Can I use a Seagate external hard drive with a Mac?

Newer Seagate and LaCie branded external drives come preformatted with the exFAT file system, which allows it to be used on both Mac and Windows without reformatting the drive.

Is Seagate expansion compatible with Apple?

You can. And it doesn’t matter whether you’ve a 1TB, 2TB, 4TB or 5TB or bigger Seagate Expansion. Or if it’s an SSD expansion or a desktop drive. You can have it and use your Seagate Expansion on your MacBook Pro, MacBook Air or iMac.

Is external hard drive compatible with Mac?

External hard drives, thumb drives, USB drives, flash memory cards and devices like iPod are examples of storage devices you can connect to your Mac using Thunderbolt, USB or FireWire cables, or connect wirelessly using Bluetooth. If your Mac has a USB-C port, see About USB-C.

How do I fix Seagate External Hard Drive not detected?

Basic hardware troubleshooting steps:

  1. Try connecting the drive to a different port on the computer.
  2. If possible, try using a different cable.
  3. Try using the drive on a different computer.
  4. Verify the drive light is on.
  5. Try a different power outlet.

How do I fix a beeping Seagate external hard drive?

To do so:

  1. Disconnect your seagate hard drive to computer.
  2. Unplug the cable from the hard drive.
  3. Blow into the port of the computer, the hard drive and the cable.
  4. Reconnect the hard drive to the computer using the same cable.
  5. Check to see if the beeping sound is gone.

How does a Seagate external hard drive connect to a MacBook?

Your Seagate external hard drive connects to your Mac by its USB cable. The Seagate portable drives receive their power from your Mac by the USB cable. And that means you’ll have to have enough battery power in your MacBook. Enough to power your Seagate external hard drive.

What kind of file system does Seagate use?

Seagate drives are sold with either NTFS file systems or ExFAT file systems. Depending on the Seagate drive. For example you’ll find the Seagate Expansion external hard drive is NTFS formatted. Another example is the Seagate Portable external hard drive.

Can you use a Seagate hard drive on a Windows PC?

Both a Mac and a Windows PC can use an ExFAT drive. And with no changes to the drive. Plug in your Seagate hard drive into your Mac and copy and paste. Or drag and drop your files on there. Or update and change the files already put on there from a Windows PC.

Can a Seagate Backup Plus Slim be used on a Mac?

A Seagate ExFAT formatted hard drive is more of a half way house on your Mac compared to an NTFS formatted drive. An example of a Seagate drive in ExFAT format is the Seagate Backup Plus Slim. And the Seagate solid state drives are ExFAT formatted. When you plug in your Seagate drive with an ExFAT file system on it.