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The product in itself is great but the packaging was not commensurate to the standards ...
10 June 2018
I purchased this external hard disk on October 2017 and it has been working efficiently since then. The product in itself is great but the packaging was not commensurate to the standards expected from Amazon. The device looks great with the top having a gleaming finish. The length of the cable seemed adequate to me.
> This device is compatible with both Windows and Mac and I can say from personal experience that it runs smoothly with Windows 10.
> Seagate Dashboard software can be downloaded from their website to utilize the backup plans.
> The reading speed is adequate but the writing speed can be on the slower side unless the device policies are changed. I'll talk about it in the end.
> Though, the USB 3.0 cable is longer than WD, it is also more wobbly. The USB connection point of the drive is the most delicate part in general
and should be handled with care.
Coming back to the writing speed, it'll be slower if the policy is set to quick removal (which is the default setting). This ensures that if the USB device is removed without safely ejecting it first, it does not crash or lose any data. We can always change the policy to Better Performance in case large files have to be copied to the HD which increases the writing speed. After the data has been copied, the policy should again be switched back to quick removal to ensure safety of data.
Steps to change the device policy to increase speed:
1) Open Device Manager.
2) Click on Disk Drives and you'll find 'Seagate BUP Slim RG SCSI disk device' among other options.
3) Right click on 'Seagate BUP Slim RG SCSI disk device' and select Properties.
4) Click on the Policy tab.
5) Change the Policy to Better Performance and select Enable write caching on the device.
I'd recommend to go back to the Quick Removal Policy after you've finished writing large files on the HD.