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Seagate Wireless Mobile Portable Hard Drive Storage 500GB STDC500402 (Red)

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Seagate Wireless Mobile Portable Hard Drive Storage 500GB STDC500402 (Red)

Seagate Wireless Mobile Portable Hard Drive Storage 500GB STDC500402 (Red)
  • Wireless storage for smartphones, tablets, and computers
  • Wirelessly stream your favorite content anywhere. No Internet Requried
  • Perfect for air travel, road trips
  • Stream content on up to 5 different devices at the same time
  • Delivers up to 10-hour battery life
Free yourself with Seagate Wireless mobile storage. Enjoy your media and access your files without wires or the Internet. Seagate Wireless broadcasts its own Wi-Fi network, so you can wirelessly stream your media and files to up to three mobile devices. With 500GB of storage at your fingertips, choosing which files to sync to your mobile device before a long trip is a thing of the past. Seagate Wireless lets you carry hundreds of movies and thousands of photos, songs and documents. Seagate Wireless streams your media and documents to all your popular tablets, smartphones, computers and connected devices. The free Seagate Media app available for iOS, Android tablets and smartphones, Kindle Fire and Windows 8/RT tablets and computers makes it easy to navigate and enjoy content wherever you go. Share your content with everyone on the biggest screen in your house-the TV. The Seagate Media app can cast your content to a Chrome cast, LG Smart TV or a Roku player with ease when on the same network. Are your photos and video eating up all your space? With Seagate Wireless, you can now offload or back up full-resolution pictures and video from your smartphone or tablet using the Seagate Media app. Windows 8 users can access all the content on Seagate Wireless directly from their desktops using the Seagate Media App for a truly wireless drive experience.

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  1. 72 of 78 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Additional 500G for my iPhone and iPad, January 26, 2015
    Nuk (Springfield, VA) –
    (TOP 500 REVIEWER)

    This review is from: Seagate Wireless Mobile Portable Hard Drive Storage 500GB STDC500402 (Red) (Personal Computers)
    Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What’s this?)
    This is a 500G hard drive specially designed to work with you mobiles devices, such as smartphones, iPads, tablets or even your laptop. Great solution if you love to access your content, watch movies on your iPad but do not have enough memory. Even a 128G may not be enough as you probably already filled half of it with family videos and pictures.

    I got the fiery pink. It has an internal rechargeable battery that can run up to 10 hours on a full charge. It includes a nice hefty microUSB charging cable that can double as a data cable.

    The packaging is superb but I was surprised with the poor product literature. Simple text is nice but it was too simple with only a few pages of mostly pictures. I find the instruction not very helpful at all. I had to go to Seagate’s website to learn more how to use it.

    1) How do you configure the drive for the first time?
    First thing I did was to download “Seagate Media” app from Appstore to my iPhone. I turned on the drive and then connect to the drive’s own WiFi. It will appear as “Seagate Wireless”. The app will walk you through. It may take only a couple of minutes and the drive is ready. Next thing it will ask you is to connect to your own home SSID. This will allow you to access the internet through the drive’s WIFi as a pass through.

    2) How do you transfer content using the cable?
    Make sure the drive is off (no LED light) before plugging it to a PC or laptop. It will take a while before it gets recognized but it will be. Once recognized, it will be just a regular drag and drop external drive.

    3) Can you replace the battery?
    Battery is not replaceable

    4) How do you access your contents using a browser?
    First connect to Seagate’s WiFi. Open Safari (or other browser) and type

    5) Why I cannot drag and drop with my iMac?
    You have to install the Paragon driver which is already included in one of the folders of the drive. Look for the Mac Installer.dmg and run it. I chose “Mac and PC” when I was asked “How will I use my drive?”.

    6) MKV?
    You will need a multi-format media player installed like VLC. Lucky if you already have VLC on your iPad; it was apparently removed from the Appstore on Sept. 2014. Hopefully it will be back soon. Goodplayer works on my iPad as well though.

    – You get an extra 500G space for your mobile devices
    – Streams HD video to my devices

    – Internet pass through on my phone is noticeably slower.
    – Battery cannot be replaced


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  2. The manufacturer commented on the review belowSee comments
    64 of 75 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Works with Mac; Wireless Connection Precludes Internet, Important Info in the Missing Documentation, February 15, 2015
    Gadget Fan (Hesperian Tralfamador) –
    (TOP 1000 REVIEWER)

    This review is from: Seagate Wireless Mobile Portable Hard Drive Storage 500GB STDC500402 (Red) (Personal Computers)
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    SUMMARY: This is a nice easy to activate battery-powered hard disk, and it is a great idea to customize it for streaming media. The biggest issue is that using it wirelessly will eliminate other wifi connections, e.g. internet, so it is better with a wired connection. It is very quiet and low-vibration. It comes with some folders predefined (Documents, Photos, Music, Video), along with installers in the Seagate folder. Unfortunately, none of these folders contained any documentation, the website documentation doesn’t match box contents, and the provided USB cord is not the one they recommend for charging. Also, Seagate provides conflicting documentation about using it with a Mac, but it is working fine (so far) for me.

    Specifically, connecting wirelessly (rather than via USB) uses wifi, and eliminates any other wifi network connections you have, (e.g. local printers, internet, etc. — I don’t know if this is a Mac-only issue or not). Anyway, if you open up an internet browser, you’ll be looking at the disk contents rather than the internet. (On the iPhone, there is a Getting Started sequence it starts you with, otherwise you are looking at the top level folders.) On both my Mac laptop, and my iPhone, I *am* able to manually switch back to my internet connection if I want, but then I don’t have access to this disk, it is either one or the other. Thus, on a laptop, it is easier using it as a wired disk, and it is working great in that way. It does take almost a minute for it to show up as a wifi option on my mac, and even longer on my iPhone once turned on, so start-up seems lengthy. (Also, I tried the Seagate app on my iPhone, but it didn’t find my home wifi.) Maybe I can figure out how to connect it directly to my home wifi network.

    The only documentation in the box was a language-free Quick Start Guide, with minimalist icons showing to charge it, download software, and turn it on. If you want technical details, capacities, and so forth, you have to go to their website support page to find out usage details. The support page which the guide sends you to is a mess; the actual support page for this product is www.seagate.com/support/media-video-storage/home-media-storage/wireless/ (as of this writing). Once there, you’ll find out that if you’re using it on a Mac, you have to run a Mac installer (found in the Seagate folder on the disk itself) in order to be able to write files, which also involves registering on their site. Suggestion: once you have their various documentation pages read into your browser, save them onto the disk itself yourself in a documentation folder, so you can find them more easily the next time.

    A USB 2.0 cord in included. But what you find out, only after hunting down and reading the documentation, is that they say a laptop probably won’t provide enough power to adequately charge it. According to the FAQ on their site, “Seagate recommends using *the wall charger* to charge your device properly” (emphasis added — there’s no wall charger in the box). Additionally, “USB 2.0 may not provide enough power to charge the battery, especially while the drive is in use. USB 3.0 is recommended for effective charging when using a computer’s USB port”. If that is the case, why then did they put a USB 2.0 cord in the box? (The only port to this disk is a micro-B, so if you need a USB 3.0 cord with a micro-B connector). In any case, I have charged it and used it with the cord they provided, connected to my laptop, and so far it is fine.

    Regarding the Mac Time Machine: the website instructions say not to use it with Time Machine, and that if you do so, the User Manual says “You must return the Seagate Wireless to the NTFS format”, and it provides instructions for doing so, in the case that Time Machine has reformatted it. If this is really true, shouldn’t there have been a big warning in the box itself?

    However, when doing the Mac installation, *the software itself* gave me the option of specifying “Mac Only – Erase the Seagate Wireless drive to prepare it for fast copy of media files form any Mac, without additional file system drivers.” and then later the process asks “Do you want to use Seagate Wireless (500.11 GB) to back up with Time Machine?” with answers Decide Later, Don’t Use, or Use as Backup Disk. So I don’t know why the documentation prohibits Time Machine, no explanation is given, when the software itself invites it. I haven’t set it up with Time Machine yet (“Decide Later”), but it is working fine with the native Mac file system so far (with a wired connection) .

    So far I am using this for photo backup, and have not explored streaming media usage. However, the Seagate Media app is very well documented (once you find the documentation at seagate.com/manuals/software/sma (online) or the pdf cleverly secreted at…

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    Feb 20, 2015 1:46:02 PM PST

    Dear Book Fan,

    We wanted to note that you can set up a concurrent internet connection along with using our Wireless device. Here are some instructions on how this is done:


    Apple’s Time Machine utility will set up the Wireless drive in a manner that will not allow use of the wireless functions. We do not recommend the use of Time Machine with this drive if you wish to keep the wireless functionality.

    You may charge the Wireless drive by using an available tablet charger (quickest), phone charger, or by USB directly to the computer (slowest). Any of these methods should work with the provided USB 2.0 cable. It should be noted that you may use the USB 2.0 cable on a USB 3.0 port for faster USB charging. No separate cable is required.

    If you have additional questions or concerns, please contact our support staff and we will be happy to assist further:


    Best Regards,
    Seagate Support

  5. 21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Works Well, App makes it easy to Use, February 16, 2015
    Scott Bright (Grayslake, IL USA) –

    This review is from: Seagate Wireless Mobile Portable Hard Drive Storage 500GB STDC500402 (Red) (Personal Computers)
    Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What’s this?)
    My suggestion is to make sure you know what you want to be able to do, and then compare that to what this device can do. Then you can decide if it is right for you. I like this drive. It works well and wasn’t very hard to get set up. The WiFi range was impressive. I put the drive on my first floor and could stream from it all over the house, second floor, basement, closets! The app is free and easy to use. It gives a pretty good front end to the media on your drive.

    It works in a few different modes/Configurations:

    1) As a device on your home network: If you connect this unit to your home wireless network, you can then get to it through your regular WiFi network and you won’t need to connect to its proprietary WiFi network. This will let you have one connection and get to the internet as well. This is a nice way to use it when you are in range of your home network. It did warn me that high bandwidth media may not display as expected though. I was able to play videos and music without a problem.

    2) As a USB drive. Plug it into your PC and it is a 500GB USB drive. This is the easiest way to fill it with content as well.

    3) As a WiFi hot spot that only lets you get at the content on the drive. When there is no other WiFi available, then you will have to connect to the network that this unit creates. This would be how you would use it in the car.

    4) As a WiFi hot spot with a bridge to the internet through another WiFi network. You can connect this device to another WiFi network, and still connect directly to this unit. It will bridge you to the internet. Speeds may suffer. This would be how you would use it at a hotel so you can get to the internet and stream media at the same time.

    – The full manual and other documentation is available on the Seagate website.
    – Download the app first and use it to setup the device. It is smoother than the browser based setup on the device.
    – Change the password to the device if you have any concerns about unauthorized connections.
    – WiFi range is pretty good.

    – FYI: My Samsung GS3 seems to use a connection manager to find the best connection to the internet. Once it connects to this device it will time out if it can’t find the internet and then moves to the next available connection (WiFi 4G etc). This is not a problem with the drive, but it did affect me until I figured it out.


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