Review: Seagate Backup Plus Portable Drive for Mac


Seagate has made a portable hard drive that is perfect for Mac OS users!  Having been a Mac user for a few years now, I usually have to go through a step by step process to ready my back up hard drives for Mac OS but Seagate’s Backup Plus for Mac comes ready to use on your Mac with ease.  


Features as listed by Seagate:

  • Mac OS and Time-Machine® ready out of the box
  • Automatically save photos from your social networks
  • Share photos and video to social networks with a click
  • Easily increase transfer speeds by upgrading to Thunderbolt™ technology


System Requirements:

  • Mac OS X 10.6 or higher or Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP SP3 (32-bit and 64-bit) operating system
  • USB 2.0 port



Available in 500GB or 1TB, the Seagate Backup Plus for Mac has plenty of space for the typical user.  With an 18 month old and a newborn, our camera card and phone storage are often filled quickly and rather than keeping everything exclusively saved on my computer, I prefer to back up to a hard drive so all of those precious family memories are safely stored for later.  

Using the Seagate Backup Plus is easy.  Just connect the hard drive via USB to your Mac computer and go through the short setup process in Time Machine and your computer will automatically backup for you.  The portable hard drive does not require an external power source so you can even use it on the go with your laptop, which is great for students and businesspeople who are always on the go.  You can even use it interchangeably on a Windows PC without reformatting, enabling access to all of those important photos and files from any computer you use.  

With the popularity of Facebook and other social networks, the Seagate Backup Plus allows you to download your photos and videos from your social network accounts to the hard drive.  I absolutely love this feature – there has been a time or two that I upload a photo from my cell phone to Facebook and the photo is accidentally deleted from my phone and does not get backed up unless I visit Facebook to save it again.  The hard drive takes the effort out of going back and trying to find those specific photos since it automatically downloads them for you.  The Seagate Backup Plus not only can save photos from your social media accounts but it also allows you to upload photos from the hard drive to those sites.  

Keep in mind that this hard drive, like any other, is usable on any system; it is not exclusive to Mac.  However, what this hard drive offers above others is the “out-of-box” experience, or the ability to take it out of the box, plug it in to your Mac, and have it just work. No formatting or fiddling required. That being said this is a quality drive and is perfect for those needing high capacity in a small package. The price is on target as well, without adding expense just to have it formatted for Mac instead of Windows. Overall, if you have a Mac and are in need of a backup drive, save yourself the trouble and time of formatting the drive and go with one that is ready to go.  The Seagate Backup Plus Portable is definitely the perfect solution for moms, dads and teenagers.  Documents, photos and movies can be stored away safely and easily! 


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Family Centsability was not monetarily compensated for this post. A product sample was provided in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are our own.





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