- Product Dimensions: 15.8 x 12.4 x 4.4 cm ; 1.1 Kg
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 Kg
- Item model number: STCA3000101
- ASIN: B00829THQE
- Date first available at Amazon.ca: May 17 2012
- Average Customer Review: 119 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #17,081 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
- Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes
Seagate Backup Plus 3TB Desktop External Hard Drive USB 3.0 (STCA3000101)
- Keep copies of your precious digital files, in case disaster strikes
- Impressive 3 TB storage capacity
- Save feature enables user-generated content to be backed up from your favorite social network
- Share feature allows multiple files to be uploaded to social networks at once from your computer
- Install the pre-loaded NTFS driver for Mac and use the drive interchangeably between PC and Mac computers without reformatting
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Amazon.ca Product Description
The Seagate Backup Plus desktop external hard drive simplifies backup for consumers who want to protect their entire digital life locally, in the cloud or from social networks. Via the Seagate Dashboard, use the Protect function to set up a one-click plan or customize your scheduled local backup. Keep multiple copies of your files in case disaster strikes. With the Save feature, user-generated content can be backed up from your favorite social networks. Many people now use their smartphones to capture priceless moments. While these devices are handy and readily available, storage is not their strong suit. Capture a memory, post it on a social networking site and let the Seagate Dashboard automatically back up any content posted. Even if the file gets accidentally deleted from the device, another copy can be waiting. The Share feature allows multiple files to be uploaded to social networks at once from your computer. The days of uploading individual files without creating a new album are gone! Simply select files to upload, choose where to post them and even add comments. Managing your social profile has never been easier. Install the pre-loaded NTFS driver for Mac, and use the drive interchangeably between PC and Mac computers without reformatting the drive. For even more flexibility, with the Seagate Backup Plus design, you can upgrade from the included USB 3.0 interface to Thunderbolt technology or FireWire 800 with the available additional adapter. Ships with: Seagate Backup Plus Drive, Seagate Dashboard pre-loaded on drive, NTFS driver for Mac pre-loaded on drive, USB 3.0 interface adapter with capacity gauge, 4-foot USB 3.0 cable, Power adapter, Quick start guide, 2-year limited warranty. System Requirements: System Requirements: Windows® 8, Windows® 7, Windows Vista®, Windows XP SP3 (32-bit and 64-bit) operating system or Mac OS X 10.6 or higher (reformatting for Mac may be required), SuperSpeed USB 3.0 port (required for USB 3.0 transfer speeds or backwards compatible with USB 2.0 ports at USB 2.0 transfer speeds; compatibility may vary depending upon user's configuration and operating system).
From the Manufacturer
Back Up Your Digital Life
The Seagate Backup Plus desktop drive delivers easy-to-use, high-capacity, flexible protection for your files. This drive also works seamlessly with your social media accounts so it's simple to back up and share your online photos, movies and more.
Transfer large files at the speed of life. With up to 30% faster transfer speeds and capacities up to 2x larger than portable drives, the Backup Plus Desktop drive is everything you want.
One-Click Custom Backup Plans
The Backup Plus desktop drive comes pre-loaded with premium backup software included in the easy-to-use Seagate Dashboard. Create a backup plan with a single click using the 'Protect Now' feature for a set-it-and-forget-it solution. Quickly create custom backup plans to protect your files. Easy backup scheduling options include daily, weekly, monthly or specific times.
Save Your Social Life
The Seagate Dashboard makes it simple to share or save files associated with online social networks including Flickr, Facebook and YouTube. Automatically download copies of your photos, movies and more from social networking sites to your drive, and share files by simply clicking on your social network's icon within the Seagate Dashboard. Easily share multiple files with your social networks at the same time.
The Backup Plus desktop drive features a unique adapter system that lets you quickly and cost-effectively upgrade or change the drive's interface. Take advantage of the newest, fastest connections--now and in the future: Choose from USB 3.0 (included), USB 2.0, Thunderbolt technology and Firewire 800.
What's in the Box?
Seagate Backup Plus desktop drive, preloaded Seagate Dashboard, quick start guide, USB 3.0 adapter with capacity gauge, 5-foot (150 cm) USB 3.0 cable, power supply, warranty.
Compatible operating systems are Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP SP3 (32-bit and 64-bit) and Mac OS X 10.6 or higher (reformatting for Mac may be required).
There's a Seagate Backup Plus Drive that's Perfect for Every Backup Need
Big Backup. Small Package.
With capacities up to 1.5TB, the Backup Plus portable drive makes it easy to take along plenty of extra storage.
Space to spare.
Capacities up to 4TB make the Backup Plus desktop drive the simple solution when your digital life goes big.
Ready to roll with your Mac computer.
The Backup Plus for Mac portable drive is compatible with Time Machine backup software straight out of the box.
Massive Mac backup.
Straight-out-of-the-box Time Machine software compatibility meets massive capacities in the Backup Plus for Mac desktop drive.
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Top Customer Reviews
If you're like me, just wanting a lot of storage at a good price then it's a good buy you will not regret.
My complaint with this device is that it doesn't work properly with the Mac's "Sleep" function. If I put the Mac to Sleep (or it puts itself to Sleep) when it wakes up there's an error message saying the device wasn't ejected properly, and the device may be damaged, or data corrupted. The only way I've found to prevent this message is to eject the drive via Finder before the device goes to Sleep, and to disconnect the power cord. Then when the system "wakes" I reconnect the power cord and the device connects and operates properly.
This is the second Seagate drive I've connected to my Mac, and they both display the same problem.
Finally Seagate replaced the unit with a refurbished unit, and this transaction cost me ten bucks for shipping back the old unit. But, in the end, the new unit acted exactly the same way, with one difference: it became unreadable almost immediately after reformatting.
Despite the problem seeming to be on Seagate's end, they would not refund my shipping costs.
Luckily, Amazon's great customer service came through and allowed me to return the unit for a refund, and Amazon paid the return shipping! I'm buying a replacement drive (this time a Lacie) from Amazon.
Another shortcoming of Seagate Backup Plus is that it comes only with USB 3.0 connection. Other connection units are available, but at a ridiculous price. It cost me $80 for the Seagate adaptor that allowed me to connect with Firewire 800, for a part that is worth maybe $8. And, in the end, I was not able to get a refund for the adaptor from the Amazon seller SHOP ZONE, so I also don't recommend them.
Amazon: wonderful service. SHOP ZONE: not so much. Seagate: bad experience.
One was bad enough that when I first unboxed it, it took 4-5 minutes of fiddling with the cables to get the laptop to recognize the drive existed. Then if anything was moved, the connection dropped. Connecting the drive requires moving the connectors around until the signal is recognized - not a good omen.
I then tried the drive my son had used previously and it had a similar issue.
I know you don't plan to move these drives very often, once set up you're just plugging in the laptop end of the usb.
But I don't feel I can send these two drives back to university with my kids, as they need a reliable backup, and if this continues I will return both of them.
I'm an IT consultant with 30 years experience with hardware and software, and this is my assessment.
Everything just disappeared, after I plugged it into my other laptop. I recovered most of my data using recovery software. Then lost all the data AGAIN a second time. Just plugged it into my computer and it was blank. Seriously, WTF?
Such a nightmare! I will not recommend this item to anyone.
It does not run or get recognized by the computer.
Tried all methods to troubleshoot it without opening it and voiding the warranty, but to no avail.
Can't believe this level of quality gets passed in product QA.
EDIT: The replacement unit arrived shortly after I submitted my claims to exchange the product.
The expedient service and speedy delivery makes up for the less than ideal first impression.
The new unit is working as expected and seems to have no noticeable defects (added one star).
Will continue to make observations in the future.
Very satisfied with Amazon's customer service in resolving this issue.
NOT RELIABLE AS A BACKUP DRIVE IF IT DIES WITHIN 3 YEARS and ~40 accesses!!
My WD (smaller) drive is still running sweet after nearly 10 years of usage!
Most recent customer reviews
Stopped working a few months after warranty expired, typical Seagate.... took the drive out and tried on the desktop and it wouldnt work, made strange noises. Read morePublished 1 month ago by iBuyStuff
Works as promised. I use this to back up my NAS for critical files and media. Recommend this product and supplier.Published 1 month ago by tangote
Had for about a year and still going strong. Use it to back up my Mac and store other important stuff. I don't move it around. But I do recommend thisPublished 3 months ago by Peter
Worthless hard drives. Bought in 2013 and died in 2015. 2/3 have died already, making me lose 5tb of data. Never buying seagate drives again.Published 4 months ago by Alex
A WARNING: Mine was fine for two years, but then - no discernible cause - dead, no power. I suppose I may be able to crack it open, extract the actual hdd, and somehow access it... Read morePublished 4 months ago by John Knighton