Don't Know Where To Start? We Show You How To Set Up Seagate Hard Drive

How to Set Up New Seagate Hard Drive

First of all, congratulations on getting a new Seagate hard drive for your personal or work-related needs. Seagate hard drives are known for their enhanced performance and easy-to-use interface. Setting it up and using it is easier than you think. However, the procedure for setting up a Seagate external hard drive may vary based on your OS type and the drive you are using. New to Seagate hard drives and looking for the right guide to set up the drive on your computer?

Then fortunately, you have visited the right page. We have explained how you can set up the drive in no time on both Windows and Mac operating systems. So, say goodbye to tech stress. Here's how to easily set up your Seagate hard drive for Windows or Mac.

A User-Friendly Guide to Setting Up Your New Seagate Hard Drive

Most Seagate hard drives come ready to use straight out of the box. Plug it in, and you're good to go! But if you have the Seagate Backup Plus drive, you'll have access to even more amazing features with the dashboard software. So, grab a cozy seat and a steaming cup of coffee. It's time to get started! We'll guide you step-by-step through installing your new Seagate external hard drive. Let's get ready to say goodbye to storage limitations and hello to unlimited space!

Seagate Hard Drive Setup - Basic Steps

Basic Requirements to Meet

Before we start, let's ensure we've got everything in order. To ensure a smooth setup process, please take the following steps:

  • Make sure your Windows or Mac computer's operating system is up-to-date.
  • Check to ensure that your computer meets the system requirements for your Seagate hard drive.
  • Close any running applications on your computer.

Connect the Drive to a Computer

Now that we've first taken care of the first things let's move on to connecting your Seagate hard drive to your computer.

  • Grab the USB cable that came with your hard drive.
  • Plug the drive into your computer using the cable.
  • If your hard drive requires power to function, make sure it's plugged into a working electrical outlet using its power cord.
  • Give your computer a few seconds to recognize the connected hard drive.

And that's it! Once your computer recognizes the hard drive, you're good to go.

How to Setup a Seagate External Hard Drive

Using a Seagate Hard Drive

Protect Your Valuable Data with Seagate Hard Drive - An Effortless Experience!

Saving your important data on a Seagate hard drive is that simple, and you can use either the copy-and-paste or drag-and-drop methods to do it. Do you want to learn more about it? Here we go:

  • Open the window that contains the file(s) or folder(s) you want to save to your drive and the window that shows your hard drive separately.
  • Ensure that you can see and access both windows at the same time and smoothly.
  • Now, copy the file(s) or folder(s) you want to move to the drive folder using the Copy option or keyboard shortcut.
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  • Then, go to the drive window and paste the copied data by right-clicking in the blank area and selecting "Paste" or using the keyboard shortcut.
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  • Alternatively, click or select all the folders or files you want to backup and drag and drop them into the drive window.

It's that easy! Seagate Hard Drive offers a convenient and reliable solution to protect your valuable data.

Keyboard Shortcuts
  • Copy- Ctrl + C for Windows and Command + C for Mac
  • Paste- Ctrl + V for Windows and Command + V for Mac

Seagate Backup Plus Setup

Welcome to the world of seamless data backup with the Seagate Backup Plus drive! Are you ready to get started with your new drive in Windows 10? Then, we've got you covered. Here's a step-by-step guide to getting you set up in no time.

  • Step 1: Connect Your Drive- First, plug in your Seagate Backup Plus drive to your Windows 10 computer using a USB cable.
  • Step 2: Check Your Drive Name- Next, open the "This PC" window and check if the drive name is displayed. If it's not, don't worry! Unplug the USB cable and reconnect it to your computer.
  • Step 3: Open the Drive- Is the drive name displayed? Great! Open it. Inside, you'll find the "Seagate Dashboard Installer.exe" folder.
  • Step 4: Install the Dashboard- It's time to install the dashboard. Open the folder, and the InstallShield Wizard dialog box will appear. Click the "Install" button. Go with the on-screen instructions to install the Seagate Dashboard.
  • Step 5: Launch the Seagate Dashboard- Once the dashboard is installed, select the "Launch the Program" option in the final window. The Seagate Dashboard window will open, offering you three options: Protect, Share, and Save. Choose the one you'd like to perform and follow the on-screen instructions.

That's it! You're now ready to enjoy the peace of mind that comes with having your important data backed up on your Seagate Backup Plus drive.

Set Up Seagate Hard Drive

Format Seagate External Hard Drive

Get the best of both worlds with Seagate hard drives! Preformatted with the exFAT file system, they work seamlessly on both Windows and Mac operating systems. But if you're a Windows user, the ideal file system for you is NTFS. Choose the one file system type that fits your needs, and get ready to store all your important files!


Formatting the drive in Windows is straightforward. However, remember that the formatting will delete all the data stored on the drive. If you have already saved any files in the drive, kindly back them up.

  • Connect the Seagate hard drive to your Windows computer if necessary.
  • Now, open the Disk Management window on your computer. Need help? You can open this window within a second.
  • Press and hold your computer's Windows and R buttons simultaneously. The Disk Management window will open now.
  • Type your computer's admin password if prompted.
  • Now, locate your Seagate hard drive in the Disk Management window. Have you done that? If yes, right-click on the disk.
  • What do you see? A list of options, right?
  • Click on the Initialize Disk option from the list.
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  • Now, select the partition style that fits your drive.
  • If your drive is under 2 TB, select MBR.
  • Similarly, if the drive is over 2 TB, select GPT.
  • Click OK. Now, if we are right, you will find "Unallocated" beside your Seagate hard drive in the Disk Management window.
  • Right-click on the Unallocated drive.
  • Choose New Simple Volume > Next > Next > Next > Next.
  • Now, the Format Partition window will open.
  • Here, select the File System option of your choice from the drop-down menu and click Next > Finish.
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And there you go! You have formatted your Seagate hard drive for Windows.


  • Connect the Seagate EHD to your Mac computer.
  • Give Mac a few seconds to recognize the connected drive.
  • Once the drive is recognized, you will find the Seagate drive icon on your computer's desktop.
  • If the drive icon doesn't show up even after a while, open the Finder Preferences window and verify that the "External disks" option is selected in the General tab.
  • If not, select it. Now, your drive icon must show up.
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  • Open the Disk Utility window on your Mac computer. You can use the Spotlight icon on the dock to open this window within a second.
  • Now, locate your Seagate external hard drive under the External section in the left panel of the Disk Utility window.
  • If you can't find your hard drive under External, click on the View menu on your Mac's dock and select the Show All Devices option.
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  • Can you see your drive under the "External" section? Great!
  • Select it now and click the Erase button.
  • The Erase dialog box will open. In the Name field, type the drive name of your choice.
  • Then, select the format type of your choice from the drop-down menus.
  • Select the Mac OS Extended (Journaled) option as the format type if you want to format the drive for Mac only.
  • Select ExFAT if you want to format the drive to use it with a Mac computer and a Windows PC.
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  • Choose GUID Partition Map from the Scheme drop-down menu.
  • Finally, click the Erase button.
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There you go! The Seagate hard drive is Mac-formatted.

Formatting a Drive is a Breeze!

We hope that the information above helped you format your Seagate external hard drive for Windows or Mac. However, if this is your first time formatting, we understand that you may have a few hiccups. Don't worry! We've got you covered. This detailed article will walk you through the process and show you how to fix any issues that may arise in no time. So relax and get ready to enjoy the full potential of your Seagate external hard drive. Let's get started!

Final Words

In conclusion, setting up and formatting a Seagate external hard drive on/for Windows or Mac is a simple process. We hope that you find the information above helpful. For those of you who have purchased a Seagate external hard drive for Xbox One or PlayStation 4,we have created a comprehensive article for you! It has all the setup instructions you need to get started with your new drive. If you need any further assistance, our team is here to help. Reach out to us for real-time support.

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