moment it's priced at a premium over other 500GB drives, and I'd say the slimness and the design are just about worth it. The only issue really is that slightly sharp edge which mars the premium feel a bit.
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Colour: Silver
I am very impressed with this portable hard drive.
It has MORE than enough storage for ALL of My family movies and pictures.
(I have over 128gb's of family movies, pictures, and other media)

These slim drives can come in two storage sizes that I know of.
500gb and 1TB sizes, depending on your needs and preferences.

It is very quiet/silent whilst in use, with no clicking or whirring sounds.
The read and write speeds are very fast and efficient, which comes down to it's fast USB 3.0 connector cable, which is supplied in the box, with the hard drive and instruction manual/s.
It is backwards-compatible with older computers and Mac's with USB 2.0 ports.

This hard drive comes with pre-loaded software, to enable you to back up files on your PC, via Seagate's own 'dashboard' software.
I didn't have to use this, as I've always been one to simply 'drag and drop' or 'highlight and move' files to the hard drive itself.

The product is well packaged, so it doesn't suffer any bumps, knocks or shocks.
It's well-built, solid, and has a brushed, smooth metal surface, with a smooth, plastic underside in black.
There are no sharp edges or screw holes that I have seen.

This is a super-portable drive, that fits snuggly and comfortably into a breast pocket, jacket pocket, or trouser pocket, without causing discomfort.

The hard drive that I bought, came with 2 years manufacturer's warranty, which I am very pleased about.

Overall, I HIGHLY recommend this to you all.
You won't be disappointed.

Thanks for reading!
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Colour: Silver Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
I used to be one of those optimistic individuals who thought that "backing up" a computer was just something that techies folks did.
Then, about half way through a Masters degree course in 2004, my Mac went into a permanent sleep and I lost all my data.
That included movies, animations and sound files, all created by me, so there was no possibility of simply downloading them again and - as I had never done a proper back-up - I was royally stuffed.
After many, many hours of unnecessary extra work I was back where I had been months before, and the first thing I did them was buy two back up drives and make sure I copied everything from that point on, twice.
I relate this short tale simply to point up how essential I think that back-ups are. I have, over the years, become something of an expert on back-up discs - and was really pleased to have the opportunity to review this diminutive Seagate drive.
It really is tiny and slim, and - as you can see from the photograph I have uploaded - it is not much bigger than an iPhone 3.
It is pretty much a 'plug-n-play' device, and you can either use it as a Mac and PC or as a Mac only drive.
I tried it as a Mac/PC drive first and it worked fine on a range of laptops (Sony Vaio, Toshiba Satellite) and then I wiped it and hooked it up to the 'Time Machine' facility on my MacBook Pro.
It took about 6 hours to back up around 300 GB of data in Time Machine mode, but my Mac only has USB 2, so USB 3 should be faster. Depending on which review you read, USB 3 should be anything from 3 to 10 times quicker.
It is also small and innocuous enough to slip into a bookcase or somewhere else - well away from your computer - so that it can be used to reclaim data in the unlikely event that your computer is lost or stolen at some point.
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