A hard drive is one of the essential computers on your desktop or laptop and stores all the content from documents, pictures, movies, songs, games, applications, operating systems, and programs. There are two types of hard drives, namely, internal and external.

How to Choose between Internal and External Hard Drive

The internal hard drive is an essential part of the PC and stores the files that you frequently need and use but also the operating system (OS) is also present on the internal hard drive. The biggest reason why external hard drives have become so popular in demand and use is due to their storing capacity, portability, and compatibility with newer PCs. For a user getting an external hard drive for the first time may feel awkward as you are going to buy and add extra hardware to your desktop or laptop. While on the other hand, getting an internal hard drive means manually inserting it, which can be tricky as there are not one but many cables to connect. You can call in a professional to do it, but it will cost money as well, so why not get an external hard drive which you can easily connect with a USB cable.

The main reason for getting an external hard drive is portability; you can play games, watch movies or perform tasks on your desktop, but it is fixed in a place, and you cannot carry it with you. Although laptops are portable, the average drive one can install one. You can take an external hard drive anywhere while packing your bags, going for a road trip, or wanting to access your files on a new computer or laptop. 

Why Get Seagate External Hard Drive 

Once you have decided to get an external hard drive, you may wonder about the best one available to buy in the market. 

The Seagate Expansion 1 TB is one of the best options you may have to add storage to the PC. You can store anything from movies, pictures, songs, television series, documents, and games. The Seagate Expansion 1 TB is affordable and easy to use as you have to connect it with a USB cable and insert the USB cable into your desktop or laptop. Once the external hard drive is connected, within seconds, the system will register the device, and you can have access to open and store your files. seagate is a popular company and offers a wide range when it comes to external hard drives. 

If you are looking for an external hard drive that is compatible with Mac, then Seagate Backup Plus Slim 1 TB will be the best choice for you as it 

  • Supports Mac OS X 10.9 or the latest version
  • Compatible with IOS 
  • Offers both USD 3.0 and USB 2.0 Plug and Play
  • Offers huge space to store photos, videos, and games
  • You can use the Seagate dashboard and backup files in the cloud
  • You can also use an application you can back up files from the phone to this hard disk

Once you connect the Seagate Backup Plus Slim 1 TB, then first you need to install drivers.The Seagate Backup Plus Slim 1 TB is light, compact, and sturdy, and the average speed of copying files is 100 Mbps (Megabytes per second) which is quite impressive. 

How to Setup Seagate Backup Plus Slim 1 TB for Mac

If you are using Windows OS, then any Seagate external hard drive is easy to use due to Plug and Play. But if you own and use a Mac, then you need to follow specific steps, which are

– Open the search bar and write ‘Disk Utility.’

– Open the Disk Utility’ option

– On the left side of display, all the internal and external hard drive will appear

– The Seagate Backup Plus Slim 1 TB will appear, and you have to format it, which means erasing everything 

– Click on the Erase option 

    • – Change the name of the external hard drive if you wish.
    • – Chose the Format ‘Mac OS Extended (Journaled)’ if you will use the drive only for Mac and chose the option ‘ExFAT’ if you are looking to transfer files between Mac and PC.
    • – Chose the Scheme (GUID Partition Map).

– Next click ‘Erase.’

– A folder by the drive’s name will be visible on the home screen, where you can easily drag and drop files. You can open the external hard drive from the disk utility.

– If you need to have a complete backup for your Mac files, then ‘Time Machine’ is the best option

– You have to open the ‘Erase’ option again and choose the Format ‘Mac OS Extended (Journaled),’ and click ‘Erase.’

– If you do not want the Seagate external hard drive to be dedicated to the Mac OS, then you can click ‘Cancel’ and open the option of ‘Partition,’ where two or three sections of storage can be made instead of one ample storage space

– Click on ‘Partition’ and go to Partition Information 

    • – Chose Format ‘Mac OS Extended (Journaled)’
    • – On the left-hand side, click on the plus sign, which splits the external hard drive into two-part. For example, if you have 8     TB, then four partitions can be made 2 TB of each partition
    • – You can drag and extend the storing capacity of one or more partition
    • – If you are going to make two partitions with a 1 TB external hard drive, you could name them ‘Time Machine’ and ‘PC.’
    • – Next, click on ‘Apply.’

– You can go to ‘System Preferences,’ which is visible in the bottom ‘Toolbar,’ or you can even search ‘System Preferences.’

– Once you get to ‘System Preferences,’ then you can easily see the option of ‘Time Machine.’ After you open it, you should tick the box that says ‘Show Time Machine in the menu bar.’

– Next, you should open the option ‘Add or Remove Backup Disc,’ and the available disk will be displayed

– Click on ‘Time Machine’ and Use Disk

– On the left-hand side, you can tick the box ‘Back up automatically.’

Conclusion

The Seagate Backup Plus Slim 1 TB is a stylish, compact, sturdy, and affordable external drive compatible with Mac and has easy accessibility and storing options. You have to connect it with the USB 3.0 and easily drag and drop files and schedule daily, weekly, or automatic backups. You only have to set up ‘Time Machine’ once, and then all your files will be backed up automatically. 

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