The design of the hard drive is narrow enough to fit on most desktop work spaces. Will work automatically with PC and Mac computers. Compatible with USB 3.0 and 2.0 ports.
Hard drive requires an included power supply and cannot be powered from USB alone.
Comes with a storage range of 1-5 terabytes of data. Integrated backup software is easy to use and customize for the specific computer. PS4 compatible with the right update.
Getting the hard drive to work with a MacBook may require reformatting the drive.
The exterior of the hard drive can resist common dents and scratches when carrying the device in a pocket. Does not require any additional software or power supply to work correctly.
The hard drive can stop working unexpectedly or may require formatting. Best used for temporary storage.
High-speed USB 3.0 ports on the front of the hard drive make it easy to plug in cameras, audio recorders, and other media devices for data transfer. Large amount of storage for the price.
The size of the hard drive is too large to carry around as a mobile storage solution for laptops.
Plugs directly into the Xbox 360 and Xbox One gaming consoles without the need for additional upgrades or a power cable. Can store programs, saved game files, and downloaded applications.
The hard drive is loud when transferring data to and from the Xbox console. May require initial formatting.
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Seagate sells a variety of external hard drives for both Mac and PC systems that can help with your desktop or travel storage and backup needs. When buying a unit, consider what you are using it for. If it is for travel or tight desktop spaces, go for a lighter, more compact drive. If you need more storage space, consider larger drives capable of holding more or larger files. Is it rugged and USB-powered, both of which are prized for travel drives? Research any backup or other software that ships with it. Some of these drives have additional USB ports, so you can easily transfer files from cameras and other devices, while others are designed with gaming storage in mind.
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