AMITIAE - Wednesday 6 January 2016
2 Terabyte Seagate Wireless Plus disk: Not Quite what I had Hoped (Bangkok Post, Life)
By Graham K. Rogers
Office Setup - iPad Pro and MacBook Pro
I was able to locate a Seagate Wireless Plus disk at IT City, The Mall, Bangkae (but now wish I hadn't). It was initially only available as a 1TB unit, but now has a 2TB version, which is what I bought. For the price of 6,920 baht, I could have bought two USB disks of the same capacity. This disk is available on Amazon and other outlets for $199 (7,154 baht). There is also $86.69 shipping, so the price I paid seems reasonable in that context. [That has now gone down to $179.99 + $81.29 Shipping & Import Fees Deposit.]
Seagate Wireless Plus - In the Box
Multi-language Information Sheet
A number of reviews I found online, particularly the 2013 one by Rafael Coelho, were far more accessible than Seagate's own online information. For example, the interface can be connected to a regular 2.5" hard disk drive or SSD in order to access the drive through the USB 3.0. The USB uses one of those horrible micro-B USB connectors.
The Wireless Plus disk first needs to be connected to a computer and software run on the disk. I particularly do not like the point that I cannot format it for OS X. I needed to run a Mac installer and software (Paragon NTFS driver) that allows OS X files to be stored on the Windows-capable disk. It was not there, but I did download later. I feel as if I am losing some control.
Seagate Wireless Plus (left) and Seagate USB Disks
When first started, there was a charge. I used an iPhone connector for the USB cable. The charge light changed to orange: fully-charged it is green. The blue wifi light was also on and devices in the room could see the unsecured network. Anyone in the area could have connected to my disk downloaded (or deleted) the contents.
This is incredibly risky. It was not until later that I found information that told me a password could be added. When connected via the cable, WiFi is disabled, however. Finding out things late like this seems to be a feature of the device: for example the sparse instructions in the box (with nothing on the box to indicate this) about Time Machine. Nor can it be formatted for OS X. I eventually found that point in the User Manual I downloaded.
I am still making discoveries as I work with the disk, but it is not a good experience and I will not be recommending this.
Graham K. Rogers teaches at the Faculty of Engineering, Mahidol University in Thailand. He wrote in the Bangkok Post, Database supplement on IT subjects. For the last seven years of Database he wrote a column on Apple and Macs. He is now continuing that in the Bangkok Post supplement, Life.
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