How to use External Hard Drive with your Mac

Seagate 1TB USB 3.0 Backup Plus Portable Hard Drive

In this article, I would like to show you the introduction of Seagate 1TB USB 3.0 Backup Plus Portable Hard Drive and how to use this with your Mac.

The 1TB USB 3.0 Backup Plus Portable Hard Drive from Seagate makes backing up and storing your data quick and easy. With the included Backup Plus software you can easily manage all of your data with an intuitive dashboard. This dashboard allows you to choose from a variety of backup options, share your media throughout social networks, and save all of your online photos. 

Firstly, I want to list the main features of this device:
  • No external power is needed. Just plug into your USB port.
  • Beautiful sleek silver and white styling. Goes perfectly with the ubiquitous classic white MAC design.
  • Comes with an 18" USB cable.
  • Very brief instruction leaflet called "Quick Start Guide." It has the URL where to get the Windows compatibility software, plus the instructions for installing it and getting your Seagate drive up and running on Windows.
  • Comes with 1 free year of Seagate Cloud Storage, according to one of the instructional videos pre-loaded on the drive.
  • For backup, works with Time Machine on MACs. For Windows, the Protect program available through the Seagate Dashboard lets you customize backup jobs according to your needs, choosing to backup continuously, daily, weekly or monthly.
  • You can easily upload media with one click to Facebook, Flickr, and YouTube.
  • Download and save media easily from your Facebook and Flickr accounts.
  • Includes instructional videos that explain the features and show you how to get the most from your Seagate drive.

How to use with your Mac without a “Mac compatible” driver

If you're a Mac user setting up or erasing this hard drive up with your computer is super easy follow these steps:
  1. Plug in the hard drive
  2. Open up disk utility found in your applications folder inside the utilities folder
  3. Next select the newly plugged in a hard drive and on the right-hand side you should see partition click on that.
  4. Then inside that screen on the partition layout drop-down choose how many partitions you'd like to set up. I generally go with one partition and just use folders to organize my files.
  5. Then on the right-hand side you can name the partitions and select the format. If you want your hard drive to work with your Mac for doing Time Machine backups (which I highly recommend) choose Mac OS Extended. Sometimes it's good to make two partitions and one using "MS-DOS fat" if you might be transferring files to and from a Windows machine. The reason is Windows machines and Max can read and write to the "MS-DOS fat" format but your files will need to be under 4 GB each as that's the maximum file size it can hold.
  6. Then click apply and your Mac will create all the partitions you wanted and you're good to go.
Overall, Seagate makes an excellent product. With 1TB of storage space you can save anything from photos, to videos, movies, and just about anything else you have on your PC or Mac.

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