Seagate Backup plus for Mac won't allow backup?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by Jonathanm1222, Jun 1, 2013.

  1. Jonathanm1222 macrumors member

    Aug 13, 2012
    I just purchased a Seagate Backup Plus for Mac 1TB. After installing and opening the program I did not see an icon for backing up my hard drive to the external drive. Only icons which permitted sharing information from Facebook and other social media which is not my interest. I only wish to back up my hard drive to the external. I found a video on the software which informed me that the Seagate won't allow for backing up and I should use Apple Time Machine. If I cannot back my hard drive (documents, iTunes library, photos) what good is the Seagate at all? It's a waste of money. Am I completely mistaken?
  2. FreakinEurekan macrumors 68040


    Sep 8, 2011
    Eureka Springs, Arkansas
    Time Machine is the software in the Mac that will back up your data. You need a device to back that data up to, which is where your Seagate drive comes in.

    The instructions for configuring Time Machine are found here:

    Follow the steps under "Setting up Time Machine backups using an external drive". Time Machine will continuously back up any changed files on an hourly basis, just leave the drive plugged in and let Time Machine do its thing.
  3. Jonathanm1222 thread starter macrumors member

    Aug 13, 2012
    Ok, thanks. I must back up through Time Machine to the Seagate HD.

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