A few days ago I purchased and eagerly the arrival of the Seagate Backup Plus for Mac. When the external, desktop hard drive arrived, I had some (small) issues. Initial attempts to backup would timeout. The drive would ‘connect’ and ‘disconnect’ without warning or notice. Firmware drivers needed to be updated.
The struggles of that first day behind, I have to say that I’m rather pleased with the Seagate Backup Plus for Mac. While the price was one of the main reasons that I purchased this particular drive, I have to admit that things have actually gone rather smoothly and quickly after I took two minutes to upgrade firmware. (Incidentally, if you have purchased a Seagate Backup Plus and are looking for said firmware update, look no further. Click here to be transported to a Seagate page where you can download the firmware.) Having updated the firmware, I plugged the drive back in and clicked on Apple’s Time Machine icon. From Time Machine’s I was able to select the Seagate as my preferred place to backup my iMac. 190 seconds later the backup process started and a little while later it was completed without any further hangups, disconnects, or difficulty of any kind.
Shortly thereafter, I took the drive upstairs, connected it to my Macbook, opened Time Machine, and backed up my laptop without any issue whatsoever.
I would highly recommend the Seagate Backup Plus for Mac if you are a Mac owner/user who is in the market for backup solution for your device. Or, if you are a Windows user, you can purchase the not-for-Mac version.
**I should note that both my iMac and Macbook are USB 2.0, which, while slower than USB 3.0, worked just fine. (Seagate claimed that the device was ‘backward compatible’ with USB 2.0 devices.)